SPEAKERS: Ken Isaacs, Donald Sweeting


   Ken Isaacs

Mr. Isaacs currently serves as Vice President of Programs and Government Relations for Samaritan’s Purse. With over 34 years of experience providing emergency humanitarian and development assistance across the globe, he works to provide approximately $500 million annually in emergency assistance and development services to more than 130 countries.

Mr. Isaacs has served as Director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he led the U.S. government’s emergency relief responses to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and 2005 Pakistan earthquake. He also oversaw U.S. humanitarian relief efforts in Darfur and southern Sudan, Niger, and Ethiopia, and is a strong advocate for assistance in Africa. In 2014, he led Samaritan’s Purse response to the unprecedented Ebola outbreak in Liberia. He was one of the first to sound the alarm and stood at the forefront of the international response to the disease, directing outreach efforts that have provided over one million Liberians with prevention awareness and other critical interventions.

Mr. Isaacs led the response in Nepal after the deadly earthquakes and efforts to assist Syrian refugees fleeing to Greece and Europe. Under his leadership, Samaritan’s Purse deployed an emergency field hospital to the outskirts of Mosul as Iraqi Security Forces fought to regain control of the city. For this, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for Health and Medical Outreach from the Iraqi Government. Mr. Isaacs also established clean water wells in Ethiopia for those affected by the civil war, and has designed and implemented emergency relief programs in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Honduras, El Salvador, Kosovo, Turkey, Afghanistan, Haiti, Japan, and the Philippines. He has testified before multiple committees of the U.S. Congress and regularly speaks on international policy issues at universities, national and international conferences and to news media around the world. www.samaritanspurse.org.



Donald W. Sweeting, Ph.D.

Dr. Don Sweeting, a long-time trustee, was appointed President of Colorado Christian University in 2016. Prior to joining CCU, Dr. Sweeting served as President of the Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida from 2010-2016, and started the nationally syndicated daily radio program, TAKE 5. While at RTS, he also served as the James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Church History and regularly taught courses on church history and practical theology.

An ordained minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), Dr. Sweeting served as senior pastor of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Greenwood Village, Colorado for 12 years. He also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Denver Seminary and served for 11 years as the founding pastor of Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church in northern Illinois. Prior to entering the ministry, Don was an assistant to Chuck Colson and Prison Fellowship in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Sweeting earned a diploma in Bible Theology from Moody Bible Institute in 1976, a B.A. degree in History from Lawrence University, and a B.A./M.A. degree from Oxford University. He then went on to receive his doctorate in Church History and Historical Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Today Don serves on the Board of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and the Executive Committee of the Fellowship of Evangelical Seminary Presidents. He was Chairman of the Theology Committee for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and served on the board of John Stott Ministries in the United States. He also served on the Board of Langham Partnership International, a London-based global ministry that aims to equip and train upcoming leaders in Two-Third World churches.

Dr. Sweeting speaks and reaches around the country and has published numerous articles for well-known magazines and scholarly journals. He has co-authored two books and is working on several others. Don writes a regular blog post at donsweeting.com and can be followed on Twitter @dsweeting or www.ccu.edu