12 International Deputy Directors Sharpen Regional Focus On The Gospel
BOSTON, 9 March 2012 – The appointment of Rev. Jean-Paul Rempp, a church planter from Lyon, France, to serve as Lausanne International Deputy Director for Europe, has completed the regional leadership transition within The Lausanne Movement. This transition began after The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization: Cape Town 2010. Rempp joins a team of 11 other Lausanne International Deputy Directors (IDDs) who bring to the Movement regional leadership, vision, and networking with regard to mission and world evangelization. IDDs are volunteers and have a primary ministry alongside of their Lausanne responsibilities.
Lindsay Brown, Lausanne International Director, said, “We believe that Jean-Paul will bring evangelistic fervor, and missiological and theological vigor to his role. His contributions will be much appreciated by all in Lausanne and especially by the French-speaking world.” Rempp called it a privilege and joy to be a part of Lausanne adding that, “From the beginning Lausanne has involved evangelists and scholars. This combination of theology and praxis has allowed Lausanne to produce the most influential documents in contemporary evangelical Protestantism – The Lausanne Covenant, The Manila Manifesto, and The Cape Town Commitment.”
The Lausanne IDD team includes seminary presidents, pastors of churches, and leaders of mission organizations. Doug Birdsall, Lausanne Executive Chair, calls the IDD team “energetic, creative, and passionate about the gospel” and says they bring “broad denominational, ethnic and cultural background, and great depth to the Movement.” Brown emphasizes that the IDDs, “have a pivotal role in representing Lausanne regionally and also in listening to the concerns, aspirations, and passions of evangelicals in each part of the world.” Over the next three years, each IDD will convene regional leadership gatherings and help host consultations on the Calls to Action in The Cape Town Commitment. The Lausanne IDD Team and their regions include:
- Caribbean: Dr. Las Newman, President of the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology in Kingston, Jamaica.
- Anglophone Africa (EPSA): Nana Yaw Offei Awuku, Director of Field Ministries, Scripture Union Ghana and a Member of the Scripture Union Ghana Senior Management Team.
- Eurasia: Dr. Anatole Glukhovskyy, President of the Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary in Kiev.
- Europe: Rev. Jean-Paul Rempp, Director of ProChrist France and pastor in Lyon, France.
- Francophone Africa: Rev. Emmanuel Ndikumana,Executive Director of Partners Trusts International in Burundi.
- Latin America: Rev. Marcos Amado, pastor and former missionary to the Muslim world, currently developing a Missiological Centre in São Paulo, Brazil.
- Middle East and North Africa: Dr. Andrea Zaki, senior leader of a major Christian organization in a sensitive region.
- North America: Rev. Tom Lin, InterVarsity Vice President of Missions and Director of the Urbana Student Missions Conference.
- East Asia: Rev. David Ro, involved in urban church planting and leadership training in East Asia.
- South Asia: Dr. Ivan Satyavrata, Senior Pastor and Chairman of AG Church and Mission in Kolkata, India.
- South East Asia: Mr. Philip Chang, Chairman of Interserve Malaysia.
- South Pacific: Rev. Daniel Willis, former CEO of the Bible Society, New South Wales, Australia.
Lausanne established the IDD positions and structure at the 2004 Forum for World Evangelization (Thailand) to help the Movement gain input and wisdom from leaders around the world. The IDDs meet regularly through teleconferences and annually for a face to face week of planning.
Lausanne is a global movement that mobilizes evangelical leaders to collaborate for world evangelization. It grew out of the 1974 International Congress on World Evangelization in Lausanne, Switzerland, convened by Rev. Billy Graham and Bishop Jack Dain. The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization (October 2010) brought together more than 4,000 Christian leaders, representing 198 countries. The resulting Cape Town Commitment serves as the blueprint for the Movement’s priorities. To learn more go to www.lausanne.org.
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