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Gary Burge, Ph.D, Professor of New Testament
Department of Biblical and Theological Studies, Wheaton College & Graduate School
Dr. Gary Burge works from varied experience: raised Lutheran, enlivened in the Jesus movement, ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), worshiping at an Evangelical Covenant church, and now teaching New Testament at the interdenominational Wheaton. Having earned his Ph.D. in New Testament at King’s College, Aberdeen University, Burge has written especially on two career themes, the Johannine tradition and issues related to the Middle East. He has led many student tour groups to Israel/Palestine, befriended numerous Arab pastors, and written Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians are Not Being Told About the Palestinian Crisis. Burge has been active both as a conference speaker and board member with Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding, as well as several other similar organizations.
Dale Ryan, Christian Recovery International
Dale Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer of Christian Recovery International (www.christianrecovery.com). He is also an Assistant Professor of Recovery Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary where he serves as the director of the Fuller Institute for Recovery Ministry (www.fullerinstitute.org). He has consulted with ministries in several countries (including some in the Arab world) who are seeking to develop support group programs for alcoholics, addicts and their family members. He is the co-author of The Twelve Steps: A Spiritual Kindergarten, an introduction to the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous; Rooted in God’s Love, a book of meditations on biblical texts for people in recovery and numerous Bible study guides published by InterVarsity Press.
Mr. Accad has served as a network consultant, a software developer and has a decade's worth of experience in the field of video production. He is currently the Vice President of Dvarchive, one of the first websites to offer royalty-free downloadable digital video clips. Born in Lebanon, Yves carries with him a deep sensitivity to the needs and the struggles of the peoples of the Middle East.
Dr. Mubarak Awad is the founder of Nonviolence International and currently serves as its Director. He is a member of the American University faculty and teaches a graduate course called "Theories and Methods of Nonviolence." Dr. Awad is the founder and Executive Director of the National Youth Advocate program, a nonprofit organization designed to support, guide and facilitate the development and operation of community-based residential and nonresidential services for troubled and needy youth. He also founded the Palestinian Counseling Center and the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence (PCSN) in Jerusalem.
Dr. Fred Bush has been a professor of Ancient Near Eastern studies at Fuller Theological Seminary since 1993. He has also served as an instructor of Hebrew and Arabic. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University and a B.D. and Th.M. from Fuller. He has published several books, including: Old Testament Survey: the Message, Form and Background of the Old Testament. Fred Bush is married with three children and eight grandchildren.
Farouk Eldeiry is the head of M.A.P. (Ministry for Arabic-speaking Peoples) under the oversight of Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. He holds an M.A.R. and a Th.M. in Systematic Theology. He has served with the Theological Seminary in Cairo, the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services and was the first pastor at the Ibrahimiah Evangelical Church in Alexandria, Egypt (established in 1966). Currently, he is the Vice-President for the Middle East Fellowship of Evangelical Churches. In his free time, Farouk enjoys traveling, walking, ping-pong and volleyball.
Dr. Brice Harris, Jr. is a professor of history, diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College. Brice received an M.A. and a PhD from Harvard University and has served as a Fulbright scholar in Liberia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Oman. He also had the opportunity to serve as a visiting professor at the American University in Cairo. He has had several articles related to the Middle East published, including: "Tears in the Holy Land" and "The South Africanization of Israel." In his spare time, Brice enjoys hiking, camping and photography.
Carolyn Harris has been the director of the Westminster Child Center since 1985. She has served on the steering committee of the Middle East Fellowship of Southern California since 1969 and has served as its treasurer since 1997. In 1975, she taught Educational Sociology at the American University in Cairo.
Darrel Meyers is a Pastor at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church in Van Nuys, Southern California. He was a co-founder of the Middle East Fellowship of Southern California and has served as one of its chairpersons since 1969. Darrel is also a board member of the Friends of Sabeel-North America and makes frequent visits to the Middle East. He holds a Masters degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Darrel has three grown children and three granddaughters. Along with spending time with his family, he enjoys reading, sports, cinema, music and the companionship of friends.
The Reverend Nuhad Daoud Tomeh is currently working with the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) as a consultant. From 1986 through 1995, Nuhad was a professor, dean, and acting president of the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon. Since 1992, Nuhad has been coordinator of the Urban Rural Mission Program for MECC in Beirut and, from 1981 to 1990, Nuhad was a part-time assistant and associate pastor for the National Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Beirut. Nuhad holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and psychology from the Arab University in Beirut and a master of divinity from the Near East School of Theology. He received his doctorate of ministry, with a major in pastoral care and counseling, from Christ Seminary Seminex (ELCA) in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1985.
Mr. Wagner is the current Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Associate Professor of Biblical Theology and Religion. He is also Co-Chair for Consultation on Palestinian Theology and Interreligious Dialogue in the Middle East for the American Academy of Religion. He is on the Board of Directors of Sabeel Theology Center in Jerusalem; the Board of Advisors for Americans for Middle East Understanding in New York and Youth Advocates in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, Illinois. He has served as the National Director of Palestine Human Rights Campaign and has received several awards from various Arab and human rights organizations.
Nancy Ware Wainwright
Mrs. Wainwright serves on the board of American Water Works Company, Inc. For many years she served as one of the directors of a family philanthropic organization, the Ware Foundation. She is also the founder of the Catlin Foundation, an organization that has been proactive in funding innovative and compassionate programs. Through her many humanitarian efforts, Nancy has been personally involved in sponsoring relief and development initiatives in the Middle East.
Mr. Wainwright is director of the Catlin Foundation in Florida. He has been active for more than 20 years in developing and implementing programs for a variety of humanitarian organizations involved in outreach work overseas. He is the former Executive Director of the Jubilee Foundation, where he developed strategies for furthering micro-enterprise development overseas. He has served on the board of directors for International Urban Associates, New College Berkeley, and Westwood Foundation.