Board of Directors
Joy Schwentker’s interest in the Middle East began when she travelled to Syria, Jordan and Israel on a Bible study tour in 1995. Since then, she has travelled to Turkey and served as a Trustee of the Crisler Library in Ephesos (Turkey). As a founding member of a Middle East Book Club in Raleigh, NC, the books read have helped educate her about the history, people, religions, culture, politics, and literature of the region. She is a graduate of Principia College, attended the Euphrates Institute Summit there in 2011, is the head of a church-related non-profit organization, serves on boards and committees of other non-profits that work with young people, and enjoys her grandchildren and travelling with her husband.
“A popular song says, ‘Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.’ I think we all have that responsibility as world citizens. I am happy to be a part of the Euphrates Institute as it strives to educate Americans about the Middle East and dialogues with people there so that more people everywhere are better equipped to be peace builders.”