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January 2023 CU Fire Retreat

Brief bios of the January 2023 CU Fire Retreat speakers:

Matt Bennett

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Matt is the founder and CEO of Christian Union, a Christian leadership development organization with the mission to bring sweeping spiritual and cultural transformation to our nation and the world by developing and networking Christian leaders to make an impact for Christ. Christian Union focuses its activity on America's most influential universities and on professionals in the nation's key cities.


A native of Houston, Texas, Matt earned BS and MBA degrees from Cornell University and holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He worked for Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) at Princeton University for 12 years, and developed the ministry into one of the largest in the history of the Ivy League. In 2002, he founded Christian Union. The ministry has been featured in The New York Times, PBS, NPR, Christianity Today, and World Magazine.

Matt currently resides in New York City.

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Pastor Dimas Salaberrios

dimasDimas is a faith leader, film producer, prayer warrior, and author. He is the founder and former pastor of Infinity Bible Church in New York City, and the President Emeritus of Concerts of Prayer Greater New York. Dimas has been on the front lines of the earthquakes in Haiti, and Hurricane Harvey in Houston. After the shootings in Saint Paul, Dallas, Charleston, and Paris, Dimas organized believers to infiltrate the protests and pray with hurting people.  He has also organized prayer during the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis and New York City. His directorial debut is titled “Chicago: America’s Hidden War,” and he co-produced the documentary film “Emanuel.” 

Dimas is married to Tiffany and has three daughters.

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Chris White

christopher whiteChris is an evangelist with the UEC-Fresh Springs Association and is a member of the Global Network of Evangelists (GNE) of the Luis Palau Association. He met the Lord at age 14, growing up as a New England pastor’s son, and entered Yale University in 1971 by the Lord’s leading. He served thereafter in campus ministry for decades speaking at Yale, Columbia, MIT, RPI, Rutgers, Johns Hopkins, and many other campuses. He also speaks in churches, and in public outreaches, including concerts in NYC's Central Park and at Long Island’s Jones Beach Bandshell. Earning his M.A. at Columbia, he worked for 20 years as a teacher, and then entered full-time ministry in 2007.

 

He has been working in the U.S., Colombia, Cuba, southern Asia, and elsewhere ever since. His first book, Discipleship and the Body of Christ, is also available in Spanish (Ven y sígueme). Additional books include: God and Man and Monkey at Yale, The Passion of the Evangelist, and Judgment or Revival, Which Will It Be? He has also released his first original music album, How Glad the Morning. Learn more about his ministry at UEC-FSA’s ministry website. Or you can visit his Facebook ministry page.

Chris has been married for more than 30 years to Pilar Hernandez White and together they have four sons.


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Dr. Chuck Hetzler

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Chuck Hetzler is the Vice President of Biblical Theology for Christian Union, helping to create and teach CU’s Christian leadership development curriculum for vocational Christian ministers, CU Universities’ students, and lay people across the nation. Chuck has served with CU at Princeton University as Teaching Fellow and in New York City as Director of CU New York, and has ministered in local churches in a variety of roles from senior pastor to church planter to volunteer elder in denominational and non-denominational churches. Chuck holds an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary and a ThM and PhD in New Testament from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 


Chuck's path in ministry took a new direction after he experienced and helped lead a dramatic work of God’s Spirit at Princeton University with Christian Union Nova from 2008 to 2012. Since that time, Chuck and his wife, Karen, have worked to promote a lifestyle of seeking God and experiencing His extraordinary grace in local churches, in New York City, and to the nation.

Chuck currently lives in Quincy, IL with Karen and their four children, and near extended family.