Bay Area Peace Forum


Rev. Max Lynn

Rev. Max Lynn is Pastor of St. John’s Presbyterian Church & Center at 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, California 94705, the site of this year’s Bay Area Peace Forum. He has been pastor since 2003.

Rev. Lynn is a graduate of San Diego State, and an alumnus of the Peace Corps, where he met his wife, Feliciana. He received a Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1994, and started his career as a pastor at San Pablo Trinity Church in Houston, preaching in both English and Spanish. In 1998 he moved to a job as Associate Pastor for Christian Ed and Contemporary Worship at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Salinas, California. Rev. Lynn has two sons, Nicholas and Kevin.

Herb Behrstock

Herb Behrstock

Herb Behrstock has served as President of the United Nations Association’s East Bay Chapter for 9 years, one of the largest and most active chapters in the country.  Concurrently, he is President of the Northern California Division of UNA-USA with its 11 chapters, and was re-elected to UNA-USA’s Steering Committee for which he serves as chair of the national Advocacy Sub-Committee. Prior to his volunteer work with the United Nations Association, Herb had a 31 year career with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), during which he had responsibilities for economic development activities and management in 7 countries (China, Kazakhstan, Haiti, Bhutan and 3 African nations), as well as having an assignment in Gaza.  During latter years of his career, he was appointed UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative.  During two assignments at UNDP Headquarters in New York, Herb was a senior manager for programs in East and SE Asia, and for aid policy, coordination and program effectiveness in Africa.    Herb received a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  Following university, he was elected for two terms as President of AIESEC-US (the International Association of Business and Economic Students) which set unsurpassed records for its international educational exchange program.