The King Speaker Series was established in 2013 and has hosted such speakers as Max Lucado, Rachel Held Evans, Sarah Thebarge, Jennifer Rothschild and many more. It is an opportunity for people in Fort Smith to thoughtfully engage with some of the premier Christian writers and thinkers of the day
March 10th, 10am & 4pm
All King Speakers are free and open to the community.
Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). He is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores, which won the 2018 Book of the Year Award for InterVarsity Press). He also serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association and Evangelicals for Justice. In 2015, he was selected as one of the ECC’s “40 Under 40” leaders to watch, and Huffington Post named him one of the “Black Christian Leaders Changing the World.”
An ordained minister, Gilliard has served in pastoral ministry in Atlanta, Chicago, and Oakland. He earned two bachelor’s degrees (in African American Studies and History), a master’s degree in History, and a Master of Divinity degree from North Park Seminary; where he currently serves as an adjunct professor.
Mr. Gilliard is the King Speaker on March 10 at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with the topic:
The United States has more people locked up than any other country in the history of the world. We currently have more jails, prisons and detention centers than degree-granting colleges and universities. Consequently, in many areas of the country, there are more people living behind bars than on college campuses. Mass incarceration has become a lucrative industry, and the criminal justice system is plagued with bias and unjust practices. And the church has unwittingly contributed to the problem.
We serve a God whose final word is not retribution but restoration, who desires liberation, reconciliation, and reintegration for those behind bars. God invites the church to participate in setting the captives free, spiritually liberating them and emancipating them from a depraved system that defaces the imago Dei. Instead of supporting our broken system, Christians should be advocating for systemic change and pursuing a justice system that transforms lives, rehabilitates individuals, and reconciles communities. Come discover how you can participate in advocating for a justice system that authentically rehabilitates, fosters lasting transformation, and healthy reintegration to returning citizens.