New Wilmington Mission Conference

NWMC 2022

COLOSSIANS 3:12

Speakers

Prashan De Visser

 Prashan is the Founder and President of Sri Lanka Unites, a youth movement for hope and reconciliation, in Sri Lanka. He is also the Founder and President of Global Unites, an international youth movement for transforming conflict, with established and emerging movements in 13 countries across the world. Recently Sri Lanka Unites was named one of the Top 20 youth movements of the Commonwealth region and one of the Top 8 Youth movement models to follow. Prashan was the recipient of the Queen’s ‘Points of Light’ award in 2018 , awarded by her Majesty the Queen of England for his exemplary voluntary service to his nation through his work at Sri Lanka Unites.

Prashan completed his MA at the University of Notre Dame in Peace Studies and Public Policy. He was selected as a TEDx speaker at UND and has been featured on NBC, BBC and Al Jazeera for his innovative peacebuilding approach. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, where he majored in International Affairs. He was the first South Asian student to be elected Student Body President at his College.

Prashan returned to Sri Lanka after his Bachelors to initiate the vision for Sri Lanka Unites and is committed to the cause of reconciliation, conflict transformation and youth engagement in Sri Lanka and across the world. Sri Lanka Unites is the largest youth movement in the country for peace today ,with over 25,000 members, 50 full time staff and 10 offices across the country. The movement is committed to the cause of post war reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Under Prashan the movement launched in 2008 and has hosted eleven seasons of Future Leaders’ Conferences for reconciliation. In eleven years these conferences have inspired, trained and mobilized over 5000 student leaders representing every ethnic and religious group in post war Sri Lanka. Prashan also led the expansion of the movement to the Sri Lankan diaspora across the world. Today SLU has chapters among the Sri Lankan diaspora in Melbourne, Toronto, DC, LA, London, and Wellington.

Global Unites was launched as an umbrella movement, in 2015 with the establishment of Congo Unites, a youth movement inspired by Sri Lanka Unites. Today Global Unites has 13 established movements and emerging movements in Sri Lanka, Kenya, Congo, Uganda, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Palestine, Colombia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Israel, Nepal and USA. Global Unites has held two global summits in 2015 and 2019. The most recent summit concluded in Nairobi, Kenya bringing together 100 peacebuilders and activists from 18 countries and four continents.

Prashan worked part time as a TV host on Channel One Sri Lanka. He was the host of “Good Morning Sri Lanka (2009-2012). He was also the co-host and co-producer of a foreign policy show named Global Perspectives, which was the highest rated show of the year 2011 on Channel one. Prashan is also an international speaker and trainer in conflict transformation and proactive youth leadership. He has spoken at international youth conferences in Kenya, Pakistan, India, Australia, Uganda, Rwanda, DRC , Malaysia , Indonesia, Canada , UK and USA.

Prashan is a visiting lecturer at Crozer Colgate Seminary, (the alma mater of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King) where he teaches the PhD course on the Theory and Practice of Peace building. He was appointed as a Justice of Peace in the Negambo division of the Western Province in Sri Lanka. He was one of the youngest recipients for this civilian honor. He is the author of the upcoming book named “The Phoenix Generation” , on the role of youth in transforming conflict , to be published later this year.

Website: www.srilankaunites.org / www.globalunites.org

Twitter: @Prashandevisser
E-mail: prashan@srilankaunites.org / prashan@globalunites.org

George Pendergrass

George Pendergrass resides in Hendersonville, TN and attends  Community Church. He’s been an adjunct professor, motivational  speaker, and recording artist. Originally from New York, George has served as a lead singer for gospel choirs and small groups. He has recorded with well known artists such as: Vanessa Williams, U-2, Acappella, Todo, Billy Preston, Amy Grant and Faith Hill, to name a few. He’s appeared on television with John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Maria Shriver, Paramount movies, and soundtracks The Prince of EgyptScrooged and U2’s Rattle and Hum. He is currently a full-time mission mobilizer for Frontier Fellowship. His greatest accomplishment, however, has been to marry his best friend and wife of 37 years, to be a father to a faithful son, and to be a grandfather to two strapping young boys.

Twyla Foreman

Twyla Foreman is an award-winning singer/songwriter from west Texas. She is currently serving on the worship team at her local church, as she has done in most every church she has attended. Twyla’s musical accolades date back to her childhood as her parents were ministers and many times they enlisted their children’s help. Twyla has sung on thousands of recording projects through her 30+ years as a studio recording artist crossing all genres. Twyla has released album projects of her own that can currently be found streaming online. She has shared the stage and television screen with many actors and artists over her career. Some include legendary Red Steagall, Pat Green, Ronnie Milsap, Diamond Rio, and Johnny Rodriquez, to name a few. Twyla continues to be called upon for her musical talent by producers and artists wanting her vocal expertise on their projects, while also managing a successful business of her own. God and family have been the center of Twyla’s life. Married for 38 years, she has 3 grown children and 9 grandchildren who love to visit the ranch!