Presenters

by Colton Floris

Presenters

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr. Craig Keener

The author of 25 books, Craig Keener has been a professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Ky., since 2011. With a PhD from Duke University, Craig has also taught at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University and Hood Theological Seminary.

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Five of Craig’s titles have won book awards in Christianity Today, and more than one million copies of his books are in circulation. The most popular is his IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament (1993), now in its 2nd revised edition (2014), which has sold more than half a million copies in multiple languages, including fifty thousand in Korean. The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, for which he co-edited and co-authored the study notes, won Bible of the Year in the 2017 Christian Book Awards and Book of the Year in the International Book Awards “Religion: Christianity category.”

His most recent books are Galatians, New Cambridge Bible Commentary (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018); Spirit Hermeneutics (Eerdmans, 2016); and The Mind of the Spirit: Paul’s Approach to Transformed Thinking (Baker Academic, 2016).

Craig has written more than 70 academic and 170 popular articles for journals including Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Christianity Today, and Christian History. He is the co-editor of the New Covenant Commentary Series and of Global Voices: Reading the Bible in the Majority World, consulting editor for the Africa Study Bible, New Testament editor for The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Zondervan, 2016), and editor of The Bulletin for Biblical Research (2015–2019). He recently served as program chair for the Institute for Biblical Research (2010–12).

Craig is married to Médine Moussounga Keener, who holds a Ph.D. from University of Paris 7. She was a refugee for 18 months in DR Congo; they have written their story in Impossible Love, Chosen Books, 2016. Together, Craig and Médine work for ethnic reconciliation in the U.S. and Africa. Ordained in an African-American denomination in 1991, Craig was one of the associate ministers in an African-American megachurch in Philadelphia for a decade before moving to Wilmore. He has taught in many denominations across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

View Dr. Keener’s personal website at www.craigkeener.com.
Stream videos of Dr. Craig Keener asburyseminary.edu/academics/faculty/spotlight/keener-videos/

PLENARY SPEAKER

Ingrid Reichard

is currently CCMBC’s National Faith and Life director, based out of Waterloo, Ont. Ingrid’s studies at Heritage Seminary and at McMaster Divinity College centred on biblical studies with a focus on the Old Testament. Ingrid has a DMin in spiritual formation from Tyndale Seminary, where she also trained as a spiritual director in the evangelical tradition. Ingrid has served the MB family in pastoral roles, as chair of the Ontario Board of Faith and Life, and on the Ontario and national Executive Boards. She is currently the chair of the National Faith & Life Team and also serves on the MB Seminary board. Ingrid and Scott have been married 30 years and have 2 adult sons who serve alongside them at Glencairn MB Church in Kitchener.

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Gil Dueck

serves as academic dean at Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford, B.C. He served for 12 years as instructor in theology at Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., and for one year, as program director with MCC Saskatchewan. His PhD work focuses on faith development among emerging adults and the need to root that task in a theology of transformation. He lives in Abbotsford with his wife Shelley and their three daughters, where they are part of Highland Community Church.

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Tim Geddert

grew up at Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., from which he graduated before earning degrees at University of Saskatchewan; MB Biblical Seminary, Fresno; and Aberdeen, Scotland. With a PhD in New Testament, in addition to preaching across the U.S., Canada, Germany, and Switzerland, Tim has taught New Testament studies in Fresno at MB Biblical Seminary, and now, Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, for nearly 33 years. He has published a dozen books (four in German) on ethics, mission, Mark (Believers Church Bible Commentary), Luke (Luminaire Series), and how Christians read the Old Testament. Tim and Gertrud enjoy their multi-lingual, multi-cultural family of seven children (aged 7–40), two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.

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Mark Wessner

is the president and associate professor of biblical studies for leadership at MB Seminary in Langley, B.C. Prior to pastoring at Westwood Church in Prince George, B.C., he was a regional manager of land development for the B.C. government. He holds a PhD in biblical Hebrew narratology from University of Pretoria, South Africa. Mark has taught at public, private, and Christian universities (both in the classroom and online), and served as a chaplain in hospital, prison, and university athletics contexts. Mark and Jennifer are members of Central Heights Church in Abbotsford, and have 2 teenaged daughters.

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Kristal Toews

is the pastor of women’s ministry at Northview Community Church. She loves teaching the Bible and fanning into flame the teaching and leadership gifts of others. Kristal is married to Bob, and they have three children aged 19, 21 and 23.

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Pierre Gilbert

is originally from Quebec City. He earned a bachelor of religious education and an MA in Old Testament from Providence College and Seminary, followed by a PhD in Old Testament from Université de Montréal. Pierre pastored an English-speaking church in Waterloo, Que. (1984–86) and taught at École Théologique Évangélique de Montréal (1986–96) and MB Biblical Seminary, Fresno, Cal. (1996–99). He presently teaches Old Testament and biblical theology at Canadian Mennonite University and MB Seminary, where he serves as the seminary’s associate dean. The author of Demons, Lies, & Shadows, Pierre is working on a book about Genesis 1–3’s response to the reality of evil. Pierre and his wife Monika have three grown children. They attend Fort Garry MB Church, Winnipeg.

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Doug Heidebrecht

(PhD, University of Wales) serves with Multiply in Asia and with MB Seminary as director of global training and associate professor of mission and theology. Doug and his wife Sherry are involved in training leaders within emerging ICOMB conferences. He is also a member of the MB conference’s National Faith and Life Team in Canada. For many years, Doug has taught biblical interpretation within the classroom, in local churches, and for the conference. His book, Women in Ministry Leadership: The Journey of the Mennonite Brethren, 1954–2010, which explores the Mennonite Brethren practice of community hermeneutics, will be published in spring 2019. Doug and Sherry have two married children and six grandchildren.