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Speakers

Speakers and Emcees

See below for a list of this year's Missions Conference Speakers.

Speakers

Tuesday Night: Andrew Schmutzer

A professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute, Dr. Andrew Schmutzer earned his BA from Moody, his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, and his PhD at Trinity International University. He writes about integrative issues surrounding abuse, trauma, lament, and spiritual formation and speaks regularly on issues of sexual abuse. The author of several books and articles, his works include Between Pain and Grace (Moody Publishers 2016) and Naming Our Abuse (Kregel Publications 2016).

Wednesday Morning: Elijah Al Fadi

Elijah Al Fadi, formerly a devout Muslim, is a Christ-follower from Saudi Arabia. He is the founder and CEO of CIRA International, a consulting agency focused on training and equipping leaders in the field of Islamic Studies. Since the inception of CIRA International in 2002, Al Fadi has had the privilege of training thousands of Christians at churches, para-church organizations, and various Bible colleges and seminaries. Al Fadi is the host of a popular radio show and YouTube livestream called Let Us Reason. Al Fadi holds an MS in Construction Management, an MDiv in Biblical Communication, and a certificate in Islamic Apologetics from the Pfander Center for Apologetics in England. He is a PhD candidate at Melbourne School of Theology in the field of Early Islam with a research focus in Early Qur’anic Manuscripts.

Wednesday Night: Cheryl Phenicie

Cheryl Phenicie is a third-generation international worker. She has served overseas for 35 years in several Middle Eastern countries and North Africa, working with her husband, Darrel, to plant churches. Cheryl has worked most recently in Germany with Syrian refugees. She has also been heavily involved in holistic ministries, including establishing prenatal clinics, running a business, and teaching English. She is passionate about women’s ministry, especially when she can use her gifts of hospitality and relationship-building to serve others.

Thursday Morning: Sarah Wheway

Sarah Wheway graduated with a BA in Art and Design from Loughborough University in 1997. Leaving behind her career in England, she followed God’s call to Athens, Greece, in 2000. She continued working as a fashion designer in Athens before stepping into full-time ministry in 2001. Sarah is now on the core leadership team of Hellenic Ministries. Her role as founding director of the Hope Center and Petalouda Centers is to oversee the growth and development of each ministry. She also works to develop skills training initiatives and create work opportunities.

Thursday Night: Luciana Oliveira

Luciana was born in Brazil and grew up in Portugal. She was raised in an intercultural family, which helped her develop a passion for working in cross-cultural contexts. She holds a BA in Social Education and an MS in Social Anthropology. Luciana formerly worked in Northern Ireland developing cross-community projects with people from segregated neighborhoods, addressing territory and ethno-political identity issues. In 2016, she and her husband joined Hellenic Ministries full-time. Luciana is responsible for the Petalouda Center, which serves the Roma people in Athens. Her focus is on community development and mobilization for sustainable change.

Friday Morning: Jonathan Macris

Jonathan Macris is the oldest child of Greek evangelical missionaries Costas and Alky Macris. Jonathan was exposed to all facets of missions work during the first 16 years of his life in Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Jonathan graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1985 and excelled in business administration courses in Greece and the United States. During this time, Jonathan gained further ministry experience through many Chicago-area ministries. In 2001 Jonathan became president of Hellenic Ministries. Hellenic Ministries is currently engaged in wide-spread evangelism, distributing over 1.3 million Bible packets to 6,000 villages systematically across Greece with a goal to give every household in rural Greece a copy of God’s Word in the modern Greek. Through its multi-faceted ministries, HM touches 40–50,000 migrant and refugee lives annually, while giving relief and aid to the Island of Lesvos, the largest refugee hotspot in Europe.


Emcees

 

Sofia Velis is a fifth-generation Spanish immigrant, born to a missional family in North Georgia. Since childhood, she has had the blessed opportunity to work alongside the urban poor in her family's ministry. As a senior studying Intercultural Ministries in Moody's undergrad program, her ultimate desire is to know God and make Him known wherever He calls her. God has given her a heart for His Word and the nations, and thus, she seeks to further her theological education after she graduates, as well as pursue cross-cultural missions.
Shaun Singh is from New Delhi, India. He is in his fourth year of completing his MDiv in Pastoral Studies. Shaun’s passion for missions is fueled by the choices of Christians who took the risk of coming to his country to share the gospel, working with a people group not their own, and yet loving them as their own. Shaun plans to return to do missions work in India after his studies. He and his beautiful wife, Serenity, are excited to become parents soon.