Samir Samir Selmanovic

Founder & Executive Director

Samir Selmanovic, PhD PCC, has worked as a Christian pastor and community organizer across the nation for the last twelve years, founding Faith House Manhattan in 2007, an inter-religious “community of communities” and a co-laboratory of interdependence.  Samir writes and lectures at universities and other institutions nationally and internationally, and has been profiled in The New York Times. In 2009 his first book, “It’s Really All About God: How Islam, Atheism, and Judaism Made Me a Better Christian”, a book about understanding and collaboration with the “religious other”, was published.

Samir is an Executive Life Coach at Wisdom Workroom, helping high achievers in financial, healthcare, and information technology industries discover and share their spirituality as well as master the alchemy of wonder, compassion, and courage in the corporate world (www.wisdomworkroom.com).

Samir has managed 1,000+ active volunteers, raised over $2 million for worthy causes, designed 100+ events and programs, organized relief efforts nationally and internationally.  In 2002, the organization Muslims Against Terrorism honored him for his community leadership on the Upper East Side of Manhattan during the aftermath of 9/11.  Samir holds a B.Sc. in Engineering, an M.A. in Psychology, an M.Div, and a Ph.D. in Education.

Frank Fredericks
Director of Operations

Frank Fredericks is the founder of World Faith and Mean Communications.  After graduating from NYU, Frank worked in the music industry, managing artists such as Lady Gaga.  In 2006, he founded World Faith, a youth-led interfaith organization active in 14 countries.  As an active blogger, Frank has contributed to the Huffington Post, Washington Post, and Sojourners.  Frank has been interviewed on Good Morning America, NPR, and New York Magazine.  He is an alumnus of the IFYC Fellowship, Soliya Fellowship, AMENDS at Stanford, Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship, the YouthActionNet Fellowship, and has also been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper.

GracePattersonPhotoSquare-300x300Grace Patterson
Program Coordinator

Grace is a committed interfaith advocate, trainer, and writer. She has facilitated workshops on effective engagement with religion and religious experience, as well as compelling communications for social change. Her writing has appeared in Mic.com and State of Formation. Grace is a proud alumna of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where her scholarship focused on “Religious Diversity and Governance,” encompassing an understanding of how small groups, institutions, governments, and pre-modern empires handled religious diversity in both policy and practice.