The Event

GCSW 2013

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GCSW 2012

The live Great Commission Summit event took place on November 2, 2012 at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Florida. Church and business leaders from different denominations came together for one purpose with one voice — to impact the growth of the Church world-wide by multiplying church facilities and multiplying disciples. Meet the guest speakers:

  • David Green

    Hobby Lobby Founder and CEO

    Hobby Lobby began operation August 3, 1972, with three hundred square feet of retail space located in north Oklahoma City. This was a retail outgrowth of Greco Products, a miniature picture frame company founded in 1970 by David Green when he borrowed $600.00 to buy a molding chopper, set up shop in his garage at home and started making miniature wooden picture frames. Today, Hobby Lobby employs over 20,000 employee’s company wide and operates 516 stores in a forty two state area. Hobby Lobby is the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the world and opens approximately 35 new stores each year. The headquarters are located in a 4.2 million square foot manufacturing, distribution and office complex in Oklahoma City. Combined sales of all affiliated companies totaled over 2.5 billion for the year 2011.

    David & his wife Barbara are the parents of two sons and one daughter. Mart Green, C.E.O. of Mardel Stores, Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby and Darsee Lett, Vice President of Art/Creative. Son-in-law Stan Lett is Executive Vice President of Hobby Lobby and nephew Randy Green is President of Crafts, Etc. David and Barbara also have 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

    Currently David serves on the Board of Reference for Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a past Ernst & Young national retail/consumer Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipient, (and lifetime member of the The Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame). Green is also dedicated to a myriad of ministry projects. Cites Green, “We believe it is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured. He has been faithful in the past, we trust Him for our future”. To learn more about David Green, please visit HobbyLobby.com.

  • John Ashcroft

    Former US Attorney General

    John David Ashcroft, a Senator from Missouri; born in Chicago, Ill., on May 9, 1942; attended the public schools in Springfield, Missouri; graduated from Yale University 1964; received J.D. degree from University of Chicago School of Law 1967; admitted to the bar in Springfield 1967; taught business law at Southwest Missouri State University; state auditor of Missouri 1973-1975; attorney general of Missouri 1976-1985; Governor of Missouri 1985-1993; chairman of the National Governors Association 1991-1992; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1994 and served from January 3, 1995 to January 3, 2001; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 2000; attorney general of the United States, 2001-2005.

     

  • Reinhard Bonnke

    Christian Evangelist

    Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke is principally known for his Great Gospel Crusades throughout the Continent of Africa. The son of a pastor, Reinhard gave his life to the Lord at age nine, and heard the call to the African mission field before he was even a teenager. After attending Bible College in Wales, and his ordination in Germany he pastored a church and then went on to start missionary work in Africa. It was there, in the small mountain kingdom of Lesotho, that God placed upon his heart the vision of ‘the continent of Africa, being washed in the precious Blood of Jesus’ — the entire continent.
    He began holding meetings in a tent that accommodated just 800 people, until in 1984, he commissioned the construction of the world’s largest mobile structure — capable of seating 34,000 people. Soon after, he began open-air Gospel Campaigns with an initial gathering of over 150,000 people per service! Since then, he has conducted city-wide meetings across the continent with as many as 1,600,000 people attending.
    It has now been some thirty-five years since Reinhard Bonnke founded the international ministry of Christ for all Nations (CfaN), which currently has offices in the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Nigeria, South Africa, Singapore, Australia, and Hong Kong. Through a host of major events in Africa and other parts of the world, the ministry has recorded 55 million documented decisions for Jesus Christ. As part of the discipleship-training program, 185 million copies of CfaN follow-up literature have been published in 103 languages and printed in 55 countries. Millions of books have been printed and freely ‘seeded’ in nations around the world. All this is in addition to the ‘Reinhard Bonnke School of Fire,’ an online, self-study course, aimed at inspiring others to Holy Spirit Evangelism and leading to either a certificate or university credits. Reinhard Bonnke is also recognized for hosting ‘Fire Conferences’ in many different countries of the world, events that are aimed at equipping church leaders and workers for evangelism; for distributing over 95,500,000 copies of Minus to Plus, a profound salvation message, to homes around the world; and for seeking every opportunity to reach and to save the lost. Evangelist Bonnke is married to Anni, father to Kai-Uwe, Gabrielle, and Susie, and grandfather to eight grandchildren.

  • Archbishop Barnabas Mtokambali

    Tanzanian Assemblies of God Superintendent

    Barnabas Mtokambali felt the call of God to minister to his native Tanzania.  After completing his seminary training in the United States he returned to Tanzania to begin God’s work.  Barnabas lacked the resources to build a church and began praying about how these resources might become available.  In 1997, Pastor Mtokambali  was referred to an ICM Board Member by a mutual friend.  ICM committed to funding Barnabas’ church in Morogoro, Tanzania.  During the course of that project, ICM approached Barnabas about building a network of smaller rural churches and planting 5 new congregations out of each those rural churches. Barnabas responded favorably and has implemented the vision and strategy that lead to the current initiative of building 547 primary churches to blanket Tanzania with one church every 25 square miles. Today, 10 years after completion of that first church, Barnabas is 75% toward that goal with 411 churches built or under construction as well as over 2,000 daughter churches. Thirty one of those churches built or under construction have an orphanage on premises to reach out and care for over 11,500 homeless orphans that have been a result of the devastating AIDs epidemic. In order to more effectively spread the word of God and equip the local pastors to help build the Kingdom, Barnabas has partnered with ICM to build a training center for pastors which will graduate approximately 1,000 new pastors every year.  These pastors will then disburse not only throughout Tanzania, but to neighboring countries as well.  The original church, Bethel Revival Temple in Morogoro Tanzania continues to aggressively plant new churches and to date has established 235 daughter congregations.  This original church still plans to plant 35 more daughter congregations on an annual basis.

  • Dr. John Patrick

    Christian Businessman

    John Patrick, MD attended public schools in Richmond, Virginia; graduated from the University of Richmond in 1982; received his Medical Doctor degree at the Medical College of Virginia in 1987. Dr. Patrick is a board certified anesthesiologist who retired at the age of 35. Since that time he has pursued various business interests and is currently involved in a 3.5 billion dollar construction project building the world’s second 7-star resort in Costa Rica. Dr. Patrick has done motivational speaking across the United States. He and his wife Sherry are raising their three daughters and one son in southwest Florida.

  • Pastor Dan Betzer

    Revival Time Global Broadcast, First Assembly of God Senior Pastor

    Dan Betzer, a veteran of over 60 years in broadcasting media, is a pastor, writer, television and radio host, national executive with the Assemblies of God, and is known for his ministry to children around the world.

    Since 1987, he has served as senior pastor of First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Florida. The church serves 10,000 members and adherents throughout its campuses. He served as an executive presbyter of the General Council of the Assemblies of God, representing the Southeast Region of the United States. He served as the assistant district superintendent of the Peninsular Florida District of the Assemblies of God for 16 years, carrying the portfolio of World Missions Secretary. During that time, the Peninsular Florida District gave hundreds of millions of dollars to mission’s projects around the world. He has pioneered seven churches. He is known for the “Dan and Louie” ministry to children around the world. With his famous dummy named Louie, Dan has produced over 50 audio and video albums. As a soloist, he has produced 18 albums and has sung with artists through the years, most recently with the Ralph Carmichael Orchestra. He hosts nine television programs each week in Southwest Florida, sponsored by the church he pastors. He is seen weekly on the national broadcast of “Celebration Under the Silverdome” on DirecTV. He has ministered in over 60 nations and has tirelessly worked on behalf of World Missions, raising tens of millions of dollars. For 17 years, his preaching was heard around the world each week on the Assemblies of God syndicated broadcast Revival Time. For over 20 years he has been a board member of the National Religious Broadcasters Association. Prior to entering the ministry, he was a radio/television news anchor for a number of years. He has authored more than 20 published books, including a best-selling novel. “Godcast,” his most recent release, is now available through all major retail outlets. Pastor Betzer has been married for more than 50 years to his wife, Darlene; they have three daughters and a son and seven grandchildren.

  • Mr. Dois Rosser

    ICM Founder and Chair Emeritus

    Dois I. Rosser, Jr. is a man of passion, vision and action.  His longtime career as a businessman in Hampton Roads, Virginia, birthed multiple automobile dealerships, land development projects and numerous business ventures.  As he will quickly say, “all of my life in the business world was preparation for what God has for me now.”  During a trip to India in 1986, Dois saw the immense need of providing places of worship for congregations where they could be nurtured in their faith.  He then founded International Cooperating Ministries (ICM), and to date more than 4,000 church projects are built or under construction in 63 countries by God’s grace.  He currently serves as Chair Emeritus of ICM.  He previously served on the Board for Trans World Radio, the Lausanne Conference for World Evangelism, Leighton Ford Ministries, Youth Focus, Overseas Council for Theological & Missions, Inc., and Prison Fellowship Ministries.  Dois lives in Hampton, Virginia, and has been married to the former Shirley Sutton since 1943.  They have three daughters, two sons-in-law, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.