Global Plenary Session – Day 1
From Tuesday, September 15, 2020
In the first main session of the 2020 GACX Global Forum:
- Worship from Mongolia and devotional from Julius Laggah
- GACX vision from Bekele Shanko and the call unity with Noel Pantoja
- Example of collaboration from Rajesh Malaki
- The need to mobilize children, youth, and next-generation leaders with Rick Olmstead, Vivek Samuel, David Grabenko, Gabrielle Odom, and Hadassah Lawson
- Engaging through digital tools with Steve Sharp, Tom Watkins, Jon Ralls, and Miheret Eshete
After watching, be sure to check out the recording from Day 2.
General Secretary, Bethel World Outreach Ministries
Julius is the Senior Pastor of the Bethel Cathedral of Praise in Freetown Sierra Leone, the General Secretary of the Bethel World Outreach Ministries International, and Bishop of the second diocese with jurisdiction over Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Ghana, overseeing about 100 Churches with a vision to plant 1000 more churches in every town and village in Sierra Leone. He is married to Olayinka and they have three daughters.
President, GACX & VP for Global Church Movements, Cru
Bekele leads Cru’s efforts to build movements of multiplying churches and faith communities worldwide. A native of Ethiopia, he has served as both National Director of Ethiopia and Regional Director of Southern and Eastern Africa. Bekele is also the Chairman of the GACX board. He and Shewa live in Orlando, Florida and have four children.
National Director, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches
Noel is the National Director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), the umbrella organization of 78 evangelical denominations, more than 40,000 evangelical local churches, and 268 missions and para-church organizations in the Philippines. He is concurrently serving as the President of Philippine Relief and Development Services (Philrads), the Relief and Development arm of PCEC.
Megan is a music artist, mom, wife, and disciple-maker living in Indiana. She has been touring for over a decade both domestically and internationally with a passion to see worship movements catalyzed in every nation.
Zach is is a father, husband, and a disciple-maker, serving with Biglife on the Global Leadership team. He is passionate about leveraging strategic communication, music, and collaborations to advance disciple-making movements. Zach is married to Megan and has three children: Malia, Natalie, and Judah.
Nate Vander Stelt
Executive Vice President, GACX
Nate helps lead a partnership committed to establishing 5 million healthy churches worldwide. Nate has 25 years of experience utilizing his passion, drive, and focus to help numerous Christian education institutions and nonprofits succeed. He and his wife, Kris, live in Grand Rapids, MI and have three older children.
Director of NextGen Engagement, Bless Asia
Vivek serves as Director of NextGen Engagement for Global Advance and as the Executive Director and the Visionary of Changemakers Initiative for Bless Asia Network. As an evangelistic voice and missionary to the next generation, Vivek has shared the Gospel at hundreds of youth and mission events and travels weekly to encourage and empower the next generation to fulfill the Great Commission. Vivek is married to his best friend, Vini, and they are proud parents of Keturah.
Rick is the global co-leader of the 4/14 Movement along with his wife Becky. He was a High School teacher, coach and principal for 7 years before planting a church with his wife, Becky, in 1982. Rick was also a national leader in the Vineyard Movement for over 30 years. Rick has a heart for pastors and a passion to see a generation reached, rescued, rooted & released into the dream God has for their lives. He is a passionate advocate for this emerging generation.
Youth Leader, Russia
David serves at New Testament Church as a youth leader in Perm, Russia. He is responsible for One Year for Jesus Youth Project and has a passion for serving children and youth. He serves as OneHope’s Regional Director of Eurasia North-East. David resides in Perm, Russia with his wife, Elena, who is expecting a baby girl.
Youth Speaker, USA
Born and raised in Minnesota, Gabrielle is a recent high school graduate. She is a speaker, Bible teacher, and evangelist who is passionate about reaching all people with the gospel of Jesus Christ through the teaching of the Word of God.
Pastor, South Asia
Rajesh serves as the lead pastor of Full Gospel Church, Jaipur Rajasthan. He has a driving passion to see lives changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ in Jaipur area and beyond. He is also involved with the Fellowship of Indian Missiologists, Lausanne Movement, and served as Regional Director –North with Haggai Institute-India. Presently, he serves as a Training & Business Development Consultant to different leadership & training organizations. Rajesh and his wife Olive reside in Jaipur,Rajasthan, North West India with their two children, daughter Aradhana and son Anugrah.
Founder, Shaking and Shining Children Outreach
Hadassah is the founder of Shaking and Shining Children Outreach. At the tender age of 8, she was inspired to begin her missionary outreach ministry after attending a local Vacation Bible School in her home town of Gaithersburg, MD. Shaking and Shining Children Outreach (SSCO), was established to bring hope and to share the love of our Lord Jesus Christ to children around the world, and to also provide for their basic humanitarian and educational needs. Hadassah is now 13 and has partnered with GO2020 Kids, Prayer Covenant for Children, CRU/Jesus Film, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Gamelife 123, Kids Around the World, Leaders In Training Ministries, and Bethel World Outreach Church.
President/CEO, Global Heart Ministries
Steve is President/CEO of Global Heart Ministries and has been ministering in the Middle East/Central Asia for the past 20 years. He started his work there in ethnomusicology and expanded the Gospel impact by producing and broadcasting men’s, women’s, and children’s programming on four satellite systems over the past 10 years. Today, the Global Heart team is focusing their work on digital outreach and social media Gospel presentations. Leading seekers to Christ and connecting new believers to the underground church through technology gives the Global Heat team safe opportunity to create relational discipleship.
Director of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships, Trans World Radio
As Director of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships for TWR (also known as Trans World Radio), Tom Watkins oversees a team aspiring to Kingdom-advancing partnerships collaborating broadcast and digital media with on-the-ground initiatives. Tom joined TWR in 1993 after a career including the news media, a public relations/marketing/advertising agency, and non-profit administration. He is based in TWR’s offices in the Raleigh, NC, area, and has been married to Cathy for 42 years. They have two sons as well as six grandchildren.
Formerly a cross-cultural worker in Asia, pastor, professor, John is currently the owner of Kavanah Media. Kavanah Media is a Christian media marketing company serving the global Church in over 71 countries. His weekly podcast, “Christian Media Marketing,” is a treasure chest of media to movement marketing related topics and interviews. Jon enjoys trout fishing and throwing a football with his son.
Digital Strategies, Cru
Miheret has worked with leaders across the strategies of Cru to help them apply digital innovations to make their visions become reality. He is constantly learning and translating future possibilities into a missional context. Miheret has helped Cru take giant steps forward towards digital maturity. Originally from Ethiopia, he now resides with his wife, Stephanie, in Orlando. There they both serve in ministry.