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Leroy Barber

Leroy Barber has dedicated more than 20 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living what Dr. King called “the beloved community.”

Leroy starts projects that shape society; in 1989, burdened by the plight of Philadelphia’s homeless, he and his wife Donna founded Restoration Ministries, to serve homeless families and children living on the streets. In 1994 he became Director of Internship Program at Cornerstone Christian Academy. Leroy was licensed and ordained at Mt Zion Baptist Church where he served as Youth Director with Donna, and also served as Associate Minister of Evangelism.  In 1997, he joined FCS Urban Ministries, working with Atlanta Youth Project to serve as the founding Executive Director of Atlanta Youth Academies, a private elementary school providing quality Christian education for low-income families in the inner city.

Since 2006, Leroy has served as the President of Mission Year, a national urban initiative introducing 18-29 year olds to missional and communal living in city centers for one year of their lives.  He also became Executive Director of FCS Urban Ministries in Atlanta in 2009.  Rev. Barber is the co-pastor of a church plant, Community Life Church, and is on the boards of Atlanta Youth Academy, Word Made Flesh and the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). Leroy helped found DOOR Atlanta and Community Grounds Coffee shop in Atlanta. Leroy is the author of New Neighbor: An Invitation to Join Beloved Community, and Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World and was also chosen as a contributor to Tending to Eden, and the groundbreaking book UnChristian: What a New Generation Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters.

Leroy has been married to Donna for the past 27 years and together they have three adult children - Jessica, Joshua, Joel, and two adopted children - Asha and Jonathan.

Barber, Leroy. Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2012.


Roland Hoksbergen

Roland Hoksbergen is a Professor of Economics and International Development at Calvin College, where he has taught since 1983.  He specializes in broad-based human development and has written about NGOs, NGO partnerships, civil society, national development strategies, the role of the private sector in development strategies and program evaluation. He lived for seven years in Central America where he directed a university program in Costa Rica for three years and worked in micro-enterprise and community development for two years in Nicaragua.  His recent book, Serving God Globally, Finding Your Place in International Development (Baker Academic 2012) orients young Christians desiring to respond to the call to promote the flourishing of God’s people throughout the whole world.


Hoksbergen, Roland. Serving God Globally: Finding Your Place in International Development. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012


Ravi I. Jayakaran

Dr. Ravi I. Jayakaran has over 34 years of experience in poverty reduction and strategic development programs. He works as the Vice President of Global Programs for MAP International (Medical Assistance Programs International In this role he provides supervisory oversight and Strategic support for all of MAP International’s global programs. This includes the Humanitarian Assistance and Relief work that includes response with appropriate relief programs to all Global relief situations, the Transformational Missions program that sends multiple teams abroad for experience in transformational development; and all the MAP International country offices in Indonesia, Kenya, Uganda, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras and more recently Liberia.

Before joining MAP International, Dr Jayakaran was based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and worked predominantly in the Greater Mekong sub-regional (GMS) Countries, providing consultancy on issues of Participatory Development, Poverty reduction, impact of Regional Economic Integration, HIV-AIDS programs, Street children support programs, Trafficking prevention, Rapid needs assessments, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Evaluations and Capacity building.

He has worked providing consultancy to a variety of Regional government organizations in the GMS (Greater Mekong Sub-region) , the ADB (Asian Development Bank), the UNDP and several International NGOs.

Dr. Jayakaran has experience in providing consultancies in over 20 countries in the Asia pacific region and also in Africa and Latin America. He is a prolific writer and has brought out over 18 publications. His latest book ‘Empowering Children’ was published in early 2011. A full listing of publications and other work can be found at (

Dr. Jayakaran has lived and worked long term in India, Cambodia, China and the United States of America. He has developed the Holistic Worldview Analysis which is a foundational tool for Holistic transformation development leading to community Empowerment. A subject that is very close to his heart and which he has researched extensively.

Ravi and Vimla Jayakaran are currently based in the US and live in Decatur, GA.

Jayakaran, Ravi, and Jennifer Orona. Empowering Children: Principles, Strategies, and Techniques for Mobilizing Child Participation in the Development Process. Pasadena: William Carey Library, 2011.


Steve Radelet

Steve Radelet is Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Development at Georgetown School of Foreign Service. He is the former chief economist for USAID. During 2010, he served as senior adviser for development for the secretary of state, where he advised leadership on strategies to strengthen and elevate development across the U.S. Government. From 2002 to 2010, he was a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, where his work focused on economic growth, poverty reduction, foreign aid, debt and trade.

Radelet served as an economic adviser to the President of Liberia from 2005-2009, and was founding co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network. From 2000 to 2002, he was deputy assistant secretary of the treasury for Africa, the Middle East and Asia. From 1990 to 2000, Radelet was a fellow at the Harvard Institute for International Development, director of the institute's macroeconomics program, and a lecturer on economics and public policy at Harvard University. He has also served as resident adviser to the Ministry of Finance in Indonesia and The Gambia, and he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Samoa.

Radelet is the author of Emerging Africa: How 17 Countries are Leading the Way (2010) and Challenging Foreign Aid: A Policymaker's Guide to the Millennium Challenge Account (2003), and co-author of Economics of Development (6th edition, 2006), a leading undergraduate textbook.  He holds master's and PhD degrees in public policy from Harvard University, and a B.S. in mathematics from Central Michigan University.

Radelet, Steven C. Emerging Africa: How 17 Countries Are Leading the Way. Baltimore, MD: Center for Global Development, 2010.


Carl and Carolyn Stauffer

Dr. Carl Stauffer teaches Justice and Development Studies at Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. As a missionary kid, born and raised in Vietnam and the Philippines, Carl is no stranger to war, poverty and development struggles. After studying sociology and religion, he worked in the Criminal Justice and Substance Abuse fields. Carl became a pastor in the Mennonite Church and served in an urban African-American community in Richmond, Virginia working on issues of racial reconciliation, restorative justice, and youth development.

Following this, Carl and his family spent 16 years in Africa where he served as the regional peace coordinator for the Mennonite Central Committee, an international relief and development agency. In Africa, Carl worked at the nexus of various peace and development transitional processes such as the National Peace Accords, Community-Police Forums, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Local Development structures, the National Land Commission and the Department of Land Affairs. Carl’s vocational call has focused on post-war reconstruction, transitional justice, international and community development, and the role of the Church in social transformation. His ministry has taken him to twenty African countries and ten other countries in the Caribbean, Middle East, Europe, and the Balkans.

Carl is married to Dr. Carolyn Stauffer who teaches Sociology at EMU and together they are the proud parents of two university students. He enjoys worship, the Arts, nature, a good dose of humor and cruising on his motorcycle.

Dr. Carolyn Stauffer has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels at 2 higher education institutions on the African continent and holds a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.  She has over 20 years of experience consulting and training in relief and development work in settings of acute and protracted violence.  She has worked and lived in sub-Saharan Africa (16 years), the Middle East (17 years and is fluent in Hebrew), and has also worked on assignments in the Caribbean and various locations in Europe as well as in North America.  

During her time in sub-Saharan Africa, Carolyn worked for an international relief and development organization and conducted training initiatives that took her from the southern-most tip of the continent (Cape Town) to the outlaying and eastern parts of Uganda (Jinja).  While in South Africa, Carolyn worked closely with gender-based violence issues at a Rape Crisis Center, as well as being a founding member of Emthonjeni, an HIV/AIDS program that serviced informal settlements south of Soweto.  The programs emerging out of Emthonjeni have included micro-enterprise projects, clinical health services, a residential program for orphans and vulnerable children, a feeding scheme, and a home-based care as well as pastoral visitation program.

Carolyn currently teaches at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, where she chairs the university’s Humanitarian Action task force and sits on the local chapter of UNESCO’s Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development.  As a veteran in cross-cultural educational settings, Stauffer’s pedagogical approach elicits a ‘propositional’ mindset that provocatively invites people to engage their unique role as agents of holistic transformation both locally and across the global.  Carolyn loves dance, music and art, and enjoys all things creative and off the beaten track.

Stauffer, Carl. Acting Out the Myths: The Politics of Narrative Violence in Zimbabwe. LAP Lambert Academic, 2011.