Board of Directors

Congratulations to our two newest board members.

(Information Coming Soon)

Don Dederick – Chairman of the Board –

Lloyd Fillis – Secretary-Treasurer –

Oletha Barnett

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Oletha is an Attorney-Mediator, and also heads a 21-member peacemaking team at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas TX, where she serves as a Deaconess. Oletha and her team of mediators assist church members in biblically resolving conflicts that they have been unable to resolve. She is also CEO of Workplace Reconciliation Resources, whose mission is to partner with businesses to help them harness conflict in the workplace. She is a Certified Christian Conciliator™ and Certification Coach for the Institute for Christian Conciliation™. Oletha’s legal experience includes having served as a trial attorney for the former Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington DC and heading the Dallas Regional Legal Division of the Texas Department of Human Services. In addition to her J.D., she has a BS in Mathematics. Oletha loves learning and recently earned a Master’s degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. She also enjoys teaching, analyzing thought-provoking issues, and taking quiet, meditative walks.

Anne Bachle Fifer

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Anne just began her service on the Board of Directors but is no stranger to Peacemaker Ministries. She learned about the ministry of Christian Conciliation through the Christian Legal Society while still in law school in the early 1980’s, and sensed God calling her to it. She directed the Christian Conciliation Service of Central Michigan, a non-profit organization dedicated to biblical peacemaking, and served on the board of the Association of Christian Conciliation Services, forerunner of Peacemaker Ministries. A Certified Christian Conciliator™ and Certification coach, she has taught Peacemaker Ministries courses in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, and Asia. A mediator, mediation trainer, arbitrator and licensed attorney, Anne and her husband Mark are members of Berean Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Pat Ennis

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Pat Ennis is the Founder of ENNIS Legacy Partners and has years of successful leadership, management and strategic planning experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.  As a Certified Exit Planner (CExP®), Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Chartered Advisor of Philanthropy (CAP®) there is broad understanding and knowledge of financial, philanthropic and estate planning and the leadership and management challenges faced by business owners and non-profit leaders.  With this distinct blend of knowledge and experience, he is distinctly equipped to advise owners and founders on building enterprise value and their eventual transition or exit.

Pat has served on various non-profit boards including Peacemaker Ministries, Montgomery County Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Razoo Foundation.  He is an active member of Covenant Life Church and lives with Charlotte and their three children in Gaithersburg, MD.

Giselle Jenkins

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Giselle began service on the Peacemaker Ministries Board early in 2015. She has 25 years experience in HR management, training, leadership and organizational development and volunteer management, She currently is Lead Consultant with GgHRServices, an HR consulting company which follows a long career with Prison Fellowship Ministries as VP of People Development. Giselle is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the HRCI. Prior to her career in HR, Giselle earned a BA in International Studies and MA in Development Banking, both from the American University.  Her experience includes working in university administration and as an economist for the US Department of Commerce. Originally from California, Giselle and her husband David live in the DC area and have three married children, one college-aged daughter, and two adorable grandsons. The Jenkins are active members of McLean Bible Church and enjoy every kind of international travel, especially “adventure” expeditions.

John G. Yphantides

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John is licensed as a California attorney and specializes in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Administration, Business and Corporate Law, and Non Profit/Tax Exempt Organization law.  He is certified by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.  He is also licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (inactive status). John received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Accounting Emphasis) from San Diego State University and his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. John resides with his wife and three children in North San Diego County.  John is active in the San Diego region and has served on the Boards of various charitable, educational and Christian ministries in addition to serving on the Elder Board of New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido, California.

Advisory Life Directors


Rev. Alfred Poirier

Alfred served on the Board for 16 years and was Chairman for 11 years, until 2009. He is the author of The Peacemaking Pastor (Baker Books, 2006). When Alfred resigned, the Board gave him the position of Advisory Life Director.


Jim Soft

Jim served on the Peacemaker Ministries Board for 23 years and was Secretary of the Board for most of that time. In 2009, when Jim went off the Board, he was given the position of Advisory Life Director.


Tom Newton

Tom is Senior Partner of Newton Oldacre McDonald, a commercial real estate development firm with offices in Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida. He served on the Board until 2014 and, when he went off the Board, he was given the position of Life Advisory Director.

Director Emeritus

Don Bubna – After 14 years of Board service, Don was elected Director Emeritus in 2011 and went home to be with Jesus several months later. Don loved mentoring and peacemaking and had an enormous impact in both areas. He was also a pastor, most recently serving as Pastor-at-Large in the Christian & Missionary Alliance, providing consultation, leadership development, and vision-casting to over 100 churches. He is profoundly missed.