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How ​do ​we ​shepherd ​the ​flock ​in ​the ​search ​for ​economically ​healthy ​and ​socially ​just ​urban ​communities? ​What ​is ​the ​role ​of ​the ​local ​church ​in ​sustainable ​human ​development? ​Where ​do ​we ​find ​guidance ​for ​those ​facing ​unemployment ​and ​neighborhood ​displacement? ​Join ​us ​to ​explore ​how ​moral ​and ​economic ​clarity ​give ​direction ​in ​our ​mission ​to ​be ​true ​disciples, ​fostering ​effective ​charity, ​empowering ​our ​congregations ​and ​creating ​a ​context ​for ​urban ​flourishing.

City FAVS ​conference ​participants ​will ​envision ​a ​new ​framework ​for ​examining ​complex ​problems ​facing ​today’s ​city, ​founded ​in ​a ​Biblical ​economic ​worldview. ​Participants ​will ​network ​with ​other ​catalysts ​for ​growth ​in ​their ​community, ​ground ​discussion ​in ​continued ​emphasis ​on ​real ​world ​applications ​of ​Biblical ​principles, ​and ​develop ​leadership ​capacity ​through ​the ​resources ​offered ​for ​each ​session.


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Hunter Baker, J.D., Ph.D.
Union University

Associate Professor of Political Science

Hunter Baker, J.D., Ph.D. serves as university fellow for religious liberty and associate professor of political science at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Dr. Baker is also an associate editor of the Journal of Markets and Morality, an affiliate scholar of the Acton Institute, and a research fellow of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. 

He has been published in the Journal of Law and Religion, Perspectives on Political Science, the Journal of Markets & Morality, Modern Age, Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, Christianity Today, and many other outlets.  He is the author of three books: The End of Secularism, Political Thought: A Student’s Guide, and The System Has a Soul.  He has also contributed chapters to several other volumes.  In 2011, Baker won the Novak Prize awarded by the Acton Institute.

Anthony Bradley, M.Div., Ph.D.
King's College

Associate Professor of Theology

Dr. Anthony Bradley, M.Div., Ph.D. is associate professor of theology at The King's College in New York City and a research fellow at the Acton 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. As a research fellow, Dr. Bradley lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad.

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. His dissertation explores the intersection of black liberation theology and economics. 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 is the author of Black and Tired: Essays on Race, Politics, Culture, and International Development and Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America. 

S. Michael Craven


S. Michael Craven became the president of BridgeBuilders in 2014. Today, BridgeBuilders is an innovative urban missionary organization that works to alleviate poverty by addressing the root spiritual and cultural conditions that foster and sustain inner-city poverty. BridgeBuilders then serves to equip and empower the culturally-disadvantaged to become self-sufficient.

Prior to his role at BridgeBuilders, Michael founded the Center for Christ & Culture where he helped Christians connect theology with life, history, and culture. An autodidactic cultural anthropologist, theologian, speaker, and author whose social commentaries are syndicated on,, and The Christian Post. Michael is also the author of Uncompromised Faith: Overcoming Our Culturalized Christianity (NavPress, 2009).

Prior to following a call into vocational ministry in 2001, Michael served as the President & CEO of Hebel, the U.S. subsidiary of a German-based multinational manufacturing company.

Trey Dimsdale, J.D.
Acton Institute

Director of Program Outreach

Trey Dimsdale, J.D. came to the Acton Institute from Fort Worth, Texas, where he served as the Associate Director and Research Fellow in Law and Public Policy for the Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement. At the Land Center, Trey helped to administrate a very active calendar of events that involved students, academics, and pastors from around the broader Christian world.

Trey is actively involved as a board member and advisor for the National Faith and Work Association, the Lausanne Movement’s Workplace Forum, and as an organizer of a program in the Balkans that seeks to equip unemployed and underemployed young people to launch new businesses.

Trey served for several years as assistant pastor for preaching, teaching, and theology on the staff of a church near Kansas City, Missouri where one of his primary responsibilities, in addition to regular preaching and teaching, was the oversight of a fully accredited K12 Christian school.

Trey holds a B.L.A. degree with emphases in Political Science, History, and Natural Sciences from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, as well as a master’s degree in theology and ethics. While in law school Trey was an active member and officer in the student division of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, a member of the UMKC National Moot Court Team and Moot Court Board, and a staff editor of the Urban Lawyer journal, the official journal of the ABA’s Local Government Practice Division. He also served as a clerk with judges on the Jackson County, Missouri Circuit Court, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District, and the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

Ronjour Locke, M.Div.
First Baptist Church of Brooklyn


Ronjour Locke, M.Div. pastors First Baptist Church of Brooklyn, located on the south side of Baltimore, MD. He is a graduate of Washington Bible College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is happily married to his wife, Annie, and they have four children.

Rev. Robert A. Sirico
Acton Institute

President and Co-founder

Rev. Robert A. Sirico received his Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic University of America following undergraduate study at the University of Southern California and the University of London.  During his studies and early ministry, he experienced a growing concern over the lack of training religious studies students receive in fundamental economic principles, leaving them poorly equipped to understand and address today's social problems.  As a result of these concerns, Fr. Sirico co-founded the Acton Institute with Kris Alan Mauren in 1990.

As president of the Acton Institute, Fr. Sirico lectures at colleges, universities, and business organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad.  His writings on religious, political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals, including: the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalForbes, the London Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Detroit News, and National Review.  Fr. Sirico is often called upon by members of the broadcast media for statements regarding economics, civil rights, and issues of religious concern, and has provided commentary for CNN, ABC, the BBC, NPR, and CBS' 60 Minutes, among others.

In April of 1999, Fr. Sirico was awarded an honorary doctorate in Christian Ethics from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and in May of 2001, Universidad Francisco Marroquin awarded him an honorary doctorate in Social Sciences.  He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pèlerin Society, the American Academy of Religion, and the Philadelphia Society, and is on the Board of Advisors of the Civic Institute in Prague.  Father Sirico also served on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission from 1994 to 1998.  His pastoral ministry has included a chaplaincy to AIDS patients at the National Institutes of Health.  He is the Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Acton Institute maintains a vigorous editorial outreach, especially through its president, Rev. Robert A. Sirico.  This site maintains an archive of many of his essays and reviews.

Father Sirico holds dual Italian and American citizenship.

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