W. Wilson Goode, DMin, MA, is the former mayor of Philadelphia, an American Baptist minister, and champion of children of the incarcerated. He has a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary. Dr. Goode a senior fellow at Public/Private Ventures where he created and manages the Amachi Mentoring Program, the largest national effort to date working with children of the incarcerated. He is the author of In Goode Faith (Judson Press), and Building from the Ground Up: Creating Effective Programs to Mentor Children of Prisoners.

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Charles E. Lewis, Jr., MSW, PhD, is the President at Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy.  He is also an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Social Work where he teaches a seminar in advanced policy analysis.  Dr. Lewis is the president of the board of directors for the Mental Health Association of the District of Columbia and is a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections.

The son of a Baptist minister (the late Charles E. Lewis, Sr.), Dr. Lewis is a product of the African American church. He himself is a licensed minister who from 1989-1995 served as the Men’s Ministry Coordinator under the pastorate of Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood at Saint Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY. His encounter with many African American males involved in the criminal justice system compelled him to return to school to complete his formal education in 1992 at the age of 42.  After completing his BA in psychology and MSW in clinical counseling at Clark Atlanta University, he completed his Ph.D. in social policy analysis at Columbia University.  His dissertation was titled, “The Negative Effects of Incarceration on Fathers in Fragile Families.”

Dr. Lewis published an article in the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare from his dissertation and has written several book chapters on African American males and incarceration.  He and Harold Dean Trulear published an article in Black Theology: An International Journal titled, “Rethinking the Roles of African American Churches as Social Service Providers.”


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Harold Dean Trulear is Director of the Healing Communities Prison Ministry and Prisoner Reentry Project of the Philadelphia Leadership Foundation. Designed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Healing Communities has been implemented in over 20 sites nationally, in partnership with such organizations as the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the Christian Association for Prisoner Aftercare and the National Women’s Prison Project.

Dr. Trulear is an ordained American Baptist minister and serves as Associate Professor of Applied Theology and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Howard University.  He also serves as a Fellow at the Center for Public Justice in Annapolis, MD.  He is founding president of GLOBE (God Leading Our Best Efforts) Ministries, a youth services agency in Philadelphia and has taught religion, public policy and community studies in several institutions, including Yale University, Drew University, Hartford Seminary, Eastern University and Vanderbilt University. 

A graduate of Morehouse College (BA) and Drew University (PhD), Dr. Trulear has authored over seventy published monographs, articles, essays, sermons and reviews, including African American Churches and Welfare Reform (Center for Public Justice) and Faith Based Initiatives with High Risk Youth (P/PV) and writes a bi-monthly column for Prism: The Alternative Evangelical Voice.

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  • "Imagine your Church as a Station of Hope" -- Dr. David Schuringa interviews Dr. Trulear about Healing Communities, a program that equips churches to successfully enfold those who are being released from prison.

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