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David devoted himself to the Lord in the mid-1980s and has had a broad range of experience in Christian denominations, from Roman Catholic to non-denominational charismatic churches.
Over time, he began to explore the significance of Israel in end-times prophecy and thus the theological meaning of Israel (as a people and the land) in our times. A significant development in his search came in 2009 when he learnt that the “one new humanity” proclaimed by Paul in Ephesians 2:15 does not indicate homogeneity (sameness) of Israel and the nations in Messiah. Rather, the body of believers comprises both Jew and non-Jew without erasing their distinctive identities or calling. David recognized the church’s need for clarification of its own twofold structure, of the enduring relevance of Torah, of the on-going role of Israel in God’s plans, and of the coming kingdom on earth. He is committed to study, teach and publish on these matters.
The teachings of Dr Dwight Pryor (of blessed memory) and Dr Daniel Juster were formative in his theology, and the publications of First Fruits of Zion continue to influence his understanding. David is married, with two daughters, and lives in Cape Town, South Africa. He holds two Masters’ degrees (one in Science and the other in Theology), and works online as researcher and educator at the South African Theological Seminary. His Master of Theology was done by publication, resulting in five papers all on the issue of “Jews and Gentiles in the Ecclesia” (four on the book of Acts and one on Ephesians).
Most of his writing is freely available online (see https://hcommons.org/members/davidwoods/). He is a member of Beit Ariel Messianic Jewish Congregation, where he occasionally teaches.
Pastoral Advisor to the Society – Jack Jacobs
Jack and Kate have a heart’s desire to facilitate the coming together of Jew and Gentile in the “one new man” throughout the world.
Since 2003, Jack has served as the Congregational Leader of Beth Am Messiah (House of Messiah) near New York City – www.bethammessiah.org.
He has faithfully built long-term relationships with nearby churches. Jack also authored the Becoming One Bible Study – a biblical guidebook to uniting the Jewish and Gentile followers of Jesus Christ – and Hear O Nations – an in depth review of several key Bible passages specifically addressed to Gentiles. Both books are available at www.TikkunAmerica.org.
Among Jack’s greatest blessings were seeing his mother, father and brother come to faith in Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ).
Jack’s wife, Kate, and their four children (Caitlin, Dan, Sarah and Ariel), along with Ruben and Casey, their son-in-law and daughter-in-law, and of course his five grandchildren, are his most precious blessings.
President – Paul Blake
As a Gentile Christian, Paul has been intrigued with Acts 15 for personal reasons… and curious about its implications for today.
His interest has led to study trips pursuing Acts 15 at a variety of libraries and seminaries including the Library of Congress in America, Emory University (Catholic), the British National Library, the University of Oxford, the Catholic University of America, Dallas Theological Seminary, Asbury Theological Seminary, Covenant (Presbyterian) Theological Seminary, and Gordon Conwell, amongst others.
Paul wrote a graduate thesis in 2010 on Acts 15, and he is presently writing on Acts 15 for his doctoral work at The King’s University founded by Jack Hayford. He is ordained under Tikkun America, having served as the congregational leader of Kingdom Living Messianic Congregation in Kansas City for ten years. Paul presently serves as the leader of Elim Messianic Congregation in the Jacksonville, Florida metro area.