Brenda Salter McNeil has agreed to return to the Santa Barbara Mission Conference as plenary speaker in our 2016 conference. She will speak on opening night, Friday, Jan. 22, and again the following afternoon. Dr. McNeil was extremely well-received in her previous appearance here in January, 2013, and so we look with great anticipation to her return in 2016. Reconciliation is her key area of ministry, and we look forward to her addressing our theme for 2016, “Reconciling All Things.”
Dr. McNeil is an Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, where she also directs the Reconciliation Studies Minor program. She is also an author, speaker, and thought leader with over 25 years of ministry experience in the field of racial, ethnic, and gender reconciliation. Her mission is to inspire and equip young Christian leaders to practice reconciliation around the world and to build communities that partner with God to bring relational healing and social wholeness. Today she is recognized internationally as one of the foremost leaders of reconciliation and was featured as one of the 50 most influential women to watch by Christianity Today in 2012.