Future Mission Speakers

Dr. Jay Gary

Chair of the Association of Professional Futurists

Dr. Jay Gary, Chair of the Association of Professional Futurists, is one of America’s leading foresight educators, with more than two decades of entrepreneurial experience in missions, business and graduate education. He serves as Associate Professor of Leadership at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, with a portfolio to launch new degrees that positions graduates for 21st century ministry. He has published over 33 papers, including “The future according to Jesus: A Galilean model of foresight,” selected by Emerald Management as one of 50 best articles of 15,000 in 2008. He is best known in the missions community as lead developer of Perspectives on the World Christian Movement.

K.A. Ellis

Canada Fellow for World Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary

K.A. Ellis is passionate about theology, human rights, and global religious freedom. Since 2006, she has collaborated with the Swiss-based charity International Christian Response, and travels internationally advocating for global religious freedom. Mrs. Ellis holds a Master of Art in Religion (MAR Theological) from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Master of Fine Art (MFA) from the Yale School of Drama and is a PhD candidate researching Missiology and Ethics at the Oxford Center for Mission Studies in England, under the direction of Dr. Stanley Hauerwas.

James Kelly

Founder and CEO at FaithTech

James Kelly is Founder and CEO of FaithTech, a global community of tech enthusiasts for Jesus. The work of FaithTech has been mentioned in The New York Times, Wired Magazine and Christianity Today. James has spoken live over 350 times in remote villages in South Sudan to Google HQ in Silicon Valley. He has been featured on 100 Huntley, 700 Club and Faith Today. James is married with two young children and lives in Waterloo, Canada. Visit https://www.jameskelly.tech/.

Ed Stetzer

Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College. Ed also serves as the Executive Director of the BillyGraham Center, and as chair of the Evangelism and Leadership Department in the Graduate School. Ed is a prolific author, and well-known conference speaker. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written a dozen books and hundreds of articles. Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is also the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, which is used by over 1 million individuals each week. Stetzer co-hosts (with John Stonestreet) BreakPoint This Week, a radio show started and formerly hosted by Chuck Colson, and now airing on over 400 media outlets. He is the interim teaching pastor at Moody Church, a historic congregation in downtown Chicago.

Prashan De Visser

Founder and President of Global Unites

Prashan has committed his life for the cause of youth led reconciliation in countries devastated by violent conflict. He is the Founder and President of Global Unites. A movement that inspires — connects and equips a new generation peacemakers in over 10 nations. He is passionate about the Global Church and is inspired by the beauty, power and hope that exudes when the body of Christ comes together and serves as one. His wife Shruthi and their one year old son, Aviv, live in Sri Lanka. They worship and serve at Kithu Sevana Church. They are both involved in national reconciliation initiatives in post war Sri Lanka.

Andrew Brunson

Missionary and Pastor

For 23 years, Andrew and his wife Norine were missionaries in Turkey. Then Andrew was falsely charged with terrorism and espionage. What followed was two years of imprisonment in a Turkish prison. On October 28, 2018, Andrew was convicted by Turkish authorities, sentenced to time served, and then released.

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