Black Pastors

An Anthology of African American Sermons - Special Guest: Dr. Martha Simmons

On this episode, Dr. Martha Simmons discussed "Preaching with Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present", the African American Lectionary, African American theology and the history of whooping.

Equipping and Engaging the Black Church - Special Guest: Dr. Dharius Daniels

On this episode, Dr. Dharius Daniels discusses ways to equip and engage the black church in the area of apologetics. 

Dharius Daniels is a cultural architect and trendsetter for his generation. In August of 2005, he became the founder and Senior Pastor of Kingdom Church. With two locations in Ewing and Burlington, New Jersey, this is a vibrant ministry that impacts people of all ages, socioeconomic classes, and ethnic backgrounds. 

Pastor Dharius has developed a Breathtaking Ministry concept that describes the standard of excellence at Kingdom Church: a standard that is apparent in his commitment not only to ministry but also to education. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He has a versatile gift and speaks frequently in seminaries and churches across the country. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Evangelicals.

He is married to Shameka Daniels and they are the proud parents of two sons Dharius Seth and Gabriel Micah Daniels.  Visit Dharius on the web at

Don't Give up on the Black Church - Special Guest: Charlie Dates

Pastor Charlie Dates joins us on this episode to discuss his latest article "Don't Give Up on the Black Church".

In 2011, at age 30, Rev. Charlie Edward Dates became the youngest Senior Pastor in Progressive’s rich 95-year history. 

Rev. Charlie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Rhetoric at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Divinity Degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. 

In 2002, Rev. Charlie served as an apprentice to Pastor K. Edward Copeland and started his formal, practical training at the New Zion Baptist Church of Rockford, Illinois. In 2006, he began serving as the primary preaching assistant to the Rev. James Meeks, Director of Church Operations and as Pastor of Adult Ministries at the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago

He currently is a candidate for the PhD in Historical Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His original research focuses on the health of proclamation in late 20th Century Black Church Chicago. 

For reasons that please Him, God has blessed the Progressive Church to grow deep and wide. 

In addition to his pastoral duties, Pastor Charlie has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Moody Bible Institute and currently serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Chicago Fire Department. He is a contributor to the 2014 book Letters To A Birmingham Jail

Pastor Charlie is married to Kirstie Dates and is the proud father of their children Charlie Edward Dates II and Claire Elisabeth Dates.