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Grace Al-Zoughbi is an Arab Palestinian Christian. Her experiences as an Arab woman in theological education have been shaped by the challenges she experiences. It is her faith which has given her hope to speak life into such challenging circumstances. She is currently completing a PhD in Theological Education from the London School of Theology, with special focus on the roles of Arab women in theological education in the Middle East. Grace is active in regional theological schools and programs, an international speaker, and published author on the topics of the Palestinian Church and Christianity in the Middle East and the theological education of women in that region. She is married to Rev. Michael Arteen and together they have come to identify strongly with the persecuted church in the Middle East.
Keynote title: What’s Different?: The Challenges Arab Christian Women Face in the Church and the Academy
Rev. David Hart is a practicing attorney and lead pastor of a growing church in Madison, Wisconsin. His mom says he is special on the inside.
Keynote title: Fair Fight: In the Fight for Egalitarianism in the Church, Men Must be Willing to Help and Work.
Dr. Médine Moussounga Keener (PhD, University of Paris) is Community Formation Pastoral Care coordinator at Asbury Theological Seminary. Originally from Congo Brazzaville, she has taught French at Eastern University and continues to teach it at Asbury University. She wrote her dissertation related to African American women’s history, has published various articles in Dictionary of African Christian Biography, Africa Study Bible and other articles on women in Africa. She coauthored with her husband, Craig, Impossible Love: The True Story of an African Civil War, Miracles and Hope Against All Odds, a story of her war experience and her and Craig’s romance. They also coauthored Reconciliation for Africa, a booklet on ethnic reconciliation currently used in many countries in Africa. She also coauthored with Dr. Sue Russell a Bible study book titled Loved: Women who found hope and healing in Jesus. Both in Francophone Africa and in the US, she has publicly shared her experiences of war and reconciliation.
Keynote title: A New Humanity
Dr. Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is author of thirty-three books, with more than one million copies in circulation. The books have won thirteen national or international awards, including six in Christianity Today. These include The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament and major academic commentaries. In 2020 Craig was president of the Evangelical Theological Society.
Keynote title: A New Humanity
Rev. Michelle Sanchez (M.Div., Th.M.) is Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the Evangelical Covenant Church of America. Her co-authored book Routes and Radishes, and Other Things to Talk about at the Evangelical Crossroads was published by Zondervan in October 2010.
Keynote title: Color-Courageous Biblical Equality
Rev. Michelle D. Williams MTS, CDE is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. For over twenty years, Rev. Williams has worked with people during some of the most formative and stressful seasons of life. Beginning as a social worker with at-risk populations; serving as a pastor walking through life’s transitions; working as an advisor/mentor to undergraduate college students (Anderson University); navigating tumultuous racial/cultural conflicts, and most recently as a dean at a graduate seminary (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary). Michelle is co-author of Diversity Playbook: Recommendations and Guidance for Christian Organizations. She is a Certified Diversity Executive and CEO of Shalom Consultants.
Keynote title: Between Sisters: Using our Collective Courage to live out Galatians 3:28.