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Walk Worthy 2019 Speakers and Musicians


Ed Stetzer

Ed Stetzer ministers as executive director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College, and executive editor of Facts & Trends Magazine. He has two doctorates, and has written more than a dozen books and hundreds of articles. He is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and executive editor of The Gospel Project. He is also frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USA Today and CNN. Ed co-hosts BreakPoint This Week, a radio broadcast that airs on over 400 media outlets, including Moody Radio.


Charlie Dates

Charlie Dates serves as the senior pastor at Progressive Baptist Church and teaches at Moody Bible Institute as an adjunct professor. He graduated with a PhD in historical theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Charlie has contributed to Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Moody Publishers) and serves on the advisory board for the Chicago Fire Department. Charlie and his wife, Kirstie, have two children. 

(Cleveland Conference Only)


UPDATE: Pastor James Meeks had planned to speak at Walk Worthy, but was called away for a funeral in his congregation. We are excited to have Charlie Dates speak in his place.


Tony Merida

Tony Merida helped found Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he is now a pastor. He also serves as associate professor of preaching at Southeastern Baptist Seminary. A former professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, he has worked as a pastor in both Louisiana and Mississippi. Merida earned his MDiv, ThM, and PhD from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He’s written several books, including Faithful Preaching and Orphanology, as well as eight volumes in the new Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series, which he co-edits. He and his wife, Kimberly, have five children.

(Cleveland Conference Only)


Jelani Aswad

Jelani Aswad has traveled as a professional vocalist and recording artist for 16 years. He has performed alongside Francis Chan, James Nam Soo Kim, Tim Keller, and John Piper. Jelani serves as COO over The Launching Pad Music Group, and he released his debut full length album in 2018. He is passionate about pastoring the next generation of leaders. Jelani holds a BS from Nyack College and is a licensed minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He serves as a worship pastor at Grace Missionary Church in Cleveland. Jelani and his wife Niasia have two children, and have enjoyed seven years of marriage.

(Cleveland Conference Only)




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