2013 Bradley/Rhodes Conversation Featuring the Rev. Bobby Griffith, Jr. and Rev. CJ Rhodes

Join Rev.  CJ Rhodes and Dr. Anthony Bradley in Jackson, MS at Mt. Helm Baptist Church, February 22-23, for our 2013 conversation on the future of Christianity in the African American community in light of the history of the South.


Friday, February 22:

7pm to 9pm

“Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?” A dialogue about racial solidarity, led by Phillip Holmes, Co-Founder Reformed African American Network, with students from Jackson State University, Belhaven University, Reformed Theological Seminary, and more.

Saturday, February 23:

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 –Welcome & Introduction setting the stage, Dr. Anthony Bradley, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics, The King’s College and Research Fellow, The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty

9:00-10:15 Session 1 – Rev. Bobby Griffith, Jr., Pastor, City Presbyterian Church, PhD student in history, University of Oklahoma–“Race in the South: A Theological, Historical, and Ecclesiological  Account”

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:45 Session 2 –Rev. CJ Rhodes, Pastor, Mt. Helm Baptist Church–“Black Church as an Apostle of Liberation”

11:45–12:00 Award Ceremony

12:00 p.m. -1:30–Break for Lunch (Lunch is provided for those who RSVP)

1:30-2:45– Panel and audience Discussion with area pastors–“The Future of History: Church Partitions, Partnerships, and Praxis”–with Rev. CJ Rhodes, Pastor Mt. Helm Baptist Church, the Rev. Dr. Ligon Duncan, Senior Pastor First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS and other Jackson area

2:45pm-3:00– Closing Remarks and Dismissal

Lunch is provided for those who RSVP via admin@mthelm.org by February 18, 2013.

Location Address:

Mt. Helm Baptist Church


Church website: click here.


Announcement coming soon about our 2013 Conversation at Mt. Helm!

Conference Announcement– “Keep Your Head Up: Being Black and Christian in 21st Century Mississippi”

Conference: “Keep Your Head Up: Being Black and Christian in 21st Century Mississippi”

Join Pastor Rhodes and Dr. Bradley in Jackson, MS.

Conference Description: A new generation of Christian leaders address the intersections of theology, race, and culture in an exciting conversation about the future of the black church.

Speakers: Pastor CJ Rhodes, Mount Helm Baptist Church, Jackson, MS, and Dr. Anthony B. Bradley, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics, The King’s College, New York, NY, editor of Keep Your Head Up: America’s New Black Christian Leaders, Social Consciousness, and the Cosby Conversation.

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 –A Celebration of Praise and Worship in Black Church Traditions

9:00-10:15 Session 1 –Dr. Anthony Bradley, “Reformed Theology, White Privilege, and Black Liberation.”

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:15 Session 2 –Pastor CJ Rhodes, “Liberating the Black Church”

11:30–1:00—Break for Lunch (Lunch is provided)

1:00 p.m. -2:15– Panel and Audience Discussion: “Is the Black Church Dead?”

2:15-2:30–Final Remarks and dismissal.

Lunch is provided for those who RSVP via admin@mthelm.org by February 6, 2012.

Location Address:

Mt. Helm Baptist Church


Church website: click here.

Who is Pastor CJ Rhodes

Compared by some to Martin Luther King, Jr., Pastor C. Edward Rhodes, II, is the youngest pastor in Mt Helm’s history. A native Mississippian, he is the son of famed civil rights attorney Carroll Rhodes, Sr., and the former Doris Williams. When he was about one year old, his mother dedicated him back to God, like Hannah did Samuel, and his life seemed to be marked for greatness ever since.

Affectionately called CJ by family and friends, Pastor Rhodes attended Hazlehurst City Schools. While in high school he exhibited great leadership by re-establishing the student government and composing its new constitution, and serving as the first student representative on the school board. It was also during this time that he embraced his public speaking gifts by delivering famous MLK speeches at his school and local churches.

After graduating with honors from Hazlehurst High School in 2000, the same year he received his call to Christian ministry, Pastor Rhodes began his higher education career at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). Under the spiritual mentorship of Bishop Arnold Stanton, pastor/founder of New Life Cathedral of Worship in Hazlehurst, Pastor Rhodes initiated a life of faithful witness to the Gospel. During his college years, Pastor Rhodes served in local Baptist and nondenominational churches and led campus ministries. Though beginning his studies in International Studies, he graduated in 2004 with a BA in Philosophy.

In 2009 Pastor Rhodes graduated from the prestigious Divinity School at Duke University with his Masters of Divinity (MDiv) as a Dean’s Scholar and Fund for Theological Education Ministry Fellow. There he served as Vice President of the Black Seminarians Union, an intern chaplain for both the seminary and a hospital, and was voted by his peers to preach the 2008 student orientation sermon. Having travelled nationally and to two Latin American countries, Pastor Rhodes is a much sought after preacher, consultant, and ministry strategist.

Ordained in 2009 by Rev. Dr. Maurice Wallace, pastor of Cornerstone Church, Pastor Rhodes’ formation by various Christian influences — among them Baptist, Methodist, and Pentecostal — is evident in his ecumenical spirit and commitment to the global Church’s renewal and relevance.

Pastor Rhodes currently serves on the board of the Urban League of Greater Jackson, is a member of the National YALT Advisory Committee (Children’s Defense Fund), and is the President of the Farish St/Main St Project. Denominationally, he is a member of the Young Ministers Division and the Education Committee of the General Missionary Baptist State Convention. He has been recognized by the Mississippi State Legislature, the Jackson City Council, several civic organizations, and local media for his bold, Spirit-led church and citywide leadership. Innovative and visionary, Pastor Rhodes is one of this nation’s emerging transformative leaders.

Who is Anthony Bradley

Anthony Bradley, Ph.D is Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at The King’s College in New York City and serves as a Research Fellow at the Acton Institute.

Dr. Bradley lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is the author of Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America and Black and Tired: Essays on Race, Politics, Culture, and International Development. His writings on religious and cultural issues have been published in a variety of journals, including: the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Detroit News, and World Magazine. Dr. Bradley is called upon by members of the broadcast media for comment on current issues and has appeared on NPR, CNN/Headline News, Fox News and Court TV Radio, among others. He studies and writes on issues of race in America, hip hop, youth culture, issues among African Americans, the American family, welfare, education, and modern international forms of social injustice, slavery, and oppression. From 2005-2009, Dr. Bradley was Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO where he also directed the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute.

Dr. Bradley holds Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from Clemson University, a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Westminster Theological Seminary.

New Book: Keep Your Head Up

Keep Your Head Up: America’s New Black Christian Leaders, Social Consciousness, and the Cosby Conversation, edited by Anthony B. Bradley (Crossway 2012).

“Dr. Bradley consistently brings poignant insights into the Christian, black, and hip-hop communities. Here he gives worldview-shifting challenges and profound, timeless solutions. I’m grateful to know him and have this book in my hands.”

—LeCrae Moore, hip-hop artist, Rehab Records

“Keep Your Head Up challenges the churches to not let traditions and culture keep them from missing the past two generations of young people who have been unchurched. Bradley encourages the church to be intentional in building open, listening relationships with those who have been influenced by hip-hop and gangsta rap. The church must become more user-friendly to these dear ones in our communities.”
—Donovan E. Case, President, African Americans For Missions (AAFM)

“Dr. Bradley’s call for psychological and spiritual wholeness is a daring, needed charge to our ethnic communities. It is my hope that the thorough brand of freedom he envisions will accompany the resurgence of the gospel in our cities and families.”
—Jason Wright, 7-year NFL veteran; MBA Candidate, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

“Keep Your Head Up is candid, convicting, and balanced. Bradley assembles a great team of Christian thinkers who create a dialog between Augustine, Bell, Hooks, Ice Cube, and William Julius Wilson on one hand and Bill Cosby, Alvin Poussaint, and Eric Michael Dyson on the other. The writers provide great cultural, statistical, and historical analysis of the Come On, People and Is Bill Cosby Right? approaches to complex social issues within Black America and of how far we have to go to overcome. Along the way, they redefine black church, black theology, and what it means to be African-American, producing a fresh new call for the church to hear the truth. This is a significant discussion needed in every church in America so that the ‘One New Man’ can solve the institutionalized and self-inflicted problems facing the African-American community. This work demonstrates that the applied gospel in the hands of the church of Jesus Christ is sufficient to meet the needs of a community that often still faces the reality of living in a present hell.”
—Eric C. Redmond, Senior Pastor, Reformation Alive Baptist Church, Temple Hills, Maryland

“There has been an epidemic among African-Americans for many generations. I am excited that this book highlights the reality of the epidemic from a Christ-centered paradigm, focusing on him and not the false American dream of ‘pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.’ I pray this book alarms the redeemed to the reality of this call. This is a generational issue that beckons the talents, resources, visions, and gifts from the body of Christ at large.”
—Adam Thomason, Lead Teaching Pastor, Damascus Road, Flint, Michigan; author, Red Revolution: Seeing the World Through the Lens of Christ

Rhodes/Bradley Video Clips