The Lausanne Consultation for North American Younger Leaders is not a speaker-centric event. Instead, for six minutes, each of our presenters will share their personal passions and concerns in ministry and encourage participants to be forward looking and fearless in their faith. Each person presenting and/or giving devotions comes with a unique gifting and calling which we pray will infuse hope, determination, and a sense of camaraderie and partnership into our gathering time.
John E. Chung is minister of missions and young adults at Park Street Church in Boston. He serves on the boards of the U.S. Lausanne Committee (Mission America Coalition) and World Relief, an international relief and development organization. His passion is to mobilize the Church to proclaim Jesus to those who have never experienced the good news. He has been married to Sunyoung for over ten years and is a father to Noah.
Tom Lin is vice-president of missions for InterVarsity and director of Urbana. He also serves as Lausanne International Deputy Director for North America. Tom planted an evangelical student movement in Mongolia from 2002 to 2006 and new missional communities on 16 campuses in the midwestern U.S. from 2007 to 2011. An author, conference speaker, and mission consultant, he also serves as vice-chair of the board of Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Mauricio Álvarez is executive director of COMHINA (Cooperación Misionera de los Hispanos de Norte América). A former missionary in Spain, he is also missionary pastor of Casa de Vida para las Naciones (House of Life for the Nations) in West Palm Beach, Florida. Mauricio's passion is to help Latin youth and churches to assume their role in impacting the nations.
Doug Birdsall is executive chairman of The Lausanne Movement. He and his wife, Jeanie, have served as missionaries with Asian Access since 1980. From 1991 to 2004 Doug served as president of Asian Access. Doug is presently working to complete his doctoral dissertation at Oxford Mission Study Centre. Since 1999, he has also served as the founding director of the J. Christy Wilson, Jr. Center for World Missions at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Carrie Boren serves as missioner for evangelism for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and executive director for the Episcopal Center for Renewal. She received graduate degrees in theology, evangelism, and apologetics from Oxford University. Carrie is a frequent speaker and leader in missions throughout the U.S., U.K., Africa, and soon in India. Carrie was the evangelist for the Mission Africa Zimbabwe mission (part of Lausanne III) with Orpheus Hove.
Dharius Daniels is senior pastor and founder of Kingdom Church in Ewing, New Jersey. He is also president and founder of the Kingdom Community Development Corporation (CDC), which addresses areas such as literacy, poverty, and poor health; and the Kingdom Mentorship Network (KMN), a mentorship and equipping ministry. He is married to Shameka and they have two sons.
Sarita D. Gallagher is assistant professor of religion at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. She served as a full-time missionary with the Christian Revival Crusade movement in Papua New Guinea and Australia and taught biblical theology and intercultural studies in various Australasian universities and Bible schools.
Nick Hall speaks to half a million people annually and is an evangelistic voice of the next generation. A youth communicator since 2001, it was during his junior year of college that his English paper launched the PULSE ministry that has grown to become the largest student-led outreach movement in the United States. Nick serves on the executive board for the U.S. Lausanne Committee and the student advisory team for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Christopher L. Heuertz is an instigator for good and hustler of hope and fights for a renewal of contemplative activism. He has spent his life bearing witness to the possibility of hope among a world that has legitimate reasons to question God's goodness. After graduation, he moved to India where Mother Teresa mentored him for three years. There, he helped launch South Asia's first pediatric AIDS care home. For 20 years, Chris has served with Word Made Flesh, working for women and children trafficked into the commercial sex industry.
Terry LeBlanc is executive director of My People International, a faith-based organization focused on developing the full capacity of Native North Americans. Terry is Mi'kmaq/Acadian, his family roots in Listuguj First Nation and Campbellton, NB, Canada. Previously, Terry was Aboriginal programs manager with World Vision Canada. He is also on the board of InterVarsity, Canada. Terry has spoken and taught in many contexts around the world on principles and practices of reconciliation.
Elizabeth Paul is director of communications for 3DM, a group of missional pioneers who train church leaders to build discipling cultures and launch missional movements. She and her husband planted a network of missional communities in Richmond, Virginia, before joining the 3DM movement in South Carolina. Prior to these things, she worked as a cultural anthropologist/creative strategist. Elizabeth is a mother, writer, strategist, and leading voice in the missional discipleship movement.
Nikki Toyama-Szeto serves as program director for Urbana, a student mission conference that gathers more than 20,000 students from 120 nations. She consults and speaks for a variety of campuses, churches, and organizations and currently sits on the board of Mission Year. Nikki helped develop the plenary program for Lausanne's Cape Town 2010 event. She also helped develop and direct InterVarsity's Global Urban Trek, an urban immersion program designed to challenge students to use their majors on behalf of those in poverty around the world.
Plus a few others. We want to keep you in suspense.
Richard Coleman serves as director of mobilization and candidacy with The Mission Society, a missionary sending agency located in Norcross, Georgia. In his role, he oversees the processes ranging from recruitment to final approval of all candidates. A graduate of Oral Roberts University, Richard has been involved in cross-cultural missions since 1998. He is on the Evangelical Missions Quarterly editorial advisory committee. He is married to Amanda and they have two children.
Laurie Nichols is communications coordinator at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. She also serves as managing editor/book review editor of Evangelical Missions Quarterly and has edited a number of books. Laurie is active in reaching out to victims of human trafficking and passionate about helping those who have been victimized to know the love of Jesus. She is married to Trent and they have a baby girl, Elliana.