Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry

Join clergy, seminarians, Christian educators, young adult leaders and other faith-based advocates for children for spiritual renewal, networking, movement-building workshops, and continuing education about the urgent needs of children at the intersection of race and poverty. Gain new inspiration, information, and ideas from preachers and noted plenary speakers who are making a difference to end child poverty and dismantle the Cradle to Prison PipelineTM. Come for an experience of Beloved Community and join in the intergenerational, interracial and multi-ethnic conversation with people who share your passion for justice for our nation’s children.

2017 Great Preachers and Plenary Speakers

   
DeMonte Alford
Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
  Rev. Traci Blackmon
Wednesday Great Preacher
  Dr. America Bracho
Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
         
 
 
Sister Simone Campbell
Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
  Tai A. Dixon
Children and Justice
Plenary Moderator
  Rev. Damien Durr
Tuesday Great Preacher,
Children and Justice Plenary Speaker
         
 
 
Marian Wright Edelman
CDF President
  Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald
Children and Justice
Plenary Moderator
  Rev. Willie Francois, III
Monday Great Preacher
         
   
The Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes
Closing Preacher
  The Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner
Bible Study Leader
  The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III
Morning Devotions
Preacher
         
   
The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr.
Morning Devotions
Preacher
  Brittany Packnett
Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
  The Rev. Dr. Luke Powery
Great Preacher
         
   
Wendy Puriefoy
Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
  Dr. Patrick Reyes
Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
  E’darrius Smith
Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
         
   
The Rev. Dr. Luther E.
Smith, Jr.

Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
  Dr. Terrell Stayhorn
Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
  Dr. Mark Taylor
Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
         
Leadership: Proctor Institute

Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris

Proctor Institute Director

 

The Rev. Dr. Janet Wolf

Director of CDF Haley Farm and
Nonviolent Direct Action Organizing

     
 

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III.

Proctor Co-Pastor-in-Residence

 

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.

Proctor Co-Pastor-in-Residence

     

Dr. Eli Wilson

Proctor Institute Director of Music

 

Mr. Don Lewis

Proctor Institute Organist

Rev. Will Gipson

Proctor Co-Chaplain-in-Residence

 

Dr. Frederick J. Streets

Proctor Co-Chaplain-in-Residence

 

The Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner

Proctor Theologian-in-Residence

         
   
 
 

Ndume Olatushani

CDF Nonviolent Direct Action Organizing Team

       
Proctor Participant Testimonials

“There is only one place to meet other child advocates, learn spiritual and advocacy skills to help child advocates stand firm and effective on hallowed ground—the Children’s Defense Fund’s Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry.” 

Christine Kloker Young, participant since 2002

“Proctor is a loud voice in the wilderness that reminds me that grace abounds. It will inspire you and renew your hope and reassure your spirit of the fact that the world is in the capable hands of our young people.” 

First-time participant

“If you want the opportunity and the chance to meet, hear, and see history in the making, come to this Institute. It opens your mind, heart, and soul to issues you didn’t think were important or relevant and drives you do to more and better.” 

Joi Adams, first-time participant

“If you care about the plight of children and the future of this country you must come and learn to be an advocate for the rights of all God’s children!”

The Rev. Dr. Robert E. Walker, Jr.

“Haley is a place to rest and renew your spirit, challenge your faith, establish friendships with kindred spirits, hear great preaching, and then be ready and willing to go home and speak out and stand up for children!” 

Steve Wiard, nine-year participant