“That they will be one, as you and I are one” John 15. 
From the donor letter to the field, our work is partnership.  We would immediately fail without it.  Join us to learn the theology of partnership, trends in partnership with the mission world, and tips for partnering with churches.  You will leave with a new appreciation for the web of relationships that God has given you and ready to expand your network.

Each track will include four 75-minute break-out sessions examining one facet of the subject. 

Session 1: Partnership 101

This session will feature a quick literature review of the best thought leadership on partnership,  We will explore different experiences - coordinating bodies, single issue, compliance, transactional v fellowship, push vs pull.  We will likely use a role play or role reversal between INGO and local partner where all the "dirt and stress" comes out! 


Jim Oehrig, American Leprosy Mission

Jim develops partnerships and collaborations with Christian organizations and churches in communities where American Leprosy Missions works. He ensures that the organization continues to implement programs in a way that honors God and protects and restores people’s dignity. Jim graduated from Houghton College with a B.A. and received a M.A. in Latin American studies/international development from the University of Connecticut. He also did post-graduate work at the Centre for Development Studies at Swansea University, Wales in the United Kingdom. Before joining American Leprosy Missions, Jim and his wife were World Relief staff members in Honduras and Guatemala; from 1993 to 2005 they served with MAP International from the Latin America Regional Office in Quito, Ecuador.

Session 2: Coalition and Network Experiences of Partnership

During this session, presenters will share from their experience in forming national and international networks. They will then lead participants in small group discussions to identify factors that enhance or threaten success of partnerships, especially focusing on the beginning, middle and transition/completion stages. 


Doug FountainChristian Connections for Intl Health

Doug Fountain serves as CCIH Interim Executive Director. He is a Principal at Align Health and Education Strategies, providing strategy, planning, development and evaluation support to global and U.S. health and education institutions. Previously, he erved as Vice President for Strategy and Impact for Medical Teams International. Before coming to Medical Teams International, Doug served on the executive staff at Uganda Christian University, where he began in 2004 as the head of the Department of Health Sciences and later served as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Development and External Relations as the university grew to five campuses and 12,000 students. He is also a founding managing editor of the Christian Journal for Global Health. Doug holds an MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Oregon.


Peter YeboahAfrica Christian Health Assoc Platform

Peter Kwame Yeboah is the Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), which is the 2nd largest Provider of health services in Ghana. CHAG is composed of 183 pro-poor Health Facilities mostly located in rural Ghana providing comprehensive curative, promotive, preventive, rehabilitative and palliative health services especially for the neglected, marginalized and deprived segments of the society.

His main responsibilities comprise providing strategic leadership, developing partnerships, representing the interest of CHAG in the health sector through advocacy, lobbying, and policy dialogue. His areas of expertise, interest and experience include but not restricted to Health Systems Strengthening/Development, Social Policy, Health Sector Policy Planning, Health Care Financing and Community Based PHC.

Session 3: Flourish Model

This session will highlight the Flourish model for WASH with local church. Approaches, toolkit development, and lessons learned.  


 Jonathan Wiles, Living Water

Jonathan is a nonprofit executive and strategist with 15+ years of cross-cultural leadership experience and a passion for integral mission. As Senior Vice President of Programs at Living Water International, he is responsible for the organization’s operations outside the United States: 230+ staff across 17 countries who serve 300,000 people per year through church- and community-centered WASH programs, along with the US-based teams that directly support them.

Before joining Living Water ten years ago, Jonathan spent six years at Schloss Mittersill—an intentional Christian community and study center in Austria. He completed postgraduate work in biblical and cultural studies at Regent College and earned an MA in International Development from Eastern University, where he is now a PhD candidate in Organizational Leadership. Jonathan lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Maridyth and their four children.

Gebe Ayele, Living Water

Munya Charuka, Tearfund

Session 4: Partnerships and Gender

Exploring cultural approaches to Gender Partnerships with application to individual, corporate (NGOs) and Institutional (Churches) attitudes and practices.  


Rhona MurungiWorld Relief

Rhona Murungi was born and raised in rural western Uganda by a single mother—who, Rhona says, was her biggest cheerleader while she pursued an education. After finishing graduate school at Vanderbilt, Rhona was looking to begin her career in economic and country development. With a passion to address the needs in her home country, she was connected to World Relief, where she now serves as Program Officer for the organization’s Developing Countries Unit.