Speakers

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Rich Stearns

As president of World Vision U.S., Rich Stearns calls Christians to action on the greatest needs of our day. His award-winning, best-selling book, The Hole in Our Gospel, has encouraged hundreds of thousands of readers to open their hearts to those who are hurting in our world.

Driven by his passion to raise awareness and support for poverty and justice issues, Rich appears regularly as a commentator on some of the top issues of our day in outlets ranging from Christianity Today, to Relevant magazine, FOX News, and Huffington Post. He speaks in churches regularly and in recent years has spoken at the Luasanne Conference, Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit, the Christian Leadership Alliance, Movement Day, Worship Together, and dozens of other conferences.

The former CEO for Parker Brothers Games and Lenox, Rich Stearns holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Following a calling from God, he resigned from Lenox in 1998, leaving behind more than 25 years of experience in corporate America to become World Vision’s U.S. president.

In that position he has built a strong leadership team focused on bringing corporate best practices to the non-profit sector and inspiring a culture of outcome-focused management at all levels of the organization. Rich’s greatest legacy will be his leadership in calling on the Church in America to respond to some of the greatest needs of our time, most notably the HIV/AIDS pandemic and now the global refugee crisis.

Rich and his wife, Reneé, live in Bellevue, Washington, and have supported World Vision since 1984. They have five children of their own — plus millions more around the world.


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Peter Greer

Peter Greer is President and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered microenterprise development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

Prior to joining HOPE, Peter worked internationally as a microfinance advisor in Cambodia and Zimbabwe, and served as managing director of Urwego Bank in Rwanda.

He is a graduate of Messiah College and Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

Peter is an award-winning author and speaker, and has a passion to see the Church engage in effective missions and economic development. He has written The Poor Will Be Glad (with Phil Smith, 2009), The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good (with Anna Haggard, 2013), Mission Drift (with Chris Horst, 2014 and selected as a 2015 Book Award Winner from Christianity Today), Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing (with Chris Horst, 2014), Watching Seeds Grow (with his son, Keith, 2014), The Giver and the Gift (with David Weekley, 2015), 40/40 Vision (with Greg Lafferty, 2015) Created to Flourish (with Phil Smith, 2016), and The Board and the CEO (with David Weekley, 2017).

Currently, Peter serves as the entrepreneur-in-residence at Messiah College and as a Praxis Venture Partner.

More important than his occupation is his role as husband to Laurel and dad to Keith, Lilianna, and Myles.