Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III was born in Dallas. He graduated from Bishop College in Dallas, TX with honors in 1982 with a B.A. degree in Religion and English. He earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2005, he received his Doctorate in Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation where he was afforded the opportunity to study at Christ Church, Oxford University in Oxford, England. His dissertation reflects his commitment to faith-based social activism, “To Turn The World Upside Down: Church Growth In A Church Committed to Social Justice.”
Rev. Xose Escamilla is the Senior Pastor of Casa de Oracion (Disciples of Christ) Church in San Diego. Under Xosé's leadership, this congregation has become the largest Disciples of Christ congregation west of the Rocky Mountains. It is a multi-cultural, fully bi-lingual congregation and has birthed three other growing Disciples Congregations in the Pacific Southwest Region and one in Tijuana Mexico.
Rev. Sandhya Jha serves as founder and director of the Oakland Peace Center, a collective of 40 organizations creating access, equity and dignity for all in Oakland and the Bay Area. Raised in an interracial and multi-faith family and witness to the sometimes subtle (and sometimes obvious) ways that racism and xenophobia show up in our society, it is not surprising that Sandhya’s career has been marked by work to affect public policy change, religious liberty and an alternative voice to the religious right and around the issues of housing for all, as well as her work to build what Dr. Martin Luther King called Beloved Community (at the Oakland Peace Center).