MEDA Convention 2019
October 31 – November 3, 2019
MEDA Convention 2019 is packed with fun-filled activities, insightful seminars, and plenary sessions. We’ve gathered some amazing keynote speakers for you, each with their own unique story of personal faith and professional impact.
It is our hope that you will be engaged, entertained and inspired to deepen your faith and renew your calling to impact the world.
Tim Dearborn has spent his career advising business and church leaders on the topic of vocation, strategy, and business as a full-time Christian calling. While his career has been diverse and varied, the common thread is his conviction that – whether it is through the church, through families and neighbors, through NGOs and social service organizations, or in the workplace – all people are called to full-time Christian service and have vital roles in participating in the coming of God’s kingdom.
This conviction has led Tim to witness God’s faithful and powerful acts in over 50 countries, and gain diverse experience as a pastor, teacher, organizational leader, coach, cross-cultural team builder and writer. For many years he taught ethics and leadership at Regent College (Vancouver, BC) and at the School of Business, Government and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. He has also held leadership roles at Fuller Theological Seminary and World Vision International.
Tim has authored a number of books including: “Business as a Holy Calling? A Workbook for Christians in Business and their Pastors”, “Beyond Duty: A Passion for Christ, a Heart for Missions” and “Doing Business in the Kingdom of God: Biblical Foundations for Microenterprise Development”.
Tim delights in seeing his vision come to life and God at work. He enjoys hiking, cycling, and long walks with his wife Kerry Dearborn, to whom he’s been married for 47 years and has three grown daughters and sons-in-law, and seven grandchildren. He also enjoys playing with his grandchildren; long dinners and great conversations with friends and family; reading, writing, and silence; carpentry and construction; and sitting by the lake at their small mountain cabin watching eagles and osprey fish.Close
Angie Bastian, entrepreneur, co‐founder and namesake of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, took a kernel of an idea and popped it into one of the fastest growing brands of natural popcorn. She and husband Dan founded their snack company in their Mankato, MN garage in 2001 as a means of creating a college fund for their children. Their gluten free, non‐GMO, whole grain popcorn is proudly sold in natural food, grocery, club and mass retail outlets nationwide with a product presence in Canada, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and Peru. Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP is loved by fans as an empowered, spirited brand that represents authentic, real food that delivers on the attributes of clean, transparent labeling and great taste experience. The company attracted investment from two private equity firms and was acquired by Conagra Brands October of 2017. It is one of the fastest growing and most successful popcorn brands in the market today.
The company has twice won Star Tribune’s Top workplace honors. Angie’s Boomchickapop is the 2015 ACG BOLD Award for corporate growth. She and Dan share Connect Business Magazine’s 2012 Person of the Year. Girl Scouts honored her as a Pioneering Trailblazer and she is a 2015 Inductee to the Minnesota Women’s Business Owner’s Hall of Fame. In 2017, she was awarded Pioneer in Food of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day #WEDO2017 at the United Nations. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, quoted in Forbes Magazine and appeared on the Martha Stewart Show. Her products have been recognized and awarded by numerous national publications and media.Close
Carol Rose is the Co-Pastor of Shalom Mennonite – a progressive, multi-cultural Anabaptist church in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. Prior to this role, she served as the director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, pastored at other Mennonite churches, and served with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).
While Mennonites are not widely known in Arizona, the Shalom Mennonite congregation has roots dating back to the 1960s, was and was given its name after the merger of Tucson Mennonite Fellowship and Evangel Mennonite in 1987. Over the years, the congregation has focussed on practical ministries to help those in need – providing home repairs, a foodbank, and much more.
Today, the church carries on this tradition of outreach. They have created a welcoming and inclusive community that accepts people just as they are – regardless of age, race, abilities, sexual orientation, gender, nation of origin and preferred style of worship. They advocate for social justice and, after welcoming several families of Congolese refugees to their congregation, have transformed their Sunday worship service. Read about this transformation in an article published on mennoniteusa.org.Close
Metasebia Asfaw is an entrepreneur from Northern Ethiopia who participated in MEDA’s EMERTA project. He is an expert in the tourism and hospitality industry and the owner of Mountain View Hotel in Lalibela, Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s unique landscape is quickly proving to be a great source of income for the mining industry, as Metasebia has partnered with MEDA to expand his gemstone business. He is excited to share his passions as a businessman with fellow entrepreneurs and MEDA supporters at MEDA Convention.Close
Nyan Linn is an entrepreneur and business owner in Myanmar. His business, Shan Maw Myae, is a private company for agriculture and livestock products. He sells organic certified fertilizers, pesticides for agriculture crops, livestock breeding supplements, and most recently rice flour that is sold in the largest grocery chain in Myanmar. As a partner in MEDA’s ADVANCE Myanmar project Nyan Linn is eager to discuss his insights on new market systems and value chains.Close
Nataliia Sudarkina is a Ukrainian entrepreneur and business owner of AGRO-PATRIOT, a firm specialized in growing garlic. Nataliya partnered with MEDA’s Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project (UHBDP). With MEDA’s help garlic has been successfully exported to Canada, Germany, Poland, Belarus and Moldova. In 2019 the company plans to plant about 200 hectares of garlic, and Nataliya cannot wait to share all their future business plans at MEDA Convention!Close