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WHAT WE DO


Pastors Discipleship Network

TrainING & EQUIPPING African Pastors To Study, Practice & Teach God's Word Accurately

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WHAT WE DO


Pastors Discipleship Network

TrainING & EQUIPPING African Pastors To Study, Practice & Teach God's Word Accurately

ABOUT PDN

PDN - Pastors Discipleship Network - is a ministry that equips pastors and strengthens the African church.

PDN is a registered nonprofit 501c(3) organization established in 2008 to train and equip pastors and their wives with critical ministry and life skills to help them lead and teach their congregations while fostering personal development.

PROGRESS

During the past six years, we have successfully trained and equipped over 4,000 pastors in East Africa – providing quality theological education by gifted facilitators, securing and delivering high-quality ministry resources to African church leaders, effectively following up with pastors after training, and building networks for pastors across East Africa to facilitate accountability and fellowship.

In our special business training program, we have provided more than 1,500 pastors and their wives with training and resources in small business development, financial accountability, and entrepreneurship.  The goal of this special training is to alleviate the extreme poverty that is common among African pastors.

Our efforts are making a difference:

  • We have received overwhelming feedback from congregation members about positive changes in their pastor’s performance.
  • Pastors have shared their stories of transformation.
  • Communities have been reached more effectively with the truth of the Gospel.
  • Record numbers of pastors and their wives have registered for our programs demonstrating a growing hunger for new knowledge and skills.

 

THE FUTURE

During the next four years, we will build on this momentum and expand our reach and resources.  our goals are to:

  • Train 10,000 more pastors and 4,500 pastors’ wives in all our programs.
  • Develop additional curricula, materials, and manuals that cover our programs more thoroughly.
  • Build the capacity of our staff to fully understand and carry out ministry to pastors in the African context.

What’s more, we plan to network and partner with other individuals and organizations whose programs complement or share a thread with our efforts. And we have already embarked on an exciting project to build a new, permanent facility for our ministry - the Daraja Center.

Ultimately, we aim to take pastoral training and education to new heights to strengthen the church in Africa. By God’s grace, and with all of our partners working together, this vision can become a reality.

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RICHMOND'S STORY


Our Founder, Richmond Wandera

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Our Founder, Richmond Wandera

 

Richmond's Story

A Child among “The Least of These”

Richmond Wandera was rescued from poverty in Jesus' Name.

Richmond grew up in extreme poverty in the Naguru slum near Kampala, Uganda, and has battled malaria more than 10 times.

When Richmond's father was murdered, he was left to help care for his six siblings. He entered the Compassion-assisted child development center at his local church when he was 8, then his life and his family changed dramatically.

On completing his early education, he was accepted into Compassion's Leadership Development Program and was able to attend college. Upon graduation with a CPA and Accountants degree, he was invited to join the Accounting faculty at Uganda Christian University. Richmond also served as pastor at Nakawa Baptist Church, the very church he joined as a Compassion Child. He has been involved with two church plants and community leadership.

As Richmond continued to serve the local church he realized that his fellow pastors were equally struggling in ministry due to lack of theological training. Determined to receive Bible training, Richmond pursued a very select opportunity and received a Compassion Wess Stafford Scholarship to attend Moody Graduate School in Chicago (USA). During his time at Seminary, Richmond often summarized his theological papers and sent copies home to pastors who had not attended seminary. It was during this time at Moody that Richmond got a vision to strengthen the church in Africa through Bible education for pastors. After his graduate studies, he returned to his country Uganda to begin training pastors in Africa as well as participate in reaching professional Accountants for the Lord. He has since been leading the ministry of the Pastors Discipleship Network which is now training over 4000 pastors across the five countries of East Africa.

 
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2015 Highlights

• 1,500 UGANDAN PASTORS TRAINED

• 150,000 UGANDANS WORSHIPING IN TRUTH under a trained pastor

• 260 PASTORS’ WIVES and women leaders TRAINED

• 40 PDN-Uganda faculty (trainers of trainers) educated by Lancaster Bible College

• 7,200 bible Resources distributed

 

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2015 Highlights

• 1,500 UGANDAN PASTORS TRAINED

• 150,000 UGANDANS WORSHIPING IN TRUTH under a trained pastor

• 260 PASTORS’ WIVES and women leaders TRAINED

• 40 PDN-Uganda faculty (trainers of trainers) educated by Lancaster Bible College

• 7,200 bible Resources distributed

 

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A Brighter Future For Women

PDN continueS to touch the lives of pastor’s wives & women leaders - THROUGH JESUS CHRIST'S transforming power - WITH training in discipleship, inductive bible study methods, business & life skills, and small scale enterprises.

The Word Of God • Business skills for self-reliancE BIBLE TRAINING • SELF EMPOWERMENT

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A Brighter Future For Women

PDN continueS to touch the lives of pastor’s wives & women leaders - THROUGH JESUS CHRIST'S transforming power - WITH training in discipleship, inductive bible study methods, business & life skills, and small scale enterprises.

The Word Of God • Business skills for self-reliancE BIBLE TRAINING • SELF EMPOWERMENT

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STRATEGIC PARTNERS


Strategic Partners

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STRATEGIC PARTNERS


Strategic Partners

 

Lancaster Bible College, Capital Seminary and Graduate School

In 2015, the Pastors Discipleship Network partnered with Lancaster Bible College to provide master's level education to Ugandan pastors. Leveraging technology, these pastors are enthusiastically embracing this educational opportunity.  Learn more about Pastors for Uganda.

Baylor University

Sponsoring the Mastering the Land Biblical Entrepreneur Conference since 2013.  The Baylor University accounting team provides business training and consulting to local pastors and women leaders.  Discover more about Baylor Missions and the Baylor Accounting Team.

Precept Ministries

Generously providing Inductive Bible Study books and resources.  Read more about Precept Ministries work in Uganda.

Christian Book Distributors

Generously providing books and Bible for resource libraries and pastor training conferences.

Compassion International

Having invested in Richmond since he was a little boy, Compassion International continues to provide opportunities for awareness, involvement, support and training.  Get to know more about Richmond through Compassion's Speaker Page, BLOGand Videos.

 
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BOARD MEMBERS


Board Members

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Board Members

Dr. Terry Timm - Board Chair Terry is a pastor/teacher, musician, and coach with a deep desire to help people pursue God sized dreams for their lives. Since 1985 Terry has served in a variety of local church settings and in 2003 launched Christ Community Church of the South Hills, a missional community of faith located in the south hills of Pittsburgh. His background in the fields of music, education, theology and leadership fuels his passion of helping people become everything God intended, created, redeemed and gifted them to be. He is the author of the book, “A Movable Feast: Worship for the Other Six Days” and his intention is to empower people to engage in a lifestyle of worship, a life marked by a deep love for God, others and the world. Terry serves as a Regional Coordinator for Made to Flourish Pittsburgh, coaches pastors and leaders through his work with the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation and teaches East African pastors as an adjunct faculty for Lancaster Bible College and Capital Seminary. Terry’s educational background includes degrees from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh (BS and M.Ed in Music) and his theological studies were conducted at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.Div) and Northern Theological Seminary in Chicago (D.Min) where his focus was in the area of leadership and teamwork. Terry and Patty have been married for 33 years and together have raised four children and have two grandsons, Christopher and Roman.

Dr. Terry Timm - Board Chair

Terry is a pastor/teacher, musician, and coach with a deep desire to help people pursue God sized dreams for their lives. Since 1985 Terry has served in a variety of local church settings and in 2003 launched Christ Community Church of the South Hills, a missional community of faith located in the south hills of Pittsburgh. His background in the fields of music, education, theology and leadership fuels his passion of helping people become everything God intended, created, redeemed and gifted them to be. He is the author of the book, “A Movable Feast: Worship for the Other Six Days” and his intention is to empower people to engage in a lifestyle of worship, a life marked by a deep love for God, others and the world.

Terry serves as a Regional Coordinator for Made to Flourish Pittsburgh, coaches pastors and leaders through his work with the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation and teaches East African pastors as an adjunct faculty for Lancaster Bible College and Capital Seminary.

Terry’s educational background includes degrees from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh (BS and M.Ed in Music) and his theological studies were conducted at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.Div) and Northern Theological Seminary in Chicago (D.Min) where his focus was in the area of leadership and teamwork.

Terry and Patty have been married for 33 years and together have raised four children and have two grandsons, Christopher and Roman.

John Zeswitz John Zeswitz is in his second tour of leadership at Lancaster Bible College, currently the second largest accredited independent Bible college in the United States, serving as Executive Vice President since 2014. Prior to rejoining LBC, John served on the Executive Team of LCBC church (lcbcchurch.com) in Manheim, PA. At the time of his 2014 departure, LCBC was ranked 30th largest church in the US as reported by Outreach magazine, across six campuses in the south central Pennsylvania region. He has also served as a consultant in the private sector with expertise in brand development, organizational development and crisis communication strategy. John is a graduate of Millersville University, Millersville, PA.

John Zeswitz

John Zeswitz is in his second tour of leadership at Lancaster Bible College, currently the second largest accredited independent Bible college in the United States, serving as Executive Vice President since 2014.

Prior to rejoining LBC, John served on the Executive Team of LCBC church (lcbcchurch.com) in Manheim, PA. At the time of his 2014 departure, LCBC was ranked 30th largest church in the US as reported by Outreach magazine, across six campuses in the south central Pennsylvania region.

He has also served as a consultant in the private sector with expertise in brand development, organizational development and crisis communication strategy.

John is a graduate of Millersville University, Millersville, PA.

Terry Marshall Terry Marshall along with his wife Tammy own and operate a fair trade retail store called Come Together Trading. Their mission is helping small micro-business artisans in developing countries find a market for their handcrafted goods. Terry previously served six years as PDN’s treasurer. The Marshalls, who have now been married for over 27 years, have a daughter named Taylor and reside in Canton, TX.

Terry Marshall

Terry Marshall along with his wife Tammy own and operate a fair trade retail store called Come Together Trading. Their mission is helping small micro-business artisans in developing countries find a market for their handcrafted goods.

Terry previously served six years as PDN’s treasurer.

The Marshalls, who have now been married for over 27 years, have a daughter named Taylor and reside in Canton, TX.

Emily Hartman - Secretary Emily Hartman has had a heart for engaging with the nations from a very young age. She has served short term in 8 different countries in areas of children’s ministry, teaching, media development, writing and administration.  Her focus is to invest in others by discipling them and doing life together.  Most recently, she served as Personnel Director for Mandate, an organization placing professionals in countries in Asia where traditional forms of missions cannot operate. Emily lives in Chicago and loves the opportunities available to her in such a multicultural city.  The church she attends is in a small neighborhood that is home to more than 40 distinct cultures, and their focus is to be intentional about connecting with individuals and families from other ethnicities with the hope of the Gospel.  Her educational background includes a BA in Anthropology from University of Texas at San Antonio and a MA in Biblical Studies from Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago.  Her sweet spot is using her administrative skills to help others, and it has been her joy to serve PDN in this capacity since it’s inception.

Emily Hartman - Secretary

Emily Hartman has had a heart for engaging with the nations from a very young age. She has served short term in 8 different countries in areas of children’s ministry, teaching, media development, writing and administration.  Her focus is to invest in others by discipling them and doing life together.  Most recently, she served as Personnel Director for Mandate, an organization placing professionals in countries in Asia where traditional forms of missions cannot operate.

Emily lives in Chicago and loves the opportunities available to her in such a multicultural city.  The church she attends is in a small neighborhood that is home to more than 40 distinct cultures, and their focus is to be intentional about connecting with individuals and families from other ethnicities with the hope of the Gospel.  Her educational background includes a BA in Anthropology from University of Texas at San Antonio and a MA in Biblical Studies from Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago.  Her sweet spot is using her administrative skills to help others, and it has been her joy to serve PDN in this capacity since it’s inception.

Dr. Gary J. Bredfeldt Gary's calling is to equip servant leaders for service to Christ and His Kingdom. To this end, he has been engaged in biblical higher education most of his career. As both teacher and academic leader, he has developed, led. and taught in leadership programs at the doctoral, masters, and bachelors level in several academic institutions. Because he desires to "teach teachers, pastor pastors, and equip equippers" he finds working with Pastors Discipleship Network a perfect fit with his ministry calling. Gary has been married to Marlene for nearly 40 years and is the father of four adult children – Lynne, Stephen, Michael and Amy. Gary and Marlene love to travel. Together, they enjoy spending time hiking, bicycling, swimming and exploring cultures, nature, and historic locations around the United States and abroad. Gary is a resident of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he served for seven years as Vice President for Global Impact at Lancaster Bible College. Prior to his employment at Lancaster Bible College, Gary served as an administrator and faculty member at four prominent theological institutions - Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY), Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL) and Tyndale College and Seminary (Toronto, ON) where his many roles have included vice president, dean, department chair, faculty member and doctoral program director. Beginning this July, Gary will join the faculty of Liberty University where he will design doctoral programs and teach. Gary has served five diversely sized churches ranging from 30 members to 4000 members as senior pastor, executive pastor, minister of education and youth pastor.   Dr. Bredfeldt is the author of four books including three with Moody Publishing - Great Leader, Great Teacher; Caring for Souls: Counseling Under the Authority of Scripture; and Creative Bible Teaching. Gary is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (PhD), Denver Seminary (MA), Faith Baptist Bible College (BA) and Moody Bible Institute (Diploma).

Dr. Gary J. Bredfeldt

Gary's calling is to equip servant leaders for service to Christ and His Kingdom. To this end, he has been engaged in biblical higher education most of his career. As both teacher and academic leader, he has developed, led. and taught in leadership programs at the doctoral, masters, and bachelors level in several academic institutions. Because he desires to "teach teachers, pastor pastors, and equip equippers" he finds working with Pastors Discipleship Network a perfect fit with his ministry calling.

Gary has been married to Marlene for nearly 40 years and is the father of four adult children – Lynne, Stephen, Michael and Amy. Gary and Marlene love to travel. Together, they enjoy spending time hiking, bicycling, swimming and exploring cultures, nature, and historic locations around the United States and abroad.

Gary is a resident of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he served for seven years as Vice President for Global Impact at Lancaster Bible College. Prior to his employment at Lancaster Bible College, Gary served as an administrator and faculty member at four prominent theological institutions - Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY), Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL) and Tyndale College and Seminary (Toronto, ON) where his many roles have included vice president, dean, department chair, faculty member and doctoral program director. Beginning this July, Gary will join the faculty of Liberty University where he will design doctoral programs and teach.

Gary has served five diversely sized churches ranging from 30 members to 4000 members as senior pastor, executive pastor, minister of education and youth pastor.  

Dr. Bredfeldt is the author of four books including three with Moody Publishing - Great Leader, Great Teacher; Caring for Souls: Counseling Under the Authority of Scripture; and Creative Bible Teaching.

Gary is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (PhD), Denver Seminary (MA), Faith Baptist Bible College (BA) and Moody Bible Institute (Diploma).

Mara M. Klassen - Treasurer Mara M. Klassen retired from a successful career in high-tech in 2012 to pursue her desire to volunteer full time.  Since that time Mara has helped numerous non-profit ministries refine their internal operations and improve overall data quality and practice efficiencies.  In her high-tech career, Mara was Director of Inside Sales and a Senior Business Systems Analyst for Ixia, Inc. in Calabasas, CA. Wanting to transition from “success to significance” she left the corporate world to bring her talents to small non-profit Christian ministries.  Mara and her husband Manley attend Calvary Chapel Oxnard.  They serve together on the CCO Missions Board.  Mara’s other involvements include serving on the Board for Christian Foundation of the West, Communications and Marketing Director for CFW, Event Facilitator with Compassion International, and Operations consultant for the World History Institute, LAMA and the Mossy Foot Project.  Mara and Manley are passionate about giving and financial stewardship.  Together they have led numerous small group studies for Crown Financial Ministries and Compass – Finances God’s Way as well as providing budget counseling.  They are Joy of Generosity facilitators for Generous Giving and want to share the joy of being generous with all those they encounter. Mara resides in Oxnard, CA with her husband Manley.
Richmond Wandera - President Richmond grew up in extreme poverty in the Naguru slum near Kampala, Uganda, and has battled malaria more than 10 times. When Richmond's father was murdered, he was left to help care for his six siblings. He entered a Compassion International-assisted child development center at his local church when he was 8, then his life and his family changed dramatically. On completing his early education, he was accepted into Compassion's Leadership Development Program and was able to attend college. Upon graduation with a CPA and Accountants degree, he was invited to join the Accounting faculty at Uganda Christian University. Richmond also served as pastor at Nakawa Baptist Church, the very church he joined as a Compassion Child. He has been involved with two church plants and community leadership. As Richmond continued to serve the local church he realized that his fellow pastors were equally struggling in ministry due to lack of theological training. Determined to receive Bible training, Richmond pursued a very select opportunity and received a Compassion Wess Stafford Scholarship to attend Moody Graduate School in Chicago (USA). During his time at Seminary, Richmond often summarized his theological papers and sent copies home to pastors who had not attended seminary. It was during this time at Moody that Richmond got a vision to strengthen the church in Africa through Bible education for pastors. After his graduate studies, he returned to his country Uganda to begin training pastors in Africa as well as participate in reaching professional Accountants for the Lord. He has since been leading the ministry of the Pastors Discipleship Network which is now training over 4000 pastors across the five countries of East Africa. Richmond is currently pursuing his PhD in Leadership through Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA (USA).  He lives in Kampala with his wife Rosette.

Richmond Wandera - President

Richmond grew up in extreme poverty in the Naguru slum near Kampala, Uganda, and has battled malaria more than 10 times.

When Richmond's father was murdered, he was left to help care for his six siblings. He entered a Compassion International-assisted child development center at his local church when he was 8, then his life and his family changed dramatically.

On completing his early education, he was accepted into Compassion's Leadership Development Program and was able to attend college. Upon graduation with a CPA and Accountants degree, he was invited to join the Accounting faculty at Uganda Christian University. Richmond also served as pastor at Nakawa Baptist Church, the very church he joined as a Compassion Child. He has been involved with two church plants and community leadership.

As Richmond continued to serve the local church he realized that his fellow pastors were equally struggling in ministry due to lack of theological training. Determined to receive Bible training, Richmond pursued a very select opportunity and received a Compassion Wess Stafford Scholarship to attend Moody Graduate School in Chicago (USA). During his time at Seminary, Richmond often summarized his theological papers and sent copies home to pastors who had not attended seminary. It was during this time at Moody that Richmond got a vision to strengthen the church in Africa through Bible education for pastors. After his graduate studies, he returned to his country Uganda to begin training pastors in Africa as well as participate in reaching professional Accountants for the Lord. He has since been leading the ministry of the Pastors Discipleship Network which is now training over 4000 pastors across the five countries of East Africa.

Richmond is currently pursuing his PhD in Leadership through Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA (USA).  He lives in Kampala with his wife Rosette.