Rick Love | President, Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board
Dr. Rick Love is a peacemaker, consultant on Christian-Muslim relations, professor, ordained pastor, and certified mediator. He is a global citizen, having lived in Indonesia and England, and has traveled extensively, consulting and lecturing in over 40 countries. He has worked over 35 years with Muslims and has enjoyed their hospitality in every major region of the world: North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States.
Rick has a Th.M. in New Testament and a D.Min. in Urban Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary as well as an M.A. in Theology and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has also conducted postdoctoral research in peacemaking at the Yale University Center for Faith and Culture. He convened Evangelicals for Peace: A Summit on Christian Moral Responsibility in 2012 and chairs a network of evangelical organizations emerging from the summit. Rick has published four books and numerous articles on Christian-Muslim relations, including Grace and Truth: Toward Christlike Relationships with Muslims (2013) and Peace Catalysts: Resolving Conflict in our Families, Organizations and Communities (2014). Find out more about Rick at www.ricklove.net. Email Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin Brooks | Director of Partnerships, Midwest Regional Director
Martin 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 email@example.com.
Nicole Gibson | Director of Communications
Nicole has traveled to various countries around the world and worked with people of diverse backgrounds, religions, and cultures through her work as a photographer and church leader. She has come to see the power of communication, both written and visual, 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 desires to see all forms of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jackie Parks | Director of Operations
Investing in people has always been a big part of Jackie’s life. From being a Young Life leader in college to leading teams of university students all over the world, she has had the unique opportunity to help guide young people during formative years in their life. Jackie has spent the last 5 years in Morocco learning what it means to follow Jesus’ path of building bridges of peace and understanding. Jackie has a B.S. in Biblical Studies and an M.A. in Counseling from Liberty University. She and her husband Jay are now based in Scottsdale, Arizona with their 3 children.
David Vidmar | Director of Coaching, Program Coordinator
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 email@example.com.
Bridget Summers | Director of Finance
After two years of living in the Philippines, Bridget and her family returned to Colorado to live out their faith in their own community and, more specifically, in their own neighborhood. Bridget and her husband now lead the Mile High Vineyard hub in Lakewood, Colorado in addition to being part of the peacemaking movement. Email Bridget at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Clark | Northwest Regional Director
Bill 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 email@example.com.
Thomas Davis | Southeast Regional Director, Global Peacemaking Coach
A native of South Carolina, Thomas has modeled and taught Jesus-centered peacemaking among Christians and Muslims for more than 15 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, especially in Southeast Asia, and loves cultures and diversity. He has learned from and lectured before beautifully diverse people in places like India, Indonesia, Romania, and Afghanistan and has enjoyed extended homestays internationally with both Christian and Muslim families. Although by his own admission he does not always do it well, Thomas is committed to following all the ways and words of Jesus and inviting all his friends to join him in this ultimate faith adventure. Thomas and his lovely wife Carrie have three children. Email Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tim McDonell | Southern California Regional Director
Tim 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 email@example.com.
Fran Love | Peacemaking Coach
Fran was born and raised in Indonesia where she lived through ethnic riots, economic melt downs, and a military coup, giving her the life-long desire to see people involved in peacemaking initiatives. She completed her B.A. at Westmont College and later her M.A. at Hope International University. Marriage, parenting, and having friends all over the world continue to teach her about the importance of reconciliation. Fran coaches people on cross-cultural life and skills; leadership and spiritual realities; and speaks at conferences, workshops, and retreat events
Jaime Harris | International Peacemaker and Educator
Jaime and his family live in Indonesia, where for the past 20 years they’ve promoted peace and reconciliation through education, serving the poor, organizing interfaith events, establishing a Peace Café, and inviting Muslims and Christians to pray together in a unique House of Prayer. As an author, Jaime has written books in both Indonesian and English promoting peace. He’s been blessed to speak on issues of peacemaking and prayer in several nations. Find out more about Jaime through email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Nick Armstrong | Program Coordinator - Idaho
Nick 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 email@example.com.
Rebecca C.E. Brown | Director of Development, Program Coordinator - Ohio
Rebecca is passionate about channeling philanthropy toward peacebuilding because it is an effective way to break the cycles of seemingly intractable, violent conflict. Inspired by the heart of Jesus and inclined toward social justice, she has engaged in issues of peace and conflict since 2006. Some of her experience includes launching grassroots peacebuilding projects in Ohio, learning from ongoing nonviolence initiatives in the West Bank, and studying in an interface community in Northern Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Conflict Transformation and Middle East Studies from North Park University. Email Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delaine Thomas | Program Coordinator - Ohio
Delaine, born and raised in Yonkers, New York, has always had a passion for reconciliation between the various ethnic groups that make the U.S. their home, particularly those in conflict. Since moving to Ohio, she has become devoted to advocating for ostracized Muslims in India and in the U.S. She serves as the India Communications Liaison at her church and has helped start an informal school among Muslim children in Pune, India. With a restored focus on vulnerable people in her own city, Delaine now seeks to amplify the voices of refugees and displaced people in Columbus, Ohio. She, with her husband Jon, has 3 children and is learning Hindi and Arabic. Email Delaine at email@example.com.
Nathan F. Elmore | Peacemaker, Consultant, Writer
In 2012, Nathan joined the staff of Peace Catalyst International, where he continues to work as a peacemaker, consultant, and writer at the various intersections of Christian-Muslim relations. His educational background includes a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Currently, he is finishing a Doctor of Ministry in Global Christianity & Development through Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Since 2006, Christian-Muslim relations has been a strong area of personal interest and active engagement. Nathan has had wide-ranging experiences with Muslims—participating in a year-long Quran study at the mosque of the Islamic Society of Clemson; directing a campus ministry which initiated and hosted dialogues, common meals and service projects bringing together Christian and Muslim students; and adventuring in the Muslim-majority country of Oman through a travel-study program. Email Nathan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neal Foster | Program Coordinator - Raleigh-Durham
Neal’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 email@example.com.
Andrew E. Larsen | Consultant for Christian-Muslim Relations, Israel-Palestine, and Visual Peacemaking
Andrew 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Lied | Program Coordinator - Southeast Wisconsin
Steve 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 email@example.com.
Lannea Russell | Program Coordinator - Denver
Lannea 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benjamin Long | Texas Representative
Strictly out of motivations to work for a U.S. government security agency, Benjamin began learning Arabic while obtaining his B.A in 2005, which included a 3-month course at the University of Jordan. Upon his arrival, Benjamin’s perception of the culture was shattered as he was met with friendly, welcoming, and extremely gracious people. His “enemies,” through genuine relationships without conditions, radically altered his motives, putting him on a new path to pursue peace in the way Jesus taught. Benjamin holds a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Arabic from The University of North Texas and a M.A in International Relations from The American University in Cairo. While living in Egypt from 2009 to 2012, his time was marked by the Arab Spring, mentoring within the Sudanese refugee community, and working as the worship minister of a local church comprised of 40 different nationalities. Today, Benjamin and his wife Sarah live in Dallas, Texas, where they are working to use the teachings of Jesus to break down the walls of hostility between Christians and Muslims. Email Benjamin at email@example.com.
Sarah Long | Texas Representative
Sarah has a deep passion and belief that the gospel of Jesus is applicable and transformative in all aspects of conflict. She has been actively involved in peacemaking amidst the refugee crisis, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and is currently engaged in bridging the gap between Muslim and Christian communities in the American South. Sarah has worked as a middle school and high school teacher, coordinated community development and sustainability at a Sudanese refugee school, and is currently on staff at The Village Church. Sarah and her husband Benjamin have traveled extensively all over the world and lived in Cairo, Egypt from 2009 to 2012. Sarah holds a B.S. from the University of North Texas and a Graduate Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies from The American University in Cairo. She and her husband now live in Dallas, Texas. Email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew Wood | Nebraska Representative
Dr. Andrew Wood holds degrees in Foreign Affairs and Russian Studies from the University of Virginia, a Master of Divinity from Cincinnati Christian University, and a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity International University. He has 19 years experience in international travel, teaching, speaking and writing in the areas of intercultural studies, world religions, and history. Andrew's peacemaking work has included organizing interfaith dialogs, mosque visits, and facilitating one-on-one relationship-building between Christians and Muslims. He and his wife Laura have three children. Email Andrew at email@example.com.
Crystal McGowen | Executive Assistant
Crystal has gravitated towards different cultures ever since studying abroad during college. Having served in a local refugee camp, she gained a new and valuable perspective on life that changed her path significantly. She’s also lived abroad for four years: two years in Ethiopia and two years in Scotland. Crystal studied psychology and religion at Baylor University and is currently pursuing her Masters in counseling at Regent University with the hopes of serving a local refugee community. Believing strongly in the message of peace, she is thrilled to assist and offer support to the initiatives of Peace Catalyst Denver. Email Crystal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Mullins | Vice President, Co-Founder
Jim 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 email@example.com.
Michael Ly | Co-Founder, Treasurer
Michael 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Dave is currently World Vision International’s Senior Advisor for Operations in Muslim contexts. This takes him regularly to Africa, Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East to advise and design WV ministry among Muslims. For six years, Dave and his family lived in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, during which time their friendships with Mauritanians gave him a deep appreciation for what Christians can learn from Muslims and vice versa. From 1991 to 2000 Dave was WV’s Director of Christian-Muslim Relations and coordinated inter-religious conflict resolution and peace-building initiatives. He trained WV staff and boards in Christian-Muslim relations in Asia and Africa. In 1999 he directed WV Albania and initiated inter-religious conflict resolution work for WV in Kosovo. From 2000 to 2008 he served as World Vision’s Vice President for the Middle East, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe Region, based in Cyprus. Dave's leadership in World Vision and his work among Muslims for the last 40 years make him an invaluable resource for PCI.
Tyler is currently the Lead Pastor of Redemption Church, a multi-congregational church in Arizona. He grew up in a family that was nominally "Christian” as a kind of default "American" identity. When he was 17, however, God began to truly move in and around him, and by the time he was 18 he had become a true follower of Jesus. It was during Tyler’s five-year baseball career at Arizona State University that God laid hold of his life, exposing the things he had previously found security in as temporary and superficial. Tyler then began his pastoral ministry career, earning a D.Min from Bakke Graduate University and becoming one of the youngest pastors in the country to be leading a mega-church. He now also serves as a strong supporter of and participant in the peacemaking movement.
Naomi Ludeman Smith
Dr. Naomi Ludeman Smith holds the positions of Professor and Department Chair of Arts & Sciences at Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She is committed to the work of peacemaking and its power to transform people and communities. During her tenure as Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies at Bethel University (MN) she engaged in humanitarian service with students in Ukraine (1999-2006), finishing her experience with ethnographic research on contextual theology related to Ukrainian and U.S. co-leadership. In 2007 she found herself in Jordan studying global leadership in a Muslim context. She later returned to Jordan for her sabbatical, during which she worked, studied, and developed a course for students to study how Arabs are bringing positive change to their region. For the next four years, during the Arab Spring, Naomi led students in a transformational study with Dr. Doug Magnuson and in partnership with Jordan's East-West Initiatives and Bethlehem's Holy Land Trust. Currently she is involved in her community with the New American Task Force to support a peaceful and hospitable transition for immigrants of all ethnic and faith backgrounds. Naomi brings strong strategic gifts and inter-cultural expertise to her role on the Board.