Speakers

Pastor Timothy Carter, author of the book Executioner's Redemption, is a second career pastor, serving at Salem Lutheran Church in Tomball, Texas. He is retired from his first career after 21 years inside the State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Tim’s experiences as a prison captain over death row inmates and the capital punishment process was a dark and brutally violent journey that was ultimately redeemed by the grace of God, culminating in powerful lessons about a reason for hope.

Plenary Speaker & Workshop Instructor

Rev. Tim Carter

Dr. Musekura is an ordained minister who was born and raised in Rwanda and a naturalized American. Dr. Musekura is the President and Founder of the African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM, Inc.) which started in 1994 as a response to the genocide in his home country of Rwanda. The vision of ALARM is an Africa without violent tribal or religious conflicts. The mission of ALARM is to develop servant leaders in the African Church and community who reconcile and transform lives affected by conflict and injustice. With its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and a team of 65 African staff. ALARM operates in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda focusing in areas of servant leadership development, peacebuilding and conflict management, biblical forgiveness and reconciliation ministries. The ALARM US Office is in Dallas, Texas and exists to develop friends and partners who support the Africa staff.

Plenary Speaker & Workshop Instructor

Rev. Célestin Musekura, Ph.D.

Dwight Schettler serves as President of Ambassadors of Reconciliation. He joined the staff of Ambassadors of Reconciliation in February 2014 as Vice President for Advancement. He also served on AoR's Board of Directors. Prior to joining Ambassadors, Dwight served four years as Director of Training & Certification for Peacemaker Ministries. In this role he oversaw many facets of ministry delivery, including all foundational and advanced training courses, Peacemaker seminars, the annual Peacemaker Conference, the Certification Program, peacemaker field support, and Peacemaker University–Peacemaker Ministries’ online e-learning portal. He teaches reconciliation seminars and training events around the world. Dwight was introduced to biblical peacemaking as a party in a conflict where Ambassadors of Reconciliation led an intervention in his home church. He credits that experience as a turning point in his life. He is passionate about teaching and equipping others to be peacemakers who apply the power of the Gospel in their everyday lives. Prior to joining Peacemaker Ministries, he was with Hewlett Packard for more than 22 years, holding a variety of leadership positions, most recently being Director of Engineering in their Imaging and Printing business. Dwight and his wife Ruth have two children and two grandchildren.

Plenary Speaker & Workshop Instructor

Dwight Schettler

Kent’s quiet life as a Houston construction executive changed in 2003 when his wife and younger son were murdered, and he and his older son wounded, all shot by a masked gunman. But the nightmare for this “perfect” family deepened when his older son Bart fell under suspicion for arranging the murders. In 2007 Bart was convicted and sentenced to death. That night Kent wrestled with his faith, but chose to forgive everyone involved, long before Bart became a suspect. This forgiveness has been featured on CBS’ 48 Hours Mystery!, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and ABC’s 20/20, and many other programs, from Europe to Australia. His book, Murder by Family, is a first hand account of the shooting and how God has worked in both Kent and Bart’s lives. Within weeks the book made the New York Times’ Best Seller List for Non-Fiction, and for an extended time was ranked in the top 100 sellers on Amazon.com. All of Kent’s author royalties are donated to charity. In his speaking engagements Kent takes that loss and transforms it into a story of hope, encouragement, and bold new beginnings. The key to his healing - and the hope for healing from your losses, as well - was forgiveness. Kent’s story will encourage your faith and lift your spirit.

Plenary Speaker & Workshop Instructor

Kent Whitaker

Matthew Argue is a full-time mediator, arbitrator, mediation trainer and licensed attorney from San Diego, CA with over 25 years’ experience in ADR. He is the President of ICC Peace, LLC, responsible for Certification and Training of Certified Christian Conciliators™ and oversees all Conciliation cases for ICC Peace. In addition, he is the owner of One Mediator, Inc., specializing in real estate, construction and insurance mediations and arbitrations. He has been Certified Christian Conciliator™ since 2012. He frequently speaks on Mediation, Christian Conciliation and Peacemaking to various groups including the Christian Legal Society, American Arbitration Association and various mediation groups. He is most proud of his wife Michelle, sons Luke and Liam, and attends Emmanuel Faith Church in Escondido, CA.

Workshop Instructor

Matt Argue

Paul Cornwell has over 30 years of ministry experience, serving as a lead pastor of four congregations. He was the founding pastor of two churches and served three churches in a staff position early in his ministry. Paul founded two ministries to assist Christians and their churches to follow Christ effectively. Paul’s foundational spiritual gift of teaching has proven to be highly effective in communicating the truth of God’s Word resulting in life transformation. His spiritual guidance mix includes the gifts of leadership, faith, wisdom, encouragement, and discernment. His ministry has the purpose of creating health in the local church, something to which he has committed his life.

Workshop Instructor

Paul Cornwell

Annette Friesen serves as Administrative Assistant and Case Administrator for the Billings, MT office of Ambassadors of Reconciliation. Annette is always shopping (well not really) but as a busy grandma of 9 (& #10 on the way) combined with her earnest desire to master foodie status, she does her fair share of contributing to the grocery economy. Before joining AoR she was Chief of Staff at Oratium, an executive communication and message architect company and Case Administrator for the Institute for Christian Conciliation. Her past included dabbling in writing, speaking, teaching, mediation and of course, raising her four children to adulthood. Somewhere along the way she coordinated conferences, wrote some articles for magazines and the web, lobbied in Washington, and managed to get her Bachelors in Communication and started a Masters Degree in Biblical Conflict Resolution. Annette lives in Billings with her husband Rick, enjoying nearly 40 years of marriage. She is still toying with running her 7th marathon, trying to read too many books, and trying to figure out how to complete that century ride she attempted a few years back. She and Rick love their local church, treasure big family get-togethers, and strategize over their next remodel project on their home, affectionately referred to as a mid-century modern turned into a cabin.

Workshop Instructor

Annette Friesen

Rev. Warren Geraghty has recently retired from 35 years of ministry in the Church of the Lutheran Brethren (CLB). During that time, he has planted churches in Montana & Connecticut), served as a chaplain in an inner-city hospital and for the last ten years, has provided care, counsel and training as the Eastern Regional CLB Pastor. Warren and CJ (Cindy), his wife, have three children and eleven grandchildren.

Workshop Instructor

Rev. Warren Geraghty

Rev. Phil Heiser serves as Associate for Ministry Support in the Office of the President for The Church of the Lutheran Brethren (CLB). After a career in business and Christian lay ministry, Phil has been a Lutheran Pastor since 2006, serving four years as a CLB Regional Pastor. He is a Professional Christian Reconciler, teaching and providing coaching and meditation services. Phil and his wife Wendy have two children and live in Queen Creek, AZ.

Workshop Instructor

Rev. Phil Heiser

Rev. Ed Keinath serves as Director of CrossLife Ministries, the counseling center of Ambassadors of Reconciliation in Seymour, Indiana. With an extensive background in marriage and family counseling, Ed’s work includes counseling, parenting education seminars, and grief support groups. He provides consulting to numerous church professionals, church lay leaders, Lutheran school faculty, and their families. He has served as a reconciler for the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and presently serves on the Commission on Ministerial Health of the Indiana District. Ed's experience includes working with conflicted churches, church schools, and other related groups, and he serves as a mentor and an adjunct instructor for Peacemaker Ministries. In addition, Ed serves as a pastor for St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jonesville, Indiana. He and his wife, Janeen, have five children: Joel, Daniel, Michael, Joshua, and Rachel, and seven grandchildren.

Workshop Instructor

Rev. Ed Keinath

Ted Kober serves as Senior Ambassador for Ambassadors of Reconciliation (AoR). Since AoR’s founding, he served as President until 2015. Ted has published articles, Bible studies, devotions, and books including Confession & Forgiveness(CPH, 2002) Cultivating Lifestyles of Reconciliation (co-authored with Ken Sande; AoR, 2009), and Built on the Rock: The Healthy Congregation (CPH, 2017). He teaches in church-worker conferences, schools, universities, and seminaries throughout the world, and as an adjunct instructor for Peacemaker Ministries (US) and PeaceWise (Australia). He has equipped church body leaders from more than 35 countries. A Certified Christian Conciliator™ since 1992, Ted consults and conciliates in cases ranging from personal disputes to lawsuits and church conflicts. Prior to reconciliation work, he owned or managed more than 30 different companies, and he resolved fifty-nine legal disputes in one estate. He has served on more than 50 boards of directors, including for the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. A lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Billings, Montana, he occasionally plays organ for worship. He and wife Sonja live in Billings. They have one son and two grandchildren.

Workshop Instructor

Ted Kober

Rev. Dr. Rick Marrs is a native of Kansas and serves as an Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri teaching pastoral counseling and education. He has been Director of Continuing Education and Parish Services at Concordia and serves as the varsity tennis coach. Since coming to Concordia in 2006, Rick has introduced biblical peacemaking into several courses and has been instrumental in developing a greater awareness of the need for pastoral training in reconciliation. Rick received his M.S.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Kansas in 1985 while teaching at St. John's College, Winfield, Kansas where he served as an admissions counselor and taught psychology. He also taught psychology at Concordia University - Chicago from 1986-1998 and received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University, Chicago in 1994. While teaching at Concordia, Rick served as a psychotherapist on-campus and for several off-campus organizations. After attending Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Rick served six years as pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Junction City, Kansas. Rick and his wife Laura have two daughters and live on the Concordia Seminary campus in St. Louis.

Workshop Instructor

Rev. Dr. Richard Marrs

As a highly experienced conciliator, I have a deep passion to see the Gospel applied to conflict resulting in hearts and relationships being redeemed. I am committed to helping people learn to get to the heart of an issue and see where the truth of who God is, who they are, and experience God’s good news of redemption in our lives. The result is God’s healing and redemptive impact on individuals and the relationships surrounding them. counselor, consultant, speaker and instructor of conflict resolution skills, I work with very complex marriage, family, church and organizational conflict cases. My experience and training provide valuable insight into and experience in identifying key places that can move conflict resolution forward and achieve reconciliation. I have a background of ministry experience which includes 18 years with an international campus ministry as well as serving in a key role on three church planting teams which contributes to her ability to understand the perspective of individuals in conflict as well as the structures and priorities of organizations and churches. My conciliation work specializes in marital and family conflict, pastoral staff and leadership relationships, as well as church and organizational leadership conflict. I teach conflict resolution and relationship skills, serving several different organizations over the past 10 years as a team member on conciliation cases as well as an instructor and workshop presenter for Peacemaker Ministries. I also focus on equipping others to assist in conflict resolution and practice relational wisdom.

Workshop Instructor

Allison Pickering

David is a veteran attorney of 39 years with an extensive background serving individuals, families, businesses, and churches, providing mediation and arbitration services. He has served as a mediator and arbitrator since his certification in 1999 as a Certified Christian Conciliator™, serving as a Vice President for Peacemaker Ministries, directing The Institute for Christian Conciliation, from 2005 – 2012. He is a founder of Crossroads Resolution Group, LLC, stared in 2012, and continues to provide conciliation services on a full-time basis. He has helped develop and served as an instructor for Peacemaker Ministries’ Foundational Skill Training and Advanced Training, including the Certification Program, which equips individuals to serve as conflict coaches, mediators, and arbitrators. He is a regular presenter in training courses within the legal, church, and business community.

Workshop Instructor

David Schlachter

Daniel Teater, President of Live at Peace Ministries holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary. Daniel also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Missouri Baptist University. Daniel draws on his and previous pastoral experience in coaching ministry leaders and consulting with churches to work through organizational and relational issues to promote healthy gospel-shaped culture. Daniel has more than fifteen years of preaching and teaching experience and is passionate about serving the church by equipping and training Gospel-centered counselors, pastors, and conciliators how to apply the gospel in broken relationships. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri and has completed his certification as a Certified Christian Conciliator™ with the Institute for Christian Conciliation™.

Workshop Instructor

Daniel Teater

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