Dr. J.L. Williams (founder of New Directions International, now retired) is CEO and founder of JL, Patt & Friends, a ministry that focuses on partnering with national Christian leaders in underdeveloped or developing countries. Relationally focused, this partnership might include pastors’ seminars and conferences, one-on-one mentoring and discipleship, agricultural projects, medical clinics, or church buildings – depending on the expressed need of the indigenous leader. Dr. Williams is currently in active ministry in Israel, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, and is also an author committed to writing practical books to enhance spiritual transformation in all areas of life and leadership, especially targeting the expressed needs of the national partners of the ministry. He and his wife Patt have four children and twelve grandchildren, and live in Burlington, NC.
Larry Warren is the President of Leadership International, currently residing outside Nashville, Tennessee. Larry and Mary are the parents of four sons. They have spent 12 of the last 25 years living in Africa and have started two Christian education organizations. Larry is the founder of African Leadership and oversaw the training of more than 50,000 church leaders in 30 countries through a 500-hour classroom training program. Larry also raised funds for more than 100 development projects and initiated the online fundraising ministry called Mocha Club. In 2011, Larry responded to the request of thousands of African pastors who, after finishing their Biblical Foundations training, asked for additional training in Christ-Centered Leadership and community development. Leadership International, founded in 1990, was reorganized to fulfill that purpose today.