The 2017 Great Commission Summit - held June 22-23.
Keynote Speaker: Horst Engelmann (Germany)
Horst Engelmann 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.
Keynote Speaker: Anne Zaki (Egypt)
Anne 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.
Keynote Speaker: Kyama Mugambi (Kenya)
Kyama Mugambi is one of the pastors at the Mavuno church in Nairobi where he lives with his wife and 3 children. He holds a BSc in Management from USIU, and an Honors BComm from UNISA. He received his Masters in Biblical Studies from NEGST in the Africa International University (AIU). His PhD research at AIU was on leadership development. Having been a pastor for over 16 years, with many of those as a lead church planter, he served as the director of church planting initiatives at Mavuno Church, working with teams in 10 countries in Africa. He is also a researcher attached to the Centre for World Christianity (CWC) at AIU.
He regularly speaks in several East and Southern African countries. He is involved in church planting in urban centers, a calling that has taken him to Europe and North America. He and his wife have co-authored a book on marriage. His passion is to see hope and transformation amongst the next generation of leaders in urban Christian communities around the world.
Keynote Speaker: Johnson Rethinasamy (New York)
Dr. Johnson Rethinasamy is a Missionary scientist – in the Latin use of the term, “knowledge.” He came from India to be the pastor of a Tamil speaking congregatin in Queens, NYC – but the Lord had other ideas. The “congregation” he now serves is the mission field of New York City. He is the pastor of a church with a European American congregation, as well as a Tamil congregation, and a Chinese Mandarin speaking worshipping group. Besides that, he was named the mission executive for the Atlantic District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
Keynote Speaker: Dominic Rivkin (Los Angeles)
Rev. Dominic J. Rivkin is the Executive Director of LINC Los Angeles. The network is blessed by Rev. Rivkin’s 20 + years of experience in the development of strategic systems that clarify, align and implement God’s vision for His people.
Keynote Speaker: Christian Mungai (Irvine, CA)
Christian Mungai 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. 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 and they have been blessed with a girl Kabi Mungai 3 years old 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.
Keynote Speaker: Bolorhuu Ligdon (Sacramento, CA)
Bolorhuu Ligdon is Founder and Executive Director of the Asia Leadership Development Network. Asia Leadership Development Network exists to identify, transform and mobilize emerging young leaders through holistic leadership development, resource platform creating and collaborative initiative in churches, in the community and in the marketplace. We actively work with emerging next generation leaders around the world using a unique holistic leadership program called- Seven Lamp. Seven Lamps is a pastoral, church-planting leadership training program developed based on transformational mentorship models. The method of Seven Lamps is for multiple senior leaders to train and mentor seven emerging young leaders for two years on spiritual formation, healthy relationship, servant leadership, and also community transformation topics. In the past, senior leaders have tested outcomes of this type of training in partner organizations such as Asia Access in many East Asian countries. Seven Lamps will create a vibrant learning community by utilizing the transformational process that is measurable and accountable.