Speakers

Grandchildren of late Congressman Ed Pastor

In honor of the late Congressman Pastor, Governor Ducey and the First Lady have asked Congressman Pastor’s grandchildren, Eddie Cotto, Sophia Cotto, Frankie Rivera and Alexis Lopez, to say the Pledge of Allegiance.


Rabbi Pinchas G. Allouche, Congregation Beth Tefillah of Arizona

Rabbi Pinchas G. Allouche

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche is the founding Rabbi of Congregation Beth Tefillah in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he resides with his wife, Esther, and nine children.

He is a respected rabbinic figure, a renowned lecturer, and a prominent author of many essays on the Jewish faith, mysticism, and social-criticism.

Besides his academic pedigree, Rabbi Allouche is richly-cultural, having lived in France, where he was born, South Africa and Israel. He is fluent in English, Hebrew, French and Italian. He received his rabbinic ordination in Milan, Italy in 1999.

Rabbi Allouche is a member of AIPAC's National Council, and a member of the Vaad Harabanim, the Orthodox Rabbinic Council of Arizona. Rabbi Allouche's wise, profound, and sensitive perspective on the world and its people, on life and living, is highly regarded and sought-after by communities and individuals of all backgrounds. He is also tremendously involved in the Jewish community of Greater Phoenix, and he teaches middle-school Judaics at the Pardes Jewish Day School.

Rabbi Allouche is fluent in English, Hebrew, French and Italian. Rabbi Allouche is also a blogger for the Huffington Post, Times of Israel and other large online publications.

Rabbi Allouche was listed in the Jewish Daily Forward as one of America's 36 Most Inspiring Rabbis, who are "shaping 21st Century Judaism."


The Honorable Verlon M. Jose, Vice-Chairman, Tohono O'odham Nation

Verlon M. Jose

Treasurer, Arizona Indian Gaming Association Vice Chairman, Tohono O’odham Nation

Verlon M. Jose is an enrolled member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, from Tecolote Community in the Chukut Kuk District. He was elected as the Vice Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation in May of 2015 to a four year term.

In 2005, Mr. Jose was elected as a Legislative Council Representative to the Tohono O’odham Nation representing the Chukut Kuk District. He served two four year terms on the Legislative Council where he served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Legislative Council. In 2011 Mr. Jose was elected as Chairman of the Chukut Kuk District until May 2015.

Mr. Jose served the Nation as a Tribal Court Advocate (2 years), Legal Assistant for the Office of the Attorney General (8 years), Intern Tribal Planning Department and served on the Chukut Kuk District Council for a number of years. Mr. Jose was a member of the Baboquivari Unified School District No. 40 School Board where he served as Board Present for the past three years.

Mr. Jose attended Business College in Tucson, Pima Community College, Phoenix Community College and the Tohono O’odham Community College where his primary focus was on Indian Law, Judicial Studies and History/Native American Studies.


Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., Senior Pastor, First Institutional Baptist Church 

Pastor Stewart

Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. is Senior Pastor of the First Institutional Baptist Church of Phoenix, Arizona. He is married to the Rev. Karen E. (Curry) Stewart and together they have five sons, two daughters and 14 grandchildren.

Dr. Stewart’s holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Coffeyville Community Junior College, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Philosophy from Bishop College, Master of Divinity Degree and Master of Sacred Theology degrees from Union Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry Degree from American Baptist Seminary of the West and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Ottawa University. He has served as Adjunct Professor of Ottawa University-Phoenix Campus, Phoenix Seminary and the Doctor of Ministry Program at Fuller Theological Seminary, as well as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, California. Currently, he serves on the Phoenix Seminary Board of Directors.

Dr. Stewart is the author of INTERPRETING GOD’S WORD IN BLACK PREACHING; HOW TO HANDLE GIANTS: Sermons to African-American Youth and Their Mentors; Do Prophets Exist in Contemporary Culture?, 2009; Our Values as a Pastor and People: The Bible Study, 2013; and VICTORY TOGETHER FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: The Story of Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., Governor Evan Mecham and the Historic Battle for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday in Arizona.