1. These times demand a revelatory vision. 
2.  We must release the Gospel of the Kingdom.
3. Most African-American churches don’t have a global missions sending mechanism.
4. Most prominent Western missionary training organizations are almost completely disconnected from relationships with historically black denominations, ministries, and communities.
5. We believe God is extending a bold and audacious challenge to the whole Body of Christ to  raise up a missions movement out of every predominantly black and minority community in America.

What we will be doing...


We will acknowledge the rich and unique contributions of African-Americans in the history of Global Missions and re-envision the Church with God’s dream for the whole Church to carry the whole Gospel.  


Bring everyone to the table for a time of strategic mission ideation and innovation. Around tables, we’ll deep dive into important questions and seek the Lord together for answers.


Learn from some of the world’s foremost African-American missiological practitioners. We will pray and assimilate ideas and thought into action and practical next steps.

Meet the Speakers.

*Please note this is a growing list and speakers will be added in the weeks to come.

REV. Jonathan thomas

Civil Righteousness
As a missionary and prayer mobilizer, Jonathan has spearheaded extensive evangelism,
prayer, and repentance gatherings in cities across the nation.
In 2018, he founded Civil
Righteousness. Today, he directs prayer-fueled evangelism, community transformation, and ethnic reconciliation initiatives in hundreds of cities across the globe with a special emphasis in Portland, Oregon and St. Louis, Missouri. 

Timothy Harakal

Launch Global

Timothy Harakal is married to his amazing wife Madeleine, whom he met at the University of Texas in Austin. He has been working for Launch Global training and sending long-term global workers for the last 7 years.  He is currently the Director of Mobilization for Matthias' Lot Church, as well as serving as a Launch Global Area Leader. He is believing God that this could be the generation that the fullness of the body fulfills the task our Lord Jesus gave us - the completion of the Great Commission!  

Pastor adrian reeves

Adrian Reeves is a missions mobilizer and Executive Director for the National African American Missions Council. He majored in Sociology at the University of Maryland College Park receiving the Hillman Entrepreneurs Scholarship Award. His experience in human resources and non-profit management have allowed him to train ministry and marketplace leaders for positive cultural impact.

Dr. Krystle Roberts

Launch Global

Krystle Roberts, born & raised in a small town in Texas.  In college, she was convicted of her lack of concern with the calling of the great commission. The Lord lead her to pursue the discipleship and long term sending of African Americans among the unreached people in the 10/40 window through joining Launch Global. Her desire is to see the sleeping Giant of the African American Church rise up and take its place in the Kingdom and get back to a place of equipping and sending long term laborers among the unreached. More specifically, she hopes to see a holistic transformation and approach in the entire process from training to sustaining  African Americans for staying long term in the field in order to see the Gospel reach where it currently does not. 



Rev. Sonji Y. Pass is a Regional Director at a missions organization in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining staff she served as a cross cultural worker in Kenya for over 12 years. She is passionate about culture, hospitality, the nations, and reconciliation. Sonji has received extensive intercultural development training and holds a degree in Intercultural Studies.  Her great desire is for all humanity to see themselves through the eyes of the One who created them!


AMbassadors Fellowship, INTL.

Two of our guest speakers are currently African American missionaries in Closed Countries. For their safety we can not share their names or pictures publicly without endangering them or their work. These individuals are incredible servants with powerful  testimonies and a deep understanding of the way of Jesus. 

Jason Thomas


Jason Thomas is the African American Church Mobilization Strategist for the International Missions Board.  In this capacity, Thomas works with nearly 4,000 African American churches across the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) to mobilize pastors and church members to pray, give, go and send.


We will have a strategic time of discussion where we innovate and activate together. This time will be the centerpiece of our summit. Your voice is wanted and desperately needed.

Who was George Liele?

Freed from the bonds of chattel slavery in 1773, George Liele chose to spend the strength of his life advancing the Gospel. On May 20, 1775, he became the first ordained African American Baptist preacher in America. He then organized the first African American Baptist Church in North America, which is still in existence today. Though William Carey is called the father of the modern missionary movement,  Liele left America and planted the gospel in Jamaica a full ten years before Carey left England. Beyond being both the inheritance and the calling of the African-American community, His legacy belongs to the whole Church and is a critical key to fulfilling the Great Commission in this age.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Check-in and fellowship time will start at  5:30pm on Wednesday. The first session is free and open to the public at 6:30pm on Wednesday. Thursday will be a full day from 9:00am-9:30pm. More details will be sent out closer to the summit dates.

Are meals included? 

The registration fee includes lunch on Thursday, but will not include dinners.

Upon Check-in you will receive a welcome packet with a variety of restaurants in the area. It will also include information about some of our team's favorite attractions in St. Louis in case you plan on extending your stay.

TRAVEL and Accommodations 

The St. Louis Lambert International Airport is only about a 10-15 minute drive to the church where the GLMS will be hosted. Any of the airport hotels or nearby Airbnbs would be good options. 

Are there scholarships available?

There will be a limited number of scholarships available. You can request a scholarship by emailing Please include if you are with an organization or if you are/have a desire to become a missionary.