Advisory Council Members

Ajith Fernando

After leading Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka, for 35 years Ajith Fernando now serves as its Teaching Director. An Adjunct Lecturer at Colombo Theological Seminary, he spends much time teaching and discipling/mentoring younger Christians and pastors. He is the award-winning author of 20 books and his books have been published in 24 languages. Ajith and his wife Nelun have two married children and four grandchildren.

Tom Nelson

Tom Nelson earned a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife, Liz, moved to Kansas City in 1989 to begin Christ Community Church, where he continues to serve as senior pastor. Tom is also president of Made to Flourish, a nationwide pastors’ network for the common good, where he provides overall strategic direction and is a regular speaker and facilitator.

Along with other books, Tom is the author of:
– The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community’s Compassion and Capacity
– Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work

Colin Smith

COLIN SMITH is senior pastor of The Orchard Church, a thriving, multi-campus church in the Chicago area. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, he trained at London School of Theology, where he met his wife, Karen. He served as pastor of the Enfield Evangelical Free Church in England for 16 years before coming to The Orchard in 1996. Colin’s teaching extends through Unlocking the Bible (UnlockingtheBible.org), a ministry that proclaims Christ through media, mobilizes believers in evangelism, and equips next-generation leaders for the church. Colin has also authored more than a dozen books and can be heard on Premier Radio in London. Colin and his wife Karen have two married sons and five granddaughters.

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