Who Are The Speakers at the Congress?

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The final programme, with a complete speakers list will be available very soon.

The Speakers and facilitators who are already confirmed include:

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts: Children Matter, UK & France
Dave was a founder of Youth work magazine and one of the founders of the annual Children’s Ministry conference in Eastbourne. This event attracts delegates from throughout Europe as up 1500 people gather for teaching, worship and practical workshops. Dave is the webmaster for the Children Matter network, which has over 2000 members. He is the writer of God’s Plan for Children.



Anne-Christine Bataillard

Anne-Christine Bataillard: Grain of Wheat, Switzerland
Anne-Christine has been the Lausanne Catalyst for Children and Evangelism for the last 5 years. She is the former International President of the Grain of Wheat whose vision and ministry is to bring hope and transformation to children through Jesus Christ, it is active in about 30 countries on 4 continents, working with local people and through local churches. Anne-Christine is also on the leadership of the Global Children’s Forum (GCF was born in 2008) and the Reaching Europe’s Children Congress (RECC was initiated in 2013).  Anne-Christine lives in Lausanne, Switzerland and is married to her husband Raymond, they have two adult children, Marycil and Christophe.


Harry Bryans

Harry Bryans: Hope for Europe
Originally from N. Ireland (UK), Harry has served as a missionary in Belgium since 1983 and been involved in full-time children and youth work since 1990. He’s been happily married to Catherine for 29 years and they have 2 wonderful adult children. He’s passionate about seeing children and youth grow into confident and mature disciples of Christ using their unique God-given gifts and living out His purpose for their lives. He serves on several international partnership initiatives (Global Children’s Forum, 4/14 Window Movement, European Youth Ministry Network, Reaching Europe’s Children, EEA & Hope for Europe Children’s Ministry Network) and as associate for children and youth ministry with the European Evangelical Alliance.

He’s helped launch both Children’s and Youth Ministry networks in Europe and last year became a certified member of the John Maxwell Team (JMT) to better equip today’s and tomorrows leaders. He recently joined the JMT President’s Advisory Council, serves on the Youth Committee and contributes to the JMT Global Youth Initiative.

Katharina Kubli

Katharina Kubli:
Katharina Kubli studied applied geodesy in Moscow University of Geodesy, Aerial photo survey and Cartography. In 1993, after visit of Billy Graham to Russia she accepted Jesus as the Lord and a personal Savior. In 1997 she started to serve Lord in a Christian organization working with children- Grain of Wheat Russia and from 2000 up to 2005 she worked there as an executive director. In 2007 she moved to Zürich, Switzerland to be united with her family. There she graduated from KV Business School Zürich and worked as an accountant. After an invitation of GOWI to join the team as an accountant, 11/2012 she started to work in GOWI and moved to Lausanne. She is married, has one adult daughter.


Ursy Botting

Ursy Botting: Viva Network, Slovakia
Ursy Botting is the co-ordinator of Viva Network Slovakia, a NGO that networks Christians and Christian projects working with children at risk. Trained as a banker Ursy worked for many years with children and youth in Switzerland where she grew up.




Lise Daugaard

Lise Daugaard: Apostolic Church of Denmark
For the last 21 years Lise has been the Children Ministry Adviser for the Apostolic Church in Denmark, giving inspiration to children’s ministry workers in local churches. She also works for an organization called KOB (Organization of Free Evangelical Churches Children’s Work) with a specific responsibility for Children’s Ministry Conferences and teaching programs.




Rob Hondsmerk

Rob Hondsmerk: Grain of Wheat
Rob studied child-and family psychology. Since 2000 he is a licensed healthcare psychologist. He is married and has 4 children. His first position as CEO was with “Chris”, a non-profit organization for help for children and youth in The Netherlands, Belgium, The Dutch Antilles, Germany and in Surinam. Rob wrote several books e.g. one on prevention of sexual child abuse and one on bullying and is an international speaker and trainer. Until 2007 Rob was also CEO for Focus on the Family Netherlands. In 2007 he became CEO of an evangelical drug rehab center. In October 2017 he will start/started in his new position as CEO for Grain of Wheat International.


Barbara Ruegger

Barbara Ruegger: Kings Kids International (KKI) & YWAM Switzerland
Barbara Ruegger from Switzerland has been working with children and youth for over 25 years. She is working with YWAM/King’s Kids as part of the international leadership team, as well as networking with many other groups and organizations such as ‘World without Orphans’ (WWO) and the Lausanne Group for Children at Risk. Barbara loves to lead children and families into prayer and has been involved in writing the ’30 Day Ramadan Prayer Booklet for children and families’ to encourage prayer for the Muslim world. She has an MA in Holistic Child Development and is busy training people all over the world who work with vulnerable and traumatized children.


Lyudmila Bryn

Lyudmila Bryn, Children Mission International
Trained as a teacher of English and German, she became a Christian in her students’ years. Received her training at Petra College for Children’s Ministry in 1999 (www.petra.co.za). Lyudmila is for 18 years full-time involved in training adults for effective ministry with children. She is leading Children Mission International – interdenominational ministry equipping Christians in the former Soviet Union countries – Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Armenia, Latvia, Georgia (www.childrenmission.net). Since 2015 she serves as a 4-14 Window Movement Coordinator for Eastern Europe.



Olga Zaitseva was raised in an atheist home in the Soviet Union. She accepted Christ at the age of 17. In 2003, after graduating from Capital Bible Seminary in the U.S. she joined Bible Centered Ministries International (www.bcmintl.org) where she currently serves as International Coordinator for Teacher Training Ministries. She has conducted In Step with the Master Teacher (www.instepmasterteacher.com) teacher training workshops in 12 countries on 4 continents. She also teaches children’s ministry courses at Kuban’ Evangelical Christian University  (www.kecu.ru) in Krasnodar, Russia, where she now lives.



Patrick Gasser, 50 years old, is working for Grain de Blé Suisse for last 3 years. He worked for 25 years for a multinational company as Supply Chain Manager before responding to the call for ministry. He is married to Monique and they have 4 children and are 3 times grand parents.





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