Workshop Speakers

Adesola Akala


Adesola Akala

Adesola Akala is a research fellow at St. John’s College, Durham University. She holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. Her current research includes the gospel of John, Pauline literature, prayer, and glory. Sola teaches and preaches in the UK, Europe, Africa, USA, South East Asia, and Australia. She is also the director of Doxa Consultancy, which provides support to people engaged in biblical and theological research projects.

Workshop: “God’s Glory Manifest in Human Mutuality: Revisiting Galatians 3:27-29” 

 

Grace Al-Zoughbi


Grace Al-Zoughbi

Grace Al-Zoughbi is a teacher at Bethlehem Bible College. She finished her master’s program in London and returned to teach and serve as head of the Biblical Studies department at the college.

Workshop: "Transforming Women: A Study of Influential Women Evaluating Their Personal Impact in Old Testament and in Present-Day Middle East”   

 

 

Sean Callaghan


Sean Callaghan

Sean Callaghan is a committed activist who focuses on the challenges around conflict, gender, and livelihoods, primarily in Africa. His work with activist networks across different African countries has given him insights into the challenges of working for different causes, including forming and benefiting from networks and the tough task of funding the work.

Workshop:“Power Dynamics and Social Norms Change in Global North and Global South Contexts"
Panel Discussion: “Exploring the Humanitarian Consequences of Theological Patriarchy”
 

 

Carolina Kuzaks-Cardenas


Carolina Kuzaks-Cardenas

Carolina is the training manager for Restored. She has worked in the charity sector in the UK for twelve years. During the last nine years, she has been involved in ending violence against women by providing support to survivors of domestic abuse and training churches and other organizations to respond better to this issue. Carolina is originally from Colombia and has a master’s degree in NGO and Development Management. She is married to John and together they attend St. Mary’s Church in Hampton.

Workshop: “Domestic Abuse--In Churches Too?” (with Peter Willson)   

 

Emma Dipper


Emma Dipper

Emma Dipper is founding director of Gender and Religious Freedom, a collaborative network addressing issues of resilience and advocacy for Christian communities facing persecution, which is distinctly gender biased. She was first challenged in this area when she ran projects for women under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. She developed Release Women as part of Release International, a church-based model of self-help groups addressing the spiritual, psychosocial, and socio-economic disempowerment of Christian women in Egypt and Pakistan. She is based at All Nations Christian College.

Workshop: "Women, Violence, and Religious Persecution: What the Evidence Reveals, and What Christians and the Church Can Do” (with Helene Fisher)     

 

Helene Fisher


Helene Fisher

Helene Fisher has worked as global gender persecution specialist for Open Doors International since 2007. She has tracked trends related to women and persecution over the past decade, as Christian women have gone from being perceived mainly as incidental victims of religious persecution to becoming direct strategic targets.

Workshop: "Women, Violence, and Religious Persecution: What the Evidence Reveals, and What Christians and the Church Can Do” (with Emma Dipper)

 

Mimi Haddad


Mimi Haddad

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.

Workshop: “Toward a Christian Worldview: Theology and Its Impact”
Panel Discussion: “Exploring the Humanitarian Consequences of Theological Patriarchy”

 

Avril Heenan


Avril Heenan

Avril Heenan has been an active member of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) since 1983 and is one of only six women who serve on the General Council of PCI. She is a finance lawyer and recently completed a Master of Research in Theology at Queens University Belfast, through Union Theological College. She focused on the Pauline texts with respect to women, and her dissertation was on the history of ordination of women to the PCI. Avril has been happily married to John for 28 years and is the mother of two grown sons.

Workshop: "The Restoration of Women and the Liberation of Christ" (with Ruth Garvey Williams and Trevor Morrow)

 

Amanda Jackson


Amanda Jackson

Amanda Jackson, Director of the Women’s Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, has over 20 years of experience encouraging Christians to advocate for women and address the challenges facing women and girls, and training and equipping women in leadership. She has worked with women and men in over 30 nations.

 

 

Ally Kateusz


Ally Kateusz

Ally Kateusz is a cultural historian specializing in the intersection of women and religion in early Christian art and texts. She is research associate at Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research and has published peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Early Christian Studies, the Journal for Feminist Studies in Religion, and Priscilla Papers. Her 2019 illustrated book, Mary and Early Christian Women: Hidden Leadership, provides new evidence of early Christian women apostles and clergy.

Workshop: “Historical Evidence for Women's Ecclesiastical Leadership"

 

Katherine Marshall


Katherine Marshall

Katherine Marshall is a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, a professor of the practice of development, conflict, and religion in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and serves as executive director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue. She is involved in building bridges and partnerships among religious and non-religious institutions and policies, all geared to advancing human welfare. Her books include Women, Religion, and Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen and Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers.

Workshop: "Patriarchy, Women, and Faith: Trends and Women's Leadership in Overcoming Patriarchy"
Panel Discussion: “Exploring the Humanitarian Consequences of Theological Patriarchy”

 

Trevor Morrow


Trevor Morrow

Trevor Morrow is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and studied theology to the doctoral level at the University of Edinburgh. He is a Presbyterian minister. His commitment to the stance of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland to affirming men and women equally for leadership in the church resulted in his publication of Equal to Rule: Leading the Jesus Way.

Workshop: “The Restoration of Women and the Liberation of Christ" (with Avril Heenan and Ruth Garvey Williams)

 

Charles Read


Charles Reed

Charles Read is director of liturgy and director of reader training, Norwich Diocese. He read theology at Manchester University, was a secondary teacher and a lay minister before ordination. He served in a variety of churches in Manchester diocese and researched the early history of Daily Prayer for his MPhil. In 1999 he became Lecturer in Liturgy and Doctrine at St John’s College Durham. He then served as vice principal of the Norwich Ministry Course, before moving to his present set of posts in 2013. Charles is associate priest at St. Catherine’s Mile Cross, an urban parish in north Norwich.

Workshop: “Gender, Power, and the Trinity”

 

Pontsho K. Segwai


Pontsho Segwai

Pontsho Segwai is the advocacy and child protection manager for World Vision South Africa, a position that allows her to merge her two loves, God and gender. She has been working on gender and development for two decades and focuses on addressing gender equality from a biblical perspective. Her passion is seeing males and females being treated equally, as is God's original plan.

Workshop: “Changes in Field Ministry and Scripture's Call for Female and Male Shared Leadership”

 

Ruth Garvey-Williams


Ruth-Garvey Williams

Ruth Garvey-Williams is editor of Ireland’s Christian magazine, VOX, and serves on the board of several national Christian organizations, including the Evangelical Alliance of Ireland and the Irish Bible Institute. She is author of VOX magazine’s “Women and the Church” report based on research into the experiences of women and attitudes toward women in churches and Christian ministries in Ireland. Ruth has been in Christian ministry for 30 years and has a passionate concern for Christian unity and for the inclusion of those who are oppressed and marginalized.

Workshop: "The Restoration of Women and the Liberation of Christ" (with Avril Heenan and Trevor Morrow)

 

Jennifer Williamson


Ruth-Garvey Williams

Jenn Williamson is a church planter, a conference speaker, and a leadership coach who currently serves on the steering teams of National Church Planting Processes and Hope for Europe—Women in Leadership. A strong believer in cross-cultural collaboration, Jenn is the founder of Elan, an organization that helps foreign missionaries successfully transition to the field by connecting them with French mentors.

Workshop: “Leadership, Mentorship, and Church Planting: Men and Women Working Together”

 

Peter Willson


Peter Wilson

Peter Willson is a consultant surgeon who left England’s NHS in 2018 and volunteered with Restored before joining the staff in 2019 as operations manager and First Man Standing coordinator. Peter is passionate about ending violence against women and ensuring men are part of preventing abuse. He is keen for church leaders to be aware of abuse in the church, know how to prevent it, and not misuse theology to perpetuate it. Peter has been married for 36 years to his wonderful wife, Janine, who he met and married at medical school. They have three daughters.

Workshop: “Domestic Abuse--In Churches Too?” (with Carolina Kuzaks-Cardenas)