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Adam Estle, Executive Director

estle_familySince January 1, 2013, Adam Estle has served Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding as its new Executive Director. Adam follows in the footsteps of Leonard Rodgers, who graciously continues to carry out the mission of EMEU in his new role as Director Emeritus.

Adam has traveled to many Middle Eastern countries on learning and peacemaking tours, including Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. His favorite places in the region include Bethlehem, the Old City of Jerusalem, Beirut, and all the places where Jesus lived out His ministry.

Adam earned a BA in Spanish Education from Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, IL) where he also played football and met his wife, Kendra. He earned an MA in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA) where he studied under experts in Muslim-Christian relations such as Dudley Woodberry, Martin Accad, and Evelyne Reisacher. During his time at Fuller, Adam felt the Lord’s leading to minister in the Middle East which has led to his current role.

A former high school Spanish teacher and football coach, Adam also volunteers as an immigration case worker at Catholic Charities while building an immigration program at LifeBridge Community Alliance in Phoenix, Arizona (www.lifebridgeaz.org).

Adam has attended Orangewood Church of the Nazarene in Phoenix for about 30 years and has served in a variety of capacities as a lay leader, including his current commitments as a church board member, missions director, and recovery group leader. His favorite role at the church is leading its frequent interactions with the nearby Islamic Community Center of Phoenix.

Adam married his college sweetheart Kendra and they have four beautiful school-aged children: Silas, Hope, Grace, and Josiah. His favorite diversions include learning languages and playing for the Phoenix Rugby Club.