All God's Children: Justice in God's Mission

Fri., April 13-Sat., April 14, 2018

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
616 N. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Every other year, WMI hosts a mission conference focusing on how individuals and congregations can be more effectively involved in God’s global mission. Our 2018 conference will bring together local, national, and international mission leaders to talk about the integral role of justice in God's mission. Topics will include U.S.-Mexico border ministry, human trafficking, contextual ministry in local communities, ministry to the homeless, and more!

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Registration fee is $65 for individuals and $275 for churches/groups (flat rate that includes unlimited individual regisrations and lunch on Saturday). The conference is free for PTS students, faculty, and staff.

On-site registration is by check and cash only. Registration opens at 6:00 p.m. Friday and 8:00 a.m. Saturday and will be held in the Chapel Auditorium Lobby.

Click here to download our 8.5x14 poster to share with your church or organization! You can also download a small (two per page) or large bulletin insert to advertise the conference to members of your congregation.

Individual Registration

 Register as an individual (including PTS students, faculty, and staff) or member of a church/group 

For a paper registration form, please call the WMI office at 412-924-1364.

Keynote Speakers

Mark Adams and Miriam Maldonado
Presbyterian Church (USA) Mission Co-Workers serving on the U.S.-Mexico border

Mark and Miriam serve with Frontera de Cristo, a Presbyterian Border Ministry centered in Agua Prieta, Mexico, and Douglas, Ariz. Mark has served as the U.S. coordinator since 1998. He and Jocabed Gallegos, Mexican coordinator, are responsible for coordinating the six ministry areas of Frontera de Cristo: church development, health and family ministry, the New Hope Community Center, mission education, and the Just Trade Center. Miriam is a certified permaculture instructor and she helps cultivate healthy food and loving community in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Agua Prieta with DouglaPrieta Trabajan. She also works as a liaison with the CRREDA drug rehab center.

Through Frontera de Cristo, Mark and Miriam help bring together people from both sides of the border, building relationships and understanding between them. “We help them reflect biblically and theologically about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ,” writes Mark, “in light of our spiritual, social, political, and economic connected-ness.”

Mark was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in 1998, in his home church, Clover Presbyterian Church. He is a minister member of Presbytery de Cristo, PC(USA). Mark is co-author of the book Just Coffee: Caffeine with a Conscience, which explores the connections between coffee, migration, and faith. He wrote the introduction to the book Bishops on the Border: Pastoral Responses to Immigration, in which the Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopal, and Roman Catholic bishops of Arizona reflect on the church’s call to respond in faith to the realities of immigration.

Mark and Miriam have three children: Cindy, Anna Flor, and Nathan.

Brian Cress
International Justice Mission

Brian Cress is director of denomination and youth mobilization for the International Justice Mission in Washington, D.C., where he works to connect denominations, church networks, and youth ministries with the goals and strategies of IJM. Brian is the author of 10 Minute Moments Seeking Justice, the creator of IJM’s “24 Hour Justice Experience,” and the youth curriculums “Questions to Live By” and “Evil and Suffering”.

Brian has spoken at churches, denominational conferences, youth events, camps, schools, and retreats throughout the United States and in the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Canada, Mexico, Peru, and Africa. He has led IJM trips to India, Philippines, Cambodia, Guatemala, Uganda, and the Dominican Republic. Prior to joining IJM in 2007, Brian served on the pastoral team at a church in Bellevue, Wash., where he was a pastor for 27 years, serving as youth pastor, family ministry, and executive pastor.

Brian and his wife, Lori, who serves as an IJM volunteer, live in New York City, and have three grown children.