Hosts

Norm Miller, Interstate Batteries Chairman, began his career with the company in 1962, moving through the ranks of his father’s Tennessee distributorship to the leadership role in the current number one battery replacement company in North America.  In 1974, Norm became a follower of Christ which changed the way he approached business and his personal life.  Norm served as chair of the board of Overseas Council for 21 years.  Norm and his wife, Anne, have been married for 58 years, have two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandson. He is graciously hosting our event at Museum of the Bible.

David DwightDr. David Dwight, our Master of Ceremonies, was born and raised in New Jersey. He graduated in 1985 from the University of North Carolina with a BA in Economics & Political Science. During college, David came to a personal faith in Christ. He worked in banking in Charlotte, NC until leaving to attend seminary. He received his Masters of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary in 1991 and Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1995. David then served as Missions Pastor at Third Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA, traveling extensively throughout the world. In 1997, David started Hope Church, with Associate Pastor, Pete Bowell. From 75 people, Hope is now a multisite congregation of 5,000, the vision of Hope Church is to be a catalytic movement offering the gospel to as many people as possible, as creatively as necessary.

Worship

Justin TaylorJustin Taylor hails from the Carolinas by way of South Africa where he was born and raised. He attended seminary in Johannesburg while serving as Student Pastor in his local church. Following graduation, Justin became a professional recording artist and session musician, traveling the country and the world making music, until he met his future wife, Amber.  Justin also received a Master of Arts in Christian Thought from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and now serves as Worship Pastor at Carmel Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC. He and Amber have been married 13 years and have three handsome boys. Justin will be our musical guest.

Special Guests

Elizabeth SendekElizabeth Sendek is the former President of the Biblical Seminary of Colombia where she has served since 1993 as a professor, Academic Vice President/Dean (2007-2010), and President (2011 to 2021). She is passionate about theological education that combines theology, education, and context. Elizabeth has authored an introductory grammar of New Testament Greek for Spanish-speaking students, articles on the Gospel of John, commentary notes for The Justice Bible, and contributed to other publications. She will be our honored guest speaker at Museum of the Bible.

Dr. John JusuDr. John Jusu made the decision to serve Christ while pursuing medical studies in Sierra Leone. Confronted by the disconnect he saw between the seminary and the Church, he began his studies at a Bible college. He earned graduate degrees in Christian Education at African International University (AIU) in Kenya (assisted by an OC scholarship) and Trinity International University in the US. John returned to AIU to teach, later serving as a dean. In 2013, John joined OC as Africa’s Regional Director. An ordained minister, he is passionate about integrating faith, life, and learning, and is in demand as a curriculum writer and consultant. John was Supervising Editor of the African Study Bible, a popular resource for African Christians to understand the Scriptures for their context. He and his wife, Tity, have three children, and 24 children rescued from distressed situations for whom they offer full-time care in Sierra Leone.

Josué FernándezJosué Fernández Born in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, Josué Fernández has served with Overseas Council since 2007 as Regional Director for Latin America & the Caribbean. He has extensive pastoral experience in churches in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Queens, New York. While serving as a pastor, his passion for young people led him to develop a rehab program for young drug addicts, create feeding programs for street children, and establish discipleship and young leaders training programs. Josué and his wife, Liliana, live in Cordoba, Argentina, and have five adult children.

Abraham NajjarAbraham Najjar Abraham Najjar was born in Egypt to a Christian family. Over the course of his ministry, he has served the church as a lay leader and ordained Presbyterian minister. After completing a Ph.D. in the Old Testament, Abraham served in various faculty and administrator roles at Cairo Seminary, including Professor of Old Testament and Academic Dean. In 2013, Abraham joined the Overseas Council ministry as Regional Director of the Middle East and North Africa. In this role, he walks closely with churches and seminaries in one of the most challenging regions in the world for Evangelicals. One of Abraham’s most strategic projects over the last five years is to guide an Overseas Council’s partnership with the Algerian Church, assisting them to start the only Algerian-owned ministry training program in the country, the Christian Institute of Algeria. This is the first training school of its kind in Algeria since the days of St. Augustine in the fourth century.

Taras DyatlikTaras Dyatlik Born into an Evangelical family in Ukraine during the Soviet period, Taras Dyatlik helped his father with an underground Christian publishing ministry as a child. Today, Taras has more than 20 years of experience in teaching theology and the bible to include leading the Overseas Council ministry in Eastern Europe and Central Asia since 2011. Taras is passionate about mission-minded theological education, which drove him to co-lead a groundbreaking peacemaking project in Eastern Ukraine. Taras and his wife, Natasha, live in Rivne, Ukraine and have two married children.

Felipe SantofimioFelipe Santofimio has served as a local church pastor in Medellin, Colombia since 2004. In 2008, he graduated from The Biblical Seminary of Colombia. Felipe and his wife, Darline (also a graduate from The Biblical Seminary of Colombia) have been involved in pastoral ministry for 12 years, the last seven of which have been in the roles of Senior Pastors.

Dr. Scott CunninghamDr. Scott Cunningham was raised in a Christian home and attended churches where the Gospel was proclaimed and the Bible was taught. After being influenced by the ministry of Young Life in high school, Scott attended Texas Christian University and sensed God’s leading into youth ministry. He then began a master’s program at Dallas Theological Seminary, after which he intended to go into youth work.  But during seminary God showed him a different mission field, and he discovered a gift for teaching. This led to his life-long passion of training Christian leaders for the Majority World. After graduating from DTS, Scott and his wife Beth became missionaries with SIM to Nigeria where they served for 26 years. During his time in Africa, Scott earned his doctorate and also began consulting with more than 150 seminaries around the continent. Scott and Beth were led to the ministry of Overseas Council in 2007.  He now serves as the Executive Director, overseeing the OC team of international Regional Directors.

Dr. John BernardDr. John Bernard has been president of United World Mission since 2001. Prior to serving in organizational leadership, John and his wife, Melinda, were missionaries in Spain, involved in church planting and leadership training. He has also served as a local church pastor in New Hampshire. In 1987, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and was ordained. Following his return from Spain, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Colombia International University. He currently serves as elder-at-large for Medway Village Church in Massachusetts, and as an elder at Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. In June 2020, John and Melinda celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.