Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil is an Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, where she also directs the Reconciliation Studies Minor program. Dr. Salter McNeil is also an author, speaker and thought leader with over 25 years of ministry experience in the field of racial, ethnic and gender reconciliation. Her mission is to raise up the next generation of young, emerging Christian leaders to be practitioners of reconciliation in their various spheres of influence.

Prior to coming to Seattle Pacific University, Brenda was the president and founder of Salter McNeil & Associates, a faith-based speaking, training and consulting firm specializing in biblical reconciliation with Christian colleges, churches and organizations. In addition, Brenda was on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 14 years, where she served as a Multiethnic Ministries Specialist in Southern California and Chicago, Illinois. These experiences were foundational to the development of the principles, concepts and strategies that guide her practice of reconciliation from a Christian perspective. Today, Dr. Salter McNeil is recognized internationally as one of the foremost leaders of reconciliation and was featured as one of the 50 most influential women to watch by Christianity Today in 2012.

Originally from Trenton, New Jersey, Brenda is now an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church and is currently serving as a teaching pastor at Quest Covenant Church in Seattle, WA. She is married to Dr. J. Derek McNeil, who is the senior Vice president of Academic Affairs at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. They are the proud parents of two children, a son, Omari, and a daughter, Mia.

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Here is a message that Pastor Brenda shared at Biola University in 2008:


Samuel Williams is co-founder & content director at Fluid. He is also the teaching pastor at Avenue Community Church in Toronto, Canada.