For the second time ever we invite YOU to be a part of the annual African American Leadership Conference taking place December 28th and 29th before SALT conference.

In a world where racial tension and injustice are at an all time high it is time to EMBRACE.

To embrace the truth about God, the truth about ourselves, and the truth about others.

Regardless of what your story is—whether you are a minority or simply want to learn more about God’s heart—this is an event for you. We believe God is going to move in mighty ways and you do not want to miss this!

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“The Lord placed the passage of the good Samaritan on my heart as we prayed for this conference. How many of us as minorities normally identify with the traveler that was being beaten, and we just find ourselves as victims in every scenario and story? But the Lord is saying that He wants to shift that perspective and have us identify as the good Samaritan and in order to do that we have to be willing to embrace these truths.”
— Mary Lyons, AALC Director

Conference Speakers

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Brandon Wilkes

Brandon Wilkes has been married to his high school sweetheart, Dorothy, for 21 years and is the father of 3 outstanding children. Brandon II (19), Isaiah (17), and Keilah (14). He has been in ministry for over 14 years and currently co-leads with his wife, Peoples Church St. Louis, which they planted 2 years ago.

Brandon received his BS in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University and spent 8 years working for Procter & Gamble before leaving to serve in ministry. He later earned his MS in Biblical Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity school in 2013.

In addition to being a church planter, Brandon also has a passion for starting and growing businesses. He owned and operated a successful photography/videography business for 7 years, is the CEO of a tech non-profit called GiveWay, Inc, and is the President of Investing In Peoples, LLC which purchases and renovates real estate with the goal of providing affordable home ownership for first time buyers.

Last but not least, he is a dedicated OSU Buckeyes football fan and head cheerleader for his children in all their athletic and academic endeavors.

Mary Lyons

Mary is from Columbus, Georgia where she first fell in love with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries at Columbus State University as a student. Upon graduating, she completed the Campus Missions in Training program in May 2015 at her Alma mater and remained on staff at Columbus State University for two years. Afterwards, she was asked to serve as the Interim Director at Georgia Southern University until a more permanent replacement could be found. She is now currently transitioning out of her role as the Interim Director to pioneer and plant a Chi Alpha at Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark Atlanta (which are all Historically Black Colleges for men and female located in the heart of Atlanta). Over the years, she's developed a deep passion for discipling students and watching God transform them into Christ followers before her very eyes.

Other things she’s passionate about includes evangelism, preaching the Gospel, using the arts to Glorify God, and teaching students how to date God’s way. When she’s not doing those things, you can find her playing sports, beating some college kids at a game of taboo, painting, reading a good book, or somewhere dancing to Christian rap.