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.
Carolyn Custis James
Carolyn Custis James is an activist, blogger, and award-winning author. Her books include Finding God in the Margins, Malestrom, Half the Church, and The Gospel of Ruth. She speaks internationally, is a consulting editor for Zondervan’s Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament, and an adjunct professor at Missio Seminary in Philadelphia. She blogs at carolyncustisjames.com, Huffington Post/Religion, and as a Leading Voice at Missio Alliance . Her work focuses on the intersection between Christianity and twenty-first century cultural issues facing women and men globally and has earned her recognition by Christianity Today as one of “50 Evangelical Women to Watch.”
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
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.
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 superintendent, giving leadership 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ruth Rosa, MACP
Primary therapist for mothers with substance abuse struggles
Women's Discipleship Coordinator
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.