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Board of Directors

Bishop Efraim TenderoBishop Efraim M. Tendero - Bishop Ef has been serving as national director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) since 1993. PCEC is a network composed of 30,000 evangelical churches and 184 parachurch and mission organizations. He is also the executive director of the Philippine Relief and Development Services (PHILRADS), the relief and development arm of PCEC, and executive editor of Evangelicals Today— the longest-running Christian magazine in the Philippines. Bishop Ef earned his B.A. degree from FEBIAS College of Bible and his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He holds honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Asian Theological Seminary, Febias College of Bible, and International School of Theology-Asia. Bishop Ef and his wife, Sierry, live in Manila, Philippines and enjoy their four children and two grandchildren.
Oletha BarnettOletha Barnett - Oletha is an Attorney-Mediator, and also heads a 21-member peacemaking team at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas TX, where she serves as a Deaconess. Oletha and her team of mediators assist church members in biblically resolving conflicts that they have been unable to resolve. She is also CEO of Workplace Reconciliation Resources, whose mission is to partner with businesses to help them harness conflict in the workplace. She is a Certified Christian Conciliator™ and Certification Coach for the Institute for Christian Conciliation™ (a division of Peacemaker® Ministries). Oletha’s legal experience includes having served as a trial attorney for the former Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington DC and heading the Dallas Regional Legal Division of the Texas Department of Human Services. In addition to her J.D., she has a BS in Mathematics. Oletha loves learning and is a part-time student at Dallas Theological Seminary. She also enjoys teaching, analyzing thought-provoking issues, and taking quiet, meditative walks.
Mark JosephMark Joseph - Mark is President of Sentinel Wealth Management, Inc., a financial advisory firm in Reston, VA, that offers comprehensive wealth management services to high net worth families. Mark, who is a CPA and CFP, received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Accounting from the University of Virginia. He is a frequent speaker, including national events like the Financial Planning Assoc. Conference. He has been quoted or published in various publications, such as the Wall Street Journal and Money magazine. He and his wife, Karen, and their three school-aged children are active members of Reston Bible Church. Within his church, Mark has led a shepherd group and Bible studies, and teaches frequently. He has a passion for God’s Word and a particular passion for biblical stewardship, a topic that he loves to speak on. He has served as the board chair of a local pregnancy center and of Care Net, a national organization of pregnancy centers. In his free time Mark enjoys spending time with his family, running, and doing home improvement projects.
Julius KimJulius J. Kim - A native of South Korea and California, Julius is the Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary California; he is also Associate Pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido. In addition, Julius continues to serve the broader Christian community as a preacher, speaker, and ministry consultant—especially for the Korean-American church. Prior to taking his current position at Westminster Seminary California, he taught undergrad communications at Trinity International University in Illinois and church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and was a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University and Torch Trinity Graduate School of Theology (Seoul, South Korea). His goals are to contribute to both the church and the academy through his teaching, preaching, and writing. Julius and his wife, Ji Hee, a Westminster Seminary California Graduate, reside in Escondido with their two daughters. When not spending time outdoors with his family, he loves playing golf.
Manfred KohlDr. Manfred W. Kohl - Dr. Kohl was born in Germany during the Second World War, and was educated in Germany, England, and the US. He earned Master's degrees in Divinity and Theology, and doctorates in Historical Theology and Ministry. After serving as a pastor in Massachusetts, he had various leadership positions at World Vision, serving as field director in West Africa, establishing support offices throughout central Europe, and completing service as a VP of World Vision Int'l. From 1993 Manfred served as a VP of Overseas Council, an organization that partners with more than 100 theological seminaries and Bible colleges in the non-Western world, equipping indigenous Christian leaders. He now serves as Ambassador for the organization. He still does extensive traveling, speaking, and writing. His wife, Barbara, is a native of Nova Scotia, where they now live. They have two married sons, one in the U.S. and the other in Japan, and six grandchildren. Manfred enjoys watching sports, reading, and carpentry.
Jack QuarlesJack Quarles - Jack is the founder of Buying Excellence® and the author of Amazon #1 Bestseller "How Smart Companies Save Money." Over the last 15 years Jack has helped dozens of organizations make better buying decisions and save tens of millions of dollars. As Director of Corporate Procurement at Sallie Mae, Jack led sourcing initiatives for software, services, and credit reports. As a co-founder and VP of Invoice Insight (later renamed Xigo), Jack implemented software and outsourced solutions with Fortune 500 and government clients. Jack started the first Convene Christian CEO group in the Washington, DC area and served as chair for two years. Jack is a Northern Virginia lifer, apart from college at Yale and graduate school at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business. He and his wife, Linda, have been members of Open Door Presbyterian Church for over a decade, where they have served on the finance team and lead small groups and biblical stewardship classes. Their home is full of music and laughter from two joyful daughters. Jack enjoys playing basketball and guitar.
Karen StrongKaren Strong - Karen serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Peacemaker Ministries. Karen spent more than 20 years with Prison Fellowship as a policy analyst, program developer, and senior executive. She holds an undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University, a graduate Diploma from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in theological studies from Drew University. Karen is a published author on the concept of restorative justice, including co-authoring the textbook, Restoring Justice. Karen has lived in the Washington, DC area since 1986 with her husband, Greg (who also holds a Ph.D. in theological studies!). Karen and Greg attend The Falls Church (Anglican). They share a love of reading, photography, hiking, music, art, astronomy, soccer, and peacemaking.

Advisory Life Directors

Alfred PoirierRev. Alfred Poirier - Alfred served on the Board for 16 years and was Chairman for 11 years, until 2009. He is the author of The Peacemaking Pastor (Baker Books, 2006). When Alfred resigned, the Board gave him the position of Advisory Life Director.

Jim SoftJim Soft - Jim served on the Peacemaker Ministries Board for 23 years, and was Secretary of the Board for most of that time. In 2009, when Jim went off the Board, he was given the position of Advisory Life Director.

Tom NewtonTom Newton - Tom is Senior Partner of Newton Oldacre McDonald, a commercial real estate development firm with offices in Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida. He served on the Board until 2014 and, when he went off the Board, he was given the position of Life Advisory Director.

Director Emeritus

Don BubnaDon Bubna - After 14 years of Board service, Don was elected Director Emeritus in 2011 and went home to be with Jesus several months later. Don loved mentoring and peacemaking and had enormous impact in both areas. He was also a pastor, most recently serving as Pastor-at-Large in the Christian & Missionary Alliance, providing consultation, leadership development and vision-casting to over 100 churches. He is profoundly missed.  


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