Speakers

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Ed Stetzer, Ph.D.

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and
Evangelism at Wheaton College. Ed also serves as the Executive Director of the Billy
Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton, as chair of the Evangelism and Leadership
Program in the Graduate School, and as the Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI)
Senior Fellow at Wheaton. Ed is a prolific author, and well-known conference speaker.
He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written a dozen books and hundreds of articles.

Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach
Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is also the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, which is used by over 1 million individuals each week.

As of fall 2015, Stetzer co-hosts BreakPoint This Week, a radio broadcast that airs on over 400 media outlets.

He also serves the teaching pastor at Christ Fellowship, a multi-cultural megachurch in Miami, Florida.

He has written the following books:
• Transformational Groups (with Eric Geiger, 2014).
• Subversive Kingdom: Becoming Agents of Gospel Transformation (2012), and
• The Mission of God Study Bible (with Philip Nation, 2012),
• Compelled: Living the Mission of God (with Philip Nation, 2011),
• MissonShift: Mission Issues in the Third Millenium (with David J. Hesselgrave, 2010),
• Transformational Church (with Thom Rainer, 2010),
• Spiritual Warfare & Missions (with Jerry Rankin, 2010),
• Viral Churches: How Church Planters Can Become Movement Makers (with Warren Bird, 2010),
• Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and Churches that Reach Them (with Richie Stanley and Jason
Hayes, 2009),
• Compelled by Love: The Most Excellent Way to Missional Living (with Philip Nation, 2008),
• 11 Innovations in the Local Church (with Elmer Towns and Warren Bird, 2007),
• Comeback Churches: How 234 Churches Turned around and Yours Can Too (with Mike Dodson, 2007),
• Planting Missional Churches (2006),
• Breaking the Missional Code: Your Church Can Be a Missionary in Your Community (w/ David Putman,
2006),
• Perimeters of Light: Biblical Boundaries for the Emerging Church (w/ Elmer Towns, 2004),
• Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age (2003)


Jenny Yang

Vice President of Advocacy and Policy, World Relief

Jenny Yang is the Vice President of Advocacy and Policy at World Relief where she provides oversight for all advocacy initiatives and policy positions at World Relief, representing the organization’s advocacy priorities to the U.S. government and mobilizing churches on advocacy campaigns. She has worked over a decade in refugee protection, immigration policy, and human rights, and as a Senior Case Manager at World Relief, focused on refugee processing and case management for World Relief’s refugee and immigration programs. Prior to World Relief, she worked at one of the largest political fundraising firms in Maryland managing fundraising and campaigning for local politicians.  Jenny has researched refugee and asylum law in Madrid, Spain through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and is on an active deployment roster for UNHCR.  She is also former chair of the Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) Africa Work Group which brought NGOs and government partners together on the protection of African refugees.

She is co-author of “Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate” (2009, InterVarsity Press) and also contributing author to “Talking Taboo: American Women Get Frank about Faith” (2012, White Cloud Press) and “Global Diasporas and Mission: Volume 23” (2014, Regnum Books International). She has written articles for The Forced Migration Review, The Review on Faith and International Affairs, Relevant Magazine, Christianity Today, Christian Citizen Magazine, and the Immigration Policy Center, among others. She has also been quoted extensively in the media including in The Economist, The Washington Post, Politico, The New York Times, CNN, CBN, The Christian Post, and The Washington Times, among others. She speaks extensively at many churches, conferences and universities across the United States. She was named “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today in 2012 and “7 Leaders to Follow in 2017” by Relevant Magazine in 2017.

Jenny is on the advisory board of Christianity Today Women and on the Board of Directors for The Justice Conference.


Chelsea Langston Bombino

Director of Strategic Engagement, IRFA at Center for Public Justice

Chelsea Langston-Bombino joined the Center for Public Justice as the Director of Equipping for the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance (IRFA) in January 2015. In this role, Chelsea focuses on equipping faith-based organizations to advance their religious freedom by living out their faith-based missions, in their public policy engagement, their organizational practices, and through cultivating positive public perceptions.

Before joining IRFA, Chelsea served as Learning Director for Maryland Nonprofits where she was responsible for collaborating with staff, members and key community stakeholders to facilitate educational and capacity building opportunities and collaboration across Maryland Nonprofits’ diverse membership. Prior to that Chelsea served at the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) in Washington, D.C., as Manager of Education and Development.

Chelsea has also served as the Legal Services Manager for Common Ground, a community mental health organization in Michigan called Common Ground and worked as a fellow for the Irish Center for Human Rights in Galway, Ireland. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine’s DC campus teaching Nonprofit Management and is also the Early Childhood Ministry Coordinator for Potomac Valley Assembly Church. Chelsea holds a B.A and a J.D from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is a member of the State of Michigan Bar Association. She is married to Josh and lives in Maryland.


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Gil Odendaal

Vice President of Integral Mission, World Relief

Gil Odendaal serves as the Vice President of Integral Mission with World Relief. Prior to holding his present position he served as Global Director for PEACE Implementation with Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California and as Global Director for the HIV/AIDS Initiative under Kay Warren facilitating the deployment of more than 10,000 short term missionaries. He has thirty years of ministry experience as missionary, pastor, educator, and leader. For the past 15 years he has progressively immersed himself in community development and the church’s fight against HIV and AIDS, especially in the African context.

Other professional positions held by Gil include Regional Coordinator for Africa with Medical Ambassadors International. He also served as Regional Coordinator for Russia and Eastern Europe for a period of two years.

Deeply committed to unleash the untapped human resources latent in the church worldwide and to see health equity become a reality in the southern countries, Gil is committed to mobilize the global church to serve the most vulnerable effectively, spiritually and physically. He has developed innovative programs, projects and campaigns that empower the local church globally toward education, prevention, treatment and care for the infected and affected in the pandemic.

Gil and his wife, Elmarie, were born and raised in South Africa. They have been married for 37 years. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.


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Sheryl Haw

International Director, Micah Global

There are many ways to introduce oneself and I always ask myself how do I want people to know me?

An “in the world but not of the world” intro could read: Ancestrally European, Raised African, Migrant British, Citizenship Kingdom, Role ambassador and Servant of the King.

A holistic professional CV approach could read: medical background with over 25 years aid experience; complementing practice with a theological degree outworked in  an integral missional way in Micah Global where I have worked since 2010 as the International Director.

A simple introduction approach: Hi, I am Sheryl Haw, passionate about integral mission and how we can effectively be agents of transformation in and through our lives and ministries.


Brian Walsh

Founder and President, Civil Rights Research Center


Chad Hayward

Executive Director, Accord Network

Chad has served as Executive Director for Accord Network since 2007.

Prior to this, Hayward served in the federal Faith-Based Initiative as the Senior Adviser for the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  USAID is the primary United States governmental agency extending assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.

Prior to joining USAID, he spent several years on Capitol Hill where he served as Communications Director for Rep. Jim Ryun of Kansas and Policy Aide to Rep. John Thune of South Dakota.

Before his time in Washington, Hayward worked as Director of Operations for Prayer for the Persecuted Church, an organization working to encourage involvement among the church to the subject of persecuted Christians worldwide as well as for a development/consulting firm that specialized in helping non-profit organizations.

Chad holds a Bachelors degree in political science and history from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and resides in Washington DC.