Uchenna is a Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary alum who served cross-culturally with his spouse, Dolapo, in West and North Africa, loving Muslims and respectfully inviting them to follow Jesus. Until recently, he served as the Interim Director of Missions at First Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, NC, where he currently volunteers as well as with Frontier Fellowship as a mission specialist. Uchenna and Dolapo currently reside in Winston-Salem, NC, and they have two young adult sons. Uchenna is an ordained minister in the Anglican Church.
Richard grew up in North Carolina and attended UNC Chapel Hill for undergraduate studies in religion. After receiving his M.Div degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1979, he has served as New Church Developer, Pastor, Interim Pastor, and Associate Pastor in numerous Richmond area churches. Always called to mission, Richard has led numerous short term mission teams since 1982 to countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Richard studied at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and received his PhD in missiology from Middlesex University, London, in 2014. Richard has served since 2014 as Executive Director of Frontier Fellowship, working to mobilize North American churches for frontier mission engagement to bring the Good News to least reached people groups in Asia and Africa. He teaches Doctor of Ministry students as adjunct faculty in Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell. He regularly teaches history and bible lessons in the Perspectives Missions course. Richard currently lives with his wife Pam in Richmond, Virginia; they have three daughters and 9 grandchildren. He enjoys reading, listening to jazz, fly-fishing and gardening.
Sara Pottschmidt Lisherness is the Director of the Compassion, Peace and Justice
Ministry area of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) This ministry area includes poverty
and hunger alleviation, disaster response, development, peacemaking, faith-based
investing and corporate engagement, social witness policy formation and public policy
advocacy at the United Nations and in Washington D.C.
She also currently serves as the Interim Director for Presbyterian World Mission. World
Mission engages in ministry with global partners in over 80 countries through shared
commitments to God’s mission in education, community health and development,
evangelism, accompaniment and peacebuilding.
She has been a keynote speaker at national and international conferences and has also led
workshops and seminars on a variety justice issues with a special focus on conflict
transformation and peacebuilding.
Ms. Lisherness graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and attended San
Francisco Theological Seminary in Southern California. She is married and the mother of
3 childern. In her free time she enjoys hiking in the park with her dogs, working in her
garden, reading and cooking for family and friends.
High School/Middle School Speaker
Alex Solorio is a Director of University Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio Texas. Alex arrived in San Antonio in 2015 to serve young adults in their formative years. He is originally from Houston Texas, where he graduated from Houston Baptist University with a Bachelors in Christian Studies and a Masters in Theological Studies. Being the Son of Alejandro and Olga Solorio, Alex has two other siblings that are also in full-time ministry. His older sister, Sonya Solorio Milbrodt, is a missionary in Thailand along with her Husband Jeremy Milbrodt with Living Word Ministries. His younger brother, Eric Solorio, is the Director of Youth Ministries at Christ Church Sugarland.
As he has served in college ministry, Alex has a vision of collaboration in mission and has volunteered for various on campus ministries at both Trinity University and University of the Incarnate Word. These ministries include Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Young Life, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Though Alex’s job description is focused on college ministry, he has always had a deep passion for both local and global missions. Alex has work alongside Living Water International, going to Guatemala and Nicaragua, The Yucitan Peninsula Mission, and LXP South Africa. Locally, Alex participates and partners with The Porch East Side outreach, SA Heals, and Young Life East Side.
Alex recently completed his ordination process through ECO and will be ordained and installed as an Assistant Pastor August 2021.
Saturday Evening Meeting Speaker
Dr. Robert is Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission, and Director of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission. Her research and teaching interests span mission history, World Christianity, and mission theology. An Editor of the journal Church History, during 2016-17 she was a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology, and Senior Research Fellow at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, Germany. She is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Missiology. Her books include Faithful Friendships: Embracing Diversity in Christian Community (2019); African Christian Biography: Stories, Lives, and Challenges (2018); Joy to the World!: Mission in the Age of Global Christianity (2010); Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion (2009, now in its twelfth printing); Converting Colonialism: Visions and Realities in Mission History, 1706-1914 (2008); Christianity
Matthew David Montgomery is a musician and recording artist who works to serve the church by writing original songs informed by reformed theology and by equipping congregations to sing Scripture. His latest project, “Psalms for Singing” is available on all music platforms.
Matthew and his wife currently reside in Nashville, TN.