Staff

 

Rick Love | President, Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board

rick-photoRick lived in Indonesia for nine years as an English teacher, while doing doctoral research, and has travelled extensively. He has written two books and numerous articles on Christian-Muslim relations. He holds a Th.M. in New Testament studies, a D.Min. in urban studies, and a Ph.D. in intercultural studies. His previous roles as a Vineyard pastor and then as a CEO of an international faith-based organization has given him ample opportunity to develop his peacemaking skills. 

He has conducted postdoctoral study in peacemaking at the Yale University Center for Faith and Culture. He serves on the executive team for the World Evangelical Alliance Peace and Reconciliation Initiative and on the steering team for The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good. Find out more about Rick at www.ricklove.net. Email Rick at rick.love@peace-catalyst.net. 

  

Jim Mullins | Vice President, Co-Founder

jim-photoJim lived in Turkey for two and a half years in order to gain a better understanding of the Muslim community in light of the global tensions between the West and the Muslim world. He has a deep passion to help ordinary people participate in peacemaking and reconciliation. Jim has co-founded several organizations, including Missing Piece International, a holistic basketball scouting service; the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers; the Moravian Community, which focused on serving international students; and the K-Town Project, an initiative to promote a unique Turkish art form. Jim has experience working with several non-profit organizations and entrepreneurial ventures. Email Jim at jim.mullins@peace-catalyst.net.

 

 

Michael Ly | Co-Founder, Treasurer 

michael-photoMichael was born and raised in a Chinese-Cambodian refugee home after his parents escaped the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime. Growing up in a Christian and Ancestral-Buddhist home, Michael started following the teachings of Jesus at a young age. He is an accounting consultant and has worked for more than ten years as a controller for several organizations, including The Mosaic Company. Michael has served as a leader with two college ministries, worked with a faith-based organization, and started many community groups focused on the study of Jesus. Email Michael at michael.ly@peace-catalyst.net. 

 

 


Martin Brooks | Director of Partnerships, Midwest Regional Director

martinbrooksMartin has worked as a high school counselor, church pastor and international relief and development professional. Martin has consistently promoted understanding and dialogue between people of various faiths based on mutual respect and the teachings of Jesus. He started a holistic educational program for the church leaders of Mozambique, and after the 2000 floods, helped several faith-based NGOs organize their relief projects. Working through the non-profit sector, he has been a catalyst for educational and development projects in Bosnia, Ghana, and Afghanistan.

Martin and his wife Susan currently live in Louisville, Kentucky. They have also lived in Mozambique, Ghana, Portugal and more recently Turkish Cyprus. Martin is completing a Masters in International Relations at Near East University and currently holds a degree in Psychology from Lipscomb University and a Masters in Church Leadership from Kentucky Christian University. Email Martin at martin.brooks@peace-catalyst.net.

 


Naomi Ludeman Smith | Director of Learning and Women's Initiatives

naomi bioDuring her tenure as an Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies at Bethel University (MN), Naomi became known for her creative and collaborative expertise to design and direct traditional and experiential learning of intercultural knowledge and skills. With an M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Development, an M.A. in Comparative Religion/Global Contextual Leadership, and a D.Min in Global and Contextual Leadership, she is a sought-after trainer, coach, panelist, speaker, and writer.

Her publications include The Spiritual Cross-Cultural Sojourn: Seeking the Sacred and Peace With Others (2008), "Preparing Professional Interculturalists for Interfaith Collaboration" in The Changing World Religion Map (Spring Publishing, Forthcoming 2014), "(Re)Considering a Critical Ethnorelative Worldview Goal and Pedagogy for Global and Biblical Demands in Christian Higher Education" in the Christian Scholars' Review (Summer, 2013) and co-editor and contributor to Eye on Ethics: A Conversation for Intercultural Professionals (SIETAR-USA, 2012).

Naomi serves as a national board member for the Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR-USA) and is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), the Intercultural Conflict Styles Inventory (ICS) and the CernySmith Assessment. She has been involved in community development partnerships in Ukraine and has lived in Jordan where she designed curriculum, won clients, and taught. As our Director of Learning and Women’s Initiatives, she leads our vision to offer the most accessible and excellent resources to build peaceful and collaborative interfaith communities. Email Naomi at naomi.ludeman.smith@peace-catalyst.net. 

 

Natalie Grillo | Director of Operations and Communication

Natalie Grillo 3 crop web bwNatalie has a deep appreciation for people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and experiences. She also has a passion to see all people live vibrant lives of freedom and peace with God and others. A graduate of Taylor University and the Vineyard Leadership Institute, Natalie aims to use her skills in communication, writing and editing, public relations, administration, and leadership to bring harmony in relationships, business practices, and ministry. She has been a key leader at the Mile High Vineyard in Arvada, Colorado for over ten years, where she currently oversees small groups. Email Natalie at natalie.grillo@peace-catalyst.net.

 

 

 Nicole Gibson | Communications and Social Media Coordinator

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Nicole has traveled to many countries and spent time with people of diverse backgrounds, religions, and cultures. She has come to see the power of images in the world today, as well as their ability to affect the way we view the world and those around us, for better or worse. Nicole is an internationally-recognized, award-winning photographer, and her desire is to see visual media used to break down barriers and stereotypes, and to promote peace. Nicole is also a founding member of the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers. Email Nicole at nicole.gibson@peace-catalyst.net.

 

 

 Bill Clark | Northwest Regional Director

bill clark 1Bill and his wife Julie lived and worked in China for 10 years before moving to Kazakhstan in 1996, where all three of their children graduated from high school. Living and working among Muslims since 1985 has birthed in them a desire to be a peacemaker, and Bill completed his Ph.D. in Middle East Studies at the University of Washington in 1999. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the UW since 2010 and serves on the pastoral leadership team at the Seattle Vineyard Christian Fellowship. Email Bill at bill.clark@peace-catalyst.net.

 

 

 

Thomas Davis | Southeast Regional Director, Global Peacemaking Coach

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A native of South Carolina, Thomas has been involved in Muslim-Christian relations for more than a dozen years. An ordained Southern Baptist minister and a certified ESL teacher, he attended public schools his entire life and, as a ninth grader, was the only Caucasian on his varsity basketball team. Thomas has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia and loves cultures and diversity. He has taught English in India, Indonesia, and Afghanistan and has enjoyed extended home stays internationally with both Christian and Muslim families. Thomas is committed to defending the oppressed and following the ways and teachings of Jesus. Thomas and his lovely wife, Carrie, have three children. Email Thomas at thomas.davis@peace-catalyst.net.

 

 

 Tim McDonell | Southern California Regional Director

TimMcDonnellwebTim McDonell retired as a captain of the Los Angeles Fire Department after 32 years of service. When not putting out fires, he served as head of international ministry at the local church level. He and his wife Maria led short-term outreaches to Mexico and Indonesia, and more recently, he served as the Administrative Assistant to the Consultant for Christian-Muslim relations for Vineyard, USA. He and his wife now enjoy an excellent relationship with their local Islamic Center and many of its members. Email Tim at tim.mcdonell@peace-catalyst.net.

 

 

 

 Fran Love | Peacemaking Coach 

fran-photoFran was born and raised in Indonesia, where she lived through ethnic riots, economic meltdowns, and a military coup, giving her the lifelong desire to see people live at peace with one another. She holds a master's degree. Marriage, parenting, and her friendships around the world teach her about the importance of reconciliation. Fran coaches people in cross-cultural life and skills, leadership, and spiritual realities. She speaks at conferences, workshops and retreats. She admires people who are willing to put their lives on the line to help people reconcile with God and others, and says that makes Jesus her number one favorite peacemaker. Email Fran at fran.love@peace-catalyst.net.

 

 

Nick Armstrong | Program Coordinator - Idaho

Nick Laura Armstrong bioNick and his wife Laura have 23 years experience living in Indonesia, Laura working as a primary school educator and principle and Nick in relief and development, peacebuilding work in Sumatera and Central Java, and disaster response management and community development. They have now settled in Boise, Idaho, where they are working as a team to build peace by connecting local church members with refugees from around the world who have settled in their area. Email Nick at nick.armstrong@peace-catalyst.net.

 

 

 

Rebecca C.E. Brown | Women’s Mobilization, Program Coordinator - Ohio

Rebecca Brown webRebecca is a Peacebuilder-in-training. Inspired by the heart of Jesus and inclined toward social justice, she has engaged in issues of peace and conflict since 2006. She graduated with a BA in Conflict Transformation and Middle East Studies from North Park University (2011). The constructed major integrated Arabic, Islamic Theology, Biblical Studies, and Conflict Transformation theory and practice. Some of her experience entails traveling in the West Bank to independently learn from peace initiatives there (2008, 2011), living/studying in the interface community of Derry, Northern Ireland, and… taking care of small children. Feel free to check out her thoughts on conflict transformation at RemainingTransformed.blogspot.com. Email Rebecca at rebecca.brown@peace-catalyst.net.

 

 

 Nathan F. Elmore | Consultant for Christian-Muslim Relations, Program Coordinator - Virginia

timballardSince 2007, Nathan has had wide-ranging experience in Christian-Muslim relations. He has an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, is working on an M.A. in Islamic Studies & Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary, and has over a decade of pastoral experience in diverse church environments. He currently serves as collegiate minister at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has traveled extensively and, in 2012, spent two weeks in Oman on a travel-study program through Hartford Seminary and Al Amana Centre. Nathan's foremost interests include Christian-Muslim dialogue, Qur’anic studies, the American Muslim experience, and Jesus-shaped peacemaking. He is a contributing scholar for State of Formation, and his writing has appeared in newspapers and Christianity Today. Above all, he longs for his family to bless all the families of the earth, channeling the call of Abraham by embodying the Good News of God’s peace through the person and story of Jesus. Email Nathan at nathan.elmore@peace-catalyst.net.

 

Neal Foster | Program Coordinator - Raleigh-Durham

neal foster webNeal’s passion is to be a peacemaker in the way of Jesus. Coming from an evangelical/charismatic upbringing in Oklahoma, he has been vocationally involved in intercultural research and experiences since 2003. He spent a significant portion of that time in ten different countries in Africa, focusing on Muslim-Christian relations. Since living in the USA in the last few years, he has earned a Master of Divinity at Regent University, gotten married, and had twin boys. He sees peacemaking and reconciliation as the primary expression of the Kingdom of God and the primary work of the church, to which end go his efforts in Raleigh. Besides his family, his interests include basketball, theology, and heavy metal guitar solos. Email Neal at neal.foster@peace-catalyst.net.

 


Andrew E. Larsen | Consultant for Christian-Muslim Relations, Israel-Palestine, and Visual Peacemaking

Andy Profile Pic bwAndrew Larsen has been focused on engaging Muslims with the love of Jesus Christ for nearly 10 years. He has served in Mexico and Spain for over 13 years and has been a pastor for 7 years in the Seattle area. He recently spent 3 months with EAPPI as an ecumenical accompanier in Hebron in the Palestinian West Bank, and his peacemaking photography work has also been featured in local galleries and on TV. Andy lives in Seattle and has 3 grown children. He has an M.Div. and D. Min from Fuller Theological Seminary, with additional studies at North Park Theological Seminary, and is ordained with the Evangelical Covenant Church. Andy blogs at Worldly Holiness and posts his photography at www.andrewlarsenphotography.com. Email Andy at andy.larsen@peace-catalyst.net.

 


Steve Lied | Program Coordinator - Wisconsin
 

Steve Lied portrait B&W 2014.11Steve Lied lived in the Balkans from 1991-2012. In addition to co-starting a small IT company in Skopje, Macedonia, Steve directed Millennium Relief and Development Services’ Macedonia office. Under his leadership, MRDS-Macedonia focused on civil society strengthening, women’s health education, and interfaith peace building. In June 2010, MRDS-Macedonia held the Skopje Consultation “Loving God and Neighbor,” which featured speakers Dr. Miroslav Volf of Yale University, Ef. Sevko Omerbasic of the Islamic Community of Zagreb, and Dr. Peter Kuzmic of Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Steve continues to work with 4 national NGOs in Macedonia to run the “Conversations” Project for constructive dialogue on issues of faith and also works for the urban non-profit Community Warehouse in Milwaukee. Steve and his wife Karen have 3 children and relocated to Wisconsin in 2012. They desire to spread the message of the A Common Word initiative, encouraging Christians and Muslims to follow the way of the Messiah Jesus to love God and neighbor with their whole hearts, minds and strength. Email Steve at steve.lied@peace-catalyst.net.

 


Lannea Russell | Administrative Assistant, Program Coordinator - Denver
 

lannea russell bioLannea served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Azerbaijan, working with youth from diverse cultural groups, and cares deeply about supporting relationships between people of different backgrounds. She is passionate about building peace not simply as the absence of conflict but as the holistic well-being of individuals and social systems. Lannea graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in Animal Science and Community Nutrition, and as a Registered Dietitian she enjoys working with individuals and communities to spark change toward healthier lifestyles in addition to her role with Peace Catalyst. Email Lannea at lannea.russell@peace-catalyst.net.

 

 

David Vidmar | Program Coordinator - Northern California

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From childhood, David has enjoyed close friendships with people of diverse backgrounds who have shaped his life. He was a teacher and then school principal for 15 years before spending seven years in Kazakhstan with his wife, Teri, and their children. Teri is a registered nurse, and the family spent their time in Kazakhstan helping locals and expats through HIV/AIDS education, family medicine, prayer, and media. David now lives with his family near UC Davis, California and is working to build communities of reconciliation, dialogue, and friendship between Muslims, Christians, and others. Email David at david.vidmar@peace-catalyst.net.

 

 

 

Jennifer Bryson | Board of Directors

Jennifer comes to PCI with vast education, experience and understanding of Peacemaking. She holds a BA in political science; an MA in Medieval European Intellectual History; and a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Arabic and Islamic Studies. Jennifer has managed a counter-terrorism interrogation and analysis team and was the lead Action Officer for countering ideological support to terrorism in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Support to Public Diplomacy. Most recently, she served as Director of the Islam and Civil Society Project at the Witherspoon Institute and is now Director of The Zephyr Institute. Her insights, intelligence, perspective and experience make her a gift to our Board of Directors and our movement.

 

Mark Thomson | Board of Directors

Hopeful and stirred most quickly by issues of injustice, Mark was first exposed to PCI in 2012, as a part of a short visit to the West Bank. He stands alongside PCI's mission of enabling peace by honoring, loving, and partnering with our neighbors (near and far). With a BBA in international business, he is a team leader at a large corporation where he improves processes, systems, and people every day. His direct, 'in-the-weeds' approach to solving problems and his ability to frame up of objectives and obstacles to gain cooperation throughout an organization makes him a vital member of our Board of Directors and our movement.