Craig Barnes

President of Princeton Theological Seminary

Dr. Barnes has eight published books including Searching For Home, The Pastor as Minor Poet, and Body and Soul.

    Efrem Smith

    Co-lead Pastor of Bayside Church Midtown

    Rev. Smith is an internationally recognized preacher and consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, and community development.

      Teresa Goines

      Founder and CEO of Old Skool Café

      Teresa's mission is to break the cycle of incarceration, by giving young people hope, economic opportunities, and training.

        Charles Farhadian

        Professor at Westmont College

        Charles’ fieldwork is in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, where he has investigated themes of worship, social history, and nation making.

          Hanna Massad

          Founder of the Christian Mission to Gaza

          Hanna supports the church in Gaza as well as and relief work amongst those who are suffering the most.

            Patty & Rick

            Married Clinical Psychologists

            Drs. Patty and Rick navigate both the beauty and the challenges of their 20-year, cross-cultural relationship.

              Alan Smyth

              Senior Vice President of Saving Innocence

              Alan spends most of his time nurturing the growth and health of Saving Innocence, an anti-human trafficking organization focused on child victims of sex trafficking.

                Diane Martinez

                Director of Immigrant Hope Santa Barbara

                Diane opened IHSB in 2012, helping immigrants determine if there is a pathway to residency and providing educational opportunities.

                  Imam Yama Niazi

                  Family & Youth Counselor in the Muslim Community

                  Imam Yama's talks have extended to churches, synagogues, colleges and other groups and organizations where he is raising awareness of universal shared values.

                    Graham Baird

                    Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary

                    Graham is a fourth-generation Presbyterian minister and currently is a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary.

                      Jeff Shaffer

                      Founder of the Uffizi Mission Project

                      Jeff's primary work is on the West Side of Santa Barbara and with Friends without Homes through both the work of Uffizi and Common Ground Santa Barbara.

                        Daniel & Heather Fowler

                        Founders of Child Hope Services

                        There are many things that were impactful to the Fowler’s as they started out becoming a certified foster family and they want to provide those same experiences and resources to others.


                          [M1] Ministering in Gaza and Jordan

                          Speaker: Hanna Massad

                          Christian Mission to Gaza (CMG) serves the only Evangelical Christians living among nearly two million Muslims in one of the poorest, most tense, and most densely populated areas of the world.  Among the 2 million Muslims in Gaza, Gaza Baptist is the only Evangelical Church. CMG also works with more than a thousand Iraqi and Syrian refugee families in Amman, Jordan. These families are traumatized by the invasion of ISIS terrorists into their communities and homes and by the loss of family members and neighbors. In addition to meeting as much as they can of their physical needs, CMG ministers to damaged souls and spirits. Come hear CMG’s Dr. Hanna Massad share more of their work in this incredibly difficult context.


                          [M2] Immigration: Love Beyond Borders

                          Speaker: Diane Martinez

                          This interactive immigration workshop will look at a kingdom perspective of the great commission and
                          how the world is now at our doorsteps, including the scriptural history of immigration. We will review the current immigration system and attendees will participate in a group activity to determine if their neighbor had a pathway or crossed the border without legal entry into the United States. We will end with ideas on how the church can love our neighbor by responding to the short term and long term needs of immigrants in our communities.


                          [M3] Westmont Downtown: the Peace of the City

                          Speakers: Panel of students

                          Are you a college student with a heart for justice and seeing Santa Barbara be as it is in heaven, but feel overwhelmed by school and life commitments? A panel of students leading this workshop is seeking to be immersed in the city and to see the needs of people below Santa Barbara’s glossy surface. They will describe their experiences, their hopes, and frustrations, as they seek the peace of the city.


                          [M4] Human Trafficking: The Work of Saving Innocence

                          Speaker: Alan Smyth

                          This workshop will take an honest look at the media, culture, and society and how these play in the development of adolescent girls. We’ll see how the attack on human worth, particularly young girls, plays a role in grooming them for a scenario of human trafficking. After better understanding the messages society puts forth, we will take a look at the message God puts forth towards His Children. Also, we’ll provide some valuable tools. This workshop will be led by Alan Smyth, Sr. Vice President of Saving Innocence.


                          [M5] Post-Colonial Missions: Christian Witness Today

                          Speaker: Charles Farhadian

                          In a post-everything world, how do we make sense of the mission of God, especially when Christian mission has often been perceived as bedfellows with colonial forces? This seminar explores the complexities of living as Christians with this historic baggage and offers some ways forward to those grappling with being a global Christian. Do we just fix our problems here in the States before helping those overseas? Shouldn’t we feel guilty for Christianity’s part in colonialism?


                          [M6] Conversation with Craig Barnes

                          Speaker: Craig Barnes

                          Craig Barnes, Princeton Theological Seminary President and our Saturday keynote speaker this year, will conduct a special break-out session in the morning period.  If you are a pastor you have a great opportunity to be in conversation with Craig as he discusses pastoral issues, an area where he has many years of experience.

                          [A1] Christian-Muslim Dialogue

                          Moderator: Charles Farhadian

                          Come and hear reflections from Rev. Graham Baird, a local pastor, and Imam Yama Niazi, a local imam, as they discuss important topics that Christians and Muslims might have in common and those that make for distinctions.


                          [A2] Grits & Oatmeal

                          Speakers: Patty Engert-Williamson & Rick Williamson

                          Their workshop title, “Grits & Oatmeal,” is the symbolic representation of their merging cultural heritages that results in an unusual breakfast pairing that their daughter Rochelle loves and frequently requests! They will discuss the dynamics of race and privilege from their respective vantage points as they have navigated life together. The audience will also be invited into a time of Q & A around the topics and examples raised.


                          [A3] Homelessness: Changing the Question from What Can We Do for You? to What Can You Do For Us?

                          Speaker: Jeff Shaffer

                          After leading meal sharings with Friends without Homes in Santa Barbara for 13 years, we are in the midst of adjusting our mission and invite you in to consider how your work with the marginalized might change as well.  A growing collaborative of 16 partners is learning to move from service to empowerment – from relief to justice.  We are in the earliest stages of our journey and will reveal the full story in this workshop.


                          [A4] Old Skool Café

                          Speaker: Teresa Goines

                          Teresa Goines, founder of San Francisco’s Old Skool Café, will describe the ministry of the cafe. Old Skool Café is a youth-run, jazz-themed supper club. It serves youth as an intensive real world vocational training ground, employment incubator, supportive cohort, income generator, and a connection point with a larger community who champion their success. Ms. Goines will also discuss efforts to start an Old Skool Café in Santa Barbara.


                          [A5] How to be on Local Mission through Foster Care

                          Speakers: Daniel & Heather Fowler

                          In any given day throughout the year, there are hundreds of children in the local foster care system in Santa Barbara County. As Christians, we ought to identify the need and then pray to see how God would use us. There are various ways that we can respond and make a difference; there are many roles to play. We as individuals have the ability to impact the life of a child and change their entire world…without ever having to get a passport.


                          [A6] Conversation with Efrem Smith: Cross-cultural Ministry

                          Speaker: Efrem Smith

                          Keynote speaker Efrem Smith will participate in a special break-out session in the afternoon period, meeting with pastors and others whose ministry involves multi-ethnic congregations and communities. If this describes you then you will want to join the conversation with Efrem.


                          [M1] The Middle East | Speaker: Hanna Massad
                          [M2] Immigration: Love Beyond Borders | Speaker: Diane Martinez
                          [M3] Westmont Downtown: the Peace of the City | Speaker: Daniel Rodriguez
                          [M4] Human Trafficking: The Work of Saving Innocence | Speaker: Alan Smyth
                          [M5] Post-Colonial Missions: Christian Witness Today | Speaker: Charles Farhadian
                          [M6] Conversation with Craig Barnes | Speaker: Craig Barnes

                          [A1] Christian-Muslim Dialogue | Speaker: Charles Farhadian
                          [A2] Grits & Oatmeal | Speakers: Patty Engert-Williamson & Rick Williamson
                          [A3] Homelessness | Speaker: Daniel Rodriguez
                          [A4] Old Skool Café | Speaker: Charles Farhadian
                          [A5] How to be on Local Mission through Foster Care | Speakers: Daniel & Heather Fowler
                          [A6] Conversation with Efrem Smith: Cross-cultural Ministry | Speaker: Efrem Smith

                          Charles Farhadian, and Daniel Rodriguez

                          Conference Admission

                          Early bird registration opens October 22nd

                          • 1x Regular admission
                          • Lunch provided
                          • Must show Student ID
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                          • 1x Regular admission
                          • Lunch provided
                          • Childcare provided
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                          Early Bird pricing expires January 23, 2018 for online registration. After this date, online and onsite registration will remain available at a higher price — Standard Registration for $90 and Student Registration for $30.

                          Hotel Accommodations

                          Hotel accommodations are available for the Friday and Saturday nights of Mission Conference. Three hotels offer special SB Mission Conference rates, and we recommend them. The number of discounted rooms is limited. Don’t delay; rooms held for SBMC may be released prior to the conference. Call each hotel for details of pricing and length of stay. Be sure to mention “Santa Barbara Mission Conference.”

                          Brisas Del Mar Inn
                          223 Castillo Street
                          Santa Barbara, CA 93101
                          (800) 468-1988
                          $159/night minimum

                          Pepper Tree Inn (Best Western)
                          3850 State St.
                          Santa Barbara, CA 93105
                          (805) 687-5511

                          Sandpiper Lodge
                          3525 State St.
                          Santa Barbara, CA 93105
                          (805) 687-5326

                          King: $129/night
                          Two Queens: $139/night