Jody Hassett Sanchez, president of Pointy Shoe Productions, and John van Dinther, founding pastor for New Life Church in Stockholm, Sweden, will speak in chapel at Palm Beach Atlantic University during Justice Week March 14-17.
Sanchez spoke on campus in 2006 as part of the University’s Ethics and Character Lecture Series. Her company, Pointy Shoe Productions, is a documentary and long-form TV production company focusing on issues of faith and culture.
She recently directed the film Sold: Fighting the New Global Slave Trade, which highlights the work of three individuals – one Hindu, one Christian and one Muslim – fighting to end child slavery.
Sanchez spent 17 years in network television, most recently at ABC. She covered religion, culture and education for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, as well as filing stories for Nightline. She shared a 2005 Peabody award for one of her more recent stories.
Prior to ABC News, Sanchez traveled the globe with CNN for almost 12 years. As the State Department producer covering Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, she reported from Mongolia one week and a refugee camp in Macedonia the next. She also acted as the arts reporter for a weekly program on CNN International and produced a weekly program titled Globalview.
Sanchez is scheduled to speak during the chapel hour on March 14 and 15, and van Dinther will speak on March 16 and 17. The events are open to the PBA community.
In addition to being the founding pastor of New Life Church in Stockholm, van Dinther also is involved in the planting of New Life Church in Gothenburg. He and his wife, Ineke, are originally from Holland and have lived and ministered as missionaries in Sweden, the Philippines and Japan.
Van Dinther studied at Fuller Theological Seminary and has a master’s degree in intercultural studies. He teaches at seminaries in Sweden, as well as schools on leadership, church planting, urban mission and evangelism.
With a passion for God and people, he has strong convictions about justice and desires to help those who are marginalized. He also wants to be an advocate for church planting throughout the world and says he would love to see at least another 20 churches planted through New Life Stockholm in the greater Stockholm area by 2020.