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Staff of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem
REV. DR. MUNTHER ISAAC
Palestinian Christian pastor, theologian, writer, speaker, blogger, and more importantly, a husband and a father. Munther wears many hats. He now pastors Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and is at the same time the Academic Dean of Bethlehem Bible. He is also the director of the highly acclaimed and influential Christ at the Checkpoint conferences and is a board member of Kairos Palestine.
Munther is passionate about issues related to Palestinians and Palestinian Christians. He speaks locally and internationally on issues related to the theology of the land, Palestinian Christians, and Palestinian theology. He is the author of “From Land to Lands, from Eden to the Renewed Earth: A Christ-Centered Biblical Theology of the Promised Land”.
Munther is a musician. He plays the guitar and the flute. He is also an avid sports fan, especially football (aka soccer!) and basketball (NBA).
Munther originally studied civil engineering in Birzeit. Realizing that numbers and construction sites are not his things, he obtained a Master in Biblical Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary and then a Ph.D. from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.
Munther is married to Rudaina – an architect, and together they have two boys: Karam (4) and Zaid (2).
Palestinian born on March 30, 1994, Hiba lives in Bethlehem and is a member of the Christmas Lutheran Church. As the assistant to Pastor Munther Isaac, Hiba coordinates church communications, youth activities, Sunday school and Church events.
Hiba has a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing from Bethlehem University.
She plans to complete a Masters in Business Administration in the coming future and enjoys traveling as well as folklore dancing. And as a committed Christian and member of the Christmas Lutheran Church, she enjoys worships and church events.
BISHOP MUNIB YOUNAN
Bishop Younan was educated in Palestine and Finland and has been active in numerous faith organizations since his ordination in 1976, such as the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC). The bishop was the first to translate the Augsburg Confession, a key document of the Lutheran Church, into Arabic. He is an active member of various ecumenical and interfaith dialogue initiatives in Jerusalem that he helped found.
In July 2010, he was elected president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), a global communion of Christian churches with 145 member churches in 79 countries representing more than 70 million Christians. He is past president of FMEEC and provides leadership for the ecumenical Patriarchs and Heads of Local Christian Churches in Jerusalem, as well as for the Council of Religious Institutions in the Holy Land (CRIHL), comprised of leaders of Jerusalem’s Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities.