David Sedaca is a Jewish believer in Jesus and serves as Vice President of Chosen People Ministries.  David was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, where his parents were missionaries. He grew up in a messianic Jewish home, where his father, the late Victor Sedaca, was one of the pioneers of the Messianic Jewish movement and served for many years as missionary with Chosen People Ministries (then called the American Board of Missions to the Jews). Because of his parents’ ministry, especially in the relocation of Holocaust survivors, he grew up in different countries in Europe, South and North America.

He received his BA “Suma Cum Laude” in Psychology from Harvard University. After a successful career in the secular world, he received a call to full-time ministry. He attended Biola University and continued at the Baptist Theological Seminary in Buenos Aires. David Sedaca studied Judaism in New York and continued rabbinical studies at the School of Middle East Studies of the University of Belgrano.

Having served as pastor in four different evangelical churches, David became fully involved in Jewish ministries, although he continued serving as pastor as well as Messianic Jewish Rabbi. Until the year 2,000 he was the Senior Pastor of Central Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia. He served as Director and Homiletics professor of the Graduate School of the Bible Training Center for Pastors in Virginia.  He has also been the Messianic Rabbi of three congregations. He served as Canadian and Latin American Director for Chosen People Ministries. He is member of the Board of Directors of several missionary organizations, Bible Institutes, seminaries, and Christian organizations in the US, Canada, England, Latin America and Israel.

David Sedaca has been lecturer of Homiletics, Judaism and Jewish evangelism in several seminaries in United States, Canada, South America, South Africa, Israel and Europe, and his writings and articles are published regularly in different theological journals and Christian magazines around the world. His dynamic preaching and profound knowledge of the Bible from a Jewish perspective has made him a much sought-after speaker around the world.

He is currently “The Tim and Jeri Erdman Permanent Visiting Scholar” and Professor of Archaeology and Biblical Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, in the Rothberg International School/Moriah International Center. He teaches at Israel’s most prestigious university “Introduction to Biblical Archaeology,” “The Jewishness of the Gospels,” “The Jewish Background of the New Testament” “Paul and Halakha: Between Law and Grace,” and “Introduction to Rabbinic Literature.” He is also professor at Haifa Theological Institute in Israel, where his live lectures are turned into DVDs and translated to Russian, Spanish, and Hebrew; thus, his teachings are now reaching hundreds of people throughout United States, Latin America, Israel and Russian speaking countries. He has been member of the Lausanne Consultation for Jewish Evangelism since its founding, and for the past 20 years he has been the LCJE Latin American Coordinator.

David served for 25 years as Executive Secretary and CEO of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance, which is the worldwide fellowship of Jewish believers in Jesus. He was also past president of the Union of American Messianic Jewish Believers; the fellowship of Jewish believers from different churches and messianic Jewish congregations.

After 25 years as the Executive Director and CEO of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance, David rejoined Chosen People Ministries in 2004, along with his wife Julia.  David serves as Vice President and works in the overall development of our ministry, both in the US and in many other countries around the world.   Julia Sedaca is the Manager of Chosen People Ministries’ Headquarters and Special Assistant to the President. They presently live in Virginia Beach, Virginia. David and Julia have four married children and nine grandchildren.

Other speakers, moderators and panelists

  • Mark Polonsky
    Mark Polonsky

    Mark is the coordinator of LCJE Australasia and the Operations Manager for Celebrate Messiah in Melbourne Australia.

  • Lawrence Hirsch
    Lawrence Hirsch

    Lawrence is the Co-Founder of Celebrate Messiah Australia and is the messianic Rabbi of Beit HaMashiach Messianic Congregation in Melbourne.

  • Bob Mendelsohn
    Bob Mendelsohn

    Bob Mendelsohn is the national director of Jews For Jesus Australasia, a territory which includes Australia, Singapore and New Zealand.

  • Dr Ashley Crane
    Dr Ashley Crane

    Ashley is Messianic Bible teacher from Western Australia and is a board member for Celebrate Messiah (Melbourne, Australia).

  • Paul Cohen
    Paul Cohen

    Paul is an international messianic Bible teacher and is an outreach worker for Celebrate Messiah. He resides on the Central Coast of NSW.

  • Scott Brown
    Scott Brown

    Scott is a Jewish believer in Jesus, a gifted teacher, and is currently serving as National Director of Celebrate Messiah New Zealand.

Teresa Thomas

Conference Worship Leader

Teresa is a native of the Washington, DC area and joined Celebrate Messiah NZ as Worship & Prayer Coordinator in November 2017. She has previously performed with several Christian bands, worked as a studio musician, and played for countless weddings and funerals. But, her real passion was worship. She was soon asked to lead worship for women’s conferences and church-related events in the US and abroad.

Teresa has released two CDs: Songs From The Border (as Teresa Acquaviva), and Upon Your Shore, both available on her music website: TeresaThomasMusic.com. She loves sharing free Musical Devotions with her worldwide list of subscribers to her music blog.

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