Richard has authored or co-authored seven books including Celebration of Discipline, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, The Challenge of the Disciplined Life, Streams of Living Water, Life With God: Reading the Bible for Spiritual Transformation, Sanctuary of the Soul, and Longing for God. He is also the lead editor of The Life with God Bible. The founder of Renovaré a community of Christians seeking continual spiritual renewal in Christ. Richard and his wife Carolynn live near Denver, Colorado.
Pastor Peter Xu Yong Ze from 1985 up until the present, along with his co-workers have trained and equipped more than 100,000 evangelists. He is the leader of a network of churches numbering over twenty million, and his church network has become one of the largest in China. God has revealed His gracious hand and His mighty arm among the suffering house churches in China. With His signs, wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit, and through the living and enduring word of God, Pastor Xu lead many to repentance, and turned China from being a country of unbelievers to one now having one of the largest Christian populations in the world.
Pastor Xu has been put into prison five times because of his faith. But he responded, “Thanks to God’s grace, I have become the companion with all saints in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus.”
Pastor Xu is the founder of the Back to Jerusalem Gospel Mission. His vision is to unite all western and eastern churches along the ancient Silk Road, evangelizing and bringing the Gospel to the unreached peoples of Asia, all the way back to Jerusalem.
People have called Pastor Peter Xu the ‘Billy Graham of China’, and ‘Father of the Chinese House Church’. He is a humble servant of God with a heart to complete the Great Commission!”
Nathan is an associate professor of social work and theology at Spring Arbor University, where he holds the Andrews Chair in Spiritual Formation. He is director of teaching ministries for Renovaré as well as a licensed clinical social worker, certified addictions counselor, public speaker, bassist for Christy & The Professors, and the author of The Making of An Ordinary Saint and Wisdom Chaser. He currently resides in Michigan with his wife and two children.
Dr. Muindi is considered a thought leader in the ministry of community development. A native to Kenya, Dr. Muindi is a medical doctor by training and has pioneered LIA’s transformational development model. Since the beginning, Dr. Muindi has played an integral role in not only establishing a proven model and track record for LIA, but also in laying the foundation for implementation throughout Africa and the majority world.
She is a graduate of University Of Nairobi Medical School (1989). Additionally, Dr. Muindi received training in Switzerland and Belgium in specialized public health interventions and holds a diploma in Urban Poor Theology from Fuller Seminary. She regularly speaks publicly about community development through the local church, empowerment of the vulnerable and transformational transformation.
She is married to Festus with two grown sons. Above all, Dr. Muindi is a servant and follower of Christ.
Eugene Cho is the founder and Lead Pastor of Quest Church – an urban, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Seattle, Washington – as well as founder and Executive Director of the Q Café, an innovative non-profit community café and music venue.
He is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages (ODW) – “a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty.”
The vision of ODW is to create a collaborative movement by integrating human relationships, social media/technology and the power of story. ODW promotes awareness, invites simple giving (one day’s wages) and supports sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with smaller organizations in developing regions. Since its launch in October 2009, ODW has raised over $2 million dollars for projects to empower those living in extreme global poverty. ODW has been featured in the New York Times (twice), The Seattle Times, NPR and numerous other media outlets. For his entrepreneurial work and spirit, Eugene was recently honored as one of 50 Everyday American Heroes.
Eugene’s first book, Overrated: Are we More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World, Than Actually Changing the World? is set to release in September 2014.
Eugene and Minhee have been married for seventeen years and have three children. Together they live in Seattle, Washington. More of Eugene’s story can be found on his blog; he is also on Facebook and Twitter.
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