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Disciple-Making Leadership Mentoring

Detailed information about 2020 Forum Mentoring is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from the 2019 Forum for a look at the types of mentoring that may be available at the 2020 Forum.

Leadership in much of modern Christianity has been reduced to speaking and managing programs, while neglecting the importance of making disciples and providing pastoral spiritual leadership.  This oversight has been devastating to the way today’s Christians live.  In order to nurture God's people toward biblical maturity, there is a need for Christian leaders to recover the biblical foundation for leadership, spiritual formation, pastoral care and personal discipleship. A leader's role goes beyond knowing and communicating facts about Christianity (as important as these are) to being willing to love, disciple and share lives with the people he or she is leading. Forum Disciple-Making Leadership Mentoring is designed to help participants learn more about disciple-making or discuss a specific issue in discipleship.

This type of mentoring is also offered in the cohort mentoring format.


Patty Blakley has been actively serving in her local church in Zionsville, Indiana for the last 35 years. She has been involved in Habits of the Heart (an in depth Bible study), Women’s Ministry and curriculum writing over the years. Her heart is especially tender for one-on-one mentoring.   She would describe her role as helping others see all of life through the lens of God’s Word and grace. She has been married to her husband, Jim, for 48 years and has 3 children and 9 grandchildren.



Paul Coulter is a native of Lisburn, Northern Ireland, where he lives with his wife, Gar-Ling, and their two children.  He has just taken up position as Head of Ministry Operations with Living Leadership, whose aim is to grow leaders who are captivated by the gospel of God's grace.  Previously he has worked as a medical doctor, a cross-cultural pastor with Chinese Christians in Belfast, a youth worker and director of equipping in a large suburban church, and a lecturer in practical theology in Belfast Bible College, where he taught a range of subjects including discipleship, leadership, pastoral care, evangelism and apologetics.  His academic studies have focused on multiculturalism and the Church and church planting in post-Christian Northern Ireland.  He has written several articles for and speaks and writes regularly on the Christian mind and contemporary culture, especially relating to ethical issues.  He is a Council member for Evangelical Alliance UK and an associate of the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission.

Jay Eastman was born and raised in the US, attending The Ohio State University for undergraduate and graduate school. He has degrees in English and English education. He is married to Holly, and they have three children. He has taught English around the world and has served in Berlin leading works in social outreach, evangelism, discipleship, and church planting since 2001. He also serves as a consultant with Global Training and Development and WaveChanger, providing solutions for groups seeking effective ways to collaborate in the midst of complex situations.


Andrew Graham received his M.Div and is working on a Ph.D. in Historical and Theological Studies from Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.  He has 20 years in gospel ministry, including 12 years a lead pastor as part the Redeemer Presbyterian Church (NYC) network.  Prior to that, Andrew taught in the Christian Studies Department at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA.  He is currently Associate Pastor at Scottsdale Bible Church’s main campus in Scottsdale, AZ.  He is married with three children.  When he isn’t pastoring, Andrew enjoys hiking, poetry, and coaching club soccer.


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 fellowship at Liberty Community Church in Bellshill, where Stephen is a teaching elder. His interests include motorbikes, football, boxing, MMA, and politics.


Zefjan Nikolla has served with the leadership team of Emanuel Evangelical Church Tirana since 1993. For the last 16 years he has also been leading the IFES student ministry in Albania. He is involved in various national and international evangelistic initiatives ranging from youth ministries to attempts to reach government leaders. His involvement with the European Christian Sports Union since 1996 has helped him combine his passion for sports with his passion to see young people come to Christ and grow to be disciple making leaders. Zefjan is married to Edita and they have two daughters, Greis and Emili. 


Ole-Magnus Olafsrud serves with Barnabas Focus in Norway, the Baltics, and internationally through the Lausanne Movement. He became a Christian through the Navigators when he studied veterinary medicine and served for 20 years as director of the Navigators in Norway. He spends half of his time as an along-sider (mentor), seeking to encourage and equip younger leaders in generational, whole life disciple-making. He has had more than 20,000 couples in seminars on family life in different countries and is an experienced family counsellor. Ole-Magnus also serves in the European Lausanne Resource Group to stimulate application of the Cape Town 2010 Commitment. After serving as the Senior Coordinator for the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Jakarta, August 2016, he now serves on the Executive Leadership team for YLGeneration – a ten-year initiative to develop younger leaders for global Mission. He serves on the Coordination Team for planning of “Dynamic Gospel – New Europe” Lausanne Process and Gathering 2020. He has written four books, two of which are on family dynamics, one on along-sidering in generational disciple-making and one on relational evangelism. His closest friend and partner through 46 years is his wife, Kari, and they enjoy their three married sons and thirteen grandchildren.

Zsolt Szalai has spent most of his professional career in banking and private equity companies in Hungary. In 2006, he was called to serve as an elder in the Reformed Church of Szentendre, and since January 2018, Zsolt also serves as the head of the Board of Elders. Since 2014, he is leading Compass finances God’s way ministry in Hungary and since 2017 he is head of the leadership workshop of Hungarian Evangelical Forum. Zsolt also serves as the chairman of Association of Christian Leaders and Businessmen, a partner of CBMC International and Europartners. 



Greg Ogden retired from professional church leadership in 2012 and now lives out his passion of speaking, teaching, and writing about the disciple-making mission of the church. Most recently Greg served as Executive Pastor of Discipleship at Christ Church of Oak Brook, Illinois in the Chicago western suburbs. From 1998-2002, Greg held the position of Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Fuller Theological Seminary and Associate Professor of Lay Equipping and Discipleship. Prior to coming to Fuller, Greg enjoyed 24 years in pastoral ministry. He is the author of six books including Essential Guide to Becoming a Disciple (Intervarsity Press, 2016); Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time (Intervarsity Press, 2016); The Essential Commandment: A Guide to Loving God and Others (InterVarsity Press, 2011); Discipleship Essentials: A Guide to Building Your Life in Christ (InterVarsity Press, 2007). Dr. Ogden is a principal partner in a new ministry entitled the Global Discipleship Initiative (GDI). GDI trains, coaches, and inspires pastors and Christian leaders to establish indigenous, multiplying, disciplemaking networks, both nationally and internationally. (


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