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Forum Mentoring

Have you been accepted to attend this year's European Leadership Forum? If so, we invite you to sign up for Personal Mentoring at this year's Forum! This important initiative provides you with the chance to meet in-person with an experienced leader (or in some cases two leaders) to:

  • Pose difficult questions
  • Seek advice on a specific situation
  • Learn more about a particular topic of interest
  • Receive prayer
  • Gain encouragement

Meetings are formatted in one of two ways:

  • One-on-one: just you and the mentor(s)
  • In a cohort: you, a small group of four to eight peers, and the mentor(s)

How to Sign Up for Mentoring

  • Register for this year's European Leadership Forum.
  • After you've been accepted, review the mentoring options below. As you can see below, we offer a variety of types of mentoring to meet a variety of needs!
  • Choose up to two types of mentoring that would be of interest to you. Some types offer both one-on-one and cohort mentoring. If this is the case for one of the types you've chosen, decide whether you'd like to meet with your mentor(s) alone or in a group.
  • Sign up for the type(s) you have selected. If you choose two types, you'll have to fill out two forms. Forms can be found below each type.
  • Look for an email from Forum staff telling you when you're meeting and which mentor(s) you'll be meeting with. Your meeting will also be added to your personal schedule in the app the week of the Forum.
  • At the Forum, show up in the restaurant on the day and time you've been assigned. All mentoring meetings are scheduled for an hour over a meal.

We hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity! The deadline for signing up is extended to 16 May.

If you already know what mentoring type and mentor you would like to request, please fill out this form. If you would like to sign up for a second mentoring session, please fill out the sign-up form a second time.

Have questions? Contact Pavel Pavlov at ppavlov@euroleadership.org.

2022 Forum Mentoring Opportunities

Apologetics and Evangelism

Apologetics

Apologetics Mentoring focuses specifically on how to think strategically about apologetics, how to identify and connect with important points of contact in a culture, and how to remove roadblocks to the Gospel.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one and/or cohort mentoring.

Mentors

Dave Benson

Dave Benson is the Director of Culture and Discipleship at LICC (The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity: licc.org.uk). He is dedicated to bridging the gap between church and culture by forming a community of ‘wise peacemakers’, toward holistic witness in the UK. As a former high school teacher, pastor, organic church founder with his wife Nikki, and practical theologian at Malyon Theological College in Brisbane, Australia, Dave is passionate about pluralistic dialogue and the public expression of Christian faith in our post-Christendom context, toward the flourishing of all.

Ralf Bergmann

Ralf Bergmann, born in 1962, is married and has three adult children, two children in-law and one grandchild. He received his degree in physics and a doctorate from German universities. He was involved in several areas of applied physics at several research institutions in Germany and Australia and has also worked in industrial research. Since 2008 he is a professor and head of a research institute working on optical technologies and optoelectronics. Beyond his research, he is interested in defending the reasonability of Christian faith, especially in the border triangle of physics, philosophy, and theology as well as the relevance of Christian faith for modern western society. In 2019, he wrote the book Gott und die Erklärung der Welt (God and the Explanation of the World) and in 2021 he wrote Die freie Gesellschaft und ihre Feinde (The Free Society and Its Enemies), in remembrance of Karl Popper's famous book The Open Society and Its Enemies and the work of Francis Schaeffer.

Ralf Bergmann is, amongst other organisations, a member of the Leadership team of the German Professorenforum, and is a founding member of the “Netzwerk Wissenschaftsfreiheit” (Network for the Freedom of Science) with members in all European German-speaking countries. He is also active as a speaker at national and international occasions and is a predicant within the protestant church.

Per Ewert

Per Ewert is the director of The Clapham Institute, Sweden’s leading Christian think tank and research institute. This summer, he will defend his PhD thesis about the political process which shaped Sweden into what is arguably the most secular and individualistic nation in the world. Per is the author of several books on apologetics, relations, and the role of faith in society. He also writes weekly editorials in one of Sweden's Christian dailies. He lives with wife and four children in southern Sweden.

Alexander Fink

Alexander Fink is Director of the Institute for Faith and Science (Institut für Glaube und Wissenschaft) in Marburg, Germany (www.iguw.de). He studied physics at the universities of Bayreuth and St. Andrews (UK) and received his PhD at the Institute for Biophysics at the University of Regensburg. After having worked as an industrial product manager, he became director of SMD graduates' ministry (Akademiker-SMD, the German branch of IFES) until 2014. His passion is the dialogue of science, faith, and worldviews, and has given apologetic lectures in Germany and other European countries. Since 2008 he has been a member of the ELF Steering Committee and has co-led the Scientists Network. He is editor of the "Begründet-glauben-Podcast" (www.begruendet-glauben.org) and has produced two documentary movies "Fascinating universe" and "More than my brain" which have been recommended by a German federal media centre for use in public schools. Together with his wife, Alexander enjoys raising his two children, leading a house group in his local church in which he regularly leads services and preaches. He also is the coach of a youth soccer team.

Bjørn Hinderaker

Bjørn Hinderaker is an Assistant Professor at the accredited NLA University College, Kristiansand, Norway (https://www.nla.no/en/), where he teaches Christian Apologetics, Worldviews, and Ethical Theory. He has previously served as missionary to Kenya and as senior pastor of a local evangelical church (www.misjonshuset.com). Bjørn is also involved part-time as a writer and speaker in Damaris Norway (www.damaris.no), an organization which is seeking to relate biblical faith to contemporary culture. He is programme director for the annual Veritas Conference (www.veritaskonferansen.no), a member of the advisory editorial committee for Veritas Forlag (Publishing), and has extensive experience as a preacher and as a speaker on biblical, cultural and apologetic topics. Bjørn has published academic and popular articles within his field, was co-editor of Grill en kristen – om Bibelen (Veritas Forlag 2020), and is book editor for Theofilos (www.theofilos.no).

Peter Imming

Peter Imming received degrees in pharmacy and chemistry and a PhD and venia legendi in pharmaceutical chemistry from a German university. He has been involved in drug chemistry teaching and research in Germany, the UK, China, and other countries. Currently, he is head of a pharmaceutical/medicinal chemistry department of a German university. His research focuses on the design and synthesis of new drug substances and on molecular mechanisms of drug action. He has a strong interest in the relation of science and Christian faith, frequently lecturing on related topics by invitation of e.g. universities, churches, and schools.

John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick has been the pastor in Portrush Presbyterian Church for the last 21 years. This church is situated on the North Coast of Ireland very close to the famous world heritage site, 'Giants Causeway.’ John is the director of the apologetics course Reality316 aimed at equipping a wide range of people to be relevant apologists. For a number of years he served as Chairman of New Horizon, a well-known Christian conference in Ireland and has been a chaplain to the Motorcycle Racing community, quite unique to the Irish culture. John is married to Joan and they have four children, three of whom are now married. 

Bruce Little

Bruce A. Little has master’s degrees in Apologetics and Religion and a PhD in Philosophy of Religion and a DMin in Apologetics. Presently, he serves as Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and director of the Francis A. Schaeffer Collection at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he served on faculty since 2001 until he retired in 2018. While at Southeastern he served as the second director of the L. Rush Bush Center for Faith and Culture from 2008 to 2013. From 1969 pastored several churches, three of which he helped start, and taught at a Bible college (1965-2000). Since 1995 he has travelled widely to several continents lecturing in universities, teaching in a variety of schools and presenting papers at international conferences. He has published in various professional journals, edited several books, either authored or co-authored six books and contributed chapters in several books the last being God and Evil published by InterVarsity Press, 2013.

Angela Courte MacKenzie

Angela Courte MacKenzie is a broadcaster, pianist, vocalist, and worship leader. Her music has travelled all over the world through her Facebook live events and weekly Power of Praise program. Whether in person or through media, Angela’s music has been a witness to the glory of God in almost all of the continents. Angela has a B.A. degree in music/vocal performance from the University of Central Florida, and more recently an M.A. in apologetics from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. Angela also holds a number of non-executive positions on several ministry and charitable boards both in the US and the UK (where she currently lives.) With her marriage to Kenneth MacKenzie back in 2014, Angela now has an immediate family of 30 (18 grandchildren). Through media, music, and speaking, Angela continues to advocate for her vision of a place where the artist and the Christian thinker can collaborate.

Kristi Mair

Kristi Mair teaches philosophy, ethics, and apologetics at Oak Hill College in London, UK, where she also provides pastoral support for female students. She holds a degree in philosophy and theology, as well as an MA in philosophy of religion and ethics. She is currently working on her PhD in the area of epistemology in philosophical theology, with a particular focus on Michael Polanyi, Esther Meek, and Augustine. Kristi worked for 8 years with a campus-based ministry in the UK (UCCF), and she continues to speak regularly at mission weeks and events across Europe. Kristi has a heart for engaging people with the message of Jesus, developing a Christian mind, and raising the next generation of apologists to live out our calling as disciples to love God and our neighbour. Kristi is the author of MORE > Truth (IVP, 2019), Co-editor of Healthy Faith (IVP, 2020), a board member and speaker for Chrysolis, and an itinerant SOLAS Associate Speaker.

Peter S. Williams

Peter S. Williams (www.peterswilliams.com) studied philosophy at Cardiff University (BA), Sheffield University (MA), and the University of East Anglia in Norwich (MPhil). Peter lives in England and is Assistant Professor in Communication and Worldviews at Gimlekollen College, NLA University, Norway. His publications include: Apologetics in 3D: Essays on Apologetics and Spirituality (Wipf & Stock, 2021); Outgrowing God? A Beginner’s Guide to Richard Dawkins and the God Debate (Wipf & Stock, 2020); Getting at Jesus: A Comprehensive Critique of Neo-Atheist Nonsense About the Jesus of History (Wipf & Stock, 2019); A Faithful Guide to Philosophy: A Christian Introduction to the Love of Wisdom (Wipf & Stock, 2019) and C.S. Lewis vs. the New Atheists (Paternoster, 2013).

Evangelism

Evangelism Mentoring is designed for evangelists, pastors, and laypeople who want to be equipped to be more effective in communicating the Gospel relevantly, biblically, and credibly.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Dave Benson

Dave Benson is the Director of Culture and Discipleship at LICC (The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity: licc.org.uk). He is dedicated to bridging the gap between church and culture by forming a community of ‘wise peacemakers’, toward holistic witness in the UK. As a former high school teacher, pastor, organic church founder with his wife Nikki, and practical theologian at Malyon Theological College in Brisbane, Australia, Dave is passionate about pluralistic dialogue and the public expression of Christian faith in our post-Christendom context, toward the flourishing of all.

Helder Favarin

Hélder Favarin is the Global Youth and Young Adult Initiatives Director for Community Bible Study International. He's an evangelist, missionary and co-founding pastor of C29 Granada Church, Spain. He has a doctorate in preaching (Dmin.) from the Talbot School of Theology and a master's degree in biblical interpretation from the London School of Theology. Hélder speaks internationally in Spanish, Portuguese and English. He's part of the founding teams of RedTimoteo (a program for young evangelists in Spain) and the EYE (European Young Evangelists) Network. He's the author of the book (in Spanish) "Expand: Preaching to both Christians and Non-Christians from the Same Sermon in Spain". He has worked for a number of companies, including HSBC bank and General Motors, before devoting himself to full-time evangelistic, missionary, and pastoral ministry in his early twenties. Hélder was born in Brazil and has also lived in Mexico, England, Scotland and Spain (for 12 years); he holds an Italian nationality as well. Hélder is married to Ana, and they have four children born in Granada, where they live.

Alexander Fink

Alexander Fink is Director of the Institute for Faith and Science (Institut für Glaube und Wissenschaft) in Marburg, Germany (www.iguw.de). He studied physics at the universities of Bayreuth and St. Andrews (UK) and received his PhD at the Institute for Biophysics at the University of Regensburg. After having worked as an industrial product manager, he became director of SMD graduates' ministry (Akademiker-SMD, the German branch of IFES) until 2014. His passion is the dialogue of science, faith, and worldviews, and has given apologetic lectures in Germany and other European countries. Since 2008 he has been a member of the ELF Steering Committee and has co-led the Scientists Network. He is editor of the "Begründet-glauben-Podcast" (www.begruendet-glauben.org) and has produced two documentary movies "Fascinating universe" and "More than my brain" which have been recommended by a German federal media centre for use in public schools. Together with his wife, Alexander enjoys raising his two children, leading a house group in his local church in which he regularly leads services and preaches. He also is the coach of a youth soccer team.

Picture of Mike Frisby

Mike Frisby is an elder at City Church Cambridge and a trustee of Relational Mission, a network of churches which is part of the global Newfrontiers family. He uses his teaching and pastoral gifts among the churches, enjoys mentoring younger leaders, and has involvement in cross-cultural training. He has a particular passion for mobilising people for world mission and has written a book for local church leaders “Reaching the Nations – From next door to worlds away”, to equip leaders to identify, recruit, send and support people called to cross-cultural mission.

Bruce Little

Bruce A. Little has master’s degrees in Apologetics and Religion and a PhD in Philosophy of Religion and a DMin in Apologetics. Presently, he serves as Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and director of the Francis A. Schaeffer Collection at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he served on faculty since 2001 until he retired in 2018. While at Southeastern he served as the second director of the L. Rush Bush Center for Faith and Culture from 2008 to 2013. From 1969 pastored several churches, three of which he helped start, and taught at a Bible college (1965-2000). Since 1995 he has travelled widely to several continents lecturing in universities, teaching in a variety of schools and presenting papers at international conferences. He has published in various professional journals, edited several books, either authored or co-authored six books and contributed chapters in several books the last being God and Evil published by InterVarsity Press, 2013.

John MacKinnon

John MacKinnon is the Director of Evangelism for both The Word 121 and A Passion for Life. He has served as an itinerant evangelist, as the Lead pastor of a local church and has brought leadership to the revitalisation of other churches. In his current role he engages with church leaders across the UK & Ireland in equipping the local church to raise up joyful bible sharers among its everyday members and in preparing helpful resources designed to equip local churches to gain confidence in everyday evangelism.

Stephen McQuoid

Stephen McQuoid grew up in Ethiopia where his parents were missionaries. He then lived in Ireland where he qualified as a nurse before going on to study theology, gaining a variety of degrees including an MTh and PhD in theology. He is the author of 16 books on subjects such as discipleship, evangelism, apologetics, and church discipline. Stephen is the General Director of Gospel Literature Outreach, a missionary organisation based in Europe. He is married to Debbie, and they along with their three children. Stephen and Debbie attend Clyde Valley Community Church in Motherwell. His interests include motorbikes, football, boxing, MMA, and Politics.

Avi Snyder

Avi Snyder serves as the European Ambassador of Jews for Jesus, an international mission agency that relentlessly pursues God’s plan for the salvation of the Jewish people. Avi was raised in a Jewish home in New York and came to a saving faith in Jesus in 1977 with the help of a Jews for Jesus tract and the forthright witness of Christian friends. He graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary, the School of World Mission, with a master’s degree in missiology. Avi has served with Jews for Jesus since 1978 and has provided leadership for the ministry in Los Angeles, New York, and London, as well as establishing the work in the former Soviet Union, Germany, and Hungary.

Internet Discipleship and Evangelism

Internet Discipleship and Evangelism Mentoring provides an opportunity to discuss how to start a ministry in internet discipleship and evangelism, the best approaches, and ways to measure impact with an experienced practitioner.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Daniel Fodorean

Daniel Fodorean is the Dean of the School of Theology and Associate Professor of Applied Theology at the Baptist Theological Institute of Bucharest, Director of Leader Formation Institute and Antioch Church Network, Teacher Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, Bucharest. He is also the Coordinator of the E-learning Developer Program at The Academy of Romanian Scientists. Daniel is one of the founders of the Constanta Baptist Association He has over 26 years of pastoral experience and expertise in church transformation, organizational and church leadership, church law and administration, mission and church planting, pre-university and university Christian education. Daniel is the author (or co-author) of five books and more articles and studies.

Rick Hill

Rick Hill is a speaker, leader and writer from Belfast in Northern Ireland. He works for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in the areas of discipleship and leadership and has recently published his first book, Deep Roots of Resilient Disciples. Rick also serves as an elder in Carnmoney Church and has recently been coordinating discipleship ministry there. Prior to this, Rick comes from a background in youth ministry with both Scripture Union and in a local church. Rick is married to Sarah, they have two young sons, and in his spare time, he enjoys running.

Henryk Krol

Henryk Król is president & CEO of DEOrecordings Association (CCM Media), an umbrella organisation owning three limited companies: Studio DR, Ltd (he is its President and CEO), Radio CCM Ltd. and MCC Group, Ltd. It forms an innovative media ministry based in Poland that combines traditional media (6 FM Radio stations), art (professional recording studio and publishing), and new tools (Software development with a flagship – Gele/CODEX e-learning platform tailored to spiritual follow-up, Service Center to Jesus.net global evangelistic movement, multiple own portals, multimedia productions, etc). Having a holistic vision of a “full path,” all the communications and technology are backed by an army of hundreds of volunteers who implement it daily with interested seekers, both online as e-coaches and offline as small group leaders. His heart is in building cooperation and partnership across denominations and countries, networking for better effectiveness in spreading the Gospel. Henryk holds a PhD in engineering. His present research focuses on how to best use the Internet without forgetting to "stand firm" on the biblical truth as the final authority. He is married to Boguslawa, with whom he has three adult children: Filip, Paulina, and Szczepan.

Missions

Missions Mentoring offers the opportunity for leaders of missions agencies or those considering missions as a calling to talk to an experienced leader who can relate to their struggles or to dialogue and analyse a specific missions problem and think through resources for dealing with that issue. 

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Picture of Mike Frisby

Mike Frisby is an elder at City Church Cambridge and a trustee of Relational Mission, a network of churches which is part of the global Newfrontiers family. He uses his teaching and pastoral gifts among the churches, enjoys mentoring younger leaders, and has involvement in cross-cultural training. He has a particular passion for mobilising people for world mission and has written a book for local church leaders “Reaching the Nations – From next door to worlds away”, to equip leaders to identify, recruit, send and support people called to cross-cultural mission.

Sam Ko

Sam Ko serves as the Director of Global Ministries at SaRang Church in Seoul S. Korea, where he has been since 1995. Additionally, since 2011 he has been serving as chairman of the board for Union School of Theology and has been leading the “East Meets West”; a ministry that is committed to praying for and has served over 140 church plants in over 23 countries in the UK and Europe. He translated Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life” for its Korean publication and studied theology at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. He is married to Jennifer and has two grown up sons, Calvin and John.

Keith Sparzak

Keith Sparzak currently serves as the international director of Community Bible Study International. He oversees activities and assists his leadership team in the 113 countries where CBSI currently has a presence. He previously has had the privilege of serving with a Christian foundation as a program officer with a focus on church planting and evangelism. Prior to that role, he was a co-leader of the Global Outreach Ministry at a church with an extensive missional expression in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in addition to serving in other lead and associate pastoral positions. He enjoys investing his experience and gifts as a board member of three organisations: a progressive ministry impacting globalised youth; an inter-denominational mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world; and a ministry through which coaching and consulting on the effective use of media helps dozens of partner ministries to strategically increase their media impact in over 22 countries. He also enjoys serving through occasional advisory roles to other organisations. He works for Colorado-based CBS while living in Monument, Colorado. He has a gracious, patient, and lovely wife, Suzanne, to whom he has been married for 42 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Muslim Ministry

Muslim Ministry Mentoring provides an opportunity to dialogue with an experienced leader to learn more about ministry to Muslims or to discuss specific issues and ideas in building relationships with Muslims.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Emil Shehadeh

Emil Shehadeh was born in Israel and educated mainly in the UK achieving BSc Hons (Medical Biology), MSc (Biochemistry), MB ChB (Medicine), a Diploma in Dermatology and MRCGP. Growing up in Israel he accompanied his parents all over Galilee spreading the Gospel amongst all communities including Muslims. He also worked with Child Evangelism Fellowship and OM. In the early 1990s he co-founded an Arabic Church in Cardiff, S Wales. He practiced as a GP (Family Physician and a trainer) until 2016. Upon retirement, he dedicated his time to writing and speaking on the subject of Islam and evangelising Muslims. He supports evangelistic work amongst Muslims in North Africa and Nigeria. Emil has a PhD in Islamic Studies from Logos University and is engaged in another piece of research, at LST, Northwood, on Causes and Consequences of Muslim Conversions to Christianity. He believes that the expansion of the Kingdom of God must be the chief concern of the people of God.

Hatun Tash

Hatun Tash lived in a Muslim country for 27 years but now lives in the UK. She studied various topics at university including bank management and economy, law (basic human rights), maths and physics engineering, and philosophy. She also studied apologetics at the Oxford Centre for Apologetics in Oxford, England. Hatun is the director of DCCI Ministries. She lives an evangelist lifestyle and has a big burden to share the gospel and to see the church equipped. Besides engaging with Muslims at Speakers’ Corner and in mosques every week, she is involved in Christian-Muslim discussions, debates, and Bible studies, while also teaching and training Christians to be better witnesses for Christ.

Roman Catholicism

Roman Catholicism Mentoring provides guidance to pastors and leaders who are asking questions about how we as evangelicals should interact with Roman Catholics.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one and/or cohort mentoring.

Mentors

Leonardo De Chirico

Leonardo De Chirico is the pastor of Breccia di Roma, a church that he helped plant in Rome in 2009, and Vice Chairman of the Italian Evangelical Alliance. Previously, Leonardo planted and pastored an evangelical church in Ferrara, Italy from 1997 to 2009. He earned degrees in history (University of Bologna), theology (ETCW, Bridgend, Wales) and bioethics (University of Padova). His PhD is from King's College (London); it was published as Evangelical Theological Perspectives on Post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism. His recent books are A Christian Pocket Guide to Papacy (Christian Focus, 2015); A Christian Pocket Guide to Mary (Christian Focus, 2017), and Same Words, Different Worlds. Do Roman Catholics and evangelicals believe the same gospel? (IVP, 2021). He is a lecturer of historical theology at Istituto di Formazione Evangelica e Documentazione in Padova, Italy. Additionally, Leonardo is the director of the Reformanda Initiative, which aims to equip evangelical leaders to better understand and engage with Roman Catholicism, and the leader of the Rome Scholars and Leaders Network (RSLN).

Scientific Apologetics

Scientific Apologetics Mentoring helps those who want to be involved in scientific apologetics to think strategically about questions of how to respond to the challenges posed by scientific naturalism to the Gospel.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Ralf Bergmann

Ralf Bergmann, born in 1962, is married and has three adult children, two children in-law and one grandchild. He received his degree in physics and a doctorate from German universities. He was involved in several areas of applied physics at several research institutions in Germany and Australia and has also worked in industrial research. Since 2008 he is a professor and head of a research institute working on optical technologies and optoelectronics. Beyond his research, he is interested in defending the reasonability of Christian faith, especially in the border triangle of physics, philosophy, and theology as well as the relevance of Christian faith for modern western society. In 2019, he wrote the book Gott und die Erklärung der Welt (God and the Explanation of the World) and in 2021 he wrote Die freie Gesellschaft und ihre Feinde (The Free Society and Its Enemies), in remembrance of Karl Popper's famous book The Open Society and Its Enemies and the work of Francis Schaeffer.

Ralf Bergmann is, amongst other organisations, a member of the Leadership team of the German Professorenforum, and is a founding member of the “Netzwerk Wissenschaftsfreiheit” (Network for the Freedom of Science) with members in all European German-speaking countries. He is also active as a speaker at national and international occasions and is a predicant within the protestant church.

Adam Cenian

Adam Cenian is a scientist by profession but has been actively involved in church leadership roles since becoming a Christian 30 years ago. He has led evangelistic camps, served as a pastor, and been treasurer for the National Board of Baptist Churches in Poland. In addition, he leads the Hevelius Forum for Dialog between Science and Religion in Gdansk. He also lectures at universities and Christian conferences and provides material for Christian television in Poland. 

Alexander Fink

Alexander Fink is Director of the Institute for Faith and Science (Institut für Glaube und Wissenschaft) in Marburg, Germany (www.iguw.de). He studied physics at the universities of Bayreuth and St. Andrews (UK) and received his PhD at the Institute for Biophysics at the University of Regensburg. After having worked as an industrial product manager, he became director of SMD graduates' ministry (Akademiker-SMD, the German branch of IFES) until 2014. His passion is the dialogue of science, faith, and worldviews, and has given apologetic lectures in Germany and other European countries. Since 2008 he has been a member of the ELF Steering Committee and has co-led the Scientists Network. He is editor of the "Begründet-glauben-Podcast" (www.begruendet-glauben.org) and has produced two documentary movies "Fascinating universe" and "More than my brain" which have been recommended by a German federal media centre for use in public schools. Together with his wife, Alexander enjoys raising his two children, leading a house group in his local church in which he regularly leads services and preaches. He also is the coach of a youth soccer team.

Peter Imming

Peter Imming received degrees in pharmacy and chemistry and a PhD and venia legendi in pharmaceutical chemistry from a German university. He has been involved in drug chemistry teaching and research in Germany, the UK, China, and other countries. Currently, he is head of a pharmaceutical/medicinal chemistry department of a German university. His research focuses on the design and synthesis of new drug substances and on molecular mechanisms of drug action. He has a strong interest in the relation of science and Christian faith, frequently lecturing on related topics by invitation of e.g. universities, churches, and schools.

Andy McIntosh

Andy McIntosh holds an Emeritus Chair in thermodynamics at the University of Leeds, is an Adjunct Professor at Liberty University in Virginia, and has lectured and researched in these fields for over 30 years. He has a PhD in combustion theory from the aerodynamics department of what was then Cranfield Institute of Technology (now Cranfield University), a DSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Wales, and worked for a number of years at the Royal Aircraft Establishment. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the Institute of Energy, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Aeronautical Society. A chartered mathematician, engineer, and author of over 200 papers and articles, his research has been in combustion in fluids and solids. His work has also included investigations into the fundamental link between thermodynamics and information, and in latter years he has been involved in research in the area of biomimetics where the minute combustion chamber of the bombardier beetle has inspired a patented novel spray technology. He now lectures widely on origins, has authored the books Genesis for Today (Day One, 6th Edition, 2017) and A Verse by Verse Examination of Genesis 1-11 (Day One, 2016), and has contributed to a number of other books including Wonders of Creation – Design in a Fallen World (co-authored with Stuart Burgess and Brian Edwards, Day One, 2017), Origins – Examining the Evidence (Truth in Science, 2011), In Six Days (Master Books, 2009), and Should Christians Embrace Evolution? (IVP, 2009). He has also produced the booklets Are you really an atheist? (2018), and (with Stuart Burgess and Brian Edwards), Is it true? – Evidence for Creation (Day One, 2018). He is a member of Logos Research Associates, is co-director of the UK education think tank Truth in Science, is on the Advisory Board of The Values Foundation (an influential advocacy group representing Judaeo-Christian Values in Education to the UK Government), and is also on the steering group of the International Certificate of Christian Education. Andy is married with 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Women in Evangelism

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Nay Dawson

Naomi "Nay" Dawson works with IFES Europe as their Regional Training Co-ordinator, training staff and students across Europe and working on the senior European leadership team for the charity. Naomi is the founder of Passion for Evangelism. PfE is a network of creative, public female speakers, helping hundreds of women grow in confidence in public communication. In addition, Naomi has also set up an initiative called Community in a Crisis. CIAC has been helping churches and charities across Europe get online during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Church Leadership and Ministry

Children's Ministry

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Tom Chilton Photo

Tom Chilton is the Director for Awana Europe and North Asia. He provides leadership and support to 30 full-time and part-time staff and thousands of volunteers across Europe and parts of Asia. These leaders partner with approximately 1,250 churches evangelizing and discipling more than 52,000 children and youth in weekly club programs. Tom has served with the global ministry of Awana for 21 years in a variety of roles, including curriculum, training, and advocacy. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and has a Master’s degree in Intercultural Studies. Tom and his wife and three children are based in the U.S. in a suburb of Chicago. He is passionate about equipping leaders to reach more children and youth for Christ!

Andi Dina

Andi Dina is a church planter from Tirana, Albania. He leads a new organization called IGNIS Ministry, whose mission is to plant reproducing churches, equip leaders and help vulnerable people. He previously worked as a project coordinator for the Evangelical Alliance in Albania and Prison Fellowship Albania.

Eddie Hester attends Foothills Church - Cameron Park and is the Western Europe Regional Ministry Director at Awana Clubs International. He works with nationals from Western Europe to expand the outreach of the Awana program there. He supervises workers in a few of those countries and trains them. In countries without Awana, he looks for opportunities to share the program and help it get translated.

Church Planting

Church Planting Mentoring provides guidance to church planters who are struggling with difficulties in ministry, including a lack of resources or a particular issue in a church plant.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one and/or cohort mentoring.

Mentors

Rene Breuel

René Breuel is the lead pastor of Hopera, a church in Rome, Italy. He has a MDiv from Regent College, Canada; a MSt in Creative Writing from Oxford University; and is the author of The Paradox of Happiness. He is married to Sarah and is the father of two boys.

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Mike Frisby is an elder at City Church Cambridge and a trustee of Relational Mission, a network of churches which is part of the global Newfrontiers family. He uses his teaching and pastoral gifts among the churches, enjoys mentoring younger leaders, and has involvement in cross-cultural training. He has a particular passion for mobilising people for world mission and has written a book for local church leaders “Reaching the Nations – From next door to worlds away”, to equip leaders to identify, recruit, send and support people called to cross-cultural mission.

Church Revitalisation

Church Revitalisation Mentoring provides an opportunity for participants to discuss the common obstacles and available tools to bring revitalization to an existing church.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

David Brown

David Brown has been involved in church planting in France since 1976 and has planted three churches (two in Nancy and one in the Paris suburbs). After revitalising a church in central Paris, he is now planting a daughter church in an adjoining borough. For many years he was involved with GBU (Groupes Bibliques Universitaires), the French student movement affiliated with IFES, first as General Secretary, and then as chair of the board. He also chairs the Evangelism Commission of the French “National Council of Evangelicals” and teaches revitalization at the Geneva Bible Institute. He is married to Mary, and they have four adult children and a growing number of grandchildren.

Daniel Fodorean

Daniel Fodorean is the Dean of the School of Theology and Associate Professor of Applied Theology at the Baptist Theological Institute of Bucharest, Director of Leader Formation Institute and Antioch Church Network, Teacher Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, Bucharest. He is also the Coordinator of the E-learning Developer Program at The Academy of Romanian Scientists. Daniel is one of the founders of the Constanta Baptist Association He has over 26 years of pastoral experience and expertise in church transformation, organizational and church leadership, church law and administration, mission and church planting, pre-university and university Christian education. Daniel is the author (or co-author) of five books and more articles and studies.

Jay Mosser

Jay Mosser has served in pastoral roles for 40 years – about 20 years in various assistant pastor capacities and the rest as senior pastor. Through those years he has served in three churches ranging from smaller (less than 50) to larger (about 1,000). Along the way he has worked with children, teens, worship ministry, pastoral care, preaching, and leadership. Jay has an M.Div. from Western (Conservative Baptist) Seminary and a D.Min. from Corban University in Oregon, where his doctoral thesis was titled “How a Pastor’s Theology of Shepherding Affects the Health & Growth of a Church.” He is married to Kathy and has three daughters and four grandchildren. In his spare time, he loves to read, hike, travel, watch sports, and spend time with his family.

Scott Poling

Scott Poling serves as senior pastor of Harvest New Beginnings Church, located in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. He has served in ministry for 27 years at Harvest, seeing first-hand God’s work in the renewal of a dying church. He’s gained a unique perspective, understanding the pressures and trials of ministry while navigating the many changes that come with church revitalisation. He’s looking forward to sharing many of the insights he’s learned through the years. He received his B.S. degree from Cedarville University and his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. Scott has 5 children with his wife of 31 years, Carla, and 2 grandchildren. His interests include trail running, ultra-marathons, and visiting national parks.

Disciple-Making Leadership

Disciple-Making Leadership Mentoring helps participants consider how to nurture God's people toward biblical maturity through a recovery of the biblical foundation for leadership, spiritual formation, pastoral care and personal discipleship.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one and/or cohort mentoring.

Mentors

Dave Benson

Dave Benson is the Director of Culture and Discipleship at LICC (The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity: licc.org.uk). He is dedicated to bridging the gap between church and culture by forming a community of ‘wise peacemakers’, toward holistic witness in the UK. As a former high school teacher, pastor, organic church founder with his wife Nikki, and practical theologian at Malyon Theological College in Brisbane, Australia, Dave is passionate about pluralistic dialogue and the public expression of Christian faith in our post-Christendom context, toward the flourishing of all.

Mike Chalmers

Mike Chalmers works at Cor Deo as a mentor, and also with UFM as Short-term Mission Coordinator. Previously, he was a Staff Worker in Wales with UCCF. He enjoys preaching and discipling, and continues to support and encourage university students by speaking at training events and missions. Mike is an uncle to three nephews, a brother to one sister, and is married to Susana.

Daniel Fodorean

Daniel Fodorean is the Dean of the School of Theology and Associate Professor of Applied Theology at the Baptist Theological Institute of Bucharest, Director of Leader Formation Institute and Antioch Church Network, Teacher Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, Bucharest. He is also the Coordinator of the E-learning Developer Program at The Academy of Romanian Scientists. Daniel is one of the founders of the Constanta Baptist Association He has over 26 years of pastoral experience and expertise in church transformation, organizational and church leadership, church law and administration, mission and church planting, pre-university and university Christian education. Daniel is the author (or co-author) of five books and more articles and studies.

Rick Hill

Rick Hill is a speaker, leader and writer from Belfast in Northern Ireland. He works for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in the areas of discipleship and leadership and has recently published his first book, Deep Roots of Resilient Disciples. Rick also serves as an elder in Carnmoney Church and has recently been coordinating discipleship ministry there. Prior to this, Rick comes from a background in youth ministry with both Scripture Union and in a local church. Rick is married to Sarah, they have two young sons, and in his spare time, he enjoys running.

Dafydd Job

Dafydd M Job is the pastor of the Bangor Welsh Evangelical Church. He began studying zoology at University, but changed to study theology when he felt a call to the Christian ministry. He has been in the ministry since 1979, and had been the pastor of his present church since it was formed in 1985. He serves on the UCCF Trust Board, and was chairman of the Welsh Language work of the Evangelical Movement of Wales for 10 years. He is chairman of the Advisory Board of WEST ( Wales Evangelical School of Theology). He has also visited a number of countries in Eastern Europe to preach, teach and encourage pastors and students. He has recently been appointed by UFM Worldwide to be the co-ordinator of Project Barnabas, a project to offer encouragement, mentoring and training to Christian workers worldwide.

Stephen McQuoid

Stephen McQuoid grew up in Ethiopia where his parents were missionaries. He then lived in Ireland where he qualified as a nurse before going on to study theology, gaining a variety of degrees including an MTh and PhD in theology. He is the author of 16 books on subjects such as discipleship, evangelism, apologetics, and church discipline. Stephen is the General Director of Gospel Literature Outreach, a missionary organisation based in Europe. He is married to Debbie, and they along with their three children. Stephen and Debbie attend Clyde Valley Community Church in Motherwell. His interests include motorbikes, football, boxing, MMA, and Politics.

Steve Mitchell

Steve Mitchell is part of the leadership team at Cornerstone church in Swindon, a small church plant in the rapidly expanding north of the town. Steve is passionate about seeing God’s people equipped to share God’s Word no matter what context they are in. Previously, he worked in the IT industry and spent 4 months in Uganda with Mission Aviation Fellowship. Steve is married to Jackie and they have three adult children.

Jay Mosser

Jay Mosser has served in pastoral roles for 40 years – about 20 years in various assistant pastor capacities and the rest as senior pastor. Through those years he has served in three churches ranging from smaller (less than 50) to larger (about 1,000). Along the way he has worked with children, teens, worship ministry, pastoral care, preaching, and leadership. Jay has an M.Div. from Western (Conservative Baptist) Seminary and a D.Min. from Corban University in Oregon, where his doctoral thesis was titled “How a Pastor’s Theology of Shepherding Affects the Health & Growth of a Church.” He is married to Kathy and has three daughters and four grandchildren. In his spare time, he loves to read, hike, travel, watch sports, and spend time with his family.

Tony Myrick

Tony received his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College and M.A. in New Testament Studies from Wheaton Graduate School. He has completed two years of doctoral studies in Paul’s Pastoral Leadership at the University of Aberdeen with Professor I.H. Marshall. He has worked for nearly 20 years in para-church and local church contexts teaching, developing and maturing Christian leaders. Tony served as the Minister of Discipleship at Traders Point Christian Church which has 1,800 members and 160 small groups for nearly a decade before coming to work as the Vice President of Strategy and Education at the Forum of Christian Leaders, sponsor of the European Leadership Forum.

Zefjan Nikolla

Zefjan Nikolla is the General Secretary of BSKSH (IFES Albania) and pastor of Emanuel Evangelical Church in Tirana. He is involved in various national and international evangelistic initiatives ranging from youth ministries to attempts to reach government leaders. He is also the director of the Albanian Leadership Forum. His passions include sports, reading, and above all, seeing his nation turn to Christ. Zefjan is married to Edita and they have two daughters, Greis and Emili.

Ole-Magnus Olafsrud

Ole-Magnus Olafsrud served with the Navigators in Norway, the Baltics, and through various international networks for 44 years – 20 of them as director of the Navigators in Norway. He became a Christian when he studied veterinary medicine. As pensioned from the Navigators he now serves with the NGO Barnabas Focus for generational disciple-making and developing younger leaders in Norway, the Baltics, and globally with the Lausanne Movement. After serving as the Senior Coordinator for the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Jakarta, August 2016, he now serves on the global core team for YLGeneration – a ten-year initiative to develop younger leaders in the global church. He chairs the YLGen Mentoring Team. Ole-Magnus serves on the European Lausanne Resource Group to stimulate application of the Cape Town 2010 Commitment. He has had more than 20,000 couples in seminars on family life in different countries and is an experienced family counsellor. He has written four books, two of which are on family dynamics, one on relational evangelism and one on along-sidering in generational disciple-making. His closest friend and partner through 45 years is his wife, Kari, and they enjoy their three married sons and twelve grandchildren.

Daniel Pavlinak

Daniel Pavlinak attends and serves at In-Life Plus Church in the Czech Republic, where he is an Event Coordinator and Mentor. At university, he helped to lead the local student ministry of In-Life and became manager of a small team at Sony DADC.  He currently co-leads the student's core group which primarily organises evangelism events for non-Christians. Daniel also leads worship teams for multiple events. 

Men's Ministry

Men's Ministry Mentoring addresses the basics for men’s ministry and examples of how this ministry could be started and developed, focusing on growing a small team of men to live with a heart and vision for Biblical leadership and discipleship.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Ralf Bergmann

Ralf Bergmann, born in 1962, is married and has three adult children, two children in-law and one grandchild. He received his degree in physics and a doctorate from German universities. He was involved in several areas of applied physics at several research institutions in Germany and Australia and has also worked in industrial research. Since 2008 he is a professor and head of a research institute working on optical technologies and optoelectronics. Beyond his research, he is interested in defending the reasonability of Christian faith, especially in the border triangle of physics, philosophy, and theology as well as the relevance of Christian faith for modern western society. In 2019, he wrote the book Gott und die Erklärung der Welt (God and the Explanation of the World) and in 2021 he wrote Die freie Gesellschaft und ihre Feinde (The Free Society and Its Enemies), in remembrance of Karl Popper's famous book The Open Society and Its Enemies and the work of Francis Schaeffer.

Ralf Bergmann is, amongst other organisations, a member of the Leadership team of the German Professorenforum, and is a founding member of the “Netzwerk Wissenschaftsfreiheit” (Network for the Freedom of Science) with members in all European German-speaking countries. He is also active as a speaker at national and international occasions and is a predicant within the protestant church.

Money and Stewardship

Money and Stewardship Mentoring provides guidance to church leaders seeking to learn about a biblical view of money, teach believers how to handle money and possessions in God’s way, or start a stewardship ministry in their church. 

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one and/or cohort mentoring.

Mentors

Bert den Hertog

Bert den Hertog is CEO of Compass Europe (www.compass1.eu), a network in Europe of 18 countries for making financial disciples by financial disciplers. He is also involved in the global leadership of Compass Global (active in 80 countries all over the globe). He serves the national movements and is pioneering new countries of Compass across Europe. He is also a financial coach and trainer in the area of recovery from debt and unemployment. Previously he served for eight years as the general secretary of IFES-Netherlands, a trainer in Governance for IFES Europe, and a member of the Advisory Board of Veritas Europe. He has also been a church planter and the head of youth ministries for a Dutch Reformed Inner Mission Organisation. After graduating he spent six years as a project manager in a consultancy company and in his free time was an elder of a Dutch Reformed Church. Bert is married to Marjon, and they have five children and four grandchildren.

Steve Giere

Stephen Giere has served in Christian ministries for more than forty years in America and Europe. He is in his 17th year teaching and leading a Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class of 500 men in Chicago, IL. Steve is a board member with the Forum of Christian Leaders serving in Europe with the European Leadership Forum.  Key to his role is shepherding and mentoring young leaders. Steve and his wife, Connie, are residents of Chicago and members of The Moody Church a diverse, urban congregation with seventy countries of birth and fifty mother languages represented in its membership. There he teaches and serves as an elder. They have two grown children and ten grandchildren.
 
Steve retired in 2019 after 45 years engaged in finance and investment management. He spent more than twenty years in the commercial banking sector, the majority of the time with the Northern Trust Corporation in Chicago serving in various management roles including CEO of a Northern Trust subsidiary bank. He then served in investment management first joining Smith Barney, the investment arm of Citigroup, where he served thirteen years as a registered investment advisor and Senior Portfolio Manager, and finally in private practice until retirement.  Steve earned his B.A. in psychology at North Central College in Naperville, IL, and M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Zsolt Szalai

Zsolt Szalai, following his studies on Hungarian and English universities and completion of a university doctor’s degree in finance, has spent the last three decades in mid and upper management roles in banking, private equity, not-for-profit organizations, and Christian churches. Currently, he is self-employed as a business consultant. Besides that, he is Head of the Board of Elders of Szentendre Reformed Church, Chairman of Christian Businessmen Association, Board Member of Compass Europe, and leader of the Leadership Workshop of the Hungarian Evangelical Forum. During his career, Zsolt gained a wide range of experience in corporate finance, capital markets, project finance, innovation management, and business development areas. Zsolt is also an adjunct professor at Károli Gáspár Reformed University, Pentecostal Theological College, and Bakke Graduate University. He is also an active speaker and lecturer on conferences and leadership courses and workshops.

Music, Praise and Worship

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Angela Courte MacKenzie

Angela Courte MacKenzie is a broadcaster, pianist, vocalist, and worship leader. Her music has travelled all over the world through her Facebook live events and weekly Power of Praise program. Whether in person or through media, Angela’s music has been a witness to the glory of God in almost all of the continents. Angela has a B.A. degree in music/vocal performance from the University of Central Florida, and more recently an M.A. in apologetics from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. Angela also holds a number of non-executive positions on several ministry and charitable boards both in the US and the UK (where she currently lives.) With her marriage to Kenneth MacKenzie back in 2014, Angela now has an immediate family of 30 (18 grandchildren). Through media, music, and speaking, Angela continues to advocate for her vision of a place where the artist and the Christian thinker can collaborate.

Colin Peckham is the ministry director for Origin Scotland, an event-based arts ministry in Edinburgh, Scotland. He chairs the executive committee that organises the event programme - up to around 30-40 events per year in the UK. They have a ministry in South Africa as well in which he is also involved. He serves as an artistic director for the ministry and is responsible for everything that happens on the stage and artistically around the event. This has included speakers, music programmes, and art exhibitions as part of a broader outreach. The events he has managed have ranged in scale from just a few people up to some 6,000 at a time. These events take place in venues such as churches, concert halls (Usher Hall, Playhouse Theatre, Festival Theatre, Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow), a ship (Logos Hope), and additional outdoor and indoor venues in both Scotland and South Africa. 

Pastors

Pastors Mentoring provides pastors with the chance to discuss questions and concerns about their ministry with a more experienced mentor and to receive encouragement, prayer, and refreshment.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Jim Crooks

Jim Crooks is a pastor of an independent church in Perth, Scotland. After graduating in business studies in 1981, Jim went on to work in financial and administrative roles before entering further and higher education as an Assistant Principal. He became Principal of a college in Northern Ireland in 2004 and successfully led three colleges to a merger in 2007. He became Principal of a similar college in Scotland and led four colleges to merge in 2012. For three years after his retirement from secular employment in 2012, Jim was a lecturer and coordinator of part-time provision at Tilsley College, a small theological college in Scotland. In addition to his pastoral ministry, Jim also teaches and preaches in Scotland and elsewhere in Europe. He works with the Church Strengthening Initiative, supporting churches and their leadership teams to make change, and is a trustee for Echoes International, a mission support agency supporting mission workers across the globe. Jim has published his book on harnessing the power of learning to effect personal change. An exploration of Ephesians 4:22-24, the book 'I've changed my mind' is an in-depth look at spiritual transformation. Jim was widowed in 2012 but has married Laura in December 2017. He is a father of one grown son and a grandfather of two boys.

Bjørn Hinderaker

Bjørn Hinderaker is an Assistant Professor at the accredited NLA University College, Kristiansand, Norway (https://www.nla.no/en/), where he teaches Christian Apologetics, Worldviews, and Ethical Theory. He has previously served as missionary to Kenya and as senior pastor of a local evangelical church (www.misjonshuset.com). Bjørn is also involved part-time as a writer and speaker in Damaris Norway (www.damaris.no), an organization which is seeking to relate biblical faith to contemporary culture. He is programme director for the annual Veritas Conference (www.veritaskonferansen.no), a member of the advisory editorial committee for Veritas Forlag (Publishing), and has extensive experience as a preacher and as a speaker on biblical, cultural and apologetic topics. Bjørn has published academic and popular articles within his field, was co-editor of Grill en kristen – om Bibelen (Veritas Forlag 2020), and is book editor for Theofilos (www.theofilos.no).

John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick has been the pastor in Portrush Presbyterian Church for the last 21 years. This church is situated on the North Coast of Ireland very close to the famous world heritage site, 'Giants Causeway.’ John is the director of the apologetics course Reality316 aimed at equipping a wide range of people to be relevant apologists. For a number of years he served as Chairman of New Horizon, a well-known Christian conference in Ireland and has been a chaplain to the Motorcycle Racing community, quite unique to the Irish culture. John is married to Joan and they have four children, three of whom are now married. 

Philip Miller

Philip Miller is the 17th Senior Pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago. Philip holds a B.A. in Pre-Seminary Bible from Cedarville University (’04) and a Th.M. in Pastoral Leadership and New Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary (’10). His wife, Krista, also holds a B.A. from Cedarville University and a Th.M. degree from DTS. They have four children: Claire, Violet, Cora, and Jude. Philip enjoys cycling, Garrett’s Caramel Crisp popcorn, Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza, and craft root beer.

Jay Mosser

Jay Mosser has served in pastoral roles for 40 years – about 20 years in various assistant pastor capacities and the rest as senior pastor. Through those years he has served in three churches ranging from smaller (less than 50) to larger (about 1,000). Along the way he has worked with children, teens, worship ministry, pastoral care, preaching, and leadership. Jay has an M.Div. from Western (Conservative Baptist) Seminary and a D.Min. from Corban University in Oregon, where his doctoral thesis was titled “How a Pastor’s Theology of Shepherding Affects the Health & Growth of a Church.” He is married to Kathy and has three daughters and four grandchildren. In his spare time, he loves to read, hike, travel, watch sports, and spend time with his family.

Scott Poling

Scott Poling serves as senior pastor of Harvest New Beginnings Church, located in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. He has served in ministry for 27 years at Harvest, seeing first-hand God’s work in the renewal of a dying church. He’s gained a unique perspective, understanding the pressures and trials of ministry while navigating the many changes that come with church revitalisation. He’s looking forward to sharing many of the insights he’s learned through the years. He received his B.S. degree from Cedarville University and his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. Scott has 5 children with his wife of 31 years, Carla, and 2 grandchildren. His interests include trail running, ultra-marathons, and visiting national parks.

Jonathan Pryke

Jonathan Pryke is senior minister at Jesmond Parish Church (JPC), Newcastle upon Tyne in the northeast of England, where he has been for thirty years, working with David Holloway, the vicar of Jesmond. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge University, and Trinity Theological College in Bristol before ordination in the Church of England. He is married to Vivienne, and they have a son, twin daughters, and a one-year-old grandson. JPC has been in ‘impaired communion’ with the bishop of Newcastle for more than twenty years. It has planted two other Anglican churches nearby, outside the central structures of the Church of England. Their three churches together have Sunday attendances of over a thousand. In 2017 Jonathan was consecrated as a bishop through REACH-SA (the Church of England in South Africa). He is on the national executive team of the Anglican Mission in England, a network of Anglican churches inside and outside the Church of England structures, committed to Anglican church planting. See www.church.org.uk.

Alistair Purss

Alistair Purss is Senior Pastor of Dumfries Baptist Church in Scotland. He studied theology in Glasgow from 1988-91. Since 1991 Alistair has served as a local church Pastor in London, Durham as well as presently in Dumfries. He has been married to Sharon for almost 29 years and together they have three grown-up sons. DBC is part of the Baptist Union of Scotland and as a result, Alistair serves on different groups and councils. He loves to encourage and equip church pastors and leaders.

Sports Ministry

Sports Ministry Mentoring is designed to answer questions and provide support to those seeking to build bridges from the church to the sports community with the Gospel.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one and/or cohort mentoring.

Mentors

John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick has been the pastor in Portrush Presbyterian Church for the last 21 years. This church is situated on the North Coast of Ireland very close to the famous world heritage site, 'Giants Causeway.’ John is the director of the apologetics course Reality316 aimed at equipping a wide range of people to be relevant apologists. For a number of years he served as Chairman of New Horizon, a well-known Christian conference in Ireland and has been a chaplain to the Motorcycle Racing community, quite unique to the Irish culture. John is married to Joan and they have four children, three of whom are now married. 

Zefjan Nikolla

Zefjan Nikolla is the General Secretary of BSKSH (IFES Albania) and pastor of Emanuel Evangelical Church in Tirana. He is involved in various national and international evangelistic initiatives ranging from youth ministries to attempts to reach government leaders. He is also the director of the Albanian Leadership Forum. His passions include sports, reading, and above all, seeing his nation turn to Christ. Zefjan is married to Edita and they have two daughters, Greis and Emili.

Young or New Pastors

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Jim Crooks

Jim Crooks is a pastor of an independent church in Perth, Scotland. After graduating in business studies in 1981, Jim went on to work in financial and administrative roles before entering further and higher education as an Assistant Principal. He became Principal of a college in Northern Ireland in 2004 and successfully led three colleges to a merger in 2007. He became Principal of a similar college in Scotland and led four colleges to merge in 2012. For three years after his retirement from secular employment in 2012, Jim was a lecturer and coordinator of part-time provision at Tilsley College, a small theological college in Scotland. In addition to his pastoral ministry, Jim also teaches and preaches in Scotland and elsewhere in Europe. He works with the Church Strengthening Initiative, supporting churches and their leadership teams to make change, and is a trustee for Echoes International, a mission support agency supporting mission workers across the globe. Jim has published his book on harnessing the power of learning to effect personal change. An exploration of Ephesians 4:22-24, the book 'I've changed my mind' is an in-depth look at spiritual transformation. Jim was widowed in 2012 but has married Laura in December 2017. He is a father of one grown son and a grandfather of two boys.

John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick has been the pastor in Portrush Presbyterian Church for the last 21 years. This church is situated on the North Coast of Ireland very close to the famous world heritage site, 'Giants Causeway.’ John is the director of the apologetics course Reality316 aimed at equipping a wide range of people to be relevant apologists. For a number of years he served as Chairman of New Horizon, a well-known Christian conference in Ireland and has been a chaplain to the Motorcycle Racing community, quite unique to the Irish culture. John is married to Joan and they have four children, three of whom are now married. 

Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry Mentoring is designed to encourage youth ministers while offering them an opportunity to talk through difficult issues and to give them some of the tools they need to impact the church of tomorrow.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Paul Bowman

Paul Bowman has almost 30 years of experience in full-time youth ministry in the local church. He has served in a variety of settings throughout Ireland – both urban and rural – working with churched and unchurched young people. He is passionate about developing youth ministries that are rooted in the life of Christ, making disciples, and focusing on development of the whole person. He is committed to training and equipping the next generation of youth leaders. He lives with his wife Val and their three children in Saintfield, Northern Ireland. He holds a BSc Hons in Community Youth Work and a Masters in Transformational Leadership.

Jakub Vejmelka

Jakub Vejmelka has led a youth ministry in his home town for 8 years, and also serves as an elder in the local church. During this time he has been convicted of the strategic importance of equipping and supporting leaders who are called into ministry. He is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to be challenged and grow in a healthy environment. For the last three years, he has been serving in Josiah Venture in the Czech Republic where he leads the training department and oversees regional coordinators. He and his wife Monika live in Brno, Czech Republic, have been married for over four years and they have one daughter Rosie Nora.

Organisational Leadership

Emerging Leaders Peer Mentoring

Emerging Leaders Peer Mentoring is designed to provide a safe space for a new generation of leaders to have honest peer-to-peer conversations about how to navigate the challenges of leadership, life and family in their 30s.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one and/or cohort mentoring.

Mentors

Sarah Breuel

Sarah Breuel serves as the director of Revive Europe and the evangelism training coordinator for IFES Europe. Included in Christianity Today’s “33 under 33” list of leaders to watch, Sarah served as chair of the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering 2016. Originally from Brazil and currently living in Rome, Sarah has worked for IFES in four national movements in the last 17 years (Brazil, Canada, Norway, and Italy) and currently works in the European region. She has a business degree, MDiv from Regent College, and serves globally in the Lausanne Board of Directors. Sarah is married to René. They have planted a vibrant church in Rome and have two boys: Pietro and Matteo.

Rick Hill

Rick Hill is a speaker, leader and writer from Belfast in Northern Ireland. He works for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in the areas of discipleship and leadership and has recently published his first book, Deep Roots of Resilient Disciples. Rick also serves as an elder in Carnmoney Church and has recently been coordinating discipleship ministry there. Prior to this, Rick comes from a background in youth ministry with both Scripture Union and in a local church. Rick is married to Sarah, they have two young sons, and in his spare time, he enjoys running.

Leadership and Management

Leadership and Management Mentoring provides organisation leaders an opportunity to talk over a specific management problem(s) with an experienced leader who is willing to listen, ask relevant questions, and offer opinions about the problem, based on their experience.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one and/or cohort mentoring.

Mentors

Ralf Bergmann

Ralf Bergmann, born in 1962, is married and has three adult children, two children in-law and one grandchild. He received his degree in physics and a doctorate from German universities. He was involved in several areas of applied physics at several research institutions in Germany and Australia and has also worked in industrial research. Since 2008 he is a professor and head of a research institute working on optical technologies and optoelectronics. Beyond his research, he is interested in defending the reasonability of Christian faith, especially in the border triangle of physics, philosophy, and theology as well as the relevance of Christian faith for modern western society. In 2019, he wrote the book Gott und die Erklärung der Welt (God and the Explanation of the World) and in 2021 he wrote Die freie Gesellschaft und ihre Feinde (The Free Society and Its Enemies), in remembrance of Karl Popper's famous book The Open Society and Its Enemies and the work of Francis Schaeffer.

Ralf Bergmann is, amongst other organisations, a member of the Leadership team of the German Professorenforum, and is a founding member of the “Netzwerk Wissenschaftsfreiheit” (Network for the Freedom of Science) with members in all European German-speaking countries. He is also active as a speaker at national and international occasions and is a predicant within the protestant church.

Sarah Breuel

Sarah Breuel serves as the director of Revive Europe and the evangelism training coordinator for IFES Europe. Included in Christianity Today’s “33 under 33” list of leaders to watch, Sarah served as chair of the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering 2016. Originally from Brazil and currently living in Rome, Sarah has worked for IFES in four national movements in the last 17 years (Brazil, Canada, Norway, and Italy) and currently works in the European region. She has a business degree, MDiv from Regent College, and serves globally in the Lausanne Board of Directors. Sarah is married to René. They have planted a vibrant church in Rome and have two boys: Pietro and Matteo.

Keith Frey

Recently retired from a full-time career as a physician and executive, Keith now invests much of his time as a healthcare consultant and leadership developer. He has forty years of experience as a primary care physician, educator, mentor/coach, and executive. His career included major leadership roles at Duke University, Providence Health, Mayo Clinic, and most recently Dignity Health. Keith is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (BS in Biology), the Medical College of Virginia (MD) and Duke University (MBA). Keith has been actively involved in discipleship, church and ministry leadership roles, including marriage ministry in Slovakia, Christian Medical Dental Association global medical education and as a board member for the Forum of Christian Leaders. Keith has served for three terms on the Scottsdale Bible Church Elder Board. Keith and his wife Melanie were married in 1975 and have one child. Dr. Frey is currently the Chief Physician Executive for Dignity Health in Arizona and has held this position since 2013. His responsibilities include driving clinical excellence, superior patient experiences, academic integration and physician leadership development. He served as the President, Dignity Health Medical Group, a 200+ clinician, academic multispecialty medical group in Phoenix, from 2014 to 2018. He serves in board leadership roles for the Arizona Care Network, Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance, and Mercy Care. A former Professor and Chair of Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Arizona, he is now a Clinical Professor, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University. Dr. Frey holds a BS in Biology from the Virginia Military Institute, an MD degree from the Medical College of Virginia, and an MBA from Duke University. He is board-certified in both Family Medicine and Clinical Informatics. Additionally, Dr. Frey is Hogan Personality Assessment certified and is an Independent Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker with The John Maxwell Team. On a personal note, he enjoys international travel, golf, spending time with family and participating in church activities.

Steve Giere

Stephen Giere has served in Christian ministries for more than forty years in America and Europe. He is in his 17th year teaching and leading a Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class of 500 men in Chicago, IL. Steve is a board member with the Forum of Christian Leaders serving in Europe with the European Leadership Forum.  Key to his role is shepherding and mentoring young leaders. Steve and his wife, Connie, are residents of Chicago and members of The Moody Church a diverse, urban congregation with seventy countries of birth and fifty mother languages represented in its membership. There he teaches and serves as an elder. They have two grown children and ten grandchildren.
 
Steve retired in 2019 after 45 years engaged in finance and investment management. He spent more than twenty years in the commercial banking sector, the majority of the time with the Northern Trust Corporation in Chicago serving in various management roles including CEO of a Northern Trust subsidiary bank. He then served in investment management first joining Smith Barney, the investment arm of Citigroup, where he served thirteen years as a registered investment advisor and Senior Portfolio Manager, and finally in private practice until retirement.  Steve earned his B.A. in psychology at North Central College in Naperville, IL, and M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Marian Kanuch

Marián Kanuch is a Lutheran pastor in Žilina, Slovakia. He also serves as a regional leader for twenty-two local congregations. In 2018, he defended his dissertation: “Planting New Churches as a Challenge for Lutheran Missiology”. He is also very interested in the topic of revitalization of local churches. The process of revitalization is also happening in his congregation. He is married to Olinka and they serve together in Žilina.

Henryk Krol

Henryk Król is president & CEO of DEOrecordings Association (CCM Media), an umbrella organisation owning three limited companies: Studio DR, Ltd (he is its President and CEO), Radio CCM Ltd. and MCC Group, Ltd. It forms an innovative media ministry based in Poland that combines traditional media (6 FM Radio stations), art (professional recording studio and publishing), and new tools (Software development with a flagship – Gele/CODEX e-learning platform tailored to spiritual follow-up, Service Center to Jesus.net global evangelistic movement, multiple own portals, multimedia productions, etc). Having a holistic vision of a “full path,” all the communications and technology are backed by an army of hundreds of volunteers who implement it daily with interested seekers, both online as e-coaches and offline as small group leaders. His heart is in building cooperation and partnership across denominations and countries, networking for better effectiveness in spreading the Gospel. Henryk holds a PhD in engineering. His present research focuses on how to best use the Internet without forgetting to "stand firm" on the biblical truth as the final authority. He is married to Boguslawa, with whom he has three adult children: Filip, Paulina, and Szczepan.

Kenneth MacKenzie attends and serves as an elder at The Church St. Blane's, Dunblane and is the Chairman of the Prison Fellowship Scotland. His past leadership roles include being the CEO of five different businesses. In addition to his current ministries, Kenneth is a Trustee of Trinity Forum Scotland, Wycliffe Bible Translators UK, and Covenant Fellowship Scotland.

Philip Miller

Philip Miller is the 17th Senior Pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago. Philip holds a B.A. in Pre-Seminary Bible from Cedarville University (’04) and a Th.M. in Pastoral Leadership and New Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary (’10). His wife, Krista, also holds a B.A. from Cedarville University and a Th.M. degree from DTS. They have four children: Claire, Violet, Cora, and Jude. Philip enjoys cycling, Garrett’s Caramel Crisp popcorn, Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza, and craft root beer.

Joel Morris attends Grace Church, Porthcawl, UK and is the Executive Director of Union School of Theology. Their ministry works for healthy church growth through raising, deploying, and supporting leaders. They invest in church planting and revitalisation through theological resources, education, and access to funding. Their school has some 170 students who go on to plant and serve churches around Europe and the world.

Zefjan Nikolla

Zefjan Nikolla is the General Secretary of BSKSH (IFES Albania) and pastor of Emanuel Evangelical Church in Tirana. He is involved in various national and international evangelistic initiatives ranging from youth ministries to attempts to reach government leaders. He is also the director of the Albanian Leadership Forum. His passions include sports, reading, and above all, seeing his nation turn to Christ. Zefjan is married to Edita and they have two daughters, Greis and Emili.

Jane Norton

Jane Norton is the daughter of a coach and teacher who taught her the value of work, honesty, family, and service. Those ideals led her to a career in public service where she served in appointed and elected government positions in her home state of Colorado and in Washington, DC. She also worked in the private and non-profit sectors where she served in leadership, development, and consulting roles.  Jane earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences, a Master’s Degree in Management, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities Degree from Colorado Christian University. Jane is married to Mike and together they have four children and seven grandchildren.

Bill Skowera

Bill Skowera earned his BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois in 1978. His professional background includes over twenty years in the computer industry in product development, marketing and accounting. In 1987, Bill and three others founded Silvon Software, where he worked until coming to Cedarstone Partners in 2001. Bill balances his time at Cedarstone with his involvement at Glen Ellyn Evangelical Covenant Church and international travel. He and his wife, Sandy, have three adult children. In his free time, Bill enjoys biking and reading.

Zsolt Szalai

Zsolt Szalai, following his studies on Hungarian and English universities and completion of a university doctor’s degree in finance, has spent the last three decades in mid and upper management roles in banking, private equity, not-for-profit organizations, and Christian churches. Currently, he is self-employed as a business consultant. Besides that, he is Head of the Board of Elders of Szentendre Reformed Church, Chairman of Christian Businessmen Association, Board Member of Compass Europe, and leader of the Leadership Workshop of the Hungarian Evangelical Forum. During his career, Zsolt gained a wide range of experience in corporate finance, capital markets, project finance, innovation management, and business development areas. Zsolt is also an adjunct professor at Károli Gáspár Reformed University, Pentecostal Theological College, and Bakke Graduate University. He is also an active speaker and lecturer on conferences and leadership courses and workshops.

Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy Taylor spent much of his professional life in Christian publishing, working as an editor at Tyndale House Publishers for nearly twenty years, assisting many of the industry’s top authors in making their messages clear and compelling. Currently, he serves as president of Tyndale House Foundation, an international organization with partnerships throughout the world, many related to publishing and literature. He has a BA in Communications from Wheaton College and an MA in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Nancy, have five children and live in Wheaton, Illinois.

Bernd Winkelstraeter

Bernd Winkelstraeter is a professional consultant, trainer, and coach living in Germany. After 29 years working as international computer technology expert in R&D, he switched to study work and organizational psychology. With this unique combination, he supports organizations to cope with all the change and increased uncertainty of the digital age. In 2011, Bernd founded vision2inspire, a Christian startup incubator for charitable projects. He is a coach for Natural Church Development, a church growth concept applied around the world. Bernd is member of an International Baptist Church (IBC), and over almost four decades, he has volunteered in various leadership roles in church. Bernd is trained in Christian counseling and holds an M.A. in work and organizational psychology and a German M.Sc. equivalent in computer science.

Marketplace Leaders

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Steve Giere

Stephen Giere has served in Christian ministries for more than forty years in America and Europe. He is in his 17th year teaching and leading a Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class of 500 men in Chicago, IL. Steve is a board member with the Forum of Christian Leaders serving in Europe with the European Leadership Forum.  Key to his role is shepherding and mentoring young leaders. Steve and his wife, Connie, are residents of Chicago and members of The Moody Church a diverse, urban congregation with seventy countries of birth and fifty mother languages represented in its membership. There he teaches and serves as an elder. They have two grown children and ten grandchildren.
 
Steve retired in 2019 after 45 years engaged in finance and investment management. He spent more than twenty years in the commercial banking sector, the majority of the time with the Northern Trust Corporation in Chicago serving in various management roles including CEO of a Northern Trust subsidiary bank. He then served in investment management first joining Smith Barney, the investment arm of Citigroup, where he served thirteen years as a registered investment advisor and Senior Portfolio Manager, and finally in private practice until retirement.  Steve earned his B.A. in psychology at North Central College in Naperville, IL, and M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Personal

Family

Family Mentoring aims to provide biblically sound advice for building strong families to parents, grandparents, or lay and professional counsellors who deal frequently with family-related issues.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick has been the pastor in Portrush Presbyterian Church for the last 21 years. This church is situated on the North Coast of Ireland very close to the famous world heritage site, 'Giants Causeway.’ John is the director of the apologetics course Reality316 aimed at equipping a wide range of people to be relevant apologists. For a number of years he served as Chairman of New Horizon, a well-known Christian conference in Ireland and has been a chaplain to the Motorcycle Racing community, quite unique to the Irish culture. John is married to Joan and they have four children, three of whom are now married. 

David Van Dyke

David Van Dyke serves as Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program and Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Wheaton College. He works with people in the relationships and systems that shape us all, specifically related to our relationship with Christ. Every person is constantly imbedded in multiple contexts (e.g., family, culture, church, society) that provide possibilities and constraints. These mutual-influencing areas between the individual and the contexts are the focus of Dr. Van Dyke’s teaching and scholarship. His areas of expertise are working with adolescents and their families, and integration of Christian faith and systems thinking. In addition to his teaching and scholarship, he works in practice at the Center for Family & Relational Health with couples and families in Wheaton. In his personal time, he likes traveling with his family, kayaking with his wife and exploring family history.

Financial Disicpleship

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Bert den Hertog

Bert den Hertog is CEO of Compass Europe (www.compass1.eu), a network in Europe of 18 countries for making financial disciples by financial disciplers. He is also involved in the global leadership of Compass Global (active in 80 countries all over the globe). He serves the national movements and is pioneering new countries of Compass across Europe. He is also a financial coach and trainer in the area of recovery from debt and unemployment. Previously he served for eight years as the general secretary of IFES-Netherlands, a trainer in Governance for IFES Europe, and a member of the Advisory Board of Veritas Europe. He has also been a church planter and the head of youth ministries for a Dutch Reformed Inner Mission Organisation. After graduating he spent six years as a project manager in a consultancy company and in his free time was an elder of a Dutch Reformed Church. Bert is married to Marjon, and they have five children and four grandchildren.

Generosity

Generosity Mentoring seeks to reveal what the Bible says about generosity and how to cultivate generosity in yourself or address it biblically in your church.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Bert den Hertog

Bert den Hertog is CEO of Compass Europe (www.compass1.eu), a network in Europe of 18 countries for making financial disciples by financial disciplers. He is also involved in the global leadership of Compass Global (active in 80 countries all over the globe). He serves the national movements and is pioneering new countries of Compass across Europe. He is also a financial coach and trainer in the area of recovery from debt and unemployment. Previously he served for eight years as the general secretary of IFES-Netherlands, a trainer in Governance for IFES Europe, and a member of the Advisory Board of Veritas Europe. He has also been a church planter and the head of youth ministries for a Dutch Reformed Inner Mission Organisation. After graduating he spent six years as a project manager in a consultancy company and in his free time was an elder of a Dutch Reformed Church. Bert is married to Marjon, and they have five children and four grandchildren.

Zsolt Szalai

Zsolt Szalai, following his studies on Hungarian and English universities and completion of a university doctor’s degree in finance, has spent the last three decades in mid and upper management roles in banking, private equity, not-for-profit organizations, and Christian churches. Currently, he is self-employed as a business consultant. Besides that, he is Head of the Board of Elders of Szentendre Reformed Church, Chairman of Christian Businessmen Association, Board Member of Compass Europe, and leader of the Leadership Workshop of the Hungarian Evangelical Forum. During his career, Zsolt gained a wide range of experience in corporate finance, capital markets, project finance, innovation management, and business development areas. Zsolt is also an adjunct professor at Károli Gáspár Reformed University, Pentecostal Theological College, and Bakke Graduate University. He is also an active speaker and lecturer on conferences and leadership courses and workshops.

Leader to Leader

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Keith Frey

Recently retired from a full-time career as a physician and executive, Keith now invests much of his time as a healthcare consultant and leadership developer. He has forty years of experience as a primary care physician, educator, mentor/coach, and executive. His career included major leadership roles at Duke University, Providence Health, Mayo Clinic, and most recently Dignity Health. Keith is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (BS in Biology), the Medical College of Virginia (MD) and Duke University (MBA). Keith has been actively involved in discipleship, church and ministry leadership roles, including marriage ministry in Slovakia, Christian Medical Dental Association global medical education and as a board member for the Forum of Christian Leaders. Keith has served for three terms on the Scottsdale Bible Church Elder Board. Keith and his wife Melanie were married in 1975 and have one child. Dr. Frey is currently the Chief Physician Executive for Dignity Health in Arizona and has held this position since 2013. His responsibilities include driving clinical excellence, superior patient experiences, academic integration and physician leadership development. He served as the President, Dignity Health Medical Group, a 200+ clinician, academic multispecialty medical group in Phoenix, from 2014 to 2018. He serves in board leadership roles for the Arizona Care Network, Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance, and Mercy Care. A former Professor and Chair of Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Arizona, he is now a Clinical Professor, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University. Dr. Frey holds a BS in Biology from the Virginia Military Institute, an MD degree from the Medical College of Virginia, and an MBA from Duke University. He is board-certified in both Family Medicine and Clinical Informatics. Additionally, Dr. Frey is Hogan Personality Assessment certified and is an Independent Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker with The John Maxwell Team. On a personal note, he enjoys international travel, golf, spending time with family and participating in church activities.

Marion Jongkind attends Eden Baptist Church in Cambridge. Having previously served as a chaplain, she now works as a Professional Counsellor/therapist with a vision to provide counselling for Christians.

David Seckington

David Seckington serves as an assistant pastor at Trinity Church Central London. His primary roles are making mature disciple-making disciples, teaching God's word, prayer, responsibility for music, and helping with all other pastoral issues at the church. He completed the International Baccalaureate at Kings College School Wimbledon in London and then studied French and Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Keith Sparzak

Keith Sparzak currently serves as the international director of Community Bible Study International. He oversees activities and assists his leadership team in the 113 countries where CBSI currently has a presence. He previously has had the privilege of serving with a Christian foundation as a program officer with a focus on church planting and evangelism. Prior to that role, he was a co-leader of the Global Outreach Ministry at a church with an extensive missional expression in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in addition to serving in other lead and associate pastoral positions. He enjoys investing his experience and gifts as a board member of three organisations: a progressive ministry impacting globalised youth; an inter-denominational mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world; and a ministry through which coaching and consulting on the effective use of media helps dozens of partner ministries to strategically increase their media impact in over 22 countries. He also enjoys serving through occasional advisory roles to other organisations. He works for Colorado-based CBS while living in Monument, Colorado. He has a gracious, patient, and lovely wife, Suzanne, to whom he has been married for 42 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Vocation

Academic

Academic Mentoring gives young academics an opportunity to discuss a piece of academic work (such as a chapter of a thesis/dissertation or a scholarly article) or a general issue related to their experience in academia with a more experienced academic.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Ralf Bergmann

Ralf Bergmann, born in 1962, is married and has three adult children, two children in-law and one grandchild. He received his degree in physics and a doctorate from German universities. He was involved in several areas of applied physics at several research institutions in Germany and Australia and has also worked in industrial research. Since 2008 he is a professor and head of a research institute working on optical technologies and optoelectronics. Beyond his research, he is interested in defending the reasonability of Christian faith, especially in the border triangle of physics, philosophy, and theology as well as the relevance of Christian faith for modern western society. In 2019, he wrote the book Gott und die Erklärung der Welt (God and the Explanation of the World) and in 2021 he wrote Die freie Gesellschaft und ihre Feinde (The Free Society and Its Enemies), in remembrance of Karl Popper's famous book The Open Society and Its Enemies and the work of Francis Schaeffer.

Ralf Bergmann is, amongst other organisations, a member of the Leadership team of the German Professorenforum, and is a founding member of the “Netzwerk Wissenschaftsfreiheit” (Network for the Freedom of Science) with members in all European German-speaking countries. He is also active as a speaker at national and international occasions and is a predicant within the protestant church.

Adam Cenian

Adam Cenian is a scientist by profession but has been actively involved in church leadership roles since becoming a Christian 30 years ago. He has led evangelistic camps, served as a pastor, and been treasurer for the National Board of Baptist Churches in Poland. In addition, he leads the Hevelius Forum for Dialog between Science and Religion in Gdansk. He also lectures at universities and Christian conferences and provides material for Christian television in Poland. 

Ruth Davis

Ruth Davis has over 20 years experience of working in University settings, culminating in eight years managing a large academic department of Care Sciences at the University of South Wales. Her professional background is in nursing with a specialist interest in diabetes. Her clinical and research experience is in patient education and service/role development. In 2014 she left that role, though she remains a Visiting Fellow with the University and now works as Academic Director for an online education company, overseeing the quality of around 20 post-graduate Diploma/Master's courses for healthcare professionals. Along with her husband, they are trustees of Heb Ffin, a local charity (not-for-profit non-governmental organisation) supporting God’s work in Wales (UK) and Africa. Over the last year, they have spent several months in Uganda working on various diverse projects from nurse leadership to coffee growing. At home, Ruth is a wife, mother and grandmother; familiar with the struggles of juggling home, work and church life. In the local church, she has been involved in small group ministries and practical demonstrations of God’s love to people in the church and those outside, such as helping to run a luncheon club for older people. 

Alexander Fink

Alexander Fink is Director of the Institute for Faith and Science (Institut für Glaube und Wissenschaft) in Marburg, Germany (www.iguw.de). He studied physics at the universities of Bayreuth and St. Andrews (UK) and received his PhD at the Institute for Biophysics at the University of Regensburg. After having worked as an industrial product manager, he became director of SMD graduates' ministry (Akademiker-SMD, the German branch of IFES) until 2014. His passion is the dialogue of science, faith, and worldviews, and has given apologetic lectures in Germany and other European countries. Since 2008 he has been a member of the ELF Steering Committee and has co-led the Scientists Network. He is editor of the "Begründet-glauben-Podcast" (www.begruendet-glauben.org) and has produced two documentary movies "Fascinating universe" and "More than my brain" which have been recommended by a German federal media centre for use in public schools. Together with his wife, Alexander enjoys raising his two children, leading a house group in his local church in which he regularly leads services and preaches. He also is the coach of a youth soccer team.

David Hilborn

David Hilborn is Hon. Senior Research Fellow in Evangelical Theology at Moorlands College, UK. Moorlands is an interdenominational college based near Christchurch in Dorset, with regional training centres in Birmingham, Devon and Belfast. David was previously Principal of Moorlands. Prior to that he led St Johns College, Nottingham and was Assistant Dean of St Mellitus College, based in London. This followed nine years as Head of Theology at the Evangelical Alliance UK, during which time he also served on the Executive of the World Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission. David is an ordained Anglican minister and was a member of the Church of England’s Faith and Order Commission from 2006-2016. He currently chairs the Evangelical Alliance’s Theological Advisory Group. He is a graduate of the Universities of Nottingham (BA, PhD) and Oxford (MA), and has led or served on the ministry teams of five local churches. He has authored or edited several books, including Picking Up the Pieces (Hodder), The Nature of Hell, ‘Toronto in Perspective, One Body in Christ, Movement for Change (Paternoster) and The Atonement Debate (Zondervan). He is currently co-editing a book on Anglican-Pentecostal co-operation. David is a Londoner by birth and is married to Mia, a senior hospital chaplain. They have two grown-up children. He loves cricket and enjoys a wide range of music.

Peter Imming

Peter Imming received degrees in pharmacy and chemistry and a PhD and venia legendi in pharmaceutical chemistry from a German university. He has been involved in drug chemistry teaching and research in Germany, the UK, China, and other countries. Currently, he is head of a pharmaceutical/medicinal chemistry department of a German university. His research focuses on the design and synthesis of new drug substances and on molecular mechanisms of drug action. He has a strong interest in the relation of science and Christian faith, frequently lecturing on related topics by invitation of e.g. universities, churches, and schools.

David McIlroy

David McIlroy is a practising barrister based in London in the UK. He serves on the editorial board of Law & Justice, teaches the Mission of Justice and the Theology of Law course at Spurgeon’s College, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame (USA) in England. He is convinced that justice matters enormously to God and He wants Christians to work hard to see justice done more and more in situations around the world. Through his books (A Biblical View of Law and Justice, A Trinitarian Theology of Law, The End of Law) and many articles, David seeks to deepen people’s reflections on justice and to inspire others to take up the challenge of acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God (Micah 6:8).

Andy McIntosh

Andy McIntosh holds an Emeritus Chair in thermodynamics at the University of Leeds, is an Adjunct Professor at Liberty University in Virginia, and has lectured and researched in these fields for over 30 years. He has a PhD in combustion theory from the aerodynamics department of what was then Cranfield Institute of Technology (now Cranfield University), a DSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Wales, and worked for a number of years at the Royal Aircraft Establishment. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the Institute of Energy, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Aeronautical Society. A chartered mathematician, engineer, and author of over 200 papers and articles, his research has been in combustion in fluids and solids. His work has also included investigations into the fundamental link between thermodynamics and information, and in latter years he has been involved in research in the area of biomimetics where the minute combustion chamber of the bombardier beetle has inspired a patented novel spray technology. He now lectures widely on origins, has authored the books Genesis for Today (Day One, 6th Edition, 2017) and A Verse by Verse Examination of Genesis 1-11 (Day One, 2016), and has contributed to a number of other books including Wonders of Creation – Design in a Fallen World (co-authored with Stuart Burgess and Brian Edwards, Day One, 2017), Origins – Examining the Evidence (Truth in Science, 2011), In Six Days (Master Books, 2009), and Should Christians Embrace Evolution? (IVP, 2009). He has also produced the booklets Are you really an atheist? (2018), and (with Stuart Burgess and Brian Edwards), Is it true? – Evidence for Creation (Day One, 2018). He is a member of Logos Research Associates, is co-director of the UK education think tank Truth in Science, is on the Advisory Board of The Values Foundation (an influential advocacy group representing Judaeo-Christian Values in Education to the UK Government), and is also on the steering group of the International Certificate of Christian Education. Andy is married with 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Rodica Mocan

Rodica Mocan is Professor at the Department of Cinematography and Media, specializing in digital media and the new media arts. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology (2005), with a focus on e-learning and a Ph.D. in Theater and Performing Arts (2016), with research on interactive digital art performances. She earned her Habilitation in Cinematography and Media with a thesis on Digital Media Arts. Her current research interests are on the impact of digital technologies on different aspects of life, particularly in the field of interactive digital arts and emerging artistic genres, such as interactive documentaries. She has multiple publications including various academic articles. Dr. Mocan is the founder and coordinator of the Digital Interactive Arts master program and a Ph.D. supervisor on digital arts themes.

Charles White

Charles White is Professor of Christian Thought and History at Spring Arbor University in Michigan, USA. He finished his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University and his PhD at Boston University. In the 1970s he was minister to students at Boston’s Park Street Church. He has written two books and a score of academic articles. Bible translation is one of his passions, and he has worked on twenty-five of the twenty-seven New Testament books in seven different languages. He has taught environmentalists in Michigan, physicians in Mexico, pastors in Canada, university students in England, Bible college students in Australia, Muslims in Nigeria, evangelists in India, missionaries in the Philippines and Rwanda, church planters in Iraq, ministers in Jordan, and disciplers in Ethiopia. He is the father of four grown children and has run more than 86,000 kilometers since he turned 40.

Artists

Artists Mentoring creates a space for participants to connect with and receive practical help and guidance from an experienced Christian artist leader on living out their calling. 

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Cristian Cazacu

Cristian Cazacu is a songwriter, worship leader, and performing artist for over 25 years. His passion is to see Christian artists engage their craft theologically, as an act of worship and witness to the risen Christ. Cristian is the director of imagoDei Romania, an emerging initiative designed to cultivate community among the faithful artists by means of spiritual formation, theological reflection, networking and culture-making, for the purposes of the kingdom of God.  He also coordinates the Artists Network as a part of the Romanian Leadership Forum. Cristian holds an M.A. in Intercultural Studies (Global Christian Worship), from Fuller Theological Seminary (2010). Cristian and his wife, Bella, have three sons, living near the city of Timișoara, Romania.

Natalie Meeks

Natalie Meeks, co-leader of the ELF Artists Network, is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Bridge Builders International, which ministers to artists in multiple countries. As a freelance writer, she has penned articles about ministries all over the world. She is a lover of the classics (secular and spiritual) and enjoys reading and writing poetry. Her Christian faith and confidence in the Scriptures inform her understanding of, communication with, and ministry to artists of all kinds. She and her husband of 18 years reside in Greenville, South Carolina. They have six children, including an adopted son from Latvia. Natalie’s hobbies include reading, reading, and reading.

Liviu Mocan

Liviu Mocan is a Romanian artist living in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania. The rich Christian legacy that he inherited from his parents, from church, and from mature artists and theologians has guided his philosophy of life and formed the essence of his creation. His many and varied works – which can be can be found exhibited in private collections, indoor and outdoor, on all continents – are a testimony to his commitment to the visual expression of his beliefs. He is currently developing various art projects centered around the major themes of the Bible while experimenting with various materials and new technologies. Actively involved in his artistic community, he strives to be a witness among Romanian artists.

Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership Mentoring exists so that leaders in an academic setting can discuss the successes, challenges, questions, and best practices in leading an educational institution.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Ruth Davis

Ruth Davis has over 20 years experience of working in University settings, culminating in eight years managing a large academic department of Care Sciences at the University of South Wales. Her professional background is in nursing with a specialist interest in diabetes. Her clinical and research experience is in patient education and service/role development. In 2014 she left that role, though she remains a Visiting Fellow with the University and now works as Academic Director for an online education company, overseeing the quality of around 20 post-graduate Diploma/Master's courses for healthcare professionals. Along with her husband, they are trustees of Heb Ffin, a local charity (not-for-profit non-governmental organisation) supporting God’s work in Wales (UK) and Africa. Over the last year, they have spent several months in Uganda working on various diverse projects from nurse leadership to coffee growing. At home, Ruth is a wife, mother and grandmother; familiar with the struggles of juggling home, work and church life. In the local church, she has been involved in small group ministries and practical demonstrations of God’s love to people in the church and those outside, such as helping to run a luncheon club for older people. 

David Hilborn

David Hilborn is Hon. Senior Research Fellow in Evangelical Theology at Moorlands College, UK. Moorlands is an interdenominational college based near Christchurch in Dorset, with regional training centres in Birmingham, Devon and Belfast. David was previously Principal of Moorlands. Prior to that he led St Johns College, Nottingham and was Assistant Dean of St Mellitus College, based in London. This followed nine years as Head of Theology at the Evangelical Alliance UK, during which time he also served on the Executive of the World Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission. David is an ordained Anglican minister and was a member of the Church of England’s Faith and Order Commission from 2006-2016. He currently chairs the Evangelical Alliance’s Theological Advisory Group. He is a graduate of the Universities of Nottingham (BA, PhD) and Oxford (MA), and has led or served on the ministry teams of five local churches. He has authored or edited several books, including Picking Up the Pieces (Hodder), The Nature of Hell, ‘Toronto in Perspective, One Body in Christ, Movement for Change (Paternoster) and The Atonement Debate (Zondervan). He is currently co-editing a book on Anglican-Pentecostal co-operation. David is a Londoner by birth and is married to Mia, a senior hospital chaplain. They have two grown-up children. He loves cricket and enjoys a wide range of music.

Rodica Mocan

Rodica Mocan is Professor at the Department of Cinematography and Media, specializing in digital media and the new media arts. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology (2005), with a focus on e-learning and a Ph.D. in Theater and Performing Arts (2016), with research on interactive digital art performances. She earned her Habilitation in Cinematography and Media with a thesis on Digital Media Arts. Her current research interests are on the impact of digital technologies on different aspects of life, particularly in the field of interactive digital arts and emerging artistic genres, such as interactive documentaries. She has multiple publications including various academic articles. Dr. Mocan is the founder and coordinator of the Digital Interactive Arts master program and a Ph.D. supervisor on digital arts themes.

Charles White

Charles White is Professor of Christian Thought and History at Spring Arbor University in Michigan, USA. He finished his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University and his PhD at Boston University. In the 1970s he was minister to students at Boston’s Park Street Church. He has written two books and a score of academic articles. Bible translation is one of his passions, and he has worked on twenty-five of the twenty-seven New Testament books in seven different languages. He has taught environmentalists in Michigan, physicians in Mexico, pastors in Canada, university students in England, Bible college students in Australia, Muslims in Nigeria, evangelists in India, missionaries in the Philippines and Rwanda, church planters in Iraq, ministers in Jordan, and disciplers in Ethiopia. He is the father of four grown children and has run more than 86,000 kilometers since he turned 40.

Law and Religious Liberty

Law and Religious Liberty Mentoring is designed to answer questions with regard to international religious liberty, sanctity of life and defence of family or how to receive additional training opportunities in these areas as a barrister (attorney), law student, or pastor.

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

David McIlroy

David McIlroy is a practising barrister based in London in the UK. He serves on the editorial board of Law & Justice, teaches the Mission of Justice and the Theology of Law course at Spurgeon’s College, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame (USA) in England. He is convinced that justice matters enormously to God and He wants Christians to work hard to see justice done more and more in situations around the world. Through his books (A Biblical View of Law and Justice, A Trinitarian Theology of Law, The End of Law) and many articles, David seeks to deepen people’s reflections on justice and to inspire others to take up the challenge of acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God (Micah 6:8).

Michael Norton

Michael J. Norton is an attorney with the Denver, Colorado law firm of Scheffel & Associates, P.C. Norton has also served as United States Attorney for Colorado, having been appointed first by President Ronald Reagan and then by President George H.W. Bush. Norton has also served as a religious liberties litigator with Alliance Defending Freedom. Norton holds a Juris Doctorate degree from American University’s Washington College of Law and a Masters of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary. Norton’s biblical mission is to help people solve life’s problems. 

Media Engagement

Media Engagement Mentoring provides an opportunity for creative personal dialogue with an experienced practitioner relating the individual context and calling to “media ministries” (the creative use of media technologies in the Church and mission), “media presence” (being salt and light in mainstream media), and/ or “media awareness” (media analysis or critique as disciples and witnesses).

This mentoring type is available for one-on-one mentoring.

Mentors

Alexander Fink

Alexander Fink is Director of the Institute for Faith and Science (Institut für Glaube und Wissenschaft) in Marburg, Germany (www.iguw.de). He studied physics at the universities of Bayreuth and St. Andrews (UK) and received his PhD at the Institute for Biophysics at the University of Regensburg. After having worked as an industrial product manager, he became director of SMD graduates' ministry (Akademiker-SMD, the German branch of IFES) until 2014. His passion is the dialogue of science, faith, and worldviews, and has given apologetic lectures in Germany and other European countries. Since 2008 he has been a member of the ELF Steering Committee and has co-led the Scientists Network. He is editor of the "Begründet-glauben-Podcast" (www.begruendet-glauben.org) and has produced two documentary movies "Fascinating universe" and "More than my brain" which have been recommended by a German federal media centre for use in public schools. Together with his wife, Alexander enjoys raising his two children, leading a house group in his local church in which he regularly leads services and preaches. He also is the coach of a youth soccer team.

Bjørn Hinderaker

Bjørn Hinderaker is an Assistant Professor at the accredited NLA University College, Kristiansand, Norway (https://www.nla.no/en/), where he teaches Christian Apologetics, Worldviews, and Ethical Theory. He has previously served as missionary to Kenya and as senior pastor of a local evangelical church (www.misjonshuset.com). Bjørn is also involved part-time as a writer and speaker in Damaris Norway (www.damaris.no), an organization which is seeking to relate biblical faith to contemporary culture. He is programme director for the annual Veritas Conference (www.veritaskonferansen.no), a member of the advisory editorial committee for Veritas Forlag (Publishing), and has extensive experience as a preacher and as a speaker on biblical, cultural and apologetic topics. Bjørn has published academic and popular articles within his field, was co-editor of Grill en kristen – om Bibelen (Veritas Forlag 2020), and is book editor for Theofilos (www.theofilos.no).

Henryk Krol

Henryk Król is president & CEO of DEOrecordings Association (CCM Media), an umbrella organisation owning three limited companies: Studio DR, Ltd (he is its President and CEO), Radio CCM Ltd. and MCC Group, Ltd. It forms an innovative media ministry based in Poland that combines traditional media (6 FM Radio stations), art (professional recording studio and publishing), and new tools (Software development with a flagship – Gele/CODEX e-learning platform tailored to spiritual follow-up, Service Center to Jesus.net global evangelistic movement, multiple own portals, multimedia productions, etc). Having a holistic vision of a “full path,” all the communications and technology are backed by an army of hundreds of volunteers who implement it daily with interested seekers, both online as e-coaches and offline as small group leaders. His heart is in building cooperation and partnership across denominations and countries, networking for better effectiveness in spreading the Gospel. Henryk holds a PhD in engineering. His present research focuses on how to best use the Internet without forgetting to "stand firm" on the biblical truth as the final authority. He is married to Boguslawa, with whom he has three adult children: Filip, Paulina, and Szczepan.

Sheridan Voysey

Sheridan Voysey is a writer, speaker and broadcaster on faith and spirituality. He is the author of eight books, including Reflect with Sheridan (Lion Hudson, 2020), The Making of Us: Who We Can Become When life Doesn’t Go as Planned (Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins, 2019), Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings (shortlisted for the 2014 ECPA Book of the Year Award), Resilient: Your Invitation to a Jesus-Shaped Life, and Unseen Footprints: Encountering the Divine Along the Journey of Life (winner of the 2006 Australian Christian Book of the Year). He writes for Our Daily Bread, a devotional read by 90 million people daily. Sheridan is a regular presenter of Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball Breakfast Show (heard by 9 million people daily), and has conducted over 2000 radio interviews in his 25-year broadcast career. He speaks at conferences and events around the world, and has been featured on numerous TV and radio programs including BBC Breakfast, BBC News, Channel 5 News, Day of Discovery, 100 Huntley Street, CBC’s Tapestry, plus publications like The Times, Telegraph, and Christianity Today.

Professional Counselling

This mentoring type is available for cohort mentoring.

Mentors

Eric Johnson

Eric L. Johnson is professor of Christian Psychology at Houston Baptist University, serving in the Gideon Institute of Christian Psychology & Counseling. He taught psychology for 10 years at the University of Northwestern and counseling for 17 years at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to writing more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, he edited Psychology and Christianity: Five Views and was a co-editor of Marriage: Its Foundation, Theology, and Mission in a Changing World. He has written Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal and God and Soul Care: The Therapeutic Resources of the Christian Faith. He was the first director of the Society for Christian Psychology and has been doing pastoral counseling for 20 years. He’s married to Rebekah, and they have two children, Laura and Iain, and a son-in-law, Rich. They have two grandchildren, Cash and Jedi.

Networks

You can sign up for a mentoring session with a speaker from your ELF Network (see the list below). Once you complete the mentoring registration form, we will pair you with a suitable mentor.

  • Academic
  • Apologetics Advanced
  • Apologetics Foundational
  • Artists
  • Bible Teachers and Preachers Advanced
  • Bible Teachers and Preachers Foundational
  • Church Life, Leadership, and Planting Foundational
  • Church Revitalisation
  • Disciple-Making Leaders Advanced
  • Disciple-Making Leaders Foundational
  • Evangelism
  • Leaders of Christian Organisations Network: Emerging Leaders
  • Leaders of Christian Organisations Network: Experienced Leaders
  • Leadership Foundations
  • Media Communicators
  • Organisational Development and Fundraising
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Politics and Society
  • Professional Counsellors
  • Scientists
  • Theologians
  • Youth Ministry Leaders