Mission Summit - October 11-12
posted on June 18
Mission leaders are invited to gather for a time of learning, encouragement and revival, and connection at the first-ever Mission Summit. Hosted at LifeWise in St. Louis, Mission Summit aims to not only refill the spiritual buckets of local servants but to send them back into the mission field better equipped for their work. This event is focused on those who are on the ground, doing mission work of all types and in all settings, both in Missouri and around the world.
Rev. Eugene Cho
Rev. Eugene Cho’s many passions involve leadership, justice, the whole Gospel, and the pursuit of God’s Kingdom here on this earth. He travels throughout the world to encourage churches, non-profits, pastors, leaders, missionaries, and justice workers – whether this happens in churches, arenas, conferences, universities, or as a guest in underground churches, villages, or refugee camps.
Eugene Cho is the founder and former Senior Pastor of Quest Church – an urban, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Seattle, Washington. After 18 years, Eugene stepped aside at Quest in 2018. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Q Café, an innovative non-profit community café and music venue which closed due to relocation in 2015.
He is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages (ODW) – a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty.
The vision of ODW is to create a collaborative movement that promotes awareness, invites simple giving (one day’s wages) and supports sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with smaller organizations in developing regions. Since its launch in October 2009, ODW has raised over $7 million dollars for projects to empower those living in extreme global poverty. ODW has been featured in the New York Times, The Seattle Times, NPR, Christianity Today and numerous other media outlets. For his entrepreneurial work and spirit, Eugene was recently honored as one of 50 Everyday American Heroes and a recipient of the Frederick Douglass 200 – included in a list of 200 people around the world who best embody the spirit and work of Frederick Douglass, one of the most influential figures in history. Eugene was also the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Eugene recently released his first book, Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? He is currently writing his second book which is set to release in February 2020.
Eugene and Minhee have been married for 22 years and have three children. Together, they live in Seattle, Washington.
Rev. Clayton Childers
Clayton connects Church and Society to work done at the conference, district, and local church levels. He believes our ministry should be grounded in prayer, built on strong relationships, and emphasize education that leads to action. He is an elder in the South Carolina Conference. He’s pastored churches in a variety of contexts — from the inner city to a textile mill village.
Clayton loves to help United Methodists learn how to connect their faith with issues of public concern. Why is this important for Christians? How can our lives make a positive difference?
While pastoring, Clayton found many of his members — faithful church people — had never thought about connecting faith and transforming the world. For many, faith was more of a personal, individual practice. And yet, Jesus’ ministry was both personal and social, prayerful and active. To truly follow Jesus, we must do both. We need to respond to both the immediate needs, and also address their root causes.
How can we do both?
Prayer, relationships and education that leads to loving, transformative action.
Megan was born and raised in Hannibal, MO, and first discovered Rainbow Network at her home church — Arch UMC in Hannibal. After traveling to Nicaragua in 2005, she began volunteering with Rainbow Network by managing booths at events, recruiting student sponsors, and raising funds.
Megan earned her biology degree from Westminister College in Fulton, Missouri, and pursued a variety of unique jobs; she worked as a landscaper, a patient care tech, a tax collector, an outdoor team member at a small theme park, and in housing construction. However, she knew her place was at Rainbow Network! Megan joined Rainbow Network staff as the Development Director in 2012 and began to rebuild church partnerships, the special needs program, and community partnership programs. This experience made her the perfect candidate to take over as Executive Director after founder Keith Jaspers retired in July 2018.
Megan married Jose “Stalin” Herrera, who is Nicaraguan, in November 2018. She enjoys watching Duke basketball, volleyball, golf, and now soccer (thanks to her husband). She is also passionate about international travel, and has visited Nicaragua several times along with Ireland and many countries in Eastern Europe.
“My favorite part of Rainbow Network is listening to people share stories of where they once were (in extreme poverty) and to now see the smile on their face as they proudly boast about how they are standing on their own two feet — that is true empowerment.”
St. Louis, MO