The European Leadership Forum is led by a steering committee, consisting of the following eight members.
Lars Dahle (Norway) Associate Professor in Systematic Theology and Christian Apologetics at NLA University College
Lars is a theologian, educator, preacher, and apologist. Having a long previous experience in various academic leadership roles, he now works as Associate Professor in Systematic Theology and Christian Apologetics at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication (NLA Kristiansand), where he has lectured in worldviews, ethics, and apologetics since 1991. Lars wrote his PhD on Acts 17:16-34. It is entitled An Apologetic Model Then and Now? (Open University, UK). Since 2013, he is also the Lausanne Catalyst for Media Engagement. Lars has written several academic and popular articles on apologetics, media engagement and missiology and was a co-editor of The Lausanne Movement: A Range of Perspectives (Oxford: Regnum, 2014). He is also the Founding Editor of the peer-reviewed Nordic apologetic journal Theofilos. In addition, Lars co-leads the European Leadership Forum Media Communicators Network with his wife, Margunn. Follow Lars on his blog Media Messages Matter or on his Twitter account @LarsDahle.
Leonardo De Chirico (Italy) Pastor, Breccia di Roma, Director, Reformanda Initaitive
Leonardo is the pastor of Breccia di Roma, a church that he helped plant in Rome in 2009, and Vice Chairman of the Italian Evangelical Alliance. Previously, Leonardo planted and pastored an evangelical church in Ferrara, Italy from 1997 to 2009. He earned degrees in history (University of Bologna), theology (ETCW, Bridgend, Wales) and bioethics (University of Padova). His PhD is from King's College (London); it was published as Evangelical Theological Perspectives on Post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism. In 2015, he published A Christian Pocket Guide to Papacy through Christian Focus. He is a lecturer of historical theology at Istituto di Formazione Evangelica e Documentazione in Padova, Italy. Additionally, Leonardo is the director of the Reformanda Initiative, which aims to equip evangelical leaders to better understand and engage with Roman Catholicism, and the leader of the Rome Scholars Network (RSN).
Alexander Fink (Germany) Director of the Institute for Faith and Science
Alexander is Director of the Institute for Faith and Science (Institut für Glaube und Wissenschaft) in Marburg, Germany (www.iguw.de). He studied physics at the universities of Bayreuth and St. Andrews (UK) and received his PhD at the Institute for Biophysics at the University of Regensburg. After having worked as an industrial product manager, he became director of SMD graduates' ministry (Akademiker-SMD, the German branch of IFES) until 2014. His passion is the dialogue of science, faith, and worldviews. Hence he founded the Kepler-Forum in Regensburg, coorganising the annual Regensburger Symposium (www.regensburger-symposium.de) at the University of Regensburg. Since 2008 he has been a member of the ELF Steering Committee and has co-led the Scientists Network. Together with his wife, Alexander enjoys raising his two children.
Stefan Gustavsson (Sweden) General Secretary of the Swedish Evangelical Alliance
Stefan is a member of the European Leadership Forum Steering Committee and leads the Advanced Apologetics Network. He is the General Secretary of the Swedish Evangelical Alliance and the Director of CCA – Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is the author of several books on Christian apologetics and the Christian mind and writes regularly for different Swedish magazines. Stefan is married to Ingrid and has three grown children.
Jaroslaw Lukasik (Ukraine) Director of Eastern Europe Reformation
Jaroslaw was born in eastern Poland. In 1989, at the age of 17 years, the Lord called him to preach the gospel in the Soviet Union. After studying Belarusian philology at the University of Warsaw, Jaroslaw was called to serve God in Belarus, where he worked for 14 years. While there, he founded John the Baptist Church in Minsk and initiated a number of ministries, mainly aimed at evangelising young intellectuals and spreading the Christian worldview in various spheres of society. In 2007, Jaroslaw was accused by authorities of being a national security threat and was deported. In 2008, together with his wife Natalia and four children, he moved to Kyiv, Ukraine, where he has lived ever since. In 2012, Jaroslaw began the East European Leadership Forum.
Pablo Martinez (Spain) Former President of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance
Pablo works as a psychiatrist at a private practice in Barcelona. He has also developed a wide ministry as a lecturer, counsellor, and itinerant speaker. He has been a plenary Bible teacher in more than 30 countries. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA) also serving as one of the organisation's vice presidents. He has filled the role of President of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (1999-2009) and Professor of Pastoral Psychology at the Spanish Theological Seminary. He currently chairs the Ravi Zacharias Foundation in Spain. He has authored three books, Prayer Life: How Your Personality Affects the Way You Pray, now published in fourteen languages, Tracing the Rainbow: Walking Through Loss and Bereavement, and his latest, A Thorn in the Flesh: Finding Strength and Hope Amid Suffering (Inter Varsity Press, England). He is married to Marta. More information at his website www.Christian-thought.org
Greg Pritchard (United States) President of the Forum of Christian Leaders
Greg earned his MA from Trinity School of Divinity before continuing on to finish his PhD at Northwestern University. The intersection of theology, history, philosophy and sociology is Greg’s primary focus both in teaching and writing. He has taught graduate-level courses on apologetics, theology, history, leadership, the New Testament, ethics, and Christian Thought at American, European, and Asian institutions of higher learning. His book, Willow Creek Seeker Services, has been published in four languages. Currently, Greg serves as the President of the Forum of Christian Leaders and as the Director of the European Leadership Forum. He, his wife, Lori, and their three children reside in Naperville, IL.
Emanuel Tundrea (Romania) University Lecturer at Emanuel University of Oradea
Emanuel 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 was ordained as pastor of “Emanuel” Baptist Church of Timisoara where he served for 5 years. 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.