Global Ministries Conference

Welcome to Multnomah University's 77th annual global ministries conference. This year we'll be focusing on Creation Care. We'll explore this theme through:

  • Seminars
  • Conversations
  • Plenary Talks
  • Evening Activities
  • Prayer Hours
  • Worship


Miriam Adeney

Dr. Adeney is an anthropologist, a missiologist, and an author whose passions include global Christianity, world religions, gender, oral art genres, economic community development, multiethnic ministry, diasporas, training writers for publication, and preparing workers for cross-cultural living.

She serves on the board of Christianity Today International, is a mission associate of the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission, is a member of the diaspora task force of the Lausanne Movement, is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award from the Christians for Biblical Equality, and is past president of the American Society of Missiology.

At Seattle Pacific University she chairs the faculty advisory committee of the Asian American Ministry Program. She is also a teaching fellow at Regent College.

She has authored more than 150 articles or book chapters, as well as six books. In many countries, spanning five continents, she is invited to lecture at universities and conferences. Southeast Asia, Latin America, and North American multiethnic communities are areas of long term interest.

Also deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Adeney is married, the mother of three sons, and a member of Seattle’s University Presbyterian Church. Her academic degrees are from Wheaton College (BA, anthropology); Syracuse University (MA, journalism); and Washington State University (PhD, anthropology).


A.J. Swoboda 

Dr. A. J. Swoboda is a professor, author, and pastor of Theophilus in urban Portland, Oregon. He teaches theology, biblical studies, and Christian history at George Fox Evangelical and Fuller Seminaries, including a number of other universities and Bible colleges. A.J. also teaches in the Global Studies deptartment at Multnomah University.  Previous to this, A.J. served as a campus pastor at the University of Oregon.

His doctoral research at the University of Birmingham (U.K.) explored the never-ending relationship between the Holy Spirit and ecology. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Pentecostal Studies. A.J. is the author of The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith (Baker), A Glorious Dark: Finding Hope in the Tension between Belief and Experience (Baker), Messy: God Likes It That Way (Kregel), Tongues and Trees: Toward a Pentecostal Ecological Theology (JPTSup, Deo),  Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology (Baker Academic), and Scripting Pentecost: A Study of Pentecostals, Worship and Liturgy  (Routledge).

You can find his website and blog at, or follow him on Twitter @mrajswoboda.



Worship leader: Caleb Schmidt

Caleb Schmidt was born and raised in Bangladesh. He traveled extensively throughout his childhood with his missionary parents and experienced many diverse cultures, including attending an international high school in Thailand. After graduation, Caleb relocated to Germany where he is now on the leadership team of Youth With A Mission Herrnhut. He desires to see revival and awakening in Europe, resulting in total societal transformation throughout the continent.

He has been involved in worship ministry since he was in high school and so much of his life has flowed out of that intimate place of worship. One encounter with Jesus has the power to change lives and Caleb uses worship to provide that platform.






February 21-23, 2017


You can view the schedule of events planned for GMC 2017 here.

Bible passage that captures our theme

Genesis 1:1

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