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.
Tom Khazoyan Instructor, Foundations of Media to Movements
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carissa is a freelance graphic designer/project manager. She has worked for several mission organizations and nonprofits as a graphic designer, art director, and project manager. Carissa currently teaches graphic design and Adobe software online in the Christian homeschool community. Her undergrad degree is in art and she has an MA in Applied Linguistics. She loves working with everyone at MMU. Carissa, her husband and two boys live in the Ozark area of Arkansas.
Shirin 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 is a PhD candidate in Sociology of Religion. She speaks English, French and Farsi.
Clyde leads the Visual Story Network (VSN), a coalition of 500 organizations and 4500 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.