In this session, Rev. Dr. Dennis Edwards will lead us in a dynamic discussion on the power of the Gospel. Often God is most visible among those who have been the least respected, including racial or ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, women, and people who have been displaced from their homeland. Yet in many faith communities, these are the same people whose leadership gifts are least likely to be recognized. Why does the church underutilize this God-given power? Join us as we take a deep dive into the power already present in the church- among marginalized Christians, and embrace this power for the sake of helping the church become more like Christ.

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Rev. Dr. Dennis R. Edwards is currently Associate Professor of New Testament at North Park Theological Seminary (Chicago, IL). He’s the author of 1 Peter in the Story of God Bible Commentary series (Zondervan), What is the Bible and How Do We Understand It? (Herald Press), and Might from the Margins: The Gospel’s Power to Turn the Tables on Injustice (Herald Press). Dennis has been married to Susan Steele Edwards since 1982. They are the parents of four children, and grandparents of four.


Dennis has over thirty years of urban pastoral ministry experience. He most recently served as senior pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to that, he was the founding pastor of Peace Fellowship Church in Washington, DC; associate and then lead pastor of Washington Community Fellowship on Capitol Hill (Washington, DC); and founding pastor of New Community Church in Brooklyn, NY.


Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering (Cornell University) and has been a high school science and math teacher. He also earned a Master of Divinity degree in Urban Ministry (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) as well as Master of Arts and PhD degrees in Biblical Studies (Catholic University of America). Dennis enjoys playing his flute and saxophone, as well as weightlifting and cycling—much as his body will let him.