Rowan Gillson, founder of World Changers Summit, is the President and CEO of the Institute of Photographic Studies. He and his wife Jocelyn reside in Portland, OR, along with their son Lewis, but spend much of their time on the road hosting photography workshops rooted in a Christian worldview. Rowan has traveled the world, serving as a team leader for various groups throughout Asia, Europe, and New Zealand/Australia. Rowan has hosted large events for the Institute in Basic Life Principles and served as an Assistant Staff Director at Summit Ministries. In 2010 Rowan was selected as one of 4000 Christian leaders from around the world to participate in the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa.
Julie Hiramine is the Founder and Executive Director of the ministry Generations of Virtue that equips parents to empower their children for purity in our world today. As an internationally noted speaker, author and Christian leader, Julie has encouraged and impacted parents and teens both in the US and internationally through her speaking and written materials.
Julie graduated from Pepperdine University with dual Bachelors’ degrees in Non Profit Business Management and Sociology. Julie’s background in youth ministry has shaped her into a passionate advocate for raising the next generation to fulfill their God-given destinies. Julie is based with her husband, Kay, and family in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Kay Hiramine Kay is the Catalyst for Humanitarian International Services Group (HISG). Kay was born into a first generation Japanese American home. He received an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) from the University of Geneva, Fordham University, The Center for International Health and Cooperation and the Royal College of Surgeons at the University of Belfast. He has also been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Philosphy (PH.D) from Kathmandu International University in June, 2010. The doctorate degree is in the field of Philanthropy.
Kay’s distinguished career in the non-profit sector has involved starting multiple non-profits and overseening global initiatives involving millions of people and every country of the world.
Kay is one of the founders of Humanitarian International Services Group (HISG), located in Palmer Lake, CO. He has worked with NGOs, IOs, government officials, business leaders and faith based groups in humanitarian activities around the world. Kay resides with his wife Julie in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They have five daughters.
Bill Moritz Bill graduated from the University of Missouri and holds a J.D. from Oral Roberts University. He is currently in private law practice and Director of two Foundations, New Horizons and Joy To The World. Bill enjoys his family, international ministry, golf, music, and bike riding. His experience in founding, running, and equipping non-profits for effective ministry is a welcome addition to World Changers!
Jeff Myers Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. He also serves as Distinguished Service Professor and Senior Fellow for Leadership Studies at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. Dr. Myers speaks to more than 50,000 people each year in corporations, schools, homeschool conferences, parent groups, and youth-serving organizations. Over the last decade, Dr. Myers has worked with Summit Ministries to develop cutting-edge leadership experiences in Colorado, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Alberta, Canada. Dr. Myers’ many books and video courses include Of Knights and Fair Maidens, Playpen to Podium, Secrets of Great Communicators, Secrets of the World-Changers, Secrets of Everyday Leaders, For Such a Time as This, Handoff, and Cultivate. Dr. Myers earned a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Denver. He and his wife Danielle have four children—Graham, Emma, Cate, and Stuart—and live in Manitou Springs, CO.
Dewey Novotny Dewey Novotny’s involvement in student ministry and leadership development spans three decades with pioneering the Hugh O’Brian Arizona Youth Leadership Seminars and launching a grassroots ministry for College and Career aged world changers. More recently he directed a Student Resource department for the Advanced Training Institute, a large home school organization, and has since founded and developed Life Purpose Planning. Whether vocationally flying “aluminum tubes” across the Atlantic, fly-fishing in Alaska, or inspiring others to seek God’s best, he spreads contagious enthusiasm across the country. He uses his experiences as an F-16 military and commercial airline pilot to motivate young people to wholeheartedly “discover, define, develop, and deploy” into their individual, God-ordained, world-changing life purpose. He and his wife Chardell have seven children and live northeast of Dallas, Texas.
John Stonestreet John’s passion is to illuminate a biblical worldview for today’s culture. He’s a speaker, writer, cultural commentator, and collaborator of worldview initiatives. In his shared role with the Colson Center and Summit Ministries, John directs conferences and curriculum projects, speaks to groups nationally and internationally, consults on worldview education for schools and churches, and appears frequently on web and radio broadcasts. As the host of The Point, a daily national radio program, John provides thought-provoking commentaries on current events and life issues from a biblical worldview. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) and Bryan College (TN), and is the co-author of Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. He and his wife Sarah have three daughters and a dog, and live in Colorado Springs, CO.