Southeast Regional Festival of Young Preachers

Wake Forest School of Divinity
Winston, Salem, NC | September 29, 2018

The Southeast Festival of Young Preachers is a trans-denominational, one-of-a-kind event designed to showcase and encourage young people who aspire to be preachers of the Gospel.

A Festival of Young Preachers is not a competition. It is a celebration, an inspiration, an occasion of mutual edification and encouragement. Young preachers, ages 14-35, from every Christian tradition (Evangelical, Orthodox, Protestant, Pentecostal, and Roman Catholic) are encouraged to preach a 15 minute sermon at the Festival precisely as they would in their home environment: dress, text, voice, style, substance, whatever! This diversity has proven to be one of the most transformational elements about the gathering.

Registration costs is as follows (both include lunch):
Young Preachers – $25
General Registration – $25

Plenary Preachers

Larry J. Brown, Jr. is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He is currently a PhD student in Clinical Psychology with a Neuropsychology minor at Howard University. Larry is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity (2015) and holds a BA in English Literature and Psychology from Florida International University (2012). Larry is a Baptist minister ordained through Emmanuel Baptist Church in Winston- Salem,N.C. where Rev., Dr. John Mendez serves as pastor and his mentor. Taking experience, science, history, and philosophy seriously in conversation with the biblical text, Larry primarily engages in existential and liberation approaches with streaks of Process thought.

One of Larry’s life goals is to help destigmatize mental health in religious and minority populations. He has served as a panelist, consultant, and seminar leader in topics of leadership, religion/spirituality and mental health for church congregations and professional organizations such as DC Public Schools, Jack & Jill of America, and the Hip-Hop Professional Foundation. He is a contributing writer to the Conciliar Post; an online publication existing as a collection of theological conversations, reflections on Christianity, journeys of faith and commentary on current events. An avid gamer,, anime fan, Godparent, elder brother, mentor, and friend; Brown approaches ministry encouraging others to bring their authentic lives to the conversation in exploring, wrestling with, and ultimately living a life of faith.

Rev. Lindsey Altvater Clifton is the co-pastor of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in High Point, NC.  She’s an alumni of Elon University (B.A. English Education; 2009) and Wake Forest University School of Divinity (M.Div; 2016).  Lindsey is passionate about planning intentional, engaging worship and intergenerational ministry. As a queer clergyperson, she is committed to creating fully affirming spaces and partnering with members of the LGBTQ community, both in and out of the church. Lindsey is a former high school English teacher and a self-proclaimed nerd who enjoys hammocks, a good book, Vietnamese iced coffee, bike rides, board games, and writing liturgy.


Keith A. Menhinick is a PhD student in Religion at Emory University, where he studies practical and pastoral theology, trauma, critical race theory, and queer theology. Keith also holds degrees from Gardner-Webb University and Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and he has experience working as a high school English teacher, church staff minister, children’s home chaplain, and hospital chaplain. His passions are teaching and writing, and he uses the pen to question the intersections of faith and identity.


Rev. Chelsea Brooke Yarborough was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2012, she graduated from Elon University and then went on to receive her Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University School of Divinity in 2015.  Chelsea is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Homiletics and Liturgics at Vanderbilt University. She is an ordained minister, a poet, an enneagram enthusiast, and an educational developer. Chelsea’s motto is “live to love and love to live each day” and is excited to continue her journey of cultivating and engaging curiosity in all that she pursues.