Plenary Sessions

The European Leadership Forum has plenary sessions each morning and evening. These sessions consist of worship, followed by teaching. The plenary sessions begin on Saturday evening and conclude on Wednesday evening. All Forum participants are invited to attend the plenaries.


The morning plenary sessions take place from Sunday through Wednesday morning. They will focus on a passage of the Bible that will be studied over the course of the four mornings. Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University John Lennox will deliver the morning plenary talks in 2017.


John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics (emeritus), 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 Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Professor Lennox is particularly interested in the interface of science, philosophy, and theology and his books include 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. (


The Forum consists of five evening plenary sessions. One evening plenary will be devoted to interaction within the Networks. Leonardo De Chirico, Hans Bayer, Michael Reeves, and Lindsay Brown will be speaking in the other evening plenaries in 2017.

Leonardo De Chirico, Pastor, Breccia di Roma Church and Director, Reformanda Initiative 

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).


Hans Bayer, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

Hans (PhD Aberdeen University, Scotland) is Professor of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, USA.  Born and raised in Germany, he started at Covenant Seminary in 1994 after teaching for ten years at the German Theological Seminary (FTH) at Giessen, where he also planted and co-pastored a church. He has published English and German monographs and articles, primarily on the Gospels and the book of Acts. He contributed to the ESV Study Bible and the ESV Transformation Bible, as well as video-taped lectures on Acts for Third Millennium Ministries.  He has published A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic between Christology and Authentic Discipleship as well as a German commentary on the Gospel of Mark. He has just published Apostolic Bedrock: Christology, Identity, and Character Formation According to Peter’s Canonical Testimony with Paternoster Press and is currently working on an English Commentary on Mark.



Michael Reeves, President and Professor of Theology, Union School of Theology

Michael is President and Professor of Theology at Union School of Theology in Oxford, England. Previously he has been Head of Theology for UCCF and an associate minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London. He is the author of Introducing Major Theologians, Why the Reformation Still Matters, The Unquenchable Flame, The Good God, and Christ Our Life, co-editor of Adam, the Fall and Original Sin, and holds a doctorate in systematic theology from King’s College, London. He is married to Bethan, and together they have two daughters, Lucy and Mia.




Lindsay Brown, Director, FEUER and former International Director of the Lausanne Movement

Lindsay is a native of Wales. He studied European history at Oxford (MA) and theology at the Free Faculty of Theology at Vaux-sur-Seine, near Paris, under Henri Blocher. He has been involved in student ministry with IFES for over 30 years, serving variously as European Regional Secretary, International General Secretary and currently heads up FEUER (Fellowship of Evangelists in the Universities of Europe) - a network formed by a joint effort of UCCF, the British student movement and IFES, the international evangelical student body - which has as its aspiration the renewal of public communication of the gospel in the universities of Europe. Its current goal is to host at least one university mission week in every European country by 2020 and the further development of a team of 60 European university evangelists with at least one in every European country by 2020. He recently served as the International Director for the Lausanne Movement for World Evangelization.



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