Program & Speakers

“Jesus dined with prostitutes. He
touched lepers. He included
women. In doing so, Jesus was
highly offensive, intentionally
inclusive and radically Bold.
He broke down barriers, built
bridges and blessed the outcast.

And now he says to you:
‘Follow Me’

What borders do you need to cross?
Where is God calling you to go?
How can you be Bold Like Jesus?”

-Bold Like Jesus Planning Team

The three main learnings for this year’s conference are:
1. Breaking Down Barriers
2. Building Bridges
3. Blessing the World

We hope participants will take their experiences at Bold Like Jesus to their congregations to inspire others to actively engage in the kind of ministries Jesus boldly did, so that the communities in which we live might be blessed by the hope and the love of the Gospel of the risen Jesus.

Bold like Jesus brings together pastors and lay leaders (from Lutheran, AME Zion, Episcopal, and Moravian congregations) from across North Carolina to explore what it means to be Bold like Jesus in a complex and changing world.

Keynote Speakers

otisThe Rev Dr. Otis McMillan, Director of Evangelism, Department of Church Growth and Development, AME Zion Church. In February 1996, Dr. McMillan received a Master of Divinity and in July 1997 he received a Doctor of Ministry . He has served several churches during his 28 years of pastoral ministry. Each church has experienced exceptional growth numerically, physically, financially and spiritually. Over the years many renovations, innovation and more than 35 preachers have been left as a testimony to the goodness of God and the ministry of Dr. McMillan.

127bThe Rt. Rev. Sam Gray, Director of Intercultural Ministries and New Work. In January 1980, Sam began full-time service for the Board of World Mission in Honduras as a high school teacher, Director of the Bible Institute, Christian Education Director, Student Group Organizer, and founding pastor of Israel Moravian Church in Tegucigalpa. In 2004, Sam was consecrated as a Presbyter and began service with the Board of World Mission at that time. Sam was consecrated as a Bishop of the Moravian Unity in 2006.

tiffanyThe Rev. Tiffany Chaney
Tiffany C. Chaney is pastor/mission developer of Gathered by Grace, a newly  forming Synodically Authorized Worshipping Community of the ELCA, located in Montgomery, Alabama. Tiffany’s personal motto is: “My mission is to walk out God’s vision for my life.” Her centering life scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Post-conference surveys: