Conference Speakers

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Dr. John Abbosey

Dr. John Abbosey has a career background in ICT Management and is a Researcher in Conflict Resolution. He has been teaching biblical peacemaking for several years. Part of his responsibilities include serving as the Proprietor of Gallant Stars Academy, a member of the Directors of Family Impact Ghana, and the Board Chair of Haggai Leaders Ghana. He has edited fourteen books and authored or co-authored eight books. He also has a calling and passion for Bible exposition and marriage relationship enrichment. He serves as an associate pastor of his local church in Accra.

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Anne Bachle Fifer

Anne is an attorney, arbitrator, mediator and mediation trainer. She sensed God’s calling to biblical peacemaking while in law school over three decades ago, and has been involved ever since. Active with Peacemaker Ministries for many years, she now serves on its board. A Certified Christian Conciliator™ and Certification coach, she has been involved as a mediator or arbitrator in hundreds of cases, both Christian and secular. She has taught biblical peacemaking in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Asia and Africa, and has led over a dozen mediation trainings for the Institute for Christian Conciliation. Anne and her husband Mark are members of Berean Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Oletha Barnett

Oletha is a gifted conflict coach, mediator, and arbitrator.  Her legal experience includes trial attorney for a federal government agency in Washington, DC, and Texas state government agency in Dallas, TX where she oversaw regional legal operations (attorneys, hearings, and civil rights). She’s currently writing a book on racial reconcilitation which takes into account the race issues we’re seeing in the US today. Oletha directs the conflict resolution ministry at her church and is commissioned by the Elder Board of her church.  She received the leader of the year award from the senior pastor for her conflict resolution work.   Her work includes training (conflict resolution,  racial reconciliation, sexual harassment) and civil rights investigations.   
Oletha serves on the Board of Peacemaker Ministries and is a Certified Christian Conciliator™, Certified Management Specialist, Certified in Christian Prevention Relationship Enhancement and Certified Human Behavior Consultant. She holds a BS in Mathematics,  Juris Doctor, and Master of Arts in Christian Education from Dallas Seminary.

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Tara Barthel

Tara Barthel has served as a professional Christian mediator for over twenty years. She also maintains her license to practice law in the state of Illinois, with her work focused in the area of high net worth (charitable) estate planning. Tara formerly led the Institute for Christian Conciliation during its tenure under Ken Sande, and she continues to accept Christian conciliation cases and speaking engagements as her schedule so allows.
Tara is the author of the peacemaking women’s video series Living the Gospel in Relationships and the ASL-translated women’s video series Becoming Who You Already Are, the co-author of the books Peacemaking Women and Redeeming Church Conflicts, and a contributing author to the PCA women’s blog enCourage.
Tara earned her law degree and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and her B.A. in psychology from Augustana College (Illinois). Currently enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary and pursuing her Master’s degree in Religion, Tara delights in serving her family as a homemaker and her community as a Rhetoric teacher. To learn more about Tara, please visit her website at: or friend her on FaceBook.

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Bruce Burgess

Bruce Burgess is the National Director of PeaceWise and is Australia’s first Certified Christian Conciliator™. He holds degrees in Arts, Law, Christian Studies and Theology. Bruce’s peacemaking work has led him to become involved in teaching and working with schools, workplace disputes, church and para-church based conflict and victim-offender cases. He has also served as a consultant and trainer for the Baptist Union of NSW and ACT and the interdenominational ministry organisation Christian Growth Ministries, and is a visiting lecturer for Morling College in the area of Christians and conflict. Bruce attends St Matthews Anglican Church, West Pymble.


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