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 lively and often lovely children. He has taught English around the world and has served in former East Berlin as an evangelist, discipler and church planting facilitator with Mission to the World (MTW) since 2001. Jay also serves as an MTW team leader and European director of ongoing education and professional development for MTW employees and partners. He also serves as a consultant with Global Training and Development, providing strategic innovation and implementation for cross-cultural ministries.
Emanuel Țundrea grew up in communist Romania, but the faith of his parents had a huge impact on him. As a student he was involved in discipleship and during those years his student groups grew from 2 colleagues to more than 50. In 2001, he joined the staff at Emanuel University of Oradea where he is serving now. He completed his PhD in software engineering in conjunction with University of Nice, France, and then he earned his MA in Pastoral Theology in Oradea. He is also currently serving as pastor of “Emanuel” Baptist Church of Tinca. Both his involvement in academics and in the church aim to evangelise and mature disciples for Christ. He is married to Nadia and has three boys.
Andrzej Bajeński serves as the head of the Church of Christ in Poland and oversees 40 churches and multiple fellowships on their way to formalizing into new churches. Under his pastoral leadership, Pulawska Church of Warsaw grew to become the largest evangelical church in Poland. Pulawska was the first to go multi-site and has since multiplied churches throughout the greater Warsaw area. Just over 12 years ago, Andrzej transitioned the leadership of Puławska Church to his assistant pastors so that his time could be spent helping revitalize struggling churches throughout Poland, developing church leadership, and planting new churches. He created ProEcclesia: Center for Church Development which is paving the way for a movement of discipleship and church planting. Andrzej lives in Warsaw, Poland with his wife Urszula. He and Urszula have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
Ann Pritchard Blaser has two degrees in education and taught school in the public school system. She has been actively involved in Bible Study Fellowship for thirty years training leaders and teaching women to study the Bible. She taught the study of Scripture for twenty-two years with classes of as many as 650 women and leadership groups of over seventy. Ann's ministry has recently changed and now she is advising and shepherding other teaching leaders. In addition to BSF she has traveled overseas to do women's conferences where she helps women to learn how to study the Bible systematically and how to write lectures and teach others. Ann and her husband Bill have two grown children who are following Christ and two young grandsons.
Jim Cecy is a regular speaker at the European Leadership Forum. He serves as Senior Pastor-Teacher of Campus Bible Church in Fresno, California. Jim is also founder and President of JARON Ministries International, a training ministry for Christian leaders in the U.S. and abroad. He has a Masters of Divinity in Bible Exposition from Talbot Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Western Seminary. He is a conference and seminar speaker for hundreds of churches, schools, seminars, conference centers, Christian groups, and denominations in U.S. and abroad. Jim is the author of Mastering the Scriptures: A Self-Study Course in Effective Bible Study. He has been married for almost forty-five years and has ten grandchildren and three foster-grandchildren.
Gelu Paul grew up most of his life in communist Romania. In 1981 Gelu moved to Timisoara for college education and joined a small group of evangelical Christian students trained by Campus Crusade for Christ to share Christ on the college campus. By 1989, the underground college student ministry reached 60 small groups and several hundred disciples. In 1995 Gelu earned his M. Div at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and in 2013 he completed his PhD in educational sciences at Trinity International University. He is currently serving as the coordinating pastor of “VOX Domini,” a multi-site Baptist church in Timisoara. Gelu also serves as the strategic coordinator and president of BIG Impact, a movement of local churches with global Impact, and as president and founder of Estera Foundation, a counseling center for women with unplanned pregnancies and their families. His involvement in non-traditional theological education, dynamic church planting, and the social services helps him evangelize, mature disciples, and launch leaders in the ministry. He is married to Lidija and has two kids: Ioana (16) and Johnny (13).
Judy Streeter and her husband Tom have worked to develop churches that emphasise worship, community, small groups, sound teaching, discipleship, and meaningful engagement with culture. Believing that evangelism and the strength of the church are only as effective as the disciple-making process, she has developed materials to facilitate women in properly nurturing growth in others. Her book, Disciplemaking: Doing What Christ Commanded, summarises her understanding and passion in this area. Music occupies a high place in Judy’s life in the church and as a teacher and performer. Always ready to travel, she and Tom have led Reformation tours in Europe.
Tom Streeter served for 33 years as the teaching elder of the church he planted in Zionsville, Indiana, and now serves as the fulltime director of The Institute for Christian Thought, an organization he founded in 1997 with the aim of calling followers of Christ to a full-orbed life of thinking and living Christianly. With over 50 years experience in pastoral ministry, and having planted churches in Illinois and Indiana, his work has been characterized by a devotion to worship, community, developing disciples within the context of the local church and a focus upon believers discerningly engaging the world in their various callings. His lifelong studies in theology, the church, and history have included tours focused upon the Reformation in Europe and the First Great Awakening in upper New England.