Compassion

We are your hands blessing the Jewish people

Dr. Jim Solberg

National Director

As USA National Director, Jim is the lead servant of the work of Bridges for Peace in the United States. He is vice-chair of the BFP-USA Board and a member of the BFP International Board of Directors. A graduate of St. Olaf College and an ordained minister, Jim hosts an annual tour to Israel, is a conference speaker, and regularly teaches and preaches on various Israel-related topics. He received his MA in Judeo-Christian Synergism and his DDiv from Masters International University of Divinity, and is a graduate of the BFP Institute of Israel Studies. Jim and his wife Sharon have 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren, and reside in Melbourne, Florida.

Dr. Bill Adams

National Field Director

As USA National Field Director, Bill overseas a nationwide network of volunteers and directs many key staff functions that support Bridges’ extensive humanitarian projects in Israel. He is widely known as a trusted bridge-builder within the Jewish community and an advocate for Israel among the churches.  Bill earned his MDiv from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and received his MA in Judeo-Christian Synergism and DDiv from Master’s International University of Divinity. His undergraduate degree is from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Bill is a graduate of the BFP Institute of Israel Studies. He and his wife Lizzie have 7 children, 6 grandchildren, and reside in Rockledge, FL.

Dr. Lennie Allen

Senior National Representative

A pastor for over 30 years, Lennie first went to Israel in 1985 and has travelled around the world sharing the critical message of Biblically mandated Christian support for Israel and the Jewish people. He has been honored by Bnei Zion for more than 20 years of support to the Dallas Jewish community. Lennie received his DDiv from Masters International University of Divinity and has also studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Lennie is a graduate of the BFP Institute of Israel Studies and currently lives in North Carolina.

Dr. Randy Alonso

Senior National Representative BFP-West

A Pastor for over 30 years with his wife D’anae of 37 years. Randy first traveled to Israel in 2001 and became an advocate of the land of Israel and the Jewish people. He became a USA Board member in 2004. He is now a USA Senior Leader focusing on the West Coast with BFP. He also serves as President of the International Ministerial Fellowship serving over 1300 Christian Leaders worldwide. He holds a DDiv degree from Masters International University of Divinity and is a graduate of BFP Institute of Israel. He is also a Certified Trainer, Teacher and Speaker for the John Maxwell Team.

Dr. John Anthony

National Field Advisor

John and his wife Connie pastored multi-lingual and multi-cultural communities in Israel for nearly 30 years, following his appointment there by the International Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. From 1973-2003 he was on the pastoral staff at Narkis Street Congregation and at Jerusalem Baptist Church. In 2003 John received Emeritus status from the IMB for his work in Jerusalem. When he joined the BFP-USA team, John brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience about Israel and her people. He received his DMin from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a graduate of the BFP Institute of Israel Studies. John and Connie live near their children and grandchildren in the Dallas, TX area.

Wilf Deweese

Legacy Giving

Bio coming soon…

Dr. Ed Smelser

Senior National Representative

A church pastor for 30 years, and a former Bible college faculty member, Ed and his wife Bonnie served for more than 4 years as Chaplain for the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem. His years in Jerusalem have given Ed a unique understanding of Israel which he shares in many forums such as churches, synagogues, classrooms, and the media. He received his DDiv from Masters International University of Divinity, and is a graduate of the BFP Institute of Israel studies. Ed and Bonnie have one daughter and 2 granddaughters and reside in Vancouver, Washington.

Rev. Jay Christianson

Regional Representative, Minnesota

Jay is the pastor of Issachar Community in Burnsville Minnesota. His passion for Hebraic Roots has made him a teacher, speaker, tour leader, Jewish-Christian dialogue participant, and outspoken advocate for Israel. Jay is a graduate of the BFP Institute of Israel Studies and earned his MA in Judeo-Christian Synergism from Masters International University of Divinity. Jay holds a B. A. in Pastoral Studies from North Central University and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota. He is known for his work in interfaith understanding between Christians and Jews. Jay and his wife Jeanne have 4 children and reside in Burnsville, Minnesota.

Pastor John David Delgado

Regional Representative, Texas - Hispanic Task Force Coordinator

David is founding pastor of Iglesia Comunitaria Biblica, a Spanish speaking church in Austin, Texas.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Transformational Leadership from Bethel Seminary. He is a graduate of the BFP Institute of Israel Studies and leads Spanish-speaking tours to Israel. John David and his wife Patricia are passionate about teaching Hispanic Christians the Hebraic roots of their faith and about building strong relationships between Christians and Jews. They and their son live in Hutto, TX.

Melissa Harris

Regional Representative, Washington - Development Representative

Following a lay career with a major denomination, Melissa is now sharing opportunities for Christians to stand with and to bless Israel through the work of Bridges for Peace. With her extensive experience as a speaker and teacher, Melissa is well equipped to share God’s heart for His land and people. Melissa is a graduate of the BFP Institute of Israel Studies and resides in Olympia, Washington.

Tony and Laura Invergo

Regional Representatives, Chicago

Tony and Laura met while attending a Jewish prayer focus at Moody Bible Institute where both were students. They were first introduced to Bridges for Peace while directors of a pioneering ministry effort in Jewish/Christian relations in England. Now the Invergos volunteer at events in their local Jewish community and teach the Christian community about Israel, the Jewish people, and God’s eternal love for them. They are graduates of the BFP Institute of Israel Studies. Tony and Laura have 3 children and live in Freeport, Illinois.

Pastor Frank Lenihan

Regional Representative, Montana

Frank and his wife Debbie pastor Lustre Mennonite Brethren Church, in rural Montana. Frank received both his MA in Judeo Christian Synergism and his MMin from Masters International University of Divinity. He is a graduate of the BFP Institute of Israel Studies and regularly leads tours to Israel. Frank is passionate about building lasting relationships between Christians and Jews and for teaching Christians about the Hebraic roots of their faith. He currently serves in a Representative position on the BFP-USA Board. Frank, Debbie and their family reside in Lustre, Montana.

Tracy McCart

Regional Representative, Kansas - Zealous8:2 Associate Coordinator

Tracy’s ministry has included service as a youth pastor, serving on a discipleship training staff, church board membership, and as a volunteer in a children’s home in Mexico. She is a teacher of God’s Word with an emphasis in the Hebraic roots of Christianity. A key focus for Tracy is to reach young adults with God’s zeal for Israel through BFP’s Zealous8:2 program. She recently led a tour to Israel for a group of hearing impaired adults. A graduate of the BFP Institute of Israel Studies, Tracy lives in Wichita, Kansas.

Megan Renick

Regional Representative, Florida

Megan has been zealous for Zion ever since her first encounter with Israel through Bridges for Peace. With a heart for Israel and the Jewish people she enjoys educating people about the truth of events in Israel and the Middle East. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the BFP Institute of Israel Studies, Megan is involved in developing partnerships between area pastors and BFP and facilitating “Israel Connection” meetings in local churches. Megan, her husband Jack, and their daughter live in Rockledge, Florida.

Rev. Jim Shuman

Regional Representative, Ohio

Jim and his wife Judy are the pastors for Suffield Fellowship Church in Mogedore, Ohio. For many years Jim was also a faculty member of a Bible college. A graduate of the BFP Institute of Israel Studies, Jim has taught Christian Leaders Forums and helps lead the BFP Men’s Prayer Weekends in Washington DC. He is also a regular contributor to the Bridges for Peace Christian Torah Devotions. He currently serves in a Representative position on the BFP-USA Board. Jim and Judy have 3 sons and 9 grandchildren and live in Hartville, Ohio.

Rev. Dawn Sober

Regional Representative, Florida - Zealous8:2 Coordinator

Dawn is passionate about encouraging the millennial generation to stand with Israel while building up mentors to come alongside them. She has been involved with BFP’s young adult program, Zealous8:2, since its inception. She is a graduate of both the BFP Institute of Israel Studies and of Masters Commission. Dawn has ministerial credentials through International Ministerial Fellowship and also through Global University. She and her husband Scott live in Melbourne, Florida with their 2 daughters.

Dr. Joseph Wehrer

Regional Representative, Pennsylvania and New York City

Joe has extensive experience teaching theology and the Hebraic roots of Christianity in Bible colleges and has also been in ministry to the homeless of New York City. He received his DDiv from Masters International University of Divinity, and is a graduate of the BFP Institute of Israel Studies. Joe especially enjoys visiting Israel with groups of his students, most of whom are experiencing Israel for the first time. He and his wife Monica and their 2 children live in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

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