Ashland Theological Seminary to Hold Two-Day Leadership Conference in Cleveland

Ashland Theological Seminary to Hold Two-Day Leadership Conference in Cleveland

3/5/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland Theological Seminary’s Cleveland Center is sponsoring a two-day worship and equipping Leadership Conference to be held at Mt. Zion Church of Oakwood Village on April 17 and 18.

“This ‘Lead Me to the Rock: Leadership Conference’ will be a premier interdenominational worship and equipping event,” said Angie Weimer, director of Alumni & Community Engagement for Ashland Theological Seminary. “It will serve to unite pastors and leaders in Northeast Ohio and demonstrate how seminary education can enhance one’s ministry.”

Weimer said those attending the conference can expect to “experience the power of the Lord to transform faint and weary hearts.”

The emcee for the event is the Rev. Thomas W. Gilmore, D.Min., who is coordinator of education at the Ashland Seminary’s Cleveland Center, while the worship leader for the event will be Fred Graves, pastor of Rock Church.

The main session speakers for the conference will include: the Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D., president and professor of Church Leadership at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School; the Rev. Gloria Chaney, associate minister and catechist at Olivet Baptist Church; Obed Shelton, journalist, musician, motivator and minister; the Rev. Denise Cunningham-Doggett, senior pastor at Lakeshore Christian Church; Dana L. Kasper, M.A., LPC/CR, with the Child & Family Counseling Center of Columbus; the Rev. C. Jay Matthews, D.Min., senior pastor, Mt. Sinai Ministries; and the Rev. William H. Myers, Ph.D., professor of New Testament and Black Church Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary and founder of the McCreary Center.

The panel moderator for the conference will be the Rev. Mildred C. Brooks, Cleveland Center Advisory Board Chair. Panelists for the event include JoAnn Ford Watson, Ph.D., professor of Christian Theology and Spiritual Formation at Ashland Theological Seminary; the Rev. Christine A. Smith, senior pastor, Covenant Baptist Church; the Rev. Tony Minor, D.Min., senior pastor, Community of Faith Assembly, and director, Advocacy at Lutheran Metro Ministry; and the Rev. David M. Nelson, senior pastor, New Hope Baptist Church.

The conference features a group discount rate of $30 per person for groups of five or more. For details and registration information, visit Those wanting more information also can contact Angie Weimer at or 419.289.5926.

Ashland Theological Seminary, a division of Ashland University, integrates theological education with Christ-centered transformation as it equips men and women for ministry in the church and the world.