As a leader, Pastor Brian Houston is highly regarded for his boldness, innovation and vision. He and his wife Bobbie pioneered the Hillsong movement, which now has churches across the world, millions of album sales and the story of which is currently being made into a Hollywood film. As a church pastor, he is well respected for his passion for the cause of Christ and the local church, and for preaching messages that change mindsets and ministries. But at HOME - Hillsong Church – Pastor Brian is most loved for being the ‘dad of the house’ - a pastor who loves God and people, and a speaker of life who declares, ‘The best is yet to come’.
Compassion President and Chief Executive Officer Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado has a deep love and passion for the beauty and potential of local churches fulfilling their Jesus-given mandate to redeem and restore this world for His name’s sake. Born in El Salvador and raised in seven different countries, Jimmy has experienced firsthand the powerful impact thriving local churches can have on their communities. Compassion’s church-based approach to delivering a holistic child development program resonates with Jimmy at a deep level.
Prior to joining Compassion in June of 2013, Jimmy was president of the Willow Creek Association (WCA) – a global ministry completely dedicated to helping local churches thrive. During his 20-year tenure leading the WCA, worldwide ministry income grew from $2 million to more than $20 million and membership grew from 860 churches to over 7,000 churches.In 1995, Jimmy teamed up with Bill Hybels to launch and host The Global Leadership Summit. The Summit shares leadership insights from a variety of voices and disciplines and by the time Jimmy completed his last Summit in 2013, the event spanned 100 countries and reached an audience of 170,000 attendees with this valuable training.
Jimmy married his wife Leanne in 1986 and they have three children named Ester, Elisabeth and David.
John Partington has been a Pastor and Apostolic Leader for 40 years and is now using his widespread experience, infectious sense of fun and evangelistic zeal to bring a fresh vision and purpose to the Assemblies of God, UK. The Assemblies of God is the 6th largest denomination in the world, and every 38 seconds a new church is planted! As part of Johns role, he is now a member of the World Pentecostal Council.
John grew up in Keresley before moving to study at bible college. He has been married to Andrene for 40 years and is a father of three and granddad to 6. Having led churches in Bedworth, Liverpool & Exeter John knows the joys and challenges involved in pastoring in a village, a town and a City, as well as pioneering seven others.
Before accepting the role of National Leader for AoG, John served as the Senior Associate Pastor in one of Adelaide’s largest churches for just over 3 years, but then in late 2008 he and Andrene surprisingly felt the promptings to again return to the U.K. Within less than an hour of having made that decision, a pastor friend rang them from England asking if they had ever considered moving back home!
They both believed it was a final outstanding confirmation that God was speaking to them and what was amazing was the invitation to possibly become the next national leader of AoG. He has been leading AOG since 2009.
Arlene Small is a barrister specialising in children and family law. She provides legal advice and representation for those experiencing difficulties in their family relationships. She is passionate about speaking up for others and the pursuit of a just outcome for her clients. She is also a qualified mediator with the College of Law.
Arlene became a Christian at the age of 18, in the New Testament Church of God. She is now an active member of Emmanuel Christian Centre (ECC) in Walthamstow and assists with a few voluntary departments within the church. Along with occasionally hosting Sunday services, she supports the young adults’ ministry (Union) and is also a part of the women’s ministry (Sisters in Unity). She is also currently a member of the Evangelical Alliance Board and Council.
She is married to Andrew, a professional musician, songwriter and producer, and they have one daughter, Gabrielle.
Pastor Sameh Maurice is the Senior Pastor of Kasr El Dobara Evangelical Church in Cairo Egypt, which is the largest Evangelical (Presbyterian) Church in the Middle East – 7000 people regularly attend services and reach out to the City and region through multiple ministries and activities.
Pastor Sameh is a general surgeon. Throughout his professional career he was very much involved in ministry, and he had a sense of calling for full time ministry, which grew strongly until he was fully convinced in 1988.
His vision is built on the blessing of Egypt found in Isaiah. Our heart is for a true nationwide revival in which people come into a permanent relationship with Jesus Christ. The revival tools are the same as for all believers – prayer, unity, discipleship, submission to the Holy Spirit and, ultimately, reaching other with the Gospel.