Mae Elise Cannon
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon is the executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace. She is an author, speaker, and advocate who cares deeply about God’s heart for the poor and the oppressed. She is the author of Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World (IVP, 2009) and Just Spirituality: How Faith Practices Fuel Social Action (IVP, 2013) and co-author of Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith (Zondervan, 2014). Cannon is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). Her ministry and professional background includes serving as the senior director of advocacy and outreach for World Vision US, the executive pastor of Hillside Covenant Church (Walnut Creek, California), director of development and transformation for extension ministries at Willow Creek Community Church (Barrington, Illinois), and as a consultant to the Middle East for child advocacy issues for Compassion International. She earned her doctorate in American history with the minor in Middle Eastern studies from the University of California–Davis, focusing her dissertation on the history of the American Protestant church in Israel and Palestine. Cannon holds an MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary, an MBA from North Park University's School of Business and Nonprofit Management, and a MA in bioethics from Trinity International University.
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