Plenary Speakers

Stephan Bauman

Stephan Bauman lives to see people everywhere rise to the biblical call of love and justice. Stephan transitioned from a career in the Fortune 100 sector to Africa where he directed relief and development programs for nearly a decade before serving as President and CEO of World Relief, an international relief and development organization serving more five million vulnerable people each year.

Today Stephan is the Executive Director of a philanthropic Foundation serving the least resourced and accessible places of the world.

Stephan is the author of Possible: A Blueprint for Changing How We Change the World (2015), Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis (2016), and Break Open the Sky: Saving our Faith from a Culture of Fear (2017). Stephan considers his African friends his most influential teachers, and his wife, Belinda, his most important mentor.

Stephan, Belinda, and their two sons, Joshua and Caleb, live near Grand Rapids, Michigan, and enjoy the woods, the arts and late night conversations with friends.

 


 Vickie Reddy

Vickie Reddy is Executive Producer of The JUSTICE Conference based in Chicago, USA, Founder of Australian based arts and faith organization SPARC and in 2015 spearheaded a movement to mobilize christian churches in the west in response to the current Middle East refugee crisis: www.wewelcomerefugees.com.

Vickie is a television presenter and has a strong passion for connecting people and ideas, driving creative & entrepreneurial endeavours from TV programs, to events & conferences, and gathering community. Vickie lives in Chicago with her husband Mark and daughters, Jada & Mischa.

 


Tom Albinson

Tom Albinson has been serving refugees full-time since 1981. He founded the International Association for Refugees (IAFR) in 2009.

Over the years, Tom has provided leadership and ministry support to teams serving forcibly displaced people in Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Malta, New Zealand, Sudan, Turkey, the UK, and the USA.

In 2013, Tom was appointed by World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) to serve as Ambassador for Refugees, Displaced and Stateless People. Tom is an active founding member of the Refugee Highway Partnership – a growing international network of churches and Christian agencies serving refugees and forcibly displaced people.

Tom graduated from Taylor University in 1980 with a B.A. in Social Work. He has since studied some theology at Wheaton Graduate School and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has also taken courses in the Leadership Studies graduate program of Azusa Pacific University. But he has learned most from the forcibly displaced people with whom he has worked over the years.

Tom was based in Austria from 1981-2003. Tom and his wife, Donna, have been married since 1985. They have two children and live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 


James Grunau

With a Bible College and Seminary education, James worked in two different church ministries before moving to Canada’s West Coast in the mid 1980s. Here he detoured into the business world where he spent 20 years in the home renovation business, serving as manager in various departments and finally as general manager of the company.

Feeling his heart moving him in a different direction, he helped found Journey Home Community in 2005, an initiative of his church home group in its outreach to newly arriving asylum seeker families. He serves as Executive Director of Journey Home Community and is a member of the leadership team of the Refugee Highway Partnership, North American Region.