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.

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.
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.
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.
​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.
Rev David Shosanya
Rev David Shosanya

Rev David Shosanya

Rev David Shosanya has served as a Regional Minister for The London Baptist Association since September 2003. Before joining the Association, David served as a team leader with The Royal Servants, a short-term missions agency and as Minister at Chalk Farm Baptist Church in Primrose Hill where he pioneered some creative and innovative approaches to mission. David co-founded and launched the nationally acclaimed and multiple award-winning Street Pastors initiative which now has over 12,000 Christians across the UK with thousands more across the world patrolling the streets into the early evenings.
 
David has served as a consultant for The Bible Society UK, and currently serves on the Council of The Evangelical Alliance. 
 
He is a visiting lecturer at Spurgeons Bible College in London and has been privileged to speak at leading academic institutions including at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, The Queens Foundation for Theological Education and the London School of Economics on a variety of justice and other topics. He is married to Yvonne and they have two children.
Ken Wytsma
Ken Wytsma

Ken Wytsma

Founder of The Justice Conference, Ken is a leader, innovator and social entrepreneur respected for his insight and collaborative spirit. He is the author of Pursuing Justice, The Grand Paradox and Create vs. Copy as well as featuring widely in RELEVANT Magazine, Huffington Post, Church Leaders and Worship Magazine. Ken is a consultant and creative advisor to not­for-profits and a sought-after speaker on justice, church and culture. He is the president of Kilns College and lead pastor at Antioch Church. Ken lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Tamara, and their four daughters.
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
Viv Benjamin
Viv Benjamin

Viv Benjamin

Over the past 10 years, Viv has helped build impactful organisations and people-powered social movements for global justice. She is currently based in New York, USA consulting for global organisations SumOfUs.org and Tearfund, serves as President of Micah Challenge USA, and coordinates a global climate campaign spanning a dozen countries in Africa, Latin America, USA, UK, Europe, India, and Australia. Last year she worked on the United Nations' first ever World Humanitarian Summit, where she managed the participation of thousands of leaders from around the world. Previously CEO of Oaktree, leading the team to raise millions of dollars and recruit 150,000 volunteer members in the movement to end extreme poverty.
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.
Anna McGahan
Anna McGahan

Anna McGahan

Anna is an actor and writer, based in Melbourne. She is known for her roles in Australian television (Underbelly: Razor, House Husbands, Anzac Girls, The Dr Blake Mysteries), film (Spirit of the Game, Project Eden, 100 Bloody Acres) and theatre (The Effect – Sydney Theatre Company). She received the Queensland Young Playwright’s Award in 2008 and 2009, and was short-listed for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award in 2010 with her play ‘He’s Seeing Other People Now’. She co-wrote the immersive, spoken-word theatre piece ‘The People of the Sun’ with Joel McKerrow. Anna is passionate about spiritual revival and restoration within the performing arts industries, and founded the Christian artists collective ‘The Fireplace’ in 2015. She writes on creativity, feminism and spirituality for feminartsy.com and on her own blog: www.aforbiddenroom.com.
Ravina Waldren
Ravina Waldren

Ravina Waldren

Ravina Waldren is the Coordinator of Murri Ministry, an arm of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane providing pastoral care support for communities all the way from Brisbane to Cherbourg and Stradbroke Island, and giving a voice to Aboriginal people in the church. She is Brisbane born and bred, with parents from Gubbi Gubbi country. Ravina is a very proud mother and has two grandchildren.

She has been with Murri Ministry since its inception 24 years ago, and has dedicated her efforts to loving and serving her community in many ways, from journeying through grief with Aboriginal families to running cultural immersion days in Murri communities for teachers, principals, prison chaplains, wider church groups, hospital chaplains and secondary students from across the Diocese of Brisbane. She believes that education is one of the keys to breaking the cycle of disadvantage, and is dedicated to forging two-way learning between Aboriginal Elders, and the wider community. She and Elders provide spirituality workshops for secondary students and teachers with the support and approval of her local Aboriginal Elders.

Ravina works ecumenically across the Archdiocese of Brisbane in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Church leaders to bring about a greater understanding and respect for their Culture and Beliefs within all churches.

Ravina has also been able to help churches reach out and work with their wider communities, and forge ahead together on reconciliation and healing. More recently, she’s been working with the Archdiocese of Brisbane as they formulate their Reconciliation Action Plan - and is excited and hopeful for the road ahead for a greater understanding and respect for all peoples.
Major Brendan Nottle
Major Brendan Nottle

Major Brendan Nottle

Major Brendan Nottle has been an officer with The Salvation Army for 26 years. He, along with his wife Sandra, oversee the operation of The Salvation Army in the city of Melbourne. He is club Chaplain for the Collingwood Football Club, and has been providing support to the club in a variety of aspects for 15 years. Brendan was named Melbournian of the Year in 2013, which was the same year he was appointed one of the monarchs of the Moomba Festival. Brendan is a member of the Premier’s Ice Action Taskforce and the Housing Minister’s Rough Sleeping Round table. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading and walking. Brendan and Sandra have three adult daughters, 29, 25 and 21 years old.
John Beckett
John Beckett

John Beckett

John Beckett is the Founder and CEO of Seed. Seed is a designer and incubator of change. They help individuals and organisations lead social innovation that is grounded in the Christian story. Through thought leadership, training and incubation Seed is helping develop a movement of Christians at the forefront of positive social change.

Prior to founding Seed, John was the National Director of Micah Challenge Australia, a position he held for 6 years. He’s passionate about helping Christians rediscover God’s purposes for the world, then align their own lives and the change they create in the world with that purpose.

John lives in Sydney with his beautiful wife Allie and three daughters. He has a Masters in Theology from Regent College in Canada. He loves to teach and mentor, and is known to occasionally relive his glory days on the sporting field.
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