2021 Keynote Speakers
Watch, Listen and Learn: Keynote Speakers
The CEEP Network is honored to present the most influential thought leaders in the Church today to share their wisdom and insights with you.
The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church
The Most Reverend Michael Curry was installed the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on November 1, 2015. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer and is the Chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church.
The descendant of enslaved Africans brought to North America by way of the trans-Atlantic slave routes, Presiding Bishop Curry was ordained to the diaconate in 1978. He has served in three parish ministries in North Carolina, Ohio, and Maryland and was elected the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in 2000.
Throughout his ministry, Presiding Bishop Curry has been active in issues of social justice, reconciliation, and has spoken out on immigration policy and marriage equality. His maintains a national preaching and teaching ministry and has been featured on The Protestant Hour, and The Today Show, among others.
He is married to the former Sharon Clement, and they have two adult daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth.
Carey Kelly, Consultant and Former CEEP Network Board President
Cary Kelly has spent the majority of her career to working with non-profit organizations and churches. She focuses on helping these organizations effectively promote their mission through bold visioning and board governance practices. She also has served as a certified leadership coach to priests and executives with a focus on building self-mastery and effective leadership practices. Cary has served as consultant and board president for the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes and chaired their search for a new executive director.
Today, Ms. Kelly owns a specialty food shop in the Arlington, VA area where she curates artisan- made culinary items from independent producers around the world. She mentors young entrepreneurs and minority women business owners. She worships at St. John’s, Lafayette Square in Washington, DC.
Catherine Meeks, PhD, Executive Director, Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing
Dr. Catherine Meeks is executive director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing. Prior to the center’s opening, she chaired its precursor, Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.
A sought-after teacher and workshop leader, Dr. Meeks brings four decades of experience to the work of transforming the dismantling of racism in Atlanta. The core of her work has been with people who have been marginalized because of economic status, race, gender or physical ability.
Dr. Meeks is the retired Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio-Cultural Studies from Wesleyan College and Founding Executive Director of the Lane Center for Community Engagement and Service. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University and a PhD from Emory University.
She has had many great teachers including her sons, the Bible, Jungian psychology, cross-cultural stories and other books of wisdom.
Darren Walker, President, The Ford Foundation
Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, a $13 billion international social justice philanthropy. His is co-founder and chair of the President’s Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy.
Before joining Ford, Mr. Walker was vice president at Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing global and domestic programs. In the 1990s, he was COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Harlem’s largest community development organization.
Mr. Walker co-chairs New York City’s Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers and the New York City Census Task Force, among several others. He also serves on numerous boards including Carnegie Hall, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, among many others.
Educated exclusively in public schools, Mr. Walker graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. He is the recipient of 16 honorary degrees and university awards, including Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal.
The Reverend Kathleen Walker, Missioner for Black Ministries, Diocese of North Carolina
Reverend Kathleen (Kathy) Walker joined the bishop’s staff in February 2020 to focus on the contributions and vitality of historically Black congregations by helping to weave their diversity into a closer bond of inclusion with other parishes and with the diocese. The goal is to ensure all predominantly Black congregations have the best opportunity to make the fullest use possible of the resources of their parishes, partnerships, and diocese.
She graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2018, and shortly thereafter, joined the clergy team of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, Florida as associate rector for pastoral care and parish life. She is originally from Miami and was an active lay leader in that diocese prior to discerning the call to ordained ministry. Reverend Walker is a past president of the Theodore R. Gibson Chapter and Southern Region Director of Union of Black Episcopalians.
The Most Reverend and Right Honorable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
The Most Reverend and Right Honorable Justin Welby became the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2013. He was previously Bishop of Durham, Dean of Liverpool Cathedral, and a Canon of Coventry Cathedral, where he worked extensively in the field of reconciliation.
Before he began training for ministry in 1989, Archbishop Justin worked in the oil industry for 11 years, five of which were in Paris and six in London.
Archbishop Welby has three main priorities for his ministry — Evangelism and Witness, Prayer and the Renewal of Religious life, and Reconciliation. He is a member of the High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation for the United Nations. He is the author of Reimagining Britain and Dethroning Mammon, both published by Bloomsbury.
Archbishop Welby is married to Caroline and they have five children and four grandchildren.
The Reverend Dr. Sam Wells, Vicar, St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Reverend Dr. Sam Wells has been Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields since 2012. He has served as a parish priest for 20 years — ten of those in urban priority areas. He also spent seven years in North Carolina, where he was Dean of Duke University Chapel.
Dr. Wells is a Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College. He is a regular contributor to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4’s Today program. He has published 35 books, including works on Christian ethics, mission, ministry, scripture, liturgy, and preaching. Dr. Wells is married to Jo Wells, who is Bishop of Dorking. They have two children.
All keynote speakers and their introductions as well as closing remarks will be pre-recorded.
Watch, Listen and Learn: Keynote Speakers
The CEEP Network is honored to present the most influential thought leaders in the Church today opportunities.
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