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Joel C. Rosenberg is the New York Times best-selling author of ten novels--The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, Dead Heat, The Twelfth Imam,The Tehran Initiative, Damascus Countdown, The Auschwitz Escape, and The Third Target—and five non-fiction books: Epicenter, Inside the Revolution, Implosion, Israel at War,and The Invested Life, with more than 3 million copies sold. The Ezekiel Option received the Christian Book Award as the "Best Novel of 2006" from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Joel is the producer of two documentary films based on his non-fiction books. He is also the founder of The Joshua Fund, a non-profit educational and charitable organization to mobilize Christians to "bless Israel and her neighbours in the name of Jesus" with food, clothing, medical supplies and other humanitarian relief.
As a communications advisor, Joel has worked with a number of U.S. and Israeli leaders, including Steve Forbes, Rush Limbaugh, Natan Sharansky, and Benjamin Netanyahu. As an author, he has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV programs, including ABC's Nightline, CNN Headline News, FOX News Channel, The History Channel, MSNBC, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Sean Hannity Show, and The Glenn Beck Show. He has been profiled by the New York Times, the Washington Times, the Jerusalem Post, and World magazine. He has addressed audiences all over the world, including those in Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Russia, and the Philippines. He has also spoken at the White House, the Pentagon, and to members of Congress.
In 2008, Joel designed and hosted the first Epicenter Conference in Jerusalem. The event drew two thousand Christians who wanted to "learn, pray, give, and go" to the Lord's work in Israel and the Middle East. Subsequent Epicenter Conferences have been held in San Diego (2009); Manila, Philippines (2010); Philadelphia (2010); Jerusalem (2011); Albuquerque, New Mexico; (2012) and Jerusalem again in 2013. The Epicenter Conferences have allowed thousands of people from more than ninety countries to listen to speakers such as Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon; pastors from the U.S., Israel, and Iran; Lt. General (ret.) Jerry Boykin; Kay Arthur; Janet Parshall; Tony Perkins; Anne Graham Lotz; and many others.
The son of a Jewish father and a Gentile mother, Joel is an evangelical Christian with a passion to make disciples of all nations and teach Bible prophecy. A graduate of Syracuse University with a BFA in filmmaking, he is married and lives with his family in Israel.
Joel was a plenary speaker at The People the Land and the Future of Israel during Session 1 and Session 4.
Dr. Michael Rydelnik is Professor of Jewish Studies at Moody Bible Institute where he has taught Jewish Studies and Bible since 1994. The son of Holocaust survivors, he was raised in an observant Jewish home in Brooklyn, New York. Michael trusted in Jesus the Messiah as a high school student and has been teaching the Bible ever since. A sought-after speaker and teacher, Michael is a biblical scholar specializing in the Hebrew Bible, the Jewish people, the land of Israel, and biblical prophecy.
Michael can be heard answering listener Bible questions every Saturday morning from 9-11 AM (Central Time), on Moody Radio's Open Line with Dr. Michael Rydelnik. He is a Resource Scholar for RBC Ministries (now Our Daily Bread Ministries) and appears frequently on the Day of Discovery TV programs. He recently appeared in the Lee Strobel film The Case for Christ. Michael also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Dallas Theological Seminary, Talbot School of Theology and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Dr. Rydelnik is the co-editor and contributor, with fellow faculty member Dr. Michael Vanlaningham, of The Moody Bible Commentary, a one-volume commentary on the whole Bible written by the faculty of Moody Bible Institute. He is the author of Understanding the Arab-Israeli Conflict: What the Headlines Haven‘t Told You (Moody Publishers, 2007) and The Messianic Hope: Is the Hebrew Bible Really Messianic (B&H Publishers, 2010). He has contributed to numerous books, scholarly journals and magazines. He served on the translation team of the new Holman CSB version of the Bible and has contributed to both the Apologetics Study Bible (B&H Publishers) and the Holman Study Bible.
Michael graduated in Jewish Studies from Moody Bible Institute, earned his B.A. degree from Azusa Pacific University, his Th.M. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, focusing his studies on the Messiah of the Hebrew Bible.
Michael and his wife, Eva (an adjunct faculty member at Moody, teaching literature, education and Jewish studies) live in a historic Jewish Chicago neighborhood. Israel is their favourite place in the world and they enjoy showing people the Land as often as possible. Michael and Eva enjoy black and white movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood, classic literature and hiking with their two collies, Feivel and Darby (especially in the Adirondack mountains of New York). The Rydelniks have two wonderful adult sons--who always call and write.
Prior to joining the faculty of Moody Bible Institute, Michael was on Chosen People Ministries' missionary staff.
Michael was a plenary speaker at The People the Land and the Future of Israel during Session 2.
Rev. David Sedaca is Vice President of Chosen People Ministries Inc. and a former Canadian and Latin American Executive Director of Chosen People Ministries. Among other ministry roles, David Sedaca has also served as a pastor, Messianic rabbi and Executive Secretary of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance.
David was born in Uruguay where his parents were missionaries. He grew up in a Messianic Jewish home, where his father (the late Victor Sedaca) was one of the pioneers of the Messianic Jewish movements.
He received his BA in Psychology from Harvard and later studied at Biola University (California), Baptist Theological Seminary (Buenos Aires) and at the School of Middle East Studies at the University of Belgrano (Buenos Aires).
David has been lecturer of Homiletics, Judaism and Jewish evangelism in several seminaries around the world and his writings and articles are published regularly in different theological journals and Christian magazines. His dynamic preaching and profound knowledge of the Bible from a Jewish perspective have made him a much sought-after speaker.
David Sedaca is currently professor of Biblical Archaology and Biblical Studies at Hebrew University's Rothberg Institute of International Studies in Jerusalem. He teaches at Israel's most prestigious university "Introduction to Biblical Archaology," "The Jewishness of the Gospel," "The Jewish Background of the New Testament" and "Introduction to Rabbinic Literature."
David was a plenary speaker at The People the Land and the Future of Israel during Session 3.
Dr. Mitch Glaser came to faith in November of 1970 through what was then the West Coast branch of Chosen People Ministries. He comes from a traditional Jewish family in New York City, attended Orthodox Hebrew School, and became Bar Mitzvah at age 13. He currently resides in Brooklyn where he focuses on developing Chosen People Ministries’ operations in the greater New York Metropolitan area - beginning in the same area of Brooklyn where the ministry began in 1894 - and overseeing the international vision for the organization.
With decades of experience in Jewish missions, Mitch has been extensively involved in evangelism in several countries, and was instrumental in helping to establish a congregation among Russian Jewish immigrants in New York. He is an alumnus of Northeastern Bible College, holds a Master of Divinity degree in Bible from Talbot Theological Seminary, and is a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission.
Mitch Glaser has written, co-written or edited a number of books, including Isaiah 53 Explained, The Gospel According to Isaiah 53 and The Fall Feasts of Israel. He has written many articles for Christian periodicals, including The Evangelical Missions Quarterly, and has taught at leading evangelical schools, such as Fuller Theological Seminary, Westminster Theological Seminary, Moody Bible Institute, and Columbia International University. Mitch is also a musician and composer.
Mitch Glaser has been President of Chosen People Ministries since 1997.
Mitch was a plenary speaker at The People the Land and the Future of Israel during Session 2.
Rev. Joseph Gray, Pastor of Grace Church Presbyterian in Scarborough, was born and raised in a Conservative Jewish family in New Jersey. All four of his grandparents were first generation Orthodox Jews from Eastern Europe.
When he was about 13 years old, at about the time of his Bar Mitzvah, Joe became convinced that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah he had been searching for. In his twenties, a friend who was an evangelical pastor witnessed to him and later discipled him in the faith.
Since 1986, Joe has been involved in full-time Christian ministry. Prior to coming on staff with Chosen People Ministries in 2000, he pastored churches in New Jersey and Ontario. From 2005 to 2010, Joe Canadian Director of Chosen People Ministries.
Sharing the Good News of Jesus the Messiah and making disciples of all people — particularly his own Jewish people — have always been Joe’s personal passion and a central part of his ministry.
Joe and Beth have two grown daughters and one grandchild.
Joe taught a seminar on Saturday afternoon at The People the Land and the Future of Israel.
Rev. Jorge Sedaca has been Executive Director of Chosen People Ministries (Canada) since 2010, bringing vast experience in the areas of congregational planting, missions, leadership development, as well as teaching and preaching ministries.
Jorge was born in Spain and raised in Argentina, Uruguay and the USA. He is a second generation Jewish believer. His father, Victor Sedaca, was a pioneer in the Messianic movement in the US and Latin America. His brother, David, has been a well-known leader in the international Messianic movement and currently works with Chosen People Ministries in the US.
Although his first call to ministry was in the area of music and worship, Jorge ultimately surrendered to God’s call to preach and teach His Word, as well as to become a church planting missionary. In this capacity, he pastored in Argentina, Louisiana and Michigan.
His passion to reach the lost sheep of Israel and educate the Gentile church to do the same has provided him with many opportunities to speak at conferences, seminars and workshops in Latin America and North America.
Jorge has a Bachelor’s degree from the Buenos Aires Municipal Conservatory of Music (Argentina) and a Master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Texas). He is pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree in Missions and Leadership Development from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Missouri).
Jorge was host and moderator of the conference and taught a seminar called "Praying for Israel: a Mandate for the Canadian Church" in Session 3.
Dr. Rich Freeman has travelled a long path since his days as an executive in a large corporation. Four years after accepting the Lord, Rich left his business career to go to seminary and serve the Lord. He has served as a pastor at churches and Messianic congregations and has served with Chosen People Ministries since 1999 as Vice President of Church Ministries and Conferences.
His work at Chosen People Ministries focuses on two areas: The first is helping to equip the church to undertake Jewish evangelism. The second is ministering to churches by showing them how a better appreciation of the Jewish roots of the Christian faith can enrich their understanding and their proclamation of God's Word.
Rich is a passionate and dynamic preacher and teacher of the Bible who speaks in many churches in the United States and abroad throughout the year. He has also written a commentary on Romans 9-11 called "The Heart of the Apostle."
Rich taught a seminar called "Israel and the Church: a Common Hope for the Future" in Session 3.
Marty Goetz has been called a modern-day psalmist. His songs are scriptures beautifully set to music, leaving listeners spiritually moved, inspired and educated. With melodic and fresh acoustical/classic arrangements, Marty has the ability to lead you into a place of true intimacy with God.
In 1965, when thirteen-year-old Marty stood at the bimah of Cleveland's Temple on the Heights for his Bar-mitzvah and solemnly sang the ancient words of the Torah, no one -- least of all Marty -- could have envisioned that some twenty years later he would be singing to God, this time as a featured performer at Billy Graham's Rally in Central Park.
As half of 'Bert & Marty', he sang at clubs and dinner theatres around Pittsburgh while studying English at Carnegie Mellon University. There was even a non-singing guest appearance on 'Mister Rogers' as Smokey Bear.
After graduation, Marty and Bert set out for New York City, determined, as Marty remembers, 'to give it two weeks to become a star or I'd go back to Cleveland and the family furniture business.' Just one week later, Marty and Bert found themselves performing at hotels in the Catskill Mountains. At the end of the summer they were named 'Best New Act of 1974.'
Then Bert found Jesus. Horrified at his partner's born-again experience, Marty broke up the act and returned to New York City. He worked steadily as a songwriter and cabaret entertainer until 1978, when he shifted his ambitions from Broadway to Pop and moved to Los Angeles.
Provoked by the increasing numbers of born-agains in his life, he began reading the Bible, 'looking for loopholes'. A few short weeks later, sitting alone one night on a friend's balcony, looking down on the lights of Sunset Boulevard, he realized with certainty that 'the Jesus of the New Testament was the Messiah my people have been longing for.'
Within a year, Marty was performing with Debby Boone and soon began to establish himself as a strong and passionate voice for Messianic believers within the church.
He has ministered before congregations as diverse as Jack Hayford's Church on the Way, Greg Laurie's Harvest Christian Fellowship and Harvest Crusades, Coral Gables Presbyterian, Chicago's Moody Church, David Wilkerson's Times Square Church. Ministries such as Focus on the Family, Insight For Living, TBN, Promise Keepers, Billy Graham Training Center/The Cove and CBN have invited Marty to come and share his musical gifts and talents.
Marty has been recording music steadily since 1985, and today lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Jennifer. They recently celebrated the marriage of their one and only daughter, Misha Goetz to Joshua Hoyt. A wonderful young man!
Marty led in worship throughout the conference.