GLOBAL FORUM 2025

A collaborative event to learn how to transform Europe together.

February 6 & 7, 2025

Lanier Theological Library - Houston, TX

Global Forum was created for global-minded leaders, just like you. Join us as we learn together, share ideas, and hear from experts in disciple-making across Europe. We know you'll take home great ideas to help your congregation grow a passion for the transformation of Europe.

When: February 6 & 7, 2025

11:30am Thursday (February 6) – 1:30pm Friday (February 7)

Where: Houston, TX

Sessions and meals will be held at the
14130 Hargrave Rd, Houston, TX 77070
Overnight Accommodations on 2/6 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 (2/6 Lunch – 2/7 Lunch), just take care of your travel arrangements.

Burns

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.

Rob

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

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.

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