Rev. Khader El-Yateem is a highly respected Arab-American faith leader, community organizer, homeowner, and father of four who has called this district home since 1995.
Rev. El-Yateem is the founder of Salam Arabic Lutheran Church, where he works to connect congregants and community members to vital services and resources, and helps immigrant families establish themselves in their new home. His 6 years working in the Patient Relations department of Maimonides Medical Center has also made him the liaison to hundreds of area families, helping them navigate the often complicated healthcare system and connecting them to culturally sensitive and quality health services.
Rev. El-Yateem serves on Community Board 10, as well as the boards of St Nicholas Home, Lutheran Augustana Home, and previously served on the board of the Arab American Association of New York. He is also the Clergy Liaison for the New York Police Department - helping to ensure a collaborative and productive relationship between community members and the local precinct.
Rev. El-Yateem’s primary focus has been to promote open dialogue and unity, especially among Christians, Jews and Muslims. To that end, after the tragic events of 9/11, he co-founded the Bay Ridge Unity Task Force to promote unity and cooperation in the neighborhood. He is a skilled mediator who champions difficult issues, including combating drug use among neighborhood youth, building police community relations, and advocating for affordable housing in the district.
Rev. El-Yateem was born in Bethlehem in 1968, and emigrated to the United States in 1992. He holds a Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt. He is married to his wife Grace, a school nurse at PS 204, and they have 4 children: Rowan, Janette, Naim and Isabelle.