41st Annual National Conference on Faith-Based Service

Baltimore, Maryland
Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
November 8-11, 2018

In November 2018, over 150 staff members of faith-based volunteer programs, campus personnel, and other partners gathered for the National Conference on Faith-Based Service in Baltimore, MD.

The theme was "Lead with Courage, Follow with Faith." Dynamic keynote speakers, fifteen engaging workshop sessions, leadership cohorts, and panel discussions guided participants in creative and effective ways to grow as leaders in faith-based service.

For the first time, over 30 current and former volunteers took part in a day at the conference designed to help them reflect on their service experiences, identify personal and professional skills, and explore how to foster life-long commitment to social justice, simplicity, spirituality, and community.



Nov. 8 Nov. 9 Nov. 10 Nov. 11
3:00-7:00pm - Registration
3:00-7:00pm - Exhibits Open
7:00pm - Conference  Opening
7:30pm - Keynote Speaker -Dr. Robert Simmons, III
9:00pm - Reception
7:30-8:30am - Breakfast
8:30am - Morning Prayer
8:45am - Cohort Session #1
9:45am - Workshop Session #1
11:15am - Break/Exhibits
11:30am - CVN Membership Meeting
12:30pm - Networking Lunch
1:45pm - Keynote Speaker #2 - Erricka Bridgeford
3:00pm - Break/Exhibits
3:15pm - What If - CVN Member Stories of Courage
5:00pm - Free Evening
7:30-8:45am - Breakfast
8:45am - Morning Prayer
9:00am - Keynote Speaker #3 - Sr. Teresa Maya
10:30am - Break/Exhibits
11:00am - Workshop Session #2
12:30pm - Lunch (on your own)
2:15pm - Workshop Session #3
3:45pm - Break/Exhibits
4:00pm - Cohort Session #2
5:00pm - Break
5:30pm - Mass
6:30pm - Social & Cash Bar
7:00pm - Banquet & Awards Ceremony
8:30-10:30pm - Music & Dancing
8:00-9:00am - Breakfast
9:00am - Morning Prayer
9:15am - Keynote Speaker #4 - Sr. Norma Pimentel
10:45am - Closing Ritual

Keynote Speakers & Workshops


Dr. Robert Simmons III

Reflecting on my Father's Incarceration: How Courage, Faith, and Service Guide my Life

Currently serving as the CEO of the See Forever Foundation in Washington DC, Robert is a nationally recognized scholar on racial equity having authored and co-authored over 40 publications including the book Talking about Race. Robert has shared his thoughts on racial equity on national media outlets such as CNN, as well as local media in Detroit, Baltimore, DC and Los Angeles. Robert has served in senior leadership positions in national nonprofits, while also serving as the Chief of Innovation & Research with the DC Public Schools. As a result of this work in DC, the city was recognized as one of leading cities working to support males of color. Robert served as the director of the Center for Urban Catholic Education and a tenured professor of urban education and African/African American studies at Loyola University Maryland. Despite all of these accomplishments, Robert believes his most impactful work has been the time he spent as a science teacher in his hometown of Detroit, MI. 

Click here to view Dr. Robert Simmons' presentation slides!


Erricka Bridgeford

A Rumbling in Our Spirits

Erricka Bridgeford trains mediators, teaches conflict resolution skills, co-organizes a movement that rallies Baltimore City to avoid violence during three-day weekends and performs rituals for every person who is murdered in Baltimore. Her life has been impacted by murder since she was 12 years old, and she has been working for over 20 years to ensure that murder does not have the last say. From addressing rape culture, to advocating for death penalty repeal, Bridgeford's ability to influence social injustice is fueled by her commitment to transform her personal pain into “hope in action.”


Sr. Teresa Maya, CCVI

Leaders with a Heart for Mission

Sister Teresa Maya is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio since 1994.  Her ministry has been in education. She has served as teacher, history professor, and administrator.  She has passion for the formation of ministers for Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.  Sister Teresa got her B.A. at Yale University, her M.A. at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley and the Ph.D. in El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City.  She is currently serving as Congregational Leader for her Congregation and in the Presidency for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

Click here to watch the recording of her talk!

Click here to view Sr. Teresa's presentation slides!


Sister Norma Pimentel, MJ

Sister Norma Pimentel, as Executive Director of Catholic Charities for the past 10 years, oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville, providing oversight of the different ministries and programs in the areas of emergency assistance, housing assistance, military assistance, clinical counseling, pregnancy care, and was instrumental in quickly organizing community resources to respond to the surge of Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States and setting up the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX.

Click here to watch the recording of her talk!


The 2018 conference featured a wide variety of workshops during three workshop sessions. For detailed descriptions and presentation materials for each of these workshop sessions, please visit the CVN Resource Library.

Photos & Videos

Want to re-watch keynote talks or share on social media? Head over to our Facebook page to check out photos and videos from The National Conference 2018.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

We would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support!


Questions about the National Conference on Faith-Based Service? Contact Sarah Hammel at [email protected].