Musician and man of God Duce Branch - “The Ambassador” - will open our hearts to the groundbreaking ministry of Christian Hip-Hop and the unique outreach of this musical style has had on communities. He will also delve into the many ways Art can be used to powerfully express God’s glory and to point people to Jesus!
William “Duce” Branch is a Christian Hip Hop Artist and also serves as Assistant Professor of Preaching and Bible and Undergraduate Chapel Coordinator for the College at Southeastern, Wake Forest, NC. Duce began studies at Philadelphia Biblical University and eventually graduated from Lancaster Bible College and received his Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He went on to co-plant and co-pastor an urban church in North Philadelphia. As a Christian hip-hop artist, Duce has recorded independently and as a founding member of The Cross Movement.
He is married to Michelle Branch and they have five children.
Chris Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area. Chris served for 20 years as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also served as the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently pursuing a DMin degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of 6 children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, Sophia, and Christyana.