Jesus Film executive to speak at GA World Outreach banquet


Erick Schenkel

Erick Schenkel, former Executive Director of the Jesus Film Project, will be the speaker for the World Outreach banquet on Tuesday, June 21, at the EPC’s 42nd General Assembly. The Assembly will be held June 21-24 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich.

Schenkel’s appearance is “great blessing” that resulted from an unforeseen scheduling conflict with the originally announced speaker.

“I worked closely with Erick for six years, and his passion for reaching the world for Christ is completely infectious,” said Gabriel de Guia, Executive Director of EPC World Outreach. “It is a great blessing that he is speaking at our Tuesday evening banquet. As we will all hear on Wednesday as well, he and his family bear the scars of persecution for his commitment to Christ. I have no doubt that what we saw as a scheduling problem, God in His sovereignty had planned all along.”

For more than 40 years, Schenkel served as a church planter, pastor, and missionary to Central Asia and the Middle East. He was Executive Director of Jesus Film Project (a division of Cru) from 2012-18. He holds four degrees from Harvard University, including a PhD in American religious history. He is the author of The Rich Man and the Kingdom: John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and the Protestant Establish Establishment and Everyone, Everywhere: Glimpses of God’s Global Work through People Like You. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have five children and four grandchildren. They continue to serve with Cru and live in Orlando, Fla.

Schenkel also appears at the 42nd General Assembly on Wednesday, June 22, as part of a Leadership Institute panel discussion, “Real Lessons from Real Persecution.” Other panel guests include Andrew Brunson, Setan Lee, Clay Jones, and Brad Strait.

For more information about this year’s Leadership Institute, see .

For additional World Outreach activities at the 42nd General Assembly, see


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