Church Alive! 2016 Speakers

Rev. Dr. Millicent Hunter

Rev. Dr. Millicent Hunter is the Presiding Bishop of the Worship Center Worldwide Fellowship of Churches with 71 churches in the United States and South Africa.  She is also Founder and Senior Pastor of The Baptist Worship Center of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Starting with five (5) members in a row house in West Philadelphia, this ministry has grown to over 4,000 members. 


Bishop Hunter is an award-winning author of several books.  Her first book entitled Don’t Die In The Winter…Your Season Is Coming was a bestseller.  She is was featured in Gospel Today Magazine as one of America’s Top 10 Global Pacesetting Pastors, and in Charisma and Ebony magazine as a leading Pastor for World Evangelism.  She has published numerous articles addressing issues that impact African American life.  She is the founder of the National Association of Clergy Women, and the CEO of the Excell Community Development Corporation.


Dr. Hunter served as Dean of the Sanctuary Bible Institute and as adjunct professor at various colleges and universities.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Baptist Association.  Well-known for her exciting and challenging teaching techniques, Bishop Hunter taught in the Eastern School of Christian Ministry and the Urban Clergy Leadership Institute of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  An experienced educator, she is the founder of The Excell Christian Academy.  Dr. Hunter established The Worship Center Bible Training Institute in South Africa and the United States which trains and mentors students in Bible and Ministry. Dr. Hunter has an extensive educational background having earned the degree of Doctor of Education. She is married to Dr. Marino Hunter and they are the proud parents of 2 children, Jason and Melissa.



























Rev. Dr. Gene Mims


Dr. Gene Mims serves as Senior Pastor of Judson Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Gene previously served thirteen years as Vice-President of Lifeway Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee and as President of International Baptist Network for two years.


Gene has served as a pastor for over thirty-five years and has served as Interim Pastor in seven churches. He has authored seven books including The Seven Churches Not In The Book of Revelation, Kingdom Principles of Church Growth, The Kingdom Focused Church, and most recently, Moses On Leadership. He serves as a popular speaker in conferences and churches in the U.S. and around the world.


Rev. Dr. James Blackburn


Dr. James C Blackburn Jr. is the Pastor of the Greater Hope Missionary Baptist Church. A native of Lackawanna, NY, he is a product of the Lackawanna and Buffalo Public School Systems. Dr. Blackburn has several degrees; His Bachelors of Theology degree is from Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Indiana, His Masters of Divinity is from Marks-Caldwell College, and his Doctorate of Divinity is from the Baptist Bible School of WNY. 


Rev. Dr. Cleophus LaRue*


Cleophus J. LaRue, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Francis Landey Patton Professor of Homiletics, received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Baylor University, his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton Seminary. He specializes in the theory and method of African American preaching and worship. An ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention of America, LaRue is the former pastor of two churches in Texas as well as the former interim pastor of churches in Harlem and Jamaica Queens, New York. He is a frequent speaker at churches, seminaries, and conferences throughout the country and is a member of the Academy of Homiletics.