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Have you or other Christians you know struggled to understand what the Bible says about the topic of immigration? In a society polarized by extreme and unhealthy views, what does it look like to daily live out God’s calling on us towards Immigrants, Migrants, Asylum-Seekers, and Refugees? In light of these questions, The immigration Coalition is holding “Healthy Understanding + Healthy Practice” - a virtual conference on October 22-23 to help Christians develop a biblical approach to immigration that respects the rule of law while evangelizing, doing justice, and showing compassion to Immigrants, Migrants, Asylum-Seekers, and Refugees. Come away with a renewed perspective that is biblically balanced and centered in Jesus Christ alone.

Schedule

THURSDAY 10/22

  • 5:30pm: Online Live Stream Begins
  • 5:55pm: Welcome and Greeting
  • 6:00pm: Worship band
  • 6:20pm: SESSION 1—Rondell Treviño
  • 6:35pm: SESSION 2—Bryan Loritts
  • 6:56pm: SESSION 3— Daniel Darling
  • 7:16pm: SPOKEN WORD—Quina Aragon
  • 7:26pm: SESSION 4—Christina Edmondson
  • 7:54pm: INTERVIEW —Sophia Lee
  • 8:11pm: SESSION 5—Erikah Rivera
  • 8:33pm: SESSION 6—Justin Giboney
  • 9:13pm: SESSION 7—Kyle J. Howard
  • 9:38pm: Worship band
  • 9:43pm: Night ends

FRIDAY 10/23

  • 8:00am: Online Live Stream Begins
  • 8:25am: Welcome and Greeting
  • 8:32am: SESSION 1— Speaker coming soon! 
  • 8:59am: INTERVIEW—Matthew Soerens & Jenny Yang
  • 9:21am: SESSION 2—Gabriel Salguero
  • Break
  • 9:55am: SESSION 3—Daniel Carroll
  • 10:22am: SESSION 4—D.A. Horton
  • 10:44am: SESSION 5—Jenny Yang
  • 11:06am: SESSION 6—Mika Edmondson
  • 11:28am: INTERVIEW—Abraham Barberi & Alma Ruth
  • 11:45am: Lunch
  • 12:45pm: Worship Band
  • 1:00pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS—Aaron Reyes, Michelle Reyes, Jason Lee, Marlena Graves, Gena Thomas, Jon Aragón
  • 2:15pm: Worship Band
  • 2:25pm: Closing Word and Prayer
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Speakers

Bryan Loritts

Pastor, Author, President and Founder of the Kainos Movement,

Dr. Bryan Loritts is the privileged husband of Korie, and the graced father of three sons--Quentin, Myles, and Jaden. He serves as a teaching pastor at The Summit Church in North Carolina. He is the award-winning author of seven books including Saving the Saved: How Jesus Saves us From Try-Harder Christianity into Performance-Free Love, which was given the Christianity Today Award of Merit, and his latest release, The Dad Difference. Dr. Loritts co-founded Fellowship Memphis in 2003, and later founded The Kainos Movement, an organization committed to seeing the multiethnic church become the new normal in our world, where he serves as president. In addition to his responsibilities as a pastor, Dr. Loritts travels extensively throughout the world preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ at conferences and events, as well as serving on the board of trustees for Biola University and Pine Cove Christian Camps.

Bryan Loritts

Topic:
Healthy Understanding on multiethnic relationships

Mika Edmondson

Pastor of New City Fellowship OPC

Mika Edmondson is the pastor of New City Fellowship OPC, a cross-cultural church plant in Southeast Grand Rapids. He graduated from Calvin Seminary, where he wrote a dissertation on Martin Luther King Jr.’s theology of suffering. He enjoys writing and speaking about how King’s life and legacy inform our understanding of the gospel. He is happily married to Dr. Christina Edmondson and has two beautiful daughters, Zoe and Shiloh.

Mika Edmondson

Topic:
Healthy practice on engaging with & ministering to Immigrants

Christina Edmondson

Dean for Intercultural Student Development at Calvin College

Dr. Christina Edmondson is motivated by her faith in Jesus Christ to proclaim truth, extend grace, and listen well. Blessed by an array of academic, professional, and lived experiences, Christina is committed to bringing people together to promote personal and team flourishing.

Christina holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University, an MS degree from the University of Rochester in Family Therapy, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Hampton University.

Christina has served as a counselor, administrator, and instructor in Higher Education within community college, Christian, and Historically Black College contexts. Additionally, a Certified Cultural Intelligence and Intercultural Development Inventory facilitator, public speaker, and mental health therapist, Christina is often contacted by churches to consult about both strategy, anti-racism, and team development. Her writing has been seen and referenced in a variety of outlets including Faithfully Maganize, Christianity Today, Essence.com, and Gospel Today magazine. She is a co-host of one of the New York Times' viewer recommended best podcasts, Truth's Table. Christina is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She is married to Dr. Mika Edmondson and they are the grateful parents of two wonderful daughters.

Christina Edmondson

Topic:
Healthy understanding on resisting racism & embracing inclusive excellence

Rondell Treviño

Founder & Director of The Immigration Coalition | Pastor, Speaker, Author

Rondell Treviño is the Founder of The immigration Coalition—a faith-based non-profit providing biblically balanced resources that show compassion to immigrants respect the rule of law. Before founding The immigration Coalition, Rondell worked as a Southeast Mobilizer for the Evangelical Immigration Table. Rondell speaks on issues of Immigration from a biblical perspective at Churches, organizations, and conferences throughout the country, and meets with legislators on how to better create, implement, and sustain just and good Immigration policies and practices geared toward the flourishing of society. Rondell received a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Belhaven University (2014), and a Master of Divinity from Capital Seminary and Graduate School (2016). Rondell is happily married to Laura Treviño, and is the proud father to Sofia Treviño and Charlotte Treviño.

Rondell Trevino

Topic:
Immigration: A healthy understanding & Healthy practice

Justin E. Giboney

Co-Founder of AND Campaign | Attorney, Political Strategist

Justin Giboney is an attorney and political strategist in Atlanta, GA. He is also the co-founder and president of the AND Campaign, a Christian civic organization. He served as the co-chair of Obama for America’s Gen44-Atlanta initiative, and in 2012 and 2016 Georgia’s 5th congressional district elected him as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention. Giboney also served on the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Board of Directors and has written op-eds for publications such as Christianity Today and The Hill.

Justin E. Giboney

Topic:
Healthy understanding on allegiance to Jesus, not politics

D. A. Horton

Author, Pastor of Reach Fellowship

D.A. Horton serves as an Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies at California Baptist University. He earned his B.S. in Biblical Studies from Calvary Bible College, his Masters Degree in Christian Studies from Calvary Theological Seminary and is working on his Ph.D. in Applied Theology with a North American Missions emphasis at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He has authored eight books; G.O.S.P.E.L., DNA: Foundations of the Faith (both by Moody Publishers); Letters of the Revelation: To the One Who Conquers, To The One Who Conquers (Youth Study); Authentic Love (all through Lifeway Publishers); and Bound to Be Free: Escaping Performance to be Captured by Grace. He was blessed to co-author Enter The Ring: Fighting Together for a Gospel Saturated Marriage with his wife Elicia (both through NavPress). On October 22, 2019 his newest book, Intensional, published through NavPress released!

He and Elicia have been married for 16 years, and they have two daughters, Izabelle and Lola and one son, D.A. Jr. (aka Duce).

D. A. Horton

Topic:
Otra Vez: What does Ethnic Conciliation Look Like?

Daniel Carroll

Blanchard Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

Dr. Carroll is half-Guatemalan and was raised bilingual and bicultural. In his youth, he spent many summers in Guatemala and later taught at El Seminario Teológico Centroamericano in Guatemala City for thirteen years. The realities of Central America sparked Dr. Carroll's fascination with the Old Testament. The relevance of the biblical text for the challenges of poverty, war, and politics in those developing countries led him to a passionate focus on Old Testament social ethics and the social sciences.

In addition, his studies in English literature and literary theory have generated an ongoing engagement with literary approaches to the Old Testament and critical studies. Experiences in this country and abroad have led him to a deep appreciation for the unique contributions that ethnic minorities, women, and the global church make to the interpretation of the Old Testament. Before coming to Wheaton, Dr. Carroll taught Old Testament at Denver Seminary for many years and founded a Spanish-language lay training program there. At Wheaton, he hopes to model a commitment to connecting careful biblical scholarship with the mission of the church as it engages today’s complex realities. Dr. Carroll has been involved in Hispanic churches and teaching on the Bible and immigration for many years. His research focuses on the prophetic literature and Old Testament social ethics. He has just completed a major commentary on the book of Amos.

Daniel Carroll

Topic:
Healthy practice on framing the conversation missionally

Gabriel Salguero

Speaker, President and Founder of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC)

The Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero is the president and founder of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC). NaLEC is a coalition of Hispanic evangelical churches and non-profits committed to Gospel-centered advocacy. He has served on the White House Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Advisory Council and the board of the National Association of Evangelicals. He is a pastor at Calvario City Church, a Latino-led Assemblies of God multicultural church of about 4,000 people in Orlando, Florida. He has been named by several media outlets as one of the most influential Latino faith leaders in America.

Salguero is a graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. in History and Spanish. A member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. He also has an M.Div (magna cum laude) from New Brunswick Theological Seminary and did PhD work in Christian Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Salguero also received a Doctor in Divinity (honoris causa) from Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts.

The Salgueros have two beautiful boys, Jon-Gabriel and Seth, who are their pride and joy

Gabriel Salguero

Topic:
Healthy practice on loving & welcoming Immigrants, Migrants, and Asylum-Seekers

Daniel Darling

Author, Pastor, Speaker

Daniel Darling is the Senior Vice President for Communications at NRB. For six years, he served as Vice President for Communications for the ERLC, an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination. Dan is a bestselling author of several books, including Teen People of the Bible, Crash Course, iFaith, Real, Activist Faith, The Original Jesus, The Dignity Revolution, The Characters of Christmas and the forthcoming, A Way With Words, releasing in September 2020. He is the general editor, along with Trillia Newbell, of a small group study on racial reconciliation, The Church and the Racial Divide and is a contributor to The Worldview Study Bible and The Couples Devotional Bible.

Dan is a prolific writer for a wide variety of publications. He is a monthly columnist for Homelife and a regular contributor to In Touch Magazine, Made to Flourish, Core Christianity, Christianity Today, Facts and Trends, and The Gospel Coalition.Dan’s op-eds have appeared in USA Today, CNN, Washington Times, Time, Huffington Post, National Review, Washington Post and First Things. He has appeared on CNN, FOX and on MSNBC. Dan is also a contributor to The Worldview Study Bible.

Publisher’s Weekly called his writing style “substantive and punchy.”

Dan speaks and preaches around the country and is regularly interviewed on radio and television, including MSNBC’s Morning Joe and CNN. His Christmas book, The Characters of Christmas was featured for a Christmas Special by Fox Nation.

He is the host of a popular weekly podcast, The Way Home, where he interviews Christian leaders, politicians, and journalists. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Dayspring Bible College, has studied at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves on the board of Let My People Go Ministries, an organization devoted to helping churches fight human trafficking and the parenting and discipleship ministry, Apollos Project

Dan has served churches in Illinois and Tennessee. He and his wife Angela have four children and reside in the Nashville area. They attend Green Hill Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, where Dan serves as Pastor of Teaching and Discipleship.

Daniel Darling

Topic:
A Healthy understanding on respecting the rule of law

Sophia Lee

Senior Reporter for WORLD Magazine

Sophia Lee is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in Los Angeles. She reports on various issues such as homelessness, abuse, mental health, and the border, and writes a weekly column called ``Sophia's World.`` She was born in South Korea, raised in Singapore as a missionary's kid, and immigrated to the United States as a 14-year-old pastor's kid.

Sophia Lee

Interview:
What's happening at the Border?

Kyle J. Howard

Christian Theologian

From a gang-member and battle rapper to a preacher and theologian, Kyle J. Howard has experienced sovereign grace and has dedicated his life to proclaiming it to others. Born into a multi-ethnic family of attorneys, Kyle was trained in rhetoric from an early age in preparation to one day pursue law himself. However, when Kyle entered into his teen years, he rebelled against his family upbringing. At 15, Kyle became a member of a gang. At 18, and shortly before signing a hip-hop recording contract, Kyle was radically converted to Christianity. Since then, Kyle has devoted his life to serving the church through the various gifts God has given him. Since 2012, Kyle has attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. At Southern, he has received an Associates in Biblical & Theological Studies, a Bachelors in Biblical Counseling, and is currently finishing an Advanced Masters of Divinity in the field of Historical Theology. Kyle is a trauma informed soul care provider and the founder of 'Lighting a Path’, a non-profit organization that seeks to provide transcultural soul care content and services. He is also on the leadership council of the And (&) Campaign. Kyle has been married to his high school sweet heart (Vy) for 13 years. They currently have three children (11, 8, 4), and live in Atlanta.

Kyle J. Howard

Topic:
Sojourning through Babylon: Immigration, Xenophobia, & the Trauma of Being Alientated

Erikah Rivera

Author, Speaker, Leader at The Brook Church

Erikah Rivera is passionate for increasing biblical literacy among women in the Church and helping them grow as followers of Jesus. She earned her BA in Bible Theology from Moody Bible Institute in 2003 and in 2013 she and her husband Eric planted The Brook, a diverse church in Chicago’s northwest side. Together they also serve on the national speaker team for FamilyLife’s Weekend To Remember marriage getaways. They are contributors to FamilyLife's The Art of Parentingvideo series and The Story of Us couples devotional. Erikah and Eric are grateful parents to their three precious children. You can follow Erikah on social media at @erikahrivera.

Erikah Rivera

Topic:
Healthy understanding of Immigrant Women in the Bible

Quina Aragon

Author, Spoken Word Artist

Quina Aragon is an author and spoken word artist residing in Tampa, Florida with her husband Jon and four-year-old daughter. They are members of Living Faith Bible Fellowship where they serve in various capacities. Quina has contributed to several books, and her children's book, Love Made, poetically retells the story of creation through a Trinitarian lens of overflowing joy and love.

Quina Aragon

Spoken Word:
"The Slaughter"

Matthew Soerens

US Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief

Matthew Soerens is the US Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief, where he helps evangelical churches to understand the realities of refugees and immigration and to respond in ways guided by biblical values. He also serves as the National Coordinator for the Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition that advocates for immigration reforms consistent with biblical values.

Matthew previously served as a Department of Justice-accredited legal counselor at World Relief’s local office in Wheaton, Illinois and, before that, with World Relief’s partner organization in Managua, Nicaragua. He’s also the co-author of Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis (Moody Publishers, 2016).

Matthew Soerens

Interview:
A Healthy Practice on Political Advocacy

Jenny Yang

Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at World Relief

Jenny Yang is the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at World Relief where she provides oversight for all advocacy initiatives and policy positions and leads the organization’s strategy regarding public relations. As the chief media strategist at World Relief, she coordinates and leads the marketing, programs, and strategic engagement division teams on public engagement and brand elevation strategies. She has worked over a decade in refugee protection, immigration policy, and human rights and is on an active deployment roster for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Previous to World Relief, she worked at one of the largest political consulting companies in Maryland. Jenny is co-author of “Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate

Jenny Yang

Topic:
A Healthy Practice on Political Advocacy

Marlena Graves

Author, Speaker

Marlena Graves is the author of the 'The Way Up Is Down: Finding Yourself by Forgetting Yourself' (IVP, 2020), 'Who's My Neighbor: Loving Our Neighbors as God Loves Us,' for the Discovery Series (2020), and a A Beautiful Disaster: Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness (Brazos Press, 2014). Formerly she worked for the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) and as pastoral staff in several different churches. She is an adjunct professor at Winebrenner Seminary and is pursuing her PhD in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University focusing on Evangelicals, race, immigration, and possibly gender. She is also a member of Ink: A Creative Collective and lives just outside of Toledo, OH with her husband and three daughters.

Marlena Graves

Topic:
Blessing the Hands that Feed Us

Alma Ruth

Missionary, Advocate

Alma Ruth is a recent immigrant to the United States and originally from Monterrey, Mexico. She is the founder of the emerging non-profit ‘Practice Mercy Foundation’, a Texas registered tax-deductible non-profit 501-C3.

She is a passionate Follower of Jesus with a global heart for Peace and Justice, diligently advocating for Christians in the Middle East, especially Bethlehem, while living and serving among international communities along the borderlands.

Follower of Jesus inviting people faith to grant compassion towards international communities along the Mexico-Texas Border region of the Rio Grande Valley.

Alma Ruth

Interview:
What can be done to help Migrants and Asylum-Seekers at the Border?

Abraham Barberi

Director of Sola Scriptura Baptist Bible Institute in Matamoros, Mexico.

I am a sinner saved by grace who loves God and people, and currently serving the Lord as a missionary in Matamoros, Mexico. Our goals are: 1) to plant churches, 2) Train the Church (though our Bible institute), and 3) Proclaim the Gospel (we do this trough our churches and several outreach events).

Abraham Barberi

Interview:
What can be done to help Migrants and Asylum-Seekers at the Border?

Aaron Reyes

Lead Pastor at Hope Community Church, Dean of Vida House

Pastor Aaron Reyes (B.S., Wheaton College; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is a second-generation Mexican American and the Lead Pastor of Hope Community Church. Aaron also serves as Dean of Vida House, a theological training center in East Austin for POC ministry leaders who desire to pursue vocational ministry within their community. His own research and speaking engagements focus on the story arcs of immigration, redemption, and justice throughout the Bible. Aaron is the co-founder of The Art of Taleh, a Christian collective of diverse voices that thoughtfully discuss the details of God’s word. A native Austinite, he lives in East Austin with his wife, Michelle and their two kids, Azariah and Ava.

Aaron Reyes

Topic:
Crossing Borders: Rereading Ruth as a Migrant Story

Michelle Reyes

Author, Speaker, Activist

Dr. Michelle Reyes is the vice president of the Asian American Christian Collaborative as well as a church planter, pastor’s wife, author, speaker, and activist in Austin, TX. In 2014, Michelle and her husband co-planted Hope Community Church, a minority-led multicultural church that serves low-income and disadvantaged communities in East Austin. She also serves as the local CCDA Austin Networker. Michelle has a forthcoming book with Zondervan on cross-cultural relationships. Her writings on faith and culture have appeared in Christianity Today Women, ERLC, Missio Alliance, Faithfully Magazine, and Patheos, among other publications. She and her husband have two young kids aged four and one.

Michelle Reyes

Topic:
Beyond The Margin: Rethinking Asians and Asian Immigrants within America's Black-White Divide

Jason Lee

Founder, The Acts 17 Initiative

Introducing the Acts 17 Initiative, developing and launching in the fall of 2016, as an evangelical platform to equip believers and churches to boldly share the Gospel with the nations inside the U.S. with biblical truth and Christ-centered compassion. With an unwavering commitment to scriptural fidelity, the Acts 17 Initiative will collaborate with Gospel-centered churches, denominational entities, and ministries to strategically coordinate efforts, propose viable strategies, and develop partnerships that embrace missional involvement with immigrants and refugees in our communities. Jason Lee will launch and lead the Acts 17 Initiative, guiding churches to educate, equip, engage, and network to live out the Great Commission in their communities.

Jason Lee

Topic
Loving, Resettling, and advocating for Refugees

Gena L. Thomas

US Director of Church Mobilization at World Relief

Gena Thomas is a writer, a faith wrestler, a wife, and a mom. She and her husband, Andrew, have been married for 11 years and they have two children, an 9-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. Gena works as an instructional designer at a nonprofit that equips local churches in the area of holistic development. She has written for several Christian publications, and published her first book, A Smoldering Wick: Igniting Missions Work with Sustainable Practices in 2016. Her second book, Separated by the Border: A Birth Mother, a Foster Mother, and a Migrant Child's 3,000-Mile Journey unpacks the story of reuniting her Honduran foster daughter with her family after separation at the US border. It was published in 2019 with InterVarsity Press. Alisa & The Coronavirus is Gena's first children's book, self-published in April 2020.

Gena L. Thomas

Topic:
Separated by the Border: A Birth Mother, a Foster Mother, and a Migrant Child's 3,000 Mile Journey

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