Charles Kelley is Latvian-American, citizen of both countries. Born in Los Angeles, he has lived in Oregon since 1980. His professional training is in Bible, theology, and missiology. He began ministering in Latvia in 1985. Before founding Bridge Builders International, an Oregon based mission that focuses on Latvia, in 1994, Charles served in pastoral ministry in California, Texas, and Oregon for 21 years. He is chairman and director of BBI’s Latvian affiliate, “Partners.” He serves as Dean of International Relations at the Baltic Pastoral Institute in Riga. Charles is founder of the Imago Dei Artists Network in Latvia and co-founder of the imagiNATIONS Annual Art Festival for Estonia and Latvia. He is a member of the Arts Centre Group in London and is the LausanneARTS Advocate at Large for Europe. Charles is an author, pianist, and painter, having studied at the feet of two masters, professors both, from the Latvian Academy of the Arts. He lives in Latvia 4-5 months per year. He has been married to Nancy for 40 years and has four grown children and nine littler grandchildren.
Owen Brown is the UCCF Team Leader for Wales and South West England, which aims to resour ce, train, and mature students in the Christian Unions across the regions. One of the high points of his job is seeing bold Christian students living and speaking for Jesus in the heart of their universities and colleges. If they do it creatively, even better! Prior to working for UCCF Owen worked for the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Museum of Wales, the Royal Collection, and the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. He has spent nearly a decade working in the fine art world specialising in Neo-Impressionist art.
Delta David Gier has been called a dynamic voice on the music scene, recognized widely for his penetrating interpretations of the standard symphonic repertoire, passionate commitment to new music, and significant community engagement. Orchestras Mr. Gier has conducted include the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra. In Europe, his engagements include the Bergen Philharmonic, the Polish National Radio Symphony, and the Bucharest Philharmonic, along with many other orchestras in Italy, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey. He studied at the University of Michigan under the renowned conducting teacher Gustav Meier, along with studies at the Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival. He was a Fulbright scholar in eastern Europe from 1988-90. He has chaired the music jury of the Pulitzer Prize and is a frequent panelist for the League of American orchestras. The Lakota Music Project was developed under Gier’s direction to address racial tensions between Native Americans and whites in the region the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra serves. Other engagement projects with the SDSO have included Arab, Chinese and Sudanese/Somali refugees.
Külli Hansen is the coordinator of the Artists Network of the Estonian Evangelical Alliance. She has studied the arts and entrepreneurship; and has been active on these frontiers for more than 25 years. She started as an art curator and gallery-owner in Tartu, Estonia; and followed her career as a cultural coordinator of the city of Tartu, and as a business coach for creative start-ups in a regional business incubator. She is now active in business consultancy working mostly with creative industries, companies and start-ups . She currently works at Estonian Business School as a lecturer of business planning, business models, student enterprices and management of creative processes. In 2015, she initiated an annual international Christian Artists Festival “ImagiNATIONS“ in Tartu, Estonia and is responsible for curating art exhibitions at Tartu Salem Church. The topic she will present at ELF connects business and the arts will feature discussions about the value of art.
Pablo Martinez is a Forum steering committee member. He currently works as a psychiatrist at a private practice in Barcelona. He has also developed a wide ministry as a lecturer, counsellor, and itinerant speaker. He has been a plenary Bible teacher in more than 30 countries. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA) for 20 years, also serving as one of the organization's vice-presidents. He has filled the role of President of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (1999-2009) and Professor of Pastoral Psychology at the Spanish Theological Seminary for seven years. He is currently a member of the Sociopolitical Commission of the European Evangelical Alliance. He has authored three books, Prayer Life: How Your Personality Affects the Way You Pray, now published in fourteen languages, Tracing the Rainbow: Walking Through Loss and Bereavement, and his latest, A Thorn in the Flesh: Finding Strength and Hope Amid Suffering (Inter Varsity Press, England). He is married to Marta, a medical doctor.
Liviu Mocan graduated from the Academy for Visual Arts in Cluj, Romania, with a degree in sculpture and art pedagogy, after which he spent one year as an artist in residence at Anderson University and Mississippi College (USA). There he continued his sculpture studies, experimenting with different materials and exhibiting his work, while also teaching sculpture techniques. His field studies took him to Chicago, New York, St. Petersburg, Wien, Budapest and Samotraki. Among the awards he has earned are the "Romul Ladea" special award at the Small Sculpture Arad Biennial (1997) and "Arts of Fire" Bucharest (2000). As a promoter of Stigma he was initiator and organizer of many visual arts events in Romania, Germany, England and Hungary. In 1997, he organized The Good Samaritan International Sculpture Symposium, the first event of the newly formed El Foundation. In 1999, he won the commission from his hometown of Clug-Napoca to create the city’s monument to the victims of the Romanian Revolution of December 1989. While his work varies both in the media used (from wood and stone to bronze and glass) and in sizes (he has won awards both for small sculpture and for monumental projects), his main interest is in larger scale sculptures for display in public places. In his works he expresses as his life motto: "I strive to polish mirrors for heaven."
Katie Roth is a British primary school music teacher who has lived in Latvia for seventeen years. She has taught in state schools, been involved in in-service teacher training, church youth and children's work and establishing the 12-step recovery program, Celebrate Recovery. Last year she completed a master's degree in Music Therapy at a Latvian University and currently works with children in a mainstream school who have emotional, social and behavioural difficulties.
Ken Sande is the founder of Peacemaker Ministries and Relational Wisdom 360. Trained as an engineer, lawyer, and mediator, Ken has conciliated hundreds of family, business, church, and legal conflicts. As president of RW360, he now focuses on teaching people how to build strong relationships in the family, church, and workplace. He teaches internationally and is the author of numerous books, articles, and training resources, including The Peacemaker, which has been translated into fifteen languages. He is a certified Christian conciliator, an editorial adviser for Christianity Today, a certified Relational Wisdom instructor, and an Emotional Intelligence certified instructor.
Jonathan Tame is the Executive Director of the Jubilee Centre, a research and policy think tank in Cambridge that provides biblical perspectives on economic, social, and political issues in order to equip Christians to be salt and light in different spheres of society. Having obtained a Master’s degree in agricultural economics, Jonathan worked for the UK government’s Department for International Development in Cameroon before joining YWAM’s relief and development agency in Lausanne, Switzerland. From there, he and his wife Helene spent 11 years in Romania pioneering community development projects, starting a crisis pregnancy counselling centre, engaging with the Orthodox Church, and opening an arts and worldview café. In 2006 they moved back to Switzerland where Jonathan was involved in training, arts and media projects connecting Geneva’s spiritual heritage with Christians working in the international community there. Jonathan was instrumental in bringing Liviu Mocan’s monumental sculpture invitation/Decalogue to Geneva for the 500th anniversary of Calvin’s birth. They moved to Cambridge in 2009 for Jonathan to work initially with the Jubilee Centre’s founder, Michael Schluter, before being appointed to lead the organisation in 2012.