Great Commission Summit
The Concordia University Irvine Great Commission Summit exists to teach, equip and connect pastors and church leaders to be effective ministers of the Gospel amid the changing dynamic of global Christianity.
"To Christianize cannot be the same as to Westernize."
– Vitalino Simalox
Concordia University Irvine, guided by the Great Commission of Christ Jesus and the Lutheran Confessions, empowers students through the liberal arts and professional studies for lives of learning, service and leadership.
June 22-23, 2017
At Concordia University Irvine
Irvine, CA 92612
June 26-27, 2017
At Concordia College NY
171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
Horst Engelmann (Germany)
He worked for 16 years as a missionary in Tanzania, East Africa, as academic dean of Nanjoka Bible School (Bible School Nanjoka). He studied theology in Basel, Switzerland, and missiology in Korntal and Nairobi. Coordinates the initiative "Jesus Unites" the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Evangelikaler Missionen - AEM (Evangelical Fellowship Missions) that connects German churches, churches of immigrants, German missionaries and non-Western missionaries in order to reach Germany with the Gospel through partnerships and cooperation. Married for 35 years with Lore, is the father of two adult children, who were born in Africa and serve the Lord in other cultures.
Anne Zaki (Egypt)
Anne Emile Zaki is assistant professor in the department of practical theology at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo. She teaches courses on the theology and practice of worship, pastoral care, preaching as proclamation, and more.
She also serves as a program affiliate with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Her responsibilities include teaching and developing networks of pastors, worship scholars, and other partners in the Middle East.
Anne grew up in Cairo, Egypt, in a pastor's home. Since her teen years, she has been involved in various teaching and leading ministries. At age 16 she was selected by the Egyptian Government to represent Egypt in an international school in Western Canada dedicated to peace and international understanding worldwide. Two years later, Anne came to Calvin College seeking a liberal arts Christian education to help her integrate her Christian faith and her social justice convictions.
Her areas of interests include travel and learning about the different cultural influences on the church worldwide, creating new ministries, mentoring youth, and administration. Her husband is Naji Umran. They are the parents of four sons, Jonathan, Sebastian, Emmanuel, and Alexander.
Anne received her Bachelors degree from Calvin College in Psychology and Sociology in 1999, and her Masters degree from The American University in Cairo in the field of Social Psychology in 2002, and her Master's of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary in 2009.
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