Speakers & Facilitators

Rev. Alex Awad

Rev. Dr. Alex Awad was born and raised in Jerusalem. After graduation from St George’s High School, he studied in Europe and then moved to the USA. He finished a BA degree at Lee University and an MA in Education (1976) at North Georgia University. He received an MA in Missions and Evangelism (1989) from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.

For the last 26 years Rev. Awad with his wife Brenda served as missionaries with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in Israel/Palestine. Until recently he was the pastor of an international church in East Jerusalem and taught courses at Bethlehem Bible College where he served as faculty member, Dean of Students and board member. In June 2015, Rev. Awad was awarded an honorary doctorate at Bethlehem Bible College’s annual commencement.

Rev. Awad wrote, Through the Eyes of the Victims and Palestinian Memories;  both books reveal the realities of life under Israeli military occupation. Rev. Awad wrote numerous articles that call for justice for both Palestinians and Israelis.

Until his retirement in June 2015, Rev. Awad directed the Shepherd Society which is the humanitarian arm of Bethlehem Bible College. Many needy Palestinians seek the help of the Shepherd Society in meeting emergency needs such as food, medicine and employment.

Rev. Awad is married to Brenda and they live in Eugene, Oregon. They have three children and two grandchildren.


We are a community of evangelical Christians who believe that following Jesus with integrity means that our lives are formed by our love for God, the teaching of the Bible and a fearless life of discipleship in the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We believe that one of the first hallmarks of discipleship is love for both our own community and for our enemies. We wish to find Jesus at the center of everything we do and to make his life our life. Which means finding courageous love for Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews alike.


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