Eugene is the founder of Quest church in Seattle where he served as the former senior pastor for 18 years. With passions involving justice, leadership, the whole Gospel and the pursuit of God’s kingdom here on earth, Eugene travels throughout the world to encourage churches of all forms and sizes.
Eugene is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages – a grassroots movement of people, stories and actions to fight global poverty. Since its launch in 2009, the movement has raised over 8 million dollars, empowering lives affected by extreme poverty issues including sanitation, clean water, children’s education, maternal health and human trafficking, in communities all around the world.
Eugene is the author of two books – Overrated and Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk – and was recently named President-Elect of Bread for the World – a non-partisan Christian advocacy organization urging global decision makers to help end global hunger.
Through his extensive work, Eugene helps people understand that everyday people have the power to change the world, and challenges Christians about what it means to embody faith in action and actually follow Jesus.
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Mission veterans of over 35 years, Nik Ripken together with his wife Ruth, have served in Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, Somalia, Germany, Ethiopia and the Middle East. During this time, they experienced extreme dangers, difficulties and loss as they were introduced to the phenomenon of the persecuted church.Today, Nik is a leading expert on the persecuted church. His extensive research includes over 600 interviews with believers in persecution, in over 70 countries.
His ministry, Nik Ripken Ministries, is dedicated to expanding the kingdom of God by sharing the truths and practices learned from believers in persecution.
Nik is the author of several books including The Insanity of God, which has also been produced into a documentary film. His resources were created and exist to engage current generations with the truth of Jesus, challenging them to follow him, across the street and the ocean, no matter the cost because he is worth it.
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