Steve Abbott
Steve is married to Sue and they have three adult children plus four grandchildren. He has great passion for people to come to know and follow Jesus. He enjoys being with his family and friends, loves sport (Swans, Eels, Sydney FC, Burnley FC, Waratahs) and going out for meal and movie with his wife Sue. Steve graduated with second class honours in the Bachelor of Theology degree from Moore Theological College in Sydney Australia in 1979 and also gained a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Seminary in California in 2000. He moved into semi-retirement in May of 2016 after a very diverse and effective ministry as an ordained Anglican minister.

His first position was as Senior Minister in a country regional parish of NSW (1981-1989 Milton/Ulladulla) and his most recent as the Senior Minister of a large suburban Anglican Church in Sydney Diocese (2006-2016 West Pennant Hills). In between these years, he served as the Minister for Evangelism and Discipleship at St Stephen’s evangelical Episcopal church in Pittsburgh, PA (1989-1992) before returning to Australia as an itinerate Evangelist, Trainer and Church Consultant with the Department of Evangelism for the Diocese of Sydney (1992-2000). In 2001 he commenced lecturing part-time at Ridley Anglican College in Melbourne, Victoria, training future ministers in Evangelism, Practical Ministry and Biblical Theology of Mission. In conjunction with this lecturing position, he was also a Mentor for younger and inexperienced Anglican Ministers across the state of Victoria, under the banner of the Evangelical Fellowship of the Anglican Church (EFAC) in Australia.

Steve is the author of Everyday Evangelism, a lifestyle witnessing tool for creating Christian confidence. Since his retirement in May 2016 he has continued to expand his mentoring role with younger ministers and provide Everyday Evangelism training for local churches in city and rural areas. He is also involved on behalf of the Leighton Ford Ministries in training younger leaders in how to establish and lead Mentoring Communities with special focus in South East Asia. On occasion he also provides pastoral leadership and preaching for churches when a senior minister is on extended leave or a parish is awaiting the appointment of a new leader. Steve is passionate about Christians and churches becoming more intentional and creative in their outreach. People have commented that his enthusiasm and energy for life are contagious.

 

Raphael Anzenberger
Raphael Anzenberger is an evangelist, speaker and author serving globally, with a passion to raise a new generation of young apostolic leaders. He is Director of RZIM.fr (RZIM for the French Speaking world), President of France Evangelisation and CEO of the Global Evangelists Forum. He serves as ambassador at large for the board of the Conseil National des Evangéliques de France (CNEF) and travels extensively as a consultant in evangelism, church planting and leadership. He is Adjunct Professor of Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University (USA) and teaches globally on evangelism, apologetics and missions.

He is the author of Moi aussi je voudrais croire, mais… (BLF Europe, 2008), L’Evangéliste sous toutes ses formes (BLF Europe, 2013) and (re)Discovering the Ministry of the Evangelist (Believers Press, 2015). His first doctoral dissertation dealt with the topic of mentoring younger generations for evangelism (DMin, Columbia International University, College of Intercultural Studies, 2011). His second dissertation deals with whole-nation saturation church-planting strategies (DPhil candidate, Columbia International University, College of Intercultural Studies). He was named the Billy Graham Lausanne Scholar for 2018. Married with four children, he lives in Nice (France).

Brenda Bertrand
Brenda is an author, speaker, spiritual mentor, and mindset coach.  She creates safe and brave spaces for high achieving women to tell, mend, and redesign their stories.   She brings over 25 years of diverse experience, including news anchor, political appointee, university and military chaplain, instructor in higher education, and consultancy at leading global firms to her work. She is an ordained minister with graduate degrees from the University of Texas and Princeton Theological Seminary. 

When she isn’t traveling the globe to find its most sacred places and beautiful beaches, she inspires women to step into their brilliance, amplify their voices, and believe they are enough . . . because they are.

 

Sarah Breuel
Sarah Breuel attended Urbana 06 as a student and returned to share 
her testimony at Urbana 12. In addition to her work as the Evangelism Training Coordinator with IFES, she is the Director of Revive, a conference for young adults and college students seeking revival across Europe. 

Included in Christianity Today’s “33 Under 33” Christian leaders to watch, she also served as Chair of the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering 2016.

Originally from Brazil, Sarah has worked for IFES in four national movements in the last 13 years (Brazil, Canada, Norway, and Italy) and now works in Europe. She has a Business degree and an MDiv from Regent College. She has recently joined the Lausanne Movement’s Board of Directors as its youngest member.

Sarah has planted a vibrant church in Rome, Italy, together with her husband, René—the expositor for Urbana 18.

 

 

Peter Chao
Peter has been in ministry since 1973. He founded Eagles Communications, an evangelistic organization seeking to reach pre-believers in East and South East Asia. Over the decades, their target audience moved from teenagers in high school to college students, to young professionals, and now to people in business and the professions. 

Nearly 20 years ago, he sought to “earn the right to be heard” as he realized that to “talk about Jesus” in Chinese culture literally means “to talk rubbish.” People wanted to know what “value add” they can bring to society before they would listen. He decided to contribute to leadership development in the marketplace. Leadership values moored to moral anchors make the best leaders in our culture.

Peter discovered resistance to the Gospel can be overcome when we contribute to their professional reservoir. Two decades later, as a beneficiary of Leighton Ford’s ministry in the Point Group, he started his first spiritual mentoring group to perpetuate Leighton’s legacy.

 

Ravi and Mercy David
Dr. Ravi David currently serves as adjunct professor at SAIACS, in Bangalore, India, and in seminaries in Indonesia. He teaches pastoral theology and counseling, spiritual formation, management, and leadership. He holds a Ph.D. in practical theology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Ravi and his wife, Mercy, serve as members of The Mission Society Ministry Resource Team.

 

 

Wendy Der
Wendy currently serves as the Director of Global Mobilization with United World Mission (www.uwm.org) based in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She and her husband Ivan live in Mexico City, Mexico and serve with UWM as career missionaries.  Wendy went to Mexico to serve as a “short-term” missionary in 1998 and has lived and served in Mexico for over 17 years!  She has directed UWM’s US mobilization team the past four years, currently provides oversight for UWM’s global mobilization efforts and directs the mobilization team at their Mexico mobilization office.  UWM’s focus is to equip leaders, establish churches and engage in holistic mission, and our prayer is that God would raise up more missionaries from all the world to all the world, for the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few!

Wendy is Chinese-American, born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri in the United States, and her husband is Mexican, born in Mexico City and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Wendy studied Communications in college and has her master’s degree in Missions & Evangelism from Gordon-Conwell Seminary, where she first got involved with Leighton Ford Ministries.  She has been in an LFM mentoring community for over 10 years, started a mentoring community in Mexico, and has helped coordinate mentor retreat trainings in Mexico and in Asia.  

In her free time, Wendy enjoys cooking, hosting guests, teaching, reading a good book, dancing, mentoring, being in nature and traveling with her husband to visit missionaries and encourage local church leaders.  She and Ivan are opening a home outside of Mexico City to provide spiritual retreats for pastors, missionaries, and ministry leaders, and she is excited to be a part of LFM’s Strategic Advisory Board!

 

Gernot Elsner
Gernot Elsner is married to Sabine and has three children. After three years at the Bible school in Bad Gandersheim, he worked for two years in a Pentecostal church in Karlsruhe and at the same time studied English and history at the University of Teacher Education. In 2002 he went to the United States for a little over two years, where he graduated from Regent University with a master’s degree in practical theology and intercultural studies.

After spending time in various countries in South America, Gernot founded GOSPELTRIBE in January 2006. In the past few years the ministry has participated in short-term missions, evangelizations and conferences in over 40 nations. Gospeltribe sends youth on short term trips around the globe and also has a two year residential Bible College and local ministries focusing on refugees, homeless people, secular high schools and victims of human trafficking.

 

Monika Faes
Originally born in Switzerland, Monika has lived in Austria since 1992. She is a teacher for French and Religious Education at a public secondary school. 

Her heart loves seeing Christians from all denominations working/ministering together in unity. 

Monika serves on the board of the Austrian Evangelical Alliance as Deputy Chairwoman, on the leadership of the platform of “Prisca – Women in Leadership”, member of the Synod of the Protestant Churches in Austria, member of the Committee for World mission and deaconry, coordinator of the regional refugee relief program ‚Brücken zur Welt’ and styrian diocesan lector.

Meredith Johnson
Meredith coaches and trains people to live in loving obedience to Jesus and His commands. She loves 2 Timothy 2:2 and is thrilled by the idea of exponential multiplication! She has lived in the Middle East for seven years and has been engaged with catalyzing Disciple Making Movements among Muslims since 2005. She has a Masters of Divinity with Global Missions emphasis and a Cambridge CELTA ESL Certificate.

 

 

Wei-Han Kuan
Wei-Han Kuan is the State Director of the Church Missionary Society in Victoria. His role consists of overseeing the work of the branch; raising up new missionaries and the prayer, care and finances to support them; interviewing missionary applicants and visiting missionaries on location.

 

 

Elizabeth Archer Klein
Experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the non profit and religious institutions industry. Skilled in Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Pastoral Counseling, Branding and Missional language, Art Design and Visual Content, Volunteer Management, and Public Speaking. Strong business development professional with a Doctorate in Leadership. 

Inspired by the Pacific Northwest, the Big Skies of Montana, the verdant hills of Central California, and the powdery beaches of Hawaii, Dr. Elizabeth Archer Klein works to heal through beauty, sacred walks, life-coaching, and redevelopment work. Educated at Stanford University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, she is an ordained Presbyterian Minister, a Reiki Master, and an aspiring Dressage rider. 

She supports many efforts to care for Creation because of the mutuality necessary in loving the Creator. A portion of the proceeds of her work benefit such causes.

Christine Lee
Christine served as a pastor before joining our team. She had her first glimpse of us while leading her church’s Mission Team in 2001. Eventually Christine’s path led her back to us and to family ministry in 2006. She loves her husband and two kids, reading great biographies and learning to garden.

 

 

Bo Karen Lee
Bo Karen Lee, ThM ’99, PhD ’07, is associate professor of spiritual theology and Christian formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She earned her BA in religious studies from Yale University, her MDiv from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and her ThM and PhD from Princeton Seminary. She furthered her studies in the returning scholars program at the University of Chicago, received training as a spiritual director from Oasis Ministries, and was a Mullin fellow with the Institute of Advanced Catholic Studies. 

Her book, Sacrifice and Delight in the Mystical Theologies of Anna Maria van Schurman and Madame Jeanne Guyon, argues that surrender of self to God can lead to the deepest joy in God. She has recently completed a volume, The Soul of Higher Education, which explores contemplative pedagogies and research strategies. A recipient of the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise, she gave a series of international lectures that included the topic, “The Face of the Other: An Ethic of Delight.” 

She is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, and the American Academy of Religion; she recently served on the Governing Board of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, and is on the editorial board of the journal, Spirtus, as well as on the steering committee of the Christian Theology and Bible Group of the Society of Biblical Literature. Before joining Princeton faculty, she taught in the Theology Department at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, where she developed courses with a vibrant service-learning component for students to work at shelters for women recovering from drug addiction and sex trafficking. 

She now enjoys teaching classes on prayer for the Spirituality and Mission Program at Princeton Seminary, in addition to taking students on retreats and hosting meditative walks along nature trails.

Daniel Liberek
Born in the U.K. to missionary parents, Daniel was raised in Belgium and trained at Columbia Int. University and at Wheaton College Graduate School.  He obtained at Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Int. University.

Myriam, a Belgian citizen, was raised in a committed household. They were married in 1983 and have three daughters and 2 sons and numerous grandchildren.

They joined United World Mission in 1980 (Myriam in 1983).  After serving for 20 years in Belgium they were also given regional responsibilities.  After serving for over ten years as Regional Director for Europe and four years as Regional Director for Africa they asked to be relieved of these responsibilities to be able to concentrate on and deepen their ministry in Belgium. 

Their ministry is presently all about church growth in Belgium.

Tom Lin
Tom Lin is the president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He previously served as vice president and director of missions and the director of the Urbana Student Mission Conference. He also spent several years in Mongolia pioneering campus student ministry with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. He is the author of Pursuing God’s Call and Losing Face & Finding Grace.

Lin has pioneered new Asian American Christian Fellowships at Harvard and Boston University, and served as an IVCF staff trainer, fund development specialist, and missions department consultant. He has leadership experience with a number of Christian ministries, serving the Lausanne Movement as the international deputy director for North America, and serving as a board member for Missio Nexus and The Crowell Trust. He has also served as vice chairperson for the board of Wycliffe Bible Translators.

A second-generation Taiwanese American, Lin has developed networks in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Brunei. He has also served as a human resources director of a Fortune 500 company and was leadership pastor at Wellspring Covenant Community Church. He and his wife Nancy live in Madison, Wisconsin, with their two daughters.

Wesley Paul
Wesley was born in India and came to Canada in 1983 to attend Caprenwray Harbour Bible Center on Thetis Island in British Columbia (a school started by Maj Ian Thomas). Also, he later attended Cumberland College in Kentucky and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Upon graduation he began pastoring in Iowa. In 1998, he became an evangelist. He has witnessed many souls saved and believers encouraged in the Caribbean, India and US. In December 2019, Wesley is hosting his first mentoring retreat with emerging national and global leaders India, Nigeria, Kenya, Pakistan, Australia, Canada and America.

Jim Singleton
Dr. Jim Singleton joined Gordon-Conwell as Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism in 2012, bringing with him 30 years of church leadership experience.  Jim also directs a Lilly Grant at Gordon-Conwell, called Thriving in Ministry.  The focus of this grant is to help pastors in New England “thrive” in the very difficult practice of ministry in this season.

The son of a Presbyterian pastor, Dr. Singleton’s call to ministry began early in his high school years and intensified in college. His academic and practical interests are in evangelism, discipleship, congregational leadership, and the mission of the local church. He has a passion for helping equip congregations to revitalize in their approach to ministry in the 21st century.

Prior to his current post at Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Singleton served as senior pastor of churches in Texas, Washington and most recently, First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, a downtown congregation of 4,000 members.

He has taught at several seminaries around the world, including ones in Virginia, Texas, Washington, Moscow and Zambia. In addition to teaching and preaching, Dr. Singleton has participated in cross-cultural missions in places in Mongolia, Ecuador, Cuba, Mexico and India.

Dr. Singleton is an avid fan of baseball history, church history, hiking, and cross-country skiing. Jim is married to Sara, who is the pastor at Old South Presbyterian Church in Newburyport, MA.  They have a son, James, and a daughter, Rachel, and three grandchildren.

 

Alain Stamp
Alain Stamp has been developing for more than 10 years a mentoring ministry for confirmed Servants of God and emerging leaders in France and Africa. He is responsible for mentoring development for the Forum des évangélistes en Francophonie: 
Global Evangelists Forum, “And he gave some, apostles… and some, evangelists…” He works to set up Mentor Learning Communities (CAMs), in France and in Africa . Evangelist for 35 years with Mission FPC , passionate about communication, he has gained experience in various fields: music, radio, audiovisual, writing, – he is author and adapter of several books -, teaching within the framework of the IBG in particular.

He is now honorary president of France Evangelization , president of Cantor , Vice President of ‘ ELAN, and adviser to several works.

 

David Swanson
The Rev. Dr. David D. Swanson is the Senior Pastor and Head of Staff of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, serving in that role since 2004. He is the author of four books: Everlasting Life, Vital Signs: Discovering the Keys to Abundant Christian Living, Learning to Be You: How Our True Identity in Christ Sets Us Free, and The Essentials, a primer on the fundamentals of faith. His congregation is part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and is among the largest Presbyterian churches in the country. An active community leader, Dr. Swanson serves on as the Managing Chair of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, is a founding board member of Orlando Together (community discussion on race), the board of the Central Florida Homeless Continuum of Care; the board of Four Roots Farm and Agricultural Center, the leadership team for Project Opioid, and is one of 50 writers for the Miami Herald statewide influencer series. He is also active in speaking for conferences and retreats around the country, especially in the area of marriage and family. David and Leigh have been married for 31 years and have three grown children: John David, 27 (Caroline); Alex, 26, and Kaylee, 24. Leigh serves as Vice-President for Community Relations and Development at Reformed Theological Seminary in Oviedo, FL.

 

Karen Swanson
Dr. Swanson has been the Director of the Institute for Prison Ministries (IPM), Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College since 2005. As Director, she oversees the Charles W. Colson scholarship program and pursues the goals of the Institute for Prison Ministries through networks, collaboration and strategic partners. She has more than 25 years of higher education experience and developed and taught Correctional Ministry courses at Wheaton College, now offered through Christian University GlobalNet. Karen has experience in teaching the incarcerated, leading a reentry ministry, and mentoring formerly incarcerated persons. Currently, Karen provides the volunteer training for Cook County Jail religious volunteers. She has presented at multiple conferences such as the American Jail Association, Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association, Christian Association for Prisoner Aftercare, and Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders. Karen has co-authored, with Lennie Spitale, the book Released.

 

 

Elke Brands Werner
Elke Brands Werner studied 
Protestant theology and art as a teacher . She is co-founder and was from April 2011 to July 2017 overall director of the Christ meeting in Marburg . She also works as an author and speaker. The focus of her work is on lectures and the promotion of women, especially in Germany and other European countries.

From 2005 to 2007 Elke Werner was the deputy director for Western Europe of the Lausanne International Committee for World Evangelization. Since 2006 she has been Senior Associate for Women in the international Lausanne movement .  As part of this work, in 2007 she founded the network “WINGS” – “Women’s International Network in God’s Service”. At the Lausanne Congress in Cape Town in October 2010, she gave a lecture to over 4,000 delegates in which she argued for equal opportunities for women and men in leadership positions in the Church.  

She is a member of the evangelism team of ProChrist  and since 2008 a member of the board of World Vision Germany .  She is also involved in the Zinzendorf Institute in Marburg.

She has been married to the linguist and theologian Roland Werner since 1983 .

 

Roland Werner
Theologian, Linguist (African, Semitic and other languages), Author, Speaker, Husband, Friend of Jesus, Chairman of proChrist and Lausanne Movement Germany. Professor of Theology in a global context at Evangelische Hochschule Tabor, Germany.

Born 1957, married to Elke Werner since 1983.

Main stations of my life: Duisburg, Seattle, Marburg, Münster, Aswan, Oxford, Khartoum, Boston, Berlin, Jerusalem.

 

 

Barry Whatley
Barry provides leadership and resources for French speaking Canadians and Africans in the areas of church health and revitalization, church planting and leadership development. He is a Resource Pastor and Educator at Outreach Canada Ministries. He studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Canadian Theological Seminary, University Laval, Canadian Bible College and the University of Alberta. He is from Wimborne, Alberta.

 

 

Tobi Woerner
Born in 1976 as the son of a baker’s family in Stuttgart, Tobi noticed early on that his hammer mechanism worked better than his baked goods.

He studies drums with “Drummer’s Focus” and also enjoys volunteer work in the Protestant church, theology and wordwork. His fire for people is kindled in São Paulo when he works in the drug and poverty district and experienced how God opens new horizons through his word.

At the turn of the millennium, Tobi and his band Beatbetrieb celebrated success in the German music scene. He wrote lyrics and songs. He not only drums on many stages, but also brings together many young people in Stuttgart at the same time. He founded a mpvement within the Protestant regional church called “Jesustreff”.

Tobi is currently working as a freelance speaker and copywriter. Words are his passion. He believes in encouragement and movement in peoples lives. Tobi loves closing the gate directly on the kick court, medium-rare grilled steak – and he loves how God loves him.

Tobi is currently a voluntary member of the Wurttemberg Enavgelical Synod- the legislative assembly of the regional church, on the board of the “Together for Stuttgart” (Evangelical Alliance) and is also a predicant of the Protestant Regional Church.