Charlie Dates ministers as senior pastor at Progressive Baptist Church in Chicago. He earned his PhD in historical theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and researched the burden of African-American preaching in late twentieth century Chicago. Dates is an affiliate professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, an adjunct professor at Moody Bible Institute, and a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Chicago Fire Department. He also contributed to Letters to a Birmingham Jail (Moody Publishers). Pastor Dates and his wife, Kirstie, have two children.
Brian Fikkert serves as professor of economics and community development at Covenant College, where he founded and is president of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development. He is coauthor of the best-selling book When Helping Hurts (Moody Publishers) as well as Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions (Moody Publishers), and Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence (Moody Publishers). Fikkert earned his PhD in economics from Yale University and has consulted for several multinational organizations. Fikkert and his wife, Jill, have three children.
Jordan Samuels serves as a regional care provider for Avant missionaries in Europe. He spent 15 years of his childhood in North Africa, then returned to Indiana to study at Purdue University, Grace College, and Grace Theological Seminary. He spent the last 18 years serving in the Muslim world with Avant and now spends much of his time teaching on prayer and the presence of God.
Sarah Shin serves as the associate national director of evangelism for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She speaks and trains in ethnicity, evangelism, and the arts, and previously served InterVarsity as an area director in Boston and a regional coordinator of multiethnicity. Shin has a master’s degree in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a master’s in city planning and development from MIT. She enjoys painting and art and lives with her husband in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
David Choi pastors Church of the Beloved in Chicago. He has ministered in many diverse contexts including Asian churches, multiethnic inner city churches, and communities overseas. Choi speaks in countries throughout the world and is an active member of the Lausanne Movement for World Evangelization, a global congress of leaders. He has also spoken in many top universities such as Cornell, the University of Chicago, MIT, Wheaton, and Harvard. Pastor Dave earned degrees from Wheaton College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.