Roy Hange has more than ten years of local knowledge of conflict dynamics in the Middle East, thirty years of tracking religious identity and conflict, and decades of involvement in peacebuilding encounters in Muslim, Christian and political contexts. He spent 10 years in the Middle East working in the encounter zones between Islam, Eastern Christianity, and Western Christianity. He worked with Mennonite Central Committee in Egypt (1982-1985); was the first MCC Country Representative in Syria (1991-97); and with his family, lived in Qom, Iran in 1998 and engaged in high-level religious dialogue as a part of President Khatami’s call for the Dialogue of Civilizations. He continues to teach, speak and write on the subject of faith-based peacebuilding, most recently at the University of Virginia. He is an ordained minister in the Mennonite church, co-pastor of Charlottesville Mennonite Church and overseer of the Harrisonburg District of the Virginia Mennonite Conference. Hange holds an M.Div. from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.