As the founding pastor of Saddleback Church with his wife Kay, Pastor Rick Warren leads a 30,000-member congregation in California with campuses in major cities around the world. Saddleback Church has more than 300 community ministries to serve groups including veterans, single parents, orphans, prisoners, addicts, and those living with a mental illness.
As a global strategist, Pastor Rick advises leaders in the public, private, and faith sectors on leadership development, poverty, health, education, and faith in culture. He founded The PEACE Plan to address five global issues—spiritual emptiness, self-serving leadership, poverty, disease, and illiteracy—through the power of ordinary people in the local church. He also leads the Purpose Driven Network of churches, a global coalition of congregations in 164 countries. More than 500,000 pastors and priests have been trained worldwide.
As a leader, Pastor Brian Houston is highly regarded for his boldness, innovation and vision. As a church pastor, he is well respected for his passion for the cause of Christ and the local church, and for preaching messages that change mindsets and ministries. But at HOME – Hillsong Church – Pastor Brian is most loved for being the ‘dad of the house’ – a pastor who loves God and people, and a speaker of life who declares, ‘The best is yet to come’.
Rev Tony Yeo is the Senior Pastor of Covenant Evangelical Free Church. His passion for investing in the future generation through disciplemaking and mentoring is witnessed in the 28 years of his faithful leadership.
Pastor Tony has been serving as the youngest General Secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship of Singapore (EFOS) since 2006 and the Executive Secretary of the Global Day of Prayer (GDOP) in Singapore since 2008, which culminated at the Jubilee Day of Prayer (JDOP) in 2015 where 51,000 Christians gathered at the new Sports Hub. He is also the Executive Secretary of Celebration of Hope held in May 2019, which united the Body of Christ in Singapore to proclaim Jesus Christ, the One Name who gives solid hope to those who believe in Him.
Pastor Tony released his first book – Leading Beyond the Second Chair – A Certain Kind of Leadership in 2012. He graduated from Singapore Bible College with a Bachelor of Theology with Honours and also holds a post-graduate Diploma in Spiritual Formation from Tyndale Seminary, Toronto. He is married to Choy Mei, and together they have two sons, Timothy and Noah. His eldest son, Timothy Yeo, is now pursuing his Masters of Divinity (MDiv) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) in Chicago, US.
The Life of a Christian Servant-Leader
For many Christian leaders, the path that leads them to their appointed roles is often paved with faith, trust and courage. Such is the case with the Rev. Dr. Laurent Mbanda. Dr. Mbanda was born in Rwanda and raised in Burundi, where he lived until he was 20. From that age onward, he embarked on an unforgettable voyage. In fact, by the time he was 30, he had lived and served in 18 African countries. This was only the beginning, however, for a man who would soon enter a world of international and Christian service, which would propel him to serve in various roles of authority, ultimately leading to the Anglican Church in Rwanda.
His professional and spiritual background can be traced to the time he accepted Christ into his life. Though he prayed many times to receive Jesus — in some cases just to win the approval of missionaries offering services and goods — it was not until 1970 that he had a “real” encounter with God. That’s when he rededicated his life to Christ and began feeling God’s desire for him to make it his life’s purpose to care for people in need. Dr. Mbanda acted on this instruction, and began his career in holistic ministry to the poor, children, widows and orphans. He also always had a special interest in the development of clergy and lay leaders. To this day, Dr. Mbanda says he loves seeing people come to Christ. He also loves to plant churches and help them grow so they can truly become the “light and salt of the earth.”
Dr. Mbanda’s work in full-time ministry began in 1981 when he served as the Country Director in Burundi with Campus Crusade for Christ. Four years later, he went to the United States for graduate school, during which time he became Director of the African Fellowship Ministry at International Students Inc., based in Colorado Springs. In 1990, Dr. Mbanda moved to Virginia where he served as the Africa Director for Christian Aid Mission, working with indigenous missions. Then in 1991, Mbanda and his wife, Chantal, founded Christian African Leadership Ministries, Inc., in Charlottesville, Va. The ministry aimed to provide leadership skills to Christian leaders on the African continent as well as vocational and operational training.
In 1993, Dr. Mbanda joined the Compassion International family, serving in various roles, including Associate Area Director of Program, Senior Program Development Specialist, Child Ministry Program Development Director, Vice President of Program Development, Area Director for East Africa, and his current position as Vice President of Africa Region. In 2004, after spending 21 years in the United States, Mbanda and his family returned to Africa. They currently live in his homeland of Rwanda, where he and his wife, Chantal, continue to care for orphans at the ministry they founded, called New Hope Homes.
From an academic and professional perspective, Dr. Mbanda is a graduate of Kenya Highlands Bible College. He completed coursework for his Master of Arts in missiology from Fuller Seminary’s School of World Missions. In addition, he has a Master of Arts degree in Christian education from Denver Seminary, and a doctorate from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill. In 2003, he was named as a member of the International Who’s Who of Professionals.
Dr. Mbanda’s extensive background in ministry and international nonprofit work has given him an experience that is parallel to few. His work representing organizations at high levels combined with his strong sense of business and commitment to corporate objectives have propelled him to serve in various roles of leadership and authority. In addition, due to his many connections and relationships with international and respected nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), churches, Christian organizations and nonprofit groups, he is considered by many an expert in ministry, business operations and development.
On a personal note, Dr. Mbanda and his wife Chantal have been married more than 25 years. Chantal is Director of New Hope Homes. The couple has three children: Erica, 24, Eric, 22, and Edwin, 19. Erica is a graduate student majoring in psychology while working full time at Compassion International. Eric, who is pursuing acting and sports medicine, lives in Hollywood, Calif. Edwin is a sophomore in college, where is majoring in business and plays basketball. The family quotes Joshua 24:15 as their guiding Bible verse: “As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Nicky and Pippa Gumbel lead HTB Church, the largest church in the Church of England. They are pioneers of the Alpha course, an introduction to the Christian faith now running in tens of thousands of churches of all denominations in 160 countries. They also write a daily online commentary, the ‘Bible in One Year’, which is read by more than three million people every day. They have three children.
Bishop T. D. Jakes is a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker, and entrepreneur who serves as senior pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church located in Dallas.
Named “America’s Best Preacher” by Time Magazine and CNN, Jakes’ voice reverberates from the world’s most prominent stages from the White House to the Aspen Institute to Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Beyond the pulpit, Jakes’ worldwide impact is also felt through high profile conference series such as MegaFest which recently drew tens of thousands to Dallas in June 2017, world renown “Woman Thou Art Loosed” which sells out at every appearance and the standard bearer for ecclesial learning, the annual “International Pastors & Leadership” conference.
A new model for the 21st Century Renaissance man, Jakes is a committed philanthropist who gives back on an ongoing basis to the communities that he serves worldwide.
As a business leader, his media and entertainment empire spans film, television, radio, music and best-selling books, and includes an award winning music label and a self-titled talk show that aired nationally in 2016. Viewers may now capture his ‘behind the scenes’ essence in a new subscription-based platform called “Bishop’s Village.”
Among his trademark films are “Miracles from Heaven,” the follow up to “Heaven is for Real” and a made-for-TV-film, “Faith under Fire” which aired recently on the Lifetime network. Jakes is a New York Times bestselling author of three top tens: “Instinct,”“Destiny,” “Soar,” the newest entrepreneurship-focused title and latest release in 2019; “Crushing; God turns pressure into power.”
Married to Serita for more than three decades, he is the father of five and a proud grandfather of eight.
Carlito and Leila Paes are the lead pastors of the City Church in São José dos Campos (Brazil) and founders of the Purpose Driven Ministries Brazil and the Inspire Network of Churches with over 600 associated churches.
Before the Purpose Driven movement, the church had about 600 members and today is a thriving multisite community with over 20,000 members and 20 planted churches in different parts of Brazil as well as over 30 new churches being planted. Its main campus has over 70 acres with areas dedicated for sports, education and simultaneous celebrations. The City Church is responsible for many ministry organizations in the fields of Education, Communication and Social Aid.
Carlito and Leila are part of the Global Kingdom Partnership Network (GKPN) in global instance. Carlito Paes is a lecturer and author of 28 books and holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Theology. Leila Paes has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Christian Education and is finishing her Masters in Counseling at Nyack College (NY). The couple has 4 children and lives in São José dos Campos since 1997.
楊桂炎牧師（Rev Tony Yeo）是聖約播道會堂主任。在他忠心領導的28年中，見證了他對於透過門徒訓練和生命導師去培育下一代的熱誠。
楊牧師自2006年以來一直擔任新加坡福音聯誼會（EFOS）最年輕的秘書長，自2008年起擔任新加坡全球禱告日（GDOP）的執行秘書，並在2015年的禧年全國禱告日 （JDOP）達至頂峰，有 51,000名基督徒共聚於新建的體育城。他還是2019年5月舉行的「歡慶盼望」的執行秘書，這個聚會使基督的身體在新加坡聯合起來，宣揚耶穌基督，就是那為信祂之人帶來盼望的名字。
楊桂炎牧師於2012年出版了他的第一本著作-《超越第二把交椅的領袖：某種領導力》。他畢業於新加坡聖經學院，並獲得了神學榮譽學士學位，還持有多倫多丁道爾神學院的靈命成長深造文憑。 他的妻子為 Choy Mei ，二人育有兩位兒子： Timothy 和Noah，長子 Timothy 現正於美國芝加哥三一福音神學院攻讀道學碩士（MDiv）。
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他的專業和屬靈背景可追溯至他接受基督進入生命的時候。儘管他曾多次祈禱接受耶穌 — 在某些情況下，只是為了贏取那些提供服侍和物資的傳教士的認可 — 但直到1970年，他才與上帝「真正」相遇。從那時起，他將生命重新獻給了基督，並開始感受到上帝渴望他以關顧有需要的人為人生目的。蒙班達博士回應了這個啟迪，並開始了他對窮人、兒童、寡婦和孤兒的全人服侍。他還一直對於培養教牧人員和信徒領袖特別感興趣。直到今天，蒙班達博士樂於看到人們歸向基督。他還喜歡建立教會並幫助他們成長，使他們真正成為「世上的光與鹽」。
甘力克與妻子琵琶領導著倫敦聖公會聖三一布普頓堂，是英國聖公會最大的堂會。他們是推動啟發課程的先鋒，這個介紹基督教信仰的課程，現已被全球 160 個國家各宗派數以萬計的教會採用。二人也撰寫每日的網上釋經材料，名為《聖經日日行》，每天都有超過三百萬人閱讀。二人育有三名兒女。
傑克斯主教是一位擁有超凡魅力的領袖、夢想家、激勵人心的思想家和企業家，是陶匠之家的主任牧師，這是一個全球人道主義組織，也是一間位於達拉斯的教會，有30,000名會友。傑克斯被《時代雜誌》和CNN譽為「美國最佳傳道者」，他的聲音迴盪在世界上最著名的舞台，從白宮到阿斯彭研究所、及至南非約翰內斯堡會展中心。在講壇以外，傑克斯的影響力也遍及世界，展現於備受矚目的研討會系列，例如是在2017年6月在達拉斯舉行的 MegaFest (按：美國最大型的基督教聚會之一)，吸引了數以萬計的參加者；舉世聞名的著作《女人，你自由了》，這本書每當展出時皆銷售一空；還有教會學習的典範，每年一度的「國際教牧及領袖」研討會。傑克斯是21世紀文藝復興時期人物的新典範，他是一位熱心的慈善家，一直回饋給他在世界各地服侍的群體。作為商業領袖，他的媒體和娛樂帝國涵蓋電影、電視、廣播、音樂和暢銷書籍，並包括屢獲殊榮的音樂唱片公司和他的同名清談節目，該節目於2016年在全國播放。觀眾現在可以在一個名為「主教的村莊」的訂閱平台追蹤他的幕後花絮。他的著名電影包括「天堂的奇蹟」，是「天堂是真實的」的後續電影，以及最近在Lifetime 頻道播放的電視電影「信仰下的火焰」。傑克斯有三本著作名列《紐約時報》暢銷書的前十名，包括《本能》、《命運》、《飛騰》，還有新近以企業家精神為主題，剛於2019年發行的《壓碎；上帝將壓力變為力量》。他與妻子賽莉塔結婚超過三十年，是五個兒女的父親，並為八個孫子引以自豪。