Urban Ministry Conference
Mike Fechner is the President and Founder of H.I.S. BridgeBuilders, a Christian, faith-based, urban restoration ministry headquartered in Dallas, Texas. He founded this ministry in 1995 while serving as the Minister of Global Outreach at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. H.I.S. BridgeBuilders is a movement of God uniting Christians across cities to restore urban communities through education, health, economic development and spiritual development.
Everette E. Greene
The Rev. Everette E. Greene has a wealth of experience in inner-city ministry, is an active member of the Black Clergy Caucus of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and serves on the board of directors for Building Hope in the City, Cleveland, Ohio. Always keeping Christ at the center in his teaching and practice, he is a well-known advocate for confessional faithfulness in all areas of the church’s mission.
Greene is a 2003 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., and holds a M.Div. and B.A. of Arts in Religion. Since 2006 he has served as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to that, He has served as pastor of St. Philip Lutheran Church in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Michael M. Miller
Michael M. Miller is Research Fellow and Director of Acton Media at the Acton Institute, Grand Rapids, Mich. With some 10 years of international experience, Miller has lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Much of his current work at the Acton Institute involves leading PovertyCure, promoting entrepreneurial solutions to poverty in the developing world.
Miller received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from Nagoya University’s Graduate School of International Development (Japan), an M.A. in Philosophy from Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio, and a M.B.A. in International Management from Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Business, Glendale, Ariz. He serves on the President’s Advisory Council of Aquinas College in Nashville, the board of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project and the board of trustees for Angelico Press.
John A. Nunes
The Rev. Dr. John A. Nunes was recently appointed as the Emil and Elfriede Jochum Chair at Valparaiso University, a professorship supporting the study of Christian values in public and professional life. From 2007 to August 2013 he was the President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief (LWR). Prior to LWR, Nunes served in inner city settings in Detroit, Mich. and Dallas, Texas.
Nunes received a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mich.; a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; and both a Master of Theology and a Doctor of Philosophy with an emphasis in postcolonial identity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He has also received honorary doctorates from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, and Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.
Nunes is the author of Voices from the City: Issues and Images of Urban Preaching and, with his wife Monique Nunes, Little Things Make Big Differences: A Story About Malaria.
Mark G. Press
The Rev. Dr. Mark Press has served as Director of the Hoffmann Institute for Christian Outreach, Saint Paul, Minn., since July 1, 2006. His personal vision statement is as follows: “God has equipped me to engage people with the love of Jesus Christ, to equip dynamic outreach leaders, and to partner with passionate outreach leaders, in order to multiply (groups of) disciples and those who multiply (groups of) disciples.”
Press graduated from Concordia Teachers College (now Concordia University), Seward, Neb., in June 1972. He earned his M.Div. from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, in 1977. He finished his Ph.D. in Missiology at CTS in May 2004. He has edited and contributed (with Eugene Bunkowske) to a series of essays titled Missional Transformation: God’s Spirit at Work (published by Authorhouse in 2012). He has served as pastor of congregations in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
Jeffrey H. Pulse
The Rev. Prof. Jeffrey Pulse joined the CTS faculty in 2007 where he serves as associate professor of Exegetical Theology, director of Placement and director of Continuing Education. He also serves as pastor of Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. he has also served congregations in Iowa and Washington.
Following graduation from Concordia Teachers College (now Concordia University), Seward, Neb., with a B.S. in Elementary Education (1980). He attended Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, completing his M.Div. in 1984. He completed his S.T.M. from CTS in 1990. Pulse is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Durham, England, in the area of Old Testament, specifically, Concepts of the Afterlife in the Old Testament and Second Temple Judaism.
Deaconess Kimberly Schave currently serves as assistant director of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Office of National Mission. As a deaconess, she served as the Director of Human Care for the Ohio District and, prior to serving in that role, was responsible for developing and subsequently serving as Director of a pregnancy resource center in middle Georgia as well as starting a community-based soup kitchen at the mission congregation to which she was concurrently called.
Schave earned a Master’s degree in Religion and the Deaconess Certificate at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2006 and is pursuing a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership with a Business Concentration at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania. Her research emphasis includes corporate social responsibility focused on urban revitalization.
Anthony J. Steinbronn
The Rev. Dr. Anthony Steinbronn serves as the district president and mission executive of the New Jersey District, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. He also served as a field missionary and theological educator with the Lutheran Church in Southern Africa, serving among the Tswana people (1994-2000). His primary responsibilities were the writing of theological materials, equipping pastoral and lay leaders, and fostering indigenous church formation.
Steinbronn received his B.A. degree in Liberal Arts from Concordia College, St. Paul (1977) and M.Div. degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1982). In 1991, he received a S.T.M. degree in Luther Studies and, in 1997, a Doctor of Missiology degree in Evangelism and Mission Communication from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. In 2007, his book Worldviews: A Christian Response to Religious Pluralism was published by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis.
Charles L. Wildner
The Rev. Charles L. Wildner serves as senior pastor of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Baltimore, Md. He has served the same congregation for 33 years as well as teaching music and religion in Lutheran Schools in the Baltimore area for 27 of those years. Wildner grew up in Balitmore and was introduced to urban ministry by volunteering with groups focusing on the youth of the city after Martin Luther King was assassinated.
He received his undergraduate degree from Concordia College, Bronxville, New York, majoring in pre-seminary studies, history and music. He earned his M.Div. degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1980.