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African American Church Evangelism Institute

Partnering with Pastors to Cultivate Conversion Growth

The African American Church Evangelism Institute is catalyzing a movement of evangelism and mission in communities through local African American churches across the country.

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59% of churches across America are either plateauing or declining, 31% of churches are growing primarily through transfer growth and only 10% of churches are growing significantly through conversion growth. Through a two-year cohort, pastors learn how to revitalize their congregation by becoming “conversion communities”, where churched and unchurched people come to faith, grow in their faith, and become more welcoming places for young Millennials and Gen Z.

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Meet Our Director

Brandi N. Williams is our Director for the African American Church Evangelism Institute. She is also the lead writer for our Growing Younger curriculum.

Brandi is a TEDS graduate (M.A., Theological Studies) & is a Ph.D. Candidate (Organizational Leadership) at Eastern University.

Her research explores the role of the Black Church in business creation to be used as a catalyst for developing economic solutions within the African American community. Brandi has over 15 years of ministry and nonprofit experience, including program development, event management, business development, Gen Z discipleship, preaching, teaching, and workshop facilitation. She has served within several predominately African American megachurch ministries such as Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, New Life Covenant South East- Chicago, and Mt. Zion Baptist Church-Nashville.

Brandi leads AACEI in its overall vision, strategy, direction, and branding. As a member of our research team, she also champions pastors and churches to reach and develop Gen Z. 

Our Team

Wheaton College
Dr. Rick Richardson
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Kennedy Evans
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Dr. Dee Crye, Ed.D.
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