Published August 15, 2018

Your Prayer and Support Are Creating a Ripple Effect

Last week was one of the most difficult, but also the most amazing weeks I can remember in the history of The Global Leadership Summit. If you were in prayer, thank you. Your prayers were heard and felt, and I believe God did and will continue to do amazing things through the Summit this year.

If you gave to the Global Leadership Development Fund so that leaders across the globe could have access to the Summit experience, thank you. Your investment creates a ripple effect of transformation in some of the most challenging environments in our world. If you missed this video at the Summit sharing stories of impact from Nigeria, the Middle East and Colombia, you can watch it now.

Know that when you give, you play a part of multiplying stories of influence and forces for good in our world. Thank you!

Thank you for your support during a season of need as we launch the GLS in another 135 countries starting at the end of the month.

On behalf of our friends from around the world, thank you for making the GLS possible in their countries.


Tom De Vries

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Tom De Vries is the President and CEO of the Global Leadership Network.

Tom De Vries


Global Leadership Network

Tom joined the Global Leadership Network (GLN) in 2017 as President and CEO. He brings a wealth of expertise to the GLN’s year-round leadership development efforts and the leadership of producing The Global Leadership Summit (GLS), the premier leadership event of the year. Prior to joining the GLN, Tom was the General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), the oldest continuing Protestant denomination in the United States with over 200,000 members and 100 missionaries serving in 40 countries around the world. Tom has a B.A. in Sociology from Wheaton College, a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Western Seminary. He has provided leadership in both the ministry and nonprofit environments serving as a church planter, large church lead pastor and multisite pastor. He served on the central committee of the World Council of Churches and the governing board of the National Council of Churches. Additionally, Tom served on the Board of Trustees for New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Western Theological Seminary and has also taught as an adjunct professor at Western Theological Seminary. Tom played a key leadership role in the launching of a nonprofit focused on food insufficiency in young children and today Hand2Hand feeds more than 8,000 children each weekend through school-church partnerships. He has been a featured guest on NPR, the Salem Radio Network, Life Today Live, Newsmax TV, Moody Radio, the WOW Factor, and Common Good.