• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)

    Speaker Bios

    Keynote speaker: Rev. Aracelis Vázquez Haye
    Rev. Aracelis Vásquez Haye is a native of New London, Connecticut. Her passion and commitment to children and youth advocacy, education, social justice, and worship embodies her holistic approach to ministry. She received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and has earned graduate degrees from Loyola University of Chicago (M.Ed.), and Yale Divinity School (M.Div.). Pastor Aracelis was ordained at Church of the City, New London, in September 2014. She also serves as the Protestant chaplain at Connecticut College and at The Waterford Country School, and as a board member of the New London Public Schools Board of Education and the Yale Divinity School Alumni Board. Pastor Aracelis is married to her beloved husband, Kenyon Haye, and they are the proud parents of Kaylani.

    Music leader: Linda Wiles
    Linda Wiles has been actively involved in church music her entire life. She began as a young chorister, and accompanist for Sunday schools and Bible schools in grade school, and is currently the Director of Music, organist, and director of the Performing Arts Academy for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Warwick, Rhode Island. She has directed choirs, accompanied choirs, participated in and directed handbell choirs, and led in workshops as a Keyboard Music Specialist for the Arizona Baptists. Since moving to Rhode Island four years ago she has presented several piano duet concerts with Cheryl Casola in the Brother’s Keepers Concert Series in Narragansett, the solo “keyboard conversation” entitled Ragtime, and, most recently “Resistance Music” for the Rhode Island Baptist Peacemakers Fellowship, a performance of music written by classical musicians in response to war and political conflict. In addition to her musical work, Linda has taught math in public schools and now tutors mathematics for the Rhode Island Tutorial and Educational Services agency. Her husband, the Reverend Dr. Tom Wiles, has pastored churches in Texas, Arizona, Nebraska, and is now the Executive Minister for American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island.

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