The Great Awakening Conference have gathered some the most prestigious national and global leaders in Hebrew movement that will share in symposium and workshop formats in Detroit, MI. There’s a broad range of faith and academic leaders, speakers, pastors, morehs, children & youth leaders, and training instructors you will encounter at the Conference. Workshops for all ages will be interactive and experiential, providing an engaging space where participants actively engage with ideas and have opportunities for critical reflection and dialogue with the speaker and each other.
Ronald Dalton Jr was born in Pittsburgh, PA to African-American parents who experienced the Civil Rights Movement of the 60's from opposite perspectives of black life in America. Ronald's mother grew up in New York City housing projects in Harlem, product of a mixed heritage by way of Virginia and the West Indies (Antigua). While his mother was living amongst the Black Power movement and its notable leaders such as Malcolm X and Huey Newton, Ronald's father resided in West Virginia, forced to live under the oppressive, and often violent racism of the Jim Crow Era. The two would meet in the church at the renown Greater Refuge Temple in Harlem, NY., and go on to marry and build successful careers; his father as a pediatrician, and his mother as a LPN, and then a Special Ed teacher. Eventually Ronald would come along as the first of seven; little did Ronald Sr. and Gale know, their firstborn was destined to be a visionary, truth seeker, and a notable leader in a great movement amongst his people.
Onleilove (pronounced Onlylove) Chika Alston, Founder of Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering the Black Biblical Destiny was born and raised in East New York, Brooklyn. For over 10-years she had done faith-based community organizing and advocacy, in her most recent position she served as the executive director at PICO-Faith in New York, where she leads a multiracial and multifaith organizing federation of 70+ congregations representing 80,000 New Yorkers who are working to Build the Beloved City-where all of God’s children can live in dignity. Onleilove is also a minister, speaker, and writer.
AFTER receiving her bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a minor in African-American studies from Penn State University, she completed a year of service with AmeriCorps Public Allies New York. In 2011, she received her Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work degrees from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University School of Social Work, respectively. HER writing has been featured in Sojourners Magazine, Huff Post Religion, The Black Commentator and NPR’s On Being blog, as well as in other print and online publications. Having experienced poverty and homelessness, she has developed a compassion for people fueled by her passion for justice, and knows that the gospel is truly “good news to the poor.” Onleilove serves on Mayor Bill de Blasio's Clergy Advisory Council, the board of directors for Sojourners and ALIGN, as a Commissioner for the Poor People’s Campaign and on the advisory boards for the Women’s Organizing Network and The Micah Institute. She has completed The Beatitudes Society Senior Fellowship, The Collegeville Institute Fellowship and the FPWA Faith and Justice Fellows Program. A womanist Onleilove writes and lectures on the implicit bias of colorism and its impact on African-American women; leading A Women’s Theology of Liberation and Live Free W.O.M.B. (Women Organizing Out of Mass Incarceration and Brutality) for the PICO Network. In 2016 Onleilove testified before the United Nations Working Group for People of African Descent on Mass Incarceration’s Impact on Black Women & Girls. SHE has been a featured speaker and workshop facilitator at CCDA, Dartmouth College, Why Christian, Sojourners Summit, The 2015 African Hebrew Conference in Israel and The Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference among other conferences, congregations, Dartmouth College, NY Theological Seminary, The City University of NY and Union Theological Seminary among other universities and organizations.
FOR her writing and activism work, Onleilove has received the Public Allies New York Local Alumni Award, The Lost Angels Society Survivor Award, The Bennett Fellowship for Social Justice from Auburn Seminary, the National Association of Social Workers-NYC Scholarship for Social Justice, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Minority Coalition Young Adult Award, and the 2011 Evangelical Press Association’s Student Writer of the Year First Place Award for her Sojourners cover story: “Dethroning King Coal: Christians defend a way of life, and the earth, in Appalachia.”
HER travels and work have taken her to Scotland, England, Switzerland, Israel, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo. She has ministered to and documented Hebrew communities in Nigeria and Ghana and serves as the Ambassador for the Igbo-Hebrew Heritage Cultural Foundation. Her first book Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering the Black Biblical Destiny will be published by Voices Publishing in the summer of 2018.
ONLEILOVE has 5 siblings and a large extended family. She worships at Beth-El The House of Yahweh, a 65-year old Messianic Hebrew congregation in the South Bronx. For everything she has accomplished Chika says To Yah Be the Glory! Her website is www.PropheticWhirlwind.com.
Pastor Charles Dowell Jr. knows firsthand of the severity of the curses found in Deuteronomy; Devarim 28. For the past 28 years he has taught thousands of believers how to get free from the oppressor that is manifest amongst us. Pastor Dowell have been married to his wife Carol Dowell for 35 years. From the city streets of Nashville Tennessee, to the airplanes of the United States 82nd Airborne Army Division, this man has an incomparable record and history. He is a skilled tactical veteran, a self-acquired construction builder, he is the head of nine Israelites Communities and many home fellowships scattered throughout America, he is a powerful Pastor ordained by the righteous witnesses of his lifestyle and holiness. He has travelled much and knows much.
Pastor Charles Dowell Jr. is beyond passionate about the Most High’s gathering and restoration. He is a true Jeremiah 3:15 Pastor according to Our Creator’s Heart. His life story will captivate you. Pastor's ability to deliver the message of Salvation is unparalleled. His sincere set-apart Acts Chapter 2 life-style is an untouchable example of his beliefs.
Pastor Charles Dowell Jr. is followed internationally on his soaring YouTube channel. His online church website is captivating with hundreds of thousands of global followers. His outreach is transforming today’s generation. For those of you seeking the commandments of Elohim, your lives will never be the same. You can find the proof of his pastoral excellence within the mixed multitude of Israelites at StraitwayTruth.com. The 21st Century has never seen a man as Yah-Fearing as this. If you forget his impeccable titles, you cannot forget his integrity. Pastor Dowell is just a servant.
Michael Laws has had a long interest in the Biblical Feasts of the Bible. He taught seminars concerning this message of Hebraic roots of the Christian faith in various churches, prisons and workshops throughout the United States, Europe and Africa. Michael received an award from Governor Engler for his hard work in the prison ministry.
During the 1990’s while being Assistant Pastor at Christ Temple of Westland, Michigan, Michael received his D.D. in 1997 and later founded Sharath Ministries which was a teaching ministry focused on what he called the Hebrew roots of the Christian faith. He was called to Pastor Christ Temple of Ypsilanti, Michigan where he made significant discoveries of how the Hebrew/Eber language and culture were the missing link to why the Christians did not understand the Biblical Feasts. In 2007 Michael and his wife Sandra founded Congregation Beit Ephraim which is a Hebraic oriented congregation that teach the Hebrew/Eber language and culture.
Michael has since learned to read, write and teach the Hebrew language. His latest project is the long-awaited book called the “Journey into the Biblical Feasts of YHWH.”
Rabbi Akwetey Amaah is founder of Kingdom of Kings Academy World Wide and Leadership for The 3rd World. He is an accomplished author, global lecturer, renowned educator, Bible scholar, counselor, and thinker. He makes use of ancient wisdom and modern wit to captivate his audiences around the world. Rabbi Amaah is a professionally-ranked speaker and lecturer who have touched the lives of people from all walks of life, transforming many by his provocative questions, eyeopening lectures, revealing seminars, and captivating interviews.
Kingdom of Kings Academy World Wide is a place where biblical study comes to life. It is geared towards those seeking in-depth and textual understanding of the Bible from its original Hebraic perspective. Rabbi Amaah still serves as Dean and Senior Lecturer at Kingdom of Kings Academy World Wide.
Leadership For The 3rd World is an international leadership organization created to address the challenges of 21st-century leaders and their philosophies within the context of the 3rd World and the Diaspora. Its goals are to educate and rebuild self-concepts, self-worth, and self-esteem with a focus of erasing the stain of oppression and abuse on the 3rd World conscience.
Rabbi Amaah’s philosophy is, “TEACH DON’T PREACH!” Preaching sometimes conveys information in a way that has a “fire and brimstone” quality without paying attention to how the audience actually interacts with what is being said or how the audience feels. The preacher often conveys an emotionally-charged message that emphasizes the “straightening out” of the individual to accept what is being communicated, sine quaestione, and neglecting to highlight the importance of thought-provoking, reflective questioning in the individual. Teaching, on the other hand, invites the questioner to contemplate the subject matter at hand and provides an opportunity for clarity of the subject matter. It spurs the individual on to more in-depth, contemplative research and meaningful study. Moreover, the audience gets time to interact with and understand the subject matter on their own terms, at their level. Teaching encourages authentic exploration of a subject matter without judgment.
A first generation high school and college graduate, Dr. Kenneth Howard is a community activists, pastor, professor, prolific motivational speaker, visionary, businessman, and community leader.
He is the Senior Pastor of New Breed Assembly, Adjunct Professor at multiple universities, community colleges, and seminaries in the Detroit, MI area. He is the author of “The Forgotten Ways: A Deviation of Biblical Practices and Worship.” He is the President of New Breed Community Development Corporation, Co-Founder and President of Coalition of Non-Profit Agencies of Detroit (CONPAD), Founder of The Awakening Reformation Association of Hebrew Assemblies and Ministries. Co-Founder of Hebrew Academy of Detroit, Founder and President of New Breed School of Ministry, Founder of New Breed Economic Development Cooperative, President of Kingdom Konsultants a Business Consulting Firm. He owns Habiru Vegan Style Restaurant.
Dr. Howard married his college sweetheart, the former Tawana McDowell of Flint, MI. Together they have four children Mary a student at Michigan State University, Kaleb, a High School Senior, Faith, a High School Sophomore, & Joshua.
He holds an Associates and Bachelor of Science from Ferris State University. He has earned a Master of Science in Business Management from Cornerstone University, graduating with a 3.9 g.p.a. receiving the honors of summa cum laude and the Distinguish Graduate Student Award.” He went on to earn a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts from Ecumenical Theological Seminary. In 2010, he earned his Doctorate degree at Ecumenical Theological Seminary, where his dissertation title was “ReThinking Theological Education - Training Laity in a Local Assembly Context." Dr. Howard became the first in the history of the seminary to graduate with all three graduate level degrees offered by this Asscoiation of Theological Schools (ATS) accredited institution. While in Seminary, Dr. Howard completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit, MI through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).
Pastor Dr. Howard is the Senior Pastor of New Breed Assembly located in Warren, MI. New Breed Assembly is a Messianic, Charismatic , Hebraic Roots, community of believers. As a Torah-Apostolic Scriptures Teaching, Spirit-Filled Ministry Community, they actively teach the Hebrew Roots of the faith. The goal this Assembly is to encourage believers to come out of pagan worship and return to Yah’s commandments, and our savior, Yahusha HaMashiach. New Breed is a non-sectarian, non-denominational, non-camp affiliated, reformed community of Believers. They are a group of Messianic believers who are awakening Biblical Hebrews/Seed of Jacob/Tribe of Judah to their original identity and heritage, and seek to awaken the Body of Yahusha from the anti-biblical doctrines of modern-day Christianity.
Dr. Howard has serves as an adjunct professor for Grace College, Oakland County Community College, Wayne County Community College District, and Ecumenical Theological Seminary. He teaches Philosophy, Ethics, Logic, Business, Humanities, History, World Religions, Church History, Hebrew Scriptures, and Systematic Theology. He is also a full-time professor of Systematic Theology at New Breed School of Ministry.
In 2001, Dr. Howard and his wife Tawana together planted an Assembly in his home town of Detroit, MI. On November 11, 2001, his assembly, Bada Christian Center, held its first service at his high school alma mater, Detrioit Finney High School. In 2005 Dr. Howard and a group of organizers have trans-planted the ministry to established New Breed Assembly [www.newbreedassembly.org]. This outreach centered urban-based Assembly has impacted over 98,093 community residents and parishioners through feeding, clothing, tutoring, educating, training, preaching, and providing hope in its history under the direction of Dr. Howard.
The New Breed Community Development Corporation (NBCDC) [www.newbreedcdc.org], was started by Dr. Ken Howard in November 2005 and was conceived from the realization that serious social and economic problems existed on the east-side of Detroit and the Metro area. Dr. Howard started this leading organization to meet the felt-needs of the community and cater to the existential realities of the marginalized, low income, disenfranchised, and the most vulnerable in society.
Dr. Howard serves on the following boards: Ecumenical Theological Seminary, New Breed Community Development Corporation, Hebrew Academy of Detroit, The Awakening Reformation Association of Hebrew Assemblies and Ministries, Jermaine Jackson Community Center, and Mt. Clemens Coalition against Drugs.
Dr. Frankie H. Young, Apostle, the Founder and General Overseer of Hope Evangelical Ministries, founded HEM in April of 1991, after many years of prayer, fasting, and seeking the Lord. Built on faith, Apostle Young began the ministry in the basement of her home with only one member. In April of 1994, with 12 members, great faith and the Word from the Lord, the ministry purchased and completely renovated a building located at 18980 Wyoming. Within 1 year after the purchase and total renovation of the new church home, the ministry was completely debt free. Due to rapid growth, in February 1999, the HEM family moved and completely renovated its current location at 4600 Livernois. Hope has brought life and the good news of the gospel to an otherwise blighted area of the city.
The ministry offers an excellent biblical training curriculum that empowers participants to lay a solid spiritual foundation. Courses such as New Covenant Partners Class, Catechism 1 and Sunday School develop and elevate believers in every phase of spiritual maturity. In April of 2003, the Hope Ecclesiastical Studies International opened. This awesome school offers a 2-year biblical studies certification program.
In only 12 years, Hope Evangelical Ministries has grown and has expanded its borders reaching affiliated ministries across the world in St. Thomas, Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean islands; South Africa, London, England; Ghana and Nigeria, just to name a few. The ministry's goal of bringing believers to a place of maturity as they assume their rightful place in the Body of Christ is being accomplished. With a focus on the pure Word of God, Apostle Young, the ministers and the leadership at Hope cater to the needs of covenant partners, the community, and the Body of Christ. Hope's slogan, “Where Eagles Gather”, further highlights the ministry's commitment to prepare covenant partners to soar, as eagles to their God-given destiny. The church has numerous ministries, auxiliaries, departments, and dedicated partners that enable the ministry to grow and to continue to accomplish this awesome vision.
The heart of Hope's leaders and the ministry is outreach, reaching the world with the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When Apostle Young received the vision for Hope, she was wearing overalls, a painter's cap, and she was literally building the church. God intended Hope to be a working ministry that reached out to those in need. The ministry offers many outreach programs that feed the hungry, members visit and minister to prisoners, the elderly, individuals in hospitals and nursing homes. In addition, Hope's Evangelistic Outreach team walks through the streets of the community to witness to the lost. Within the church, deliverances take place, people's lives are transformed and members have been healed and delivered from substance abuse, AIDS, various cancers, other diseases, and such like.
Hope also reaches out to the world through radio and television. The ministry sponsors a local and national radio and television program that shares the pure Word of God with the world. As a part of its outreach, the ministry desires to bring global economic development to the Body of Christ. HEM has adopted and assumed financial and spiritual responsibilities for communities in Ghana and prisons in the Caribbean islands with the goal of further expansion. Since a power packed ministry trip to Trinidad in 2003, 2 credit unions have been established and opened and people have become aware of their economic ability and responsibility.
Hope Evangelical Ministries strongly believes in prosperity and in setting the captive free, especially in the area of economic development and empowerment. The ministry strives to develop successful entrepreneurs and motivate covenant partners to become viable members of the community who willingly finance the work of the ministry. Within the local church, and as the pastors teach and travel around the world, the spirit of poverty is being broken and hope is being restored.
Dr. Frankie H. Young, Apostle has earned many degrees including a bachelor's degree in biblical studies, two master's degrees and a doctorate in divinity. She is an ordained and consecrated Apostle and Bishop. She is also a Prophet who speaks what thus says the Lord. Apostle Young presides over the diocese of HEM as well as other ministries around the world. She is a much sought after speaker who has traveled throughout North America, the Caribbean islands, and Africa. In addition to founding Hope, she is also the founder of HESI and acts as the school's Chancellor. In addition, Apostle Young is an author, songwriter, instructor, mother, and grandmother.
Elaine Carlis is an attorney with over 35 years of legal experience in labor and employment law, civil rights litigation, and Appeals. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Tuskegee University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Wayne State University. She has extensive experience in representing and defending employment and labor relations cases such as wrongful discharge, race and gender discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, as well as other civil rights violations such as termination of parental rights, predatory lending, wrongful foreclosure and mortgage fraud. She is currently an administrative hearing officer for the City of Detroit
Her clients have included the Southfield Teachers Association, Members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, City of Detroit and ASFME employees, Ambassador Bridge union members, the Licensed Practical Nurses’ Association of Hutzel Hospital, UAW union members for Ford, GM and Chrysler and the City of Flint. Ms. Carlis has successfully defended the owners of Safeway Transportation, a bus company providing busing services for the Detroit public schools, in a breach of contract action involving millions of dollars.
Ms. Carlis’ academic experience includes employment with Tuskegee University as an Assistant Professor in the School of Business where she served as a business school consultant to the Alabama Small Business Development Center and provided training and human relations classes on civil rights violations, sexual harassment, race and gender discrimination and other aspects of employment law to employers of major corporations in the State of Alabama. She also taught a course entitled “Emerging Trends in Collective Bargaining and Labor Law” for graduate students in the College of Urban Affairs, with the Walter Reuther Program at Wayne State University.
Jubilee Hosanna-Praise Jackson is a 5’1” 22-year-old firecracker. Her passion for YAHUAH’s Truth is manifested through her personality and art. She plays five instruments as well as produces and writes her own music, which will be coming out soon. Additionally, Jubilee travels around the world and shares encouraging yet convicting messages through spoken word poetry. Her instagram is deliberately named “@israels_jubilee” as a future hope that YAHUAH will use her to help bring in the nation’s jubilee, meaning liberation, restoration, and celebration according to the ideals in Leviticus 25. Jubilee Hosanna-Praise believes that in order to empower this new generation of Truth-seekers, we have to have collective authenticity, open hearts, and originality. Lastly, she hopes that everyone can tune into what the Most High Yah’s purpose is for each individual life so we can become a better and stronger nation in unity.
Moreh AsaYah Demessie has been in ministry for 30 plus years. He served as a Youth Minister, Evengelist, associate minister, and a founding Pastor. Currently serving as Moreh/Pastor at an Assembly in Durham, NC.