Racial Reconciliation Celebration

September 29, 2016

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Event Details

9am – Summit, panel discussion, and round table
11:30am – Fundraising Luncheon
1:30pm – Next Steps Workshops


Individual Tickets are $150


Register NOW to reserve your spot. Or download the RESPONSE FORM and mail in your payment.


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Mission Mississippi

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A full day of events geared toward racial reconciliation and education on how Mississippians, from all walks of life, can continue to work together to create a more unified Mississippi.

9am – Summit including a panel discussion and audience round table discussion.

11:30am – Fundraising Luncheon, our one and only Fundraising Event of the year.  This is a great opportunity to introduce someone new to Mission Mississippi.  You will hear personal testimonies and be engaged by our distinguished on-stage panelists.

1:30pm – Next Steps Workshops  to further encourage practical involvement in the racial reconciliation and healing process.

We will also have a designated prayer room for anyone who would like to take a few moments that day to pray for our State and Nation.



Please prayerfully consider sponsoring the 2016 Racial Reconciliation Celebration.  This event serves as our only fundraiser.  Sponsoring this event enables us to continue the work of bringing people together to encourage racial reconciliation and healing.  For twenty-three years we have been leading the way in providing effective ways to promote racial reconciliation within the Body of Christ.  Read a testimony here.

$10,000 Diamond Sponsors

15 Event Tickets, Logo recognition in the program & website, Logo Recognition on Banner on the Stage, plus recognition on various event advertisement

$5,000 Platinum Sponsors

12 Event Tickets, Logo recognition in program & on website, logo recognition on banner by stage

$2,500 Gold Sponsors

10 Event Tickets, Logo recognition in program & on website

$1000 Silver Sponsors

7 Event Tickets, Name recognition in program

$750 Bronze Sponsors

5 Event Tickets, Name recognition in program


Neddie Winters | Moderator

Neddie Winters | Moderator


“I’m excited about September 29th!  It’s a full-day packed with opportunities to address, from a Biblical perspective, some of the issues surrounding race relations and the opportunity for Mississippians to be involved in leading the way to improve race relations. I believe Mississippi can and will lead the Nation in this effort.  We encourage Mississippians to make race relations a top priority and to be at this important event.”

 – Neddie Winters

Deborah Bryant | Moderator

Deborah Bryant | Moderator

First Lady of Mississippi

“I am honored to help Mission Mississippi with this wonderful event to encourage more young people experience racial reconciliation through the body of Christ. We must all live by his words to treat others the way you would want to be treated.”

 – Deborah Bryant

Bishop Joseph R. Campbell, Jr. | Speaker

Bishop Campbell, accepted Jesus and personal Savior in January 1972.  He was ordained as Deacon in July 1972 and ordained as a Minister in July 1985.  He served as Treasurer of the Church of Christ (Holiness) USA from 1996 – 2004.  In August of 1998, he was elected and consecrated as a Bishop in the Church of Christ (Holiness) USA.  In 2004 he was elected 2nd Vice President of the Church of Christ (Holiness) USA and in 2012 elected 1st Vice President of the Church of Christ (Holiness) USA.  Bishop Campbell serves as Vice President of the Mississippi Religious Leaders Conference. He is the current Presiding Bishop of the South Central Diocese of the Church of Christ (Holiness) U. S. A. Bishop Campbell is a 1968 graduate of Alcorn State University and did additional studies at Wesley Biblical Seminary.  He has been married to his wife, Linda Joyce, for 47 years.  They have two children, Joseph R. III (wife Tanya) and Lynette (husband Jeffery) and 6 grandchildren, China, Cameron, Justin, Tia, Devin and Dylon.

Bishop Ronnie Crudup, Sr. | Speaker


Ronnie C. Crudup, Sr., is the Administrative Bishop for the Fellowship of International Churches. He is also Senior Pastor of New Horizon Church International, a congregation of over 3000 members in Jackson, Mississippi, which he founded in 1987. He is highly regarded as a compassionate pastor, prolific Bible teacher, dynamic preacher, visionary leader, and business professional who proclaims a message of consecration and empowerment to the masses and gives practical steps on how to create a successful career and life.

Bishop Crudup earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Jackson State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. He is known as a social entrepreneur and has impacted the South Jackson community through the purchase and renovation of the old Ellis Isle Shopping Center, and the former Sam’s Club building. Under his leadership, New Horizon Church/Ministries has purchased and owns over 200 acres of land in South Jackson, a school and childcare complex center, and many houses. He is a media personality through print, radio, social media and television across Mississippi and throughout the world.

Bishop Crudup and his wife, the former Jacqueline J. Frazier, have been married for 42 years. They are the proud parents of four children:  Ronnie Jr., Nadia, Hillman, and Arlintha. They have eight grandchildren, Amari, Ayinde, Nya, Isaac, Robin, Ronit, David, and Alora.

Rev. E. Duane Parker | Speaker

Duane currently serves as pastor for the First Church of God, Laurel MS.  A position he has held since June 2005.  He has served in ministry positions in Northern California, the Grand Canyon, Louisville, KY, Bowling Green, KY, Owensboro, KY, and now in Laurel, MS. He has served the community as a member of the Leadership Jones County Board of Directors, and as Chairman of the Mission Mississippi work in Jones County.  He is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Jones County, later serving a three year term on the board of that organization.  Duane has also served on the committee for Martin Luther King Parade of the Pinebelt and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Laurel Jones County Library.

Duane’s background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education from West Virginia University, studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY and a Master of Education Degree in Counseling and Personnel Service from the University of Louisville. He has worked professionally as a counselor focused on the vocational and social rehabilitation of persons who have been diagnosed with severe mental illnesses and as a community development specialist for South Louisville Community Ministries.   Additional work experiences include retail and outside sales in a variety of industries including: consumer electronics, cellular phone services, advertising specialty items, home enhancement products, and as manager for a faith-based community teen club.

Duane has served the Mississippi Ministries of the Church of God as Vice Chairman of the Assembly, Credentials Committee Member, Credentials Committee Chairman, State Disaster Relief Coordinator, Website Administrator, as Chairman of the SMART (State Minister Advisory Relations Team) and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is currently ministering to the aging population of Jones County through weekly services at three separate nursing/care facilities.

Duane is married to Michelle and recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.  They have two children and are proud home school parents.

Bishop James Edward Swanson, Sr. | Speaker

James Edward Swanson Sr., was elected a bishop of The United Methodist Church during the Southeastern Jurisdiction Conference of 2004. He was assigned to the Holston Conference where the episcopal office is located in Knoxville, Tennessee. Swanson served the Holston Conference for eight years. Under his tenure, the Sudan Mission was initiated. The number of United Methodist congregations in Sudan grew from three to 30 between 2006 and 2012. A residential home for Sudan’s district superintendent was built and used as a training site for clergy and laity of South Sudan. Plans were laid for a campaign to raise funds for the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign that resulted in $1.2 million dollars raised by the Holston Conference.

Swanson listened to the people of Mississippi and discovered the Mississippi Conference held four values deep within their hearts – Love, Generosity, Justice, and Apprenticeship. And it is from the Core Four that the 1,100 churches seek to center their unique ministries. However, none of these big values can be accomplished alone. Bishop Swanson taught there is One Church in 1,100 locations.  He brought to Mississippi a contagious spirit of hospitality, a determination to excel at being “the you” God created each person to be. His spirited preaching has helped bring life, laughter and light to congregations in the conference and even an occasional non-Methodist congregation. He has continued to emphasize winning people to Christ, risk taking love, and crossing old boundaries to discover where the Holy Spirit is at work. Swanson continually asks Mississippians about their Glory Sightings—where they see God at work.

Swanson serves on the board of trustees for Emory University, Rust College and Millsaps College. He is the chair of the board of trustees at Gammon Theological Seminary.

Swanson is married to Delphine Yvonne Ramsey Swanson. They have the joy of being parents to six adult children, Karen Latrese Swanson Jenkins, James Edward Swanson, Jr., Shondell Swanson married to Angela Drain, Carlton Eugene Swanson married to Ivis Rosario, Janae Evonne Swanson Brown married to Vernon, and Joshua Emile’ Swanson.  They have been blessed by their children with 11 grandchildren.

Rt. Rev. Brian R. Seage | Speaker

The Rt. Rev. Brian R. Seage was elected bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi on May 3, 2014. Ordained on September 27, 2014 he succeeded the Rt. Rev. Duncan M. Gray III as the 10th bishop of Mississippi. As bishop he has created collaborative partnership between small churches in the rural Mississippi. Additionally, a ministry for people in recovery or those in need of recovery has been created. Seage serves on the dispatch of business committee for the House of Bishops. Prior to his election, Seage served as a camp director, Fresh Start facilitator and was on the diocese’s Executive Committee from 2006 through 2009. He was also a member of the diocesan Restructure Task Force. Bishop Seage previously was the rector at St. Columb’s in Ridgeland, Mississippi, where he served since 2005. He holds an undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University, a master of divinity from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, and honorary doctor of divinity degrees from the Seminary of the Southwest and The University of the South. An evangelist at heart, he is committed to inviting, transforming, and reconciling. Ordained a priest in 1998, Brian Seage served in churches in Mississippi from 1998 to 2005, growing both attendance and programming. This continued during his time at St. Columb’s, along with completing a large building project. Before entering the priesthood, Bishop Seage served as director of youth ministry for St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in his native Thousand Oaks, California.