Before founding IJM in 1997, Gary was a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on crimes of police misconduct. In 1994, he served as the Director of the United Nations’ investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. In this role, he led an international team to gather evidence that would eventually be used to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice. He received a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. Gary has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. He is the author of several books, including Good News About Injustice and, most recently, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence. Gary was invited to share the themes of The Locust Effect at the annual TED Conference in a talk entitled: The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now.
Carlos Whittaker is a People's Choice Award winner, a former recording artist signed to a major label, a social media maven, and currently spends the majority of his time writing books and speaking on stages around the world. His current book "Kill the Spider" helps people identify, locate, corner, and kill the “spiders” that are plaguing their lives. Carlos has spoken at the White House for the Easter Prayer Breakfast and is regularly teaching at churches and conferences worldwide, including Catalyst Conference, Embrace Church, FreshLife Church, and many more.
Albert and his wife, LaRosa, planted Fellowship Monrovia, a Gospel-Centered, Multi-Ethnic and Intergenerational church in January 2012 where he currently serves as Lead Pastor. Albert is a gifted and dynamic communicator who presents the Gospel to people across the country in academic, retreat and conference settings combining humor and storytelling of God’s amazing grace and love. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at Azusa Pacific University & Fuller Youth Institute. Albert is married to the love of his life, LaRosa, and they have four children.
Skye is an award-winning author, speaker, consultant and ordained pastor. He serves as the co-host of the popular Holy Post Podcast, a weekly show than blends astute cultural and theological insights. He is the president of Measure the Clouds, a non-profit organization helping a post-Christian generation discover a ravishing vision of life with God. He also leads SkyPilot Media which develops multimedia resources for use by churches, colleges, and community groups navigating the intersection of faith and culture.
Jeff is the Senior Pastor of multi-campus Ada Bible Church (adabible.org) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has served for over thirty years. He is the author of The Land Between, Satisfied and his most recent book, Dream Big, Think Small. His great joy is digging deeply into Scripture and passionately teaching the story of the Bible in a clear and relevant way. Jeff enjoys running, cycling, and hiking. He and his wife, Chris, have three adult children and are proud grandparents.
Brady is the Senior Pastor of the multi-congregational New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has written several books including Addicted to Busy, Fear No Evil and Sons & Daughters. Brady has a degree in Journalism from Louisiana Tech and has been a radio announcer for professional baseball and basketball teams. Before coming to New Life in 2007, he served Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. Brady and his wife, Pam have two children
Steve is the President and Founder of No Regrets Men’s Ministries. His passion is to see every local church have its own ministry to men. Besides working with the men of Elmbrook Church for the past 25 years, he regularly speaks at men’s conferences and consults and leads seminars nationally and internationally, assisting churches in developing local men’s ministries. In his free time, he serves as chaplain for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. Steve and Colleen have been married for 33 years and have four grown children and three grandchildren.