Laurie Fortunak Nichols is editor of the Gospel Life blog. She is also director of communications at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College and managing editor for Evangelical Missions Quarterly (EMQ). Not given the gift of evangelism, Laurie is continually seeking ways to encourage like-gifted Christians to share the wonder of Jesus to those in darkness. She has worked as an editor for a number of organizations, including International Orality Network and She Is Safe. Laurie is former editorial coordinator of the online publication Lausanne World Pulse and has edited four books on missions and evangelism.
With a passion for making Jesus known to those who have been victimized, Laurie’s heart is with those in bondage to human trafficking. She is on the leadership committee for the West Chicagoland Anti-Trafficking Coalition, is a task force member of the Salvation Army PROMISE program, and is part of a ministry which reaches out to victims of sexual exploitation.
Laurie is married to Trent and the couple has two children. Their miniature schnauzer, Isabella, rounds out their little family.
Laurel Bunker is dean of campus ministries and campus pastor at Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. For over 20 years she has been a leader in the fields of education, non-profit management, church, and para-church ministry. Laurel’s mission is to radically impact the lives of individuals through empowered teaching and preaching and through mentoring others to be influencers of culture through Christ-centered leadership development.
Laurel has held key positions in national organizations, including Young Life, the YMCA, and Jeremiah Program while pastoring, preaching, and teaching at colleges, universities, churches, and conferences across the country.
Samuel E. Chiang serves as president and chief executive officer of Seed Company, a member of the Wycliffe family of organizations. Previously, he served as executive director of the International Orality Network. Before that, he was chief operating officer of Trans World Radio, an international Christian media organization.
Born in Taiwan, Samuel grew up and worked in Canada at Ernst & Young. He graduated from Dallas Seminary, where he also served on staff, ministering alongside the Global Church. Samuel formerly served as COO for TWR, an international media organization. Now, Samuel ministers alongside of the Global Church, and has written extensively on China, Asia, and orality.
He has taught his family how to fish, and is an avid runner and reader. He and his wife, Robbi, live in Hong Kong. The couple has three growing young adults.
R. York Moore serves as national evangelist for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA. He is author of Growing Your Faith by Giving it Away and Making All Things New: God’s Dream for Global Justice. York has led over 13,000 students to faith in Christ through his preaching and evangelism ‘justice campaigns’ in the U.S. These justice campaigns have mobilized tens of thousands of law makers, medical practitioners, educators, law enforcement, political and business leaders, and lay communities to effectively fight human trafficking in their context.
York has holds an MA in global leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and leads his elder board community at an independent Baptist church in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, where he has developed leadership development programming that has led to a revitalization of the 80-year old church’s engagement in their local context.
York came to faith as an honors philosophy student at the University of Michigan, where he was an atheist. After an attempted suicide, he experienced the person of Christ on Christmas Eve 1989 and has been proclaiming Jesus ever since.
Andrew Palau is an international evangelist with the Luis Palau Association. He is passionate about the life-changing power of Jesus Christ and has shared the gospel with over two million people through live events and media.
Andrew was instrumental in crafting the content of the first Palau festivals that marked a key shift away from the crusade model for evangelism. Andrew preaches at his own festivals around the world from the United States to Rwanda, Romania, Egypt, Mexico, India, Poland, and Jamaica. In 2009, he joined his father, Luis, on his radio feature, Reaching Your World with Luis Palau. Andrew’s two-minute messages are broadcast on 855 radio outlets every Friday.
He and his wife have three children. They live in Portland, Oregon, close to the world headquarters of the Palau ministry.
Rick Richardson is an evangelism fellow with the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College and director and professor of the MA in Evangelism and Leadership and MA in Missional Church Movement degrees at Wheaton College. Rick has been in campus ministry for 20 years, regularly speaking and ministering as an evangelist on campuses in many different parts of the country. He is an ordained Anglican priest and served for three years as pastor of evangelism and small groups for Church of the Resurrection.
Rick received his MDiv from Northern Baptist Seminary, studying with Ray Bakke, focusing his studies in evangelism and urban ministry. Rick seeks to bring together his passions for evangelism, prayer, and racial reconciliation in order to cast vision and equip an emerging postmodern generation in ministry for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sadiri Joy Tira is the Lausanne Movement’s senior associate for diasporas, and chairperson for the Global Diaspora Network (GDN). Sadiri, also known as “Joy,” serves as vice president for diaspora missions for Advancing Indigenous Missions (AIM) and as diaspora missiology specialist at the Jaffray Centre for Global Initiatives at Ambrose University College and Seminary (AUCS). He holds a number of degrees, including a DMin (Reformed Theological Seminary) and a DMiss (Western Seminary).
Joy ministered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, for over two decades, where he was the founding senior pastor of First Filipino Alliance Church until 2006. Before immigrating to Canada, Joy worked as an engineer with Operation Mobilization’s ship M/V Logos. He is author of a number of books. Born and raised in the Philippines, Joy and his wife, Lulu, immigrated to Canada in 1981 and are now naturalized Canadians. They are based in Edmonton.