MidWinter Speakers

Sho Baraka

Educated at Tuskegee University and the University of North Texas, Sho Baraka studied Television/Film, Anthropology, and Public Administration. He has become an artist, philosopher, and social-thought leader in contemporary culture. He has spent nine years traveling the world as a recording artist and public speaker. He has done numerous overseas activist work, ranging from race relations in South Africa to establishing musical cohorts in Indonesia. Sho Baraka is the founding member of the internationally known Christian Hip Hop group '116 Clique' which boasts membership of other acclaimed artists including Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Trip Lee and more. Baraka is also the founder of Forth District (ForthDistrict.com). He now desires to blend his artistic platform with his academic leanings to contribute a unique perspective in both arenas in hopes of raising the standard, thereby raising the culture. Sho currently lives in Atlanta, GA and co-leads a consulting network that is active in cultural renewal.  

Check out this Humble Beast Film Written by Sho Baraka



Jackie Hill-Perry

Jackie Hill-Perry is a writer, speaker, and artist whose work has been featured on The Washington Times, The 700 Club, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition and other publications. Since being saved from a lifestyle of homosexual sin and the like, Jackie has been compelled to share the light of gospel truth through poems that have reached over one million views on YouTube. She is also becoming an influential voice on the various topics impacting culture. She is signed to Humble Beast Records and released her debut album "The Art of Joy" in 2014. At home, she is known as wife to Preston and mommy to Eden.

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Andre Lewis

André grew up in Spokane, WA and graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle where God began to call him into vocational ministry. While working with college students in Boulder, Andre met his wife, Heidi, who was attending the University of Colorado. In 1995, Andre and Heidi married and moved to Columbia, SC where they started a college ministry at the University of South Carolina.  After 6 years of serving college students, Andre attended and then graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. God redirected their call to church planting and the Lewis’ moved to the east side of Seattle to begin a new church called Redeemer Redmond. 

After more than a decade of ministering in Microsoft’s backyard, Andre accepted the Executive Director position of Spokane YFC.  Twenty five years in ministry has taught Andre that the biggest threat to a fruitful ministry is simply his own heart. A self-professed lost shepherd, fearful risk-taker, and blind visionary, Andre is committed to the transformation of his city by seeing kids come to Christ and helping them find a local church. With a deep love for the Bride of Christ, he is convinced that many more strategic partnerships must emerge over time to accomplish YFC’s goal of reaching 1,000,000 kids. The Lewis's have been married for 21 years and have three children ranging from 8th grade to a freshman at the University of Washington.