講員/主持人介紹 - 美國 | Speakers/Moderators Bio - United States
芙倫德主教為美國三藩市「庇蔭之城」教會主任牧師，該堂會二十年前為內城創立，充滿活力， 目的是要令福音事工與外展結合，並且弘揚主耶穌徹底包容的愛。她是The Ark of Refuge的總裁， The Ark of Refuge是歷史悠久的外展機構，協助受愛滋病感染的人，還有跨性別羣體和同志年青人。
芙倫德主教是第三代五旬節教會傳道人，於美國聯合基督教會（UCC）和大都會社區教會 （MCC）受按為牧師。她畢業於美國柏克萊太平洋宗教學院，並於三藩市神學院取得教牧學博士學位，著有 Where the Edge Gathers: A Theology and Homiletic of Radical Inclusion 一書。
Bishop Flunder is Senior Pastor, City of Refuge, San Francisco, a thriving inner-city congregation founded over 20 years ago to unite gospel ministry with social outreach while “celebrating the radically inclusive love of Jesus Christ.” She is the CEO of The Ark of Refuge, a longstanding social service outreach organization assisting individuals living with HIV/AIDS, the transgendered community and LGBT youth.
Bishop Flunder is a third generation Pentecostal preacher, and duly ordained in the United Church of Christ (UCC) and Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). She is a graduate of the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, USA and received her Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is the author of Where the Edge Gathers: A Theology and Homiletic of Radical Inclusion.
約瑟夫·托爾頓主教，是全球團契事工 (The Fellowship Global)的執行主席。他曾在美國瓦薩學院學習宗教學，在哥倫比亞大學獲得MBA學位。托爾頓主教主要把TFG (The Fellowship Global)事工設計為可實行的信仰資源，為LGBTI群體提供牧養關懷和規劃諮詢，在對非洲大陸和其移民的不友好環境中成為進步的信仰團體
Bishop Joseph Tolton is the executive director of The Fellowship Global. He studied religion at Vassar College and received his MBA from Columbia University. Tolton designed TFG primarily as an on the ground resource providing Pastoral care and strategic planning consulting for LGBTI and progressive communities of faith in hostile climates on the Continent and throughout the diaspora.
因著對弱勢群體的關愛與憐憫，她的事蹟刊登在多家媒體及網絡平台，包括《紐約時報》（2012. 5)、AutoStraddle-女同志/雙性戀者社交網站（2012. 5)、The Root 線上雜誌：20位LGBT黑人領袖（2012. 6)、挪威TV2節目(2012. 10)、GO-女同雜誌：女性領導者(2012. 12/1)、100位我們至愛的女性(2014. 6)。
Pastor Vanessa M. Brown is currently the Senior Pastor of Rivers of Living Water NY UCC a radically inclusive ministry in Harlem and Rivers of Living Water NJ UCC, Newark, NJ. Pastor Brown is a part of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM) where the presiding prelate is Bishop Yvette A. Flunder. Pastor Brown is a part of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM) where the presiding prelate is Bishop Yvette A. Flunder. Pastor Brown has received her Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership from Pacific School of Religion (Berkeley, CA) and a graduate of New York Theological Seminary with her Masters of Divinity.
Her love and compassion for the marginalized community has been featured in the NY Times (May 2012), AutoStraddle, (May 2012), The Root, 20 Black Movers & Shakers (June 2012),Norwegian TV2 (Oct. 2012) and most recently, Go Magazine, (December/January, 2012, Leaders of the Pack, June 2014, 100 Women We Love.
Prophet Twanna T. Gause Brown was born and raised in the Apostolic Church and was licensed as a Minister in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC). She is an ordained Minister/Pastor and she is the Worship Leader and Pastor of Worship and Liturgy at Rivers of Living Water NY/NJ UCC.
She is also the International/National Minister of Non-Parish Clergy for The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM). Prophet Twanna graduated from Essex County Community College with an Associates Deegree and is currently enrolled as a student at the Rutgers New Brunswick School of Social Work where she is set to graduate in December.