Speakers

Jamie Taylor

Jamie and Mimi were born and raised in Christian families in Taiwan. Following primary and secondly school in Taiwan, Jamie returned to the United States for university and seminary studies. In addition to studies, Jamie served in OMF’s Pray For China Fellowship (1982~1984), on staff at the Chinese Bible Church of Greater Boston (1987-1990, 1993-1995); and with Campus Evangelical Fellowship in Taiwan (1990-1993).

In 1996, Jamie and family moved to Hong Kong to serve with the Chinese Ministries (CM) Field of OMF, serving first as Director for Personnel and then Field Director. In 2008, Jamie took on the role of Consulting Director for OMF’s CM and then 2014 as the leader for OMF’s Church-Related Ministries (CRM).

The three prong focus of CRM are: Equipping leaders; Empowering churches, and Engaging in crosscultural missions. As the Chinese church experiences exponential growth, the need for systematic biblical and pastoral training continues to be an urgent need; with the biblical mandate of “being salt and light” in society, the church also needs to empowered; in addition, as the Chinese church moves from a mission field to the mission force we are committed to journey with the church in effective cross-cultural missions.

Mimi, Jamie’s wife, is an accomplished singer with voice performance degrees from Soochow University (Taiwan) and Boston University. In addition to teaching voice at a number of institutions and seminaries, Mimi continues to use her musical gifts and experience in training in different parts of Asia. At the same time, Mimi has also been involved in outreach and discipleship among unreached department store workers. Mimi has produced a number of CDs, including several collections of traditional hymns.

In 2011, Jamie completed his Doctorate of Ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary’s Beeson International Leadership program. His dissertation was on: “China’s Emerging and Maturing Cross-cultural Missionary Movement”.

Rev. Jamie is the great-great grandson of J. Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission (now OMF International). Jamie and Mimi have three children: James Hudson Taylor V and his wife McKenzie (teaching at Morrison Christian Academy), Selina Amelia Taylor (college) and Joy Leone Taylor (college).

David Platt

David Joseph Platt is an American pastor. David is currently the Pastor-Teacher at McLean Bible Church, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board, and he is also the author of the New York Times Best Seller Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.

Platt released a follow-up book, Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God in April 2011. And in February 2013, he released Follow Me: A Call to Die. a Call to Live, which included an introduction by Francis Chan. Platt recently founded a resource ministry, Radical.net, dedicated to serving the church and making disciples of all nations

Kenneth Bae

Kenneth Bae is a Korean-American Evangelical Christian Missionary convicted by North Korea on charges of planning to overthrow the North Korean government, including setting up bases in China for the purpose of toppling the North Korean government. In April 2013, he was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment.[11][12] He was released on November 8, 2014 along with fellow American Matthew Todd Miller.

Becky Pippert

Becky Pippert is an author, speaker, and co-founder of Becky Pippert Ministries, a global evangelism ministry. Becky and her husband Dick have ministered extensively on all 6 continents, most recently for 7 years in the U.K. and Europe. Becky broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 4, speaking to millions of skeptics.

Becky, the author of the evangelist classic Out of The Salt Shaker, has written 11 books, including her Evangelism DVD training course, Empowered; her Discipleship curriculum Live/Grow/Know, and numerous Seeker Bible Studies.

Becky holds a B.A. and M.A. with High Honors in English literature from the University of Illinois. She has done advanced study at the University of Barcelona, Spain, Harvard University, and the (former) American Institute in Jerusalem, Israel. Dick and Becky have 4 adult children and 4 grandchildren and when not travelling they reside in Holland, Michigan.

JR Vassar

JR Vassar serves as the Lead Pastor of Church at the Cross in Grapevine, TX, He is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University and holds a Th.M. from Dallas Seminary. He and his wife Ginger live with their four children in Grapevine, TX. He is the author of Glory Hunger: God, the Gospel and our Quest for Something More (Crossway, 2015).

Wayne Chen

Wayne and his wife Gail both graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. After graduation, Wayne and Gail served in Tri-Valley Chinese Bible Church in Northern California. In 2007, Wayne and Gail, along with Abigail and Michaela, left suburban America and joined New Tribes Mission as tribal church planters. In 2009, the family moved to the country of Papua New Guinea. They soon began living with a tribal group called the Biem people, on a tiny volcanic island 150km off the northern coast.

In the last 9 years, they learned Biem language, developed an alphabet and a written form of the language, taught the Biem how to read and write and presented the Gospel to the Biem people. Today, there is a strong and vibrant indigenous church on Biem with tribal elders shepherding the church. They are now working to complete the New Testament translation for the church.

Wayne is also the director for Radius Asia. Radius, based out of Tijuana, Mexico, is training program for cross-cultural missionaries with heavy emphasis on language and cultural acquisition to proficiency, foundational Bible teaching, embracing suffering and hardship as tools in church planting and planting mature churches with indigenous leadership. Radius Asia is aiming to launch its first training center in Taiwan in 2019.

Aaron Bolduc

Aaron Bolduc is a pastor and evangelist, who is passionate about mobilizing the Church to proclaim the Gospel fluently. He currently serves as a pastor at Wellspring Community Church in Hudsonville Michigan, he is also a master trainer with Dare2Share ministries in Arvada Colorado. Aaron and his wife Emily have four children, and reside in Hudsonville Michigan.

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