Colombia Speakers Bureau

The following speakers have unique experience in our work and are available to share information about their work with others in churches, on campuses and in sister organizations. All of those listed here as resources would be pleased to work with you to develop an educational event or worship service that will work well for your community.

Linda Eastwood

Linda Eastwood is the current coordinator of the Colombia Accompaniment Program. Linda originally trained as an Accompanier in February 2006, and gradually increased her involvement in the Accompaniment program, including “accompanying” IPC pastors studying alongside her at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Following research on the history and background of the Accompaniment Program, Linda served as an Accompanier in Colombia from January-March of 2010, visiting all three presbyteries of the IPC. (more)

Shannan Vance-Ocampo

The Rev. Shannan R. Vance-Ocampo serves as the Transitional Presbyter for Albany Presbytery (NY). Previously she served for five years as the Pastor of the Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church in North Plainfield, NJ and for eight years as the Associate Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, NJ. (more)

Parrish Jones

Parrish Jones (parrish@parrishjones.net) has been a Presbyterian Minister for 26 years and presently serves as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Jasper, FL. Parrish speaks on Colombia, U.S. Mexico Border Issues, Immigration Reform, and on the history of Christian Attitudes towards War and Peace. (more)

Anne Barstow and Tom Driver

Anne and Tom are both retired professors and authors, with extensive experience in non-violent activism. They have traveled broadly in Latin America, and each offers rich experience and thoughtful reflection on peacemaking in our present time. (more)