Caring for Refugees in Crisis
A FREE 3-PART SERIES
Best Practices for Helping Displaced People
Increase your awareness, get resourced and catalyze your church to share Christ’s love and compassion to refugee families as they resettle in local U.S. communities.
Session 1 | The Refugee Crisis and Afghanistan: An Introduction
Session 2 | Refugee Crises: Welcoming & Equipped Engagement
Session 3 | Refugee Crises: Practical Training & Resources
Dr. Cathy Sigmund
Dr. Sigmund, PhD, CWM, CCTP, is a licensed psychologist and licensed minister (C&MA), She is passionate about integrating faith with professional practice, research and consultation. She specializes in studying and working with people of other cultures who have been victimized by violence and trauma. Dr. Sigmund is a consultant and academic instructor based in the Greater Pittsburgh area.
Matthew Soerens serves as the U.S. Director of Church Mobilization & Advocacy for World Relief and the National Coordinator for the Evangelical Immigration Table. He is the co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate (InterVarsity Press, 2018) and Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis (Moody Publishers, 2016). He lives in Aurora, Illinois with his wife and their four children.
Anya Holcomb, MSW, is a social worker and pastor with the Christian & Missionary Alliance. She currently serves as the Pastor of Refugee Ministries at Salem Alliance Church, and the Co-Founder of Salem For Refugees, a refugee resettlement non-profit in Salem, Oregon. Anya has a deep love for other cultures, a passion for Biblical justice, and 15 years of social service and community organizing experience.
Irma Chon, MA, CWM, serves as the Family and Outreach/Mission Pastor at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Hilliard, Ohio. She and her husband serve the local Christian community as well as the international community. She works directly with refugee and immigrants through many creative means in Hilliard.
Pete is Site Coordinator for Envision Atlanta, which ministers to refugees in Clarkston, Georgia. He grew up in West Africa and previously served as Site Coordinator at Envision in Burkina Faso and holds degrees in missions, psychology and urban ministry from Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary.
Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Doug Prentice is a US Army chaplain endorsed by the Christian & Missionary Alliance. He holds a B.A. in World Religions from Nyack College and an M.Div. from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He was previously a church planter and has served in chaplaincy for over 20 years.
All comments shared by Lt. Col. Prentice are his opinions alone and not that of the United States government, Department of Defense nor the US Army.
Kevin is Executive Director of Alliance Chaplain Ministries. In his last assignment, he served as the Installation Chaplain at Carlisle Barracks, PA, responsible for Religious Support for the soldiers, senior leaders, civilians, and contract personnel. His previous Battalion Chaplain assignments included Fort Riley, Kansas, with deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Kevin’s other military assignments included the Executive Officer and later Logistics and Facilities Officer at the Army Office of the Chief of Chaplains, Pentagon, and Command Chaplain for Space and Missile Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, U.S. Garrisons Benelux, Belgium and Bavaria, Germany.
Kevin earned a BA in History from Saint Paul Bible College, an M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS. He is an Army War College Fellow Graduate of the U.S. Institute of Peace in 2014. Kevin is a Montana native, married to Elisiane Indicatti-Pies, a Brazilian native. They have three children.
Rev. Bruce Lyman is Founder & Director of Great Commission ESL. A certified ESL teacher, he is also Pastor at Crosspoint Alliance Church in Akron, OH.
Rev. Raed Awabdeh is the senior pastor of the Arabic Church of Sacramento and oversees the Arabic American Learning Center. Born in Banyans, Syria, he came to the U.S to attend college and met his wife Manar, who immigrated to Chicago with her parents. In 1996 the Lord invited them to open their home for Bible Study. The Bible study grew to become church plant. We rejoice every time the Lord fulfills his purpose to make disciples. Thousands of refugees settled next to our campus, and we are committed to build a bridge of practical love, meeting their needs so we can share the gospel.
Dr. Fawn McCracken
As Associate Vice President and Dean of the Crown College School of Online Studies and Graduate School, Dr. Fawn McCracken is an experienced administrator and educator seeking to provide Christ-centered, academically excellent and innovative online education services.
Dr. McCracken has been a vital part of the College’s online and graduate school leadership team since October 2009. Since then, she has been responsible for developing and launching new degree programs, such as the Crown online MBA, M.A. Counseling and M.Div. programs, as well as overseeing the online curriculum and supervising all instructional aspects for the School of Online Studies and Graduate School.
Dedicating her life to advancing God’s kingdom through Christ-centered education, Fawn brings more than 25 years of experience in Christian education.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO LEARN ON CMTI:
Personal Computer: You must have access to a computer with Windows 8/10 or Mac OS X to complete the course work. Linux OS based computers will function for most online content, but you may run into some restrictions when trying to view multimedia content.
Internet Service: High-speed internet service is recommended.
CMTI Learning Management System: This course will be administered online here at cmti.crown.edu. CMTI runs on a different platform than Canvas. If you have a Crown Canvas account, please note that this login and password are NOT linked, and changing the password on one does not change your password on the other.
Microsoft Office: Students must submit assignments in Microsoft Word or PDF format unless otherwise specified in order to be graded by Crown’s instructors.