Nov 15 + 16
Ruth Padilla DeBorst
Ruth Padilla DeBorst
Ruth yearns to see peace and justice embrace in the beautiful and broken world we call home. A wife of one and mother of many, theologian, missiologist, educator, and story-teller, she has been involved in leadership development and theological education for integral mission in her native Latin America for several decades. As Leader of Missional Leadership with Resonate Global Mission, she works with the Comunidad de Estudios Teológicos Interdisciplinarios (CETI – www.ceticontinental.org, a learning community with students across Latin America), and coordinates the Networking Team of INFEMIT (International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation –www.infemit.org), among other things. She serves on the board of A Rocha, the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and the American Society of Missiology. She lives with her husband, James, in Costa Rica as a member of Casa Adobe, an intentional Christian Community with deep concern for right living in relation to the whole of creation (www.casaadobe.org). Her studies include a Bachelors in Education (Argentina), an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Wheaton College), and a PhD in Theology (Boston University).
Rev. Adam Russell Taylor serves as the Executive Director of Sojourners, an ecumenical Christian organization committed to advancing justice and peace. He is the author of Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism for a Post Civil Rights Generation and writes regularly for Sojourners magazine and digital publication. Taylor also teaches an undergraduate course on Religion and Comparative Politics at the Pepperdine University Washington DC campus.
Rev. Taylor served as lead of the Faith Initiative at the World Bank Group, where he led efforts to revitalize dialogue and partnership building between the World Bank and faith-based and religious organizations. Taylor also served as the Vice President of Advocacy at World Vision U.S. and the Senior Political Director at Sojourners. He also co-founded and was the executive director of Global Justice, an organization that educated and mobilized students around global human rights and economic justice. Taylor served as a White House Fellow in 2009/2010 working in the White House Offices of Cabinet Affairs, Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. Taylor is a graduate of Emory University, the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. Taylor is ordained in the American Baptist Church and serves at the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA.
Brooke Prentis is an Aboriginal Christian Leader from the Wakka Wakka
peoples. Brooke is the Aboriginal spokesperson for Common Grace and Coordinator
of the Grasstree Gathering. Brooke works ecumenically speaking on issues of
Justice affecting Australia and sharing a message of Reconciliation as friendship.
Brooke has co-written and written a number of theological papers over the last two
years that have been presented in Australia and Internationally. Brooke is a
founding board member in Australia of NAIITS: an Indigenous Learning Community
and is currently studying a Masters of Theology through NAIITS, in partnership with
Whitley College and the University of Divinity, as well as being a scholar of the
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. Brooke is a much sought after
speaker and writer who is a community pastor and advocate who has a vision "to
build an Australia built on truth, justice, love and hope". Brooke has appeared on
national television and radio broadcasts including ABC’s The Drum, Soul Search
with Dr Meredith Lake, God Forbid with James Carleton and Sunday Nights with
Andrew Gardener is currently the Senior Pastor of The Vine Church (www.thevine.org.hk), a multi-cultural and multi-generational international church in Hong Kong. His main responsibilities include spiritual leadership, creative and strategic vision creation and implementation, preaching and teaching across the life of the church, and the overall day to day management and execution of its ministries.
In conjunction to this, he is responsible for the oversight and governance of Branches of Hope (branchesofhope.org.hk) , a registered NGO under The Vine Church that does work in the areas of refugee and asylum seekers, anti-human trafficking, and education opportunities for the underprivileged.
In addition, Andrew is the co-founder and director of The Justice Conference Asia (www.thejusticeconferenceasia.com) and sits on the board for both International China Concern (www.chinaconcern.org) and Mother’s Choice (www.motherschoice.org).
Andrew was born in the UK and moved to Hong Kong at age 11, where he met and later married his wife, Christine. They have a beautiful adopted daughter Mia. Andrew has dual bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from Durham University in the UK and a Graduate Diploma in Theology (GradDip Theol) and a Masters in Theology (MTh) from Laidlaw College in New Zealand.
Dr. Lynn Moresi is a Lecturer in Practical Theology based at Whitely College, Victoria. She is also a Spiritual Director and popular itinerate speaker who travels regularly to teach and minister in bible colleges and churches both here in Australia and overseas. Lynn has a down to earth, humorous communication style that engages audiences and challenges her listeners. She is married with two adult children.
Fatai’s incredible viral online presence has won her a substantial international audience––her relentless touring since has solidified her as an international sensation.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Fatai has travelled the world over the past four years on tour, selling out shows across North America, The United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Described as having a vocal style that lies “somewhere between Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys,” Ppcorn.com declares that her “every note is infused with a delicacy and strength that beautifully contradicts itself.”
The uniquely powerful relationship Fatai has built with her fans online has forged the successes of her multiple headlining tours of the past four years, establishing a bond with that audience that is set to last for years to come.
“I’m in awe,” said Sam Smith, after hearing Fatai cover his songs. “So talented…thank you for doing this.”
With the brightest of futures ahead, Fatai’s 2019 The Road Less Travelled Tour––her biggest yet––spans multiple continents, as she performs in front of thousands of the adoring fans she’s won the hard way…one at a time.
Jo Herbert-James works for Tearfund in the UK as their Theology and Networks Manager, focused on Environmental & Economic Sustainability. She is also Director of The Justice Conference, UK. She has an MA in Theology in Ministry from King's College London and has focused her studies on the impact of consumerism and individualism on the western church, the planet and the lives of people in poverty. She is passionate about a holistic & practical approach to faith and theology and seeks to live it out in her own life, including journeying towards a zero waste lifestyle. After their zero waste wedding in April, Jo and her husband Pete live in central London.
Lexie Keller Sheard
Lexie Keller Sheard
Lexie Keller Sheard is a community organiser with TEAR Australia. She wants to see the unappreciated gifts within marginalised communities fully seen and honoured. Lexie spent seven years living in informal settlements in Thailand, where she learned from her neighbours the gifts of community support. Lexie has degrees in gender studies and theology and is currently studying spiritual direction. She lives in Noble Park with her husband, Rod.
Gershon Nimbalker has a decade of experience working in advocacy on issues of international justice through the Church and beyond it. He has been the creator and lead author of the Ethical Fashion Report and the Ethical Electronics Guide, world leading research that examined the practices of corporations around the world to mitigate the risk of slavery and exploitation. He has also authored policy reports on child and maternal health, water and sanitation and Australia’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals. He currently works with for not-for profits throughout the world, designing and leading advocacy campaigns on issues of global poverty, vulnerable woman, consumerism, international education, disability and labour rights. Gershon is passionate about working alongside the church as it lives out God’s heart to do justice.
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