Albert Wang is the Church Engagement Coordinator at World Relief Seattle, one of the largest resettlement agencies in Washington State. Graduating from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2017 and UC Berkeley in 2009, Albert has served in a variety of roles connecting the Church with marginalized populations, most recently immigrants, asylees, and refugees. Albert has also completed leadership fellowships with: CCDA (Christian Community Development Association), PAAC (Progressive Asian American Christians) and NHS (Newbigin House of Studies). He loves working and mobilizing at the intersection of Justice and Spirituality.
Dr. Alexia Salvatierra is a Luther-costal pastor, co-author of Faith-Rooted Organizing (IVP), affiliate professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and co-founder of several national initiatives engaging faith communities in immigrant justice. Rev. Brandon Wrencher is an African-American UMC pastor and church planter in Greensboro, NC.
Andre Henry is a writer, speaker, and former pastor with a passion for racial justice and social change. In response to the police involved death of his mentally ill neighbor, J.R. Thomas, Andre convened a group of community leaders, students, clergy, and civilians from around Los Angeles County for a year-long vigil in protest of police brutality in the wake of J.R. Thomas’ death at the doors of the Pasadena Police Station called “A Subversive Liturgy.”
Angie Hong is a Worship Leader, Creative Director, and Liturgist. She is the former Creative Director of Willow Creek Church-Chicago.
Aziz Abu Sarah
Aziz Abu Sarah is an entrepreneur, speaker, peace builder and author. He is a National Geographic Explorer and a TED Fellow. In 2009, Aziz co-founded MEJDI Tours, a cultural exploration vehicle for an ever-changing travel market. He is a seasoned tourism professional with over a decade of experience in the industry. In 2014, he gave a TED Talk about his vision for redefining tourism. You can view the talk here. Aziz has spoken at countless of international organizations and universities, including The United Nations, Nexus, TED, BMW, European Parliament, Georgetown, Yale and Harvard. He has published articles in The New York Times, National Geographic, TED, Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post and others and regularly analysis for CNN, Fox, and Aljazeera among others. Aziz is the recipient of the Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East from the Institute of International Education, the European Parliament’s Silver Rose Award, the Eisenhower Medallion, and the Eliav-Sartawi Award for his Middle Eastern Journalism. He was named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Strategic Centre in Jordan for multiple years. He won the Intercultural innovation award from the UN Alliance of Civilizations and the BMW Group. He was also recognized by UNSG Ban Ki Moon for his work in peace building.
Ben Garrett is a Marietta, Georgia native who currently works for The Civic Accelerator, an investment fund and accelerator for innovative nonprofits and for-profit social ventures. Prior to this, Ben was engaged in community development work in exurban Atlanta, as well as the on South and West Sides of Chicago. Ben holds a MDiv from the University of Chicago Divinity School.
Ben is a community development practitioner, consultant, writer, educator, and activist. He currently lives and organizes in the Chicagoland area along with his wife, son, and dog.
Bethany Harris is a Church and Community Consultant.
Bianca Mabute-Louie is an educator, writer, researcher, and community activist passionate about uplifting the stories and cultivating the leadership of youth, womxn of color, and queer communities. Currently, Bianca works as an Ethnic Studies lecturer and youth organizer in Oakland, California.
Dr. Brock Bahler
Dr. Brock Bahler is a lecturer in religious studies and philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, with expertise in philosophy of religion, implicit bias & embodied cognition, postmodern philosophy, Jewish philosophy, and critical race theory. Among his publications, he is the author of “How Levinas Can (and Cannot) Help Us with Political Apology in the Context of Systemic Racism” (Religions 2018) and Childlike Peace in Merleau-Ponty and Levinas (Lexington 2016).
Brother Mike is the Prior of the Missionary Benedictines of the Poor, a contemporary monastic community. Brother Mike is also the founder and executive director of the Hungry Monk Rescue Truck, a NYC based homeless outreach and community response team. Ten years ago, a transformative experience changed the course of Br. Mike’s life. This experience set him on the path to develop the live like a monk program, a mission he employs in his daily work amongst the materially poor of NYC. Drawing from his experience of over 15 years in the Criminal Justice and community outreach field, Br. Mike has the tools and experience to empower you, your team, or your organization – with the principles of how live like a monk.
Crystal Elliott-O’Connor, MA ECE, MDiv, has nearly 30 years in the field of early childhood education. A 2016 graduate of Northern Theological Seminary, Crystal describes herself as a practical theologian who uses a topical-expository teaching style to bring attention to the need for liberating preaching and practices in the Evangelical Church. Crystal is the recipient of the 2016 Bryan F Archibald Preaching Award.
Darren Calhoun is an Associate Fellow with Evangelicals for Social Action, an intersectional advocate for racial justice and LGBTQ equality, worship leader, and photographer based out of Chicago. He works to foster understanding between people of differing perspectives through story and relationship.
David Rosa Jr.
Pastor of Cruciform Church
Florida Dept. of Corrections Chaplain
Director of the Real Talk Mentoring Program
Rev. Dennis R. Edwards, PhD
Rev. Dennis R. Edwards, PhD is Associate Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary. He has been an urban pastor and church planter, serving in Brooklyn, DC, and Minneapolis. He is the author of 1 Peter in The Story of God Bible Commentary Series
Dylan Reyes serves as a Guidance Counselor and Bible Teacher at Doulos Discovery School in the Dominican Republic. Through a biblical foundation, Dylan works closely with students in grades 5th-12th in understanding and developing their holistic God given identity while dignifying their cultural identity through Expeditionary Learning. Dylan continues to educate and work with students on forming within themselves a reinforced biblical perspective of Justice, Identity, Race, and Reconciliation.
Elizabeth Behrens is originally from Iowa, but now lives in Kansas City with her husband and four children. She has a job she loves as Ambassador and Educator for Be the Bridge, a non-profit organization founded by Latasha Morrison, that is equipping people to work toward racial reconciliation. The main focus of her work with Be the Bridge is educating White people about Whiteness so they are equipped to engage in anti-racism and bridge building work.
Rev. Emily McGinley
Rev. Emily McGinley is the founding pastor of Urban Village Church (Hyde Park-Woodlawn). She has extensive experience working with leaders across diverse networks and Christian traditions, having preached and presented nationally on the topics of vocational discernment, preaching, church planting, social media, inclusive evangelism, and anti-racist church leadership. She has coached individuals and congregations, and is a contributor to the book, Inter-Cultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World.
Evelmyn Ivens graduated from North Park Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Theological Studies and concentrating in Cross-Cultural Ministry. Adjunct professor at North Park Theological Seminary. Serves as Manager of Ministry Services for Make and Deepen Disciples at the Evangelical Covenant Church. Evelmyn is a member of Grace Evangelical Covenant Church in Chicago and serves as board member for Evangelicals 4 Justice. Teaching and research interests: intercultural development, contextual theology, religions and cultures, faith and civic engagement, and Latinx theology.
FaKelia Guyton, MA, is the Director of the DuPage Early Childhood Collaboration (DECC) in DuPage County. She has a master’s in Public Policy and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from National-Louis University. Fakelia also attended Northern Theological Seminary where she became acutely aware of her burden for socially just theology and the culture of “othering” that has deep and historical roots in the Evangelical Church.
Frank Bergh, P.E. is an electrical engineer and founder of Beyond The Grid PLLC, where he develops and builds renewable energy projects in Haiti, Niger, and the Democratic Republic of Congo while focusing on local empowerment and capacity building. Frank lives in the Emmaus House Catholic Worker community in Chicago and a variety of community organizing campaigns related to racial and environmental justice.
A native of Los Angeles, in 2017 Dr. Gabe Veas was named the first Professor of Mentorship in the United States. With over a decade of experience as an academic, Veas is a prolific speaker and author, addressing the societal ills of the day through the mentoring lens. As a public theologian, Veas not only advocates for, but also models how to effectively implement intercultural mentoring as a means of community transformation. Veas has delved in deep on cutting edge areas such as protégé-initiated mentoring to inform how leaders can empower the next generation. As a passionate advocate for history- conscious mentoring, Veas has published on the topic of race and conciliation, regularly lecturing on how institutions can embody moral courage to marry the rhetoric of social justice with the practice of economic justice. He has also taught a graduate level course in Oxford, England as well as lectured at both Princeton University and Yale University.
A roaming adventurer since the age of 17, Glenn has a unique perspective on life, culture and theology. A recovering conservative, homeschooled, preachers kid, Glenn left home at 17, spent the next 15 years traveling the globe gaining experiences and perspective that made him realize how narrow his conservative upbringing had shaped his thinking. A self-proclaimed street smart academic, Glenn spent time at Calvin College and had a stint as adjunct professor of Religious Gender Studies at Claflin University.
Grace Sandra Ward
Grace Sandra Ward is an Associate of Freedom Road, and a writer at Grace Sandra. She is Former Regional Black Campus Ministries Director at InterVarsity USA
The Reverend Gricel Medina is ordained to Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church. She has served as a bilingual church planter for the Evangelical Covenant Church as well as assisted superintendents on various community projects. She has given leadership development to Hispanic, Asian, and African-American pastors. She developed prayer summits for Hispanic congregations and has served on the board of the Hispanic Clergy Association giving counsel, direction and promoting advocacy on racial gender justice. She also served on the Commission for Biblical Gender Equality under two Evangelical Covenant presidents and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for her Gender Equity advocacy.
Isaiah Robertson Sr.
Pastor Isaiah Robertson Sr. hails from sunny Southern California. He was licensed to the Gospel ministry in 1997 after being radically converted. Pastor Isaiah affirms the power of the Gospel to save sinners; he also believes the Gospel is a mandate to uplift the marginalized and strengthen the oppressed through fighting systemic and institutional injustice. He currently serves as the 4th senior pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Cartersville, GA.
Israel Kolade is a MDiv student at Covenant Theological Seminary. He was previously a Science teacher in inner South London working with Teach First. He holds a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Philosophy & Theology (Heythrop College, University of London) and a PGDE in Science Education (University College London, University of London).
Jelani Greenidge is a veteran worship leader, award-winning writer, stand-up comic and local pastor from Portland, Oregon. His pastoral experience drives him to explore God's word with reckless abandon, and his multimedia proficiency and natural curiosity have served his ability to carefully observe, boldly experiment, and call things as he sees them. He's been married to his college girlfriend Holly for 14 years, and when he's not doing anything else creative, he's playing his Xbox One.
Jeremy Chia is the former Community Care Pastor at Willow Creek Church - Chicago.
Julian "Jay" Forth
Julian "Jay" Forth (he/him) is the Executive Director of The Festival Center, a DC-based organization supporting local movements for justice through proving meeting space, education, and resources for healing and collaboration. He has organized and worked in DC for over eight years on issues of gentrification, anti-war activism, unemployment, faith, and racial justice. He obtained a M.Div from Duke Divinity School in 2009, lectured in theology at Messiah College, and is a member of Luther Place Memorial Church. He is interested in the intersection between Christian faith, movements for justice, and critical theory.
Karen Gonzalez is a native of Guatemala and immigrated to the U.S. as a child and now lives in Baltimore, MD. She is speaker, writer and immigrant advocate, whose book The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong was published in May 2019 by Herald Press.
Kat Armas is a Cuban-American writer and podcaster who's passionate about building bridges and facilitating conversations with people along the theological spectrum on the topics of race, gender and religion. Kat was born and raised in Miami, FLorida and is now living in Los Angeles, California where she is pursuing a dual Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology. Kat hosts The Protagonistas podcast, a podcast centered on WOC in theology and church leadership. She also has written for several publications including but not limited to Sojourners, RELEVANT, Missio Alliance, and Fathom Magazine; blogs at www.katarmas.com; and tweets as @kat_armas.
Kim Kelly, MSW has been working in education, social services, and community organizing for nearly 25 years. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan's School of Social Work. Kim is deeply spiritual and employs spiritual practices that attune her to the voice and guidance of Holy Spirit. Kim currently resides in Chicago.
Lenore Three Stars
Lenore Three Stars is Oglala Lakota, born on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota where her father was born. Her mother is Minnecoujou Lakota from the Cheyenne River reservation. Upon retiring from a civil rights career with teh US Department of Education in Seattle, WA, Lenore moved to Spokane to be an active Unci (grandmother) and to begin part-time grd studies. She graduated in 2019 with a MAIS (Intercultural Studies), a missional degree from Portland Seminary. Lenore serve on nonprofit boards related to her interests in the Native community and to a discipleship of creation care.
Leroy Barber is currently the Executive Director of The Voices Project and Holla Mentors, organizations committed to supporting and developing leaders of color. He serves on the boards of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), The Simple Way and EEN, the Evangelical Environmental Network. He is the author of New Neighbor: An Invitation to Join Beloved Community, Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World (IVP), Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White: Who’s More Precious in God’s Sight? (Jericho) and recently released, Embrace: God’s Radical Shalom for a Divided World (IVP).
Lisa Beyeler-Yvarra is a ThM candidate at Duke Divinity School, where she works for the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA). Her research brings together historical theology, ethics, trauma theory, and ghetto studies to examine the invisible ways religious power relations are encoded in the built environment.
Lisa Van Engen
Lisa Van Engen is a writer from Holland, Michigan. She is the author And Social Justice for All: Empowering Families, Churches, and Schools to Make a Difference in God's World.
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon is the executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace and an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). Cannon formerly served as the senior director of Advocacy and Outreach for World Vision U.S. on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC; as consultant to the Middle East for child advocacy issues for Compassion International in Jerusalem; as the executive pastor of Hillside Covenant Church located in Walnut Creek, California; and as director of development and transformation for extension ministries at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois.
Mako Nagasawa is the founder and director of The Anastasis Center for Christian Education and Ministry, focusing on areas of Christian restorative justice and healing atonement. He is on the Elder Team at Neighborhood Church of Dorchester, has done urban ministry for 25 years, and did campus ministry for 13 years. He contributed to the NIV Justice Study Bible as a commentator on Ezekiel."
Mathew Mitchell is part of the ministry team of the Sojourn Grace Collective in San Diego, Ca.
Megan Westra is on the pastoral staff team at Transformation City Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She lives in Sherman Park with her husband, Ben, and daughter, Cadence. Megan in pursuing her Master of Divinity at Northern Seminary. Her first book, on salvation and consumerism, is being released by Herald Press in 2020. She loves to read; runs slowly but with persistence, and is an unapologetic coffee snob.
Rev. Mel Martinez
Rev. Mel Eli Martinez, M.Div. (“Pastor Mel”) is a member of clergy in the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) and serves a local congregation in Wichita Falls, TX. In his nearly 15-year career with MCC as layperson and clergy, Mel strives to embody the principle of God’s all-inclusive love through hospitality, relationship-building, and advocacy. Mel uses he/him/his pronouns and identifies as genderqueer/trans-identified. Mel lives in Wichita Falls with his spouse, Tammy, and their daughter Brylee.
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.
Miranda Lonzo (she, her, hers, ella) works in higher education as the Intercultural Program Coordinator in the Office of Diversity. In this role, Miranda manages and coordinates both departmental and campus-wide programming and trainings regarding diversity, equity and inclusion, student leadership development, and social events. As a qualified assessor, she provides individual and group intercultural development assessments. Miranda understands and supports the essential roles that knowledge and education play—and the access of them—in the pursuit of creating spaces that actively strive to be and remain diverse, equitable, and inclusive. She believes that knowledge is the key to liberation.
Montague Williams, Ph.D.
Murray Pruden is Nehiyaw, Cree First Nations from the Goodfish Lake and Saddle Lake First Nations, Alberta, Canada and is fourth generation to the late Rev. Henry Bird Steinhauer. Murray has studied theatre at the University of Alberta, received a theatre performance diploma from Keyano college in Fort McMurray, Alberta and an undergrad BFA from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. He has directed some local Canadian playwrights works, Thomson Highway’s “The Rez Sister’s”, Drew Hayden Taylor’s “Education is Our Right”, and “Job’s Wife” by Yvette Nolan. He has also written and produced some of his own creations as well. Currently, Murray is doing his Master of Divinity at the Vancouver School of Theology at UBC and at the Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre in Manitoba. He is incorporating his creative talents to help invest leadership with the arts and Indigenous storytelling to bridge a spiritual unification in our communities and society.
Nate Lee is an MDiv student at Yale Divinity School. He is interested in Asian American history, grassroots liberation theologies, his grandparents' cooking, and the spaces in which those things intersect (there aren't that many).
Rev. Dr. Peter Goodwin Heltzel
Rev. Dr. Peter Goodwin Heltzel is Associate Professor of Theology at New York Theological Seminary and author of Jesus and Justice: Evangelicals, Race, and American Politics (Yale University Press, 2009), Rev. Dr. Peter Goodwin Heltzel is Associate Professor of Theology at New York Theological Seminary.
Rafik Wahbi is an Egyptian born immigrant who grew up in Southern California after immigrating with his family when he was 5. Rafik is a Public Health Researcher and student at Boston University with interests in Substance Use Disorders, racial disparities, and mass incarceration, and how those intersect. Rafik loves cartoons, hip-hop music, and cereal.
Rayne Bozeman (she, her hers) is an immigrant from South Africa. Being raised during the apartheid era sparked her initial interest in stereotyping and discrimination. She obtained her Ph.D. in applied social psychology from Loyola University Chicago in 2018. She currently works as a tenure-track professor at a minority-serving institution. Her research centers on reducing prejudice, with a particular focus on confrontations of racial bias. This background has shaped her service to the faith community by allowing her to develop workshops around social identity awareness and White ally behavior in the church.
Dr. Reggie L. Williams
Dr. Reggie L. Williams is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at McCormick Seminary in Chicago and author of Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance (Baylor University Press, 2014),
Rose Lee-Norman serves as an Associate Pastor at Sanctuary Covenant Church, an urban, multiethnic church in Minneapolis, MN and has served there since 2010. Rose earned a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from North Park University in Chicago, IL, MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and is a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Boston University where her dissertation focuses on white followership in multiethnic churches. She has served in urban, multiethnic churches for close to 15 years in Chicago, Los Angeles, and now North Minneapolis.
Ruth Rosa, MACP
Primary therapist for mothers with substance abuse struggles
Women's Discipleship Coordinator
Sandra Maria Van Opstal
Sandra Maria Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, is co-founder and Executive Director of Chasing Justice and lives on the west-side of Chicago with her husband and two boys. She is a preacher, liturgist and activist reimagining the intersection of worship and justice. Sandra served with Urbana Missions Conference, Chicago Urban Program, and Latino National Leadership Team (LaFe) of InterVarsity. Sandra’s influence has also reached many others through preaching globally on topics such as worship and formation, justice, racial identity and reconciliation. Sandra is currently serves as Contact Director for the Justice Conference, is a board member for CCDA and holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Her most recent books include Still Evangelical and The Next Worship.
Sandy Ovalle is a native of Mexico City. Currently, she serves as the Immigration Campaign Coordinator for Sojourners in Washington, DC. She has worked in immigration advocacy and church mobilization in Southern California and has been involved in campus ministry among Latinx college students in Texas and California.
Sanjana Kantayya (she, her hers) is a first generation Indian American who spent her formative years in Nigeria with her family through an evangelical missions organization. She now works with refugee and immigrant youth on the Northside co-creating healing spaces and relevant programming with youth leaders to build healthy community. Impacted by the culture of missions she was raised in, she organizes to shift the culture and priorities of church and non-profits to center the voices affected by the issues being addressed.
Sarah Ngu (she/he/they) is a cofounder of ChurchClarity.com, a database that elevates the standard of clarity for church policies that impact LGBTQ people and Women in Leadership. Based in Brooklyn, Sarah is working on a research/book project on non-white queer histories and has published in various outlets, from Jacobin to Sojourners.
Sunny Sue Chang Jonas
Sunny Sue Chang Jonas is an assistant principal, worship leader, prayer minister, and doctorate student in Bilingual Education. Mom of Henry Kee-Nam Jonas and Pearl Choon-Hee Jonas, and wife to a happy academic/prof. Mark, she loves to engage with liberation theology ala Gutierrez, imagined communities ala Benedict Anderson, Ethic of Care theory ala Nel Noddings, and Third Space theory ala Homi Bhabha.
Tian An Wong
Wong Tian An is a Malaysian working on Turtle Island as a contingent faculty member at Smith College. Aside from teaching and research in mathematics, Wong is writing a book on an Asian American theology of liberation, and is broadly interested in approaches to solidarity and liberation that are explicitly antiracist, anticapitalist, antisexist, and internationalist.
Tracey Stringer is Pastor of Spiritual Formation at New City Church LA, Director of Apprenticeships at Fuller Seminary and a certified Personal Development Life Coach. She completed her BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from DePaul University. After the completion of her BA, she moved to California to study at Fuller Theological Seminary where she earned a Master of Divinity. Tracey is a gifted teacher, preacher, pastor and coach with 10+ years of experience working with individuals and organizations in transition and has 15 years in pastoral ministry. She is currently working to complete her DMin dissertation in Urban Studies at Fuller Seminary in 2019. Her doctoral project focus is identity formation and self-recovery for Black women as they navigate the dynamics of race, class, and gender as leaders.
Vanessa Carter is a Senior Data Analyst and Writing Specialist at the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), since 2008. She focuses on regional equity, racial justice, and writing for social change with particular interests in California, financial equity, and faith-based sectors. Vanessa holds an MA in Urban Planning and BA in Religious Studies from UCLA, as well as certificate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Vanessa is involved with LA Voice (a Faith in Action affiliate) and ministers to youth at the Fountain of Life church in Long Beach. She is a founding member of Jesus for Revolutionaries and Matthew 25 in Southern California and has participated in Evangelicals for Justice.
Yonathan Moya has spent the last decade of his life serving on the mission field throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He's done ministry work all throughout the region, including countries like Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Honduras, Haiti, and Cuba.
Through Border Perspective, he challenges others to see the world around them differently and go beyond their current worldview into a new understanding of who they are and how they can positively contribute to our society.
Yonathan grew up on the U.S. / Mexico border. He's a South Texas native now living with his wife, Megan, their new born son Jude, and mini-goldendoodle, Fitz, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Zakiya Jackson has been involved in community development and education for 15 years and has worked in public schools, non-profits and corporations. Currently the Vice President of Training & Resources for The Expectations Project, Zakiya helps faith rooted organizations strategically address education equity through advocacy. Zakiya also writes, speaks and consults in the intersections of spiritual formation, racial justice and African American culture. Named one of the 33 Millennials leading the next generation of the Christian faith by Christianity Today, Zakiya has engaged church leadership since she was in college.