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"Created to Thrive" Speakers

CBE International's 2019 conference theme is "Created to Thrive: Mutuality, Power, and Identity."

CBE's lineup of speakers included pastors, authors, professors, and social justice advocates from around the world!

Plenary Speakers

Lisa Sharon Harper

Plenary Lecture Title: The Very Good News for Women for Such a Time as This?
Workshop Lecture Title: Faith-Rooted Organizing

From Ferguson to New York, and from Germany to South Africa to Australia, Lisa Sharon Harper leads trainings that increase clergy and community leaders’ capacity to organize people of faith toward a just world. A prolific speaker, writer and activist, Ms. Harper is the founder and president of FreedomRoad.us, a consulting group dedicated to shrinking the narrative gap in our nation by designing forums and experiences that bring common understanding, common commitment and common action. 

Havilah Dharamraj

Plenary Lecture Title: Revisiting Eden: Genesis 2 as a Description "from Below" of the Creation Story
Workshop Lecture Title: When Jacob Met Leah: The Undesirability of Patriarchy as Seen in Genesis 29

Havilah Dharamraj is the academic dean and the head of the department of Old Testament at the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS), in Bangalore, India. She completed her doctoral studies from the University of Durham, UK, in the area of narrative theology. She writes for both academia and the church, and rejoices in the (almost) unrestricted use of her gifts for the Kingdom of God.

Eugene Hung

Plenary Lecture Title: Leading Your Church's Response to #MeToo and #ChurchToo
Workshop Lecture Title: What's a Man to Do?

A Dallas Seminary grad, Eugene pastored churches for 12 years before working as an advocate for women's rights in the nonprofit and higher education sectors. He speaks at colleges and conferences, and is a recurring guest on Southern California Public Radio. He authors the top Google ranked "Asian dad blog" and has writen for CBE's Mutuality, Huffpost, and Sojourners.

Emily Onyango

Plenary Lecture Title: Working Towards Mutuality as a Mark of Christian Identity: A Case of the Work of the African Church For Biblical Equality (AFCBE)
Workshop Lecture Title: The Challenge of the Resurgence of Negative Aspects of African Cultural Practices Among Christians in Kenya

Emily Onyango is a priest in the Anglican Church of Kenya. She currently works at St. Paul’s University as a senior lecturer, and teaches in the area of ecclesiastical studies, history, and gender studies. Through ACFBE (African Church for Bible Equality), she is involved in producing training material and doing advocacy work in the areas of gender, and biblical equality both in the church and wider society.


Workshop Speakers

Sarah Ago

Workshop Lecture Title: Introduction to Egalitarian Marriage

Sarah is an associate pastor at Hillside Covenant Church in Walnut Creek, CA. Sarah graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with an MA in family life education. She serves on the CBE board and the Committee on Ministerial Standing for the Pacific Southwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Sarah is in the process of forming a non-profit to support a safe house for exploited women and at-risk children in southeast Asia.

Sandra Glahn

Workshop Lecture Title: Artemis of the Ephesians in First-Century Ephesus and Ramifications for How We Read 1 Timothy.

Dr. Sandra Glahn is a seminary professor who has written more than 20 books. Her dissertation focused on the identity of Artemis of the Ephesians at the time of the earliest Christians and its possible effect on Paul’s epistles, especially as they relate to women. Dr. Glahn was the general editor of Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible.


Mimi Haddad

Workshop Lecture Title: Coming soon!

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.

Sandra Morgan

Workshop Lecture Title: Pornography for Profit: The Link to Sex Trafficking

Dr. Morgan directs Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice. As an educator and nurse, she is recognized globally for her expertise in human trafficking and working to end violence against women. She leads the annual Ensure Justice conference that brings together diverse groups for strategic collaboration to build capacity and competency on the frontline against exploitation. Her Ending Human Trafficking podcast is recommended by the National Administration of Youth and Family Services Clearinghouse.

Annette Oltmans

Workshop Lecture Title: Understanding Double Abuse® and its Consequences

Annette Oltmans is a philanthropist, fervent human rights advocate, and survivor. Annette's personal experience of recovery led to extensive field research into the topics of Primary and Double Abuse® igniting her passion to educate, equip and restore those affected by any form of abuse. In 2016, she founded The Mend Project, a non-profit dedicated to preventing and remediating harm from Double Abuse® through training and education. Her writings on the topics of abuse and bullying have been published in AACC, Teen Vogue, OC Register, and other publications.


Mitch Randall

Workshop Lecture Title: Theological Malpractice Stands Culpable in Sexual Abuse

Dr. Randall holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University, an MDiv with biblical languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a DMin from George W. Truett Theological Seminary. He is committed to upholding the four fragile freedoms of the Baptist tradition, building ecumenical relationships with other Christians, fostering interfaith partnerships, and fighting for biblical justice for all people. He served as pastor of Northhaven Church in Norman, Oklahoma from 2006-2017.