Plenary Speaker


Austin Channing Brown

Austin Channing Brown began her journey as a racial reconciler in college
with an experience called Sankofa–a three-day bus trip exploring black
history sites throughout the South. On this pilgrimage that she came face-
to-face with her own history, shared the experience with others, and–for
the first time in her life–watched friends become transformed by learning
about African American history and racism.

Austin earned a master’s degree in social justice from Marygrove College in
Detroit, Michigan. Building on her Sankofa experience and the foundation
of her graduate work, she has directed a short-term missions site on the
west side of Chicago, creating interactive opportunities for youth to engage
issues of poverty, injustice. She also served on staff with Willow Creek Community Church, developing strategies and programming around
multiculturalism. Currently she serves as resident director and multicultural liaison for Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Austin travels the country through out the year sharing her message at colleges, universities, conferences, and churches. She has been featured at
the Justice Conference, Why Christian? Conference, Christians for Biblical Equality International Conference, the University of Northwestern, the CCDA National Conference, the Salvation Army ONE Conference and Focus on the Family: Focus Leadership Institute, to name just a few. Racial justice, reconciliation, and womanhood have continued to be the core of her message. She writes about these topics on her popular blog austinchanning.com and as regular contributor to Today’s Christian Woman. She has also contributed to Her.maneutics, Relevant, and A Higher Calling.

She is married to her best friend, Tommie, an attorney in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and adores her little puppy, Mowgli.-- 

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Dr. Joseph Okello

Dr. Joseph B. Onyango Okello serves as visiting assistant professor of philosophy of Christian religion.Dr. Okello received a Th.B. from Scott Theological College (Kenya), 1994; a M.Div. (1999) and M.A. in church music (2000) at Asbury Seminary; and a M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. (2007) in philosophy at the University of Kentucky.  While he was a student at Asbury Seminary, he earned the Frank Bateman Stanger award for excellence in preaching and the Philosophy and Christian apologetics award. Dr. Okello has served as a pastor and choral director at Africa Inland Church. He has published several articles and books, including Revisiting God: A Commonsense Approach to Theism (Xulon Press, 2008).  In addition to his duties at Asbury Seminary, he is also an adjunct instructor at Asbury College and the University of Kentucky.