Reformed Theology and the Mission of God in the 21st Century is the theme of the World Reformed Fellowship 4th General Assembly meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil March 23-27, 2015.
Plenary speakers, gospel preachers, worship leaders, workshop teachers, and discussion facilitators will be gathering from around the world for this 5-day global conference being sponsored by MacKenzie University and the Presbyterian Church of Brazil. Church leaders will be focusing on “Critical Issues Facing the Global Church.” Countries represented include Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nepal, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uganda, USA, etc.
Plenary speakers include (in order):
- Sam Logan: World Reformed Fellowship International Director
- Luder Whitlock: History of World Reformed Fellowship 1
- Paul Gilchrist: History of World Reformed Fellowship 2
- Christopher Wright: The Langham Partnership
- Doug Birdsall: The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization
- Thomas Schirrmacher: The World Evangelical Alliance
- Ligon Duncan: The Gospel Coalition
- David Baer: The Overseas Council
- Christine Schirrmacher: The Challenge of Islam 1
- Stephen Tong: The Challenge of Islam 2
- Diane Langberg: The Abuse of Women
- Jim Gamble: The Trafficking of Humans
- Boz Tchividjian: The Sexual Abuse of Children in Religious Envirnonments
- Phil Monroe: Ministering to Victims of Sexual Trauma
- Flip Buys: The Prosperity Gospel
- Sheryl Haw: The Biblical Response to the Poor
- Steve Childers: The Vision for Global Church Planting
Live Streaming and Recording
Although registration is closed, Mackenzie University will arrange for live Internet streaming of all Assembly plenary sessions (with the possible exception of Dr. Christine Schirrmacher’s presentation on Islam). Mackenzie University will also record (audio only) all plenary sessions.
Dr. Samuel Logan has served as the International Director of the World Reformed Fellowship since July 1, 2005, and he will end his tenure in that position on March 27, 2015. He was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1943. He attended Princeton University (B.A., 1965), Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1968), and Emory University (Ph.D., 1972). He taught at Barrington College in Rhode Island from 1970 to 1979 and worked at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) from 1979 to 2007. He was a Visiting Fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge, in 1988 – 1989, and he served as Special Counsel to the President at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, from 2007 to 2013. Dr. Logan has worked extensively with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and with the Association of Theological Schools, serving the latter organization on its Executive Committee, as Chair of its Research Grants Selection Panel, and as Chair of its Nominating Committee. He has Chaired accreditation teams for both Middle States and ATS. He is a minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, presbytery of New York and New England. Dr. Logan’s publications include The Preacher and Preaching (editor and contributor), Sermons That Shaped America (co-editor and contributor), and numerous articles on Jonathan Edwards. Dr. Logan edited the papers of the 2006 General Assembly of the World Reformed Fellowship and these were published in August of 2007 under the title Confronting Kingdom Challenges: A Call to Global Christians to Carry the Burden Together. He also edited the papers of the 2010 WRF General Assembly in Edinburgh, Scotland, and these were published in August of 2013 under the title Reformed Means Missional: Following Jesus Into the World. Dr. Logan and his wife Susan live in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and have two sons and two grandsons.
Dr. Luder Whitlock is the Executive Director of The CNL Charitable Foundation, the Seneff Family Foundation and president of Excelsis. From 1978 to 2001 he was president of Refornmed Theological Seminary. It grew from a small regional school to one of the most innovative as well as one of the ten largest seminaries in North America with seven US campuses, a virtual campus and gateway extension programs in Asia, South America, and Europe. He was cited in Christianity Today as one of the five seminary presidents most influential on theological education during the last half of the Twentieth Century. He was chairman/president of the Fellowship of Evangelical Seminary Presidents for 8 years and on the executive committee of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the U.S. and Canada for 10 years, including a two-year term as president. His service to higher education included the boards of the National Commission on Higher Education, the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, the International Theological Seminary, Covenant College, Montreat College, Institute for Worship Studies, the Association for Biblical Higher Education, and Westminster Theological Seminary. His years of ministry have been marked by an effort to bring mutual understanding and cooperation within the worldwide evangelical community. That led him to serve on the boards of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), World Evangelical Fellowship (North America region), Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, WRF and Greater Europe Mission. He is on the board of Langham Partnership. He was Director of Strategic Development for Redeemer City to City for planning and implementing its highly successful global church planting effort. He was a co-founder and first chairman of the Church Planting Center which now serves several denominations. He was executive director/president of The Trinity Forum. He also helped establish and served on the board of Lifework Leadership, a highly successful model for training emerging business leaders in cities. Dr. Whitlock was executive director of The New Geneva Study Bible and a major revision, published as The Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible. The author of The Spiritual Quest, he has contributed to more than 20 other volumes and more than 20 periodicals.
Dr. Paul R. Gilchrist currently is the Executive Secretary Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the World Reformed Fellowship. After two pastorates in Pennsylvania, he served in the administration and as Professor of Biblical Studies at Covenant College and adjunct Professor at several seminaries. He served as Stated Clerk of the Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Synod for eleven years and then served for ten years as full-time Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCA.
He served as Chaplain at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem, Israel, and was one of the founders of and Seminar Teacher for World Fellowship of Reformed Churches (now the World Reformed Fellowship). Currently, Dr. Gilchrist is Professor of OT with the Advanced Studies on the Great Commission with Evangelism Explosion International. Dr. Gilchrist has published numerous articles and given lectures in countries throughout Latin America, Africa, Asia and Oceania.
Dr. Christopher Wright was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1947, the son of missionary parents, and nurtured as an Irish Presbyterian. After university in Cambridge, he started his career as a schoolteacher in Grosvenor High School, Belfast. Then, after completing a doctorate in Old Testament economic ethics in Cambridge, he was ordained in the Anglican Church of England in 1977 and served as an assistant pastor in the Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Tonbridge, Kent. In 1983 he took his family to India and taught at the Union Biblical Seminary (UBS), Pune for five years as a mission partner with Crosslinks (formerly BCMS). While at UBS he taught a variety of Old Testament courses at BD and MTh levels. In 1988 he returned to the UK as Academic Dean at All Nations Christian College (an international training centre for cross-cultural mission). Then he was appointed Principal there in September 1993. In September 2001 he was appointed International Director of the Langham Partnership International. This is a group of ministries originally founded by John Stott, committed to the strengthening of the church in the Majority World through fostering leadership development, biblical preaching, literature and doctoral scholarships. (www.langhampartnership.org). Chris is also the Chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group. Chris and his wife, Liz, belong to All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, where Chris enjoys preaching from time to time as a member of the Staff team. Among his books are: User’s Guide to the Bible (1984), God’s People in God’s Land: Family, Land and Property in the Old Testament (1990), Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament (1990), Walking in the Ways of the Lord: The Ethical Authority of the Old Testament (1995), Old Testament Ethics for the People of God (2004), The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative (2006), The God I Don’t Understand: Reflections on Tough Questions of Faith (2009), and The Mission of God’s People: Biblical Theology for Life (2010).
Dr. Doug Birdsall is the honorary chairman of the Lausanne Movement, a global network of Christians launched in 1974. He has been the executive chairman of Lausanne, and provided overall leadership for the Third Lausanne Congress in Cape Town South Africa. Drawing over 4,000 participants from 198 countries and from a wide variety of denominations, Cape Town 2010 was the most diverse gathering of Christians in history. He was the president of American Bible Society until October 2013. Birdsall received is a graduate of Wheaton College, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Harvard University, and Oxford Centre of Mission Studies. Birdsall and his wife, Jeanie, began their career as missionaries in Japan with LIFE Ministries in 1980. Five years later he became LIFE’s director of staff for Japan, and in 1991 Birdsall was named president of the mission. Birdsall re-organized the agency to focus on developing Christian leaders, and led its expansion throughout Asia and name change to Asian Access. Today Asian Access trains pastors and Christian leaders in more than a dozen Asian countries. In 1999 Birdsall was appointed director of the J Christy Wilson Center for World Mission at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In 2004 he was named executive chairman of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. In 2007 he stepped down from presidency of Asian Access to focus entirely on the Lausanne Movement. He continues to serve on the Asian Access board. As chairman of the Lausanne Movement Birdsall wrote and spoke frequently on matters pertaining to Christian Mission. Birdsall is a fifth-generation Christian minister. In 1975 Birdsall married Jeanine Rowell. All three of their children were born in Japan.
Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher is Chair of the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, professor of ethics at Martin Bucer European Theological Seminary and Research Institutes (Bonn, Zurich, Innsbruck, Prague, Istanbul, Sao Paulo), as well as professor of the sociology of religion at the state University of the West in Timisoara in Romania and Distinguished Professor of Global Ethics and International Development at William Carey University in Shillong (Meghalaya, India). As an international human rights expert he is President of the International Council of the International Society for Human Rights, Ambassador for Human Rights of the World Evangelical Alliance and director of the International Institute for Religious Freedom (Bonn, Cape Town, Colombo). The World Evangelical Alliance represents 600 million Christians. Schirrmacher earned three doctorates in Theology (Dr. theol., 1985, Netherlands), in Cultural Anthropology (PhD, 1989, USA), and in Sociology of Religions (Dr. phil., 2007, Germany) and received three honorary doctorates in Ethics (ThD, 1996, USA), in Theology (DD, 1997, USA) and International Development (DD, 2006, India). He has authored and edited 94 books, which have been translated into 17 languages. His newest books include Human Trafficking (2014), Fundamentalism: When Religion Turns Violent (2013), Racism (2012), Indulgences: A History of Errors (2011); and The Persecution of Christian Concerns Us All: A Systematic Theology (2011).
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III is the Chancellor & CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology. He served as Senior Minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church (1837) in Jackson, Mississippi for 17 years (1996-2013). He is co-founder of Together for the Gospel, Senior Fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (having served as both Chairman of the Board and President), and was President of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals from 2004-2012. Duncan served as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (2004-2005). He studied at Furman University, Greenville, SC (BA); Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis (M.Div., MA, cum laude); and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Ph.D.). Duncan has edited, written, and contributed to numerous books. Ligon and his wife Anne have two teenagers and they reside in Jackson, Mississippi.
Dr. David Baer became president of Overseas Council in 2004. Previously he served as president of Overseas Council partner, ESEPA Seminary in San José, Costa Rica. During his graduate studies, he gave lectures in Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament at the University of Cambridge. He is an Old Testament scholar and has worked particularly on the theology of Isaiah (When We All Go Home: Translation and Theology in LXX Isaiah 56-66). David earned the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Wheaton College, the Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and holds the PhD in Old Testament from the University of Cambridge. He was awarded the John Stuart of Rannoch Hebrew Prize at the University of Cambridge and holds certificates in German and Spanish as a foreign language. David’s passion is the training and mentoring of Christian leaders of vision, integrity and competence who are immersed in the Great Conversation. He believes that every Christian leader is designed for life-long learning, both formal and non-formal, and is committed to that task in his own life. “I was raised in a Pennsylvania Dutch family that taught me to honor God and trust in Jesus, but my faith became my own during my teenage years. My family came under the care of a pastor whose robust evangelical faith and lifestyle we could only admire. This man challenged me to attend Wheaton College – where I was exposed to pastor-scholars who took both spiritual life and their hunger to understand with the utmost seriousness. It was a kind of rebirth for me, and I came to understand that Christians have a vocation to serve God’s world with excellence, commitment and joy. I am convinced there is no more important task than preparing articulate, committed, passionate and intelligent servant-leaders for Christ’s people.” David and his wife, Karen, have six children and seven grandchildren.
Prof. Christine Schirrmacher, PhD is a well-known international scholar of Islamic Studies, currently teaching as Professor of Islamic Studies at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the department of Islamic Studies and Near Eastern Languages of the State University of Bonn, Germany and the Evangelical-Theological Faculty (ETF) (Protestant University) at Leuven, Belgium. In 2013 she was teaching at the chair of Islamic Studies at the university of Erfurt, Germany, and in 2014, as a guest professor at the university of Tuebingen, Germany. She studied Islamic Studies, comparative religions, history and German literature and holds an M. A. and a PhD in Islamic Studies. Her doctoral dissertation dealt with the Muslim-Christian controversy in the 19th and 20th century, her thesis for her postdoctoral lecture qualification (“Habilitation“) focused on contemporary Muslim theological voices on apostasy, human rights and religious freedom. She regularly lectures on Islam and security issues at different government institutions of security policy in Germany. She also teaches at the Academy of Foreign Affairs of the Foreign Office in Berlin, Germany and is a consultant to different advisory bodies of society and politics, e.g. to the Human Rights Committee of the “Bundestag“, Berlin, Germany, i. e. the German federal parliament. She is director of the International Institute of Islamic Studies (IIIS) of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and its regional counterpart, the “Institut für Islamfragen“ (Institute of Islamic Studies) of the German, Swiss and Austrian Evangelical Alliance, as well as “Commissioner for Islamic Affairs“ for WEA. She is member of the “Gesprächskreis Nachrichtendienste, Berlin” (Intelligence Discussion group), of the International Society for Human Rights, of the “Deutsch-Jordanische Gesellschaft” (German-Jordanian Society) and curatorium member of the “Evangelische Zentralstelle für Weltanschauungsfragen” (Protestant Centre for World View Questions), an academic documentation and advisory centre of the Protestant Church of Germany. She has visited many Muslim majority countries of the Near and Middle East, and has been speaker at national as well as international conferences dealing with Islam, held by non-religious, Christian and Muslim organisations. She is engaged in current dialogue initiatives, like the conference “Loving God and Neighbour in Word and Deed: Implications for Muslims and Christians” of the Yale Centre for Faith and Culture, Yale University, New Haven, 2008 or the “Berlin Forum for Progressive Muslims“ of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2011/2013. She has widely published on the subjects of Islamic theology as well as comparisons between Islamic and Christian theology, on political Islam and islamism, on Islam and democracy, on women in Islamic societies, on sharia law, on human rights in Islam and on integration and radicalization of Muslims in Europe. Besides many scholarly articles, she published about 15 books in German, translated into English, Spanish, Kiswahili, Romanian and Korean. Her two volume introduction Der Islam – Geschichte, Lehre, Unterschiede zum Christentum (1994/2003) (Islam – History, Dogmatics, Differences to Christianity) is widely used at seminaries and in educational programs. Among her recent publications are Frauen und die Scharia – Die Menschenrechte im Islam (2004/2006) (Women and Sharia Law – Human Rights in Islam), Der Islam – eine Einführung (2005) (Islam – A Short Introduction), Die Scharia – Recht und Gesetz im Islam (2008) (The Sharia – Law and Order in Islam), Islamismus – Wenn Glaube zur Politik wird (2010) (Islamism – When Faith turns out to be Politics), and Islam und Demokratie – ein Gegensatz? (2013) (Islam and Democracy – an Antagonism?)
Dr. Stephen Tong was born in 1940 in Fukien, China and he currently resides and ministers in Jakarta, Indonesia – the world’s most populous Muslim nation. In his ministry spanning 58 years, given his start at age17, he has introduced 33 million people to Christ. He graduated from Southeast Asia Bible Seminary in Malang, Indonesia and later he served as faculty of his alma mater teaching theology and philosophy for 25 years. He was founder and professor of the International Reformed Evangelical Seminary in Jakarta. He has guest lectured at many leading theological seminaries in Asia. As a world renowned evangelist, this servant of God has preached in Asia, Europe, Australia, North and South America. In 2008, Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) granted a Honorary Doctor to Dr. Tong, and in 2011, the endowment of the Stephen Tong Chair of Reformed Theology was established at WTS where Prof. Dr. Jeffrey K. Jue has been named as the first occupant of the chair. Removing barriers to Christian faith while leading people back to Christ via unified biblical principles marks his vision and mission. As an evangelist firmly rooted in Reformed theology, he has influenced hundreds of thousands to become full-time ministers of the Gospel. Fulfilling the Cultural Mandate, he has also served as a composer, a conductor, an artist and an architect. He has an extensive knowledge of the arts, music, philosophy, science, antiques and architecture. He has composed more than 200 hymns and has designed more than 30 buildings all over the world. He designed and built Aula Simfonia Jakarta, a concert hall with 1227 seats that is considered as one of the best concert halls in the world. He also established Sofilia Fine Art Center, a museum of many Western and Eastern art collections. In addition to his desire to educate the generation in good understanding of art and culture, he also founded Calvin Christian School to educate children from year 1-12. It is his belief that the sound Reformed theology, based on the Bible, should be the foundation of school education.The Seminary, Concert Hall, Museum, and Christian School are all residing in Reformed Millennium Center Indonesia in Jakarta which he designed himself; it is one of the largest Chinese Christian evangelical church facilities in the world, with 600,000 square feet of space. As the biggest hall in the facilities, Messiah Cathedral serves as the church main sanctuary and it can accommodate more than 4500 seats. Dr. Tong has written 75 books, including Theology of Evangelism, Strategy of Evangelism, Between God and Man, Holy Spirit and Gospel, The Examples from Christ, and Culture and the Fall. He is the founder and the President of the Stephen Tong Evangelistic Ministries International (STEMI) which has established offices in the US, Europe, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Taipei. He is a member of the International Consultants of the Lausanne Committee of World Evangelization. He has been a main speaker at the General Assembly of the World Reformed Fellowship in Johannesburg 2006, Second Lausanne Congress in 1989, International Prayer Assembly in Seoul 1985 and as the Seminar Leader in Amsterdam 1988 (sponsored by Billy Graham Association). In 1996, Dr. Tong founded the Reformed Institute for Christianity and 21st Century in Washington D.C., to equip Christians for global evangelization by training them in the areas of Reformed theology, apologetics, evangelism, and the critical study of Eastern and Western cultures. Since 2000, Dr. Tong has preached expository sermons on the Gospel of John, Book of Romans, Hebrews, James and other topics in Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, and Taipei every week. Finally, he has founded Reformed Center for Religion and Society (RCRS) to carry out the role of Christians in public realm of Indonesia. It has hold many important public seminars such as Human Rights and Religious Freedom. For the speakers of its seminars, RCRS has invited many prominent figures such as the late K.H. Abdurrahman Wahid (a prominent Muslim figure who was the former president of Indonesia), Ir. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (a staunch Calvinist who is the current Governor of Jakarta), and Dr. Os Guinness.
Dr. Diane Langberg is a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Willow Grove, PA. She is a psychologist with expertise in trauma, including violence against women and sex trafficking and she delivered a plenary address on this subject to the 7,000 people attending the World Conference of the American Association of Christian Counselors in Nashville, Tennessee, in November of 2009. Dr. Langberg is clinical faculty at Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA and works with the Global Trauma Recovery Institute training counselors and many others around the world in trauma care.
Dr. Langberg has made several trips to Rwanda where she is setting up training programs to assist Rwandans in working with victims of trauma. Among Dr. Langberg’s many books are the following: Counsel for Pastors’ Wives (1988), On the Threshold of Hope (1999), and Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse (2003), and Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores (to be released Fall, 2015). She directs a large Christian counseling practice with 16 counselors.
Jim Gamble’s policing career began in Northern Ireland over 30 years ago. In what was a rapidly changing and often-volatile environment he gained significant experience in public order and counter terrorist commands. As Head of Special Branch in Belfast he oversaw anti-terrorist responses in Northern Ireland, the UK and abroad. After graduating from the Strategic Command Course at Bramshill, Jim was appointed as an Assistant Chief Constable to the National Crime Squad (NCS), based in London. He quickly rose to become the Deputy Director General. As a central figure in the UK’s fight against organised crime he oversaw a complex and highly intricate portfolio, ranging from firearms, kidnap, hi-tech and financial crime, central intelligence coordination, professional standards and security. As more complex threats began to impact on children via the development of the Internet he promoted the concept of a Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) and became its first Chairman. The VGT combines the resources and skills of key transnational law enforcement organisations including US Homeland Security, the Australian Federal Police, Interpol, the RCMP, the United Arab Emirates and Italian National Police. In 2006 Jim was appointed by the then Home Secretary as the first Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. In bringing together a team of police officers, industry experts, government officials and advisors from specialist charities he built what is now recognised as a world-leading concept in child protection. During his time in CEOP he developed a diverse set of child protection initiatives including the CEOP ‘Most Wanted’ platform, the Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU), the UK and Overseas Tracker teams, the ‘ThinkUKnow’ education campaign and the online ‘ClickCEOP’ report button. Jim was the UK’s most senior Chief Officer responsible for Child Abuse Investigation, Internet safety and counter-trafficking policy. He also held the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) National Portfolio on Domestic Abuse. In 2010 he was appointed to lead the initial Scoping Review of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Jim is a previous winner of the Police Professional Leadership award and is a recipient of the Queens Police Medal (QPM). He retired from the police service in 2011. A highly regarded media commentator and public speaker he has addressed major policing and child protection events across the globe including the Rio World Congress (III) against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents. He has given evidence to numerous parliamentary committees including the Education Select Committee in 2012 and the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee in October 2013 regarding online child protection. He has also spoken many times at the House of Lords and was guest speaker for the World Congress of Cardinals on child protection at the Vatican. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at ‘INEQE Safe and Secure’, a risk, security and child protection consultancy, which produced the CFAB ‘Child Trafficking Awareness’ App for the 2012 Olympics. In April 2013 he was appointed as the Independent Chair of the City of London & Hackney Safeguarding Children Board.
Born in Vevey, Switzerland, Boz grew up in south Florida, and spent the past 14 years in central Florida after attending Stetson University. He is a former Assistant State Attorney, Seventh Judicial Circuit (1994-2001). While in that position, he was chief Prosecutor, Sexual Crimes Division, where he gained much experience in cases involving sexual abuse and harassment. In 2001, Boz joined the law firm of Landis, Graham, French, P.A. in DeLand, Florida. Landis, Graham, French, P.A. was formed in 1902 and is one of the oldest law firms in the State of Florida. During his time at ’Landis’, Boz developed his practice primarily in the areas of Labor & Employment, Personal Injury, and Probate & Estate. He also served for many years as an Adjunct Professor at Stetson University. During his time in central Florida, Boz also served as the attorney for the Child Advocacy Center in Daytona Beach, Florida , as well as serving as a member of the Advisory Board for the Center. He served as Lecturer for the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association Seminars and as a Speaker at the Florida Conference on Child Abuse . He has also lectured extensively in the area of business ethics.In late 2003, Boz helped found G.R.A.C.E. He has spend the past years developing GRACE and creating relationships with other Christian organizations who have a similar passion concerning this subject. Boz has also spoken extensively on this subject at various events including the conferences sponsored by the American Association of Christian Counselors and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) Boz and his family live near Lynchburg, Virginia where he serves as a law professor at Liberty University School of Law. Boz is blessed to be a grandson of Dr. Billy Graham and recently published his first book entitled, Invitation – Billy Graham and the Lives God Touched.
Dr. Philip Monroe is Professor of Counseling & Psychology at Biblical Seminary, Hatfield, Pennsylvania. He directs both the MA in Counseling program and the Global Trauma Recovery Institute at Biblical. Dr. Monroe is a licensed psychologist and practicing counselor at a Christian counseling center in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. His primary passion lies in enabling the church to minister to hurting individuals and his focus is helping counselors build effective counseling skills and relationships so that lives may be transformed and give glory to God.
Other interests include the area of ethics, racial reconciliation, and critical thinking skills. A requested speaker, his contributions to the wider counseling community include articles, book chapters, and numerous presentations at conferences. Dr. Monroe is a member of New Life Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Glenside, Pennsylvania. He lives in Roslyn, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Kim, and their two sons. His personal and professional musings may be found at www.wisecounsel.wordpress.com.
Dr. P. J. (Flip) Buys was born in South Africa in 1947 and he holds the degrees B.A., Th.B., Th.M., and Ph.D. The doctoral dissertation he completed in 1989 was entitled The Relationship Between Evangelism and Church Nurturing: A New Testament Exegetical Study. As an ordained minister in the Reformed Churches in South Africa, he is an experienced, pastor, cross cultural missionary, church planter and initiator of community development projects in the midst of the challenges of poverty and HIV AIDS victims, orphans. He is also an adjunct professor of Missiology at Northwest University in Potchefstroom He was the founder of Mukhanyo Theological College, Masibambisane Community Development Corporation and Mukhanyo Christian Academy (a Christian private school focusing on quality education for orphans and vulnerable children). Dr. Buys has published numerous academic and popular books, pamphlets, and articles about holistic Christian ministry and church growth in Africa. He was also a founding member and served on the International Steering Committee of TOPIC (Training of Pastors International Coalition). He is married with two children and one grandchild. On March 27, 2015, Dr. Buys will assume the position of International Director of the World Reformed Fellowship.
Ms. Sheryl Haw grew up in Zimbabwe and has spent just over 20 years in relief and development work, which includes development of the first quality and accountability certification process of for aid organisations, ensuring they deliver a high standard of participatory service to communities in need. She studied theology at London School of Theology and University of Gloucestershire (OTC) and helped develop the Masters in Mission and Development (Integral Mission) course at All Nations Christian College (UK).
Sheryl joined Micah Network in 2010 as their international director. Hers is a role that seeks to promote and support organisations and local churches seeking to apply integral mission in their contexts. Her passion is to see transforming mission (mission itself needs to transform and our mission work needs to be transforming.)
Dr. Steve Childers is Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary-Orlando (RTS.edu/Orlando) and Founding President and CEO of GCA continuing as Pathway Learning ( (www.PathwayLearning.org ) – with the mission to educate aspiring church leaders to start, grow, and multiply gospel-centered churches among all nations. He is an experienced church planter, pastor, and educator of church leaders who has written church leadership training curriculum and helped train thousands of church leaders from more than 300 denominations representing over 50 countries (7 languages) on 5 continents.
As resident professor at RTS-O since 1995, Steve teaches missions, church planting, church renewal, evangelism and spiritual formation (discipleship). He is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Steve has also done doctoral studies in global mission at Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of World Mission in Pasadena. Steve and his wife, Becky live in Orlando, Florida and have three adult daughters, one granddaughter and are expecting two more grandchildren in Fall 2015. You can learn more about Steve and his ministry through his blog (SteveChilders.org), Facebook page (Steve.Childers), and Twitter (SteveChilders).