He moves in South Asia, where new church growth is exploding. He moves in Africa, where there are nearly 250,000 new believers every week. He will move, until every tribe and nation has heard . . . and they are indeed hearing. Come share the excitement of His work at the 2013 PCA Global Missions Conference, where missionaries, students, musicians, pastors, artists, Christian leaders, businesspeople, youth workers, doctors, teachers, all believers come together to learn and rejoice. How will the Spirit move You?
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Ravi Zacharias For 40 years Ravi Zacharias has spoken around the world and in numerous universities, notably Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford University. He has addressed scores of leaders including the writers of the peace accord in South Africa, the president's cabinet and parliament in Peru, and political leaders in Washington, D.C.
Born in India in 1946, Zacharias immigrated to Canada with his family 20 years later. He pursued a career in business management before speaking and writing. He has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, and has been honored with the conferring of four doctoral degrees, including a doctor of laws.
Zacharias has authored or edited over 20 books including the Gold Medallion winner Can Man Live Without God? (Word, 1994). His weekly radio program, “Let My People Think,” airs on 1,949 outlets worldwide, his weekday program, “Just Thinking,” on 639, and his one-minute “Just a Thought,” on 236. He is founder and president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., with additional offices worldwide. RZIM is an evangelistic and apologetic ministry committed to “helping the thinker believe” and “helping the believer think.”
Zacharias and his wife Margie have three grown children and live in Atlanta, Ga.
Paul Kooistra Paul Kooistra has served as the coordinator of Mission to the World for 19 years. Kooistra holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota, an M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Alabama. He served as assistant pastor of Pinelands Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Miami, Fla. (1967-1969), and associate pastor of Seminole Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Tampa, Fla. (1969-1973), where he assumed the role of principal of Seminole Presbyterian Day School.
In 1973 Dr. Kooistra assumed the position of assistant professor of Christian education at Belhaven College in Jackson, Miss. In 1975 he became associate professor of Christian education and homiletics at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in Clinton, Miss., until 1983 when he was named professor of practical theology. In 1985 he accepted the presidency of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., where he also taught practical theology. He served the seminary until 1994 when he assumed the position of coordinator of Mission to the World. Kooistra has published several devotionals including 31 Days of Grace, and Supper's Ready.
After Kooistra lost his first wife, Jan, to cancer in 2008, the Lord brought Sandi into his life. They married in August of 2009 and reside in Suwanee, Ga. They have five adult children.
Giotis Kantartzis Giotis Kantartzis is the pastor of the First Greek Evangelical Church, a historic Presbyterian church located just a few minutes away from the Acropolis and the Areopagus in Athens, Greece.
Kantartzis studied sociology in Athens and he also holds an M.Div. from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, an M.S.T. from Boston University School of Theology, and a Ph.D. from the Divinity School of the University of Thessaloniki. First Greek Evangelical Church is involved in several church-planting initiatives in the city of Athens.
He is married to Nopie and they have three sons, George, Theophilos, and Jason.
Rod Mays Rod Mays has served as the national coordinator for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), for 14 years. He also serves as an adjunct professor of counseling and pastoral theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS). Mays is the co-author of Things That Cannot Be Shaken (Crossway Books, 2008) and a contributor to Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling (Harvest House, 2013).
Mays studied at Covenant College, B.A., University of West Georgia, M.Ed., New Orleans Seminary, Luther Rice Seminary, D.Min., and Westminster Theological Seminary-California, diploma in counseling and preaching.
Mays and his wife Debbe have been married for 38 years and are the parents of a married daughter. Debbe serves on the ministry staff of Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church (PCA), Greenville, S.C., as counselor to women and families.
Kevin Twit Kevin Twit is the founder of Indelible Grace Music and has been the Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) campus minister at Belmont University since 1995. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and Covenant Theological Seminary. Twit worked in the music industry for several years both as a guitarist and recording engineer. He also served as a pastor at Christ Community Church (PCA) in Franklin, Tenn., for eight years.
In 1999 Twit began Indelible Grace Music with some of his students at Belmont University. Indelible Grace has been at the heart of the movement to reset old hymn texts to new music. They have recorded eight CDs as well as a documentary film, “Roots and Wings: The Story of Indelible Grace and the RUF Hymns.” Twit is also an adjunct professor at Covenant Seminary and Belmont University teaching classes in hymnody and has lectured widely on topics of hymns and worship.
He is married to Wendy and they have three children. He enjoys composing hymn tunes, disc golf, and German board games.