ABOUT OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER: EDWARD "TED" SUTTON
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Minister Edward 'Ted' Sutton is an ordained Elder of the Maryland Church of God in Christ and serves as Youth Pastor of the Youth Department. Mr. Sutton is also the Founder and CEO of Sutton House Inc. He has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology, specializing in Juvenile Delinquency Prevention. from Coppin State College. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree.
He was affiliated with the characters in the HBO television drama, THE WIRE, a series about life on the streets in Baltimore, MD. The series featured Mr. Sutton's mentor, Little Melvin Williams, one of the main characters on the series; that was also featured in BET's documentary series, American Gangster.
Elder Sutton started the first library at the Baltimore City Correctional Center and has addressed Congress in Washington, DC, to speak on the plight of youth and young adults.
In 2010, Mr. Sutton was interviewed by the British Broadcasting News, and in 2011 he was interviewed by the Rolling Stone magazine, and the Washington Post. Mr. Sutton was also nominated and selected to represent Baltimore, Maryland in the 2011 Who's Who Registry among Executives and Professionals.
He is a sought after motivational speaker, and is a trained certified gang intervention specialist. He has traveled around the country speaking and training at community events, church functions, schools, universities, and other organizations about youth-focused issues. Additionally, he renders his services to prison inmates and the community in an effort to create better relationships between rival gangs and its members. Mr. Sutton has also provided relationship and communication training to police officers at the Baltimore City Police Academy to assist in building better relationships between urban youth and the police department. He has published a brochure, titled "What to Do When Stopped by The Police", a resource guide tailored to youth understanding the law and their legal rights.
Mr. Sutton is a mentor and mediator for high risk youth and young adults. He specializes in working with gang members, and youths who have been convicted of violent criminal offenses and violent offenses. He has taken over drug corners, assisted parents and children in rebuilding their relationships, fed and clothed those in need, as well as housed homeless men and former foster care youth.
Thus, he is a man devoted to changing the lives of youth (particularly young men) in Baltimore and globally who find themselves hopelessly lost in gang life. Once a troubled youth himself, Mr. Sutton's philosophy is that, "In speaking to people, you either speak life into them, or death into them." In an area that speaks so much death, Mr. Sutton is speaking life.
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