Youth Ministries for Peace & Justice
Years after “escaping” her hometown in a South Bronx housing project, Alexie Torres-Fleming returned to her neighbourhood and founded Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice. Using education and community development, YMPJ has helped young people discover that they can play an active role in shaping and improving their own neighborhoods.
|CLAUDE & KELLEY NIKONDEHA
Claude and Kelley Nikondeha are co-founders of Amahoro Africa, a network of emerging African leaders who are passionate about seeing the Gospel of Jesus bring transformation to communities across their continent. Claude and Kelley are based in Burundi with their two children, Emma and Justin.
Formerly a director of a Christian aid agency in India, CB provides unique insight into poverty and marginalisation. Currently a fieldworker with TEAR Australia, teacher and theologian, he is sure to provide fresh and challenging insights to our understanding of the Bible and social action.
Mick, a convert out of the hippie drug counter culture has pastored churches in Dunedin, Manila, Melbourne and Auckland. With his family, he lived in the slums of Manila, engaged in church planting, mercy ministries, community development and justice making. He has degrees in sociology and theology and has authored several books including Wild Ones (2006). He travels and speaks extensively in Australia and New Zealand inviting people to be there for those who sit and stand alone.
Ray Minniecon is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi people of South-East Queensland. He belongs to the Douwaburra tribe. Ray is also a descendant of the South Sea Islander people with connections to the people of Ambrym Island. Ray has helped to establish Aboriginal churches and develop the Aboriginal leadership for churches in Sydney and Perth. He worked for World Vision Australia’s Indigenous programmes for 12 years and was its national Director for six of those years and was Editor-in-Chief of the National Indigenous Leadership Journal. Ray is the father of three children and two grandchildren. He loves writing songs and music, sport, public speaking and travel.
Jon has been a part of UNOH, an incarnational order serving the poor, since 1997. He believes that small groups committed to Jesus can change the world, through radical acts of hospitality and loves dreaming with others about ways they can connect with their communities in strategic and prophetic ways. Jon has ministered amongst refugees, asylum seekers, prisoners, people who are homeless, the dying and is waiting for a nudist to complete Matt 25. He currently lives with his wife Lisa in one of Australia’s largest public housing estates in Western Sydney, ministering to the urban poor of Mt Druitt along with their three girls, Kshama, Kiera and Jazmin, who keep him human.
Kyle is a Bunjalung man from the Tweed Valley in Northern New South Wales with a unique and powerful understanding of Indigenous culture and theology. Kyle has been involved in Indigenous ministry for over 20 years. He is currently a Leading trainer/mentor with Jisas wantaim and is also helps manage Yaru water, an Australian Indigenous business introducing Australia’s first Indigenous bottled water to the world.
|Goma Jungarrayi Conlon
Goma is a pastor for dhiiyaan Northside Church in Brisbane. He is also a lead trainer and mentor for Jisas wantaim. He is a proud Kabi Kabi and Kullali descendant who is committed to raising up the next generation of Aboriginal Christian leaders.
Marcus is the pastor at Newmarket Baptist Church and long time convenor of Footscray Seeds, which is part the Seeds Network of covenant groups which have emerged out of the life of Urban Seed and Baptist Union of Victoria. He ‘grows home’ in Melbourne’s inner west, curating Christian liturgy and community cricket experiences with groups across Victoria.
Darryl is an acclaimed communicator and has been involved with youth and community mission for more than 25 years. For nine years he was the Wellington director of YFC, during which time he oversaw the transition to Incedo. He was National Coordinator of Te Hou Ora for eight years and ran a boys’ home for 16 years. Darryl is the SURRENDER Spokesperson and a member of the SURRENDER Board.
Youth Vision Vic/Tas
For the past 15 years Brenton has invested in youth and young adults ministry through various local, state and national leadership roles. He communicates with deep insight into issues related to life, faith and culture, encouraging people to discover God in the midst of their circumstances. Brenton is the Director of Youth Vision Vic/Tas and the Director of the Australian National Youth Ministry Convention.
|Aunty Jean Phillips
Aunty Jean was born on an Aboriginal reservation in south-eastern Queensland. Her spiritual roots are in the interdenominational church there and she trained and served with Aborigines Inland Mission (AIM). Aunty Jean has been involved in church planting, prison work, hospital chaplaincy and pastoral care and is currently involved with the Oodgeroo Unit of the Queensland University of Technology.
|Billy Jangala Williams
Billy is originally from the Kamilaroi people of North-western NSW. Billy is a pastor for dhiiyaan Northside Church and co-ordinates Jisas wantaim, an organisation that seeks to equip, empower and enable the emerging generation of Indigenous Christian leaders.
Stephen works in the area of activism and social change as an educator, activist, speaker, writer and community development worker. He is involved in leading Missio Dei, a church in Melbourne’s northeast, as well as working for Urban Seed, a Melbourne based community organisation that seeks to engage faith, community and culture in order to respond to poverty in Victoria.
Mark is the co-founder and CEO of Whitelion, a charity that reconnects disadvantaged young people with the mainstream community after they have experienced the youth justice or home care statutory systems. Mark first became passionate about this area of social work whilst working as a manager at Parkville Youth Residential Centre. Prior to this, Mark was Program Director for nine years with Youth For Christ. Mark is also the Chair of the SURRENDER Board.
Ten years ago Gareth and his wife Linda pioneered an innovative Salvation Army mission community. Footscray Salvos partners with local organisations and develops friendships with those on the margins. Gareth is also Chaplain to the Salvation Army’s Social Housing network in Sunshine and is actively engaged in connecting missionally with the community.