Katie Alaniz, Ed.D., is a faculty member and Director of Online Learning and Professional Development within the College of Education Behavioral Sciences at Houston Baptist University. As a teacher and digital learning specialist for over a decade in both public and private schools, including her service as instructional technologist at River Oaks Baptist School, Katie guides fellow educators as they meaningfully integrate digital resources within their classrooms. Together with colleagues at HBU, Katie has coauthored Naturalizing Digital Immigrants: The Power of Collegial Coaching for Technology Integration and Digital Media in Today's Classrooms. She and her husband Steven reside in Houston, Texas, where they have served for over a decade as community outreach coordinators through Apartment Life. Additionally, they direct a Newlywed or Close Life Bible Study Class at Houston's First Baptist Church.
Born and raised in Edmonton in western Canada, Duncan spent 30 years in Latin America and Africa doing relief and development work before returning to Canada in 2016. He started as a volunteer in Peru, and has worked with PLAN International, World Vision, and several other international development organizations. Duncan has a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Alberta, and a Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies from Regent College. Duncan joined the Canadian Bible Society in January 2019, as the Director of National Programs to lead the development and growth of the regional teams and programs across the country.
Duncan’s interest in orality comes from the many years he engaged in development work with groups of people with strong oral traditions and very low levels of literacy. Duncan and his wife, Maria Elena, have 3 children and 5 grandchildren, and live in Toronto.
John Franklin : Program Team & Steering Committee Member
Since 1998, John Franklin has served as Executive Director of IMAGO a Toronto based initiative to support Christian artists in Canada. As a charitable organization, IMAGO adopts creative projects allowing them the advantage of charitable status. He has been involved in putting on arts events and special lectures designed to affirm the value of the arts in contemporary culture. Before taking up his position with IMAGO he was professor of philosophy at Tyndale College in Toronto. More recently, as an adjunct professor at Toronto School of Theology (University of Toronto), he has taught in the area of theology and the arts.
John has hosted special events on film, poetry, music and drama, has overseen a national visual arts competition, and served as a theological consultant for the Mystical Landscapes Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2012 -2017. He is a member of The Task Force on Arts in Mission for the Mission Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, has had involvement with the Lausanne Movement International, and is on the Board of Lausanne Canada.
Paul’s work as a project specialist with Cru has given him a wide-spread exposure to a variety of approaches in ministry in many different settings. These experiences, combined with his unique blend of administrative skills and creativity have often helped him lead people to think “outside the box” yet in a way that is tied to practical application and getting things done. He has a degree in Leadership Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota, has been a lifelong learner of new technologies, and has always been an advocate of the key principles called the “lean start-up.”
Mark serves leaders who live among the world’s most vulnerable communities—people without access to the Word of God. From graduate and undergraduate campuses to unreached villages, he partners with local leaders to accelerate integrated, holistic strategies with a vision for transformation among marginalized and at-risk communities around the world. He works among Bibleless people groups, oral learners, and others who want to see the Word of God transform leaders, plant churches, make disciples, reach the lost, and accelerate community transformation. Through leadership development and community transformation programs, he applies worldview analytics, communication strategy, and contextualization with each partnership. Additionally, he consults with global organizations in areas including healthy partnerships, orality, mission, program architecture, strategy, and evaluation.
Previously, he has served as vice president and professor at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas, training leaders and teaching biblical and theological studies. Prior to his service in Dallas, Dr. Overstreet taught at Southern Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, where he completed his masters and doctor of philosophy degrees in biblical studies and theology. He has published numerous articles, chapters, and presented papers and spoken at conferences around the world. Dr. Overstreet and his wife Tiffanie have three sons and live near Atlanta, Georgia.
Tim Whitehead (CPA, CMA) and his wife Melody serve in their local church in Hamilton, ON, Canada in various capacities with their five children. Tim is the Executive Director of Galcom International Inc. Canada providing overall leadership for the organization that has installed almost 200 radio stations for mission partners in some of the most remote areas on earth, and have supplied over 1,000,000 solar powered, fix-tuned radios to pastors and missionaries helping them expand their reach and multiply their impact. Tim is the host and producer of the weekly Impact Radio program aired on over 40 stations across North America highlighting missionary testimonies and encouraging listeners to get involved in the Great Commission. Previously, Tim served at Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. Canada’s preeminent Christian TV ministry.