Afam conference 2020 logo

AFAM Conference 2020

Discipleship: A Work in Progress

Saturday morning you will choose from 6 tracks. These tracks give more than a basic level in teaching and application on that subject.
Discipleship as an African American Man
Discipleship as an African American Woman
Discipleship as an African American Parent
Discipleship as an African American Church
Discipleship and Racial Reconciliation
Discipleship as a non-African American, but wants to Learn and Help

General Information


March 13-15, 2020


Normal Rate: $215*
College Student Rate: $155*
*Included in the rate: Saturday lunch and dinner, 1 track, 2 workshops, 3 plenary sessions. Hotel rate is separate from the registration fee.


Hyatt Regency Schaumburg
1800 East Golf Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Conference Speakers

eddie broussard
Eddie Broussard
Eddie has served with The Navigators in several roles since he met them as a university freshman in 1974.  These include collegiate ministries in four states, an overseas tour in Russia, and 17 years on the leadership team of the US Navigators where His focus was ethnic diversity.  He now serves as International Vice President on The Navigators International Executive Team where he provides spiritual oversight for The Navigator’s Work in Eurasia, Latin America, and our Global Student Network. He also holds a Master of Arts in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  He and his wife Barbie, who frequently travels with him in ministry, live in Colorado Springs, CO.
Michelle Dodson
Rev. Michelle Dodson is the Assistant Pastor at New Community Covenant Church- Bronzeville.  She is also a Doctoral Candidate at Loyola University where she is working towards the completion of a Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion; her focus is on multiracial congregations. Pastor Michelle has been dedicated to the work of racial reconciliation for nearly two decades and has helped to plant two intentionally multiracial churches here in Chicago: New Community Covenant Church-Logan Square and New Community Covenant Church- Bronzeville. She is married to Karlos Dodson and is the proud mother of two amazing daughters.
Raushanah Jackson
Raushanah Jackson is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a master of science degree in counseling. She currently works at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center in the Road Home Program serving veterans and their families who experienced trauma. Ms. Jackson has worked in a variety of contexts; as a school psychologist, as a mental health professional serving children and adolescents in schools, residential treatment, outpatient, and private practice. Ms. Jackson has also provided early intervention services as well as individual, family, and couple counseling services in the Marine and Family programs at Camp Pendleton. She received her bachelor of science degree in psychology at Ball State University and her master of science degree in clinical counseling at California State University-Hayward.

Workshops will be offered on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

1) Workshop Title: Trauma-Informed Discipleship

Presenter: Raushanah Jackson, MS LMFT

Description: Trauma is ubiquitous in the human experience. This two-part workshop seeks to ground participants in an accurate understanding of trauma, as well as assist them in recognizing and identifying trauma in their own experiences. In part two of this workshop, participants will gain ease in hearing and responding to stories of trauma of those they serve.

Offered: Saturday and Sunday (two parts; must attend both days)


2) Workshop Title: Living and Discipling in our Sexual Brokenness

Presenters: Panel Discussion

Description: Sexual brokenness is nothing new in our lives and culture, yet it remains a hidden struggle. Join our panel as they share their past and current struggles, helpful ways they have been discipled in it, and answer any questions you may have.

Offered: Saturday and Sunday


3) Workshop Title: Authentic Discipleship

Presenter: Eddie Broussard

Description: What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?  Today people have all kinds of answers to this question. Let’s go back to the very words of Jesus and His disciples to discover afresh what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

Offered: Saturday only


4) Workshop Title: Developing Disciplines for a Healthy Financial Future

Presenters: Chris and Tara Lynn

Description: Feeling the personal financial crunch? Come explore how to develop the disciplines of building a financial future that pays spiritual and financial dividends.

Offered: Saturday and Sunday


5)Workshop Title: Ministry as a Career…Is it possible?

Presenters: Marvin Campbell and Carlos Windom

Description: What can ministry look like as an African American on a college campus, military base, with my friends, or in my neighborhood? This workshop will explore the realities of ministry as a profession as well as opportunities within The Navigators.

Offered: Sunday Only


6)Workshop Title: Freedom from Anxiety

Presenter: Carolyn Porter

Description: The workshop is designed to help current college students and recent grads develop a greater understanding about anxiety, learn helpful coping skills, and explore various relaxation techniques. Specific Scriptures will be incorporated to help young adults begin a journey toward freedom from anxiety, stress and worry, ending with a guided Christian meditation.

Offered: Sunday Only


7) Workshop Title: Is It Still a Good Thing? Reclaiming God’s Design for Marriage

Presenters: Dex and Patriece Johnson

Description: Despite the discouraging news and statistics we hear, God still has a unique plan and purpose for marriage. In this workshop, we will discuss how we can find bliss in our brokenness when we embrace God’s design for marriage. Whether you are married, single, or engaged, this workshop will help you establish a Kingdom vision for a fruitful and fulfilling marriage!

Offered: Sunday Only

Transportation Information

United Airlines Discount

Visit and in the Offer Code box enter ZHSR243771. Discount will be applied at time of ticketing. Depending on your departure location the discount will range from 2-10% off the original rate.
In order to receive this discount your flight must be scheduled to arrive and depart between March 10, 2020 and March 18, 2020.

Airport Transportation

Shuttle service to and from the airport is not provided therefore, we recommend using a service such as Lyft or Uber. After researching shuttle companies, it was determined that Lyft and Uber are typically cheaper. Listed below are the average costs of Lyft and Uber from O’Hare and Midway.

Chicago Midway to Hyatt Regency Schaumburg
Travel Time: 1 hour, 7 minutes
Distance: 35.7 miles

Lyft: $42-$49 (Personal or Shared ride)
Uber: $48-$61 (Pool, UberX, Comfort)

Chicago O’Hare to Hyatt Regency Schaumburg
Travel Time: 18 minutes
Distance: 13.6 miles

Lyft: $25-$35 (Personal or Shared ride)
Uber: $25-$36 (Pool, UberX, Comfort)

Spring Break
Spending your spring break near the conference location helps engage the community around our event. The Schaumburg Conventions and Visitors Bureau has compiled volunteer opportunities and a list of local churches who may be able to be a resource for your ministry as you plan your trip. Please note that the organizations and churches are not aware of our event so you will be initiating this on own.