Faith Leaders and Community Summit

Saturday, June 18th 2016

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Thank you for supporting the 2016 Faith Summit and Gospel Concert! Check back in Winter 2017 for more information about the 2017 Faith Summit and Gospel Concert.

The Faith Summit convenes faith leaders in Philadelphia for the purpose of confronting HIV/AIDS and equipping these community leaders with the tools to promote HIV Prevention, testing, and linkage to care in their daily work.

This year’s Faith Summit will also include our annual AEM Gospel Concert, and inspirational gathering for gospel music & community.

The Faith Summit starts at 8:00 AM.
The Gospel Concert starts at 1:00 PM.


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Bishop Yvette Flunder

Presiding Prelate, City of Refuge United Church of Christ
Presiding Bishop, The Fellowship

Bishop Flunder founded the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in 1991 in order to unite a gospel ministry with a social ministry. City of Refuge is a thriving inner-city congregation that celebrates the radically inclusive love of Jesus Christ. Preaching a message of action, the church has experienced steady numerical and spiritual growth and is now located in the south of Market area of San Francisco at 1025 Howard Street.

A native San Franciscan, Bishop Flunder is a third generation preacher with roots in the Church of God in Christ. She was licensed in the COGIC and later ordained by the Bishop Walter Hawkins of Love Center Ministries where she served as Associate Pastor and administrator for the Oakland-based Love Center Church.

Bishop Flunder is also an ordained Minister of the United Church of Christ and a graduate of the Ministry Studies and Master of Arts programs at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California. She received a Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo California.

In June 2003 Bishop Flunder was consecrated Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship a multi-denominational fellowship of 110 primarily African American Christian leaders and laity representing 56 churches and faith-based organizations from all parts of the United States Mexico and Africa.

Responding to the needs of the AIDS epidemic, Bishop Flunder and her staff opened Hazard-Ashley House and Walker House in Oakland and Restoration House in San Francisco through the Ark of Refuge, Inc., a non-profit agency which provides housing, direct services, education and training for persons affected by HIV/AIDS in the Bay Area, throughout the USA and in three countries in Africa. Restoration House is a dual-diagnosis residential facility for African-American women and the first of its kind in San Francisco. Walker House serves persons in recovery and living with HIV in Oakland, CA. The Ark provides HIV/AIDS education and prevention services targeting the African American and African faith community. The Ark opened, in collaboration with AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the Magic Johnson Clinic to provide primary medical care services. The Ark has also provided substance abuse intervention programs, transitional housing for homeless youth, mentorship programs and a computer lab and audio/video training for community youth.

Bishop Flunder has received many awards for her work in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with the elderly and youth.


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The Gospel Concert’s featured artist is

JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise

James “JJ” Hairston and Youthful Praise have undoubtedly proven themselves to be the most sought after contemporary choir in the nation. After numerous Stellar Award Nominations and over 40 weeks on Media Guides Radio chart for their hit “Incredible God” the Connecticut based choir is back with one of the most anticipated releases of 2008. Energetic on stage, anointed in their praise, phenomenal vocal power, and amazing arrangements is just a start in describing this group and their ability to captivate an audience and engage the consumer in true worship

Check out some highlights from the 2016 Faith Summit and Gospel Concert!

Location Details

Temple University – Howard Gittis Student Center

Location Address

1755 N 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122