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We know that the challenges – racial division, economic distress, underperforming schools, broken families – are as daunting as they are destructive. Despite decades of good intentions, public monies, private donations, and countless programs, we’ve barely moved the poverty needle. But there are principles that can help us exchange “toxic” forms of charity for strategies that produce individual dignity, earned success, and community restoration.

What might this look like in Milwaukee? We invite you to join us for an intimate discussion with two visionary leaders in poverty alleviation: Pastor Christopher Brooks of Evangel Ministries leads several initiatives that are transforming lives and neighborhoods in Detroit. Hon. Paul J. Bonicelli, director of programs and education at Acton Institute, spent 8 years at USAID as a presidential appointee.


Pastor Chris Brooks is senior pastor at Evangel Ministries, a thriving church that works to equip Christians, enrich families and empower communities in urban Detroit. He also serves as campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, he is author of Kingdom Dreaming (2009) and Urban Apologetics (2014). He graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in finance, completed his M.A. in Christian apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.

Hon. Paul J. Bonicelli is director of programs and education at Acton Institute. He was an assistant administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development; a professional staff member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives; and an official delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. He served as a professor in the Robertson School of Government and as executive vice president at Regent University, provost at Houston Baptist University, and dean of academic affairs at Patrick Henry College. Bonicelli holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Tennessee.

Hosted by the Acton Institute Alumni Assocation

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Wisconsin Club
900 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233
United States


6:30 PM Doors Open
6:30 PM Reception
7:00 PM Lecture


To RSVP, pelase contact Patrick Oetting at or (260) 797-9377

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