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Christians United for Israel Washington Summit July 8-9, 2019

2019 Washington Summit Speakers


Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Via Satellite
Pastor John Hagee
CUFI Executive Board
Founder and National Chairman, Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church
Malcolm Hoenlein
Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

Elliot Chodoff
Political and military analyst specializing in the Middle East conflict and the global war on terrorists. Major in the IDF reserves.
Irving Roth
Holocaust survivor, writer and internationally-known educator
Kasim Hafeez
CUFI Outreach Coordinator

Pastor Scott Thomas
CUFI Florida State Director and Lead Pastor at Free Life Chapel
Victor Styrsky
CUFI Eastern Regional Coordinator
Reverend Peter De Jesus
CUFI Hispanic Outreach Coordinator
Dumisani Washington
CUFI Diversity Outreach Coordinator
Erick Stakelbeck
Host of CUFI’s weekly show, The Watchman, on TBN
Shari Dollinger
Co-Executive Director of CUFI
Diana Hagee
Diana Hagee
Co-Executive Director of CUFI
Alexandria Paolozzi
Director of Senate Outreach at CUFI Action Fund
Dr. Billye Brim
CUFI’s Region 5 Director and CEO of Billye Brim Ministries.
Lynne Hammond
National Director of Daughters for Zion, CUFI’s Prayer Network.
Cheryl Morrison
CUFI Region 3 Director - Director of Women’s Ministries and Israel Outreach at Faith Bible Chapel



Speakers Bios


Dr. Billye Brim is CUFI’s Region 5 Director and CEO of Billye Brim Ministries which includes Prayer Mountain in the Ozarks and the soon-to-be-built Migdal Arbel Prayer and Study Center in Israel. A renowned teacher on prayer, Billye has authored The Blood and the Glory and The Road to Prayer Mountain.

Elliot Chodoff is a political and military analyst specializing in the Middle East conflict and the global war on terrorists. Elliot is a major in the IDF reserves and is a graduate of the Home Front Command Senior Commanders Course. He presently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Population for the Northern Region of Israel in Home Front Command. In that capacity, he served on active duty in the North for five weeks during the Lebanon War of 2006. He also served in Gush Katif during the Gaza Disengagement in the summer of 2005 and in 2004 he was a member of the rescue team in the aftermath of the bombing of the Taba Hilton. In addition, he is an expert in infantry weapons and tactics, and teaches courses in field craft and small unit tactics to infantry and paratroop officers. He was selected for the IDF Home Front Command Outstanding Officer Award in 2006.

Rev. Peter De Jesus, born to parents from the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico, is an ordained minister of Cornerstone Church and ministers under the spiritual covering of Senior Pastor John Hagee and Executive Pastor Matthew Hagee. From 2008 to 2016, together with his wife Mildred, Peter served Cornerstone Church as youth pastor, college and career young adults pastor, pastoral counselor and evangelist. In 2017, Rev. De Jesus joined CUFI’s staff leadership as the National Hispanic Outreach Coordinator in addition to continuing the evangelistic ministry of De Jesus Ministries. Peter and Mildred are both Puerto Rican and bilingual, and they minister together throughout the U.S. and beyond. They and their three children reside in the greater Dallas, Texas area.

Shari Dollinger serves as the Co-Executive Director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). Prior to this position, Shari was CUFI’s Associate Director for 11 years. Before CUFI, Shari served as the Assistant Director of The Donor Forum, as the Officer for Inter-Religious Affairs at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC, and a Foreign Policy Research Associate at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Shari holds a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Politics and Islamic/Middle Eastern Studies from Brandeis University. At Brandies, Shari wrote her senior thesis on Christian Zionists’ Impact on U.S. Foreign Policy.

Pastor John Hagee is the founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members. Pastor Hagee is also founder and President of John Hagee Ministries (JHM), which telecasts his national radio and television teachings throughout America and around the world. In 2006, Pastor Hagee founded, and is the National Chairman of Christians United For Israel (CUFI) which has grown to become the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States with over 1.6 million members and one of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world. Pastor Hagee is the author of 34 books including five New York Times best sellers.

Diana Hagee is the Co-Executive Director of Christians United for Israel and the wife of Pastor John Hagee, founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas.

Lynne Hammond is the National Director of Daughters for Zion, CUFI’s Prayer Network. Lynne is a teacher and author on prayer. Lynne and her husband Mac pastor Living Word Christian Center and are CUFI Region 8 Directors and members of CUFI’s Executive Board.

Kasim Hafeez is a British citizen of Pakistani Muslim heritage who grew up being exposed to radical Anti-Western, Anti-Semitic and Anti-Israel ideas on a daily basis. During his teenage years Kasim embraced a radical Islamist ideology and became very active in the anti-Israel movement. Thankfully Alan Dershowitz’s book ‘The Case for Israel’ challenged Kasim’s fundamental beliefs and caused him to undertake a period of research and reflection that led him to Israel in 2007. Witnessing the true nature of the Jewish state changed Kasim’s perception of Israel. He felt a moral obligation to publically speak out for Israel and the dangers of radical Islam. He has spoken all over the world including the 2013 Global Forum on Combatting Anti-Semitism. Kasim has appeared on radio and television and print media.

Malcolm Hoenlein is the Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations - the coordinating body for 50 national Jewish organizations. Previously, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York, and as the Executive Director of the Greater New York conference on Soviet Jewry. Hoenlein has traveled throughout the world meeting with and advising world leaders and Jewish communities. He has written and lectured across the U.S. and abroad on a host of issues of concern to the Jewish and pro-Israel community.

Cheryl Morrison is the Director of Women’s Ministries and Israel Outreach at Faith Bible Chapel. Cheryl and her husband George pastor in Arvada, CO and are CUFI Region 3 Directors.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was born in 1949 in Tel Aviv and grew up in Jerusalem. In 1993 Mr. Netanyahu was elected Likud party chairman and served as leader of the opposition until being elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1996. After the completion of his term as Prime Minister, Mr. Netanyahu served as a business consultant to Israeli hi-tech companies and was a popular speaker on the global lecture circuit. In 2002 Mr. Netanyahu returned to politics, first as Minister of Foreign Affairs and then, in the course of 2003, as Minister of Finance. In 2009, Mr. Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister for the second time.

Alexandria Paolozzi is the Director of Senate Outreach at CUFI Action Fund. Her passion and desire is to influence policy through writing, collaboration, legislative analysis, and advocacy. Paolozzi previously worked as a litigation paralegal at an international law firm, prior she was the Senate Legislative Director and Issue Specialist on Israel for Concerned Women for America and also represents the organization as a CWA Fellow. Alexandria is a member of The American Enterprise Institute Values & Capitalism Ideas Council, and the Resident Director for the Liberty University Washington Fellowship Program. Paolozzi holds an undergraduate degree in Government and Public Policy from Liberty University and is currently working on her Masters in Public Policy: International Affairs.

Irving Roth is the Director of the Holocaust Resource Center at the Temple Judea of Manhasset, New York, and is the former education director of the Holocaust Memorial and Education Center of Nassau County. An internationally known educator, Mr. Roth has endeavored to teach people about the Holocaust and the lessons that can be learned from that experience. Through his participation in programs such as Adopt A Survivor, in which young people ‘adopt’ a Holocaust survivor and learn of his or her experiences, and the March of the Living, Mr. Roth has worked to ensure that an atrocity like the Holocaust never happens again. Many people throughout his community owe their knowledge of the Holocaust to Mr. Roth. Mr. Roth has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for his work promoting a more accepting and diverse world. It is his life’s mission to make the world a better place that has earned Mr. Roth the Spirit of Anne Frank Award.

Pastor Scott Thomas has served as full-time church/pastoral leadership since 1991 and has been a passionate advocate for Christian-Jewish Solidarity for the last twenty-three years. He is the Founder and Lead Pastor of Free Life Chapel in Lakeland, Florida.

Erick Stakelbeck is the host of CUFI’s weekly show, The Watchman, a news magazine-style program that offers commentary, analysis, on-the-ground reporting, and interviews with top American and Israeli decision makers that airs on TBN. Stakelbeck has interviewed numerous lawmakers and world leaders as well as radical Islamic terrorists. Stakelbeck has authored three critically acclaimed books on radical Islam his latest, ISIS Exposed. Stakelbeck has made hundreds of appearances as a commentator on leading national television and radio programs and his writings have appeared in numerous publications.

Pastor Victor Styrsky has been a pastor, music director, and pro-Israel activist in Northern California for more than thirty years, and is the author of “Honest to God — The 10 Questions Jews Ask Christians.” Pastor Styrsky is Christians United for Israel’s Eastern Regional Coordinator, having assumed this position after serving several years as CUFI’s California Director. He is a frequent speaker at AIPAC, the Zionist Organization of America, college campuses, synagogues, churches and other pro-Israel organizations across the nation.

Dumisani Washington is a pastor, composer, author and music teacher in Northern California. Dumisani’s Israel journey began in the early 1990s in a quest to better understand the roots of his Christian faith. The trek became cultural as he studied the Jewish Diaspora and became intrigued by Israel’s multi-ethnic identity; and the return of the Diaspora from Ethiopia, India/Burma, Kaifeng and the world. Dumisani’s first book, ZIONISM & THE BLACK CHURCH: Why Standing With Israel Will Be a Defining Issue for Christians of Color in the 21st Century was released September 2014. Dumisani’s production company (June 25th Music) first album, The Hebrew Project, Vol. 1: From Beyond the Rivers, is a musical/cultural stand with the nation of Israel Dumisani is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and director of The Zion Academy of Music in Stockton, CA. Dumisani is senior pastor of the Congregation of Zion in Stockton. He and his wife, Valerie, have been married for 26 years, and have six children ages 14 to 25.



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