Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil

Brenda Salter McNeil is recognized internationally as one of the foremost leaders of reconciliation and was featured in Christianity Today in 2012 as one of the 50 most influential women to watch. She is an Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, where she also directs the Reconciliation Studies program. She is a dynamic speaker, author and trailblazer with over 25 years of experience in the ministry of racial, ethnic and gender reconciliation.

Brenda also serves as the President and founder of Salter McNeil & Associates, a Christian organization based in Chicago, Illinois, that provides speaking, training and consulting to colleges, churches and faith-based organizations. She also served on the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA for 14 years as a Multiethnic Ministries Specialist in southern California and Chicago, Illinois.

Brenda earned a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Doctorate of Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary and was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from North Park University. She is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church and is on the pastoral staff of Quest Church in Seattle. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for Wycliffe USA and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA.

Brenda and her husband, Dr. J. Derek McNeil, have two adult children — Omari and Mia — and reside in Seattle, Washington.

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