Ayman Ibrahim was born and raised in Egypt. He completed two PhDs in Islamic Studies (Fuller 2014, Haifa University 2018). Since 1991, he has taught in various countries in the Muslim world and in the West at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary in the United States, and at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon. Some of the courses he taught include: Introduction to Islam; History and Theology of Islam; Islamic Texts; Islamic Thought; Contemporary Islam; Christian-Muslim Apologetics; and Modern Standard Arabic. He is a member of the Center for the Study of Inter-Religious Encounters at Ben Gurion University of the Negev; the International Quranic Studies Association; the Evangelical Theological Society. He authored Conversion to Islam (Oxford University Press, 2021); Basics of Arabic (Zondervan 2021); A Concise Guide to the Quran (Baker Academic, 2020); The Stated Motivations for the Early Islamic Expansion (Peter Lang, 2018); and co-edited Muslim Conversions to Christ: A Critique of Insider Movements in Islamic Contexts (Peter Lang, 2018). His articles on Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations appeared in the Washington Post, Religion News Services, Colorado Springs Gazette, Louisville Courier-Journal, First Things, among others. He has been married since 2012 and together with his wife, they serve among Arabs in the United States and the Middle East. Contact him via his email: email@example.com and follow him on Twitter at @al2ostaz.
Melissa Stengler was born and raised in North Africa. She came to the United States when she was 17 years old. She grew up in a Muslim home but came to know and receive the Lord Jesus when she was 20 years old. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in Connecticut, and is currently studying for her Physician Assistant degree while serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Jenkins Center. She and her husband are working to be missionaries to India and North Africa, to reach the Muslim and Hindu population there and serve the Lord in whatever capacity he calls them.
Amos Luka was born and raised in Kafanchan, Kaduna State of Nigeria. He studied at JOS ECWA Theological Seminary for four years and served as a pastor in Zaria. For further theological training, Amos moved to Louisville, Kentucky to attend Southern. He is currently a PhD candidate in World Religions under the supervision of Dr. Ibrahim. Amos is the Finance Associate for the Jenkins Center. His encounters with Muslims in a predominantly Muslim context kindle Amos’ passion for ministering to Muslims. He desires to train pastors, lay leaders, and churches in Africa to have a Christian understanding of Islam and engage Muslims effectively with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Riley Hall was born and raised in Seymour, Tennessee. After spending time in Guatemala, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky to attend Boyce College to pursue a degree in Global Studies. Upon graduating, Riley has started school at Southern Seminary to complete a Master’s of Divinity. The Lord grew Riley’s desire for missions and Muslims through volunteering at Refuge International, a nonprofit ministry to refugees here in Louisville. He hopes that through his Outreach Volunteer Program with the Jenkins Center, he can lead and connect students in various outreach opportunities around Louisville and beyond.
Maylee Spann was born and raised in Kalispell, Montana. During High School, the Lord put Muslims in her path and she saw an urgent need to reach them with the Gospel. Upon graduating, Maylee moved to Louisville, Kentucky to attend Boyce College at Southern Seminary in order to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies, which she is currently working toward. Maylee is excited to volunteer with the Jenkins Center as she grows in her understanding of Islam in order to reach Muslims in Louisville and beyond.
Patrick was born in Englewood, New Jersey and raised in Lyles, Tennessee, and Panhandle, Texas. During his time at Amarillo College, he took a World Religions class that introduced him to the Muslim faith. After graduation, Patrick transferred to Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota—one of the most culturally diverse areas in the United States. During commutes to class using Uber, Patrick was given the opportunity to engage Muslim drivers about Islam and Muslim culture, often providing the opportunity to share his faith with them. Upon finishing his bachelor’s degree, he found the Islamic Studies program at Southern, and is presently working on his MA in Islamic Studies. As an intern at the Jenkins Center, he continues to develop a heart for missions and evangelism to the Muslim community. Patrick looks forward to what God has in store for him when he completes his education in the fall of 2023. He wants to live out the instruction of Peter the Apostle in 1 Peter 3: “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
Grace Kim was born in South Korea and came to the United States when she was 10 years old. She grew up in a strong Christian home, and during her freshman year in college she received a heart to become a missionary in an unreached nation. After college, she went to Turkey for two years and then spent about eight years doing mission mobilization work around the world in about 25 countries. She is now a student at Southern, where she is to graduate with an MA in Missiology this upcoming May. Grace is passionate about mobilizing the global church for missions in the Muslim World and is excited to see greater Christian understanding of Islam through the work of the Jenkins Center.
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