Tom Balke

Tom is a creative and strategic thinker who enjoys mentoring others in how to generate resources for their ministries. He has a broad range of fundraising experience and has helped to resource ministries in North America, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Tom is married to Kim, and has two sons Jared (21) and Eric (19).

Resourcing the Creative Edge – Tools for securing resources for innovators in new expressions and traditional congregations who want to impact their communities and God’s world.

Bruce Bishop

Bruce is the Communications Director for Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends and a full-time seminary student. He is also a co-author of Practicing Discernment Together: Finding God’s Way Forward in Decision Making with Lon Fendall and Jan Wood.

Holy Loitering: Rediscovering Spirituality For New Expressions and Traditional Communities – Ancient spiritual practices are being rediscovered and redesigned to deepen our experience of God and strengthen our center in the midst of busy lives. Come explore ways to experience “holy loitering” by refocusing our attention on Presence of Christ that enables us care more fully for others.

Eugene Cho

Eugene is the founding and lead pastor of Quest Church and the executive director of Q Cafe. He and his wife, Minhee, have been married for ten years and have three children. He blogs regularly at eugenecho.com.

Quest: A Missional Journey – Eugene will share about the ministries of Quest (his multi-cultural church plant in Seattle) to children and adults, the church’s neighborhood coffee shop called the Q Café, and their dreams for the future.

Shane Claiborne

Jesus For President – In this election year, join a different kind of campaign. Turn off the TV, pick up the Bible and join the revolution of political misfits and cultural refugees.

New Monasticism Sharing the Compassion of Jesus – Shane will share what God is doing through a range of new monastic communities that serve those in need.

Friday Evening Plenary: “Ordinary Radicals Making an Urban Difference”

Lisa Domke

Lisa is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is involved with a number of faith-based and community action groups dedicated to pursuing justice, promoting human rights, and protecting the environment. Lisa has been married to David Domke for 17 years and is the proud mother of two boys.

2008: Do God and Politics Mix? – Come explore what faithfulness looks like in the 2008 presidential election and find creative ways to influence public policy.

Devin Erhardt

Devin currently works as a Portfolio Management Associate at Unitus, a nonprofit creating innovative solutions to global poverty. Before that, she spent two years in Peru with PEER Servants (Partnership for Economic Empowerment and Renewal), and worked for Pura Vida Coffee as the Director of Development and Strategy. She currently lives in the Rainier Valley and is an active member of Rainier Avenue Free Methodist Church.

Social Entrepreneurship: Using Business to Advance God’s Kingdom – Just as God is moving and conspiring through the four streams, God is also moving within business. In this workshop we’ll explore the unique model of Pura Vida Coffee, and identify key pitfalls that social entrepreneurs often encounter.

Kathy Escobar

Kathy Escobar co-pastors The Refuge, an emerging faith community in Denver, CO. She is a trained spiritual director and co-author of several spiritual direction tools for women. Kathy lives in Colorado with her husband and five kids.

Emerging Women Find Their Voice

This workshop for both men and women explores ways emerging leaders, churches and communities can infuse the kingdom with gender equality and a diversity of voices in small and big ways beyond just the theoretical.

Dwight J. Friesen

Dwight J. Friesen lives in Seattle’s Eastside with his wife Lynette and their son Pascal. He teaches practical theology at Mars Hill Graduate School, serves on the Faith & Order Commission of the National Council of Churches, and has pastored a simple church for eleven years.

Established and Emerging Dancing Together – All over the country established and emerging churches are finding creative and life-giving ways of working together in mission, living into their context(s) and surrendering to one another. This workshop will focus largely on Pacific NW churches missionally choosing kingdom relationships.

Romanita Hairston

Romanita Hairston serves as the Vice President of U.S. Programs at World Vision, leading work in eleven cities throughout the country. She is active in her church and community, and raises three children with her husband Tali.

And A Child Shall Lead Them: Models of Youth Engagement – This workshop will explore ways urban and rural churches are going beyond youth development to youth empowerment. It will explore church- and community-based efforts that get Christians beyond the four walls of the church and into the community.

Eileen Hanson


Eileen is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and serves as a pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood, Washington, encouraging the traditional church to be a missional and relevant voice in neighborhoods big and small.

Creating New Expressions in a Traditional Congregation – Eileen will share how Christian creatives at Trinity Lutheran Church are creating missional mustard seed expressions to reach out locally and globally. She will also explain how any traditional congregation can also give birth to new missional expressions.

Andrew McLeod

Andrew McLeod works for the Northwest Cooperative Development Center, and is the founder of the Book of Acts Project. His first book Holy Cooperation! will be published this spring. He lives in Olympia, Washington, where he is a member of a church called Reality.

Creating Cooperatives 1: Reclaiming Biblical Community – Andrew will share the biblical basis for creating new forms of mutual care and cooperatives to empower the poor.

Creating Cooperatives 2: Making a Real Difference – Andrew will share creative models of economic and agricultural coops and explain how you can be a part of this form of ministry.

Tim Morey

Tim is the founding and lead pastor of Life Covenant Church in Torrance, CA, and an adjunct professor teaching practical theology at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, CA. He and his wife Samantha have two beautiful daughters, Abby (3) and Hannah (2 months).

Planting Missional Churches: Reproducing Local Outposts of the Kingdom – Tim will share his story of planting Life Covenant Church (Torrance, CA), a kingdom community attempting to live the gospel locally and globally, and planting missional churches in and beyond the Los Angeles area.

Mike Morris

Friars With a Mission – Mike will share how he and his compatriots in the UK are following Jesus as 21st century friars and what we all have to learn from ancient orders for the life in a world of growing human need.

Jonathan Neufeld

An Anabaptist Canuck, Jonathan transplanted to Seattle to stand with the church as it seeks to be faithful in the belly of the Empire. He is the Community Minister at Seattle Mennonite Church.

Stop, Drop and Roll Redefined – Jonathan will be joined by a small panel of folks who will share the story of Seattle Mennonite Church’s Community Ministry, which is an effort to coordinate a holistic, grassroots, collaborative response to the homeless community in the Lake City neighborhood.

David T. Olson

The American Church in Crisis – A clear call to all churches, both new and established, to become more missional in response to the demographic decline of the church in America, based on his new book.

Mark Pierson

Mark is currently an unemployed worship curator. He has written stuff on worship and the arts and worked with Cityside Church in Auckland and Urban Seed in Melbourne.

The Art of Installation Worship – Curating worship that is seen as an art form. Curating spaces that provide opportunity for people to engage with God.

Eliacín Rosario-Cruz and Ricci Kilmer

Eliacin and Ricci are practitioners and communitarians at the Mustard Seed House.  Both are part of the MSA Team as Community and Program Catalysts. They enjoy strong coffee and playing with their adorable kids.

The Revolution Starts At Home – Ricci and Eliacín will share their story, struggles and dreams and invite you to join the Jesus revolution that starts at home with family and community.

Mark and Lisa Scandrette

Mark Scandrette is the Executive Director and Co-founder of ReIMAGINE, a Center for Spiritual Formation, and a founding member of SEVEN, a missional community network in San Francisco. Mark wrote Soul Graffiti: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus and contributed to several other books.

Lisa Scandrette has been active with ReImagine since its conception in facilitating hospitality and administration. She is also a founding member of SEVEN. She is an educator and textile artist.

Mark and Lisa Scandrette nurture and educate their three children in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Entering the Jesus Dojo (Mark) – This workshop is an opportunity to reimagine how we might follow Jesus in ways that begin to change our lives and touch the lives of others.

Intentional Parenting and Missional Living (Mark and Lisa) – Lisa and Mark will share ways in which families can involve their children in making a difference in the world, based on their experiences within a Jesus community in San Francisco.

Christine Sine

Rhythms of Grace For Everyday Life – An opportunity to explore imaginative ways to create a rhythm of life that flows out of an ancient faith, instead of the busyness and obsessions of modern culture.

Tom Sine

Tom Sine founded Mustard Seed Associates in 1989. He has worked as a consultant in futures, research and planning for numerous non-profit organizations and speaks at gatherings all over the world. His newest book, The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time, came out this month.

Making It Real – An opportunity to imagine new forms of more authentic whole-life faith and incarnational communities that give expression to that new world breaking into this one.

Efrem Smith

Efrem Smith is a internationally recognized leader who uses motivational speaking, comedy, and preaching to equip people for a life of transformation. He serves as Senior Pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church and co-authored The Hip Hop Church.

Post-Black/Post-White Church – Efrem will share what God is doing beyond mono-cultural churches, and how we can all be a part of God’s multi-cultural future.

Saturday Morning Plenary: “Beloved Community/Beloved Church”

Mark Van Steenwyk

Creating Support Groups For Jesus Radicals – Mark will share from his story about how he and his compatriots at Missio Dei in Minneapolis, MN are involved in simple and sustainable lifestyles, practice hospitality, care for the poor and support one another as they seek to follow the radical Jesus.

Embodying the Gospel in the Global Empire – This workshop will invite you to explore counter-cultural ways to authentically embody a Jesus, mustard seed faith in the global culture of consumption, extravagance and waste.

Karen Ward

Karen Ward is the Abbess/Vicar of Church of the Apostles in Seattle, an intentional, sacramental community in the way of Jesus Christ.

Fremont Abbey: Creating a Third Place – Karen will share the story of how the Church of the Apostles is creating an abbey to serve those who live in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle through the arts, community and liturgy.

Tomas Yaccino and Roy Soto

Tom leads Del Camino Connection (DCC), which serves and supports the RdC Network, along with his wife Dee. They live in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with their four children.

Roy is the founding pastor of Comunidad Cristiana Shalom (CCS) in Fraijanes, Costa Rica, which is a leader in the Costa Rican expression of the RdC Network.

Creating Missional Congregations in Latin America – Tomas and Roy will share stories of churches in Latin America that form part of the Red del Camino network (RdC), a movement of local churches that are investing themselves in integral mission to bring transformation and hope to their communities and beyond.


6 Responses to “Speakers”

  1. […] Main presenters include: Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution, Karen Ward of Church of the Apostles, Efrem Smith, co-author of The Hip Hop Church, Mark Scandrette, author of Soul Graffiti, and many others…including me. You can see the full list of speakers here. […]

  2. Neal Taylor Says:

    Wow! What a great line-up! Will there be DVD’s or MP3’s of the sessions?

  3. Yes,
    We plan to have these available shortly after the conference.

  4. This looks great! Is there any way to get a schedule of events? I can only make it on Friday, and I would like to see what is going on that day. Thanks.

  5. Sorry – just noticed the day headings. Thanks.

  6. […] read about the speakers and their sessions, go here. Mark Van Steenwyk is the editor of JesusManifesto.com. He is a Mennonite pastor (Missio Dei in […]

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