Special Opportunities for Seminarians

Seminarians who participate in CDF's Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry for course credit will attend the Seminarian Pre-Session on Monday July 17th from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and will meet with our 2017 Proctor Professors-in-Residence each afternoon from 4:15 p.m. to 6:00p.m. to discuss and reflect on the day's sessions and for further engagement. Seminary students who are interested in registering for the credit-bearing graduate course should sign up through their seminaries and register at the discounted price of $200.00 here.  

There is an opportunity for scholarships on a first come first serve basis. For more information on scholarships and course credit please contact Janet Wolf at jwolf@childrensdefense.org

Sign up and register for the 23rd Annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute and Child Advocacy Ministry.

Teaching Faculty

Dr. Leah Gunning Francis

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Christian Theological Seminary, author: Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community.


Rev. Dr. Patrick Reyes

Director of Strategic Partnership for Doctoral Initiatives, Forum for Theological Exploration, author of Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community and Surviving to Adulthood.

Rev. Dr. Janet Wolf

Children's Defense Fund
(615) 260-2894


Faculty Co-Facilitators

Rev. Dr. Gregory Ellison

Candler School of Theology, professor and author, Cut Dead but Still Alive: Caring for African American Youth;


Rev. Dr. Derek Hicks

Wake Forest University School of Divinity, professor and author, Reclaiming Spirit in the Black Faith Tradition;


Ched Myers

Activist Theolgian, popular educator, author of many books, including Sabbath Economics and Binding the Strong Man; partner in Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries, 5th generatiion Californian.

Rev. Dr. Christophe Ringer

Chicago Theological Seminary, professor and former pastor, author of Necropolitics: The Religious Situation of U.S. Mass Incarceration.

Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler

Associate Professor of Bible, Union Presbyterian Seminary at Charlotte; associate pastor, Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

Dr. Charlene Sinclair

Union Theological Seminary, and founding director of the Ceneter for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy.