The Global Gathering

Create Justice: Do. Think. Be.

The Global Gathering will raise up a new generation of leaders ‘to go boldly into the world and disrupt!' As we come together to create holistic strategies - ecological and economic sustainability, eradication of spiritual and physical poverty - we seek to unite the global tribe by bringing young people together to disrupt the world. In January 2015, 15-30 year-olds from around the world will converge in the Yucatan Peninsula to:

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earthEmpower
each other to tackle global issues
of poverty, human trafficking, and
sustainable technology.
peopleCollaborate
with other students and renowned
speakers to develop holistic
lifestyles under the Lordship
of Jesus.
heartWork
alongside local pastors and
community leaders to create
transformational communities.
houseBuild
homes alongside families in need.
   
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International Leadership Team

 

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Deb Stanley - Australia

Deborah works for Soul Survivor - ministry for young people - in Canberra and it's rural surrounding regions, coordinating the worship and songwriting teams which are part of Soul Survivor in Australia. She loves training and raising up young leaders to be passionate and equipped to worship Jesus in practical ways. On most weekends you can find Deborah 'on the road' at a youth group or rural church with other young people, supporting the work of local churches. Deb loves helping people authentically express their love for God in song and action, so you will probably see her with guitar in hand most of the time!

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Tony Campolo - United States

Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University, a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, and the founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education. He is one of the founders of the Red Letter Christians movement and blogs regularly at their website. Dr. Campolo is an ordained minister, has served American Baptist Churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and is presently recognized as an associate pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia.

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Matt Summerfield - United Kingdom

Matt Summerfield balances his time between being the Chief Executive of Urban Saints and the Senior Pastor of Hitchin Christian Centre. Life is never dull!  He is passionate about releasing potential in people and organizations, with a particular bias towards seeing children and young people live God’s great adventure for their lives.  He has been involved in youth work for twenty-five years. Also, he is the founder of the lifelive123.org, a new movement of people committed to intentional, accountable disciple-making relationships.

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Mark Yaconelli - United States

Mark Yaconelli is a writer, speaker, retreat leader, spiritual director, community activist, youth worker, storyteller, disco dancer, husband, and father. He is the co-founder and program director for the Center for Engaged Compassion at Claremont School of Theology, which seeks to heal broken people and communities through contemplation, creativity, and compassion.  Mark spent 20 years working with young people and the people who serve them (parents, youth workers, pastors) in congregational, camp, and conference settings.  His research and ministry with young people has been ground-breaking in its exploration of spiritual direction, contemplation, and ancient spiritual practices as the basis of formation with young people.

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Gayla Congdon - United States

Gayla holds the position of Founder and Chief Spiritual Officer at Amor Ministires. Gayla oversees the staff’s spiritual health and communicates the goals, mission, and purpose of the organization to its constituents. She earned a master’s degree in 1989 from Hope International University and was presented an honorary doctorate in Humanities from Northwest Christian College in June of 2000.  She recently authored the book, "Disrupted: Cultivating a Mission-Focused Life," that has become a Christian bestseller with an international readership. Gayla conveys her passion of being a follower of Christ through the art of storytelling with an emphasis on how God wants to use all of us to impact the world.
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Dr Betty Sibongile Dlamini - Swaziland/United States

Dr. Betty Dlamini, is a professor at Indiana University, USA. She holds a PhD from the University of London in Theatre for Development (2008). She has published over 25 works of creative writing, 12 journal articles and book chapters, a novel, 3 text books and her autobiography, The Eagle: From a chicken run to the sky: A woman’s walk of faith. She has conducted workshops from local community to international levels in community development, academic spheres, and churches. Her best passion is impacting people’s lives for their betterment and she seizes every opportunity she gets to do that. Her greatest passion is helping the helpless, such as orphaned children, widows and abused people.

Nancy Rizkalla

Nancy Rizkalla - Egypt/United States

Nancy was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She attended a Christian college and received her masters in international affairs from New School University in New York City where she now facilitates workshops in the Graduate Program for Public Engagement.  Nancy has worked as a program analyst at the United Nations and has supervised both Christian and secular non-profit work and research in Southern and Central Africa, India and Egypt.  She has a real passion for Christ and for missions and currently works as the Director of Mission at the Presbyterian Church at New Providence.

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Pete Gilbert - Scotland

Pete serves at DNA, a unique Christian discipleship and leadership development program, by leading the staff team and is responsible for the vision, direction, and strategy of DNA.  Pete is a well-known evangelist, author, and speaker who has been involved  in missions and training for many years, regularly caring for around nine churches in areas of evangelism, discipleship and church structure. He leads StrathNairn Community Church which is a part of King's Fellowship, Inverness.  In his spare time he loves mending clocks and watches, reading, wine, and opera.  

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Phil Hulks - United Kingdom

Phil joined the Urban Saints team, a movement in the United Kingdom and Ireland committed to reaching out to children and young people with the good news of Jesus Christ, in 2002.  Phil brought the influential ReAct mission project with him to Urban Saints. Phil has developed ReAct from its roots in his native East Kent and now facilitates clusters of youth groups working together across the UK.  He has also been involved with ReBuild Mexico since its inception. Phil spends much of his time travelling but when he is in one place, he is a mean bass player, likes golf, and following his beloved West Ham.

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