The State of the Messianic Jewish Body in the Modern State of Israel
Scripture through the Lens of Israel
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David Nasser was born in Iran but left the country with his family at age 9 during the Iranian Revolution. After almost a year in exile, his family moved to America. At age 18, he rejected his Muslim heritage and became a Christian. As one of the nation’s forefront speakers, David speaks to over 700,000 people each year using his God-given ability to reach the high tech, attention-lacking culture of Generation Next. The heart-cry of David’s ministry is to effectively present the same message, the Gospel of Christ, using fresh, post-modern methods.
Before coming to Liberty, he founded D. Nasser Outreach and Christ City Church near Birmingham, Ala., where he served as lead pastor.
In 2014, God introduced a new chapter into David’s life - overseeing Liberty University’s Office of Spiritual Development, including Convocation, North America’s largest weekly gathering of young people, LU Send, LU Serve, LU Shepherd, LU Stages, the Worship Collective, and the Office of Online Engagement. He oversees a team that advances Liberty’s mission by strengthening the theological foundation of the student body and its leaders through gatherings such as Convocation and Campus Community. He steers the discipleship process of seeing students come to Christ and grow in their faith and will mobilize students and faculty to reach the world for Christ through the global studies degree program, humanitarian efforts, church planting, and cohesive ministry partnerships.
After returning from eight years in missions in post World War II Germany, Don Finto earned a Ph.D. in German Literature at Vanderbilt University and taught at Lipscomb University from 1963-1971. He served Belmont Church as Senior Pastor from 1971-1996 during the height of the Jesus Movement before founding Caleb Company. This prophetic fathering, teaching, and mentoring ministry seeks to develop Jewish and Gentile believers and challenge them to live holy and devoted lives. Don focuses on advocacy for Jewish people, prayer, worship, connecting Gentile and Messianic believers, calling the Gentile Church to be in meaningful support of what God is fulfilling in the Jewish world, and enabling young leaders to fulfill God’s calling. He has written three significant books on these topics: Your People Shall Be My People, God’s Promise and The Future of Israel, and his latest book, Prepare! For the End Time Harvest Don currently lives in Tennessee.
Wayne Hilsden currently serves as the founder and president of FIRM (Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries). Previously, Wayne Hilsden served as co-founder and Senior Pastor of King of Kings Community Jerusalem, a diverse Messiah-centered congregation in the heart of Jerusalem. He has also helped plant three other Messiah-centered congregations throughout Is-rael. In 1990, Wayne co-founded Israel College of the Bible, which has since trained more than 1,500 students from all over the world. Wayne has invested much of his life in mentoring young Israeli leaders, many of whom are key leaders today in Israel’s Body of believers.
Gateway Worship is a dynamic team of worshippers who are passionate about serving the Lord with their musical gifts and proclaiming His goodness. Their high-energy, impactful leadership in worship serves the many campuses of Gateway Church on a weekly basis. Their global impact and ministry events have helped lead people into the presence of the Lord around the world.
They have seven internationally released albums, including the newest album, GATEWAY | Monuments. GATEWAY | Monuments represents the voices and songs of Gateway Worship. GATEWAY has contributed many songs that are impacting the Church and God’s people around the world.
Glyn & his wife Sophia are the Senior Pastors of !Audacious Church, a multi site, multi generational church with campus in Manchester and Chester, England. A powerful and sought-after communicator, Glyn's messages and motivational teaching continue to inspire people of all generations throughout the world. He and Sophia have two children, Georgia and Jaedon. As far as passions go - Glyn is fanatical about Manchester City Football Club. He also loves his motorbike, his family and did we mention Manchester City Football Club?
Joshua Aaron is an award winning, Messianic Jewish singer and Integrity Music songwriter. He resides near the Sea of Galilee with his wife Jeannie and four children (Emma, Josh "Shuki", Max, and Levi) and continues to maintain citizenship with both the nation of Israel & the United States of America. His 2012 release “You Are Holy“ won Joshua two Independent Music Awards for his original songs, “Hoshiana“ and “You Are Holy“ and Joshua's recent album entitled "Every Tribe" reached #1 on iTunes for "world" genre and #1 on Amazon in three categories; International, Praise & Worship and Christian Contemporary Music upon it's release in December, 2016.
Whether leading 3 million in Krakow, Poland in worship to "Gadol Elohai" ('How Great is Our God' in Hebrew) or through his worship songs on youtube (with well over 18 million views!), you'll always find Joshua praising the God of Israel and passionately singing of the soon return of the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua.
Martin Smith is a singer and songwriter of rare ability and passion. His mixture of skill and integrity has wowed audiences inside and outside the walls of the Church since his days as a young guy with big dreams in the early 1990s. Back then, Martin spent his time writing and singing songs about the realities of life and faith which travelled the world, some of which became some of the modern Church’s most popular calls to arms (Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble, I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever, Thank You For Saving Me).