GMHC 2012 :: Plenary Speakers
Dr. Brian Fikkert
Dr. Brian Fikkert is Professor of Economics and Community Development and the founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. The Chalmers Center offers programs in community and economic development in the urban United States and throughout the developing world. The Center’s programs include the Global Training Network, designed to certify and mentor Trainers in holistic economic development strategies and support them in equipping others in local church and parachurch organizations; the Prayer Support Network, which invites friends of the ministry to pray specifically for its work; and the Global Leadership Network, a community of leaders committed to supporting and advocating microeconomic development. Fikkert is co-author (with Steve Corbett) of the paradigm-shifting book When Helping Hurts, and through the Center’s Helping Without Hurting Network he leads one-day regional training seminars exploring the book’s themes. These sessions include defining poverty, discovering the role of the church, approaches to relief and development work, the role of short-term missions, and coaching in Asset-Based Development for individuals and communities. Fikkert earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, specializing in international economics and economic development. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and is the author of articles in both academic and popular journals. Before coming to Covenant College, he was a professor at the University of Maryland-College Park and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector.
Dr. Tim Elmore
Dr. Tim Elmore, author of the Habitudes series, is the founder and president of Growing Leaders, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization created to develop emerging leaders. Through Growing Leaders, he and his team provide public schools, state universities, civic organizations, and corporations the tools they need to develop young leaders who can transform society. Since founding Growing Leaders, he has spoken to more than 250,000 students, faculty and staff on hundreds of campuses across the country and taught courses on leadership and mentoring at nine universities and graduate schools. He has also provided leadership training and resources for the National FFA Organization and for athletic programs including the University of Texas football team and the Kansas City Royals baseball club. In addition, a number of government offices in Washington, D.C. have worked through the Habitudes curriculum. From the classroom to the boardroom, Elmore is a dynamic communicator who uses principles, images and stories to strengthen leaders. He teaches leadership to Chick-fil-A, Inc., The Home Depot, HomeBanc, Gold Kist, Inc., and many others. Committed to developing young leaders on every continent, he has also shared his insights in more than 30 countries including India, Russia and China. Elmore has written more than 20 books, including the best-selling Habitudes: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, Lifegiving Mentors and Nurturing the Leader Within Your Child. His newest book, Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future, was released in August 2010. For the past 25 years he has worked with internationally recognized leadership expert Dr. John Maxwell who says, “No one teaches leadership better than Tim Elmore.” Elmore lives in Atlanta with his wife Pam and their two children.
Dr. David Stevens
Dr. David Stevens is the Chief Executive Officer of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), the nation’s largest faith-based organization of doctors. As spokesman for more than 17,000 doctors, Dr. Stevens has conducted hundreds of media interviews. Prior to his service with CMDA, he served as medical director of Samaritan’s Purse. From 1985 to 1991, Dr. Stevens served as executive officer and medical superintendent of Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya. He helped to transform Tenwek Hospital into one of the premier mission healthcare facilities in that country. Dr. Stevens’ experiences provide rich illustrations for inspirational and educational presentations at seminars, medical schools, conferences and churches. His topics include stem cell research, human cloning, genetics, faith and health, physician assisted suicide, international and community based health care, emergency medical relief, abortion and other medically related subjects. He is the author of Jesus, MD and many chapters and magazine articles. Dr. Stevens holds degrees from Asbury College and the University of Louisville School of Medicine and is board certified in family practice. He earned a master’s degree in bioethics from Trinity International University in 2002 and serves as Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of Governance Committee for Asbury College and on the Christian Institute on Disability Advisory Council. He has regularly taught at the Christian Medical & Dental Associations' educational seminars for missionary physicians and dentists in Kenya, Malaysia and other forums.