Please make plans to join us for our annual World Missions Conference from February 23 through March 3, 2024. 

GiotisThis year, we welcome Dr. Panagiotis (Giotis) Kantartzis as our conference speaker for the first weekend of our missions conference. Giotis has served as senior pastor of the First Greek Evangelical Church in Athens, Greece (the oldest Protestant church in Greece) since 1999. Giotis studied sociology (B.A. - University of Athens) and theology (Diploma - Greek Bible College, M.Div. - Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Th.M. - Boston University School of Theology, PhD - Divinity School, University of Thessaloniki). He is the author of the book A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Eastern Orthodox Theology: An Evangelical Perspective. 

In 2008 Giotis was instrumental in the creation of the Polis Church Planting Network which was established with the goal of identifying and training godly men and sending them out to plant new churches in urban neighborhoods. The result is ten churches planted. In 2018 Christ Covenant was asked to partner with a new ministry to the homeless of Athens. This ministry of the First Evangelical Church in Athens was sparked by Giotis making a visit to KARM here in Knoxville. Giotis is married to Nopie and they have three sons: George, Theophilos, and Jason.

 

1627801495898Rev. Andrew Halbert will be the guest missions speaker on the second Sunday of the conference. Andrew and Julie have been living and serving the past 10 years in San Jose, Costa Rica, where Andrew has served as the director of ESEPA Seminary. Andrew is ordained in the Palmetto Presbytery of the PCA. He has a B.A. from the University of Tennessee and an M.Div. from Columbia International University (Seminary). Andrew and Julie have also been serving in their local church, Andrew as Assistant Pastor and Julie through women’s Bible studies, exercise classes, and hospitality. They have two children: Ann Renee and Bryan. Andrew will be joining the staff at Christ Covenant in May as our Assistant Pastor of Global and Local Outreach.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Friday, February 23
6:00 - 7:00pm - Meet our missionaries (light refreshments available). Participating missionaries and ministries will be in the corridor around the worship center to allow you the opportunity to meet them and learn about their ministries.
7:00pm - Program including introductions, a special presentation, worship and message from Giotis Kantartzis Saturday Saturday, February 24
8:30am - Men’s Mission Breakfast - Guest speakers include some of our missionary guests and Giotis Kantartzis-Sign up here
Sunday, February 25
9:30 and 11:00am worship - Giotis Kantartzis
9:30 and 11:00am Sunday School - Missionary speakers
12:15pm - Women’s Mission Lunch Sunday-Sign up here
Sunday, March 3
9:30 and 11:00am worship - Andrew Halbert
2024 Faith Promise pledges
9:30 and 11:00am Sunday School - Missionary speakers

MISSIONARIES AND MINISTRIES ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE 
Missionaries
Andrew and Julie Halbert - United World Mission – Pastoral Training - San Jose, Costa Rica
Lee and Jen Leadbetter - RUF International - International Student Ministry - UTK
Nathan and Sarah Long - Pioneers -Evangelism and Church Planting - Kazakhstan
Joel and Sarah McCall - Equipping Leaders International - Pastoral Training - East Africa
Mike and Carrie Meisenheimer - Campus Outreach - Student Ministry - South Carolina
Tammy Murden - Navigators - Leadership Recruiting and Development - Colorado Springs, CO
Bekah Ochs - New International - Equipping and Supporting Missionaries - Knoxville
Kishor and Sikah Pandagade - 24:14 World - National Pastor and Missionary Development - SE Asia
Hank and Gloria Rader - Crossroad Chapel - Trucker Ministry - Watt Road Knoxville
George and Kathy Schultz - Center for Intercultural Training - Missionary Training - Rutherfordton, NC
Dan and Susan Steere - Equipping Leaders International - Pastoral Training - West Africa

Ministries
Missional Living - Missionary Care
Knoxville International Network - Care and ministry to Internationals - Knoxville
Polis Network - Greek Church Planting Network - Athens, Greece