Faith-Based Advisory Board

A vision is only as successful as the strength of the team behind it.

"True humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less"

-CS Lewis

Dr. Joel C Hunter
Faith-Based President

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Dr. Joel C. Hunter served as senior pastor of Northland Church in Longwood, Florida for 32 years. In 2017 he transitioned from that role on a mission to “go from my best interpretation of what the Bible says, to my best imitation of how Jesus lived.” In 2018, Orlando Magazine listed him as the #1 most powerful voice for philanthropy and community engagement. And 2019 was his sixth year to be highlighted as one of Orlando's "50 Most Powerful."

 

Dr. Hunter now serves as the Faith-Based President and is the Lead Storyteller for Parable Foundation with a focus on second mile teachings to "Love your neighbor as yourself". Matthew 5:41 “...If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles...”  - Parable 5:41 meetings coming soon.

Prashan De Visser 

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Prashan is the Founder and President of Sri Lanka Unites, a youth movement for hope and reconciliation, in Sri Lanka. He is also the Founder and President of Global Unites, an international youth movement for transforming conflict, with established and emerging movements in 13 countries across the world. These movements collectively engage nearly half a million youth across the world each year. Recently, Sri Lanka Unites was named one of the Top 20 youth movements of the Commonwealth region and one of the Top 8 Youth movement models to follow. Prashan was the recipient of the Queen’s ‘Points of Light’ award in 2018 , awarded by Her Majesty the Queen of England for his exemplary voluntary service to his nation through his work at Sri Lanka Unites and Global Unites.

Prashan completed his MA at the University of Notre Dame in Peace Studies and Public Policy. He was selected as a TEDx speaker at UND and has been featured on NBC, BBC and Al Jazeera for his innovative peacebuilding approach.

Prashan worked part time as a TV host on Channel One Sri Lanka. He was the host of “Good Morning Sri Lanka (2009-2012). He was the co-host and co-producer of a foreign policy show named Global Perspectives, which was the highest rated show of the year 2011 on Channel one. Prashan is also an international speaker and trainer in conflict transformation and proactive youth leadership. He has spoken at international youth conferences in Kenya, Pakistan, India, Australia, Uganda, Rwanda, DRC , Malaysia , Indonesia, Canada , UK and USA.

Jenny Yang

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Jenny Yang is the Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Policy at World Relief where she provides oversight for all advocacy initiatives and policy positions and leads the organization’s public relations strategy. She is the chief liaison between World Relief and the U.S. government, organizing public events and policy analysis for World Relief’s advocacy priorities while leading broader mobilization efforts for churches on advocacy campaigns. She coordinates and leads the organization’s media engagement and brand elevation strategies across the marketing, programs, and strategic engagement divisions both in the United States and globally.

 

Jenny has worked over a decade in refugee protection, immigration policy, and human rights and is on an active deployment roster for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Previous to World Relief, she worked at one of the largest political consulting companies in Maryland. She is currently the co-chair of the Advocacy Committee of Refugee Council USA (RCUSA). Jenny is co-author of “Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate" and contributing author to five other books.

Imam Mohamed Magid

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Imam Mohamed Magid is the Executive Religious Director of All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, Virginia. He is the Chairman of International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC) and the former President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He serves on the advisory board of the Peaceful Families Project and as Co-President of Religions for Peace. He is also the CoFounder of the Multi-Faith Neighborhood Network which focuses on building bridges between Muslim, Evangelical Christian, and Jewish communities.

Imam Magid has co-authored two books: Before You Tie the Knot: A Guide for Couples and Reflections on the Qur’an. His areas of interest and focus are religious freedom, violence against women, and preventing violence and hate in our societies. He has written for the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and has been featured in Time Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Imam Magid has received several awards including the El-Hibri Foundation’s Peace Education Prize in 2017.

Dr. Bob Roberts, Jr. 

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Dr. Bob Roberts, Jr. is the founder of GlocalNet, a ministry dedicated to mobilizing the church for
transformation in the public square and co-founder of Multi-Faith Neighbors Network (MFNN), a multifaith
organization committed to creating international religious freedom through intentional cross-cultural
relationships.


Over the past 20 years Bob has been a trailblazer in the peacemaking and international religious freedom
arenas, frequently being called upon by the U.S. Department of State, United Nations, U.S. Islamic World
Forum, World Economic Forum, ambassadors, international royal families, diplomats, policy leaders and
others for his groundbreaking work in this field. He seeks to build and execute a model whereby multifaith and church planting combine to create flourishing cities. Dr. Roberts’ has had the honor of engaging
in bridge building efforts in Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Israel, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Egypt,
West Bank, Iraq, Kuwait, Iran, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and others.


Bob started and led Northwood Church in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX for over 30 years and now enjoys his role as
Founding Global Pastor. He is the author of six books: Transformation, Glocalization, The Multiplying
Church, Real Time Connection, Bold as Love and Lessons from the East. He is also host of the Bold Love
podcast where he tells stories of his journey along with interviewing friends he’s met along the way
encouraging people to boldly love your neighbor.


Bob has contributed or been featured on the World Economic Forum, Fox Business Channel, Washington
Post, New York Times, Huckabee Show, Religious News Service, C-Span, Templeton Religions Trust,
Christianity Today, Outreach Magazine and more.

Rabbi David Saperstein 

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For 40 years, Rabbi Saperstein directed the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, representing the Reform Jewish Movement, the largest segment of American Jewry, to the U.S. Congress and Administration. 


Designated by Newsweek Magazine as the most influential Rabbi in America and by the Washington Post as the “quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill,” during the second term of the Obama administration, Rabbi Saperstein served as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, carrying out his responsibilities as the country’s chief diplomat on religious freedom issues. Since leaving government, he has served as the Director Emeritus of the RAC and as the Senior Advisor on Policy and Strategy to the Union for Reform Judaism. Also an attorney, he taught seminars on Church–State law and on Jewish Law for 35 years at Georgetown University Law Center. In 2019-2020, Rabbi Saperstein served as the President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, the international arm of the Reform Jewish Movement. 


He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Center for Jewish Civilization and as a Distinguished Fellow at the PM Glynn Center at the Australian Catholic University.