Worship and Study Led by Great Preachers and Teachers

“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.

Morning Devotions preached by Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., and Dr. Otis Moss III, Proctor Institute Co-Pastors in Residence, get the day started with powerful, prophetic preaching.  You‘ll be especially moved by the unique experience of hearing this father-son team preach together on Wednesday morning, as well as by hearing their distinctive sermons on Tuesday and Thursday. 

Theology and Child Advocacy plenaries follow, engaging us in thinking critically, reflecting deeply, and connecting our faith, work, and justice for children as we are led by Dr. Yolanda Pierce, Dean of the Howard Divinity School and former Chief Religion Curator and Director of the Center for African American Religious Life at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture​ on Tuesday, by Dr. Rodney Sadler, Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary on Wednesday, and by Dr. Eileen W. Lindner , Proctor Theologian in Residence and author of Thus Far on the Way: Toward a Theology of Child Advocacy, on Thursday.

The Great Preacher Series ends each day with the Word and words of Rev. Starsky Wilson (Monday); Dr. Claudio Carvalhaes (Tuesday), Dr. Gregory C. Ellison II (Wednesday), Dr. Pamela Lightsey (Thursday) and Rev. Cynthia Jarvis (Friday morning).  Throughout worship, and throughout the week, we are led in song by Dr. Eli Wilson, Proctor’s minister of music, and Don Lewis, Proctor’s organist. The all-are-welcome Resurrection Choir sings from the first night to the final morning.  You’ll be lifted by this special opportunity to add your voice to the choir, as music fills the ark-shaped interfaith chapel designed by Maya Lin and spills out onto the portico and green fields beyond.


2018 Great Preachers and Plenary Speakers

Rev. Jen Bailey

Dr. William Barber II

Taylor Branch

Dr. Claudio Carvalhaes


Marian Wright Edelman
CDF President

Dr. Greg Ellison II

Ash-Lee Henderson

Dolores Huerta

Rev. Cynthia Jarvis

Rev. Jim Lawson

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr.

Dr. Yolanda Pierce

Dr. Patrick Reyes

Dr. Rodney S. Sadler

Saira Soto

Rev. Starsky Wilson

Leadership and Faculty in Residence

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. William C. Gipson
Proctor Co-Chaplain-in-Residence

Dr. Frederick J. Streets
Proctor Co-Chaplain-in-Residence

​Dr. Theresa Thames
Faculty in Residence

The Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner
Proctor Theologian-in-Residence

Ndume Olatushani
CDF Nonviolent Direct Action Organizing Team