For many years, the leadership team of the Jesus Gemeinde has had the dream to establish a leadership school. activate was born from the desire to call new things into life in the kingdom of God and to give life to already existing things through new ideas. We want to help leaders to prepare for new church plants. Our training will also stimulate new thinking for participants who are already an active part of church leadership and this in turn, can help them to break new ground.

Our speakers have a broad field of experience and possess specialised knowledge of their individual subjects. Most of them are church leaders who have planted churches themselves.

Our main speakers are

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Wayne Neuper

Wayne was born in Durban, South Africa. He worked as a chartered accountant until Cornerstone Church, Johannesburg, appointed him as an elder in 1992 and at the same time offered him a full-time position.
Sent out with their church’s full support, Wayne and his wife René planted a new church east of Johannesburg in 1993. In 1999, they were asked to take over the leadership of Jesus Gemeinde in Dresden.
Since then the Jesus Gemeinde has grown to be a church of many hundreds of people. On some Sundays there are as many as six services. The leadership team consists of eleven elders couples, many of which are employed by the church. The leadership role and especially working together as a team are the aspects that Wayne really enjoys. He has a heart for building effective, contemporary and biblical churches. Wayne also has a translocal ministry and he has established connections to many churches throughout Europe, where he regular ministers and advises church leaders.

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Dr. Dierk Müller

Dierk is (happily!) married to Nadia, has two children and lives with his family in Dresden. He has been an elder in Jesus Gemeinde since 2012 and was a pastor in a youth church before that. Dierk studied theology in Kansas City, USA, and graduated from the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master’s degree in biblical languages. In his doctoral thesis (PhD University of Pretoria) he examined the military language in Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Today, Dierk is the academic leader of the Promoveo bible school in Dresden. He has been functioning as a guest lecturer at the Theological Seminary Beröa and, in addition to that, is a co-founder and lecturer at the pastoral seminar Forerunner Leadership Institute Tainan, Taiwan.
Dierk has a captivating way to excite people for the word of God and to pass on theology in a vibrant manner.

Also part of the core team is

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Judith Hoffmann

Judith is the main coordinator and contact for activate. Judith is originally from Hannover. After finishing her schooling in Germany, she completed a discipleship training school in Canada and then moved to England. There she continued her training by studying for a Bachelor degree in theology and mission and is currently studying for her Masters degree in biblical interpretation. Most of her experience in the areas of training and organisation was gained during her time of working at the ForMission College in England. In her work within the theological seminary, Judith had the possibility to gain deep insight into the institute and to contribute to its different areas, which now benefits her work with activate. It is Judith’s great passion to lead people into an encounter with God and to release potential in people so that God’s kingdom can be built.

Other speakers from the previous years

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Eddie & Thea Bakker

Nordhorn, Germany

Eddie and Thea began their ministry by leading a bible school over the course of many years. Later they planted a church in Nordhorn, Germany, where they experience God’s favour and blessing as well as consistent growth within their church. Their ministry has an emphasis on training, especially in the areas of preaching and praise and worship. In addition to that, Eddie also ministers regularly in various churches around the Netherlands.

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Rob & Bridget Forbes

Munich, Germany

Rob and Bridget have lived in Mongolia for 14 years. They planted and led a church there and were also involved in the planting and developing of other churches. In 2009, they handed over the leadership of their church in Mongolia and returned to South Africa. In 2011, they relocated to Dresden where they supported the Jesus Gemeinde and further developed their translocal ministry . In December 2016, they moved to Munich to take over the leadership of the church “Jesus the Way”.

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Gerfried & Ulla Schmidt

Bielefeld, Germany

Gerfried and Ulla have served on the eldership team of the Christliches Zentrum Bielefeld for many years. Gerfried has been leading that team since 2014. They often travel around Germany, serving churches who are part of the NCMI network. Gerfried and Ulla ́s ministry is characterised by a love for the word of God and a love for the local church.

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Ray & Moira Oliver

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Ray has been married to his wife Moira for more than 40 years and they have three sons. He was born in Zimbabwe and worked as a lawyer before he planted two churches in Zimbabwe. In 1974, he and his family relocated to Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. There they began a ministry with a small group of students that later developed into the NCF Church. The church grew and Ray handed over the leadership in 2000 to focus more on international ministry and the training of leaders. Later, Ray and his wife served in many countries all over the world and led a training for church planters in South Africa for about eight years. Now both of them are an active part of their original local church again. Among other things, they are responsible for one of their church sites that mainly serves the Indian community. NCF is now called One Life Church and has continuously grown. The church currently has 15 different sites in a radius of 100 km around Pietermaritzburg.

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Ant & Helen Rist

St. Albans, Great Britain

Ant and Helen Rist lead the Forest Town Church in St. Albans in England. In 2000 they relocated from South Africa, where they had been serving as part of the leadership team for many years, to Great Britain to plant the church there. With great joy they have been building the church there for the past 16 years. Ant loves to preach and to teach, while Helen works as the coordinator of the church ministry and serves both with her prophetic gifting and preaching. They have two sons, Matthew and Jesse.

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Dan Spitzer

Dresden, Germany

Dan and his wife Antje have been part of the leadership team of Jesus Gemeinde Dresden since 2008. They have been married for more than 25 years and have three adult children. Dan has much experience with different prophetic gifts and has an expectation for God to speak more deeply through the prophetic to His church. Dan and Antje’s passion is to encourage people, to foster them, to bring forth creativity and for them to have a close relationship with God.

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Klaus & Trixi Friedrich

Dresden, Germany

Klaus and Trixi lead an interdenominational ministry (“Strom des Lebens”; Eng.: Stream of Life) with the purpose of turning the hearts of the fathers towards their sons and the hearts of the sons towards their fathers, to build a people equipped for God to restore all things according to Mal. 4:5,6; Lk. 1:17 and Mt. 17:11.
Through their teaching on reconciliation with God and leading people to experience personal healing, they want to release and enable people to take hold of their identity as sons and daughters of God and of their personal calling (Rom. 8:19), to live in genuine community with each other, to have heart-to-heart encounters and to deeply know God’s heart and to live in intimacy with him.

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Rahel Wesner

Lemgo, Germany

Rahel was born in Singapore in 1983 and is a freelance consultant for personality and team development based on the Clifton StrengthsFinder Tests.
When she was 20 years old, she was part of a team of church planters for three years. Later she completed a Master’s degree in Global Leadership in Los Angeles (USA). There she received a lot of valuable input in the field of church planting and leadership development. She studied educational theory, psychology and English studies and worked as a secondary school teacher for several years. Through continuous training in the fields of communication and coaching, she made her path into the area of consulting.
She loves to help people and teams to release their potential, to live out healthy relationships and to live out their God-given calling.

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Steve Wimble

Durban, South Africa

Steve has been serving in various church leadership roles since the age of 17. When he was leading the youth group in his local church, he met Jacqui. They got married and now have two sons – Levi and Ethan. Steve and Jacqui worked on team as full-time pastors at One Life Church in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where they were involved in different roles at different times. These included planting new sites, training small group leaders, preaching, leading the worship teams, overseeing the church administration and more. In 2013, they took over the leadership of CityHill Church Hillcrest in Durban. As part of the NCMI team, Steve has travelled to many different countries, usually with Jacqui, doing leadership training.

The mentors, who will be part of the training, all lead churches in Germany. You will get to know them throughout the training.