Spotlight on Speakers

We are looking forward to greeting you in Atlanta, GA April 5-7. Join us as we remember that April 4th is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our workshops and plenary sessions will give a kalidoscope of past history and how we move forward as faith based communicators.

March 13 is the deadline for early bird registration and Sheraton Atlanta reservations.

Opening Plenary

Realizing the Dream of Peace and Justice through Communication

Byron ThomasThe Rev. Dr. Byron E. Thomas has served as senior pastor of Ben Hill United Methodist Church in Atlanta since June 2013. He has emphasized mission by the members to the community and beyond.

The congregation supports the needs of the less fortunate in metro Atlanta through its Commission on Missions, Health and Wellness Ministry, Urban Responsibility Ministry (financial assistance to those in need), Food Bank, and Trinity Table feeding program. The congregation supports the United Negro College Fund, Gammon Theological Seminary, Atlanta’s Interdenominational Theological Center, Clark-Atlanta University, Paine College, and the N.A.A.C.P.

Before Ben Hill, Thomas served two other Atlanta congregations: Central United Methodist Church and Fort Street United Methodist Church. He has directed advocacy by United Methodist congregations across North Georgia as associate director of connectional ministries for the North Georgia Conference.

Choose between 3 accredited tracks for workshops

  • APR logoManagement / APR track
  • Communication techniques track
  • Interfaith issues track

See details on the Convention Schedule and Speakers page.

Workshop | Communication techniques track

Tools for Working Smarter on Social Media

You have an editorial calendar, a media plan and good content to share but not enough time to post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google Plus. A variety of social media tools can help with the workflow of planning and posting. This workshop will focus on Buffer and provide reviews of similar products. Buffer may cut your social media workload in half in a few weeks.

Kurt GwartneyKurt Gwartney (@kgwartney), senior director of seminary relations at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a member of the RCC Board of Governors. He has served as the owner of a video training company, minister of communications at a large United Methodist congregation, public radio news director, and regional communications director for the American Red Cross.

Thursday, April 5 – Tour in AM – No Extra Fee

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Black History Bus Tour departs from hotel (optional, no extra cost)

  • Tour the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center with a visit to the crypts of Coretta and Dr. King, Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Visitor’s Center, Gift Shop, and Dr. King’s Birth Home.

  • Drive through downtown Atlanta past Atlanta University Center which includes Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and the Morehouse School of Medicine.

  • Tour returns to hotel by 12:30 p.m.

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