David de Lago|| needs forum funding ::

David de Lago|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Spain
Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Christian Organization
Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations
Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service
David de Lago is a regional manager in Spain.
When did you trust Christ?
I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 14 years old. I was in church one Sunday when my pastor shared the Gospel and gave an altar call. I didn’t respond at that moment, but I understood that Jesus paid for every single sin in my life. That night when I was alone in my bed I prayed to God and accepted Jesus Christ’s payment for my sins.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
When I finished Bible College in Spain, I decided to move to Dallas to get an MA in Missiology and Church Planting. I saw God providing for my family the whole time. My faith at that time grew with tremendous power. It was a hard time, but I would do it again if God called me to take such a big step.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I think the European Leadership Forum will help me to obtain new ideas and connect with other brothers and sisters in Christian leadership in other countries.
What is your ministry?
I am the Regional Manager of SearchforJesus.net in Spain with Decision and Aso. I am also Decision’s Project Manager, where I lead evangelistic campaigns.
What are your past leadership roles?
I was a youth leader for over five years and a worship leader in the church for over five years.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Every year we reach more than 1,000 people with the Gospel in Spain and around the globe. We saw over 100 people come to Christ this year in Spain. We are young men and women with a passion to share the Good News with our generation.
Caleb Beaty|| needs YRM funding ::

Caleb Beaty|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Evangelism/Church Planting

Ministry Focus:
Engaging Roman Catholicism

What is your ministry?

I’m in the evangelism stage of ministry. I often get into conversations about the differences between Catholics and Protestants.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to grow in learning how to share the Gospel in an engaging way rather than theologically. I find myself going down the 5 solas road, or the justification by works vs. grace road, and I need help learning how to draw people into the conversation in a historically Catholic context.

What is your leadership role?

I’m currently a missionary working in the heart of Madrid, Spain. I’ve been here for one year, helping plant a church in the center of Madrid. I’m working with Spanish nationals, and hoping to see a church planted in the next year or so.

Jonathan Rosa|| needs forum funding ::

Jonathan Rosa|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Engaging Roman Catholicism

What is your ministry?

We are currently serving in Málaga. Our vision is to see Spaniards meet Jesus and work together to find expressions of church (more aptly micro-church) that are dynamic, misional, movemental, and that multiply. We look to live here in Málaga long term.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I have lots of questions about Catholicism that I hope to address by attending this YRM group.

What is your leadership role?

During my University years at Wheaton College I felt the call to full-time missions and changed my major from Engineering to Christian ministry. Since then I have served as a high school chaplain in the Cayman Islands, led a Christian gap year program in New Zealand, and am now here in Spain.

Kate Knowlson|| needs YRM funding ::

Kate Knowlson|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Women in Leadership

What is your ministry?

My ministry is discipling the women in the congregation and doing personal evangelism with Catholics.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to grow in my personal Bible study, as well as teaching others how to study for themselves.

What is your leadership role?

I am a pastor’s wife in a small church plant in Southern Spain discipling women in our congregation, Sunday school teaching, and doing personal evangelism with Catholics.

Delyth Sutton|| needs YRM funding ::

Delyth Sutton|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Women in Leadership

What is your ministry?

My ministry is leading worship, Bible studies, and speaking at evangelistic events. I have a pastoral heart; I love building people up with Scripture and song and enabling people to come close to God, discovering more of Him in their daily lives.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to grow in handling conflict and speaking truth in love.

What is your leadership role?

I am a missionary with ECM church leader and a Team leader for other ECM missionaries.

Ryan Andrews|| needs YRM funding ::

Ryan Andrews|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Youth

Ministry Focus:
Engaging Roman Catholicism

What is your ministry?

My ministry is with an organization called Novo. Our desire is to see movements of people coming to Jesus who then turn right back around and share with their networks.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to grow in being a better communicator to Roman Catholics so as to help them deepen their relationship with Jesus as is revealed in the Scriptures. Understanding Roman Catholicism better will help me in my ministry. I think more doors will open if people can see that I am well-educated on the topic.

What is your leadership role?

I am currently working as a cross-cultural missionary in Spain. I help lead a lot of gatherings that have to do with English – one of which I call English Story Night. It’s an English-learning opportunity for non-natives where stories of Jesus are used as a resource to help teach. Before coming to Spain, I led a group of six college-aged students who were committed to growing in their faith. We shared life together and dove into the Bible once a week for two hours. I am also the missions coordinator in a University ministries program, where I have many opportunities to coach and develop young leaders.

Ismael Sanchez Cortes|| YRM funded ::

Ismael Sanchez Cortes|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Pastoring

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

My passion is to see all the churches in Spain and also my local church blossoming in discipleship, evangelism, and be Bible-centered churches. I have spent years trying to help my local church to press on evangelistic efforts, putting the mission in the center of our strategy or discipleship as a priority.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to acquire skills for better planning and vision skills and tools. I would also like to learn more how to better disciple and how to encourage people to be motivated and excited about the church’s mission and vision.

What is your leadership role?

I am a staff worker at GBU Spain, the IFES movement in Spain. Apart from that, I preach in my church, I am youth leader and I am also involved in planning and strategy.

Esteban Lozano Cillero|| needs YRM funding ::

Esteban Lozano Cillero|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Pastoring/Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Pastors

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to do pastoral care, bible teaching, and shepherding the members of the local church.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I’ve been shepherding only for two years, although the 3 previous years served as practice, helping the pastors and making decisions with them and guiding the community. I need to grow in all aspects. I spend a lot of time shepherding others but sometimes I feel like I need someone shepherding me and giving me advice.

What is your leadership role?

I am an elder in a brethren evangelical church. So I, along with other 4 elders, do pastoral care, biblical teaching, and try to guide the church to be more like Christ. Also, as the neighbourhood around is quite poor, we carry social aid also.

Gerald Haupt|| needs YRM funding ::

Gerald Haupt|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

What is your ministry?

I’m discipling and mentoring people in church and mentoring missionaries. I would love to train people from church in our mission of apologetics. We have a discipleship program (DHouse) for young people (international and from Spain) where I could use the acquired skills and knowledge as well.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I wish to grow in crafting an apologetic strategy, crafting an apologetic talk, debating, argumentation, and how to train others in apologetics.

What is your leadership role?

I’m the Spain Area Director (field leader) of SEND International. Right now we have a total of 23 missionaries in Spain.

Janice Johnsonius|| needs YRM funding ::

Janice Johnsonius|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

What is your ministry?

My ministry is reaching Spanish urban professionals with the gospel of Jesus. I come alongside young people, middle and older adults (Spaniards primarily) who are believers, helping them to not only grow in their relationship with Christ but also understand how to share their faith and guide others into a personal relationship with Christ. In an extremely secular culture that is Spain (less than 1/2 of 1 percent are followers of Christ) they face a culture that is critical and combative toward Christianity, or at best sees it as irrelevant. My mentoring and training takes the form of meeting one-on-one with believers, or talking to churches or groups of believers.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to be better equipped to talk with people in a relevant, realistic, non-“religious” (without using “Christianese”) way about the issues and objections and barriers they are encountering that may be hindering them from coming to Christ. I don’t want to argue better or debate better. That serves no purpose, as winning an argument or debate is not going to help that person come to know Christ personally. I want to be able to walk
people through their questions and issues with grace and love, trusting in the conviction of the Holy Spirit as they encounter their sin and need for a Saviour.

What is your leadership role?

I am a career missionary with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, serving in Madrid Spain since 2002. My focus is on evangelism, discipleship, and church planting, centered on reaching Spanish urban professionals.

Ted Blake|| YRM funded ::

Ted Blake|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Church and Organization Leaders

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to lead and grow my organization for God’s glory.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to grow in the following areas: communication, strategic thinking, Practical thinking, leadership skills, personnel selection, Organisational structure, etc.

What is your leadership role?

After obtaining a Masters degree in Evangelism and Spiritual Formation, I became the director for the Open Doors base in Spain. I am still the director and have been for the last 9 years. During this time, our team has grown from 2 and a half (the person was part-time) people to seven people. Our revenue has more than doubled.

Albert Crespo|| YRM funded ::

Albert Crespo|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to serve the church to revitalize it in multiple areas: prayer meeting, bringing back the Lord’s supper and the kid’s service, and I have started missions meetings, church lunches, and weekly meetings with local children.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to grow in patience, perseverance, clarity of objectives, serving people, seeing and anticipating needs and weaknesses, and discipleship.

What is your leadership role?

I’m an elder in my church involved in preaching, shepherding, and sharing and promoting the vision of the church.

Charles DeWitt|| YRM funded ::

Charles DeWitt|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Pastoring

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

In addition to pastoring my church, I also serve on the national leadership team of M4 Spain, a church planting movement. I have a passion for starting new churches but also for revitalising churches who are showing signs of stagnation, lack of vision, goals, priorities, etc.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to develop a realistic plan for myself and for the church to reverse the trend towards stagnation and death.

What is your leadership role?

I’m one of 4 pastors at the Catedral del Redentor (Cathedral of the Redeemer) of the Anglican Church of Spain in Madrid. This is a historic, downtown, Spanish-speaking Anglican church. I preach 2-3 times/month, teach Adult Sunday School, oversee children’s Sunday School, and organise outreach events.

Ana Calvo Tello|| needs YRM funding ::

Ana Calvo Tello|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Education and/or Training

Ministry Focus:
Women in Leadership

What is your ministry?

I am the coordinator of religious education for the public schools of Spain. Because Spain allows religious education to be taught in schools, we are able to base our curriculum on the Bible. Currently, we are serving 900 schools in Spain and teaching about 20,000 students.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Being aware of the bigger pictures is always a source of encouragement and of wisdom. Networking and biblical training in Europe are necessary given the special hardships and difficulties we face. I am excited to meet other people who may be working in similar capacities, to learn and fellowship with them.

What is your leadership role?

I was previously the coordinator of Evangelical Religious Education at FEREDE, which allowed me to represent our department before the Spanish government and provide theological and pedagogical training to future religious education teachers. While living in the United States, I was a university teacher for 3 years and was involved in mission trips with college students. I also served with World Vision for 3 years in Spain.

Esteban Lozano|| needs forum funding ::

Esteban Lozano|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Media/Communication

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Esteban Lozano is the director’s assistant and scriptwriter for an evangelical television program in Spain.

When did you trust Christ?

I was raised in a Christian family. I grew up hearing stories from the Bible, and I believed them intellectually. But it was not until I was 18-years-old that I came to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I went through some problems at that time that brought me to a saving relationship with Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One of the defining moments was when I was at university when I was 18-years-old. I had a relationship with a girl, but it ended. That brought a lot of pain into my life. Through that period of my life, God taught me to rely on Him, no matter what. He taught me that everything is under His control and that I can rest in Him because of His perfect guidance. Since that time, whenever I struggle, I remember how Christ brought me to peace when I most needed it.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum encourages and strengthens me to go on with my ministry. Through the Forum I have also gotten to know other believers who are involved in mass media work; we have been able to learn from each other and help each other.

What is your ministry?

I work as a scriptwriter for an evangelical television program that is broadcast every Sunday on Spanish public television. I began doing this work 11 years ago and I gain more responsibility every year. I am also an elder in my local church, where I preach once a month and lead a Bible study group with my wife.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a youth group leader at my local church in Madrid for 10 years, and a Bible teacher in Christian youth camps.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Our program, “Good News TV,” is a very useful tool to bring the Christian message to Spanish society. It is important that our show is as good as possible. Therefore, training and resources are important.

Ana Calvo|| needs forum funding ::

Ana Calvo|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Education—Childhood and Adolescent

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

When did you trust Christ?

Growing up in a Catholic country in an evangelical home wasn’t easy. My friends from school could not understand when I explained that my father was a “pastor” (they thought he was literally a “shepherd” in the field, which is what the word “pastor” means in Spanish). Very early on in life I had to decide what I thought about my parent’s faith and why we were so different compared to my friends. What was the truth? What about my Catholic friends or my Jehovah’s Witness friends? Who was right? How could a 12-year-old discern the truth? In the midst of my questions, I trusted the God of my parents and who the Bible said He was.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I think for most of us growth comes when God uses the twisted roads and question marks that often come to our lives. Broken relationships and big changes, like moving to other countries and changing jobs, have helped me to understand how temporary and limited we are as human beings, but also how God has greater ways, purposes and plans than what we might have dreamed of. In my late twenties I attended seminary in the United States and pursued a Master’s degree in Christian Studies. My time at seminary was a wonderful opportunity to deepen in God’s Word and meet extraordinary people who are working all over the world. Life in Europe where Protestantism is not a majority religion is a daily challenge and a hard adventure to be on. My job in FEREDE is a daily challenge, as we work with the four other confessions that have legal cooperation with the Spanish government: Catholics, Muslims and Jews. My hope is that God will make me a person who can dialogue and who can speak about the beauty of the Gospel to a world that is very complex and needy.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Being aware of the bigger pictures is always a source of encouragement and of wisdom. Networking and biblical training in Europe are necessary given the special hardships and difficulties we face. I am excited to meet other people who may be working in similar capacities, to learn and fellowship with them.

What is your ministry?

My role as the coordinator of Evangelical Religious Education in FEREDE encompasses the following: representing the ERE department before the Spanish Government and Ministry of Education together with the CEO of FEREDE; theological and pedagogical training of future Religious Evangelical teachers; creation of the kindergarten, primary and secondary Evangelical Religious Education curriculum for schools and teachers; providing information and maintaining relationships with parents, churches and pastors who are interested in learning more about Evangelical Religious Education in schools.

What are your past leadership roles?

While living in the United States, I was a university teacher for 3 years and was involved in mission trips with college students. I also served in World Vision for 3 years in Spain, however not in a leadership role.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

The ministry of FEREDE and Evangelical Religious Education is critical in Spain given our country’s long background in Catholicism and difficult journey growing in Religious Freedom. Having religious education in schools helps to normalize religion and religious freedom in Spain. Our country remains hostile towards other religious groups as a result of the lack of tolerance in our history. The ministry of Evangelical Religious Education can be lonely and it is in need of collaboration and help in many areas.

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