See below for a list of this year's Missions Conference Speakers.
Dr. Michael Rydelnik
Dr. Michael Rydelnik is Professor of Jewish Studies and Bible at Moody Bible Institute and the Host/Bible Teacher on Open Line with Dr. Michael Rydelnik, answering listener Bible questions on over 225 stations nationwide across Moody Radio. The son of Holocaust survivors, he was raised in an observant Jewish home in Brooklyn, New York. As a high school student, Michael became a follower of Jesus the Messiah and began teaching the Bible almost immediately. Besides his work on The Moody Bible Commentary and The Moody Handbook of Messianic Prophecy as Co-Editor and contributor, Michael is also the author of several books and numerous articles. His doctoral research focused on the Messiah in the Hebrew Bible. Michael and his wife Eva live in Chicago, love hiking with their collie and boxer, and have two terrific adult sons, a delightful daughter-in-law and the cutest two grandchildren in the world.
Dr. Richard Freeman
Richard Freeman was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York in a traditionally Jewish,though not religious, family. He did, however, receive religious training for five years in a conservative synagogue and received his Bar Mitzvah at age thirteen. Following that experience, though staunchly Jewish nationalistically,he drifted away from the synagogue and attended only on the special Jewish holidays.
In 1973 Rich married Julia DeBellis who was from an Italian Catholic background.It was primarily through Julia’s spiritual pilgrimage that God reached Rich.But first he met a born-again Christian, his supervisor at work. Though Rich responded angrily at first to this man sharing his faith, his life was a wonderful testimony of the peace and joy that comes to those who put their faith and trust in the Lord. The joy in his life made Rich jealous and opened his heart to what was to come. In August 1982, Julia accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and immediately began praying for her husband’s salvation. In January 1983, God answered that prayer. Through the ministry of Chosen People Ministries, Rich heard and responded to the gospel message and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Immediately, God gave him a hunger to know Him and His Word intimately. He immersed himself in the Bible and was discipled by his pastor.
In the summer of 1987 Rich and Julia responded to God’s call and moved to Dallas,Texas where he attended Dallas Theological Seminary. While in Dallas, Rich worked as a missionary with Chosen People Ministries. Before finishing the degree program at Dallas, he was called to pastor the congregation where he was saved, Light of Israel Messianic Congregation. He became pastor of that congregation in December 1989. In 1994, Rich also became pastor of Dunwoodie Baptist Church in Yonkers, New York, which is where Light of Israel’s services were held. For five years of his ten-year pastorate he enjoyed the unique challenge of pastoring two congregations.
Rich finished his studies, begun in Dallas, at Conservative Baptist Seminary of the East, where he received his M.Div., in September 1994. On July 1, 1999 he assumed his position as Vice-President and Director of Church Ministries and Conferences for Chosen People Ministries. Rich received his D.Min. at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in 2004.
Rich works with churches throughout the country and abroad. He teaches Bible Conferences on various topics such as Jewish Evangelism, Messianic Prophecy,End-Time Prophecy, The Church and Israel, The Feasts of Israel, and much more.He also ministers to local churches in Florida where he and his family reside.
Dr. Mitch Glaser
Dr. Mitch Glaser is an alumnus of Northeastern Bible College and holds a Master of Divinity degree in Old Testament from Talbot School of Theology as well as a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Intercultural Studies. He is the co-author of The Fall Feasts of Israel with his wife, Zhava, and co-editor of To The Jew First, The Gospel According to Isaiah 53 and The People, The Land, and The Future of Israel, published by Kregel Publications. Dr. Glaser’s evangelistic book, Isaiah 53 Explained, is now in eleven languages with over 100,000 copies in print. He has written many articles for Christian periodicals and has taught at leading evangelical schools such as Talbot School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Moody Bible Institute and Columbia International University.
Robin is a Jewish believer in Jesus. She grew up in Brooklyn in a somewhat traditional Jewish home and first heard about Jesus during a visit home from college. Upset and not interested at first…these continued conversations eventually led her to accept Jesus as her Messiah. Robin served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Israel for several years doing university student ministry and coordinating outreaches. Robin worked with World Vision in the US and leading vision trips to Rwanda and Kenya. She sensed a call back to full time Jewish ministry and serves with Chosen People Ministries for the last 15 years based in New York then Israel and leading short term ministry trips to reach Israeli backpackers in places like New Zealand, India and South America. Robin has lived in Israel for the last 7 years serving as the CPM branch leader in the greater Tel Aviv region.
Dr. Raleigh Washington
Dr. Raleigh Washington is president and CEO of The Road to Jerusalem, a ministry reconciling Jewish and non-Jewish believers. He is pastor emeritus of Rock of Chicago’s Our Salvation Evangelical Free Church, a multi-racial urban church that he founded and led. He joined Promise Keepers as vice president of reconciliation, retired as president/CEO, and currently is president emeritus. He and Glen Kehrein co-authored Breaking Down Walls: A Model of Reconciliation in an Age of Racial Strife, the 1994 Gold Medallion winner of the Christian Booksellers Association.
Attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, Dr. Washington earned the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Vietnam. Post-military, at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (now Trinity International University), he earned his Master of Divinity. Later, on the staff of Trinity International University, he developed and led the school’s Master of Arts in Urban Ministries. He holds honorary doctorates from Trinity, Westminster College, and Azusa Pacific University. He is still on numerous ministry boards, he also speaks at conferences and to universities, congregations, and corporations.
Westminster College awarded Dr. Washington its third Doctor of Peacemaking after Mother Teresa and Bishop Desmond Tutu.
David assumed the presidency of MAF in July of 2018. He and his wife, Natalie, joined MAF in 2000.
During his years of service, initially as missionary pilot/mechanic, David served in several leadership roles, including chief pilot, program manager, and regional director for Indonesia.
He became a Christian at an early age and was nurtured in his faith by his family, as well as by his church and youth group. David received a Bachelor of Science degree in Missionary Aviation Technology from Moody Aviation, and holds a commercial pilot’s license with multi-engine rating, as well as an aircraft mechanic’s license. Prior to joining MAF he worked as a flight instructor with Moody Aviation for two years.
In leading MAF, David relies on God’s guidance and actively seeks the counsel of the executive leadership team and the Board of Directors, as well as that of MAF staff. “It is my desire to not only be a part of addressing the significant physical needs of isolated people, but to also help them grow in their walk with the Lord. I want the message of the gospel to be clearly displayed in all we do.”
David and Natalie reside in Nampa, Idaho, and have four children.
Levi Hazen is passionate about the Lord and His Word. He is the host of The TŌV Podcast, a teaching ministry that brings a biblical view of Israel, eschatology and ministry to the Jewish people. He and his family love to spend summers in Israel leading trips and connecting with Israelis. He maintains an active international traveling schedule.
In 2004, Levi graduated from Taylor University with a BA in Christian Education Ministry. In 2011, he pursued a certificate in Jewish Studies from Moody Bible Institute. In 2016, Levi graduated from Moody Theological Seminary with an MA in Biblical and Theological Studies. He and his wife spent one year living in Israel studying subjects like archaeology, modern Hebrew and biblical geography. Levi loves being a dad, playing racquetball, reading, running, teaching, playing beach volleyball with his wife, and watching college football.
Conference Musicians - David and Jamie Boskey
David and Jamie Boskey have been living and serving the Lord in full-time ministry in Jerusalem for over a decade. Both are graduates of Moody Bible Institute, where David majored in Jewish studies and Jamie in Bible/Theology. David was raised in a Messianic Jewish home in Israel, and Jamie grew up in the cornfields of Indiana. They minister at Melech Ha’Mlachim, a congregation in the heart of Jerusalem. David is the associate pastor and a worship leader; Jamie serves in the children’s ministry, as a worship leader, and as a prayer-set leader. They are the proud parents of 4-year-old Judah and 1-year-old Joseph.