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AFAM Conference 2020

Discipleship: A Work in Progress

The AFAM Conference is an event within The Navigators focused on caring for the needs of the African American community. While we value people, we also desire to promote discipleship in various contexts including, but not limited to, college campuses, military bases, churches, and neighborhoods.  Our conference is designed to equip ethnic minority men & women and their friends in discipleship.

We look forward to you joining us in March!

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

$114/night plus taxes*
*Room Block ends Friday, February 28, 2020 – Book Now

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.
Jonathan Brooks
Jonathan Brooks (“Pastah J”) is the senior pastor at Canaan Community Church in the West Englewood neighborhood in Chicago. His ministry focuses on youth development, holistic health, college scholarships, art, and music training as well as restorative justice practices and care for the incarcerated and their families. With a special ministry emphasis on long-term investment in a local community, he is the author of Church Forsaken: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighborhoods (IVP). Jonathan will be leading the Discipleship as an African American Church track.

Tracks and Workshops

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 (Guest Speaker-Jonathan Brooks)
Discipleship and Racial Reconciliation
Discipling the Difference: Entering Various Barriers as a non-African American

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: Do you not know? A Wholistic View of the Body as Temple

Presenter: Michelle Dodson

Description: What does the Bible have to say about our physical, mental and emotional health? Sadly, today many Christians are not able to answer this question. But the God we serve cares about our entire selves (mind, body, soul and spirit). Using a biblical lens, in this workshop we will explore the intersection of wholistic health and discipleship.

Offered: Saturday Only


5) 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


6) 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


7) Workshop Title: Freedom from Anxiety

(open to college students and recent grads only)

Presenters: Carolyn and Oliver 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


8) 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


9) Workshop Title: Seeking the Lord through Listening Prayer

Presenter: Jacqueline Holland

Description: Discover principles of listening that will facilitate a deeper relationship with the Lord through prayer.

Offered: Saturday and Sunday


10) Workshop Title: Call of Duty: Social Justice and the Gospel

Presenter: TBD

Description: Have you ever heard someone say, “Why do we need to talk about social justice? Let’s just focus on the gospel”? In this workshop we will explore the beautiful weavingof justice and salvation in the gospel. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus we discover that the gospel and social justice cannot be separated.

Offered: Saturday and Sunday

Download the complete schedule here

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.

Download list of volunteer opportunities here

Download list of Local Churches here



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)