Lisa Sharon Harper
Lisa Sharon Harper

Lisa Sharon Harper

Lisa Sharon Harper is the Chief Church Engagement Officer at Sojourners. A prolific speaker, writer and activist, Lisa is the author of several books, including The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong can be Made Right, an exploration of God’s intent for the wholeness of all relationships in light of today’s headlines. Lisa also fasted for 22 days as a core faster with the 2013 immigration reform Fast for Families and trained and catalysed evangelicals in St. Louis to engage the 2014 push for justice in Ferguson. A columnist at Sojourners Magazine and an Auburn Fellow, Harper is regularly featured in The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and Relevant Magazine. In 2015 The Huffington Post recognized her as one of “50 Powerful Women Religious Leaders to Celebrate on International Women’s Day.” She is in the ordination process with the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Rev Joel Edwards
Rev Joel Edwards

Rev Joel Edwards

Rev Joel Edwards is a strategic advisor with Christian Solidarity Worldwide, an agency working for religious freedom and human rights. Joel’s wide range of experiences includes 12 years as a probation officer, pastoral experience, 11 years as general director of the Evangelical Alliance UK and 10 years leadership in Micah Challenge International - a global faith based response to extreme poverty. In addition, he has served on a number of government bodies including Commissioner on the Equality and Human Rights Commission UK, the Advisory Board on Human Rights and Religious Freedom with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Metropolitan Police’s Independent Advisory Group.
 
Currently, he is an honorary Canon at St Paul’s Cathedral, a Vice President of Barnardos, an advisory member on faith at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and a Visiting Fellow at Spurgeon’s College. Joel has been awarded three honorary doctorates including St Andrews University. He is married to Carol and they have two children and five grandchildren
Patricia Ho
Patricia Ho

Patricia Ho

Patricia Ho is a Hong Kong based human rights lawyer. She was raised in Hong Kong in a cross-culture family, and developed a preoccupation for standing up for 'what's right' since a young age. Much of her (and the firm in which she works in, Daly & Associates) work involves defending the rights of minority groups in Hong Kong by way of challenging government policies and law in judicial reviews. Her cases include a number of landmark judicial review test cases concerning asylum seekers and refugees (issues include access to social welfare, release from detention, permission to work), transgender persons (discriminatory treatment in detention), domestic helpers (right to security), sex workers (right to security) and victims of human trafficking.
 
Apart from litigation, Patricia provides legal and strategic advice to a number of NGOs in Hong Kong, and works with both local and international bodies to advocate for the rights of marginalised groups, including refugees, asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking in Hong Kong.
 
Since becoming a mother of two, she has also become passionate about challenging the mould of what a mother and pastor's wife should look like as she juggles between her different roles.
Dr Michael Frost
Dr Michael Frost

Dr Michael Frost

Dr Michael Frost is an internationally recognised Australian missiologist and one of the leading voices in the missional church movement. His books are required reading in colleges and seminaries around the world and he is much sought after as an international conference speaker.
 
Dr Frost has been the founding director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study centre located at Morling College in Sydney, Australia, since 1999. He is also an Adjunct Professor with Asbury Seminary and Northern Seminary in the United States.
 
He is the author or editor of sixteen theological books, the most recent of which are the popular and award-winning, The Shaping of Things to Come (2003), Exiles (2006), The Road to Missional (2011) and Surprise the World! (2016). Dr Frost’s work has been translated into German, Korean, Swedish, Portuguese and Spanish.
 
He was one of the founders of the Forge Mission Training Network and the founder of the missional Christian community, smallboatbigsea, based in Manly in Sydney’s north. He was the weekly religion columnist for The Manly Daily for over a decade and helped establish Action Against Poverty, a localised micro-financing agency, linking the cities of Manly and Manado, an impoverished Indonesian community. He was instrumental in launching Street Pastors Manly, a church-based initiative aimed at curbing alcohol-related violence.
​Melinda Tankard Reist
​Melinda Tankard Reist

​Melinda Tankard Reist

Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. She is author and editor of four books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls and Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry

Melinda is a newspaper columnist and a regular guest on morning television, she has also appeared on ABC Q&A as well as many other TV and radio programs. Melinda is co-founder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout, exposing corporations, advertisers and marketers who objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services.

Melinda is named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women. She is an ambassador for World Vision, Compassion and The Raise Foundation.
Evert-Jan Ouweneel
Evert-Jan Ouweneel

Evert-Jan Ouweneel

Evert-Jan Ouweneel is Dutch, 21 years married to Anikó and father of three children. Since 2009 he has served as Senior Advisor within the fundraising offices of World Vision. One of his current tasks is to inform people in secular societies about the need for ‘faith literacy’ (understanding people of other faiths) and the importance of collaborating with religious leaders when building towards a more peaceful and prosperous world. 

Evert studied Psychology, Sociology and graduated in Philosophy at the Free University in Amsterdam. He wrote over 60 articles in Dutch and some English articles on a variety of topics. He is an appreciated speaker in the Netherlands, specialised in describing global developments and shifts in past and present. He holds seminars about world history, world powers, world religions and world trends in universities, corporations and theatres. He also speaks regularly in churches and Christian organisations and at Christian events.
Tanya Riches
Tanya Riches

Tanya Riches

Tanya Riches is a researcher at The Centre for Disability Studies, an affiliate of the University of Sydney, where she leads the Inclusive Research Network with people with intellectual disabilities. She completed her PhD at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2017, investigating the worship and social justice initiatives of urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leaders. She has worked hard to amplify these voices in the media and church context. She is also a lecturer at Hillsong College, where she oversees the newly developed Masters programs. Her upcoming co-edited volume entitled The Hillsong Movement Examined: You Call Me Out Upon the Waters draws together insider and outsider scholars to write on various aspects of Hillsong Church
CB Samuel
CB Samuel

CB Samuel

CB Samuel is a Bible teacher, pastor, theologian, mentor, former CEO of a major Indian relief and development organization (EFICOR), missiologist, evangelical leader and passionate advocate for the poor. He is now a TEAR Associate Fieldworker, working as a leader, educator and advocate for social action in the Indian Christian community. While CB has developed a global ministry, teaching frequently in Asia, USA and Australia, he and his wife Selina remain strongly engaged in integral mission in India. They have a particular passion for building and strengthening younger leaders in their spiritual formation and their mission engagement.
Micah Bournes
Micah Bournes

Micah Bournes

Micah Bournes was born and raised on hip hop in the city of Long Beach, California. He is a poet, rapper and songwriter most known for his dynamic performances of spoken word poetry. His creative expressions are full of stories and self reflection as he invites us to think critically on issues of culture, faith, and justice.
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