Speakers' Biographies

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Dr. Wayne Barnard serves as Director of Student Ministries for International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. Dr. Barnard works to mobilize students in the pursuit of justice. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Abilene Christian University, an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary's University, and a Ph.D. in Family Studies from Texas Woman's University. He has served as a pastor, a prison chaplain in the Texas prison system, a youth and family minister and counselor, and a guidance and spiritual counselor. He and his wife currently reside in Alexandria, VA. 
Special Assistant to the Ambassador Ann Karl joined the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in the U.S. Department of State in 2008.  The Office coordinates U.S. government activities in the fight against modern-day slavery, including forced labor and sexual exploitation.  Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. Karl worked at World Hope International, a faith-based international relief and development organization that works to alleviate suffering and injustice around the world through education, enterprise, and community health. Ms. Karl was Executive Assistant to the CEO and U.S. Coordinator for Reach4Life, an HIV/AIDS prevention program for youth in sub-Saharan Africa. As Coordinator, she created and managed an outreach initiative to connect youth in the United States with youth in Africa through awareness- and fund-raising. Ms. Karl also worked in Peru for a human rights organization call Paz y Esperanza, equipping local citizens to engage in grassroots advocacy in the aftermath of the internal war. Ms. Karl has a B.A. in political science from Wheaton College (IL).

Detective Sergeant Roddy Llewellyn from New Scotland Yard (NSY) joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1980. One of his earliest top-level assignments was providing security for Prince Charles and Diana's wedding in 1981. In 2003, Sergeant Llewellyn was attached to the Special Intelligence Section at NSY, from where he mounted surveillance and covert operations against Organized Criminal Networks. In September 2006, Sergeant Llewellyn was promoted to Detective Sergeant and tasked to establish the Human Trafficking Team at NSY. The only unit dedicated to investigating Human Trafficking in the UK, his was directly responsible for securing 25% of all Human Trafficking convictions in the UK over the last six years, dismantling 28 Organized Criminal Networks in the process. Even though heralded as a "center of excellence" in the fight against human trafficking, the trafficking team was shut down, due to financial restraints within the Metropolitan Police Service. DS Llewellyn now is engaged on an International Joint Investigation Team, Operation GOLF, targeting child trafficking within the Roma community from Romania to Western Europe. Roddy Llewellyn is a keen sportsman. He plays, coaches, and officiates rugby; teaches skiing to persons with disabilities; and invests time in numerous charitable organizations.
Dr. Paul Marshall joined the Hudson Institute as a senior fellow in the Center for Religious Freedom in November 2006. For eight years prior to joining Hudson, he worked at Freedom House as Senior Fellow at the Center for Religious Freedom. Prior to that he held professorships at several institutions, including the University of Toronto, the Free University of Amsterdam, and the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto. He has  taught political science, law, philosophy and theology. He holds a B.Sc. (Geology) from the University of Manchester, an M.Sc.(Geochemistry) from the University of Western Ontario, an M.Phil. (Philosophy) from the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, and an M.A. and Ph.D. (Political Science) from York University, with further studies in international human rights law at the University of Strasbourg and theology at Oxford University. Marshall is the author or editor of over twenty books on religion and politics with an emphasis on religious freedom, and author of the best-selling, award-winning survey of religious persecution worldwide Their Blood Cries Out (1997). He is the author of several hundred articles, and his writings have been translated into Russian, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian, Japanese, Malay, Indonesian, Korean, Arabic, Farsi, and Chinese.

Kelly O'Rear is a native of Chattanooga and came to Christ while attending U.T.C. He graduated with a degree in education and taught public school locally for one year. He then went with New Tribes Mission to teach in a school for missionaries’ children located in the jungles of Venezuela. He continued his service in New Tribes teaching for over 6 years at their Bible Institute in Jackson, Michigan. In December of 2001, he returned home to Chattanooga and served as the college minister of a local church for over 7 years. He is currently serving on staff at a local Christian high school. Kelly often speaks to a variety of groups, but particularly to high school and college students. His driving passion is to see students equipped to understand and live out biblical worship.
Kenneth Turner is Associate Professor of Bible at Bryan College. He has a B.A.E. in Physics and Mathematics from Arizona State University (1995), an M.Div. and Ph.D. in Old Testament Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1999, 2005). Prior to coming to Bryan in 2006, Turner taught as an adjunct professor in schools in Kentucky and Texas, and served on church staffs as Teaching Pastor and Youth Minister.

Detective Inspector Steve Wilkinson
from New Scotland Yard (NSY) joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1980, where he was recruited for the CIB3 Anti Corruption Command, which, for the first time, utilized specialist detectives to investigate corruption in organized crime. Subsequently assigned to the Specialist Crime Directorate, which investigated kidnapping and trafficking in drugs, guns, and people, Inspector Wilkinson was exposed to the specter of human trafficking. Success at this level, including the fight against human trafficking, led to DI Wilkinson being selected as Tactical Adviser to Operation Pentameter 1, a national initiative to "lift the stone on human trafficking in the United Kingdom (UK)" from which the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Center (UKHTC) was birthed.  He is a member of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), specifically, the Expert Group in Human Trafficking; his expertise has enabled him to deliver training around the world.  He headed the Metropolitan Police Service Human Trafficking Team (HTT), securing approximately 25% of all the UK's convictions on trafficking for sexual exploitation. In March 2010 he joined Op Golf, which is a Joint Investigation team (JIT) with Romanian authorities, investigating human trafficking into the UK.

Workshop Speakers

Amanda Ferguson is Program Director of TraffickingHope, an outreach and awareness campaign of Cyrus International designed to bring HOPE to victims of human trafficking in the United States. In addition to helping survivors of human trafficking, Amanda continues her work as a Registered Nurse at a large scale Emergency Department in Baton Rouge, LA. She graduated from LSU Medical Center in 1999 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Amanda and her husband, Shane, have been married 11 great years and have 6 wonderful children. Together, they homeschool their children. Amanda and her family are active members of Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge, LA.

Dr. Peter Held is Senior Fellow for Christian Worldview and Professor of Christian Thought and Biblical Studies at Bryan College. This is his seventeenth year at Bryan. Dr. Held’s educational preparation includes the Bachelor of Science degree from John Brown University, the Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, the Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the Doctor of Education degree from the University of Alabama. He enjoys spending time with his family, day hikes in the Smokey Mountains, football, chess, and photography. Dr. Held and his wife Robin live in Dayton, Tennessee. They have two married daughters.

Ben Norquist
, Director of Spiritual Formation, studied history at Bryan College, then returned to his hometown of Minneapolis, MN, where he met his wife, Ariel. Ben earned his MA in Western Thought at St. John's College and then fulfilled a lifelong dream to become a barista. Ben and Ariel's passion for international missions and spiritual formation drew them back to Bryan. They live in Cranmore Cove with their children, Henrik, Soren, and Freya.

Danielle Rebman
, Assistant Director of Spiritual Formation, graduated from Bryan College with a degree in Liberal Arts and immediately joined the Spiritual Formation staff. She continues to be fascinated by all intersections of literature, theology, food, and culture. Danielle has visited missionaries and development projects around the world where she enjoys supporting the global church and helping people discover their gifts and passions.

In May 2008, Jency and Nathan Shirai married with a determination to make their ministry, family, and work all one and the same. Jency graduated from UTC with a degree in business management and a desire to use her degree in the Fair Trade world. Nathan graduated from Belmont University with an International Affairs degree and a desire to see economic development in impoverished countries. They managed World Next Door, a fair trade store in downtown Chattanooga, until the store unfortunately had to close in December 2009. Through their experiences in the fair trade world though and a few trips to Asia, they began to see how Fair Trade can help fight sex slavery. Currently, Nathan works as a bookkeeper at Hutchinson & Walls, CPA, and Jency is a Freedom Fighter for Better Way Imports. They speak in schools, churches, and community groups on issues such as Fair Trade, poverty, human trafficking, and modern day slavery.

Maribeth Ward is a native of Montgomery, AL, and a graduate of Auburn University, where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is now living in Atlanta, GA, serving as the Director of Prevention Programming for NightLight Atlanta, where she works with kids that are at-risk for entering into the sex industry. Maribeth has a gift of bringing the kingdom of God into darkness through nurturing others.