Mike is married to Marnie for 37 years, and together they have four married 'children' and nine grandchildren. They live part of the year in Vancouver, Canada, and part of the year in Phoenix, AZ where Mike is Director of Theological Education, Missional Training Center, and Scholar-in-Residence, Surge Network. He is also Professor of Theology and Mission, Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, TX. He has held two endowed professorial chairs, the Geneva Chair of Reformational Worldview Studies at Trinity Western University, and the Jake and Betsy Tuls Chair of Mission Studies at Calvin Theological Seminary. He is author, coauthor, or editor of nine books including the best seller The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story. He enjoys watching just about any sport, hiking, playing with his grandchildren, and exercising daily so he has the energy to do so.
Dean Yamada received his MFA in film production from the University of Southern California. His thesis film, The Nisei Farmer, earned him the grand prize for best short film at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Dean now works as a professor in Biola’s Cinema and Media Arts (CMA department focusing in production and post-production.
As part of his CMA course load, Dean brings classes of students abroad to make films as part of an Interterm off-campus course, allowing them to collaborate on a film produced overseas in locations like Germany, Indonesia, and Japan. Their first effort, Mujo No Kaze, shot in Tokyo, went on to win 1st Prize at the Inigo Film Fesitval in Sydney, Australia.
Jitensha (Bicycle), premiered internationally at the 66th Venice Film Festival, won numerous festival awards.
As a media educator, he has twice received the King Foundation Best of Festival award at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts. Cicada, is a film that follows a discordant group of adults who ironically find themselves as guests at a birthday party for a young boy being bullied at school. This story takes place in a world filled with wonder, dysfunction, and redemption. It marks his fifth collaboration with Biola students and his first feature film as director.
The International Christian Higher Education Conference (ICHEC) was first started in November 2013 and is meant to share ideas, practices, and theories across disciplines within the truth framework of God’s revelation. Our faith is not a label or a surface treatment; it is our lifeblood and permeates all aspects of the Christian higher education classroom. Christian academics must communicate truth and all its principles, disciplines and applications to prepare students to go into the entire world as the next generation of leaders to navigate differing worldviews and contexts with purpose and calling.
This upcoming 2nd biennial ICHEC focuses on education at large and media, specifically film production.
Conference Dates: Wednesday, June 15 to Friday, June 17, 2016
The conference will begin in the evening of Wednesday, June 15, 2016 with an opening session where registrants will be greeted by the university leadership of Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH), Biola University and Corban University, followed by an inaugural dinner, as part of the registration.
Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17, will include conference keynote sessions, presentation of selected papers, concurrent breakout sessions, as well as panels and focused discussions, aimed at the key themes of this conference.
There will be designated time provided during the conference to visit the different school systems and media groups within the Pelita Harapan Foundation, around Lippo Village, Karawaci.
Friday, June 17 will end with an authentic Indonesian entertainment provided by Universitas Pelita Harapan Teachers College students, followed by a networking dinner. We encourage participants to wear your national dress for this dinner to show case the celebration of our cultural heritages.
Housing for the event will be in hotels around Lippo Village, Karawaci (Jakarta) within the vicinity of the university. Please advise us of your choice of hotels & rooms on the registration form. If any participant has any special needs due to physical limitations, the conference secretariat will need to be informed when sending the registration forms and the best appropriate accommodation will be arranged.
Lunch and dinner will be provided by the conference committee, which will include snacks during the mid-morning and mid-afternoon.