Daoud Abudiab is President and Founder of Faith & Culture Center. He is a veteran healthcare executive with more than 20-years in physician group management. Daoud received his Masters of Health Services Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In 2010, Daoud was recognized by the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition with the Johnny Hayes American Dream Award, and in 2012 received the Rising Advocate Award by the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. Additionally, Daoud is involved in several Middle Tennessee community organizations.
Bernard Werthan (deceased in 2017) was a founding member of Faith & Culture Center. He was a long-standing community member in Nashville and in Middle Tennessee. He received a Bachelor of Science, Business and Engineering Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, joined the Army in the 1950s and then returned to Tennessee, where he was employed by Werthan Packaging and eventually became the President and Chairman of the Board. Bernard married Betty Kornman, also of Nashville. They had four children, Betsy, Kay, Tim and Tony, and five grandchildren. Bernard was an active member and past president of The Temple in Nashville. He was also involved in many other Jewish organizations, including Nashville and Middle Tennessee Jewish Welfare Fund and the State of Israel Bonds.
John Kiser has advanced degrees in European History and Business Administration, is author of two books on Algeria, The Monks of Tibhirine and Commander of the Faithful, Life and Times of Emir Abdelkader ; founder of technology search company, Kiser Research Inc (1980-94); board of directors of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy; Honorary Doctor of Political Science, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Chairman of the William and Mary Greve Foundation. Contributor to The Marine Corps Gazette; The Cistercian Studies Quarterly and author of numerous Op Ed pieces johnwkiser.com
Dr. Josh Graves is preaching and teaching minister for the Otter Creek Church in Nashville, Tennessee and adjunct professor in the Doctor of Ministry program at Lipscomb University. He holds a D.Min. from Columbia Seminary where he studied the relationship of postmodernism and Christianity. He has written several books including The Feast: How to Serve Jesus in a Famished World, Heaven on Earth, and How Not to Kill a Muslim: A Manifesto of Hope for Christianity and Islam in North America. Both he and his writings have been featured on Fox News online, Pathos, PBS Religion and Ethics, Church Leaders, The Tennessean, Missio Dei, The Contributor, and Christian Standard. Josh is married to Kara – the daily source of joy in his life and the real theologian in the family – and they have three life-giving sons: Lucas, Finn, and Oliver.
Dr. Amir Arain attended medical school at the Dow Medical College of the University of Karachi in Karachi, Pakistan and received his M.D. in 1994.
After graduating, he moved to the United States and completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint, MI, in 1995. He completed a residency in Neurology at Vanderbilt in 1998, after which he completed a fellowship in Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology with Dr. Abou-Khalil.
In 2000, he joined the Vanderbilt faculty as clinical instructor and then in 2001 he became assistant professor of Neurology. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of EEG laboratory at Vanderbilt. Among the honors that Dr. Arain has accrued while at Vanderbilt are election by medical students to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha medical education fraternity and election by Neurology faculty to be chief resident in the Neurology Training Program.
Dr. Arain is Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), Diplomat of the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (ABCN), Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in Subspecialty of Clinical Neurophysiology, and Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in the Subspecialty of Epilepsy.
Advisory Council – Our Muslim Neighbor Nashville
Commissioner – Metro Human Relations Commission
Founder and Chair – Muslim Women’s Council
Amir Arain M.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology – Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Past President and Active Member – The Temple
Past President and Chairman of the Board – Werthan Packaging
Nashville Educator and Administrator of over 18 years
Executive Director – Tennessee Human Rights Commission
Pastor – Church of Scientology of Nashville
President – Religion Communicators Council Nashville chapter
Professor of Human and Organizational Development – Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
Executive Director – American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee
Chairman – William and Mary Greve Foundation
Author: The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love, and Terror in Algeria and Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd El-Kader
Preaching & Teaching Minister – Otter Creek Church
Adjunct Professor – Lipscomb University
Author: The Feast: How to Serve Jesus in a Famished World, Heaven on Earth, and How Not to Kill a Muslim: A Manifesto of Hope for Christianity and Islam in North America
Executive Director – Metro Human Relations Commission
Financial Advisor – Henderson Financial Group, Inc.
Board of Trustees – Congregation Micah
Board of Trustees – The Temple: Congregation Ohabai Sholom
Co-Executive Director – Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition