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President

Dwight Schettler

Dwight Schettler serves as President of Ambassadors of Reconciliation and the Institute for Christian Conciliation. 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’ new 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.

Administrative Assistant / Office Administrator

Maddy Elliott

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Maddy Elliott serves as Administrative Assistant at Ambassadors of Reconciliation in Billings, MT. She is a recent graduate of the Pastoral Leadership program at The Belonging Co College in Nashville, TN. Eager to serve the local and global Church, Maddy came to Billings with fresh eyes and fire for God. She has been involved in different aspects of church ministry for over ten years from decorating the building to leading services. Through previous secular jobs and her Associate of Arts studies in Sociology, Maddy has learned much about evangelizing and presenting the gospel to the lost while building lasting relationships and stewarding great environments for professional teamwork. Maddy enjoys spending time with friends and drinking coffee in her free time!

Case Administrator

Annette Friesen

Annette Friesen now serves as Case Manager for the Institute of Christian Conciliation, a division of Ambassadors of Reconciliation. Annette is always shopping (well not really) but as a busy grandma of 15 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, Montana with her husband Rick, celebrating their 45 years of marriage. She and Rick treasure their 15 grandchildren and continue to serve where God places them.

Reconciler Community Coordinator

Kerri Goss

Kerri Goss serves as Reconciler Community Coordinator at Ambassadors of Reconciliation in Billings, MT.  She is a graduate of Simpson College and also attended Western Seminary. She worked in human resources and event planning before serving as the Training and Events Manager for Peacemaker Ministries.  Most recently Kerri was a stay-at-home mom which she realized was the hardest job she has ever had.  In this role Kerri had found reconciliation among young children to be an almost-hourly occurrence and has mediated and arbitrated many cases including the great “who has the rights to the song choice in the car” debate of 2019. She is recovering from older brother syndrome and is learning everyday of her desperate need of God’s grace. Though Kerri does not have hobbies she was once described as having the spiritual gift of “hanging out.” Along with her husband of a decade, Andrew, they spend their time serving in their local church, managing events with all of their immediate family in town and discipling/cleaning-up after their three children.

Director, CrossLife Ministries

Rev. Ed Keinath

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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.

Director of Training

John Long

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John Long will be joining the staff of Ambassadors of Reconciliation as the Director of Training. His start date is September 1, 2024.
John is transitioning well from his position as Lead Pastor at Grace Harbor in Sitka, Alaska. Grace Harbor serves the Christian Community in Southeast Alaska.
John has extensive experience helping people navigate conflicted situations. He worked for nearly 25 years for the State Government in the arena of Salmon Harvest Management on the West Coast. John also worked for an Association of nearly 250 churches in the Pacific Northwest as the Director of Church Development where he served as a conflict coach and lead church crisis intervention cases. John also taught conflict transformation, peacemaking, relational wisdom, and reconciliation principles at Convergence in Portland, OR.

Senior Ambassador Emeritus

Dr. Ted Kober

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Now retired from full-time ministry, Ted Kober still serves as Senior Ambassador Emeritus for Ambassadors of Reconciliation (AoR). Contact our office to explore how Ted may still be able to serve you! 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), Conflict Resolution vs. Reconciliation (AoR, 2017), and Built on the Rock: The Healthy Congregation (CPH, 2017). He teaches in church-worker conferences, schools, universities, and seminaries throughout the world, and he has served as an adjunct instructor for Peacemaker Ministries (US) and PeaceWise (Australia). He has equipped church body leaders from more than 40 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. In 2021, Concordia Seminary awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters for his writing and teaching around the world. 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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