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Jeremy_Casper_headshot_mmuJeremy Casper  Instructor, Story in Ministry

Jeremy Casper is a writer/director/producer as well as a film instructor and lecturer. He is Co-Director of the Los Angeles Film Studies Center where he teaches narrative storytelling. He 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 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.

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Adam Johnson  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.

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tom_K_mmuTom Khazoyan  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 enjoys bringing time-tested storytelling principles to new technologies and audiences. He has trained hundreds of leaders from 40 nations in new media strategies. 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.

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Ike McIntosh  Mentor, Story in Ministry

Ike is a writer and creator in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018 with a degree in Radio-Television-Film and a certificate in Honors Creative Writing. Ike spent the past two summers as a backpacking guide for Young Life’s Wilderness Ranch in southwestern Colorado, taking teens into the wild for six days at a time and sharing with them the great story of the gospel and what that means for their lives.

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Jill McKinnon  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 marketplace 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.

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Nancy Sawyer Schraeder  Instructor/Expand Your Mission Through Media

Nancy is the writer, producer, and director of the comedy web series, Zahra’s New World. Nancy scripted the feature film, Magdalena: Released from Shame, which premiered at the United Nations and has been translated into over 170 languages. Rivka, a follow-up series she co-wrote, was released worldwide in 2012. “Portions,” a short film she wrote and produced, won Best Short Fiction Film at the World of Women Film Fair in Dubai and an Award of Merit at the Best Shorts Competition. Nancy wrote, produced, and directed “Equations,” a short film advocating for religious freedom, which was second runner up in the Religious Freedom & Business Film Competition. She holds a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California and has coached media teams in the U.S., Egypt, Tunisia, and Jordan. Contact Nancy at nschraeder@sbcglobal.net.

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Carissa Sheehan  Administrator

Carissa is a freelance graphic designer/project manager who is returning to MMU after a hiatus. She spent time with her two little boys until they were both in school full time. Carissa has worked for several mission organizations and nonprofits as a graphic designer, art director, and project manager. The last few years she has also delved into entrepreneurship by creating an online business to help non designers in small offices do design well and stress-free. She is excited to be back working with everyone at MMU. Carissa, her husband and two boys recently relocated to the Ozark area of Arkansas.

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shirin-croppedShirin Taber  Instructor, Expand Your Mission Through Media

Shirin Taber directs the Middle East Women’s Leadership Network and Empower Women Media, which equip and empower females to impact the world through media. 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). She is a mentor for the George W. Bush Women’s Institute. Previously, Shirin served with Cru, the JESUS Film Project, the Strategic Resource Group and the Christian Broadcasting Network. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Washington. She has a Masters degree in Intercultural Studies from Columbia International University and will begin a PhD in Sociology of Religion in 2020. She speaks English, French and Farsi.

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Clyde Taber  MMU Director

Clyde leads the Visual Story Network (VSN), a coalition of 450 organizations and 3500 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 launch of VSN in 2007, more than 325 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 / Missiology degree with honors from Denver Seminary. He speaks English, French and is still working on Turkish.

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Keith Williams  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.

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