Nexus | Ministry Leadership Conference

Monday, February 26, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: David Coffey
Location: Pilgrim Chapel, DBU Campus

Leadership is a difficult thing, and it becomes even more difficult when individuals are called to lead within the context of ministry. With the rise of leadership scandals and the questioning of institutions, every leadership decision and action is scrutinized and dissected, and rightfully so because as a leader in ministry, we are called to exemplify Christ above all else.

But how do we lead well while also maintaining our focus in ministry? The answer: Lead Like Jesus.

Christ provides for the ministry leader the primary example of ministry and leadership. Join us on Monday, February 26, for our Inaugural Nexus Ministry Leadership Conference, where we explore how Jesus has laid out a roadmap to effective and eternal ministry leadership.

This one-day conference, presented jointly by the DBU Graduate School of Ministry and the Gary Cook School of Leadership, will be filled with practical insights from local, state, and international ministry leaders who will explore what it is like to Lead Like Jesus, regardless of your vocational calling.

Topics include:

  • Leading Change
  • Leading in Times of Transition
  • Crisis Leadership
  • Leading Diverse Generations
  • Mentoring as Leadership

Thanks to the generous funding from the Pinson Lecture Series, there is no charge for attending the conference. We hope to see you there!

Read about Dr. David Coffey's time at the Nexus Conference.


February 26, 2024

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
*No Charge

About David Coffey
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David Coffey

A graduate of Spurgeons College London, David Coffey has served as a British Baptist pastor since 1967 in local churches in Leicester, London, and Torquay. He was appointed General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain in 1991 and served for fifteen years before being elected President of the Baptist World Alliance from 2005-2010. He served as Global Ambassador for BMS World Mission 2009-2019, the organization William Carey, John Sutcliff, and Andrew Fuller founded in 1792. He has visited 80 countries on six continents, focusing on human rights & religious liberty and the development of emerging leaders.

David was elected president of the European Baptist Federation (1997-99), Moderator of the English Free Churches, and co-president of Churches Together in England (2003-2007). HM Queen Elizabeth II honored him in 2007 with an OBE for his work on interfaith relations. He celebrated his 82nd birthday in 2023 and continues to preach in local Baptist churches and mentoring younger pastors.

David has authored five books and has just published 'Around the World in 8O Ways', a book of his sermons, addresses, and articles which reflects his life of Christian ministry of 56 years. He has dedicated his book to his grandchildren, as one of the book's themes is the importance of generational faith.   

Since retiring in 2010, David has moved to Devon, where he lives with his wife Janet. They have been married for 57 years and have two adult children and four grandchildren. His main pastimes are the music of English composers, political biographies, British and American, and following the Chelsea soccer team. With a continuing love for the local church, he and his wife have remained active members of their church fellowship.


8:30 a.m. - Registration
9:00 a.m. - Opening Session
10:00 a.m. - Keynote 1 (DBU Chapel Service)
11:30 a.m. - Lunch and Panel Discussion
1:00 p.m. - Breakout Sessions 1
2:00 p.m. - Breakout Sessions 2
3:00 p.m. - Keynote 2
4:00 p.m. - Conclusion