Mae Elise Cannon, 38

Senior Director, Advocacy and Outreach, World Vision
Community Covenant Church, Springfield, VA

When Gaza was bombed in 2012, Mae was leading a team of pastors and leaders for World Vision in the West Bank, and she had to make the difficult decision to return to the States. “If I had not been responsible for others, I would have—in a heartbeat—stayed alongside of my colleagues and brothers and sisters in Christ in Jerusalem and the West Bank. I hated leaving.”

Mae is a Covenant minister, writer, and academic who cares deeply about God’s heart for the poor and the oppressed. Her third book, Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith, co-authored with Covenant authors Soong-Chan Rah and Lisa Sharon Harper, as well as Troy Jackson, is a call to repentance. As Christians, she says, “we need to repent and ask our neighbors and communities to forgive us for ways we have fallen short in sharing Jesus’s love and responding to injustices in our midst.”

“I love the privilege of being able to serve in ministry where I am passionate and coming alongside of an organization and people committed to making a difference in the world,” she says. “My hope for all people is that the work they get up to each morning includes activities that give life, use gifts, and contribute to making the world a better place.”


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