2023 Annual Conference

The Institute for Justice Formation Proudly Presents

In Search of Biblical Justice

3rd Annual Conference
June 9 – 10, 2023


Critical engagement with the Bible discloses the mandate for Christians to seek first the Kingdom of God and the eternal beauty of His justice (Matthew 6:33). Unfortunately, controversial political divides and toxic social aversions in society have contaminated the clarity of this eternal mandate, especially in recent decades. Unresolved, controversial social problems involving race, poverty, violence, gender roles, and other tangible injustices have confused many. Into this often-toxic nexus, the Institute for Justice Formation has taken up the challenge to help the Church reach its potential as the salt and light of society regarding the pursuit of biblical justice.

The Mission of The Institute for Justice Formation (IJF) is to establish enduring, robust relationships between religious and cultural institutions through a holistic program of Worship, Education, and Advocacy.

The Institute for Justice Formation sponsors “In Search of Biblical Justice,” an annual conference for professors, pastors, students, and public advocates to challenge us through worship, presentations, panels, and workshops to wake up and stay awake to God’s love for justice. Be on the look out for more information coming soon!


June 9, 2023


June 10, 2023

10:00 am Welcome

Rev. Dr.  Drew Hill – Host Pastor

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Pruitt, President, JLCTS

Rev. Samuel Feemster. Director, IJF

10:30 am Connecting Biblical Justice, Human Rights, and Civil Rights: The Last Frontier

Henry L. Allen, Ph.D.

11:30 am The Sanctity of Biblical Justice

Rev. Samuel L. Feemster, JD., MDiv.

12:30 pm Lunch (Box Lunch)

1:00 pm Theological Anthropology and Human Rights

Rev. Dr. Daniel Houck

2:00 pm Public Theology and Human Rights

Dr. Rick Elgendy

3:00 pm Theology and Human Rights

Rev. Allyson McKinney Timm

4:00 pm Panel: Human Rights, civil rights, and the mission of the church

Rev. Dr. James Victor

Rev. Dr. Robert Wallace

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey G. Willetts

Dinner (On-Site)


7 – 8:30 pm

Welcome Rev. Dr. Drew Hill


Introduction of Speaker Rev. Samuel L. Feemster


Sermon Dr. Drew G. I. Hart


9:00 am Theological Ethics and Civil Rights

Dr. Barbarsa Fears

10:00 am Thinking Theologically about incarceration

Rev. Dr. Harold Trulear

11:00 am Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Faith Formation

Rev. Dr. Jim Melson

12 pm Lunch and Workshop

Connecting human rights, civil rights, and biblical justice: What must we do now?

Dr. Drew G.I. Hart

1:30 pm Communion

Rev. Dr. Drew Hill