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Don Weiss

Christian Union Director of Undergraduate Ministry at Harvard

 

donDon is originally from the Midwest and became a follower of Christ in his senior year at the University of Iowa. Prior to launching Christian Union's Christian leadership development program at Harvard, he served as a pastor in Northampton, Massachusetts, but could not resist the opportunity to return to campus ministry.

Previous stops with Cru include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell, and he served as a civilian chaplain at West Point. Don is ordained and has an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Don lives in Boston with his wife, Sally Anne, and their two teenage sons, Luke and Jonathan. They are grateful to live and serve in the city where they first met.

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Fady Ghobrial

Christian Union Ministry Fellow at Harvard

fady ghobrialFady Ghobrial was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. His family moved to the Boston area in 2002. He earned his Bachelor’s in Urban Studies from Worcester State University. After a radical encounter with Jesus during college he quickly sensed a call to ministry and began to serve at his local church.

He holds a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is ordained with the Southern Baptist Convention. Fady attends and serves at the Arabic Baptist Church of Boston, where his whole family came to faith, and where he teaches the youth and leads worship. When not reading books, Fady enjoys cooking with his wife Renée, watching superhero movies and discussing theology over black coffee. 

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Renee Ghobrial

Christian Union Ministry Fellow at Harvard

renee ghobrialRenee is a native of Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelors in Criminal Justice from Boston University. At the end of her time at Boston University, she decided to pursue counseling instead of criminal law and began attending Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where she received her Masters in Mental Health and Marriage/Family Counseling.

Renee has a passion for mentoring youth and young adults and has been leading the youth group at the Arabic Baptist Church in Newton, Massachusetts since it began. She also loves to sing and lead worship with her husband, Fady. When she's not hanging out with teenagers or singing, Renee enjoys coffee dates with friends, the beach, and baking. 

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Tyler Parker

Christian Union Ministry Fellow at Harvard

tyler parkerTyler was born and raised in High Springs, FL. During his undergraduate years at Harvard University, he earned an A.B. in Government and a secondary in Filmmaking. He joined Harvard College Faith and Action in his freshman spring, where Christian Union's unique approach to intellectually rigorous and theologically faithful teaching compelled him to stay and grow as a spiritual person.

To give back to HCFA and to explore a call into ministry, he is staying at Harvard to intern with the fellowship. He served as a ministry team leader within HCFA and as an Assistant Bible Course Leader for the senior class. While in college, he also served as a pastoral intern for Pastor Adam Mabry of Aletheia Church in Cambridge, MA. 

In his free time, Tyler loves to watch and make movies, practice percussion, talk politics, and dream about God's kingdom. He lives in the Boston area with two friends who are also HCFA alum. 
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Justin Woyak

Cornerstone Partner Coordinator

Justin.W2018Justin grew up in Pensacola, Florida, where he came to know Christ at age eleven. In 2009, he graduated from Princeton magna cum laude with a degree in Classics. While at Princeton he served as Christian Union's student president and then as a ministry intern for a year. In 2014, he earned a masters of divinity from Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, where he also taught college students as an instructor in Bible and theology until 2016.

Before serving as a Christian Union ministry fellow, Justin was the digital content editor for Christian Union Day and Night. He is blessed with a wonderful wife, Kate, and their two young daughters, Keira and Joy. Justin enjoys tennis and golf, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, Settlers of Catan, good food and root beer, time with friends and family—and seeking God!

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Justin Yim

Cornerstone Partner Coordinator

JustinYim2018Justin grew up in NYC as the youngest son of a pastor, church planter, and missionary. After graduating with a degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester, he received his M.Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. While finishing up his seminary degree, he served at Bethany Church in New Hampshire for the next 11 years, as the Associate Pastor of Worship, Young Adults, and Youth. He also met his wife, Melissa, during this time, and in 2007, accepted a call to Grace Fellowship Church in the Capital District of NY, near Albany, to launch their first multi-site location, as Lead Pastor. For the next 11 years, he helped launch and oversee 4 locations, as the Executive Pastor of Multisites.

In over 22 years of experience with the local church, Justin’s passion has been to invest and develop the next generation of leaders for God’s Kingdom, by grounding them in the truth and power of God’s Word. He brings a vast diversity of experience in many aspects and levels of leadership, and is eager to contribute wherever God seems to lead.

He and his wife have 4 beautiful children—Sydney, Austin, Cooper, and Sawyer—and currently reside north of Boston, where they hope to make an impact on their local community for Christ.