SATURDAY, MARCH 21
8:00 - Doors Open
9:00 - Worship and Keynote Address
Scott Arbeiter, President of World Relief
10:30 - Session I
How Our Compassion Transforms Us
11:30 - Session II
How Our Compass Transforms Those Around Us
12:15 - Lunch
1:00 - Session III
How Our Compassion Transforms Entire Communities
2:00 - Session IV
Our Compassion as Church Transforms the World
2:30 - Depart
Scott Arbeiter, President, World Relief
Scott Arbeiter’s proven marketplace skills, pastoral experience, passion for mission and history with World Relief uniquely equip him for his role as President of World Relief. Scott was a partner at Arthur Andersen serving in a variety of functions over his seventeen-year marketplace career. In 2001, Scott resigned from the partnership to serve at Elmbrook Church in Milwaukee, where he became Lead Pastor. Scott has also served on World Relief’s Board of Directors for nearly a decade, including three years as Chairman. After finishing his term on the board in 2015 Scott became a consultant and advisor to World Relief Leadership. Scott has been married to Jewel for thirty-three years and together they have raised three daughters, Kelsey, Jacquelyn, and Karis, all of whom have grown to love and serve Christ in their own remarkable ways.
Rev. Mark Munshi, Executive Director, Christian Service Society, Bangladesh
CSS is a humanitarian and socio-economic development organization working in Bangladesh since 1972, immediately after the liberation war that cost 3 million lives and huge loss of country’s infrastructure. Deeply moved by seeing the miseries of the war affected nation, Reverend Paul Munshi founded CSS to revive new hope and aspiration among the dispirited people of this country. Even in early days, when Bangladesh was basically an aid dependent country, our Founder Chairman focused on the importance of skill development training in order to create employment and livelihood opportunities.
CSS is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), registered with NGO Affairs Bureau, working in multi sectors such as disaster response, primary and secondary health care, formal & non-formal education, technical and vocational education, micro enterprise development, women empowerment & gender equality, water & sanitation, child care homes & orphanages, child labor & trafficking, HIV/AIDs etc. The overall purpose of the organization is to lift the marginalized population out of the cycle of poverty and envisions a society free from discrimination and injustice where men and women equally contribute to the overall development process.
Carrie Amos, President, Jericho Partnership, Danbury, Connecticut
Carrie has a huge heart for helping the most vulnerable people in the city of Danbury and seeing the city transformed in the process. She joined Jericho Partnership in 2007 as director of operations, was appointed executive director in 2009, and named president in 2012. Her responsibilities include leading the Jericho staff team, casting and shaping the vision for new mobilization efforts. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector and has extensive experience in leadership, project management, and client-centered clinical work with individuals and groups. In addition to her position at Jericho Partnership, she is an adjunct professor of social work at Fordham University, teaching various course offerings for Bachelor- and Master-level students. Carrie received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Manhattanville College and a Masters in Social Work at Fordham University. She served in direct clinical services at Putnam Associated Resource Centers for 12 years and has been involved in community organizing, mentoring and grant writing and clinical work. Carrie is passionate about serving God in the city through word and deed ministry in collaboration with others. A greater Danbury area resident, Carrie and her husband, Ed, have three children; Grayce, Jackson and Cathryn.
Stephanie Clark, Executive Director, Amirah, Boston, Massachusetts
Stephanie Clark is the CEO of Amirah. She is a passionate advocate for victims and survivors of sex trafficking, working to provide not only a place for aftercare to exist for these individuals, but develop a greater system of aftercare within our communities. She has a desire to see both global and domestic changes in the view of women. She came to Amirah after serving for four years as an Associate Pastor on the North Shore of Boston. Prior to that, she was a small business owner. She is a writer, public speaker and advocate. Stephanie has represented the field of survivor aftercare at the United Nations and is currently spearheading the formation of the coalition of aftercare services. She presented at the Tri-County Human Trafficking Conference in Killington, VT, provided testimony to the Massachusetts State Judiciary Committee, and has been called upon by local leaders within this movement to bring insight for best practices when working with survivors. She has her undergraduate degree in biblical languages from Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. She comes to New England from Michigan. She and her husband, Dave, enjoy hiking together with their two daughters. In her down time, she loves to read a good book with a cup of tea while Nina Simone is playing in the background.
Amanda Eckhardt, Executive Director, Restore, NYC
Amanda Eckhardt, Ph.D., has been with the Restore team since 2014 and serves as Executive Director since October 2019. With over 15 years of research and practice experience, she leads Restore’s programmatic initiatives providing innovative survivor-informed, impact-driven housing and economic empowerment solutions to human trafficking. As an outcomes-focused organization, Restore follows the motto “pilot, measure, iterate,” and their learning lab designed to build practice-based evidence has been shared in a multitude of workshops, presentations, and publications at national and international platforms. Dr. Eckhardt has served as a consultant and trainer to Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime on survivor-informed practices, programming, and policy; economic empowerment opportunities for survivors of trafficking; and action research. Previously, she worked on research teams at the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Eckhardt is also an adjunct faculty member in Lehigh University’s College of Education teaching courses for international counselors on trauma-informed clinical interventions. Amanda is a licensed psychologist and graduate of Lehigh University (Ph.D., M.Ed.). Amanda is a licensed psychologist and graduate of Lehigh University (Ph.D., M.Ed.). She and her husband Landon are avid foodies and nature-lovers; they enjoy traveling and spending time with their dog, Aslan.
Emmanuel Ngoga, Former Country Director, World Relief, Rwanda
Emmanuel Ngoga is the Director of Church Empowerment at World Relief Rwanda. Ngoga has been with World Relief Rwanda for over 20 years, serving in different capacities. He is a Medical Laboratory Technologist (Microbiology) and MBA with long-term experience in HIV/AIDS project management. Ngoga has been instrumental in establishing and developing the church's role in combating HIV/AIDS by implementing programs in partnership with churches across denominations, networking and participating in government forums on the epidemic of HIV/AIDS. He has actively disseminated lessons learned to churches, PVOs, government officials and donors through presentations at national and international meetings. He is now charged with building, improving and maintaining relationships with churches in Rwanda, and mobilizing and empowering the local churches to serve the most vulnerable. Ngoga is married to Mary and they have a son named Barnabas.
Jean Nyandwi, Country Director, World Relief, Democratic Republic of Congo
Jean is a born again, committed and mature Christian. He is married to Cesalie Nicimpaye Nyandwi (former National Director of Dutabarane, a partner to World Relief Burundi) and they have 5 children (3 girls and 2 boys) – Joanna, Jean-Fils, Eunice, Graciela, and Jadon. He speaks English, French, Swahili, and Kirundi. He holds a M.A in Rural Sociology and Community Development, from the University of Nairobi, and a B.A degree, in Community Development (including Christian Ministries), from Daystar University, in Kenya. He also holds many certificates in Leadership, Business Processes Analysis, Security and Safety management, Advocacy (Community Voice and Action), Local Partnering, Grants Management (including Gateway to Grants/US Grants), Fundamentals of Relief/Sphere project & Project Management, Post Distribution Monitoring/Humanitarian Accountability, LQAS (Lot Quality Assurance Sampling), etc. Jean is a community development professional and has more than 20 years of experience in Support Services, Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs, Advocacy, and Transformational Development, in the Great Lakes Region of Africa (Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, DRC), and West Africa (Mauritania). He has more than 14 years of senior leadership and management experience in Christian international NGOs, including World Vision International, World Concern, and Evangelical Mission for Africa. The senior positions he occupied include, Burundi Country Representative, Great Lakes Representative, Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs and Supply Chain Management Director, Special Programs Director, Senior Integrated Programs Manager, Base Manager, among others. Jean served also as a board member of Kazoza Microfinance, affiliated to World Vision Burundi.
Vicki Beattie, Nurse, SIM, South Sudan
Vicki became a nurse, and while attending URBANA ’84 (one of the largest student missionary conferences in the world), she had a desire to return to Southern Africa, using her nursing skills to reach people for Christ. She worked in Zambia with AEF/SIM before joining SIM/Sudan, doing community health outreach with TB/leprosy patients. Vicki is fulfilling her desire to disciple and equip the Sudanese people.
Joke van Opstal, Country Advisor, Fountain of Hope, Cambodia
A registered nurse originally from the Netherlands, Joke (pronounced “YO-kuh”) began her missionary career working in a refugee camp in the early ’90s as part of Youth With a Mission (YWAM). She moved to Cambodia in 1993, joined World Relief in 1994 and established Hope for Cambodia’s Children. The Way of Hope movement grew out of that ministry and today has over 1,200 cell churches. Before launching Fountain of Hope, she served in various leadership roles for World Relief Cambodia. Joke has completed studies at the Discipleship Training School, School of Biblical Studies and School of Frontier Missions. She’s also a single mother of six adopted children.
Elizabeth Gilroy, Executive Director, Face of Justice, Costa Rica
Annmarie Boulay, Executive Director, The Underground, Bloomfield, Connecticut
Annmarie Boulay is the Director of Connecting and Women’s Ministries at Wintonbury Church in Bloomfield, Connecticut. She has also co-founded The Underground, a ministry she has great passion for, which brings together churches in Connecticut to fight against the injustices of human trafficking in the region. A graduate of St. John’s Business School, she worked in the marketplace for over 20 years and founded Pinnacle Consulting which specializes in patient advocacy and 3rd party insurance.
In 2000, while juggling a successful business and family life, she began to serve in women’s ministry at her local church. Five years later, she responded to God’s call and joined the staff at Wintonbury Church where she is a recognized leader in many ministries. Annmarie Boulay is a lifelong native of Massachusetts and resides in Longmeadow with her husband of 23 years, Brian and her daughter, Teresa. She enjoys a full life that includes traveling, motivational speaking, ministry development and mentoring leaders.