2014 Gration Lecture

The Good News of Justice: Pursuing Evangelism in a Post Modern World

Mr. Bauman’s calling is to awaken the Global Church to serve the most vulnerable in our world, especially those who suffer from hunger, disease, war, and poverty. He longs to see the good news of the gospel seen in both word and deed, in spiritual and physical ways and in social and economic circumstances. This is what Mr. Bauman believes Jesus meant by God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven.

Stephan Bauman of World ReliefStephan Bauman, '02 is executive director of Cornerstone Trust, a grant management firm based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has the opportunity to leverage his years of experience in relief and development towards serving the most vulnerable through philanthropy.

Previously, he held the position of president/CEO of World Relief, and it was at this time that this interview was conducted. In that position at World Relief, he oversaw approximately 2,500 staff in 20 nations and beforehand, Stephan served as senior vice president of programs, where he led programs in the health, economic, agriculture, and refugee resettlement sectors. Stephan joined World Relief in 2005 as the country director in Rwanda.

Prior to joining World Relief Rwanda, Stephan served as director of international programs for World Hope International. From 1994 to 2001, he worked for Mercy Ships International as director of programs and training. Prior to joining Mercy Ships, he worked in the private sector for Andersen & Co., where he consulted on mergers and acquisitions, legal matters, treaties, and tax issues for Fortune 500 companies.

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