Ayman S. Ibrahim, Ph.D., was born and raised in Egypt. He recently completed his second Ph.D. in Islamic History at the University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, examining conversions to Islam in the earliest Muslim period. He is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Seminary and director of the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam. His publications include The Stated Motivations for the Early Islamic Expansion and Muslim Conversion to Christ.
Seth Vitrano-Wilson is a passionate advocate of faithful Bible translations in all languages, as well as tools to help people learn, love, and live out God’s Word. He was raised in the Mormon church, but God brought him to repentance and faith in Christ while he was living in Argentina. He has served cross-culturally in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for over 10 years, and holds an MA in Linguistics from Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Georges Houssney was raised in the predominantly Muslim city of Tripoli, Lebanon. He came to faith in Jesus Christ as a teenager. Soon God grew a deep love for Muslims in his heart, and he began to sense God’s call for full-time service among them.
Well-known for his work supervising the translation and publication of the Bible into clear modern Arabic, Georges and his family moved from the Middle East to the United States in 1982 to minister to international students. Georges is founder and director of Horizons International and does Muslim evangelism training through his training Engaging Islam.
Adam Simnowitz is a minister with the Assemblies of God. He lives in Dearborn, MI. He holds a M.A. from Columbia International University from their College of Intercultural Studies. His thesis is available on this website: Muslim Idiom Translation: Assessing So-Called Scripture Translation For Muslim Audiences With A Look Into Its Origins In Eugene A. Nida’s Theories Of Dynamic Equivalence And Cultural Anthropology.
Andre Houssney is a Lebanese American with many years of global ministry experience. From an early age he has engaged international students including Muslims. Having lived in Lebanon and Egypt and traveled in over 30 countries, Andre has a wealth of knowledge of cross cultural issues in relation to missions. Among others, he has worked on projects in Sudan, North Africa, Lebanon and Kosova. For the last 12 years Andre has been on staff with Horizons International with numerous responsibilities not the least of which is teaching in the Engaging Islam seminars in various locations nationally and globally..
Barbara Yandell is an ordained minister with the Reformed Church in America. She is on the teaching staff of Horizons International. She created and coordinates the Engage Course and is the founder of Legacy Conferences. She serves as a missions mobilizer teaching the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Course. Barbara bases in both Austin Texas and Holland MI.
Jeff Morton / Bunyan Towery (M.Div. and D.Miss., Biola) is pastor of discipleship, Hillside Baptist Church, Dickinson, ND. He is author of ” Two Messiahs,” “Insider Movements: Biblically Incredible or Incredibly Brilliant?” and co-editor of “Chrislam: How Missionaries are Promoting an Islamized Gospel.”
John Span has worked with his family in West Africa among an unreached ‘Fulani’ people group for the last ten years. His mentors have challenged him to think theologically, especially in the area of missions to Muslims and he desires to inspire others to do the same. In the last year he has been a frequent contributor to the St. Francis Magazine.
Dr. Timothy Hwang holds a Ph.D. in Missions (on Contextualization) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently serving in an Arabic-speaking country in the Middle East.
Roger Dixon has been directly or vicariously in some way involved in cross-cultural church planting for nearly 50 years. He and his wife lived in Indonesia for over 30 years and raised 3 children while working among the Sundanese Muslim peoples. Roger has achieved a MDiv at Drew University, a Th.M at Fuller School of World Mission and a Ph.D at Biola School of Intercultural Studies. He was ordained in the Methodist Church in 1963.
Pierre Rashad Houssney
Pierre Rashad Houssney, MENA Regional Director for Horizons International, is a Lebanese-American who grew up in the context of cross-cultural ministry among Muslims and international students. He has been in full-time ministry with Horizons International since 2006, and has been an active member of Horizons’ teaching staff and curriculum development team since 2002. Pierre lives in Beirut, Lebanon, with his wife, Gigi, and their two children, where he leads a team of nationals and missionaries who run a center for evangelism and discipleship among Muslims.
Mark has lived and worked in missions for all of his adult life, living and ministering in the Middle East for 7 years. Currently Mark lives and resides in the USA mobilizing for the field, and working hard to bring modern missions back to the heart of God, His glory. His goal is to build missional communities focused on Christ, that live out Christ incarnately, giving Him glory, and transporting those communities to the Middle East to continue glorifying Christ.
Mark is an Australian pastor and author. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the Australian National University (1984), and a ThD (on Qur’anic Theology) from the Australian College of Theology (2016). He is a member of the Australian Academy of Humanities.
Basil is a minister in the Presbyterian Church of America, a former moderator of the International Presbyterian Church, a European-based denomination started by Dr Francis Scheffer, and assisted in the creation of the Presbyterian Church of Bangladesh. A former church planter, he has pastored two churches and served cross-culturally for much of the last 30 years.
Bassam Michael Madany was the Arabic Broadcast minister of the Back-to-God Hour, the radio ministry of the Christian Reformed Church, from 1958-1994. In his retirement ministry, Middle East Resources, he offers materials on the global challenge of Islam from a Christian perspective, on: www.unashamedofthegospel.org.
Jay Smith has worked for over 27 years with Muslims, has two masters degrees in divinity and Islamics, and is currently finishing my Phd. dissertation at the Bible College of Victoria, Australia, under the supervision of Dr. Peter Riddell. He has participated in over fifty formal debates with distinguished Muslim scholars, statesmen, and apologists.
Don has a B.S. in missiological studies, Nyack College; an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, New York University; and a Ph.D. in Linguistics, New York University. He taught in and directed ESL programs for 50 years, and linguistics for about half of those years. His published books include Intensive Course in American English Grammar, Series I (Prelim. Ed.), co-editor. American Language Institute, New York University (1964), Modifying English as a Second Language Materials, and Placement Guide; University of State of New York (1975), and The Language Gap. [on the uniqueness of human language] Zondervan, Probe Ministries (1984). He has served as a teaching elder for many years.
Louis his wife Annie Liss serve in Beirut, Lebanon at the Horizons’ Hope Of The Nations center with their two children David and Rebekah. While Louis pastored in Phoenix, they worked with incarcerated Muslim youth in Arizona as well as leading short term evangelism teams to Dearborn, MI with Horizons. After moving overseas to pursue long term mission work, Louis began to invest in the lives of the high school boys from the center. He now meets weekly with them sharing the gospel and raising up a new generation of Christian leaders. They also are in charge of discipling the international staff & interns working with Horizons in Beirut, in order to overcome cultural barriers and create long-term sustainability and unity amongst the Horizons’ team.
Jamie and his wife Tammy grew up in Latin America. They are dual citizens of the Latin American country where they have been serving as a family for the last 20 years. Most of that time has been spent working with and under the Latin American church in order to see churches established among minority ethnic groups.