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WHAT WE DO


The Pastors Discipleship Network

OUR Mission: 

TO Train & Equip African Pastors To Study, Practice & Teach God's Word Accurately

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WHAT WE DO


The Pastors Discipleship Network

OUR Mission: 

TO Train & Equip African Pastors To Study, Practice & Teach God's Word Accurately

ABOUT PDN

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

PDN is a registered nonprofit 501c(3) organization that was established in 2008 to train, equip and network pastors in Africa. We focus on equipping pastors and their wives with critical ministry and life skills in order to facilitate better ministry performance and personal development for the pastor.

PROGRESS

During the last five years, we have successfully trained and equipped over 4000 pastors in East Africa – providing quality seminary-lite theological education by gifted facilitators, securing and delivering high quality ministry resources to African church leaders, and effectively following up with pastors after training.

We have received overwhelming feedback from congregation members about changes in their pastor’s performance; pastors have shared their stories of transformation; communities have been reached more effectively with the Gospel; and we have had record registration of pastors for our programs. We have also continued to

build accountability networks for the pastors across East Africa to facilitate answerability and fellowship.

In our special business training program, we have trained and equipped over 1,500 pastors and their wives in small business development, financial accountability and entrepreneurship. The goal of this special training is to alleviate extreme poverty among pastors.

THE FUTURE

During the next five years, we hope to train 10,000 pastors and 4,500 pastors’ wives in all our programs. We also hope to continue developing curriculums, materials and manuals that cover our programs more thoroughly. In addition, we hope to build our staff into a stronger workforce that fully understands 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 or two with our efforts. Over all, we aim to put pastoral training and education at a new height for the purpose of strengthening the church in Africa. Working together and by God’s grace, this vision can become a reality.

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RICHMOND'S STORY


Our Founder, Richmond Wandera

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RICHMOND'S STORY


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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Story


Since 2008

• 4,000 UGANDAN PASTORS TRAINED

• 1,100,000 UGANDANS WORSHIPPING IN TRUTH

• 2,000 PASTORS’ WIVES TRAINED

• 40,000 New Library Resources

 

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Story


Since 2008

• 4,000 UGANDAN PASTORS TRAINED

• 1,100,000 UGANDANS WORSHIPPING IN TRUTH

• 2,000 PASTORS’ WIVES TRAINED

• 40,000 New Library Resources

 

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Brighter


A Brighter Future For Women

PDN continueS to touch the lives of pastor’s wives & women leaders - THROUGH JESUS CHRIST'S transforming power - WITH trainings in discipleship, business & life skills.

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

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Brighter


A Brighter Future For Women

PDN continueS to touch the lives of pastor’s wives & women leaders - THROUGH JESUS CHRIST'S transforming power - WITH trainings in discipleship, business & life skills.

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

Sponsors a Cohort of pastors for an online fully accredited Masters Degree in Theology, provided all new laptops, will be providing technology for the new Daraja Center.

Baylor University

Sponsors a Biblical Entrepreneur conference and sends a team from the business school over to our projects in Africa.

Precept Ministries

Donates books for pastor training conferences.

Christian Book Distributors

Donates books for resource libraries and pastor training conferences.

Compassion International

 
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BOARD MEMBERS


Board Members

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BOARD MEMBERS


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.

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.

Gary J. Bredfeldt, PhD 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).

Gary J. Bredfeldt, PhD

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 Klassen 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 and their son Caleb.

Mara Klassen

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 and their son Caleb.

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.