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Rabbi Lowinger is the chairman of the IAMCS and the Rabbi of Congregation Brith Hadoshah Messianic Synagogue, a position he has held since 1983. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America and is a past President. He has served on the Steering Committee of the IAMCS, is currently a Board Member and Officer for the Resource Center for Jewish Ministry in Cincinnati, Ohio, and serves on the board of the Messianic Times newspaper.

David Chernoff is Senior Rabbi of Beth Yeshua in Philadelphia. Raised as a second-generation Messianic Jew, Rabbi David has a fortunate background not many Jewish children can claim. His parents, Martin and Yohanna Chernoff, were pioneers in the Messianic Movement. They served the Lord for over 40 years bringing Messiah Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew) to the Jewish People. They also started one of the first Messianic synagogues of the modern Messianic Movement in 1970. As a "PK," (Preacher's Kid) - or as we say in the Messianic Movement a "RK" (Rabbi's Kid) - Rabbi Chernoff came to know the Lord at a prayer meeting during the time of the Jesus Movement Revival in the late 60's and early 70's. It was at this prayer meeting, when he was 19 years old, that he was both dramatically saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. During college David received God's calling to labor full-time with the Jewish students on the campuses.

Rabbi Chernoff's background in the ministry includes: Over ten years ministering on the college campuses with Jewish students. Twenty-five years involvement with the Messianic Movement both nationally and internationally. Leader of Congregation Beth Yeshua in Philadelphia, a Messianic synagogue that was founded in 1975 and currently has a membership of 350 people. Host of "Messianic Judaism Today" television program, formerly on Sonlight Broadcasting. 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 is also involved in the leadership of the Messianic Movement both nationally and internationally, serving on this steering comitte as well as on the Executive Committees of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America and the International Messianic Jewish Alliance. He is also a key speaker for the Promise Keepers and is on the board of the Toward Jerusalem Council II. Rabbi Chernoff and those ministering with him are looking forward with great expectation to seeing a great revival among both Jews and Gentiles alike in the next few years. His ministry is moving ahead in bringing the message of salvation to the Jewish people through evangelism teams, literature and a television program, as the Lord opens the doors.

Rabbi Chernoff currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife Debra and their three children, Danielle, Jonathan and Ari.

Dr. Charlie Kluge first received s’micha (ordination) in 1989 and, then, through the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS) in 1993. He began his professional ministry career in 1986 with his wife Racquel (Rhoda), serving as Leader of the Singles at Temple Aron HaKodesh in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Currently, he is the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Gesher Shalom in Orlando. Rabbi Kluge is a well-known Conference speaker, both nationally and internationally, holding seminars and lectures on Jewish Roots of the Messiah, Leadership Training, Marriage and Relationship Counseling, Healing, and numerous other Motivational Subjects in Messianic Conferences, Synagogues and Churches. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) since 1995 and served as its President from 2003-2007. Currently, he serves on its Executive Committee as Vice-President, the Steering Committee of the IAMCS as Ordination Chairman, the Southeast Regional Director of the MJAA and is its annual Regional Conference Chairman.

Rabbi Kluge holds a Doctorate in Optometry, a BA in Psychology, a BS in Physical and Chemical Sciences and has served as President of his local Optometric Association and as President of a local chapter of B’nai B’rith. Dr. Kluge appeared on radio and television programs, including the TV show “Jewish Jewels”, where he is seen officiating Bar Mitzvahs and weddings. Dr. Kluge sits on the Board of Trustees of Jewish Jewels, Cleft of the Rock ministries and is President of Gesher International; which has as its mission to bridge hearts of love through the ministry of reconciliation and to intercede for and support Israel.

Rabbi Eric Lakatos

Tikvat Yisrael - Cleveland, OH

In 2008, Rabbi Eric became the leader of Tikvat Yisrael Messianic Synagogue and in 2010, he launched “Light to the Nations” a teaching ministry to all believers sharing the Good News of Messiah, the Jewish Roots of the Faith and the Restoration of Israel.

Joel Liberman has led Tree of Life Messianic Jewish Congregation in San Diego , CA as its Messianic Rabbi since 1996. He was raised in a Messianic Jewish home, and has been active in the Messianic Jewish movement for over 25 years. He has served as the Vice-President and Treasurer of the YMJA, Treasurer and an Executive Committee member of the MJAA, Treasurer and Executive Director of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance, and is currently serving as a Steering Committee member of the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations & Synagogues (IAMCS) and is working part-time as IAMCS Director of Operations & Development. Joel has his s’micha (rabbinic ordination) from the IAMCS and has earned a Master of Divinity degree in Ministry. He is a Certified Public Accountant (not currently practicing) and is happily married to his wife Darcie. Joel and Darcie have been blessed with two children, Avi (16) and Ariela (13).

David & Leslye Schneier lead The Messianic Initiative with efforts in France, Ukraine and worldwide. In 1973, in their last year of law school at George Washington University, David & Leslye Schneier placed their trust in Yeshua as Messiah, after several years of searching for truth as "hippie law students." They immediately became involved with Beth Messiah Congregation in its first year, meeting in Manny Brotman's basement in Rockville, MD. Both David and Leslye worked as lawyers in the DC-Maryland area.

The Schneiers moved to France in September, 2007 to help establish a Messianic Jewish movement there. France has the third largest Jewish population in the world (600,000) and only two Messianic congregations. It also has Europe’s largest Muslim population (6 million). They are working with the Messianic leaders of France and pastors of churches who are open to the Gospel from a Jewish perspective including leaders of Arabic ministries there. The Schneiers will continue to be senior leaders of Gateway to Zion congregation that they established in Odessa while they minister in France.

Rabbi Robert Solomon is the director of Yachad Ministries. Born and raised in a Jewish home, Rabbi Solomon accepted the Jewish Messiah Yeshua into his heart through the love and concern of a Christian friend. He is the founder and president of Yachad Ministries, Co-founder and Rabbi Emeritus of congregation Beth Hallel, one of the nations largest massing Jewish Synagogues. Rabbi Solomon is a pioneer in the Messianic Jewish movement. He has also been invited to the UN to share his insights on various subjects.

In August, 1998, the Stepakoffs responded to a call from the Lord to found and open a messianic synagogue in Tampa called "Mt. Sinai." In 2001, the Lord led them across Tampa Bay, to Pinellas County, where they re-named the synagogue - "New Jerusalem." Today, Temple New Jerusalem meets in Tarpon Springs and is a spiritual home for Jewish and Gentile people called to the modern-day revival of Israel.

Rabbi Michael is also an accomplished messianic Jewish songwriter, having co-written many songs with Ted Pearce, internationally-known messianic recording artist. Michael has also seen many of his songs recorded by other artists such as Jonathan Settel, Kol Simcha, Debbie Klein and Paul Wilbur. Rabbi Michael is also published author of messianic Jewish books.

Michael Weygant is the Rabbi of Rosh Pina Messianic Jewish Congregation in Oklahoma City. They consist of both Jewish and non-Jewish Believers in Yeshua “Jesus” of Nazareth, the Messiah. In Hebrew, Rosh Pinah means “Cornerstone” and signifies that Yeshua the Messiah is the cornerstone of our faith.

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