Rick Rusaw is an author and regular international speaker at both church and business conferences, including previous Convergence conferences.
For Rick the two great commands of Jesus – to love God with all of our beings and love our neighbours as ourselves – are at the very heart of what Christianity is all about. Under his leadership LifeBridge Church in Colorado, where he has served as lead pastor since 1991, has made a lasting impact on the surrounding communities through serving and caring for those in need.
His strong outward-focus has motivated many other churches around the world to also become more externally focused. His knowledge and experience as a businessman place him in a unique position to help Christians make a difference for the Kingdom of God in the workplace.
Dr. Corné Bekker is an international speaker on Christian spirituality and leadership and regularly speaks at churches, conferences and seminars worldwide. He also specialises in Biblical interpretation (exegesis) and teaches powerfully on the Gospel, solidly grounding it in the books of the New Testament. Shofar has a longstanding relationship with him as a Convergence speaker and Bible School presenter.
Corné received his formal education at the University of Johannesburg (formerly known as RAU) and worked at the Rhema Bible College in Johannesburg as the Assistant Dean before he moved to the United States, where he now presides over the School of Divinity at Regent University as dean and is associate professor at the Regent University School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship.
Author and pastor Tom Smith co-founded Claypot Church in Johannesburg and Rhythm of Life, a ministry that partners with individuals, churches and organisations to develop growth, discipleship, balance and fullness of life.
He has a heart for inter-cultural and inter-ethnic reconciliation through the power of living out the Gospel, especially within the context of South Africa’s painful past. For Tom, Christian spirituality is living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ by truly seeing and loving those around us.
He consults for South African churches in the areas of spiritual formation and missional spirituality. His book Raw Spirituality motivates many churches, ministries and individuals to have an outward focus in ministry which is rooted in spiritual intimacy with Jesus.
Heinrich Titus has been involved in the ministry for over 20 years. He is the senior pastor of Shofar Somerset West, former chairperson of Kibwe Kids (a foster care organisation) and serves on the Apostolic Team as Shofar’s international leader.
Heinrich has a heart for the marginalised, the weak, and the downtrodden of society. He pursues social justice and is actively involved in providing foster care to orphans in surrounding communities.
He is a pastor’s son, carrying with him the legacy that God has given to his family to be a voice of hope and grace to the world. We know Heinrich as a humble servant who loves the presence of God, who always gives glory to God and never takes glory for himself; someone who truly loves and cares for all people from all social backgrounds. We are excited to hear from him at Convergence this year.
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