BRIDGE BUILDING NETWORK
Mark DeYmaz - Little Rock, AR
Mark DeYmaz is the founding pastor of the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas, a multi-ethnic and economically diverse church where significant percentages of Black and White Americans, together with men and women from more than 30 nations, walk, work and worship God together as one.
Dave Gibbons - Santa Ana, CA
Author, activist and strategist, Dave Gibbons, is a world reknown “game changer” and Lead Pastor of Newsong Church. In his first book, The Monkey and the Fish: Liquid Leadership for a Third-Culture Church, Dave has challenged an entire generation of leaders to embrace our culturally diverse world with relevancy and compassion. Calling it “The Third Culture,” masterfully details how adaptability in our churches and organizations can create the ultimate environment to grow relationships with Christ.
Pastor Toby Kurth San Francisco, CA
Lead Pastor: Toby's family has been in California for four generations and he was raised mostly in San Diego and Monterey. He and his wife Rebekah were married in San Diego in 1999 and have three active and fun boys aged 15, 10, and 7. Toby earned his BS from UC Davis and after spending a number of years in the marketplace, he went back to school to pursue a masters at Westminster Seminary in California and a PhD at Stony Brook University in New York. While living in Brooklyn, God redirected Toby and Rebekah towards full-time ministry, and they came home to California in 2009 to plant a church in San Francisco. As Lead Pastor, his primary responsibilities include preaching, counseling, leadership development, and providing directional leadership for our church.
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez - Sacramento, CA
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez is the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization serving as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,118 U.S. churches and over 450,000 churches spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora.
Pastor Bill LaMorey - Hartford, CT
Our mission is “To Revolutionize Lives through the Revelation of God.” We do not measure success by the number of attendees, but rather by the number of changed lives as people discover and rediscover God’s word and properly apply it to their lives.
Dr. Richard C. Harris - Lakeland, FL
Dr. Richard Harris brings extensive expertise and experience to Southeastern from a wide variety of areas. Having served as a senior pastor for 31 years in Illinois, Indiana and Florida and having taught public speaking at Purdue University and Spring Arbor University, he is now the lead professor for speech in the Department of Communication at SEU. He teaches Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Honors Public Speaking and Advanced Public Speaking. He also holds the distinction of being one of approximately 125 “Certified World Class Speech Coaches” worldwide, having gone through extensive training with several “World Champions of Public Speaking.”
Rev. Dr. Noel Castellanos - Chicago, Ill
Rev. Dr. Castellanos is CEO and president of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), a network of hundreds of community organizations around the U.S. that are living and working in under-resourced neighborhoods. He has served on President Obamaʼs Council for Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships. His books include Where the Cross Meets the Street: What happens in the Neighborhood When God is at the Center (2015) and A Heart for the Community, New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry (2009, as co-author).
Dr. Jessica Haas - Baltimore, MD
Jessica Haas, LGPC, NCC is a researcher, psychotherapist, and educator based out of Baltimore, MD. She maintains a private counseling practice and works with the Center for Trauma Studies and Resilience Leadership at Loyola University Maryland where her research focuses on racial equity, non-racist white identity, resilience leadership, community trauma, and faith culture diversity. She has shared her expertise as an invited speaker, in refereed presentations, and scientific publications.
Bishop Marcus A. Johnson, Sr. - Baltimore, MD
Currently, Bishop Johnson serves as the Vice President of the Multicultural Prayer Movement, Baltimore National Day of Prayer Chairperson, Vice President of the Baltimore Apostolic Ministerial Alliance, Co-Chair of the African American Leadership Forum for Public Safety, CEO of the Bridge to Life Community Development Corporation, Inc., Life Coach, and missionary. Standing with him in ministry are his wife, Ronae Angela, his two children, and a host of co-laborers. As a multifaceted leader with a global vision Bishop Johnson is reaping a kingdom harvest for Christ.
Tracey Tiernan - Baltimore, MD
For nearly 300,000 people in Baltimore, waking up to Mornings with Tracey, Mike, and Dave on 95.1 SHINE-FM is part of the morning routine. Tracey Tiernan is the host and & "gooey center" of Mornings with Tracey, Mike, and Dave on 95.1 SHINE-FM, the 2011 Christian Music Broadcasters Station of the Year. Tracey loves to encourage people, loves music, and loves God, so Shine FM has been a sweet spot for her to do what she loves. She says, “It is a sacred trust that people would invite us into their lives to speak into their day…a trust, that is precious to me and one I seek to honor God with every day.” Tracey has been on staff at her home church, Bridgeway Community Church for over 14 years. She is passionate about living and worshipping in a diverse community with people who are from different cultures and she loves to engage in bridge-building conversations. Serving as Program Director for Creative Arts at Bridgeway, she writes original creative pieces including plays, sketches, and songs to help people connect with God. She is also a musician and loves to lead worship at Bridgeway, but perhaps closest to her heart, Tracey is a minister at Bridgeway and loves to teach, mentor, and encourage others. Tracey is a sought after speaker at retreats and conferences all over.
Dr. Galen Carey - Columbia, MD
Galen Carey is the vice president of government relations for the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). His responsibilities include representing the NAE to government bodies, including Congress and the White House. Prior to his work as vice president, Carey was a longtime employee of World Relief, the relief and development arm of the NAE. Through this position, he served abroad in Croatia, Mozambique, Kenya, Indonesia, and Burundi. He earned a B.A. from Trinity International University, M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary.
Nikki Lerner - Columbia, MD
I am an artist, teacher, speaker, author and culture coach helping others engage with one another relationally and across culture lines. My passion is to see people come to an understanding of one another through music and conversation and learn to remain human with each other. On this journey, I get to create and travel with these amazing men who enrich my life as well as my music.
Rick Little - Pasadena, MD
Mr. Little, founder of IYF, served as its president from 1990 through 2002. He is also founder of the ImagineNations Group, and was founding CEO of Silatech (2008-2011), where he currently serves as Chairman of its Executive Committee and a member of its Board of Trustees. In 1996, Mr. Little was chosen as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, and in 1997 received the Robert W. Scrivner Award from the Council on Foundations. He was co-chair of the United Nations' High Level Panel of the Youth Employment Network. He received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Anderson University and was named an International Fellow in Applied Developmental Science at Tufts University in 2001. Mr. Little serves on several boards and international advisory councils, including Mercy Corps, Nike Foundation, and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy.
Cheryl Yaffe Kiser - Babson Park, Mass
As the Executive Director of The Lewis Institute for Social Innovation and The Babson Social Innovation Lab, Cheryl is responsible for leading a critical aspect of the growth strategy for Babson by promoting broad support for Babson’s work in integrating social innovation and social entrepreneurship into its curriculum and co-curricular activities.
Dr. John M. Perkins - Jackson, Miss
Today, Dr. Perkins is president of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation of Jackson, Mississippi. He is one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement. He is also an internationally known author, speaker, and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation and Christian community development.
Pastor Greg Holder - Chesterfield, MO
Greg has the unique ability to interpret deep truths of the Bible into personal and tangible applications. He challenges us to consider pertinent historical and linguistic details in Scripture, without missing an opportunity to weave in humor and personal stories. He brings ancient truths of Scripture to light in fresh ways, while calling those from an unlikely mix of spiritual backgrounds to love as they have been loved.
Rev. Gabriel Salguero - New York, NY
Rev. Gabriel Salguero and his wife, Rev. Jeanette Salguero, are the co-lead pastors of the multicultural Lamb’s Church of the Nazarene in New York City. The Lamb’s Church worships in three languages-- English, Spanish, and Mandarin. Much of their work focuses on racial reconciliation Rev. Gabriel Salguero is the founder of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) which offers an important leadership voice for the close to 8 million Latino evangelical in our country.
Dr. George D. Miller III - Syracuse, NY
Dr. Miller has been the Lead Pastor of North Syracuse Baptist Church for since the fall of 2008. Dr. Miller came to The Gathering Place after spending 27 years in Christian higher education training men and women for full time vocational ministries. From 1998 to 2008 he was president of Davis College, formerly Practical Bible College, in Johnson City, New York.
Shane Claiborne - Philadelphia, PA
Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living "as if Jesus meant the things he said." Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. And now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty.
Eugene Cho - Seattle, WA
Eugene Cho is the founder and Lead Pastor of Quest Church – an urban, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Seattle, Washington – as well as the founder and Executive Director of the Q Café, an innovative non-profit community café and music venue (closed due to relocation in 2015).
Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil - Seattle, WA
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.
Pastor Mark Batterson - Washington D.C.
Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. One church with seven locations, NCC is focused on reaching emerging generations. The vision of NCC is to meet in movie theaters at metro stops throughout the DC area. NCC also owns and operates the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill.
Jim Wallis - Washington D.C.
Jim Wallis is a New York Times bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life. He recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and was former vice chair of and currently serves on the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner - Washington D.C.
Skinner Leadership Institute is led by Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner a trusted advisor, public policy strategist, faith leader, author, lecturer, businesswoman, educator, executive coach, and mentor. She has made an indelible imprint in American public policy, government, and community relations as former Director of the Congressional Black Caucus; Co-Chair of the National African American Clergy Network, and as a member of the White House Faith Council. She has a long history of building bridges and advancing the inclusion of people of all cultures in both the private and public sector.
Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe - South Africa
Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe is the second child and eldest daughter of Archbishop Desmond and Nomalizo Leah Tutu. Her primary and secondary education were completed in Swaziland and Great Britain. Her tertiary education was completed in Botswana and the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Botswana and a Master of Public Health in International Health, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.