Thriving Churches, Flourishing Communities

Thriving Churches Conference Speakers

Anthony Bradley

Dr. Anthony Bradley

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, The King's College

Dr. Anthony Bradley is associate professor of religious studies at The King’s College in New York City and serves as a research fellow at the Acton Institute. He is the author of Liberating Black Theology (2010), Black and Tired (2011), The Political Economy of Liberation (2012), Aliens In The Promised Land (2013), John Rawls and Christian Social Engagement (2014) and Black Scholars In White Space (2015) and editor of Keep Your Head Up (2012). Dr. Bradley holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and has been featured on C-SPAN, NPR, CNN, and Fox News, among others. 

Rudy Carrasco

Mr. Rudy Carrasco

United States Regional Facilitator, Partners Worldwide

Rudy Carrasco served for two decades in an incarnational urban youth ministry in the Los Angeles metro. His work in applying private charity principles among the urban poor has been covered by Christianity Today (Where Faith and Culture Meet DVD series) and the Heritage Foundation (Seek Social Justice DVD series). Articles by and about Carrasco have appeared in Discipleship Journal, Pasadena Star-News, and Outreach Magazine. He's an advisory board member of the Christian Community Development Association and a board member of World Vision U.S. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Victor Claar

Dr. Victor Claar

Professor of Economics, Henderson State University

Dr. Victor Claar is professor of economics at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark., where he teaches courses in economics to undergraduates and graduates. He recently was a Fulbright Scholar at the American University of Armenia, where he conducted research and gave lectures to graduate students. He is the author of Economics in Christian Perspective: Theory, Policy and Life Choices (2007) and Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution (2012).

Rev. Robert Sirico

President, Acton Institute 

Rev. Robert A. Sirico is the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute and pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Mich. His writings on religious, political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals, including: the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalForbes, the London Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Detroit News, and National Review. Fr. Sirico is often called upon by members of the broadcast media for statements regarding economics, civil rights, and issues of religious concern, and has provided commentary for CNN, ABC, the BBC, NPR, and CBS' 60 Minutes, among others. In his new book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Fr. Sirico shows how a free economy is the best way to meet society’s material needs.