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Plenary Sessions

The European Leadership Forum programme includes plenary sessions for all participants to attend each morning and evening. These sessions consist of worship, prayer, and teaching. 

 

AFTERNOON BIBLE PLENARY SESSIONS

The afternoon Bible plenary sessions take place from Sunday through Wednesday from 14:00-14:45 CEST. They focus on a passage of the Bible studied over the course of the four days. Peter Mead, Director of Cor Deo, will deliver the Bible plenary talks in 2020.

Peter Mead, Director, Cor Deo

Peter is the director of Cor Deo, a ministry training programme in Chippenham, England. He is also part of the leadership team of Trinity Chippenham, a church Peter helped to plant back in 2014.  Peter is a lecturer for Union School of Theology.  He studied at Multnomah Biblical Seminary before getting his Doctor of Ministry degree under Haddon Robinson at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the area of expository preaching. Peter is the author of Pleased to Dwell, Lost in Wonder, and Foundations (Christian Focus) as well as Galatians and John's Letters (10Publishing), and the preaching blog: BiblicalPreaching.net.  He is married to Melanie and they have six children.

 

EVENING PLENARY SESSIONS

The evening plenary sessions begin on Saturday evening.

John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics (Emeritus) at Oxford University

John is Professor of Mathematics (emeritus) at Oxford University and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School, Oxford University, and teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Professor Lennox is particularly interested in the interface of science, philosophy, and theology and his books include 2084: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity, Where is God in a Coronavirus World?, Can Science Explain Everything?, Against the Flow (on Daniel), Seven Days that Divide the World (on Genesis 1), Gunning for God (on the new atheism),Stephen Hawking and God (a response to The Grand Design) and God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?. He has debated a number of prominent atheists, including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Peter Singer. (www.johnlennox.org)

 

Ramez Atallah, General Secretary, Bible Society of Egypt

Ramez was born in Cairo, Egypt and emigrated with his family to Canada when he was sixteen.  He came to know the Lord through a local church in Montreal and was discipled as a student through the Inter-Varsity group at McGill University. From 1972 to 1980 he developed and directed the ministry of the Groupes Bibliques Universitaires du Quebec. In 1980 along with his wife and two children he returned to Egypt, where he became the IFES Regional Secretary for the Middle East. He attended the first Lausanne Congress and was appointed as a youth representative to the Lausanne Committee in 1975.  He served on the Committee from 1974 to 1994.  In 2006 he rejoined Lausanne as Program Chairman for Lausanne III Cape Town Congress.  After the Congress, he was appointed as one of the Deputy Chairs of the Lausanne Movement until 2015. Since 1990 he has been the General Secretary of the Bible Society of Egypt, the position he still holds until now.

 

Sarah Breuel, Director, Revive Europe; Evangelism Training Coordinator, IFES Europe

Sarah serves as the Director of the Revive Europe and the Evangelism Training Coordinator for IFES Europe. Included in the 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 15 years (Brazil, Canada, Norway, and Italy) and currently works in the European region. She has a business degree and an MDiv from Regent College. She has recently joined the Lausanne Board of Directors as its youngest member.  Sarah is married to René. They have planted a vibrant church in Rome and have two boys: Pietro and Matteo.

 

Rico Tice, Senior Minister for Evangelism at All Souls, Langham Place

Rico is the Senior Minister (Evangelism) at All Souls, Langham Place in London. Joining in 1994 during the later years of the ministry of John Stott, his main role is to help the hundreds of enquirers about the Christian faith who come through the doors of the church each year. He has also developed the Christianity Explored course, which introduces people to Jesus through studying the Gospel of Mark. Over 10,000 courses now run in over 100 countries every year, and the material has been translated into more than 50 languages. September 2016 saw the launch of a new resource from CEM called ‘Life Explored’, which is a 7 week course that unpacks sin through the lens of idolatry. Rico studied history at Bristol University and trained for ordination at Wycliffe College, Oxford (when he wasn’t playing rugby). He married Lucy in December 2008 and they have three young children – Peter, Daniel, and Mercy.

 

Stefan Gustavsson, Director, Apologia - Centre for Christian Apologetics

Stefan is a member of the European Leadership Forum Steering Committee. He is the director for Apologia – Centre for Christian Apologetics and makes his home in Stockholm. He was the founding General Secretary for the Swedish Evangelical Alliance. Stefan travels widely with apologetic teaching and training and is often involved in university evangelism and public debates. He is the author of several books on Christian apologetics and the Christian mind. Stefan is married to Ingrid and they have three grown children.

 

Dave Patty, President, Josiah Venture

Dave has been involved in training youth leaders and leading national and international youth movements in Europe for over 30 years and serves as the president of Josiah Venture.  He is also a founding member of Global Youth Initiative, which mobilises and equips youth ministry trainers in over 40 countries of the world.  Dave is an ordained pastor with a BA in theology and a MA in education.  He has also done graduate work in leadership development at Harvard University.  For the past 21 years he has lived in the Czech Republic, and spent the 10 years before that in Germany.  Dave is married to Connie, and has three children, Tyler, Caleb, and Claire.

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