Keynote Speaker: The Rev. Mateen Elass|
The son of a Syrian Muslim father and an American mother, Mateen Elass became a follower of Christ at age 20. By the end of his college years, he sensed Godís call to Christian ministry. After completing a B.A. at Stanford University, he earned M.Div. and M.A. degrees in Biblical Studies and Theology from Fuller Seminary. Later he received a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Durham University in England.
He has served as senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Edmond, OK, since 2007. His heart is for those who walk where he once walked, those who search but have not yet found the love of Christ. His great hope is that God will use him to reveal the love of Jesus to both Christians and Muslims.
Saturday Evening Speaker: Amy Downs
As a survivor of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, Amy fell three floors and was literally buried alive under the rubble for 6 Ĺ hours during which time she was forced to re-think her life goals and priorities. Embracing her second chance at life Amy has accomplished many personal goals including losing 200 lbs. She is now a runner and cyclists and an advocate for personal fitness. Amy's testimony of strength and survival has been an inspiration to the many she has shared her story with.
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