National Urban Ministry Association

Keynote Speakers

Friday Night

Thursday Night

Saturday Morning

Dr. Anthony Wood

Jim Harbin Jr.

Keith Lape

     Dr. Anthony Wood has ministered to the poor, homeless, and incarcerated since 1985 and now serves as the Executive Director of River City Ministry (RCM). He continues to serve at the street level with the poor and homeless as the Evangelist since 2007.  Nearly 600 have been immersed and over 850 have been restored in his tenure with RCM.


      Anthony helped found and direct Memphis Urban Ministry (MUM) serving in the Memphis inner city for 15 years to lead the planting of five churches among the poor and Latino. MUM led over 30 churches involving hundreds of volunteers, university students, teens, and children in the mission to the city. Anthony co-authored Up Close and Personal: Embracing the Poor about his and other's work in the Memphis inner city, trained apprentices and interns to start inner city churches and ministries in a number of cities, and continues to consult with churches who wish to minister to the poor. He also served to help establish two churches in Ukraine. He has started and participated in several men’s prayer groups and has led a number of men’s retreats.


     Anthony holds a Doctor of Ministry from Harding University Graduate School of Religion. Anthony lives in North Little Rock, AR.  Recently, Anthony and his wife, Lisa, led the Remmel church in Newport, AR to develop an inner city ministry and start a new church among the poor. Anthony is happily married to Lisa, and they have four children. His recent two books are Your Seeking Soul Set Free and Spirituality 101 were written to help new and growing Christians draw closer to God’s presence and call for their lives.


Education experiences and degrees:  MS State University (‘81-83), HSBS Certificate (HU ‘89), B.A. Bible (HU ‘90), Master of Arts in Religion (HUGSR ‘92), Master of Divinity (HUGSR ‘97), Doctor of Ministry (HUGSR ’02). Note: Harding University Graduate School of Religion is now Harding School of Theology.




    In 1997, Jim and Beverly Harbin planted an urban church, the Raleigh Community Church of Christ in a storefront on Covington Pike in Memphis, Tennessee. Today, Jim continues to lead the Raleigh Community Church of Christ as the Senior Minister. Through a variety of partnerships and collaborations, the church is a hub of ministry and a blessing to the community of Raleigh, Frayser, north Memphis, as well as portions of Bartlett.


     Jim served as the Memphis Urban Ministry (MUM) for six years.  Jim is the founder and President of the National Urban Ministry Association, Inc.  He is a recognized national leader in urban ministry.


     He serves with Agape Child and Family Services, Inc. as a Site Coordinator in Raleigh Frayser for Powerlines Community Network.  He has expertise in empowering the poor and developing community collaborations and partnerships that transforms lives and communities.


     Jim’s focus now is developing leaders and multiplying ministries through church planting in a biblically based ministry called Phuteia. #phuteia.


     Jim has a B.S. from the University of Memphis in Microbiology and Chemistry.  He has a Masters from Harding School of Theology.

     Keith was born into this world in 1963 in Troy, NY; and born anew into Christ on December 18th, 1978. He has been married to his godly wife, Laura, since 1987. They have three children, all of whom have chosen to follow Jesus: Kaleb (Harding University Graduate, wife Mandy), Sarah (Harding University), and Katelyn (8th grade). All three have been home-schooled.


     Keith has worked in a variety of environments as an ambassador for Christ--landscaping, sales, package delivery, repair shop, psychiatric hospital, prison, and warehouse.


     Since 2000, Keith has been supported by the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ (Little Rock) as a missionary to the inner city of greater Little Rock. As such, he functions as one of the servants on staff with the River City Church. His heart's desire is to participate in a move of God to sweep through the culture of chronic poverty in central Arkansas--leading people to faith, wholeness, maturity, productivity, and community in Christ.



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