Endorsements

 

Multiplying Healthy Churches

I had the pleasure of meeting Greg and Debbie Kappas in my church neighborhood group nearly three years ago.  Since that date, the Kappas’ have provided wise council through practical application of Biblical principles.  Professionally, Greg has been a wellspring of support and encouragement through The Grace Global Network.  After discovering that I was about to release my debut book, Greg went out of his way to extend me with networking opportunities and university speaking engagements.  These efforts uplifted me as a Christian author, and they helped promote my ministry and help me share the importance of living the faith with hundreds of college students.  The Lord has equipped Greg with the gifts of teaching and discipleship, and I am blessed to call him a friend and brother in the faith!

Michael Abbott

Author / Executive Manager (Banking Industry)

Every once in a while, you run into a person that’s so authentically representative of their vocation you think to yourself “their picture should be next to their job description in the dictionary.” If you look up the word mentor or leadership coach that’s where photos of Greg and Debbie Kappas should be! These two missionaries who founded the globally accomplished Grace Global Network (GGN) are a source of major inspiration and examples of loyalty and love in my life and the lives of thousands. I’ve never hesitated to support them when I was flush or when it was sacrificial because, from my humble perspective, if Jesus Christ walked and worked among us on earth today – it would look a lot like what these people do and the attitude they do it with.

Rev. Dr. Rick Amato

President, Dream Believe Institute / Founder waronaddiction.com

For more than 25 years, Greg and Debbie have devoted themselves to the King and his Kingdom through church planting, training and Partnership.  They and their ministry have had an enormous impact on the growth of the Kingdom of God!
Paul and Cathy Beckr

President and Founder, VP of Advancement, Dynamic Church Planting International (DCPI)

Greg, otherwise known as Professor, Kappas was my instructor for Biblical interpretation two years ago. After a few classes and hearing the passion with which Greg spoke during lectures and discussion, I was determined to become his friend and hear some of the wisdom that is instilled within him. The amazing quality about Greg’s Hermeneutics class was that he taught on topics that we as students had decided were hard and confusing for us to read through in the Bible. Greg cares more about the growth of the students rather than succeeding and proving his point on a theological topic. After taking class with Greg we continued to meet and talk about life, God and missions. He has been an incredible encourager to me in continuing to pursue the calling God has for me here in Phoenix Arizona as well as the next step in that calling which is to move to SouthEast Asia to free children from sex trafficking in the hope that they meet Jesus along the way. Greg has been an incredible friend and mentor and will continue to help me to grow as a man of God for years to come.

Jeremy Carlson

Missionary/Rescue Agent, Destiny Rescue

Greg and Debbie Kappas have been friends, family and great encouragers to us for nearly two decades now and we are extremely grateful that the Lord brought us together.  Greg has ministered with us at Vision Nationals on multiple times and Debbie has spoken at various women’s conferences. We also had the opportunity to minister together at numerous Church Planters Summits around the globe.  We pray that the Lord will continue to help them to be a blessing to many people.

Arjuna Chiguluri

Vision Nationals, India

GGN exists to reach the world for Christ through evangelism, discipleship and leadership development.  I have worked with Greg and Debbie for more than 2 decades. They are passionate about Jesus and understand reaching the world requires a multiplication of leaders.

Rev. Bob Chin

President and Founder, Relighting the Fire Ministries

Grace Global Network is a leading-edge ministry in advancing the Great Commission. Dr. Greg Kappas and his leadership not only are an example to us how to reach more for Christ, but they also incite us to do the same!  I am thrilled at how God is using GGN to usher the churches toward our eternal purpose and calling!

Dr. Wayne Cordeiro

New Hope Christian College - Hawaii & Oregon

I have known Greg and Debbie Kappas for more than two decades. They have spent their entire adult life teaching the Bible, investing in leaders, and helping network church planting movement leaders around the world. Because of the international relationships they have built over decades of faithful ministry, they are able to effectively connect churches and leaders in the U.S. with ministry partners around the globe. They also lead numerous short-term mission trips around the world each year. These trips help build the ministry partnerships for ongoing Kingdom investment.

Mark Driscoll

Founding Senior Pastor, The Trinity Church

Greg Kappas has a heart bigger than all outdoors when it comes to planting churches and growing the kingdom. He is well worth your support and prayers.

Bill Easum

President, The Effective Church Group

I know Greg and Debbie live what they talk. I love their knowledge, and how they love people. I enjoy Greg’s preaching and respect his character and integrity. This couple is full of honesty. I have known them for 30 years.

GGN has an incredible outreach and interacts with respected and fruitful pastors and church planters globally. I have enjoyed interfacing with a number of these godly, creative leaders.

Eleanor Fox

Former Executive Assistant to Dr. Kappas, Former Board Member of GGN

Greg Kappas is the mentor and friend you want beside you, on the mountaintop and in the valley. He provided invaluable insight to our leadership team during our pastoral transition while serving as our lead consultant. He helped us develop our framework, goals and assessments for each stage, and walked with us through each one of them. We highly recommend Grace Global Network to help churches increase their health and impact, locally and through partnerships across the globe.

Wes Furlong

Director of Church Development for Evana Network, Founder of City Flourish

I’ve been incredibly blessed to know and work alongside of Greg Kappas for over a decade now.  We’ve literally travelled around the world together more than once as I joined him in networking, training, equipping and resourcing hundreds of church planting movement leaders from dozens of countries across Asia.  I’ve discovered that Greg has thousands of connections around the world.  His passion for reaching unreached people with the Good News of Jesus is extraordinary.  Through Grace Global Network (GGN), Greg strategically links churches, leaders and resources to boots-on-the-ground church planters all over the globe.  He is Kingdom-minded so Greg freely gives of himself to make sure other like-hearted ministries are successful.  As a former board member of GGN, I’ve seen the organization from the inside out.  It is completely trustworthy, filled with integrity and solid in every way.

Greg’s ministry knowledge, his wisdom and connections helped me personally develop and implement a succession plan to next generation leaders at Cape Christian in southwest Florida.  In addition, he mentored and developed our young leaders.  And, I cannot leave out his wife Debbie.  She is a significant partner in GGN.  Her encouragement, her strategic thinking, and her teaching gifts have multiplied their fruitfulness and impact.  They are both faithful and committed to their calling to change the world through planting multiplying churches.

Dennis Gingerich

Founding Pastor - Cape Christian, former GGN Board Member

Coline and I have had the honor of being friends and disciples of Greg and Debbie Kappas for the entirety of our lives in fulltime ministry. They have been generous to us with their wisdom, relationships and their passion to tell a lost world about a risen Savior. Their influence in our lives has helped us lead our work in East and North Africa.

Traveling with Greg in Africa in our initial years helped lay the foundation of our understanding of international missions and specifically for missional leadership development. As we now lead thousands of church planters, Greg’s mentoring and relational abilities have been great examples for us to follow and have fostered intentional growth in our hearts. We thank God for the opportunity to calling the Kappas family our beloved friends.

Andre & Coline Harriot

East and North Africa Directors, The Timothy Initiative

To know Greg Kappas is to be loved by him. I have had the pleasure of knowing Greg for the past 29 years now, and pretty well at that considering that I also happen to hold the title “daughter.”  My dad has one of the biggest hearts I have yet to see in people. He is genuine in his care for others, available in times of need, and desires to see people excel far beyond him and his achievements. Grace Global Network is a unique ministry partly because my Dad is such a unique leader in the way that he selflessly cares and makes sacrifices for others. This ministry would also not exist without my mom. My mom has been an incredible support for my Dad in helping start this organization and coming alongside of him throughout the process. My parents dedication to the Lord shines through all that they do.

When I think of my Dad I also think of how much of a hard worker he is. I grew up watching him come home from work and then straight into helping my mom with my sister and I in the evenings. I observed him traveling as much as he could overseas to equip leaders in other countries. I watched him take phone calls and make house visits in his “off” hours when a minister was needed. Thankfully, his commitment never falls short of the tasks required of him. My Dad is someone that you want around you. He is known by many for his impact and has without a doubt helped make me a better person. I am thankful for the work that God is doing through GGN and the way my parents will continue to impact the world through their ministry.

Michele Kappas

Associate Pastor of Women's Ministry and Connections, White Rock Fellowship - Dallas, TX

My wife, Collette, and I have known Greg and Debbie since they were my students at Western Seminary in the 1980s. We have kept in touch over the years and we have seen them as excellent parents and now grandparents. When we lived near each other I have worked with them teaching in an educational ministry they founded. We know them to be committed to making disciples and strengthening churches as they implement the Great Commission with their lives. We whole heartily endorse their work.

Bob & Collette Krupp

Instructor, Online Campus; Formerly Library Director and Associate Professor of Church History, Western Seminary

We’ve known Greg and Debbie Kappas since 1986, and have benefited from their constant support, mentoring and encouragement, both in ministry and in everyday life.  We appreciate their deep commitment to practical ministry and to sound Biblical and theological foundations.  Their firm grasp on the Scriptures and on the human condition makes them natural leaders and trainers of tomorrow’s pastors, missionaries, and other ministry leaders.  They demonstrate their faith constantly through their actions, and have a unique ability to inspire the best in the people they lead and mentor.  They are listeners who draw others out and inspire them to excel for Christ.  Their heavy duty theological education and discipline never comes off as dry or out out of touch.  Greg’s outstanding work as a trainer and mentor of church planters and pastors is making a serious mark on the world around us, from Asia to Africa to the Americas.
Jeff and Teresa Lind

Systems Engineer, Authors, and Instructional Coach

I have known Greg Kappas since the day he came to know Christ. His passion for the Word, love for Christ and equipping believers for the work of the ministry has never waned.  I and my church have supported Greg, Debbie and GGN for several years. He is a man of spiritual and moral integrity. I would encourage anyone to partner with him and the work of GGN.

Brady K. Lipscomb

Lead Pastor, Ridgeview Community Bible Church

For years Grace Global Network has been reaching those in hostile nations with the truth of God’s Word. In addition to evangelization, GGN equips others to go and make disciples. I have known Greg for many years, and enjoyed fellowship with him and his family.  We have also had the opportunity to serve the persecuted Church together.

Whether at home or abroad, Greg lets the Lord use him as a beacon, shining his light for the Kingdom and glory of God.
Tony Lizardo

Special Needs Planner / Financial Advisor

I have enjoyed the privilege of knowing Greg and Debbie Kappas for many years. When they walk into the room, wisdom and love are present. Greg has served our church for several years as our National Evangelical Advisor, supporting us in a variety of ways up to and including counseling us through leadership transition, church planting, multi-site, leadership development and church polity. Our church and my family have personally grown to love them dearly and words cannot express adequately the appreciation and love we have for them. I highly recommend Greg, Debbie and the Grace Global Network team to you personally and your ministry.

David Miller

Lead Pastor, The Fellowship Church

As I look back over my ministry life, I give thanks to our Lord for the influence and pastoral care Greg and Debbie Kappas have had. Their deep love of Christ and His people have had a profound impact on me to be a church leader who loves these same things and whose ministry motivation is rooted there. Through their mentoring and support, he has helped me see the broader church around the world and yet not miss the congregation I’ve been called to serve. On top of all this, they have cared deeply for my marriage, family, and personal walk with Jesus. As I approach 17 years of full time ministry, my gratitude and love for GGN and the Kappas family only continues to grow. I would recommend anyone to join with them in the work they do for the glory of God

 

Jim Murphy

Elder/Pastor, Restoration Church, Amherst, NY

Greg and Debbie Kappas are one of the sweetest couples I know.  They share a passion for loving Jesus and loving others.  They have a uniquely strong theological and exegetical knowledge of Scripture and are committed to seeing the Word of God communicated with truth, passion, and clarity.  I am honored to have worked alongside Greg for a few years and love him as a friend!

 

Dr. Jared Nelms

Vice President, The Timothy Initiative

I have known Greg and Debbie Kappas for forty years. As I’ve watched their ministy and influence expand. I’ve seen the encouraging impact they have made in church planter’s lives. I’ve seen their enthusiasm and counsel help movement leaders focus on essential questions to help hone their direction and impact. Greg has a great ability to network resources and leaders to help accelerate church planting movements. And I am impressed with all of that, as I am sure you are. However, the older I get and the longer I serve the Lord Jesus, I am much more impressed with the quality of their personal lives. Adjectives like honesty, integrity, wisdom, faithfulness, and endurance come to mind quickly when I think of Greg and Debbie. Through their ministry of Grace Global Network, they have served the body of Christ faithfully and with integrity.

Dr. Henry Oursler

President, Bringing Truth To Life and LeaderSHAPE

It is our pleasure to recommend Greg and Debbie Kappas as ministry partners. We have known Greg and Debbie and their family for many years. It has been our privilege to serve alongside them in ministry locally and globally.
The Kappas Family was highly engaged in helping plant both the Summit churches and Legacy Church here in Southwest Florida. They are tireless workers with tremendous giftedness and experiences.
I also have traveled abroad on multiple occasions with Greg to other countries where we have trained church leadership and encouraged church planters. Greg is a deep Biblical scholar and a gifted communicator of the Word of God. He has vast experience in training church leadership.
It is without any reservation that we highly recommend Greg and Debbie Kappas in any ministry partnerships.
Nolen and Clarice Rollins

Founder and President, Kingdom Mobilization, Founder and Lead Pastor, Legacy Church, and President, Estero Chamber of Commerce

I have known Dr. Kappas since 2010. He was part of a team that launched GACX (a global alliance for church multiplication) in 2011. Dr. Kappas is one of the most passionate, inspiring and effective leaders I know in church planting movements. He has founded Grace Global Network to help accelerate global evangelization through partnerships and church planting.

Dr. Bekele Shanko

Cru VP, Global Church Movements / Chairman GACX

Grace Global Network is a tremendous network of ministry leaders and Kingdom builders that God clearly has His hand on. I’ve known Debbie and Greg Kappas for over two decades and have had the opportunity to observe them pour their lives into other faithful ministry leaders in all kinds of ministry contexts. Debbie is a knowledgeable Bible teacher, mentor and coach along with her beautiful spirit and lovely personality. Greg is a natural mentor/coach with a gift for writing and serving daily in the ministry trenches that contribute to Kingdom building. I have never experienced anyone that has as much passion for building, encouraging and empowering international ministry leaders as Greg does.

I’m blessed to have Debbie and Greg Kappas as my friends and ministry partners. My prayer for them and for Grace Global Network is for the Lord to continue to bless and guide them as they faithfully serve ministry leaders all over our world.

Linda Stanley

Senior Fellow, Leadership Network

I have always found Greg Kappas to be knowledgeable, resourceful and insightful especially when it comes to coaching church planters. Grace Global Network is a great team to support your multiplication efforts. Find a way to use them today! Dave Travis

Senior Consultant, Leadership Network

I have known Greg and Debbie Kappas for over 10 years and with each passing day I continue to see how God is using them around the world to mentor and equip men and women who have a passion for evangelism and church planting. I know this, because I am one such man. As a businessman and founder of Across Borders Ministries, a ministry proclaiming Christ to Colombia, Greg has selflessly provided of his time and resources to help my ministry. As a member of our Board of Directors, Greg is a Proverbs 16 example of what a Godly leader should be: He seeks after God’s direction, he is modest and not arrogant, he is a peacemaker, he is fair and just, he is sensible and kind, he is a quick learner, humble and slow to anger. But most of all Greg is a man who loves God and really, really cares about the men and women he mentors and equips. My family and my ministry have been blessed by Greg and Debbie Kappas. Love you guys!

Brad Williams

President and Founder, Across Borders Ministries

Dr. Greg Kappas is a scholar and a friend, to paraphrase the old adage. Dr. Kappas has a deep and thorough understanding of Scripture as well as of theological and missiological thought. He knows how to communicate that understanding to others in a way that they can grasp. And he is always ready to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. Greg loves God and loves people. I know because he and his wife Debbie cared for and prayed for my family as we passed through a very difficult season in our lives. Greg’s network of prayed for and cared for friends extends around the globe. Your life will be enriched as a result of your interaction with Dr. Greg Kappas.

John Wood

Founding Executive Director , Glory Honor Africa

I can’t think of too many people who have more experience, wisdom, and heart for church planting in the US and globally than do Greg and Debbie Kappas. Greg has helped to train and put on the field thousands of church planters over his long career in ministry. As a team, they have taught, equipped, and trained effectively with hearts aflame for God and His gospel. They are theologians and shepherds with missional hearts and hearts for God and His Kingdom. I heartily endorse and recommend them and their work with Grace Global Network.

Walter Wood

Sr. Catalyst, City to City Western Europe, and Assistant Director, City to City North America

We have been blessed to know Greg and Debbie for the past 2 ½ years.  It became evident early after meeting them of their deep love and genuine dedication to Jesus Christ.  We have watched them selflessly serve and give generously.  The best words to describe Greg and Debbie are humble, honorable, steadfast and obedient to all God has called them to.  They are both gifted as strong leaders, good listeners and deeply devoted to their family and God’s calling.  We’ve had the pleasure of going on mission trips with GGN and saw first hand the vision (in action). GGN was established to reach all people with the Gospel through planting and multiplying healthy churches and training and leading pastors.  Greg and Debbie both have a tireless work ethic and infectious positive outlook.  Our lives are richly blessed by our friendship and we are humbled to serve alongside them.

Jeff and Amy Wright

Air Traffic Control Specialist (Quality Assurance Specialist) with FAA and Real Estate Investor/Property Manager