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Pre-Forum Conference: Emerging Leaders in the Public Square

Detailed information about the 2020 Forum is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from the 2019 Forum for a look at the quality of instructors, teaching, and content that will be available in the 2020 Pre-Forum Conferences.

The vision of the Emerging Leaders’ Programme is to invest in the lives of young people across Europe who show leadership potential to develop and resource them for a life of committed service in the public square. Building on the expertise gained by CARE over 25 years of equipping over 300 Christian graduates now serving in all areas of public life around the world, together with CARE’s sponsorship of the Politics and Society Network at the European Leadership Forum, it seeks to equip future leaders by providing a biblical worldview to undergird their engagement with the culture of their countries. This in turn feeds into a vision for the transformation of Europe as they work for the good of their societies.

By exposure to key texts experienced leaders and engagement with each other, the participants of this programme will both grow in their faith, be challenged intellectually and gain expertise and an understanding of what it means to be a Christian leader today. Following the Pre-Forum Conference, participants will join the Politics and Society Network for the 2019 Network.

This Pre-Forum Conference will take place preceding the European Leadership Forum on 17-18 May. It will begin with dinner on Friday evening at 18:00 followed by an evening session from 19:15 to 21:00 and last from 9:00 to 13:00 on Saturday.

Participants should plan to arrive at the hotel in Wisla on Friday, 17 May, by 17:00 in order to register, check into the hotel, and join the group for dinner at 18:00.  If arriving by plane, participants should plan to arrive at the Krakow or Katowice airport no later than 14:00.

Participants in the programme should be college or university graduates in their 20s who are planning for a career in the public sphere.



Nola Leach is a co-leader of the European Politics and Society Network and serves as the Chief Executive of CARE (Christian Action Research & Education), one of Europe’s leading Christian charities, which provides resources and helps bring Christian insight and experience to matters of public policy and practical caring initiatives. CARE undertakes a variety of social caring and educational programmes and research and is represented in the UK Parliaments and Assemblies. As Head of the Public Affairs team, Nola leads campaigns on topics such as human trafficking, Internet pornography, and the value of human life from its beginning to natural end. She has overseen the publication of Living Free, a sequel to the CARE book Searching for Intimacy – a resource designed to help those trapped in the net of Internet pornography. She has a passion for developing Christian leaders and heads up CARE’s unique Leadership Programme. She is increasingly in demand as both a writer and a public speaker, has penned numerous articles, and regularly appears in the media.


Charlie Hoare is a co-leader of the European Politics and Society Network. He received his bachelor's degree in History at the University of Durham. After a year of working for a British Member of Parliament, he studied law before taking a master’s degree at the London School of Economics in social policy and non-profit management. From 1998- 2012 he was CARE’s International Director. He now acts as a consultant for CARE focusing on International work. In addition to representing CARE at the United Nations, he has helped establish a strategic global network of policy makers, academics, politicians, and diplomats at the national and regional levels. He is married to Eleanor; they have a son and two daughters.



Fred W. Beuttler is an administrator at the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Chicago. He received his PhD in history from the University of Chicago in 1995 and an MA in the History of Christianity from Trinity International University.  Prior to coming to Graham in June 2015, he was director of general education and taught history at Carroll University in Wisconsin. From 2005 to 2010, he was the deputy historian of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., and from 1998 to 2005 he was the associate university historian of the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Peter Roskam served for twenty-five years in elected office in the United States, including six terms in the US House of Representatives where he served in the Congressional Leadership.  He chaired three Congressional subcommittees and was involved with a wide range of legislative action on tax policy, healthcare, IRS reform, the Iran nuclear deal, and the Benghazi investigation.  He chaired the bipartisan US House Democracy Partnership, sits on the board of the National Endowment for Democracy, and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Chicago.  He and his wife Elizabeth, an accomplished oil painter, have been married for 30 years and have four adult children.


David McIlroy is a practising barrister based in London in the UK. He holds master’s degrees in Law from the Universities of Cambridge, UK, and Toulouse, France, and a PhD in the Theology of Law from Spurgeon’s College, University of Wales. David 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 Visiting Professor of Law at Queen Mary University of London. 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).




Christians in the American Public Square: Stories of Faith in Congress

Fred Beuttler

This talk will be a brief history of Christians in American politics, from the Second Great Awakening to the present.  It will bring the example of William Wilberforce into the American experience, highlighting figures such as Theodore Dwight Weld (the evangelical abolitionist who did the research that led to Uncle Tom’s Cabin) and Samuel Worcester (the missionary who defended the Cherokee Indians).  The main focus of the talk, though, will be on several practical modern politicians who are also Evangelical Protestants and were both members of the U.S. House of Representatives: Albert Quie (in Congress 1958-79) and Frank Wolf (in Congress 1981-2015).  A great advocate of human rights worldwide, Frank Wolf was one of the primary authors of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.


Lessons Learned over Twenty-Five Years of Public Service

Peter Roskam

Peter Roskam is a first-hand witness to the shift in the public debate during his twenty-five years in elected office in the United States.  He has served in both the majority and the minority in each of three storied legislative bodies — the US House of Representatives, the Illinois Senate and the Illinois House of Representatives.  He also served in the Congressional Leadership. He will discuss his observations as an elected official over the last twenty-five years and assess the trends that are impacting public debate today.  He will share his view on how young Christian leaders can make an impact today in an environment where cultural assumptions are changing quickly.



Single Room: 90 Euros

Double Room: 70 Euros

Scholarship: 30 Euros

The cost includes:

  • Lodging the night of Friday, 17 May
  • Three meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, and lunch)

Please note: the above costs are in addition to the standard Forum conference costs.

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