Speakers

 

President/CEo of the Impact Movement

James "Jimmy" McGee III

James McGee, III, affectionately known as "Jimmy" has served as the President and CEO of The Impact Movement, Inc. since January 2015.  Focusing the Impact community on transformational biblical figures like Nehemiah (at Impact16) and Esther (at Impact18), Jimmy's vision is to see every student involved with The Impact Movement integrate their faith into every aspect of life; and to enthusiastically embrace and critically understand their ethnic identity as integral to the ministry of the gospel on campus, in the community, and throughout the world. Jimmy has a Masters of Arts in Applied Anthropology from Georgia State University. He is also the Founder and President of The Bitumen Group, Inc. Married to Genie, together they have 3 sons; James (Jay), Noah Aslan, and Asher Cross.
 


Pastor Emerita/author/teacher

Reverend Dr. Claudette Anderson Copeland

Reverend Dr. Claudette Anderson Copeland is a published author, a powerful preacher, a servant, and a lover of God's people. She has served in a variety of ministry settings for over 40 years. She is the founder of Claudette Copeland Ministries (Destiny Ministries of San Antonio, Texas), a national empowerment group for
women; the Hospital Chaplaincy (A.C.P.E.); and the mission field (in Haiti, South Africa, Ghana, Liberia and Kenya). She also served as a visiting professor and mentor for Doctoral Studies at United Seminary.

Psychologist/author
 

Dr. Margaret Weaver

Dr. Margaret Weaver is a licensed psychologist and founding partner of Keystone Counseling Center, a Christian counseling center in metropolitan Atlanta. An inspirational speaker, author, and life coach, she has served as a workshop, retreat, and conference speaker for churches and various organizations. She has written Don’t Give Up, the first in a series of devotional books designed to give hope, comfort, and encouragement.

 


Educator

Charity C. Haygood

Principal Charity C. Haygood is a passionate and transformative educator, who has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, and as a heroine in “The Prize,” a New York Times best-selling book. Principal Haygood has been a public school educator for more than two decades, serving thousands of students and families throughout Newark, New Jersey. Charity is deeply invested in her community, mentoring young people through Christ’s Heart Offering Satisfaction for Every Need (“C.H.O.S.E.N.”), a teen youth group that she leads with her husband. C.H.O.S.E.N. seeks to prepare young people for purpose-driven living by developing and encouraging spiritual growth, character, educational excellence, leadership skills, and community and social consciousness.

 

Activist

Jennifer Benjamin
Pinckney

Jennifer Benjamin Pinckney is the widow of slain South Carolina State Senator and Pastor, the Honorable Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney, whose life was taken in a Bible Study group at historic Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC on June 17, 2015. Jennifer has answered God's call to continue her husband's work with the establishment of a charitable foundation in his honor--The Honorable Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Foundation.


Co-lead Pastor of bayside church midtown

Efrem Smith

Efrem Smith is an internationally recognized leader who uses motivational speaking and preaching to equip people for a life of transformation. He also consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership, and community development for churches, educational institutions, and other organizations. Efrem is the former president and CEO of World Impact, an urban mission, church planting, and leadership development organization.  Currently he is the Co-Lead Pastor of Bayside Church Midtown. He is the author of the books, “Raising-up Young Heroes”, “The Hip Hop Church”, and “Jump”, and "The Post-Black and Post-White Church".

Sociologist/theologian

Harold Dean Trulear

Harold Dean Trulear, Ph.D., has served as Associate Professor of Applied Theology at Howard University School of Divinity since 2003. Through his research and activism he has been named a Fellow at the Center for Public Justice in Annapolis, Maryland, and served as a consultant to the Faith and Families portfolio of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In 2014, Dr. Trulear was named as one of “14 Faith Leaders to Watch” by the Center for American Progress.
 


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Pastor of christ our king community church

Pastor James White

Pastor James White is no stranger to the Impact stage or the Impact family!  He and his wife Cynthia were integral to the development of the Impact Movement in its early days. Pastor White and his wife currently reside in the Raleigh, NC area, where he is the Senior Pastor of Christ Our King Community Church and the Executive Vice President of Organizational Relations for the YMCA of the Triangle Area.  Always active in his local community, Pastor White is also a Board Member of the Triangle Dr. Martin Luther King Committee and Chairman of the North Carolina Dr. Martin Luther King Commission. He also serves as a guest lecturer on college campuses across the country. Recent topics have included "Racism and Religion: Do they mix?", "Race on Trial: A Look at Race Through Several Cases in the Supreme Court", and "The Real Measure of a Man".  We welcome him back to the Impact stage!!!!