M. Daniel Carroll R. (PhD, University of Sheffield) is Blanchard Chair in Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois. He is also an adjunct professor at El Seminario Teológico Centroamericano in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Carroll previously taught at Denver Seminary, where he founded IDEAL, a Spanish language training program. He is the author or editor of several books, including Family in the Bible, Amos--The Prophet and His Oracles, and Theory and Practice in Old Testament Ethics, and is a contributing editor to Prism.
Dean Coridan, president of the Iowa-Missouri Conference, previously pastored for 20 years in the conference and along the way served as the development director, ministerial director, church planting coordinator and lay evangelism coordinator. Family is a high priority for Elder Coridan. He has been married to his wife, Gail, for 36 years and together they have five children and six grandchildren. Dean’s favorite verse is Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Will James has been a pastor for 42 years and the Senior Pastor of the Paradise Valley Church in San Diego, CA for the past 15 years, where the church has been led by God to develop a ministry for refugees. God has used them over the past 6 years to help over 250 refugee families learn enough English to become employable and off welfare and self-sufficient. They translate their worship services into Arabic, French, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Laotian and Spanish. There have over 60 different nationalities worshipping together on Sabbath morning. He recently wrote a book “The Joys of Partnering With God; The Story of a Church That Did” describing how God has led them in this ministry as they chose to partner together with God, doing what He asked them to do.
Sung Kwon has served as the director of the North American Division Adventist Community Services since 2001 and is an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, having served in Ohio and Allegheny East Conferences. Kwon grew up with Buddhism, influenced by his mother and Catholic belief from his father side of family and was baptized as a Seventh-day Adventist in 1991. Since he became an Adventist, he served as the executive director of the Good Neighbor House, an ACS agency in Dayton, Ohio, for eight years. He also was the president and vice president of the North American Association of Community Services Directors (NAACSD) during that time. He was recognized in the "40 Under 40 – Dayton's Brightest Young Business Leaders" by the Business News of Dayton, Ohio in 2000. He had the privilege of planting the Korean congregation as a company, serving as its interim pastor, under the favoring influence of the Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church in Dayton, Ohio. In addition, he has served as administrative pastor for Miracle Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church in Allegheny East Conference. He has served on the board of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD), the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, National Interfaith Coalition of Aging (NICA), and National Mass Care Council.
Ricardo Palacios is currently serving as the Ministry Initiatives Director and Africa Field Director for Adventist Frontier Missions. His educational background includes a Doctor of Ministry in Church Growth and Evangelism and a MDiv from Andrews University, preceded by a B.A. in Religion from Weimar College.
Boubakar Sanou is a native of Burkina Faso, a French speaking country in West Africa, where he served as a pastor for twelve years. Boubakar holds a BA in Theology (Andrews University, 1999), a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Studies (Newbold College, 2005), a Doctor of Ministry in Global Mission Leadership (Andrews University, 2010), and a PhD in Missiology and Christian Leadership (Andrews University, 2015)
Kristine Van Noord is the Program Manager for Bethany Christian Services’ Refugee Adult & Family Programs. Kristine has 19 years of experience working with refugees including over seven years with Bethany. She also lived in the Middle East for five years.