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Abu-Akel, Fahed


  • AMIS, INC.
  • Peachtree Presbyterian Church
  • 3434 Roswell Rd NW
  • Atlanta, GA 30305
  • W - 404-846-4395- Fahed
  • W - 404-846-4396- Sussi
  • Fax-404-846-4397
  • fabu-akel@peachtreepres.org
  • Website: www.amis-inc.org
  • Website:christmasih.org


  • Born April 13, 1944, Kuffer-Yassif, Galilee, Israel
  • Son of Christian Palestinian-Arab Parents
  • Married: Mary Zumot, August 30, 1980
  • Citizen of the United States of America, 1981


  • Doctor of Ministry - McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
  • Master of Divinity - Columbia Theological Seminary, Atlanta, GA
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL (One Year)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Southeastern College, Lakeland, FL


  • Moderator of the 214th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) 2002-03
  • Founder and Executive Director of ,Atlanta Ministry with International Students, Inc
  • Director of the National Christmas International House Program in 40 cities
  • Mission Staff at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 1980 - 2001
  • Ordained Minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), 1978
  • Member of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta
  • Interdenominational Theological Center, Past Adjunct Faculty of World Religions

Service to the Church:

  • General Assembly Commissioner, 1986
  • The Outreach Foundation, Member, Board of Trustees
  • Villa International Atlanta, Board Member
  • National Middle Eastern Ministries Committee, PC(USA), Member
  • National Middle Eastern American Caucus, PC(USA) Member
  • Presbytery of Greater Atlanta Outreach Team, Member
  • Presbytery of Greater Atlanta Christian Education Team, Liaison
  • Peacemaking Committee, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta
  • Mission Trip Leader: Kenya, Haiti, Brazil, Egypt, Israel, Palestine
  • Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns, Vice Chair
  • 2000 Conference on Evangelism, Planning Team
  • Bi-National Servants, Board Member and participant in Mission Study Seminars to Nicaragua, Korea, Egypt, Israel and Palestine
  • Montreat Mission Conference, Planning Team and Workshop Leader
  • Peacemaking Conference, Planning Team and Workshop Leader
  • Moderator of the 214th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)2002-03

Ecumenical Leadership and Service:

  • The Christian Council of Metropolitan Atlanta, Past Board Member
  • The Interfaith Coalition of Metropolitan Atlanta, Past Board Member
  • Interfaith Advisory Task Force for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta

Awards and Honors:

  • Delivered Invocation for the 2002 MLK Annual Birthday Celebration
  • National Conference of Christians and Jews, Clergy of the Year Award
  • The Arab-American Community of Georgia Award
  • Greater Atlanta Presbytery 1998 Peace Making Award
  • Georgia District of Kiwanis International - Leadership Award
  • Georgia District of Kiwanis International – Outstanding Kiwanian
  • Man of the Year- National Presbyterian Men Organization- 2003
  • Fahed Abu-Akel Award By the National Middle Eastern Caucus to be given each year to an American Middle Eastern who is serving the Presbyterian Church
  • NAFSA- National Community Award for serving & leading AMIS in Atlanta

Community Service:

  • International Understanding Kiwanis Georgia District, Past Chair
  • Friends of the Union of the Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (UPMRC), President
  • The Georgia Council for International Visitors, Board Member
  • Northside Kiwanis Clubs, Atlanta, Past President
  • The Community Section of the National Association of Foreign Students Affairs (NAFSA) Region V11, Past Chair
  • The National Association of Arab American (NAAA), Past Board Member
  • The Association of Arab American University Graduates, Inc., Past Vice President
  • Diversity Leadership Academy of Atlanta
  • Leadership Georgia