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May 7-9, 2024

Church Partner Summit

For over 80 years World Relief has existed as a movement of churches. Join us as we gather partners and staff from across the world to celebrate all that God has done and anticipate all He will continue to do through His church!

Location:

Highland Park Presbyterian Church

3821 University Blvd

Dallas, TX 75205

Schedule

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

6:00 pm – Registration Opens

7:00 pm – Opening Session + Worship

 

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

9:00 am – Morning Session

10:30 am - Break 

11:00 am – Breakout Sessions

12:30 pm – Lunch (provided) 

1:30 pm – Afternoon Session

4:00 pm – Closing Session

 

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Morning - Optional Social Gathering

Event Speakers

Myal-Greene-2

Myal Greene has a deep desire to see churches worldwide equipped, empowered, and engaged in meeting the needs of vulnerable families in their communities.  In 2021, he became President and CEO after serving for fourteen years with the organization.  While living in Rwanda for eight years, he developed World Relief’s innovative church-based programming model that is currently used in nine countries. He also spent six years in leadership roles within the international programs division.  He has previous experience working with the U.S. Government. He holds B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University and an M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Global Leadership.  He and his wife Sharon have three children.

Lanre-Williams-Ayedun

Lanre Williams-Ayedun MA MPH is the Senior Vice President of International Programs at World Relief leading a team of over 1,000 employees serving in 11 countries. With over 20 years of experience in developing community-based programs, Lanre’s career spans experience in public health, micro-finance, agriculture and disaster response. Lanre recently advised the World Bank Group on the creation of a faith and development research agenda, and in 2022 was named an Emerging and Developing Global Executive (EDGE) fellow by the World Trade Center Institute. Lanre also serves as a board member, coach and advisor for several organizations. She is a sought-after public speaker on faith and development with a master’s degree from George Washington University in International Development and Public Health and a certification in Human Centered Design from Johns Hopkins University. Lanre speaks four languages and currently lives in Sterling, Virginia with her husband Yomi.

Dennis

Dennis Mwangwela serves as Director of Integral Mission for World Relief’s International Programs. With over 20 years of experience in international development, he provides technical support to World Relief’s country offices, focusing on building staff capacity to mobilize and engage local churches and communities so that they can address diverse vulnerabilities in their communities. Dennis is passionate about church and community-led transformation through belief and mindset changes. Born and raised in Malawi, Dennis has been married to his wife, Agnes, for 26 years, and they have four children.

Jeff-Walser

Jeff Walser joined World Relief in 2018 as the Senior Director of Development, leading our team of Strategic Partnership Directors in serving church and individual partners. Prior to joining World Relief, Jeff served for 10 years as the Executive Pastor of Ministry at Wheaton Bible Church, a World Relief partner. During his time at Wheaton Bible, Jeff traveled to Turkana, Kenya multiple times, and his heart was captured by the ways in which the local church was empowered to serve the most vulnerable. Before joining Wheaton Bible, Jeff enjoyed a 25-year career leading and developing high-performing sales and marketing teams at a large manufacturing firm in Chicago, holding the roles of President and Senior Vice President.  Jeff and his wife Jill live in the Tampa Bay area and have three children and seven grandchildren.  He also serves as a lay pastor in a church plant in Largo, Florida.

Travel/Accommodations

The World Relief team is excited to see you in Dallas! We hope these travel suggestions help as you plan your trip to the Church Partner Summit.

 

Airport Options

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
20.2 miles from the Church Partner Summit

Love Field Airport (DAL)
4.1 miles from the Church Partner Summit

 

Suggested Hotels

Hyatt House Dallas/Lincoln Park
3.5 miles from the Church Partner Summit
8221 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75225
1-214-696-1555

Home2 Suites by Hilton Dallas Medical District Lovefield
5.4 miles from the Church Partner Summit
4866 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75235
1-469-466-9000

Registration

World Relief is honored to have you join us for the first ever Church Partner Summit! In order to best track responses, we ask that each individual register separately.

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