The Urban Mission Center and the Justice Conference would like to welcome you to Justice Day: Justice for Youth. We are excited to partner with the Justice Conference to bring you a day filled with local speakers, along with videos from past Justice Conference speakers. The theme of the day-long conference is Justice for Youth, and we will cover topics such as youth and education, engaging youth in justice work, advocating for youth, and what you can do to be more involved working with youth. We at the Urban Mission Center believe that it is our duty to invest in youth because they will become the next leaders in the world and we want them to be as prepared for their future as possible. 




Michelle Higgins

A native of St. Louis, Michelle Higgins is actively engaged in the #BlackLivesMatter movement through participation in civil disobedience, leadership development, logistics, and administrative support in both sacred and secular spaces. Michelle holds an MDiv at Covenant Theological Seminary. She is a proud supporter of local activism groups MCU (Metropolitan Congregations United), MORE (Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment) and OBS (the Organization for Black Struggle), through which she has learned a great deal about collaboration and solidarity. She is also the director of Faith for Justice, a Christian advocacy group. She serves as an organizer for the Leadership Development Resource Weekend (LDR Weekend), an annual gathering founded to address the core concerns of dignity, identity, and significance for people of color.

Aaron Layton


Aaron Layton is a 2008 Covenant Seminary graduate.  Aaron served as a youth pastor at Abundant Life Fellowship Church for seven years (1996-2003) and served as a youth pastor at New Life Baptist Church for three years (2004-2007). While at New Life, Aaron also served as an Associate Pastor for two years (2007-2008).  Aaron is currently the Director of Diversity at Westminster Christian Academy, serves as an elder at the Journey (West County), and runs Relate2Color, a Christian, Diversity consulting agency, that serves churches and para church organizations in issues of race and culture.

The Singing Company


Since their beginning in 2005, The Singing Company has created music to draw listeners in to the truths of God's Word, encourage and challenge the Church through relevant worship and expand the canon of music produced by The Salvation Army. To hear more of their music and discover other available resources, please visit their website at

Singing Company members include: Caleb Allan, Sam Arias, Eric Himes, Nathan Irvine, Kirsten Janson, David Mantel, Allen Park and Karl Swanson. 


Reverend Doctor Dietra Wise-Baker from Metropolitan Congregations United, Marlon Wharton from Gentlemen of Vision, Darren Young from Young Life STL, Karissa Anderson from Scholarship Foundation of St Louis. 

Friday Night Worship

Join us at New City South on Friday at 7 PM for an evening of Praise & Worship with The Singing Company. Food and fellowship to follow. Come one, come all.

things to know

  • The Justice Day will take place at New City South (3502 Grace Ave, St Louis, MO 63118) on March 18th.
  • Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Seats are limited, so purchasing tickets in advance is advised. 
  • Registration begins at 8:30 AM and the conference will start at 9 AM and end around 4 PM.
  • Coffee and light refreshments available in the morning. 
  • Please go out and explore the area for lunch. Here is a list of restaurants on South Grand which is a short drive away from New City South. Here is a list of restaurants on Cherokee Street, a favorite place to visit for the Urban Mission Center, and only a five minute drive from New City South. Both options are about a 15 minute walk away from New City South.


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