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Cambridge Leaders Network (Online)

Why is the CLN important? 

One of the most significant needs of the worldwide evangelical church is the development of its next generation of leaders. And yet, across much of the world, there is a glaring scarcity of resources and information for gifted leaders. As a result, they struggle to develop their capabilities and serve God's people effectively. If emerging leaders are to grow to spiritual maturity in Christ and fully use their gifts, they must have access to the mentoring and leadership development resources that will help them completely realise their potential. The Cambridge Leaders Network attempts to provide this.

What is the Cambridge Leaders Network?

The Cambridge Leaders Network (CLN) is a three-day, three and a half hours a day, invitation-only seminar for key emerging evangelical leaders. The seminar is intended to mentor emerging, influential leaders, helping them face challenges such as:

  • Maintaining an intimate relationship with the Lord when responsibilities are growing
  • Loving biblically and leading others to spiritual maturity
  • Developing leadership skills, i.e. planning strategically, communicating a vision, managing time, determining objectives, recruiting and mentoring staff, and managing finances and resources
  • Critically evaluating popular leadership thinking from a biblical worldview

The CLN programme consists of:

  1. Targeted Lectures and Discussions
  2. Personal Mentoring by Senior Leaders
  3. Strategy or Project Assessment

Who is speaking at the 2021 CLN Online?

Jay Eastman was born and raised in the US, attending The Ohio State University for undergraduate and graduate school. He has degrees in English and English education. He is married to Holly and they have three lively and often lovely children. He has taught English around the world and has served in former East Berlin as an evangelist, discipler and church planting facilitator with Mission to the World (MTW) since 2001. Jay also serves as an MTW team leader and European director of ongoing education and professional development for MTW employees and partners. He also serves as a consultant with Global Training and Development, providing strategic innovation and implementation for cross-cultural ministries.


Stephen Giere has served in Christian ministries for more than forty years in America and Europe.  He is in his 17th year teaching and leading a Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class of 500 men in Chicago.  Steve is a board member with the Forum of Christian Leaders serving in Europe with the European Leadership Forum.  Key to his role is shepherding and mentoring young leaders.  Steve and his wife, Connie, are residents of Chicago and members of The Moody Church a diverse, urban congregation with seventy countries of birth and fifty mother languages represented in its membership.  There he teaches and serves as an elder.  They have two grown children and ten grandchildren. Steve retired in 2019 after 45 years engaged in finance and investment management serving in various management roles including CEO of a Northern Trust subsidiary bank.


Nola Leach is a co-leader of the European Politics and Society Network and serves as the Chief Executive of CARE (Christian Action Research & Education), one of Europe’s leading Christian charities, which provides resources and helps bring Christian insight and experience to matters of public policy and practical caring initiatives. CARE undertakes a variety of social caring and educational programmes and research and is represented in the UK Parliaments and Assemblies. As Head of the Public Affairs team, Nola leads campaigns on topics such as human trafficking, Internet pornography, and the value of human life from its beginning to a natural end. She has overseen the publication of Living Free, a sequel to the CARE book Searching for Intimacy – a resource designed to help those trapped in the net of Internet pornography. She has a passion for developing Christian leaders and heads up CARE’s unique Leadership Programme. She is increasingly in demand as both a writer and a public speaker, has penned numerous articles, and regularly appears in the media.


Daryl McCarthy serves as Vice President of Academic Programs and Strategy with Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL). He is also Director of the European Leadership Forum's Academic Network, which provides networking, training, and mentoring for evangelicals in higher education.  Daryl has traveled to more than 55 nations and has spoken at universities, conferences, and churches around the world. In 1988 he helped found Global Scholars (formerly International Institute for Christian Studies) and served as President until 2014. Daryl earned a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary School of Intercultural Studies, Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary, Master of Arts in Philosophy of Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Theology from Kansas City College and Bible School. Daryl and his wife, Dr. Teri McCarthy, lived in Lithuania from 2010-2015, where they taught at Lithuania University of Educational Sciences in Vilnius. 


Tony Myrick received his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College and M.A. in New Testament Studies from Wheaton Graduate School. He has completed two years of doctoral studies in Paul’s Pastoral Leadership at the University of Aberdeen with Professor I.H. Marshall. He has worked for nearly 20 years in para-church and local church contexts teaching, developing, and maturing Christian leaders using a variety of principles, strategies, and tools. Tony served as the Minister of Discipleship at Traders Point Christian Church, which has 1,800 members and 160 small groups, for nearly a decade before coming to work as the Forum Vice President of Strategy and Education at the Forum of Christian Leaders, sponsor of the European Leadership Forum.


Dr. Keith A. Frey is a physician executive, academic leader, and proven transformational leader of professional teams within complex healthcare systems. Dr. Frey’s career includes prominent leadership roles at Duke University, Providence Health, the University of Washington, and Mayo Clinic. He is also a Professor of Practice, Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, WP Carey School of Business, Arizona State University. He has served in board leadership roles in church and para-church organizations. He is a multi-term elder at Scottsdale Bible Church – an 8000+ member church with 30+ pastors in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Frey holds a BS in Biology from the Virginia Military Institute, an MD degree from the Medical College of Virginia, and an MBA from Duke University. His wife, Melanie, of 45 years is active in missions in Europe and women’s ministry in the US. They have a married daughter and two grandchildren.


Peter (P.J.) Williams is the Principal and CEO of Tyndale House, Cambridge. He was educated at Cambridge University, where he received his MA, MPhil, and Ph.D. in the study of ancient languages related to the Bible. After his Ph.D., he was on staff in the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University (1997–1998), and thereafter taught Hebrew and Old Testament at Cambridge University as Affiliated Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic and as Research Fellow in Old Testament at Tyndale House, Cambridge (1998–2003). From 2003 to 2007 he was on the faculty of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he became a Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Deputy Head of the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy. Since 2007 he has been leading Tyndale House, and he is also an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He is a member of the Translation Oversight Committee of the English Standard Version of the Bible. Most recently he has been assisting Dr. Dirk Jongkind in Tyndale House’s production of a major edition of the Greek New Testament.

When is the 2021 CLN Online?

The 2021 Cambridge Leaders Network Online is scheduled to take place from Wednesday to Friday, 14 - 16 July.


How much does the 2021 CLN Online Cost?

Regular Registration - €50

Scholarship Rate* - €25

*A limited number of partial bursaries/scholarships are available to those who need them.

Payment is due one month after acceptance into the programme.


The Cambridge Leaders Network seeks to provide building blocks for effective, biblical leadership. To this end, we require participants to do each of the following before the conference:

Read a selection of pre-assigned materials. We will provide a list of readings, along with electronic copies of all articles/chapters.

Submit a 300–500 word case study that describes a problem you are currently facing in your leadership role (which a mentor will discuss with you at the CLN Online).

Submit a 300–500 word description of a strategy or project in your organisation (which a mentor will discuss with you at the CLN Online).

How Do I Apply?

If you are interested in participating in this year's Cambridge Leaders Network Online, please:
  1. Fill out the application form.
  2. Ask a pastor or spiritual mentor who knows you well to submit a reference for you.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

What Past Participants share About CLN?

“The CLN was one of my life’s greatest encouragements. Being an agent of change within your own culture is often times a lonely place to be. Meeting and bonding with leaders who chose, by faith, to face a similar (and even greater) scope of challenges, was most refreshing, especially given that we can now use our collective experience and learning to deal with a common set of issues...”
   Theodosis Paschalidis, National Director of Operation Mobilisation, Greece
“I have had great expectations before I arrived to CLN, but I have got much more than expected. I have not only gained deeper knowledge of certain leadership skills or understood what the Scripture says about it but, most of all, I have had the opportunity to make new friendships and enjoy blessed discussions with fellow participants and lecturers.”
   Zsolt Szalai, Vice-Chairman, CBMC Hungary