We have yet to announce speakers for Reload 2015. In the meantime, learn more about the dynamic speakers who contributed the 10th anniversary of Chicago Reload on Saturday, April 5, 2014: Pastor Phil Jackson and Justine Conley.
Pastor, The House Covenant Church
Phil Jackson is the founder and lead pastor of The House Covenant Church—Chicago’s first Christ-centered, hip hop worship service reaching people every Saturday. He also serves as an associate pastor for Lawndale Community Church (LCC) on Chicago's West Side. For more than two decades, Phil has served God full-time on the front lines of urban youth ministry. The House has been featured on BET, Fox News Chicago, MSNBC Nightly News, PBS, WGN, as well as in Jet, Ebony, Campus Life, the New York Times, and the Chicago Sun-Times.
Phil is co-author of the book The Hip-Hop Church, which is in its fifth edition. His writing is published in theological journals and in several magazines each month—including Gospel Today—and he has also contributed chapters and articles in several books relating to youth ministry. In addition, he is a contributing author and editor for the Urban Devotional Bible and a contributing writer for A Heart for the Community: New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry.
Phil founded The House Development Corporation to purchase and convert an abandoned firehouse into the Firehouse Community Arts Center. In partnership with LCC and the House Covenant Church, the former Chicago fire station currently serves as an important venue for providing hands-on cultural programming and training. Phil has a bachelor of arts in communication from Trinity International University and is currently a John Perkins Scholar at Northern Theological Seminary, pursuing a master of divinity with an emphasis in Christian community development.
For more than 25 years, Justine Conley has lived out her call as a minister of the Gospel in many avenues and jobs. She counts it as a privilege to ignite, inform. and inspire people of all ages and stages of their lives to live their best lives and to live fully into themselves. As the founder of J Conley Consulting, she serves as a life coach and and is much sought after as a conference and fundraising banquet speaker.
She is currently working on two books on the topics of celebrating life and trusting God. She served on the Young Life youth ministry staff for 19 years, from 1986 to 2005, completing her tenure with the youth-focused organization as urban vice president of the Midwest and Northern Division. Her passion continues to be the development of young women leaders and assisting in the process of tapping into their raw talents and discovery of their purpose, passion, and place. Justine makes her home in Chicago and is the proud mother of two adult children and one grandson.