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2011 Festival Speakers

Here are some of the amazing speakers from 2011...


Shane Claiborne
Wearing homemade clothes and dread-locked hair, Shane Claiborne is an 'extremist for love'. Shane is the author of The Irresistible Revolution and Jesus for President.  Shane is a founding partner of The Simple Way, a radical faith community that lives among and serves the homeless in Kensington, North Philadelphia. They seek to follow Jesus, to rediscover the spirit of the early Church, and to incarnate the Kingdom of God, a way of life standing in stark contrast to the world of militarism and materialism.
prof_ekblad Bob Ekblad
Bob Ekblad is Director of Tierra Nueva and The People's Seminary in Burlington, Washington. For ten years, Tierra Nueva has worked with migrant, impoverished, and imprisoned populations in northwestern Washington state. Bob is known internationally for his courses and workshops on reading the Bible.  Bob is the author of Reading the Bible with the Damned and A New Christian Manifesto. His passion is to see leaders recruited, equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit to minister to society's least.
Cheryl Bear
Cheryl is from the Nadleh Whut'en First Nation (Bear Clan) in the Carrier Nation located in northern British Columbia, Canada. Cheryl, and her husband Randy, pioneered the Street Church amidst drug addiction and homelessness in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.  She is a sought after international speaker and twice award-nominated recording artist (Shai Award 2005; Covenant Award 2006) who has worked with Indigenous people across Canada, the United States and in over 20 countries of the world raising awareness of the value and uniqueness of our Indigenous people and our culture.
Ched Myers
Ched Myers is an activist theologian who has worked in social change movements for more than three decades. Throughout North America and abroad Ched is sought after as a popular educator who animates scripture and issues of discipleship, peace and justice, and as a lecturer by seminaries, denominational conferences and activist organizations. Ched lives in a small intentional community in the Ojai Valley watershed north of Los Angeles. His books include Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark's Story of Jesus, Say to This Mountain: Mark's Story of Discipleship, and Who Will Roll Away the Stone.

Craig Greenfield
Craig is the International Coordinator of Servants (formerly Servants to Asia's Urban Poor) and co-founder of the Servants Vancouver community.  He is the author of and co-author of .  Before moving to Downtown Eastside Vancouver, Craig and his family lived in Cambodian slums for six years, pioneering ministries amongst children orphaned by AIDS.

Elaine Enns
Elaine has been working in the field of restorative justice and conflict transformation since 1989 as mediator, consultant, educator and trainer. She provides mediation and consultation services for individuals, churches, schools, community organizations, criminal justice agencies and businesses, and travels throughout North America teaching and conducting these trainings.
Chris Heuertz
An activist, author, visionary and public speaker, Chris has traveled with his wife, Phileena, through nearly 70 countries working with the most vulnerable of the world's poor—Roma (gypsies), children with AIDS, prostituted women and girls, recovering drug addicts, children on the streets and refugees. Chris has led the Word Made Flesh community as the International Executive Director since 1996. He and Phileena reside in Omaha, Nebraska.

Phileena Heuertz
Phileena Heuertz serves as co-director of Word Made Flesh (WMF)--an international community serving Christ among the most vulnerable of the world's poor. Since 1995, Phileena has served WMF through child advocacy, community care and leadership development. Over the years, Phileena has traveled through nearly 70 countries working with marginalized and oppressed people-abandoned children, victims of HIV and AIDS, sexually exploited women and children, people recovering from drug addictions, children who live on the streets, refugees and children of combat and war.  Her first book, Pilgrimage of a Soul, is a provocative theological narrative, steeped in contemplative spirituality.

aaron Aaron White
Aaron White is a leader in the 24/7 prayer movement and director of 614 – a radical offshoot of the Salvation Army who live and minister incarnationally in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.  Aaron is the author of "Futurize", "Revolution", and the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Kingdom". He loves Jesus, loves authentic Christian community, loves reading, and loves eggnog.
michelle Michelle Miller
Michelle Miller is the Executive Director of REED (Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity), a Vancouver-based organization that provides care for trafficked women and works to unmask the structures of oppression behind commercial sexual exploitation. For the last eleven years she has been standing in solidarity with marginalized women; she has worked with women both in Asia and in North America. She is passionate about love, public truth-telling and demystifying structural injustice. Michelle lives in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and is currently pursuing a DMin in Social Justice and Faith Rooted Organizing from New York Theological Seminary.
carrie2 Carrie Macleod
Carrie MacLeod has used an arts-based approach in education, advocacy and social action programs for over a decade. This work has focused on peace and reconciliation initiatives in Sierra Leone, West Africa, with social justice projects throughout India and Central America, and currently with refugee settlement programs for Kinbrace in Vancouver. Carrie is the Research Director of the Dancing at the Crossroads conflict transformation and dance project at the University of British Columbia, and teaches Expressive Arts in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding at the European Graduate School.
jen Jen Singh
Jennifer Singh served as the Executive Director of the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution, "ICAP". Prior to that, Jennifer worked for four years in Cambodia with Hagar and Samaritan's Purse Cambodia in a variety of different programs ranging from women's development initiatives to agricultural production. Jennifer is now applying her experience and education to learn from, listen to, support, and serve partners of Samaritan's Purse Canada around the world involved in women's programming that are working to bring God's light and freedom to the darkest corners of the earth.
Mike_Todd Mike Todd
After a dozen years on Bay Street wearing a suit, tie and Bostonians, Mike sold off, packed up and moved out to the West Coast. Now the corporate uniform is fleece and hiking shoes. Mike splits his time between Linwood House Ministries, blogging, Africa, and hanging out with friends as they try to figure out what it means to be apprentices of Jesus Christ. They've tried being believers, but they're no longer convinced that's what he had in mind. Access Mike's blog, Waving or Drowning?, at
tim Tim Dickau (pastors panel)
Tim is the senior pastor of Grandview Calvary Baptist church and author of .  Grandview is a community-based church which reflects the diversity of its neighbourhood with people from many different cultural and life situations. The church seeks to be prophetically connected to the brokenness of the neighbourhood in which it finds itself through various ministries.  Tim also lives as part of the Salsbury Community Society, a charitable organization that provides housing in a supportive community environment for people at crucial turning points in their lives who are struggling with physical, financial, social, or spiritual needs.
Sean Sean Graham (pastors panel)
Sean is the lead pastor at Cove Community Church in North Vancouver, a church in the suburbs that seeks to follow the God of justice.  Cove seeks to be a transformation-minded community discovering together what life can be like when lived from a place of grace.  Sean is married and has two kids.
jodi_spargur Jodi Spargur (pastors panel)
Jodi is the pastor of God's House of Many Faces, a one-year-old multi-cultural congregation in the low-income Downtown Eastside (DTES) neighborhood of Vancouver. Before her full-time work with this new congregation, Jodi pastored at Kitsilano Christian Community.
don Don Cowie (pastors panel)
Don is lead pastor at the Mosaic, a community of grace, acceptance and life. Mosaic is a church in inner city Vancouver whose vision is to live as if everyone matters.  Don is married and has two kids.



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