The 2014 Great Commission Summit was held June 2-3.
Keynote Speaker: Philip Jenkins
Philip Jenkins is Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor, and serves as Co-Director for the Program on Historical Studies of Religion in the Institute for Studies of Religion.
He is one of the world’s leading religion scholars. An historian by training, Jenkins’ work has been lauded in many different disciplines including sociology, criminology, and religious studies.
Dr. Jenkins’ major current interests include the study of global Christianity; of new and emerging religious movements; and of twentieth century US history, chiefly post-1970. He has published twenty-four books, which have been translated into ten languages. Some recent titles include The Next Christendom: The Rise of Global Christianity (2002), The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South (2006), The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa and Asia – and How It Died (2008), Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, And Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe For The Next 1,500 Years (2010) and Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses (2011).
Muriithi Wanjau is the senior pastor of Mavuno Church, a fast growing movement of churches based in Nairobi, Kenya, with locations in 6 different nations. He studied Biochemistry at the University of Nairobi before getting a Masters in Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of several popular books including Mizizi: Plugging Into Your God Purpose, a discipleship manual that has been translated into at least 6 different languages and used in churches across the world. His passions include leadership development and societal transformation. Muriithi and his wife of 20 years, Carol, have three children and live in Nairobi.
Leopoldo Sánchez was born in Concepcion, Chile and raised in Panama City, Republic of Panama. He received his Ph.D. from Concordia Seminary in 2003. He is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, where he also serves as Director of its Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS) in The Werner R.H. and Elizabeth Ringger Krause Chair for Hispanic Ministries. As CHS Director, he oversees, leads, and partners with CSL faculty, and a team of Spanish-speaking staff, instructors, and regional coordinators from across the U.S. in the development and implementation of Spanish-language lay theological education, pastoral and deaconess formation, and graduate programs, as well as research and continuing education initiatives for Hispanic/Latino constituencies.
Bolorhuu Ligden has been involved with indigenous house church planting in China, international student ministry in the United States, leadership development in Mongolia, and various marketplace ministries in Asia. As the Director for International Business Development with Provision Healthcare and the Executive Director for Asia Leadership Development Network, he has over eight years of experience in strategic planning, market entry for US firms into China and Mongolia, healthcare management, and consulting for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Ligden received his MBA and a BS in Finance and International Business from The University of Tennessee.
Jay Sohng was born in Seoul, Korea as the youngest of three brothers. At the age of eight, his family moved to the Middle East. He lived in Syria for three years, Cyprus for six years, and one year in Israel.
Jay has been in pastoral ministry since 1995. He is currently the lead pastor of All Nations Ministry of Irvine Onnuri Church – since July 2008. His vision is building a church that emphasizes teamwork ministry, multi-cultural context, and heart transformation. His desire is that all Christians become God’s kingdom builders in the formation of inner person driven by the Spirit conformed to the image of Christ.
He is married to his wife, Jeanne, and they have a 7-month old daughter, Elianne.
Harrison Christian Kiarie Mungai, mostly known as Christian, was born and raised in Kenya. He grew up in a great but humble family. During his teen years Christian went through a rough patch of waywardness, which led to a life of turmoil. At the age of 17 he went through a life changing experience (ask him about it). Following his graduation from high school Christian had a short stint at the Kenya National Theater as a stage actor, which is a personal passion. He thereafter left for Aurangabad India where he pursed Law at Dr BAMU University. He graduated with his Bachelors in Social Legislation and got an opportunity to go to the US where he desired to further his law career while pursuing acting. It was while in the US that Christian was divinely reconnected with three of his childhood friends and what was at that time a happenstance ended up defining his trajectory thereon. Christian and his buddies founded the music group Milele which morphed into a Non-Profit Organization. Milele cites music as a universal language that could be leveraged as a Trojan horse to rally people to causes greater than themselves. Since then Milele has been about Investing in Africans to change Africa. Milele has been able to traverse the US and Africa rallying multitudes towards their core value and mission, it was while with Milele that Christian was invited by Mariners Church in Irvine California to join their staff as the Global Engagement Pastor mainly focusing on cross cultural partnerships geared towards community development efforts. He also attended Claremont School of Theology for his M-Div. Christian’s purpose is to build bridges across the world, he is most passionate about helping others maximize their fullest potential. Christian is married to Delta LaDue Mungai from South Dakota and they have been blessed with a lil munchkin, a girl, Kabi Mungai, 22months, who thankfully looks nothing like her dad. Christian enjoys meeting all kinds of people, he loves languages, football (the one where you use actually use your foot) movies and he eats anything.
Rev. Dr. Mike Gibson serves as the Lead Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church and School in Costa Mesa. Recently Mike has taken an interest in helping the Body of Christ understand the shift of Christianity to the Global South and the beneficial influence that the Global South can bring to the church in the post-Christian Global North.
He provides leadership training and ongoing coaching for the Missionaries of LCMS International Asia and Pastors and Lay Leaders in the Lutheran Church Hong Kong Synod. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Seminary. Mike’s recent publications include: Out of the Bleachers and Onto the Field - How to Witness Without Hang-ups (CPH 1992), “Enlisting, Equipping, and Sending Mission Teams,” chapter in the book, Missionaries Out of the Pew (Larry Merino/Jeanne Burger, Precedent Press, 2006), and “Short-term Missions Transform Congregations” (Missio Apostolica Journal, May 2010 Issue).
Mike was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. He and his wife, Kathy, have raised two young adult sons, Andrew and Tim.