February 1 & 2, 2024 - Houston, TX

Greater Europe Mission (GEM) is hosting a 24-hour deep dive of prayer, collaboration, and vision casting for this next year of ministry.  We care deeply about building strong mutually beneficial relationships for the Kingdom, and you are an important part of that. We would love to have you join us! 

We have the privilege of holding our sessions at the Lanier Theological Library. Along with time to connect and hear from one another, we will get to hear from a great team of speakers!

When: February 1 & 2, 2024

11:30am Thursday (February 1) – 1:30pm Friday (February 2)

Where: Houston, TX

Sessions and meals will be held at the
14130 Hargrave Rd, Houston, TX 77070
Overnight Accommodations on 2/1 at
Hilton Garden Inn Houston NW/Willowbrook
7979 Willow Chase Boulevard, Houston, TX 77070

Cost: $0 + Your travel to arrive at the event

Your accommodations and meals will be paid for once you arrive at the hotel (2/1 Lunch – 2/2 Lunch), just take care of your travel arrangements.


Jon Burns

Jon Burns has been president of GEM since January 2015. Jon comes to GEM with strong pastoral and church planting experience in England. In 2015, he was honored by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the prestigious BEM award (British Empire Medal) for his work around the world with children and communities. Jon and his wife, Sandra, have two grown daughters, Rosie and Emmie. Jon and Sandra, who are originally from Northern England, have spent many years in London, and now live in Dallas, TX.


Dr. Rob Bugh

Dr. Rob Bugh served as Senior Pastor of Wheaton Bible Church for 27 years. Since 2004 he has served on the GEM board. Following the death of his first wife, Rob married Dr. Rhonda Williams, a pediatrician who previously lost her husband to cancer. Rob has been actively involved in Family Life Ministry’s Stepfamily ministry, and wrote a book, When the Bottom Drops Out, about God’s grace in the face of life-altering tragedy. Rob and Rhonda’s crazy stepfamily includes seven young adults, all married, and 14 grandchildren.


Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor serves as the VP of Mobilization for GEM and as the Executive Director of UK-USA Ministries. He and his wife, Kookie, have four children and an adorable granddaughter. Mike and Kookie were founding members of UK-USA and launched to Stockton-on-Tees in the United Kingdom in 2011. Mike comes to GEM with 30 years of pastoral experience and wide engagement in churches across America. His passion is to see God raise up a new generation of missionaries to Europe.

Josh Rolf

Josh Rolf grew up in Honolulu Hawaii. After Seminary, he led the Missions Ministry for Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX for 13 years. He was responsible for 50+ annual short-term trips sent out by the church nationally and internationally. In addition to mobilizing, he has been involved in the development of many long-term overseas strategies. Josh serves as the Director of Church Relationships for Launch Global, which helps train and send cross-cultural workers to the unreached peoples of the world. Joshua, his wife Maria, and their 2 children live in Lynchburg, VA.

I was encouraged to attend the Forum in Dallas last year & I’m so glad I did. Not only did I hear the vision that GEM has to reach Europe for Christ and how our Church can be part of that, but I got connected with several like-minded Mission Pastors from across the country. I was impressed also with how GEM packed so much into this 24-hour Event! 

Ethan Collins Mission Pastor Scottsdale Bible

Mission Pastor, Scottsdale Bible

When I attend the GEM missions pastor forum, I am educated, informed, challenged, encouraged, spiritually moved through the GEM staff, other missions pastors and the spirit. I’m always blessed to be a part.

Keith Davis

Mission Pastor, First Baptist Owasso

I commend GEM's Mission Pastor's Forum as a wonderful gathering of like-minded leaders who are praying & laboring to mobilize Bible saturated missionaries to share the gospel in your local communities and to the ends of the earth.

Bryan Wintersteen

Global Missions Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church