Kampmeeting 2018 Speakers
Kumar Dixit
About Kumar...

Kumar is a popular traveling preacher and seminar presenter. He received a Doctorate in Ministry with an emphasis in Leadership Excellence from Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington D.C.) He is the author of Branded Faith: Contextualizing the Gospel in a Post-Secular World, and has co-authored Steps to Discipleship. Dixit continues to write for a number of magazines and religious journals. He was the 2013 recipient of the Associate Church Press Award for his monthly column in the Canadian Messenger.

Kumar has served as pastor at New Hope Seventh-day Adventist church in Fulton, Maryland as well as a pastor in Vancouver, British Columbia over 3 years. He has been instrumental in building strong leadership teams of lay members and paid staff. He continues to be a resource and provides a safe haven for people who are on their spiritual journey. 

 
Kathy Baldock1   VIDEO
About Kathy...
Kathy Baldock, author, LGBT advocate, international speaker and educator, and Executive Director of CanyonWalker Connections is a leading expert on LGBTQ issues in the United States, especially dealing with historical and current discrimination faced from the socially conservative Christian church and political sector. Her 2014 book, Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBT Community, and accompanying "Untangling the Mess" presentations, website, and videos, piece together the history behind LGBT persecution in the church and the need for conservative Christians and church leaders to become better educated in order to properly engage members of the LGBT community. She is currently researching for her second book which asks the question, "As we knew better about human sexuality, did we do better on modern Bible translations with respect to passages about same-sex behavior?" 
 
Marpheen Chann   VIDEO
About Marpheen...

A first-generation, LGBT Asian-American based in Portland, Maine, Marpheen Chann is an advocate, thinker, and writer on issues impacting the LGBTQ and immigrant and refugee communities. He owns and operates his own political and digital strategy consulting firm working on state and local campaigns in Maine and serves on the board of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center. He holds a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine.

 
Rena Alberta Otieno   VIDEO
About Rena...

Rena Alberta Otieno was raised by loving parents and had very loving brothers and sisters growing up. She is from a strong Seventh-day Adventist background with both her grandparents and parents being ministers of the gospel. Rena came out in 2000 and in 2007 became actively involved in activism after attending a world social forum that took place in Kenya.  She was the first coordinator and founder of the first lesbian organization in Western Kenya, founder of Rainy Summer a lesbian organization in Migori county, and has been the SDA Kinship Kenyan coordinator for over ten years. Rena believes strongly that God loves us so much and is pained when He sees some of His children rejected by the very people He has put on this planet to take care of and shepherd them. She has met members of her church, including pastors children, who are refugees in her country because they have been thrown out by their families and she is so glad that God is raising up people in the church who want to be like Jesus and stop stigma and discrimination.

 

 
George Omondi Oloo   VIDEO
About George...

George Omondi Oloo was born and raised in Kenya within the Seventh-day Adventist fellowship from the Kenya Lake Conference. His educational and professional background is in the following fields: Medical Lab Technician, Social Work, and Community Development Science.

George is passionate about working on social and health-positive change efforts especially focusing on Christians who are marginalized by culture and religious principles and attitudes.

In addition, he has worked with several organizations and non-governmental organization in the area of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and others among the LGBTIQ community.

In his free time, he enjoys singing in church choirs and is a strong member of Adventist men at Milimani Seventh-day Adventist Church.

His motto: “I believe that Jesus Christ loves everybody and therefore, no person should be demoralized because of their sexuality.”

 

 
Cindy Gissendanner4   VIDEO
About Cindy...
Cindy Gissendanner is Professor and Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and Director of LGBT Studies at Towson University near Baltimore, Maryland.  She has taught courses on a variety of LGBTQ+ topics and has conducted LGBTQ+ sensitivity training workshops for new student orientation, faculty, and campus and Baltimore area police officers.
 
Randi Dee Robertson1   VIDEO
About Randi...
Randi Dee Robertson currently runs her own consulting practice, R2 & Associates Consulting LLC, which specializes in aviation training curriculum creation and management, and training operations management. Additionally, her personal journey and work experience have equipped her to work with companies and organizations as they seek to meet the needs of their transgender clients and employees. She has consulted with hospital companies, educational institutions ranging from primary schools to universities, churches, and international church organizations.
 
Elyse Ambrose1   VIDEO
About Elyse...
Elyse Ambrose is a black queer woman. She is a healing activist, sexual ethicist, and word artist. Her justice work, research, and art lie at the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, class, and spirituality. Currently, a Ph.D. Candidate at Drew University (Religion and Society, concentrating in Women's & Gender Studies and African American Studies), Elyse's desire for her scholarship to impact and be informed by real lives leads to a synergy of theory and practice. She is the Founder and Creative Organizer of phoeniXspark, which offers workshops.
 
Saida Agostini1
About Saida...
Saida Agostini is a queer afro-guyanese poet and activist. She is the Chief Operating Officer for FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, a survivor-led artist collective dedicated to resisting rape culture. As COO, Saida supports FORCE in sustaining and expanding its capacity to engage in survivor-led movement building work. She is also the founding member of the Rooted Collective, a liberatory gathering of Black LGBTQ people to define, dream, and expand on the ways we heal from oppression.  In her work, Saida has organized statewide advocacy initiatives promoting the rights of LGBTQ youth in foster care, education, and juvenile justice, and directed art actions uplifting the visibility of Black girls, women and queer folks. A published poet and writer, Saida's work is featured in Origins, Drunk in the Midnight Choir, the Black Ladies Brunch Collective's anthology, Not Without Our Laughter, the Baltimore Sun, pluck!, The Little Patuxent Review, and other publications. Saida has received support for her poetry and resistance work from Cave Canem, the Leeway Foundation, and other institutions. Saida’s activism has been recognized by the Baltimore Magazine and Baltimore Sun - where she was named one of 2017’s 25 Women to Watch. The NoVo Foundation recently named Saida a Movement Maker, joining a national cohort of 20 leaders in the fight to end violence against women and girls. Other honors include the award of a 2017 Ruby grant to support the development of her first full-length collection of poems, uprisings in a state of joy.
 
Regina Araujo
About Regina...

Regina Araujo is an Aerospace Engineer from Northern VA who enjoys a quiet life. When she is not engulfed in her work she is absorbed in her two other passions: Old Testament Textual Criticism, which she cultivates as an informal research and Physics with emphasis on Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. Regina considers serving at Kinship a privilege and she enjoys the rich diversity Kinship represents.

 
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