Jonathan Bernis hosts a television program, Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis, which is broadcast throughout the world. He has authored many popular books and is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the USA and other nations. Jonathan has been leader in the Messianic Jewish movement for more than 30 years. He hosts an annual Messianic Leadership Roundtable, attended by hundreds of leaders. He and his wife, Elisangela, live in Phoenix with their two children.
Mitch Glaser has served as president of Chosen People Ministries since 1997. He earned a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. Mitch was born into a nominally Orthodox Jewish home in New York City. Following a thorough investigation of the Old and New Testaments and Messianic prophecies, Dr. Glaser claimed Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah in 1970. He is the co-recipient of Christianity Today’s Award of Merit in an apologetics category for 2009, for the book To The Jew First, co-edited with Dr. Darrell Bock. Mitch and his wife live in Brooklyn, New York City and have two adult daughters.
Jack Hayford is Chancellor of The King’s University (formerly The King’s College and Seminary). He is probably best known as founding pastor of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California, where he served as senior pastor for more than three decades. Pastor Hayford authored more than 50 books and composed more than 500 hymns and choruses, including the internationally known and widely recorded “Majesty.” He is a reputed relational bridge-builder, helping to forge healthy bonds among all segments of the Body of Messiah (Christ), within the Jewish Community, and across Israel, where he has taught dozens of times. Dr. Hayford and Anna, his wife of 60 years, have four children, eleven grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren.
Wayne Hilsden launched King of Kings, a Messiah-centered congregation in the heart of Jerusalem in 1983, and then helped to plant three other congregations in Israel. King of Kings purchased Jerusalem’s largest movie theater and transformed it into the Pavilion, a worship and conference center. King of Kings also purchased the top of the same building (16 floors above city center), and renovated it into the Jerusalem Prayer Tower. In 1990, Wayne co-founded Israel College of the Bible, which has trained more than 1500 Israeli students. He has invested much of his life in mentoring young Israeli leaders, many of whom are key leaders today in Israel’s Body of believers. Wayne’s wife, Ann, has produced many Messianic music albums and continues to assist Israeli songwriters to compose and release new worship songs in Hebrew. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Wycliffe College and the University of Toronto. Wayne and Ann live in Jerusalem and have four sons.
Jeff Jenkins is Senior Pastor of Anchor Church in McKinney, Texas. He has administered ministry teams of more than 200 throughout Florida, Costa Rica, Zimbabwe, and Northern Ireland. Jeff was formerly Senior Pastor of the 1,500-member Shannon Oak Church in East Texas and served as the Pastor of Staff Development at Gateway Church. He oversees Celebration School of Ministry in coordination with Southeastern University Jacksonville, training and developing next generation students for leadership. Jeff puts into practice deep passion to serve the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. He and his wife, Sarah, live in McKinney, Texas, and have five children.
Kameel Majdali, Ph.D. grew up in Los Angeles, California. After believing in Yeshua (Jesus) as a teenager and graduating from college, he studied in the Middle East and preached his first sermon on Mount Zion. As an experienced Bible teacher, Kameel brings the Word to light and impacts and equips hundreds of people for Spirit-filled ministry. He preaches and teaches around the world, moving in the power of the Holy Spirit. In 2004, Kameel founded Teach All Nations (TAN), Inc., a global Bible teaching ministry with a prophetic edge. He is a dynamic preacher, teacher, and futurist who believes in the inerrancy of the Bible. Kameel has published many books and hosts radio programs in Melbourne. He hosts a public lecture twice yearly about the Middle East and end times. Kameel and his wife, Leanne, live in Melbourne, Australia and have two married children.
Samuel Rodriguez co-leads CONELA, perhaps the largest evangelical network in the world, a Latin America-based organization that serves more than 487,000 Latin churches globally. CNN, FOX News, and NBC recognize him as “the most influential Hispanic Christian leader.” Samuel was nominated by TIME magazine for their “100 Most Influential People in the World” list in 2013 and has been a featured speaker at the White House. Samuel served on President Obama’s White House Task Force on Fatherhood. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Empowered 21, and Christianity Today. He recently received honorary doctorates from the Baptist Universities of the Americas and Northwest University. Samuel travels frequently to Israel and stands firm with the Jewish people. He also serves as Senior Pastor of New Season Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, California where he resides with his wife, Eva, and their three children.
Gary Skinner is pastor of the dynamic Watoto Church, which he founded together with his wife Marilyn in 1983 in the heart of Uganda’s war torn capital, Kampala. Watoto Church is a cell based, community church with more than 24,000 members. Gary believes it is the responsibility of the local church to help address and solve community problems. As a result, they founded Watoto Child Care Ministries, an international organization as a compassionate response to the cry of Africa’s millions of children orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS. They care for about 3,000 Ugandan children in Watoto villages where every child is raised in a family setting rather than an institution. Their vision is that the children will be raised to become future leaders of Uganda and Africa. In addition to championing the cause of the orphaned child, Watoto is committed to restore dignity to HIV+ women, left to bear the brunt of AIDS, war, and social injustice. About 3,000 women have experienced an improved quality of life through Watoto’s Living Hope, and their children—more than 15,000—have experienced a better opportunity to fulfill their potential. Gary often teaches on God’s purposes for the Jewish people. Though Ugandans earn on average less than $200 a month, Watoto Church has given more than $100,000 to bless ministries in Israel. Gary and his wife, Marilyn, live in Watoto, Uganda and have three children.
Erez Soref, a Sabra (native-born Israeli), wandered the world and studied the teachings of Buddhism and other Eastern religions in search of truth. His travels led him to a Christian youth hostel in Amsterdam’s “red light district” where he heard the Gospel and was given a copy of the New Testament in his native Hebrew language, leading this lost sheep to the Good Shepherd. With a Ph.D. from Wheaton College in the U.S., Erez serves as president of the only accredited Bible college in Israel, training Israelis for ministry in the Land: Israel College of the Bible and One for Israel. Through One For Israel, many Israelis are responding to the Gospel. He also directs Everlasting Arms, a Christian counseling ministry to meet the growing needs of believing, yet often hurting, families and youth among Israel’s ten thousand Messianic believers. In his own land, among his own people, but now with the Gospel of Jesus, Erez serves, trains, and counsels his people in a land that needs true guidance that can only come from the Shepherd’s voice. He lives in Netanya with his wife, Sisi, and their three children.
Kerry and Sandra Teplinsky are Israeli Jewish believers in Yeshua as Messiah and have served in Jewish ministry for more than 30 years. Sandra is president of Light of Zion, an outreach to Israel and the Church. From an Orthodox Jewish background, Sandy earned a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois, and Bible training from Talbot Seminary in Los Angeles. A former attorney, Sandy speaks and teaches on the role of Israel today among the nations and the biblical relationship between Israel and the Church. She has mobilized prayer for Israel and the Jewish people in several nations, including the Muslim Middle East. She and her husband, Dr. Kerry Teplinsky, have developed humanitarian aid across the former Soviet Union. Sandra has written several books, including her latest, “Why Still Care About Israel?” Dr. Kerry Teplinsky was raised in a Jewish home. After attending synagogue and graduating from religious school, he earned an M.D. at the University of Chicago. Kerry has practiced cardiology for nearly 25 years. He helped organize medical missions to the former Soviet Union in the 1990’s, where he saw thousands of people in those nations make faith commitments. Co-founder/director of Light of Zion with his wife, Kerry speaks and ministers on God’s heart for Israel and the Church. Kerry equips intercessory prayer groups in churches around the world for the salvation of Israel. Kerry and Sandra live in California and have one daughter.
Myles is a native of New York City, where he was raised in a mostly kosher home and attended Hebrew school until his Bar Mitzvah. After exploring various “new age” philosophies, he determined that he was “’at two’ with the cosmos”, and needed the Messiah. Myles hitchhiked from New York to California where Yeshua called him…with the help of his future wife. At their first coffee date, Katharine proclaimed her new found love for Jesus and challenged Myles, a self proclaimed seeker, to “look in his own Book.” Since 1986 Myles and Katharine have connected Jews to their Messiah and Christians to the Hebraic roots of their faith. Following a BA from Bible College, Myles completed the Master of Arts from Azusa Pacific University. He has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice for over 25 years, and together they have led marriage seminars from Hawaii to Siberia. They joyfully co-hosted “Zola Levitt Presents”, a pioneering TV program, for six years until 2017. Myles and Katharine founded House of Peace/Beth Shalom and lead Beit Abba, the Jewish Ministry of The Father’s House in Napa, California. They have two wonderful sons, Jonathan and Stephen.
Jonathan Wiggins has served Rez.Church as the lead pastor since June, 2010. Rez has demonstrated tangible support for the Jewish people and the nation of Israel for more than 30 years. Jonathan Wiggins still considers this to be paramount in the vision of the church, and was honored to host a conference in 2015 where the Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries was formally launched. Jonathan and his wife, Amy, live in Greeley, Colorado and have four children
Paul Wilbur leads IMJA—formed in 1866—as a fellowship of Jewish believers with affiliated national branches around the world. As an Integrity Music recording artist, he and his team travel throughout the world sharing the love of God through Jesus the Messiah. Paul has recorded several solo albums, including three performed live in Jerusalem: “Shalom Jerusalem,” “Jerusalem Arise,” and “Lion Of Judah.” Two special release collections entitled “Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem” and “Praise Adonai” were released in 2007 and 2008 to honor the 60th birthday of Israel and the 40th anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem. Paul and his wife, Louann, live in Jacksonville, Florida and have two sons.
Wayne Wilks, mentored by Pastors Robert Morris and Olen Griffing, was in one of their elders’ meetings when the conviction “to the Jew first” emerged from their Bible study. This same eldership laid hands on Wayne in 1996 and sent him overseas as their first elder “to the Jew first.” Working with several ministries and congregations, Wayne pioneered the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI) in Odessa, Ukraine. MJBI now trains leaders for Messianic ministry in numerous countries and helps to educate the Church about God’s heart for Jewish people. As president of the MJBI, Wayne trains a new generation of emerging leaders. Wayne also serves Pastor Morris and Gateway Church in their priority: “to the Jew first”. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas, an M.A. from Oklahoma State University, a B.A. from Abilene Christian University, and has done graduate work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Jerusalem’s University of the Holy Land. Wayne’s wife, Bonnie, is a writer. They live in the Dallas, Texas metroplex and have one daughter.
Don Finto earned a Ph.D. in German Literature at Vanderbilt University and taught at Lipscomb University for many years. He served Belmont as Senior Pastor for 25 years (1971-1996) before he founded Caleb Company. This prophetic fathering, teaching, and mentoring ministry seeks to develop Jewish and Gentile believers and challenge them to live holy and devoted lives. Don focuses on advocacy for Jewish people, prayer, worship, connecting Gentile and Messianic believers, calling the Gentile Church to be in meaningful support of what God is fulfilling in the Jewish world, and enabling young leaders to fulfill God’s calling. He has written two significant books on these topics: Your People Shall Be My People and God’s Promise and The Future of Israel. Don and his wife, Martha, live in Tennessee and have three children.
Steve serves as the Regional Director for PAOC International Missions in Eurasia. He oversees and empowers 40 amazing PAOC Global Workers engaged in “extending the Kingdom and serving the peoples” in 15 nations from Siberia to Spain, England to Israel. Steve’s passion is developing a healthy and effective team of leaders, churches & colleges to see revival come to Eurasia. Patti will focus on fighting for social justice in the region, specifically in combatting human trafficking, organizing humanitarian aid, and caring for women in ministry. With an area spanning twelve time zones and a population of 742 million… including millions of Muslims, Jews, atheists & nominal Christians… reaching Eurasia is a big job… and they would love your help! Acts 16:10 “We went to work at once getting things ready. All the pieces had come together. We knew now for sure that God had called us to preach the good news to the Europeans.” (The Message)
Nic Lesmeister is a young entrepreneur and emerging philanthropist who has bought, developed, and sold numerous small businesses during the past eight years. His passion is to develop young entrepreneurs to use their time, talent, and treasure to bless Israel and Jewish people around the world. He co-founded the Ezekiel Foundation in 2010 to engage in community development and missional social change, particularly among the Ethiopian Jewish population. In 2013, Nic and partners founded Yewoinzer Academy in Woliso, Ethiopia to offer complimentary elementary education to Ethiopian children. He serves on the boards of two global Messianic ministries, with three other non-profit organizations, and as an elder of Soma Church in Tyler, Texas. Nic has a BA in economics from the University of Texas at Arlington. He recently returned to Tyler from Jerusalem—where he completed a master’s degree at Hebrew University. Nic and his wife, Tabatha, have two children.
Jeffrey Lestz grew up in Chicago Illinois USA in a jewish family. He was orphaned at age 7 and spent time in orphanages and foster homes. At 12 years old he ran away and lived on the streets of Chicago. Troubled and alone his life dramatically turned around when at 15 he met Jesus as his Messiah. Jeff had a couple of mentors that took him under their wings and as he began to study the old and New Testament Jeff began to uncover truths from ancient Jewish wisdom and discovered how to tap into God’s covenantal promises of blessings. By age 31 he had become a millionaire using these Godly and also practical principles. Whilst Jeff was on this journey to uncover the ‘mysteries of money‘ he made a promise that if he ever got hold of these truths he would dedicate his life to teaching others the same principles. Jeff has built successful businesses in the USA and UK and is the CO-CEO of Genistar Ltd. – A London based financial education and financial services firm. Their mission is to help families become debt free and financially independent. Jeff has also been involved in assisting Pastors and churches to uncover both the biblical and practical keys to good financial stewardship. Jeff serves as the Director of Stewardship and on the board of Directors for London Hillsong which is also his local church.
Dennis Lindsay leads this worldwide organization headquartered in Dallas, Texas. He is the youngest son of the late Gordon and Freda Lindsay, founders of Christ For The Nations. Dennis graduated from Vanguard University and earned his master’s degree in Practical Theology from Oral Roberts University, where he is currently completing a doctorate. In 1999, he received an honorary doctorate from Beacon College for decades of contribution to global Christian education and ministry. He and his wife, Ginger, invesed four years of training and ministry in Europe, where they attended the Youth with a Mission School of Evangelism and L’Abri, under the direction of the late Francis Schaeffer. As a missions-focused leader, Dennis has ministered in more than 74 nations. Dennis and Ginger reside in DeSoto, Texas and have three children.
Scott Montgomery is Associate Pastor of Capital Projects and Facilities for Church of the Highlands. Church of the Highlands is a life-giving church meeting in multiple locations throughout Central Alabama. Not only does Scott oversee all of the international travel they do as a church, he also works with the Birmingham Dream Center and local outreach efforts, and makes sure all Church of the Highlands construction projects and care for each campus runs without a hitch. Scott has visited a staggering 45 countries, loves muscle cars, and once lived in Korea.
Peter Tsukahira, Co-Founder of Kehilat HaCarmel, an Israeli Messianic congregation, and Director of the Or HaCarmel Ministry Center has lived in Israel for almost 30 years. He is a graduate of CFNI (Texas) and Tufts University (Massachusetts) and holds a Master of Divinity degree. In 2000, he established the Mount Carmel School of Ministry (www.mountcarmelsom.com), which has been instrumental in building strong bridges of relationship between Israel and the nations. Peter’s international teaching ministry and his books have impacted many around the world with an understanding of God’s heart and purposes for Israel: God’s Tsunami: Understanding Israel and End-time Prophecy (www.godstsunami.com), My Father’s Business: Guidelines for Ministry in the Marketplace and Culture of the Kingdom (www.cultureofthekingdom.com).
Raleigh Washington is also Founder and Pastor Emeritus of Rock of Our Salvation Evangelical Free Church in Chicago, Illinois. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, earning the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Vietnam. Raleigh earned a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He was honored as Doctor of Peacemaking by Westminster College, the third recipient of the award; Mother Teresa and Bishop Desmond Tutu received the first and second awards. At Trinity, Raleigh developed the Master of Arts Urban Ministries degree, which he directed for six years. He holds honorary doctorates from Trinity International University, Westminster College, and Azusa Pacific University. He and his wife, Paulette, live in Denver and have started a church called The Hope.
Paul Zink pastors one of the leading family worship centers in Northeast Florida. With over 46 years of ministry experience, Bishop Zink is regarded as a mentor to pastors. In 1997, he founded New Life International, established for the purpose of providing apostolic oversight and fostering relationship among churches, ministers, and parachurch ministries to fulfill the call of God on their ministries. Paul is also the founder of Providence School, which has received the highest academic accreditation in the State of Florida. His passion for Israel and the Jewish people spans many years. In 2011, Paul launched States United for Israel, a grassroots organization dedicated to facilitating individual state governments to issue formal proclamations in support of Israel. Paul and his wife, Sharon, reside in Jacksonville, Florida and have 3 sons.