Summit Keynote Speakers
President Jimmy Carter
New Baptist Covenant Convener
In 2007, lifelong Baptist, President Jimmy Carter convened the leaders of more than 30 Baptist organizations to create the New Baptist Covenant to heal the longstanding racial and theological divisions he saw in his beloved Baptist community.
President Carter, who still teaches Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, has dedicated his life to championing the expansion of human rights while reconciling historic racial, economic and social divisions both in the United States and around the world. In recognition of his work through the Carter Center “to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development,” President Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
While in the White House, President Carter mediated the historic Camp David Accords, securing peace between Egypt and Israel in 1978. He also oversaw the restoration of a full diplomatic relationship between the United States and China.
Since leaving office, President Carter has remained instrumental in United States diplomatic efforts around the world. He’s is often considered the most successful former president in history because of his work for peace and his humanitarian efforts.
President Carter and his wife continue to lead a mission trip through Habitat for Humanity, becoming one of the relief organizations’ biggest champions. Since 1984, the Carters have led more than 30 trips around the world.
Reverend Dr. Traci Blackmon
Acting Executive Minister of Justice and Witness at United Church of Christ
The Rev. Traci Blackmon, the 18th installed and first woman pastor in the 156-year history of Christ the King United Church of Christ, is the acting executive minister of the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries, and a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
A frequently requested speaker on race and religion, Blackmon is known nationally as part of the pastoral presence in Ferguson, Mo., marching for justice after the fatal police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in August 2014. She was appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, and has 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry.
Reverend Dr. Tony Campolo
Professor of Sociology at Eastern University
Tony Campolo is Professor of Sociology at Eastern University, and was formerly on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. For 40 years, he founded and led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, and organization that created and supported programs serving needy communities in the Third World as well as in “at risk” neighborhoods across North America. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the Red Letter Christians movement. He blogs regularly at his own website. Tony and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia, and have two children and four grandchildren.
Reverend Dr. Frederick Haynes, III
Senior Pastor Friendship-West Baptist Church
The Rev. Dr. Frederick Haynes, III is senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. He is a covenant partner with the Rev. Dr. George Mason of Wilshire Baptist Church, one of the first Covenants of Action created through the New Baptist Covenant movement. Together, Dr. Haynes and Dr. Mason have tackled predatory lending and sought to educate their congregations about white privilege and racial disparities.
Dr. Haynes is a committed community activist who has formed alliances with local community leaders and Dallas city officials to fight domestic violence and poverty, and has worked with the Center for Responsible Lending in order to fight economic predators in Texas and across the nation that engage in predatory lending. Dr. Haynes is frequently invited to the White House in order to address issues ranging from the state of the economy to voting and civil rights. He was publicly applauded by President Barack Obama for the THR!VE Intern and Leadership Program that began in the summer of 2014, employing nearly 100 young black males between the ages of 16-19. The young men intern with local businesses and the church and while working, receiving mentoring, touring colleges and universities and engaging in community service.
Dr. Haynes has received numerous awards and honors for his ministry and activism, including induction into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame and being named as one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list of most influential African Americans in 2012.
Reverend Dr. George Mason
Senior Pastor Wilshire Baptist Church
The Rev. Dr. George Mason is senior pastor at Wilshire Baptist Church. He is a covenant partner with the Rev. Dr. Frederick Haynes of Friendship-West Baptist Church, one of the first Covenants of Action created through the New Baptist Covenant movement. Together, Dr. Haynes and Dr. Mason have tackled predatory lending and sought to educate their congregations about white privilege and racial disparities.
Dr. Mason rose to national prominence after his church came to the aid of a congregant living in quarantine during the Ebola crisis in 2014.
Heavily involved in the training of new faith leaders, he is a nationally recognized leader among Baptists, serving the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Baptist General Convention of Texas, Texas Baptists Committed, Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, Duke University Divinity School, and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. At Wilshire, he has birthed and directs the unique pastoral residency program.