Instructor, Story in Ministry
Jeremy Casper is a writer/director/producer as well as a film instructor and lecturer. He currently teaches narrative storytelling at his alma mater, the Los Angeles Film Studies Center and has led screenwriting and directing seminars all over the world, in partnership with The Global Short Film Network and the Visual Story Network. His first feature film, Vacant House has won numerous festival awards for screenwriting, directing, acting, and best picture. Jeremy has co-authored two books on writing for short films–The Inside Out Story in 2015, and his most recent, Master of the Cinematic Universe through world-renowned film book publisher, Michael Wiese Books. Jeremy’s third book, due next year is about developing compelling main characters for stories. Jeremy has also worked in media production with Saddleback Church and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Jaime’s passion is to connect people and ministries with like purposes so that they can become more effective. She knows that bringing the talents and gifts of people together will enable their work to develop a synergy that will lead to exponential growth. She also believes that everyone should have the opportunity to engage with the Word of God in the way they best understand. Jaime has traveled the world teaching, training and encouraging and is now involved in helping a number of organizations with projects especially related to using oral methodologies. She has been an active participant in ION (International Orality Network) since 2005 and continues to be an active member of the Conference Team. Recently Jaime took on the role of administrator of MMU where she assists the students to get set-up and ready to learn. Jaime’s desire is to use her gifts to assist in developing practices and strategies that will multiply the Kingdom!
Mentor, Foundations in New Media Strategy
AJ is a church planter, urban strategist and missions mobilizer with an emphasis on indigenous church planting using obedience based discipleship methods which catalyze church planting movements. He has been doing church planting for more than 30 years in urban areas of Texas and Kentucky, with the last 18 years serving in East and Southeast Asia working in cities of 6 and 10 million respectively. AJ’s passion and calling is to win the lost, disciple believers and start churches. He currently leads a dedicated team of co-laborers in his city focused on multiple population segments and is implementing a digital engagement strategy to further multiply that Kingdom work for God’s glory.
Instructor, Foundations in New Media Strategy
Tom has been a writer, producer, director, cameraman, and editor on projects ranging from television commercials to documentaries to dramatic films. Having worked in many mediums over the past 30 years, he most enjoys bringing time-tested storytelling principles to new technologies and audiences. He has a passion to tell cross-cultural spiritual stories. He currently leads a team at 10X Productions working to develop projects that involve collaborative productions and training in visual storytelling and media strategies, especially those in cross-cultural settings. Recent projects include a feature-length dramatic film, The Enemy God, an on-going series of short films in Arabic for social media campaigns, and short and feature-length dramatic screenplays. He holds an MFA in Professional Screenwriting and resides in the Rocky Mountain region of the US.
Instructor, Using Mobile Phones in Missions
Jill has worked in Chad with WEC International for twenty years and is currently located in France. During her time in Chad she began a literacy project among nomadic Arabs, when not teaching she loved to be out in the market place selling Christian literature and sharing the Gospel with people. In a land with very poor literacy levels there was not a huge demand for the written Word, although it is highly respected. As mobile phones came into Chad it revolutionized the opportunities and the scope for sharing the Gospel message with people who would eagerly watch and share videos and audio files. Recently there have been opportunities to train national workers and to help them overcome the fear and barriers involved in reaching out to their neighbours.
Nancy Sawyer Schraeder
Mentor/Story in Ministry. Instructor/Expand Your Mission Through Media
Nancy is a screenwriter and author. Magdalena: Released from Shame, a feature film she scripted, premiered at the United Nations in 2007 and has been translated into over one hundred languages. Rivka, a follow-up mini-series she co-wrote, was released worldwide in 2012. Her award-winning screenplay, Wilberforce, was optioned by Patricia Heaton’s Fourboys Films and Walden Media, which later released the film, Amazing Grace. Nancy has penned documentaries and multi-media stage productions. She contributed to three nonfiction books by Dr. Bill Bright and has consulted for corporations and non-profits. A passionate teacher and speaker, Nancy has taught writing at Biola University and Long Beach City College and guest lectured on screenwriting at California State University, Long Beach. Nancy served on the board of the 168 Hour Film Festival and has been a mentor for Act One: Writing for Hollywood.
Instructor, Expand Your Mission Through Media
Shirin Taber directs the Middle East Women’s Leadership Network, which equips and empowers females to impact the Middle East. Shirin comes from a multicultural background with an Iranian Muslim father and an American Catholic mother. She has lived in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. The Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press and Fox News have featured her writing. She is the author of Muslims Next Door (Zondervan/Harper Collins) and Wanting All the Right Things (Relevant). Previously, Shirin served with Cru, the JESUS Film Project, the Strategic Resource Group and the Christian Broadcasting Network. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and speaks English, French and Farsi.
Clyde leads the Visual Story Network, a coalition of 400 organizations and 2900 media leaders in 95 nations working to expand a worldwide movement of media so everyone has the opportunity to encounter Jesus and His kingdom. Since the VSN launch in 2007, more than 240 projects, products and partnerships have been established. Prior to this, he oversaw new media development for The JESUS Film Project (Magdalena: Released From Shame, Damah Film Festival, JESUS: Fact or Fiction?) and coordinated the campus work of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) throughout North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Clyde received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland-College Park and a Master of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary.
Instructor, Using Mobile Phones in Missions
Keith is the director of Mobile Advance (www.mobileadvance.org), an initiative of WEC International. Keith has assisted in the implementation of mobile ministry initiatives in numerous countries and has helped in the development, testing and promotion of various innovative mobile ministry approaches. Keith previously served as a missionary and team leader for ten years in the Arab world.