The 2016 Great Commission Summit - held June 9-10.
Keynote Speaker: Femi Adeleye
Femi B. Adeleye is currently initiating the Institute for Christian Impact- an initiate to nurture a new generation of leaders to impact African with Kingdom values. He also serves as Associate Director (Africa) for Langham Preaching. Before this, for three years he served as the Director of Church Partnerships for World Vision International, focusing on enhancing World Vision’s partnerships with churches around the world. Prior to joining World Vision, Femi worked for 32 years with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), most recently as Associate Director for Partnership and Collaboration. Before that he served as Regional Secretary for English and Portuguese Speaking Africa, strengthening leadership development and cross-cultural mission within Africa and beyond. Femi is concerned with issues of how Christian witness impacts society and culture, particularly for nurturing a new generation of leaders in the African context. Femi Adeleye participates and contributes to the Great Lakes Initiative (GLI), a community of restless Christian leaders seeking to embody God’s vision of reconciliation and to inspire, form and support other leaders in the Great Lakes Region of East Africa through community, formation, and learning shaped by biblically inspired content and methodologies. Femi is an Alumni of Wheaton Graduate School, University of Edinburgh and the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture in Ghana (PhD.). Femi is the author of Preachers of a Different Gospel, Let No Man Despise Your Youth and Partnering with the Global Church co-Authored with Nikki Toyama-Szeto. Married to Affy Adeleye, who also serves with IFES, they have been married for twenty-nine years, are blessed with four children and currently live in Ghana.
Keynote Speaker: Camille Ntoto
Camille Ntoto was born to Congolese parents and educated in both Belgium and Congo. After working for a Congolese Christian media organization he traveled to the USA to attend Vanguard University in Southern California. He received degrees in Communications, Intercultural, Pastoral and Biblical Studies, earning a Masters degree in Leadership Studies. He also holds a certificate of studies in Micro Economic Development.
Camille and his wife Esther have been an inspiration to many people. They came to school in the USA with only basic English, but received honors in both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. In 2005, they felt called to return to war torn Congo for ministry, shocking their families by choosing to minister in Eastern Congo, the center of unrest. Today, through their emphasis on discipleship, leadership, and multiplication, God is using them to bring people through true transformation. Esther and Camille comment on it all, “When people tell us that they are impressed by our courage, we reply that we do what we have been created to do. We feel privileged to be God’s vessel of care, hope, and restoration.”
Africa New Day’s ministries include programs for men, women and children, as well as a leadership academy and national radio broadcasts. They also recently began a chapel and a primary school. Camille says, “Through our ministries and outreach, we have touched lives and inspired thousands who are now spreading hope and love through their own efforts. A new day has dawned for Africa.”
Africa New Day represents a different approach to the complexity of the problems in DRC. Africa New Day's goal is to minister to the root causes of conflict in order to address present situations, reconcile the past and prevent future recurrences of crisis. Because social cohesion is so strong within the fabric of Congolese culture, our Christ-centered and holistic strategies empower individuals so they become leaders that influence and transform the society.
Keynote Speaker: Noel Castellanos
Noel Castellanos has worked in full-time ministry in Latino, urban communities since 1982. He has served in youth ministry, church planting, advocacy and community development in San Francisco, San Jose, and Chicago. After serving on the Board of the Christian Community Development Association for many years, he established the CCDA Institute, which equips emerging church leaders in the philosophy of Christian Community Development, and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of CCDA. Noel was appointed to serve on President Obamaʼs Council for Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships, and is a highly sought after speaker, motivator, and mentor to young leaders throughout the USA, and has a deep passion to serve and invest in the lives of leaders committed to serving the poor. Noel is the co-author of A Heart for the Community, New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry, and has contributed to various other books and publications, including Deep Justice in a Broken World, A Heart for the City, and Crazy Enough to Care. He and his wife, Marianne, have three children; Noel Luis, Stefan, and Anna, and make their home in the barrio of La Villita in Chicago.
Keynote Speaker: John Arthur Nunes
John Arthur Nunes was recently elected as the ninth president of Concordia College—New York. He begins at this Bronxville, NY campus after three years at Valparaiso University, where he held the Jochum Chair, an endowed professorship supporting the study of Christian values in public and professional life.
Formerly, John was the President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief (2007 to 2013), a $50 million (USD) organization with offices in 17 countries working to alleviate poverty and human suffering. For John’s first twenty years of professional life, he worked in urban ministry settings in Dallas, TX, Detroit, MI and Buffalo, NY.
He is a graduate of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI (B.A., ’85), Concordia Seminary, St. Catharines, ON (M.Div., ’91) and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Th.M. ’06 and Ph.D. ’12).
Nunes’ academic interests include postcolonial literature, non-profit leadership and social theology. An ordained pastor in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, John is married to Monique, recently named as the Director of International Programs at Martin Luther School in Queens, NY. Together, they are the parents of six grown children and an expanding entourage of grandchildren.
Keynote Speaker: Prashan De Visser
Prashan De Visseris committed to reconciliation and youth empowerment in Sri Lanka. Prashan, 25, is the president and founder of Global Unites. Global Unites is a youth movement for hope and reconciliation in Sri Lanka and across the globe. De Visser and his team at Global Unites want to see reconciliation established in a post-war Sri Lanka and across the globe. He is also the host of “Good Morning Sri Lanka” and an English talk show named “All About Success” on Channel One. De Visser holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Gordon College and was the student body president in 2008.