The 26th Annual John Woolman Peacemaking Forum - Reconciling All Things

Speaker Bios

Leroy Barber

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 1990, burdened by the plight of Philadelphia’s homeless, he founded Restoration Ministries, to serve homeless families and children living on the streets. In 1997, he joined FCS Urban Ministries, to serve as the founding director of Atlanta Youth Academies, a private elementary school, to provide quality Christian education for low-income families in the inner city.

He is currently the president of Mission Year, a national urban initiative introducing 18- to 29-year-olds to missional and communal living in city centers for one year of their lives. Rev. Barber is the pastor of a church plant, Community Fellowships Church, and on the boards of Atlanta Youth Academy and CCDA. Leroy is the author of New Neighbor: An Invitation to Join Beloved Community, and was also chosen as a contributor to the groundbreaking book UnChristian: What a New Generation Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters.

Leroy is married to Donna and together they have three grown children – Jessica, Joshua, Joel, and two newly adopted children - Asia, and John.

Chris Lahr

Chris Lahr

Chris Lahr works as a recruiter and academic director for Mission Year, a program that provides people ages 18-29 the opportunity to live in intentional community and serve in an urban center. Chris also helps run a flag football league in Philadelphia called Timoteo that connects youth and churches through mentoring relationships.

Chris attended Asbury Theological Seminary and Eastern University. He speaks on a wide range of topics, including racism, justice and God's heart for the poor. You can read some of his writings at:redletterchristians.org/author/chris-lahr.

President F.W. de Klerk

President F.W. de Klerk

Former South African President F.W. de Klerk was recipient of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize (co-winner with Nelson Mandela). In December 1989, de Klerk met with Mandela, the imprisoned leader of the African National Congress (ANC), and on Feb. 2, 1990, de Klerk lifted the ban on the ANC, the South African Communist Party (SACP), and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). On Feb. 11 on that year, Mandela was released.

Negotiations with Mandela and other party leaders were held for the peaceful end of apartheid and transition to democratic rule. In 1993, de Klerk and Mandela were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts at reform in South Africa.

Robin Baker

George Fox University President, Robin Baker

Robin E. Baker, a historian and experienced university administrator, is the 12th president of George Fox University.

Prior to his appointment on July 1, 2007, Baker spent eight years as the university's provost. During his tenure, he oversaw a dramatic expansion of academic programs with the addition 13 undergraduate programs and nine graduate programs. The number of faculty more than doubled and the university quadrupled institutional funds for academic research.

Baker completed a doctorate in history with honors at Texas A&M University in 1989. He was named outstanding graduating student at Hardin-Simmons University, where he earned his master's degree in history in 1982. He earned his undergraduate degree with high honors from Grand Canyon University in 1980. His research has focused on the American Civil War and Reconstruction, 19th-century American political/quantitative history, and the history of the southern United States. Baker has taught classes at George Fox as professor of history.

Prior to George Fox, Baker was senior vice president at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Baker served at Grand Canyon from 1994 to 1999, beginning as associate professor of history. In 1996, he was named dean of the College of Liberal Arts. In 1997, he became vice president for academic affairs, and in 1998 he was named senior vice president.

Baker was an assistant professor of history at Wheaton College in Illinois from 1989 to 1992, then assistant professor of history at John Brown University in Arkansas for two years.

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