Board of Directors

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a coalition of national Church communions and organizations, including Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions. Representatives from each of these bodies are the members of CMEP’s Board of Directors. CMEP’s mission, positions, and policy are set by the board. Decisions are made by consensus of the group.

Current Members of the CMEP Board and their Representatives

Alliance of Baptists
Allison J. Tanner

Allison J. Tanner is Pastor of Public Witness at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, Oakland, CA, Palestine Advocacy Representative for the Alliance of Baptists, a faith leader with Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and the Convener of the East Bay World Without Walls Coalition.

American Baptist Churches USA
Rev. William T. Young IV
American Friends Service Committee
Michael Merryman-Lotze

Michael Merryman-Lotze is the AFSC Palestine-Israel Program Director. He coordinates AFSC’s Israel and Palestine focused advocacy and policy programming, working closely with AFSC’s offices in Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, and throughout the US.

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Fr. Thomas Zain
Fr. Thomas Zain
Chairman, Inter-Orthodox and Inter-faith Relations
Vicar General
Armenian Orthodox Church
Archbishop Vicken Aykazian

Archbishop Vicken Aykazian is the Ecumenical Director and Diocesan Legate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern). He sits on the executive board of the NCC, as well as on the board of the World Council of Churches.

Catholic Conference of Major Superiors of Men’s Institutes
Tom Southard

Tom Southard is the director of Justice and Peace for the Catholic Conference of Major Superiors of Men’s Institutes.

Observer, Catholic Relief Services
Myron Meche

Myron Meche is the Director for Government Relations at Catholic Relief Services in Washington D.C.

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Peter Makari

Peter Makari is the Area Executive for Europe and the Middle East for Global Ministries for The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Christians for Social Action
Nikki Toyama-Szetzo

Nikki Toyama-Szetzo is the director of Evangelicals for Social Action, and she guides the execution of ESA’s mission and vision. She also served on the board of Interserve USA, Missio Alliance, and Casa Chiralagua.

Christian Reformed Church
Rev. Mark Stephenson
Church of the Brethren
Rev. Nathan Hosler

Nathan Hosler is the Director of the Church of the Brethren’s Office of Public Witness based in Washington, DC.

Church World Service
Steve Weaver
The Episcopal Church
Paul Feheley

Rev. Canon Robert Edmunds is the Middle East Partnership Officer for the Episcopal Church and serves as the liaison and communications/resource link for the Episcopal Church with the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.

Evangelicals 4 Justice
Dr. Andrea Smith

Dr. Andrea Smith is a coordinator of Evangelicals 4 Justice, and a board member of North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS). She is the co-editor (with Mae Cannon) of the upcoming book, Evangelical Theologies of Liberation and Justice and author of Unreconciled: From Racial Reconciliation to Racial Justice in Evangelical Christianity.

Evangelical Covenant Church
Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson is the superintendent of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada and serves as co-director of Serve Globally’s newly created Middle East and Africa (MENA) region.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Dennis Frado

Dennis Frado is the director for the Lutheran Office for World Community with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has two publications highlighted on our website: ELCA Churchwide Strategy for Engagement in Israel and Palestine, and Developments in ELCA Engagement with Israel/Palestine.

Franciscan Friars (OFM)
Russ Testa

Russ Testa is the founding Executive Director of the Franciscan Action Network (FAN), a U.S. based Franciscan institutional effort to lend an effective voice to advocacy efforts for inclusive social transformation; he currently serves as an ex officio member of the organization’s Board of Directors. He is also director of the Office for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) of the Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor.

Friends Committee on National Legislation
Diana Ohlbaum

Diana Ohlbaum is the director of FCNL’s foreign policy lobbying team. She also has experience in the executive branch and in the nonprofit sector. She also worked as director of public policy for InterAction, an alliance of NGOs engaged in humanitarian relief and international development.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Maria Kouroupas
Lott Carey Foreign Missionary Society
Rev. Emmett Dunn

The Reverend Dunn serves as Executive Secretary-Treasurer, CEO of the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention.

Maryknoll Office for Global Concern
Susan Gunn

Susan Gunn is the Director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Moravian Church in America
Rev. Richard L. Sides
National Council of Churches
Tony Kireopoulos

Tony Kireopoulos is the senior program director for Faith & Order and Interfaith Relations at the National Council of Churches USA. Prior to this position, he served as the Associate General Secretary for International Affairs and Peace at the National Council of Churches, as well as the Executive Director of The U.S. Conference of Religions for Peace.

Presbyterian Church, USA
Catherine Gordon

Catherine Gordon is the representative for International Issues at the Presbyterian Church USA, Office of Public Witness.

Reformed Church in America
Josh Vis

Josh Vis is the Church Engagement Facilitator for Israel and Palestine at the Reformed Church in America.

Unitarian Universalist Association
Susan Leslie

Susan Leslie is the Congregational Advocacy and Witness Director for the Organizing Strategy Team at the Unitarian Universalist Association. She has worked in the UUA's national social justice and multicultural staff teams since 1991.

United Church of Christ
Peter Makari

Peter Makari is the Area Executive for Europe and the Middle East for Global Ministries for the United Church of Christ.

United Methodist Church
Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison is the Director of the Peace with Justice Program and the Special Assistant to the General Secretary at the United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society.

United Methodist Church, General Board of Church & Society
David Wildman

David Wildman is the executive secretary for Human Rights & Racial Justice with the United Methodist Church's General Board of Global Ministries.

United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women
Tatiana Dwyer

Tatiana Dwyer is the executive for Global Justice Issues at United Methodist Women.

Observer, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Lucas Koach

Lucas Koach is the Director of the Office of International Justice and Peace for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).