• Our 2024 Keynote Speakers

    Keynote #1: Fostering Gracism through Publishing

    In partnership with Rev. Dr. Cheryl Price, Publisher at Judson Press, Rev. Dr. David Anderson, award-winning author of Gracism: The Art of Inclusion, teaches us how to engage matters of race by extending grace to others regardless of--and sometimes because of--color, class, and culture. Dr. Anderson will reveal practical ways publishers can help build bridges across deep divides to help us understand how to incorporate diversity in publishing.
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    Rev. Dr. Cheryl Price

    Dr. Cheryl Price currently serves as Publisher for Judson Press a unit of the American Baptist Home Missions Society, based in King of Prussia, PA.


    Prior to joining Judson Press, she was vice president of Content at Urban Ministries Inc., Calumet City, IL.; and minister on staff at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.; Mount Zion Baptist Church, Seattle, WA.; and Lutheran and United Methodist congregations in New York and California. She has authored and co-authored several books.


    Price earned a B.A. from American University, Washington, D.C.; an M.Div. from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, N.Y.; and a Ph.D. from the School of Theology at Claremont, CA.

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    Rev. Dr. David Anderson

    Dr. David Anderson, founder and President of Gracism Global, is one of the world’s leading authorities on bridging the deep divides of race, faith, culture, and wealth. Known as the bridge-building voice in the Nation's Capital, Anderson hosts the daily radio talk show "Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson" on WAVA (105.1 FM) – the most listened to Christian talk station on the East Coast. As the founder and senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, Dr. Anderson reaches a multicultural congregation of over 10,000 weekly attendees from more than 60 nations, viewed online in over 100 countries, with locations in Columbia and Owings Mills, Maryland.

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    Keynote #2

    How to use Generative AI in Christian Publishing


    Facilitator & Panelist:

    • Craig Gipson, Of Counsel with Flagler Law Group, will facilitate this panel. In addition, he will discuss ethical and legal considerations for use of AI. Craig represents publishers and distributors of Christian media in the Bend, Oregon office of Flagler Law Group. He regularly advises publishers on issues such as fair use, licensing, publishing contracts, libel, trademark, and infringement. Before joining the Flagler Law Group team in 2011, Craig practiced education and real estate law with Brackett & Ellis in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from The University of Texas in 2005 and The University of Texas School of Law in 2008. He and his wife Jessie have two sons and enjoy reading, sports, and outdoor activities.


    • Diem Bloom, Director of Publishing Operations for Johns Hopkins University Press, discussing AI and content research and development. In her role at JHUP, Diem oversees the design, manuscript editorial, and production teams in the Books Division. Diem has extensive experience in publishing having worked in India for services provider Newgen and in the United States for publishers including the Modern Language Association, Oxford University Press, Simon & Schuster, and Wolters Kluwer.
    • Ken Brooks, President of Treadwell Media Group, discussing AI and production and internal operations. Treadwell Media Group, a publishing operations and strategy consulting firm focused on the higher education and trade publishing sectors. Prior to Treadwell he was the Chief Content Officer for the Academic and Professional Learning division of Wiley, where his responsibilities included development and production of higher education, reference, test prep and trade titles. Before Wiley he has held senior positions at Macmillan Learning, McGraw-Hill Education, Cengage Learning, Simon & Schuster, and Random House.
    • Terrell McTyer, Executive Director of Marketing & Innovation for The Upper Room, discussing AI and marketing. Prior to joining The Upper Room in 2022, Terrell served in a number of ministry roles including Minister of New Church Strategies for the Disciples of Christ. Terrell’s BS in Marketing is from the University of Phoenix and his MA in Theology is from Faith Bible College.
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    Keynote #3

    How Religion has become a luxury and what it means for the future of America

    with Rev. Dr. Ryan Burge

    • Assistant Professor of Political Science as well as the Graduate Coordinator at Eastern Illinois University
    • Author of several books on trends in religion
    • Researcher whose work has been covered in a variety of media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NBC, Vox, 538, BuzzFeed News, the Associated Press, Newsweek, Al-Jazeera, Reuters, Christianity Today, Religion News Service, The Daily Mail, Deseret News, World Magazine, Relevant, and C-SPAN.
    • Co-founder and frequent contributor to Religion in Public, a forum for scholars of religion and politics to make their work accessible to a more general audience.
    • American Baptist pastor



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    PCPA 2024 Conference Chaplain


    Kara Lassen Oliver

    Executive Director of Content and Associate Publisher

    The Upper Room