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Rev. Rebecca Brimmer

International President and CEO, Israel/Global

Rev. Rebecca J. Brimmer is the International President and CEO of Bridges for Peace. She directs the worldwide organization with International Headquarters in Israel and eight national offices. She is a spokesman on behalf of Bridges for Peace in many venues, through the printed page, radio, television, public meetings, and conferences. She is a published author and the Editor in Chief of the Dispatch from Jerusalem. She is ordained with the International Ministerial Fellowship. She has resided in Israel since 1990 with her husband Tom.

Peter Fast


Rev. Peter Fast previously served as the National Director with Bridges for Peace Canada, having returned with his family from volunteering with BFP in Israel for over three years. Peter holds degrees from Prairie College, BA in Biblical Studies and a BA in Intercultural Studies. He has completed a Master of Arts in Judeo-Christian Studies at Masters International University of Divinity. Peter teaches on subjects such as: Hebraic Roots, Historical/Modern Israel, Christian anti-Semitism, and Early Church history.

Rev. Cheryl Hauer

International Vice President

Rev. Cheryl Hauer serves as the international vice president of Bridges for Peace. In that capacity, she works directly with the international president and CEO and the international CFO in strategizing, leading and directing the overall ministry. She has been with Bridges for Peace for nearly 30 years, serving first as national education director in the US and then as US deputy national director. In 2008, she and her husband, Steven, were invited to Israel to become part of the international team. She served there as international development director, overseeing the work of Bridges offices around the world and traveling globally to speak, teach and encourage Christians to become involved in supporting Israel and the Jewish people. After living in Israel for 10 years, Cheryl and her husband relocated to the US, and Cheryl divides her time between Minnesota, Israel and the nations. She is an ordained minister, a published author, a contributor to Bridges for Peace publications and a sought-after speaker, preacher, Bible teacher and lecturer. She speaks often on the Hebraic foundations of Christianity, the relevance of modern Israel and the exciting, prophetic days we are living in.

Peter Robertson

International Chief Financial Officer, Israel/Global

Peter Robertson, International Chief Financial Officer, has served Bridges for Peace with a passionate love for the Lord and for Israel since 2003. As a management accountant, Peter has served in two consecutive finance director roles in industry prior to joining Bridges for Peace and has worked in the manufacturing, distribution, retail, and not-for-profit sectors in a varied accounting career that has spanned 25 years.

Rev. Dr. Jim Solberg

National Director, USA

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 DDiv from Masters International School of Divinity. Jim and his wife Sharon have 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren, and reside in Melbourne, Florida.

Atsumi Takada

National Director, Japan

As the eldest daughter of a Pastor who prayed for Israel for more than 70 years, Atsumi was convinced of the role of Israel according to the Bible and the ultimate fulfillment of Scriptural prophecy. She became familiar with the work of Bridges for Peace on her first Holy Land Tour in 1996. Atsumi started serving with Bridges for Peace Japan in the same year. Since then, she has encouraged churches across Japan to join in the efforts of Bridges for Peace. In 2000, Atsumi became the Director of the Japan National Office.

Chris Eden

National Director, South Africa

Chris Eden’s involvement with Israel started with a passion to see the Church in South Africa appreciate its Hebraic foundations. He has served as national director since 1999 and desires to help Christians understand how they should relate to the unfolding biblical prophesies concerning Israel. He leads an able team and travels extensively throughout South Africa with a particular emphasis on leaders. The Church Leaders Israel Forums and Church Leaders Israel Briefings have been developed to support this initiative. The main teaching sessions that he presents are Church Leader’s Israel Briefings and Annual Israel Updates.

Matthew Chivers

National Director, Australia

Matthew assumed the role as Australian National Director, in February 2018, having spent the major part of his Christian ministry in pastoral leadership. In 2015, God began to stir his heart to pursue a different ministry focus. As a result, a deep passion has grown in his heart to see Christian believers catch a vision of what it means to stand with Israel and the Jewish people. He and his wife Tricia have five children and have also entered the grandparent phase of life.

Beth Mather

National Coordinator, New Zealand

Elizabeth “Beth” Mather has served in church leadership in Hamilton, New Zealand for over 25 years. Her experience also includes working as a health promotion and education officer for the District Health Board in New Zealand. She’s an avid world traveler and holds a diploma in Intercultural Studies from East West College. Beth and her husband, Eric, have three sons and three grandchildren. Her passion for Israel and its people was born during a family trip to the Promised Land. While in Jerusalem, she visited the Bridges for Peace offices. The opportunity to experience the work of blessing and supporting Israel made a lasting impression.

Michael Treharne

National Director, U.K.

Michael Treharne has been involved with Bridges for Peace since 1994.  He was one of the first U.K. volunteers to go to Israel. He has been involved with Bridges for Peace in the U.K. through prayer, office volunteer and then as UK Director. From a professional educational background he has served in Teen Challenge and has been a youth street pastor.  He has a heart for intercessory prayer, teaching and speaking in churches all over the U.K.  Michael and his wife, Siân, have five children and live in Wales. Michael gained a BA in photography and Qualified Teacher status.

Doorim Han

National Coordinator, South Korea

Doorim grew up in a ministry family and inherited her passion for Israel from her mother.  For over ten years, she served the body of Christ as a Bible teacher and prayer group leader. In 2010, God called her to bring the message of Bridges for Peace to the Christians of Korea and in 2014, thanks to her commitment and tireless efforts, the BFP Korea office became reality. She has served as National Coordinator since, leading a team of dedicated volunteers with a passion to help the church in Korea to connect with its Hebraic heritage and begin supporting Israel.

Garri Sergienko

National Director, Canada

Garri joined Bridges for Peace Canada in August 2022 as Deputy National Director. Garri holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations in the Middle East from Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Moscow. He has been working in Christian media production for 18 years. Garri and his wife Zebo have two kids. Together with his family, they moved to Winnipeg, Canada, in 2019 to work with Square One World Media as a producer of a Youtube show. He looks forward to advancing the vision of BFP, including through media and online. He officially became the National Director of BFP Canada, January 2023.