November 11, 2017
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC. Learn More »
June 30 – June 30, 2017
Our Keynote Speaker will be the Rev. Hon. Wendell Griffen who will speak on the topic of The Fierce Urgency of Prophetic Hope.
Wendell Griffen has served as Pastor of New Millennium Church since its inception in May 2009. New Millennium Church (www.newmillenniumchurch.us) defines itself as "inclusive, progressive, and welcoming followers of Jesus Christ" based on the belief that social justice is at the heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is also Circuit Judge of the Fifth Division, Sixth Judicial District, for the State of Arkansas, a position he has held since January 1, 2011. Griffen is also Chief Executive Officer of Griffen Strategic Consulting, PLLC (www.griffenstrategicconsulting.com), a consulting practice focused on cultural competency and inclusion. Reverend/Judge Griffen grew up in rural southwest Arkansas near Delight (Pike County), and attended racially segregated schools until 1965. He graduated from Delight High School in 1968 and from the University of Arkansas in 1973 (Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, and Distinguished Military Graduate). After serving three years as an Army officer, Griffen received an honorable discharge in 1976 and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for leading race relations and equal opportunity efforts within the 43d General Support Group at Fort Carson, Colorado. In 1979, he received a degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1979 (Juris Doctor), where he was Associate Editor of the Arkansas Law Review. He has also been awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree by Arkansas Baptist College (May 2001) and by Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Shawnee Mission, Kansas (May 2016). Since 1979, Griffen has actively devoted himself to law, public policy, and ministry. He was the first person of color to become an associate and later a partner in a major Arkansas law firm (Wright, Lindsey, and Jennings in Little Rock). For almost two years, he was Chairman of the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission by appointment of then Governor Bill Clinton. He pursued seminary extension studies through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and was ordained in May 1988 after being called to his first pastorate. From January 1996 to December 2008, he served as a Judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Then Griffen taught administrative law, constitutional law, criminal procedure, and a seminar he developed on law and cultural competency as a Visiting Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law before being elected Circuit Judge for the Sixth Judicial District, Fifth Division, in Arkansas, his current post. Inspired by the gospel of Jesus, Griffen regularly speaks and writes about legal ethics and professionalism, religion and social justice, cultural competency and inclusion, and public policy. His sermons and other essays can be found on the websites of New Millennium Church, Ethics Daily (www.ethicsdaily.com), and on his blogs, Justice Is a Verb! and Wendell Griffen on Cultural Competency. His February 2017 book, The Fierce Urgency of Prophetic Hope, is published by Judson Press. Reverend/Judge Griffen is married to Dr. Patricia Griffen, a clinical psychologist in private practice, and they are parents of two adult sons.
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