Tonya Cook is the Refugee Resettlement and Placement Manager for World Relief Minnesota. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College.
Kayla Dotson is an Americorp VISTA with World Relief Minnesota. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.
David Fenrick, Ph.D
David Fenrick is the Director of the Center for Global Reconciliation and Cultural Education, and Adjunct Professor of Intercultural Studies at Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN. He previously served as Study Abroad Program Coordinator and Adjunct Professor with the Center for Global Education, and Faculty Liaison in the Office of International Programs at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He has a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary, a M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary, a M.A. from Luther Seminary in Christian History, and a B.A. from Gordon College in Business Administration and Biblical Studies. Prior to serving at Augsburg College, he was an adjunct professor of Christian Mission at Asbury Theological Seminary. In addition, Dr. Fenrick lived and studied in Zimbabwe, Palestine and Israel, and has led numerous educational travel seminars around the world. He also served as a United Methodist minister in Virginia, receiving Excellence in Ministry Awards from both the Commission on Race and Religion, and the Board of Global Ministry. He has 20 years experience in hospitality management and consulting with nationally recognized/awarded hotels and restaurants.
Patricia Fenrick teaches Urban Economics, Entrepreneurship and Community Development for the Urban Cross-Cultural Consortium of Colleges (U4C) in Minneapolis. She also serves as the Faculty Internship Coordinator for U4C. Patricia is the Twin Cities Coordinator for the Ignatian Spirituality Project that offers spiritual retreats to individuals who have experienced homelessness and are in recovery. She is a member of the Advisory Board for her Neighborhood Association in Minneapolis and works in community development for the City of Eden Prairie, leading initiatives to combat poverty. Patricia was the Executive Director of World Relief Minnesota for five years, providing support services for refugees and immigrants in partnership with local churches. She has a Master's degree in Missions and Evangelism from Asbury Theological Seminary, a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University, and a mini-MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Prior to directing World Relief MN, Patricia served at Augsburg College as the Assistant Director of the Exploring Our Gifts Lilly Grant, and as the Director of Kids Against Hunger - Feeding Children International, an international humanitarian aid organization. In addition, she was the Director of the Love to Life Outreach at Hudson Community Church and served on the Board of the Christian Community Development Association in Waterloo, Iowa. She also worked for four years with youth and children in summer reconciliation programs in Northern Ireland with New Hope International.
Emily Greving is a Refugee Case Manager with World Relief Minnesota. She is a graduate of Iowa State University.
Rev. Jin Kim
Jin is the founding pastor of Church of All Nations, chartered as a Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation in 2004. He was born in Korea in 1968, came to the US with his family in 1975, and grew up in Columbia, SC and Atlanta, GA in a multiethnic environment. He holds degrees from Georgia Tech, 1990, Princeton Seminary, 1993, and a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Seminary, 2005. He is currently chair of the Advisory Board of Cross Cultural Alliance of Ministries, serves on the boards of Re-Forming Ministry (PCUSA/Lilly) and Greater MN Association of Evangelicals, and was formerly president of Presbyterians For Renewal. He was a preacher at the 216th General Assembly, and has spoken at numerous conferences, colleges, seminaries, presbyteries and churches, both in the US and abroad. Jin has a passion for multicultural ministry and a vision for the visible unity of the global church.
Patty Lane is director of the Office of Intercultural Initiatives for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, based in Dallas. Experienced in working with more than 20 different language and culture groups, she regularly conducts seminars and workshops across the U.S. to help churches minister in multicultural settings. She has been a major speaker at many national conferences. Patty is the author of the standard college text A Beginner's Guide to Crossing Cultures, available through InterVarsity Press.
Rev. Dr. John A. Mayer serves as the President of the non-profit Christian ministry, City Vision headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. John graduated from Hennepin Technical College with a diploma in Banking; an A.A. degree (Phi Theta Kappa Honors) from Normandale College; a B.A. degree (Magna Cum Laude Honors) from the University of Minnesota in History; a M.A.T.S. degree from Bethel Seminary in Missions/Evangelism and Historical Studies; and a D. Min. degree from Bethel University in Organizational Systems.
Sherry Mohamed is an Employment Counselor with World Relief Minnesota. She is from Somalia and has a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Muhamed Muhamed is a Refugee Case Manager and the Somali Community Liaison with World Relief Minnesota. He is from Somalia and a graduate of Somalia National University.
Mike Neterer is the Director of Somali Adult Literacy Training (SALT) for World Relief Minnesota. He has a Master of Arts in Leadership from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN.
Rev. Tom Parrish
Tom Parrish is a Lutheran pastor serving three congregations over 22 years. He served for a decade as the President of the Great Commission Network, an evangelical organization with the ELCA. He has been active among renewal circles of the mainline churches. He is the director of Stepping Into Eternity Publishing & Ministry in St. Paul, MN. Tom is the author of Stepping Into Eternity-Encountering Jesus as the Moment of Death; Tabitha and the Treacherous Tiger; To the Point Biblical Truth Visual Primers. He has also developed and marketed several inventions for outdoorsmen.
Woubejig Shiferaw is the Volunteer Programs Coordinator with World Relief Minnesota. She has a Master of Arts in Management from the College of St. Scholastica, St. Paul, MN. She is from Ethiopia.
Rev. Efrem Smith
Efrem Smith is senior pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has also served as executive director of The Park Avenue Foundation (Minneapolis) and urban ministry director of Minnesota Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Smith is a member of the CORE seminar training team of Youth Specialties and a speaker with Kingdom Building Ministries. IVP Books by Efrem Smith: The Hip-Hop Church; Raising Up Young Heroes.
Ana Trejo an Employment Counselor and Training Developer with World Relief Minnesota. She is from El Salvador and a graduate of Colegio Guadalupano in San Salvador.
Chong Vang is the Immigration Coordinator with World Relief Minnesota. He will soon graduate from Bethel University. He is Hmong from Laos.
Oksana Voskresensky is the RCA Eligibility Coordinator with World Relief Minnesota. She is from Russia and a graduate of the Institute of Economics and Statistics in Moscow.
Rev. Roland Wells, Jr.
Roland J. Wells, Jr. has served as senior pastor of St. Paulís Evangelical Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis for 20 years, as well as having served in suburban, rural and exurban settings. He is the developer of the School of Urban Ministry and the Urban Cross-Cultural College Consortium (U4C). He has served on the boards of the Lutheran Conference of the Holy Spirit, the World Mission Prayer League, the Ethnic America Network, the Hope Community, CitySites Urban Media and the Great Commission Network. He has served as a Contextual Education supervisor for Luther Seminary for over 60 students, and has served as an adjunct professor for several colleges and graduate schools in the Twin Cities as well as the Lutheran seminary in Paute, Ecuador. He serves as a speaker on urban issues nationally.