Link Conference

Equipping and connecting leaders for multicultural ministry


Event Description:


The Link Conference is a one-day event that aims to provide training and networking for those committed to reflecting God’s Revelation 7:9-10 vision of “every tribe, tongue, and nation” in their ministry.  Diversifying a leadership team is one of the most effective yet difficult ways to develop a holistic kingdom ministry.  Many well-intended attempts to diversify leadership teams are unsuccessful due to lacking cultural awareness and underestimating the complexities of fostering racial harmony.

The Link Conference will address the following:

  • Supporting and empowering minority leaders
  • Assessing multicultural leadership readiness
  • How to prepare your organization for cultural change
  • Avoiding tokenism
  • Best practices for kingdom ministry
  • The struggles of minority leaders

The culmination of the event will be a thoughtful networking session where ministries and ministers can link up and consider how they might be able to partner in ministry.


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Schedule of events

9-11:45 Morning Session
12-1:15 Lunch/informal networking
1:30-3 Afternoon Session
3:15-4:45 Formal Networking

Lodging Information

Option 1- Area hotels at discounted rates.  


Aaron Anderson joined Vintage staff in 2013 to pastor Vintage Church Durham. Prior to coming to Vintage, he and his family were in Atlanta, where Aaron worked as Associate Director of Imprint Institute. During his time there, Aaron focused on theological education for men and women in the urban context. Aaron graduated in 2005 from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where he played Division I-AA football. Aaron worked with Kids Across America for nine years, devoting time to youth and family ministries. Aaron has a passion for discipling men and women to become who God designed them to be. He received his M.A. in Youth and Family Ministry from John Brown University, and he’s currently pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry in Christian Leadership at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Aaron and Phabienne have four children: Mathias, Parker, Brooke, and Rysa.


Pastor Jerome is the founding and teaching pastor of Vision Church. He’s married to Crystal Gay and they have two lovely children Jamari Christina Gay and Jerome Jordan Gay III. Pastor Jerome is the visionary leader of Vision Church and he serves as a dynamic teacher and servant to the city of Raleigh. He loves sports, reading and art.


Dr. Davis was born in Boston, Massachusetts where he later earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 1984. He then began his career as a Mechanical Engineer with Eaton-Nova Corporation in Beverly, Massachusetts. He was married to Christine Lee Rogers on May 14, 1988, and they have two sons and three daughters.  Dr. Davis started his seminary training while working as an engineer and earned his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1990. In 1992, Dr. Davis resigned from his engineering position to pastor the New Meadows Baptist Church in Topsfield, Massachusetts. In 1994, the Davis family followed the call of the Lord to Tokushima, Japan, where they were involved in church planting through the International Mission Board. In 1998, Dr. Davis graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, with a Ph.D. in Church History.  In October of 1998, Dr. Davis accepted a call to be the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church, Durham, NC.



Dr. Akin is the sixth president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and has been serving in the role since 2004. Known as an advocate for international missions and expository preaching, he also has a reputation as a faithful husband and father and genuine man of God. Akin and his wife Charlotte have four sons, three daughters-in-law, and 12 grandchildren.



Matthew Hodges, is married to Zinnada Hodges and they are the parents to Zenail, MaKayla, Zianna, Matthew Jr, and Zechariah. Matthew was licensed to preach in 2002 at Hilcrest Baptist Church, Hillcrest Heights, MD and ordained in 2011 at First Baptist Church, Durham, NC. He served as the Director of City Outreach from 2008-2015 at First Baptist Church Durham. Matthew serves as a Lay minister at Christ our King Community Church and is the Operations Clerk at Freshpoint, Morrisville, NC. He is a graduate of the College at Southeastern.



Walter R. Strickland II is associate vice president for kingdom diversity initiatives and assistant professor of systematic and contextual theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.





Jesse Parker grew up for the majority of his childhood and early teenage years in the Philippines. After returning state side, Jesse received his Bachelor of Arts from Ouachita Baptist University. In 2010, Jesse began his studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary from which he has earned a M.Div. and Th.M. degree, and where he is currently working to complete his PH.D in the ethics and racial identity. Jesse has been an active member of Vision Church RDU for 7 years. He has served in various leadership roles at Vision for 6 six, and begun serving as an Elder last year. He has been married to his wife, Katy, for 6 years whom he met at Southeastern, and they have two children; a daughter, Lottie, and a son, Logan.






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