Conference Speakers

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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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Tara Barthel

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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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Paul Cornwell

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.

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Rob Cripps

Since 2000, Rob Cripps has been in full-time pastoral ministry as a Youth Pastor, Church Planter and Lead Pastor of a multi-site congregation. Rob successfully led The Summit Church and Westmount Park Church through a merger, which is now Capstone Community Bible Church where he has served since 2008. Rob has a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies from Briercrest Bible College, a Masters of Theology from McMaster Divinity College, and is currently working on his Doctorate of Practical Theology at McMaster Divinity College, with an emphasis on ecclesial reconciliation. Rob is a sought after speaker and has spoken at a wide variety of seminars and conferences. After experiencing a church split early in ministry, Rob became passionate about reconciliation ministry. Rob is a Certified Christian Conciliator™ through the Institute for Christian Conciliation.™ In 2018, Rob co-founded Pathway Conciliation (pathwayconciliation.com) and is now ministering to families, churches and organizations through his conciliation ministry.

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Judy Dabler

Judy Dabler works nationally and internationally as a Christian conciliator, trainer, educator, conference speaker, counselor, and consultant. Drawing on twenty-five years of leadership experience in two other counseling and conciliation organizations, Judy founded Creative Conciliation® (www.CreativeConciliation.org) on January 1, 2015 to advance the field of Christian conciliation through education, training, and Gospel-centered reconciliation services. Judy holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary, has completed 42 hours of doctoral-level courses in education at Trinity International University, and has more than fifteen years of experience teaching graduate level counseling and conciliation courses at several seminaries. She has coauthored Peacemaking Women: Biblical Hope for Resolving Conflict (Baker Book House, 2005) and contributed a chapter called “Biblical Counseling, the Church, and Conflict Resolution” in Biblical Counseling and the Church: God's Care Through God's People (Zondervan, 2015). Judy is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri and a Certified Christian Conciliator™ with the Institute for Christian Conciliation™. Judy and Jim, her husband of 40 years, have recently opened their retreat center with a guest home available for hurting individuals and couples to receive intensive conciliation services in the beautiful Ozark highlands of Missouri.

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KC Dierenfield

KC Dierenfield is qualified, certified and professionally equipped to mediate conflicts, counsel biblically, conflict coach, and teach biblical principles in relationships and conflict reconciliation. Over the last 25 years, she has passionately mediated family and marriages for the purpose of reconciliation, as a result of the Lord healing and reconciling her dying marriage in 1985. The healing of her marriage led her to Peacemaker Ministries in 1995 to become a Certified Christian Conciliator™ through the Institute for Christian Conciliation. KC is also a bible study teacher, public speaker for women’s events, and is certified as a Relational Wisdom 360 Instructor. She has 35 years of experience in biblical counseling and is certified as a biblical counselor through Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Because of her passion for peacemaking and reconciling relationships, she served as a Board Member, Case/Office Administrator, and mediator for Conciliation Ministries of Colorado. All this led her and husband Ron to co-found PeaceBuilders in their home church of 30 years. God eventually led them both to full-time ministry in 2011 and became co-founders of Reigning Peace Ministries, a non-profit 501c3 in biblical counseling and reconciliation, where she currently serves as a mediator, counselor and President. KC and Ron will be married 48 years in August, reside in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and have three Coloradoan sons and six grandchildren…counting it all to the glory and grace of God!

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Cliff Ellis

Cliff Ellis is the founder of Sound Conciliation in Seattle, Washington, which provides education, training, coaching and mediation services to couples, families, churches, and organizations. Cliff received his B.A. in English Education from Dana College in 2004. After teaching at a public high school for four years, Cliff pursued an opportunity in full-time ministry, which has allowed him to cultivate his passion for equipping and shepherding people. Cliff recently completed a M.A. in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. Cliff is also a Certified Christian Conciliator, and has worked in the field of conciliation services since 2015. Cliff and his wife, Mackenzie, who are high school sweethearts, have three kids who they adopted through foster care. As a family, they enjoy reading good books, growing delicious food, and exploring new places.

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Gary Friesen

Gary Friesen has served as General Counsel/Assistant Corporate Secretary for The Christian and Missionary Alliance since 2014 and most recently as Vice President/General Counsel. Formerly he served in various roles at Peacemaker Ministries, including Acting CEO, Executive Vice President, and Conciliation Director. He graduated from George Fox University and Willamette University College of Law, after which he practiced law in Oregon for eight years and led the church-based reconciliation ministry at Salem Alliance Church. Gary recently completed his PhD studies. Gary loves to teach, and has taught and consulted with Christian leaders across the globe. Primarily, he is passionate about seeing people everywhere experience the redemptive power of the gospel in their relationships, beginning with himself, his wife, and their four children.

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Rev. Warren Geraghty

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.

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Rev. Marty Hasz

Rev. Marty Hasz holds a Master of Arts in mental health counseling from Southeast Missouri State University. He is a National Board-Certified Counselor and works part-time at Great Oak Counseling specializing in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and individuals as he works to complete post-grad hours. Rev. Hasz served as a Director of Christian Education in the Indiana District before ministering as a Pastor in Missouri. He is a Christian Reconciler through Ambassadors of Reconciliation and has been teaching, coaching, and leading LCMS church workers and congregations through reconciliation and conflict management since 2015. Since January 2020, Rev. Hasz has been serving as the Assistant to the President for Church Worker & Congregational Health in the Missouri District.

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Rev. Phil Heiser

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.

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Rev. Ed Keinath

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.

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Sue Knowles

Susan Knowles has served in a variety of teaching, administration, and reconciliation roles in churches, Christian day schools, and in the military community for over 25 years. In addition to serving individuals, families, schools, homeschools, and churches as a Christian Reconciler and presenter, she also currently serves as an instructor in subjects such as Latin and Historical Literature in a Christian weekday educational program for students in grades K-12. Over the past 10 years Susan has developed peacemaking toolkit resources for families to support scripture-rich, gospel-filled conversations that center around the peace of Christ ruling in our hearts (Col. 3:15) and the impact of God’s Word dwelling deeply in our hearts (Col. 3:16). Using simple language alongside visual cues for scriptural concepts, these hands-on tools dovetail with adult peacemaking materials so that even young children can participate. Susan has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Concordia College, Bronxville, NY (1992) and a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, Ontario (2019). She and her husband, Alex, have four children ages 24, 21, 16, and 9.

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Ted Kober

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.

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Kim Lufkin

Kim Lufkin has been a Certified Christian Conciliator for over 10 years with a passion for helping marriages and families. She was part of the team that helped start the Reconciliation Center at her church, created to assist the elders in cases involving disputes in the church. Kim is a teacher by trade, learning Spanish, in order to raise up and equip Peacemaking leaders in the Spanish Ministry within her church and perhaps beyond.

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Paul Lufkin

Paul and Kim Lufkin are members of the Hills church of Christ in North Richland Hills, Texas. They have recently helped form the Reconciliation Center at the Hills, a team created to assist the elders in cases involving disputes in the church. Paul has been licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Oklahoma, is currently partners in a niche financial services company, and spends his spare time writing about Jesus, his approach to conflict resolution, and coaching others in conflict. Kim is a public school science teacher at Southlake Carroll and has been a Certified Christian Conciliator through ICC Peace for over 10 years. Paul and Kim are both currently learning Spanish and are interested in cross-cultural biblical peacemaking. Paul and Kim are interested in both the practical and scriptural dimensions of Peacemaking and they enjoy teaching courses related to Jesus, Prayer, Evangelism, Marriage and Family, and Biblical Conflict Resolution. Paul and Kim have five children.

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Kristen Maloney

Kristen Maloney is a mediator and attorney based in Oakland, California. She has successfully mediated a wide range of legal disputes since beginning her practice in 1998. In addition to managing her private practice, Kristen serves on the mediation panel for the U.S. District Court’s ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) program in San Francisco. In addition, Kristen is a Certified Christian Conciliator with the Institute for Christian Conciliation. As a Christian conciliator, she helps churches, individuals, families, schools, and Christian organizations apply biblical principles to resolving conflict and reconciling relationships. She teaches peacemaking principles in seminars and workshops throughout the United States. Kristen also trains others to serve as coaches and mediators using a biblical peacemaking model.

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Rev. Dr. Richard Marrs

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.

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Dr. Celestin Musekura

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Scott Owen

Scott grew up as a chronic conflict dodger. His fear of people drove his people-pleasing patterns deep into his daily routines. Therefore, it is no surprise that he brought baggage into his marriage, parenting and ministry. His penchant for helping (read pleasing) people motivated him to pursue Biblical Counseling training. The Bible was applied in such a fashion that transformed his life, marriage, parenting and ministry. He traded people-pleasing for people loving.

He has been certified by the Association for Certified Biblical Counselors for over 20 years. He is also certified with the Institute for Christian Conciliation and has been trained to lead churches to be intentional disciple making churches.

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Allison Pickering

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.

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Bill Ratliff

Bill Ratliff’s law practice was primarily in the area of commercial litigation and insurance defense for 20 plus years. He now focuses exclusively on alternative dispute resolution, both as a mediator and an arbitrator. Bill was one of the first attorneys in the state of Alabama to be approved for appellate mediation appointments. Bill is a certified mediator and arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, and he is on the roster for the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution.

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Dwight Schettler

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.

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David Schlachter

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.

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Barbara Simpson

Barbara Simpson has been a certified Christian Concilliator for almost 20 years. Currently she lives with her husband and son and daughter-in-law and four grandsons. There’s plenty of conflict resolution to work on! She now leads a group of seniors who do group dramatic readings (readers theater), and helps Mike, her husband, in family conflict resolution. In 1973 she graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Secondary Education (English and Theater).

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Daniel Teater

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Patrick Van Hoecke

Patrick lives in Shawnee, KS and is the co-founder of Christian Life Outfitters, the parent organization of Peace of Christ Biblical Counseling and Conciliation. He brings over 27 years of ministry experience working with individuals, youth, and families. Patrick earned a B.A. in Psychology, Sociology, and a special degree in Crime and Delinquency Studies from the University of Kansas. He also holds a Masters of Biblical Counseling from Trinity Seminary and Bible College. In addition to his involvement with Peace of Christ Biblical Counseling and Conciliation, Patrick is a licensed minister and serves part-time on the counseling staff of Mill Creek Community Church, his home church. He is a Certified Christian ConciliatorTM through the Institute of Christian Conciliation. Additionally, he is a Kansas Supreme Court approved Core Mediator. Patrick and his wife, Valerie, have 5 sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law and have been blessed to be married for over 32 years.

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Rev. Dr. Bruce Zagel

Rev. Dr. Bruce Zagel served as Director of Reconciliation Ministry, for the Lutheran Church of Australia until retiring and returning to America in December 2014. He was a Lutheran pastor in America for 19 years before helping start Ambassadors of Reconciliation, where he was Director of Reconciliation Ministries for six years. In 2010 Bruce and his wife, Kathy, moved to Australia to serve as Reconciliation Pastor in Hamilton, Victoria before entering his role as Director of Reconciliation Ministry. Bruce was a counselor in juvenile court prior to seminary. Bruce has been a reconciliation trainer and service provider on five continents. He and Kathy have two sons and two grandchildren.

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Chip Zimmer

Chip Zimmer is the Vice President of RW360. He began his international work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal during the 1970s. After graduating from law school, he spent six years as the Executive Director of the Christian Conciliation Service of Puget Sound in Seattle, then joined the U.S. State Department in 1990 and served in diplomatic posts in Africa and Latin America. In 2001 he joined Peacemaker Ministries, eventually becoming Vice President of Global Ministries. Chip came to RW360 in 2015, where he continues to use his broad relational and cross-cultural experience to serve the global Christian community, receiving outstanding praise for his teaching. He also continues in his role as an Adjunct Professor in the Peace Studies doctoral program at the International Graduate School of Leadership in Manila, Philippines, a program he helped establish in 2007.

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