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Nik Ripken, D.Min., and his wife, Ruth, are mission veterans of over 30 years with International Mission Board (Southern Baptist Convention), having served in Malawi, Transkei, South Africa, Kenya, Somalia, Germany, Ethiopia, and in the Middle East. They currently serve as Global Missiologists. Dr. Ripken is the author of many articles on missions and, along with Ruth, has done extensive research among the persecuted in approximately 70 countries. He is the author of The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected (B&H, 2013) and The Insanity of Obedience: Walking with Jesus in Tough Places. In cooperation with B&H Publishing, a curriculum based upon both books was developed in 2016. A documentary based on The Insanity of God was released in 2016. Nik and Ruth are the parents of three sons. www.nikripken.com

Richard M. Riss (as of Fall 1998) is Assistant Professor of Church History at Zarephath Bible Institute in Zarephath, New Jersey. He holds a Master of Christian Studies degree from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia (1979) and a Master of Arts in Church History from Trinity Divinity School (1988). He is currently finishing a Ph.D. degree in Church History at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Richard M. Riss has authored several books including The Evidence of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ (1977), The Latter Rain Movement of 1948 and the Mid-Twentieth Century Evangelical Awakening (1987), A Survey of 20th-Century Revival Movements in North America and with Kathryn J. Riss, Images of Revival (1997).

Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., Ph.D. (Fuller Theological Seminary), serves as Professor of Church History and Ecumenics and the Director of the David J. DuPlessis Center for Christian Spirituality at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. Through the years, he has served as an apologist for and an interpreter of the Pentecostal movement to churches around the world. This has led to extensive involvement in international dialogue and consultation with other Christian traditions from the Vatican to the World Council of Churches. He is the author of The Azusa Street Mission and Revival (Thomas Nelson, 2006) and Prophecy in Carthage: Perpetua, Tertullian, and Cyprian (Pilgrim, 1992). www.fuller.edu/faculty/crobeck

Darrin J. Rodgers, M.A. in Theological Studies (Assemblies of God Theological Seminary), J.D. (University of North Dakota School of Law), is director of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center and editor of Assemblies of God Heritage. He is author of Northern Harvest (2003), a history of Pentecostalism in North Dakota, and numerous articles in books and journals. www.ifphc.org Facebook.

Michael Rogers, Th.D., has 20 years of pastoral experience and over a decade of experience as a Christian school administrator. Mike is a businessman and the Senior Leader of The Church at New Bern and the New Bern School of Supernatural Ministry.

Larry Russi, M.A. in Urban Ministry (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), is the Pastor of Restoration and Encouragement at Blessed of the Lord Church in Woburn, Massachusetts. Ordained with the American Evangelical Christian Churches (AECC), Russi has been in ministry for over 40 years. Facebook

Jon M. Ruthven, Ph.D., spent his entire adult life in ministry, starting with David Wilkerson in Boston and New York City in the mid-60s. After spending a dozen years pastoring, a couple a years as a missionary in Africa as the head of Bible school, he ended up teaching theology in seminary for 18 years. Always interested in training and discipleship, Jon is developing a radically biblical approach to ministry training that seeks to replicate the discipling mission of Jesus in both content and method. Jon has written numerous scholarly papers and books including On the Cessation of the Charismata: The Protestant Polemic on Postbiblical Miracles (1993 and 2009) and What’s Wrong with Protestant Theology? Tradition vs. Biblical Emphasis (2013). He continues to emphasize the biblical grounding for a practical ministry of healing, signs and wonders in the power of the Spirit. Facebook.

Philip Graham Ryken, Ph.D. (University of Oxford), is the eighth and current president of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of more than 30 books, including The Message of Salvation (InterVarsity, 2001), Art for God’s Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts (P&R, 2006), Loving the Way Jesus Loves (Crossway, 2011), and expository commentaries on Exodus, Jeremiah, Luke, and other books of the Bible. www.wheaton.edu/about-wheaton/leadership/president-ryken

Shanwi Samuel was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. He began serving the Lord in 1999. His home church is Bethel Church in Jakarta, Indonesia. He received a call to missions in 2001 and that same year began training at Tawangmangu Bible School. There he was mentored by senior missionaries, Pastors Sam and Carol Soukotta; they trained him to be an interpreter for foreign lecturers. Since that time he has served as an interpreter, preacher, and teacher; he does itinerant ministry almost every month seeking to kindle the fires of revival in his home country.

Mark Sandford, MDiv (Denver Theological Seminary), is Spiritual Director of Elijah House, a ministry founded by his parents John and Paula Sandford. Mark collaborated with his father to write Deliverance and Inner Healing (Chosen Books, revised edition 2008) and Healing the Earth ... a time for change (BT Johnson Publishing, 2013). He ministers to individuals and couples in all areas of inner healing and deliverance and teaches at Elijah House schools and seminars. Mark and his wife, Maureen, have three children and live in Post Falls, Idaho.

R. Loren Sandford is the eldest son of John and Paula Sandford, widely recognized as pioneers in the charismatic renewal, prophetic ministry and inner healing. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, Loren has been in ministry full time since 1976 and is the founding pastor of New Song Church and Ministries in Denver, Colorado. As well as traveling internationally as a conference and seminar speaker, he is the author of numerous books, including: Burnout: Renewal in the Wilderness (1998), Purifying the Prophetic: Breaking Free from the Spirit of Self-fulfillment (Chosen, 2005), Understanding Prophetic People: Blessings and Problems with the Prophetic Gift (Chosen, 2007), The Prophetic Church: Wielding the Power to Change the World (Chosen, 2009), Renewal for the Wounded Warrior: A Burnout Survival Guide for Believers (Chosen, 2010), Visions of the Coming Days: What to Look for and How to Prepare (Chosen, 2012), and Yes, There’s More: A Return to Childlike Faith and a Deeper Experience of God (Charisma House, 2015). Married since 1972, he and Beth have two daughters and one son who have collectively given them nine grandchildren. Loren is also a member of the Osage Nation, a Native American heritage he deeply treasures. rlorensandford.com Twitter: @pastorrls

Eric Scalise, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, is the Vice President for Professional Development at the American Association of Christian Counselors and the former Dept. Chair for Counseling Programs at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with more than 30 years of clinical and ministry experience. Author, speaker, and consultant, he works extensively with pastors and ministry leaders around the world.

Dean Schendel is a math teacher and former coach at Rice Consolidated High School in Altair, Texas. He has the privilege of being a part of the ministries of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and AWANA. He is the author of Oneness: A Call to Honor God in the Marriage Relationship (Westbow, 2015). Facebook Twitter: @DeanSchendel. DeanSchendel.com

Andrew J. Schmutzer, Ph.D., is a Professor of Biblical Studies at Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL). He regularly writes and speaks about sexual abuse from a theological perspective, to help equip churches to care for the abused in their midst. Andrew is the editor of the collaborative book, The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused (Wipf & Stock, 2011), a contributor to numerous books including Finding Our Way Through the Traffick: Exploring the Complexities of a Christian Response to Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking (Regnum Books, 2017), The Moody Handbook of Preaching (Moody, 2008), Naming Our Abuse: God's Pathways to Healing for Male Sexual Abuse Survivors (Kregel, 2016), Between Pain and Grace: A Biblical Theology of Suffering (Moody, 2016), and Genesis: See Our Story Begin (NLT Study Series). He is one of the editors of The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul (Moody, 2013), and author of Be Fruitful and Multiply: A Crux of Thematic Repetition in Genesis 1-11 (Wipf & Stock, 2009). He can be reached at aschmutz@moody.edu.

Alan James Schrader, D.B.S., M.A., B.Th, is the President of IFCA Bible College and Senior Pastor at Christian Assembly in the Cleveland, Ohio area. He and his wife, Mary Jane Schrader, have four children and have been married since 1991. Dr. Alan & Mary have partnered together to pioneer a new church, a new not-for-profit business, a new Bible College, and have written musicals and over 30 songs. They both carry a passion to see people become followers of Jesus Christ, and become fruitful in the gifts God has given them. Facebook

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