Jewish and Gentile Messianic Leaders
Shalom Ministry is an Evangelistic Messianic Christian Ministry reaching out to the Jewish people with the Gospel of their Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). We believe that the Jewish community is in need of the Gospel and that this is a neglected area of witness by most churches. Along with the Messianic Jewish and Gentile leaders listed below, we are here to witness the Good News of Yeshua and the gift of eternal life to the Jewish and non-Jewish communities. We base our evangelistic focus on Romans 1:16: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Jonathan Bernis – Executive Director, Jewish Voice Ministries International
Jonathan Bernis hosts a weekly television program called “Jewish Voice Today” which is aired on Christian television throughout the United States and abroad. He is founding rabbi of Shema Yisrael Messianic Congregation in Rochester, New York; and he also founded and pastored the Messianic Center of St. Petersburg, Russia. A much sought-after speaker, Jonathan teaches at conferences and in local churches worldwide, equipping believers with a deeper knowledge of the Jewish roots of their faith and teaching them how to reach Jewish people with the Good News. He is a prominent leader in the Messianic Movement and serves on the board of over a dozen other ministries. He is a contributing editor for Charisma magazine, where his column, “Ask The Rabbi” appears bi-monthly. He is also the President of Christian Alliance for Israel, a ministry that organizes pro-Israel conferences and seminars to rally Christian support for Israel. He holds university degrees in Judaism and Early Christianity and has done extensive post graduate study including work on archeological excavations in Israel.
From Jewish Voice Ministries International website
David Brickner – Executive Director, Jews for Jesus
David Brickner leads the best known Jewish Evangelism agency in the world, Jews for Jesus. With branches in 11 countries including Israel, Jews for Jesus is known for its forthright evangelistic approach in major Jewish population centers around the world and its mission “to make the messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide.” A Jewish believer in Jesus himself, David has been in ministry for over 30 years and has appeared many times on secular television and radio programs to make the case for Jews believing Jesus. Biblically conservative, as well as contemporary and engaging, he is a sought after speaker for major pulpits and conferences. He is the author of numerous published articles as well as four books including his latest, Christ in the Feast of Pentecost.
From Jews for Jesus Website
David Chernoff – Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth Yeshua in Philadelphia
Raised as a second-generation Messianic Jew, David Chernoff is the son of Martin and Yohanna Chernoff, pioneers in the Messianic Movement, and the brother Joel Chernoff. His background in the ministry includes: Over 10 years ministering on the college campuses with Jewish students; 25 years involvement with the Messianic Movement both nationally and internationally; leader of Congregation Beth Yeshua in Philadelphia, a Messianic synagogue founded in 1975; host of the “Messianic Judaism Today” television program; president of Kesher Ministries International, a multifaceted outreach ministry that proclaims the “Good News” to Jewish People, and seeks to strengthen and minister to Messianic congregations throughout the world; author of several publications including the book “Yeshua The Messiah” and the popular booklet “7-Steps to Knowing The God Of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” Rabbi Chernoff serves on the executive committees of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues, and the International Messianic Jewish Alliance.
From Congregation Beth Yeshua Website
Joel Chernoff – Vice President, International Messianic Jewish Alliance (IMJA) & General Secretary, Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA)
Joel Chernoff was born in August 1950 and was raised in Cincinnati as member of one of the very few Messianic households. Chernoff is best known for his lifelong commitment and ministry work within the Messianic Jewish movement. He has many different roles within the Messianic movement; he is the general secretary of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA), and vice president of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance (IMJA). He is an internationally known speaker on Messianic and Biblically prophetic topics, such as Israel and Arab/Israeli conflict. In his role as general secretary of the MJAA, Joel is responsible for distributing humanitarian aid to Israel; creating means for needy Russian Jews to make aliyah (immigrate to Israel); and coordinating humanitarian aid efforts to reach more than 50 third world villages of Messianic Jewish people in Ethiopia. A pioneer of Messianic Jewish music, Chernoff is lead singer and songwriter for the contemporary Christian music group Lamb.
From The Joel Chernoff Report Website
John Denson – President, Shalom Ministry – Congregational Leader, Congregation Shalom
John Denson serves as director of Shalom Ministry, the only ministry to the Jewish people in the country led by an African American. He is also leader of Congregation Shalom, a doctrinally sound and unique multi-cultural Messianic congregation serving the urban community. John has served as national urban representative for the Christian Jew Foundation, institutional director for Youth for Christ, national contract instructor for Prison Fellowship, executive director of New Life Ministry, director of pastoral care for New Life Clinics, and church strategist for the Southern Baptist Association. He has received numerous awards and citations, including the President’s Award from Presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter and the Key to the City of Detroit from former Mayor Colman A. Young. John is a dynamic speaker specializing in instruction of the Messianic Jewish perspective of God’s Word .Rev. Denson is the father of nine children and 17grandchildren. He lives in the metro Detroit area with his wife, Donna.
From the Shalom Ministry website
Arnold Fruchtenbaum – Founder and Director, Ariel Ministries
Arnold Fruchtenbaum is the founder and director of Ariel Ministries, an organization that prioritizes evangelization of Jews in the effort to bring them to the view that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah. A leading scholar and apologist of the Jewish Messianic Movement, Fruchtenbaum travels widely in Europe, Israel and the United States, and has authored numerous articles and Bible studies of interest to Jews and Gentiles. Born to an Orthodox Jewish family in Europe, Fruchtenbaum came to saving faith in Messiah at the age of 13; upon graduation from high school, his father forced him to leave home because of his faith. After graduating college with a BA degree in Hebrew and Greek in 1966, he moved to Israel, where he studied archeology, ancient history, historical geography, and Hebrew at the American Institute of Holy Land Studies and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He then returned to the U.S. to continue his studies in Hebrew and the Old Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary. He also worked as a missionary with American Board of Missions to the Jews (ABMJ – today, Chosen People Ministries). After graduating with a Master of Theology degree, he returned with his wife to Jerusalem to train Israeli Jewish believers for Christian service. He returned to the US in 1973, serving as a minister and as editor of the monthly publication, “The Chosen People,” with ABMJ at its headquarters in New Jersey. In 1976, he joined the staff of The Christian Jew Foundation as associate director of the largest Hebrew-Christian broadcasting ministry in the world. In 1977, he became founding director of Ariel Ministries, established to provide biblical and theological training for Jewish believers.
From Ariel Ministries website
Dr. Mitch Glaser – President of Chosen People Ministries
Dr. Mitch Glaser and his wife are Jewish believers in Jesus and have labored for more than 20 years in ministry among the Jewish people. Dr. Glaser was born in Brooklyn and raised in New York. He became a believer in 1970 and graduated from Northeastern Bible College and Talbot School of Theology (part of Biola University), and he holds a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies. His dissertation topic was the History of Missions to the Jews in the 20th Century. As president of Chosen People Ministries, Dr. Glaser brings the message that reaching Jewish people for Jesus Christ is a biblical mandate, especially for Gentiles in the body of Christ.
From the Chosen People Ministries website
Rabbi Glenn Harris – Associate Rabbi, Congregation Shema Yisrael
Rabbi Glenn Harris was raised in a Conservative Jewish home in Los Angeles. As a young man, Glenn spent several years exploring New Age and occult philosophies before he finally found the Truth he was seeking in Messiah. He became a follower of Yeshua in March, 1981. Glenn served for 10 years with Jews for Jesus before moving to Michigan with his wife, Alexandra, to join the ministry at Congregation Shema Yisrael. Rabbi Glenn holds a Master of Divinity degree from Michigan Theological Seminary. He is an outstanding Bible teacher, musician, occasional radio host, and frequent speaker at local churches.
From the Congregation Shema Yisrael website
Dr. Gary Hedrick – President, CJF Ministries (CJFM)
Gary Hedrick has been President of CJF Ministries (CJFM) in San Antonio, Texas, since August of 1988. Prior to that time, he held a seat on the ministry’s board and worked to raise financial support for CJFM’s evangelistic efforts around the world. In the early to mid-1970s, Hedrick was a minister of youth and music in two Atlanta-area Baptist churches. He later moved to Illinois, where he became associate pastor of Bayview Baptist Church in Washington, Illinois, and met his bride-to-be, Marcia Lee Goldsmith (they were married in 1977). After a brief stint with the home missions board of the Evangelical Mennonite Conference, Gary became the founding pastor of Liberty Bible Church in Eureka, Illinois (1980—1988). Gary is a graduate of Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, and was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree (DD) from Antioch Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Marietta, Georgia.
From CJF Ministries Website
Rabbi Loren Jacobs – Senior Rabbi and Founder, Congregation Shema Yisrael
Loren Jacobs is the senior rabbi and founder of Congregation Shema Yisrael (“Hear O Israel”), a Messianic synagogue established in 1986 to proclaim the Good News about the Messiah to the Jewish population living in the metro Detroit area. Rabbi Jacobs was raised in a Jewish home in the Chicago area, and became a Messianic Jew in 1975. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute’s Jewish Studies program in 1979 and received a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Literature from Northeastern Bible College in New Jersey in 1986. Rabbi Jacobs is a theologically conservative pastor, teacher and Messianic apologist. A former staff member with Jews for Jesus, he has written many articles and papers about Messianic Judaism, Yeshua in the Jewish holidays, sharing Yeshua with the Jewish people, and God’s purposes for the Jewish people and Israel. He is a passionate defender of the Faith and an outspoken critic of any doctrine that denies the need for personal faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ alone as the way to salvation. Rabbi Jacobs’ wife, Martha, is a fifth generation Messianic Jew, which is quite unusual. They have two adult children.
From the Congregation Shema Yisrael website
Paul Liberman – Publisher, The Messianic Times
Paul Liberman is the publisher of “The Messianic Times” newspaper and the author of “The Fig Tree Blossoms” (1976), which spells out the Messianic Vision. He has participated in various Messianic Jewish organizations including the executive committees of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America and International Messianic Jewish Alliance. He was instrumental in founding two Messianic Congregations: Beth Messiah Congregation of Washington, D.C., where he served as an elder; and Tree of life in San Diego, California, where he served as the congregational leader. He resided in Israel for nine years, where he served as a Messianic Congregational Leader, Chairman of the Messianic Action Committee (Knesset lobbying) and as the Executive Director of the Joseph Project (humanitarian aid, importation of goods).
From “Meet the Officers of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance”
Sam Nadler – President, Word of Messiah Ministries & Hope of Israel Congregation
Sam Nadler is the President of Word of Messiah Ministries and presently serves as the Congregational Leader of Hope of Israel Congregation in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a Jewish believer in Jesus, who has a passion to communicate the Good News to his people and to see discipleship established in Jewish communities around the world. Nadler grew up in an Orthodox Jewish home in Queens, NY, and came to faith in Messiah in the early 1970s. Since then, he has been in full-time service for Yeshua. He and his wife, Miriam, established the New York City branch of Jews for Jesus and pioneered the JFJ mobile evangelistic team, The Liberated Wailing Wall in the mid-1970s. In 1979, he was called to leadership for Chosen People Ministries, where he concentrated on evangelism and planting Messianic congregations.
Convinced that The Great Commission is not only evangelism, but evangelism that produces discipled believers, Nadler established Word of Messiah Ministries in 1996 with the goal of training and developing Messianic leaders for evangelism, disciple making, and congregation planting among the Jewish people around the world. This work results in more and better Messianic congregations, and Messianic leaders in the worldwide Messianic movement.
From Word of Faith Ministries website
Susan Perlman – Director of Communications, Jews for Jesus
Susan Perlman is the first assistant to the Executive Director of Jews for Jesus and oversees the organization’s multimedia outreach. From an Orthodox Jewish home in Brooklyn, Perlman came to believe in Jesus after a street encounter with folk singer Larry Norman. An advertising copywriter and social activist, she moved to San Francisco to become one of Jews for Jesus’ founders. She has helped to shape Jews for Jesus into the world’s largest Jewish evangelism agency. She is the creator of many of the ministry’s dramatic presentations and is writer and editor of numerous publications, articles and broadsides, including: Whose Earth Are We Ruining; Is There Hope for Peace?; Y’shua Let’s Clear Things Up; If You Want Life, Expect Pain; Hanukkah the Light of Two Faiths; When Jews Were Proselytizers; If Jesus is the Messiah, Why?; Jews Should Believe in Jesus NOT; Beavis & Butthead; The Only Hope For Peace; and On the first night of Christmas my rabbi gave to me… .
From Jews for Jesus Website
Michael Rydelnick – Professor of Jewish Studies, Moody Bible Institute in Chicago
Michael Rydelnik is professor of Jewish Studies at Moody Bible Institute. The son of Holocaust survivors, he was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home in Brooklyn, New York. Rydelnik trusted in Jesus the Messiah in high school and has been ministering to the Jewish community ever since. He is the author of Understanding the Arab-Israeli Conflict, The Messianic Hope: Is the Hebrew Bible Messianic, My Search for Messiah, and They Called Me Christ Killer!; and he contributed to several other books, including Storm Clouds on the Horizon, and served on the translation team of the Holman Christian Standard Bible. His research interests include Messianic prophecy; the relationship of the Law of Moses to the New Covenant Believer; the history of Jewish Christianity; Jewish missions; and Jewish/Christian relations, Zionism and Modern Israel.
From the Moody Institute website
Jeffrey Seif – Host, Zola Levitt Presents television program
Dr. Jeffrey Seif is Zola Levitt’s successor at the teaching helm of Zola Levitt Ministries and is the ministry’s primary spokesperson. He is an ordained minister and an expert on subjects related to Israel, Jewish people and prophecy. In addition to writing books and articles, Dr. Seif has ministered and taught on television and at local churches throughout the United States. Raised in the Jewish tradition, Dr. Seif is a Hebrew-Christian thoroughly educated in both the Jewish and Christian perspectives. Prior to coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus, he studied at an Orthodox Jewish school called a yeshiva. He completed his education at Moody Bible Institute, Trinity Theological Seminary, Southern Methodist University and The Theological Foundation. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in theology and ministry, and has served as a missionary to the Jews, pastor and a respected Bible and ministry professor at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, where he chaired the school’s Jewish Studies department.
From Zola Levitt Ministries website
Jim R. Sibley – Director, Pasche Institute of Jewish Studies
Jim Sibley, one of the original co-founders of the Pasche Institute of Jewish Studies, serves as its director. He has served as National Coordinator of Jewish Ministry on the Interfaith Evangelism Team of the North American Mission Board for 10 years. Prior to that assignment, Sibley and his wife, Kathy, served as missionaries of what is now the International Mission Board, in Israel, for almost 14 years. He has taught courses related to Judaism and Jewish Evangelism as a guest professor at Southern Baptist seminaries and Bible colleges across North America. He has written articles about Jewish ministry and missions that have been published in Israel, England, and the United States. He has also been interviewed by the mass media including the Curtis Sliwa program on WABC (New York), Dennis Prager’s Radio Show, Janet Parshall’s America, the New York Times, Fox News Hour, and ABC’s 20/20.
From the Pasche Institute of Jewish Studies website
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