Published December 3, 2018

Be a Part of Positive Change

During this Christmas season, I can’t help but reflect on so many of the stories I’ve heard about people like you whose lives have been changed as we come together at the Summit.

I’m inspired by leaders who step out courageously to lead change they never dreamed was possible.

My friend Betty Byanyima from Uganda shares more about what happened when she took a risk to bring the Summit to government leaders in tourism:

Stories like these would not be possible without your belief in what can happen when a leader is equipped and encouraged to influence positive change not only in their community, but their country at large.

Looking forward to the future of this ministry, our vision is to one day reach more than 1,000,000 people like Betty.

Looking forward to the future of this ministry, our vision is to one day reach more than 1,000,000 people like Betty. Imagine what might happen when more Christian leaders commit to stewarding positive transformation in their country!

Would you prayerfully consider your year-end donation to the Global Leadership Development Fund?

As we step forward into 2019, your gift this year-end will encourage people like Betty to take courageous steps to bring change to their country.

Let’s be a formidable force for good and a beacon of light in our world.

Thank you for inspiring a vision of hope on leaders around the world. Together, we are helping Christians grow their leadership to maximize Kingdom impact. Learn more at

About the Author
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.