Ajith Fernando serves as Teaching Director of Youth for Christ in Sri Lanka after being National Director for 35 years. These days his main responsibilities in YFC are counselling, mentoring and teaching staff and volunteers. With his wife Nelun he is active in a Methodist Church just outside Colombo, most of whose members are recent believers. more…
EUGENE E. CHO
Founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Brian and his wife, Peri, founded the church in 1981. Brian is also the author of several books, including, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, Water to Wine, A Farewell To Mars, Beauty Will Save the World, and Unconditional?: The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness. more…
A Messianic Jewish leader, conservative radio and TV host, author, and professor on the front lines of the culture wars in America and abroad. He is the President of Fire School of Ministry and is active in Jewish apologetics and debates with rabbis about Jesus the Messiah. He also holds a Ph.D in Near Eastern Languages and Literature from New York University, and his most translated book is Our Hands Are Stained with Blood: The Tragic Story of the “Church” and the Jewish People.
RUTH PADILLA DEBORST
Ruth has been involved in leadership development and theological education in Latin America and beyond for several decades. A narrative theologian, speaker and teacher, she serves on the board of the Latin American Theological Fellowship and as coordinator of the Networking Team of INFEMIT (International Fellowship of Mission as Transformation). She lives in Costa Rica.
REV. DR. MUNTHER ISSAC
Palestinian Christian pastor, theologian, writer, speaker, blogger, and more importantly, a husband and a father. Munther pastors the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem. He teaches biblical studies at Bethlehem Bible College, and is also the director of the highly acclaimed and influential Christ at the Checkpoint conferences. He also serves now as the chairman of the board of the Christian Students in Palestinian Universities, a member of IFES.
Munther is passionate about issues related to Palestinian Christians and peacemaking. He speaks locally and internationally on issues related to the theology of the land, Palestinian Christians and Palestinian theology, holistic mission and reconciliation. He is the author of “From Land to Lands, from Eden to the Renewed Earth: A Christ-Centered Biblical Theology of the Promised Land”. He is also involved in many reconciliation and interfaith forums, and was the co-chair of the Lausanne Initiative on Reconciliation in Israel and Palestine.
Munther originally studied civil engineering in Birzeit University in Palestine. Realizing that numbers and construction sites are not his thing, he obtained a Master in Biblical Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary and then a PhD from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.
Munther is married to Rudaina – an architect, and together they have two boys: Karam (4) and Zaid (2).