Red Letter Revival is a protected, loving, Spirit-filled movement for all people, especially for those hurt or marginalized by church or society. We welcome, celebrate, and affirm every person as a child of God, made in the image of God, liberal or conservative, LGBTQI or A, rich or poor, black or brown or white. Jesus’ practice in the gospels leaves no room for exception. We invite those curious about Jesus, even if troubled by Christians. Red Letter Revival renounces self-righteousness and entitlement. We want the Spirit to move freely among us in a space that is safe for everyone.
Reverend Brenda G. Brown-Grooms is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she earned the Bachelor of Arts in Government and Foreign Affairs, with a concentration in Soviet Politics, in 1977. Reverend Brown-Grooms graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY with a Master of Divinity in 1987.
After serving as Pastoral Ministries Intern at the Riverside Church in New York, NY, and, while serving as Ministerial Intern at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, she was licensed to preach on September 15, 1985. Reverend Brown-Grooms was ordained to Christian Ministry at Berean Baptist Church, on February 24, 1991, in Nashville, TN.
After graduating from seminary, she served Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, NY.
Reverend Brown-Grooms relocated from Mount Vernon, NY to Nashville, TN to pursue the Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) at the Vanderbilt University Graduate School of Religion, in August of 1988. She has served as a Visiting Professor and Consultant at Virginia Seminary and College in Lynchburg, VA. She served as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Natural Bridge, in Natural Bridge, VA for eight years and as an Associate Minister at Sweet Union Baptist Church in Roanoke, VA.
Reverend Brown-Grooms believes very strongly in the work of the Church to create, mirror and maintain community, both among church families and the community where local congregations are situated. She believes that Church is the place where individuals can become strong enough and powerful enough to live life abundantly.
Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. For 40 years, he led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization which he founded to create and support programs serving needy communities. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the progressive Christian movement, Red Letter Christians as well as, for the Campolo Center for Ministry, a program which provides support to those the church has called to full-time ministry. He has written more than 35 books and can be found blogging regularly on tonycampolo.org and redletterchristians.org. Tony and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia and have two children and four grandchildren.
Micah Bournes is a poet, rapper, and blues singer hailing proudly from Long Beach, California. His work often touches on themes of culture, justice, and faith.
Lisa Sharon Harper – From Ferguson to New York to Germany and South Africa Ms. Harper leads trainings and helps mobilize clergy and community leaders around shared values for the common good. A prolific speaker, writer and activist, Ms. Harper is the founder and president of FreedomRoad.us (launching online Fall 2017), a consulting group dedicated to shrinking the narrative gap in our nation by convening forums and experiences that bring common understanding, common commitment, and common action toward a just world. Ms. Harper is the author of several books, including: Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican…or Democrat (The New Press, 2008), Left Right and Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics (Elevate, 2011), Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith (Zondervan, 2014), and the critically acclaimed, The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong can be Made Right (Waterbrook, a division of Penguin Random House, 2016). The Very Good Gospel, recognized as the “2016 Book of the Year” by Englewood Review of Books, explores God’s intent for the wholeness of all relationships in light of today’s headlines.
EC Glass Civic Auditorium
2111 Memorial Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24501
5:00pm – Doors open
6:00pm – Evening Revival begins
12:00am – Evening Revival ends
8:00am – Morning workshops
12:00pm – Lunch break
1:00pm – Afternoon workshops
5:00pm – Evening revival begins
10:00pm – Evening revival ends