REV. DR. BRENDA SALTER MCNEIL
Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil is a dynamic speaker, author, professor, and evangelist with over 30 years of experience in the ministry of reconciliation. Her mission is to inspire, equip and empower emerging Christian leaders to be practitioners of reconciliation in their various spheres of influence around the world.
Dr. Brenda earned a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Doctorate of Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary, and was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from both North Park University and Eastern University. She is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church and serves as a member of the pastoral staff of Quest Church in Seattle, WA.
Presently, Dr. Brenda serves as Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies at Seattle Pacific University, where she also directs the Reconciliation Studies program. For 14 years, she was on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as a Multiethnic Ministries Specialist. Currently she serves on the board of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA, and was previously on the Board of Directors for Wycliffe USA and Christians for Biblical Equality.
Dr. Brenda is known as an international trailblazer, leading individuals, communities, and organizations to biblical reconciliation. She was featured as one of the 50 most influential women to watch by Christianity Today in 2012. She is the author of Roadmap to Reconciliation (2016), A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race (2008), and The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change (2005), coauthored with Rick Richardson.
Dr. Brenda resides in Seattle with her husband, Dr. J. Derek McNeil. They are the proud parents of two young adult children.
Dr. Mimi Haddad
Dr. Mimi Haddad is president of CBE International. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Summa Cum Laude). She holds a PhD in historical theology from the University of Durham, England. Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University awarded Mimi an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity in 2013. more…
Prof. Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher
Prof. Dr. theol. Dr. phil. Thomas Schirrmacher, PhD, DD, (born 1960) is President of the International Council of the International Society for Human Rights, and Associate Secretary General for Theological Concerns (Theology, Theological Education, Intrafaith and Interfaith Relations, Religious Freedom, Research), which networks churches with appr. 600 million conservative Protestant Christians, chair of its theological commission, and director of the International Institute for Religious Freedom (Bonn, Cape Town, Colombo, Brasilia), the largest research network for religious freedom and against persecution of Christians and other religions and world views. more…
Bishop Dr. D. Zac Niringiye
Bishop Dr. D. Zac Niringiye, theologian and pastor, is a civic-political activist in Uganda, involved in several civil society-led social justice and peace campaigns as a Citizens’ Manifesto Ambassador, an initiative under the Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform coordinated by the Uganda National NGO Forum, notably the Anti-Corruption advocacy in the Black Monday Movement. more…
Rev. Dr. Frank Chikane
Rev. Dr Frank Chikane is the international President of the Apostolic Faith Mission Church. He has authored several books and received accolades across the globe for the important contribution he has made in advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. His passion for Justice has led him to contribute massively in the struggle for social change both and home and around the world. He has survived many imprisonments as well as assassination attempt by the previous Apartheid government. Rev Chikane is married to Kagiso and they have been blessed with three children.
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).