Department and Director of Young Ministers for Action in the Nashville City District Association. Brown is a member of A. Philip Randolph Institute, Urban League’s Young Professionals and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. He graduated from American Baptist College in Nashville and earned master’s degrees in theological studies and ethics from Vanderbilt University. Brown was raised in Nashville.
Samuel Caraballo Founder and President Toda Habilidad, Inc Chestnut Hill, MA FTE Small Group & Exploration Lab Leader
Samuel Caraballo is a first-generation Puerto Rican bi-vocational minister. In the secular sphere, Samuel has served as a Program Director at the Center for Community Health Research and Services at Northeastern University. He also had the honor of teaching High School Biology & Forensic Science at Boston Public Schools. In March 2014, Samuel was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Massachusetts Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) to advocate for families of children receiving early intervention services in the state. In the ministerial realm, Samuel has been heavily involved in music and chaplaincy ministries at several congregations, as well as juvenile detention facilities in the state of Massachusetts. Through the birth of his first daughter Natalia Luz, who is dually diagnosed with Down syndrome and Autism, Samuel has reoriented his ministerial vision towards disability theology and advocacy. His passion for ecclesial inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities led him to create Toda Habilidad, Inc. – a ministerial initiative that foments acceptance and participation of individuals with disabilities in their respective faith communities. Samuel’s newly founded ministerial adventure is called “Cruz de Paz” and attempts to blend his passion for acoustic worship music, disability theology and the arts. Samuel earned a Master of Public Health from Boston University. He is also a graduate of Yale Divinity School, where he earned his Master of Divinity in 2013. He is deeply in love with his wife Miriam and three kids, Natalia, Esteban and Antonio, who are his endless source of inspiration and joy. You can find more details about Samuel’s upcoming presentations and music engagements at www.cruzdepaz.com.
2014 CLF information for participants.