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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 includes pastors, authors, professors, and social justice advocates from around the world!

Keynote Speakers

Shane Claiborne

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’s books include Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, Executing Grace, his classic The Irresistible Revolution, and his newest book, Beating Guns (2019, forthcoming).

Lisa Sharon Harper

Plenary Title: The Very Good News for Women for Such a Time as This?
Workshop 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 Title: Revisiting Eden: Genesis 2 as a Description "from Below" of the Creation Story
Workshop 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.

Cynthia Hale

Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale is the founder and Senior Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia. She has also established Elah Pastoral Ministries, Inc. and the Women in Ministry Conference, Inc. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary. She is a recipient of numerous honors and recognitions, including being inducted into the African American Biographies Hall of Fame, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College, and the Atlanta Business League Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a recipient of the National Urban League’s “Women of Power” award, the Preston Taylor Living Legacy Award, the Balm in Gilead Keeper of the Flame Award, and she was recognized on Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100” list as one of the nation’s most influential African-American leaders.

Eugene Hung

Plenary Title: Leading Your Church's Response to #MeToo and #ChurchToo
Workshop 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 MutualityHuffpost, and Sojourners.

Emily Onyango

Plenary Title: Working Towards Mutuality as a Mark of Christian Identity: A Case of the Work of the African Church For Biblical Equality (AFCBE)
Workshop 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 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.

Linda Lee Smith Barkman

Workshop Title: Who’s Talking & Who’s Listening: Using Muted Group Theory to enhance interactions between churches and marginalized women

Linda Lee Smith Barkman holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and is passionate about advocating for women, especially incarcerated women. Linda served thirty years in a California prison as a result of a case involving domestic violence. She earned her BS in psychology and most of her MA in theology while incarcerated.

Sandra Glahn

Workshop 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 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 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 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.

Jeanne Porter King

Workshop Title: Stronger Together: Strategies for Building Alliances for Women's Leadership

Dr. Jeanne Porter King is the President of the TransPorter Group Inc, a leadership development company that specializes in the training and coaching of women leaders. Dr. Jeanne is an author of six books, including Influence Starts with “I”—A Woman’s Guide for Unleashing the Power of Leading from Within and Effecting Change Around You. Dr. Jeanne also serves as an associate pastor at Christ Community Church outside Chicago, IL, where her husband Dr. Carl E King, Sr. is the senior pastor.

Mitch Randall

Workshop 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.

Todd Still

Workshop Title: "'Nevertheless, in the Lord...' (1 Cor 11:11): Interdependence in Christ"

Todd D. Still serves as The Charles J. and Eleanor McLerran DeLancey Dean and The William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures in the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. Dr. Still holds a BA from Baylor University, a MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of Glasgow. A licensed and ordained Baptist minister, he has the opportunity to preach and teach in many congregational and conference settings and has served in a variety of ministry capacities.