Rev. Christian P. Zebley, Executive Director
Global Leadership Dynamics assists leaders in discovering their God-given vision for influencing the world, repositions organizations through training based on faith principles and effective leadership models. Ultimately, we bring influencers together to form Global Leadership Teams that work through collaboration to transform lives, cities and nations.
Global Leadership Dynamics was founded by Rev. Christian Zebley, a Presbyterian minister and evangelist, on July 3, 2011. Christian served in Tokyo, Japan with his family for nine years as a student evangelist with the Presbyterian Church (USA) in partnership with the United Church of Christ in Japan (Nihon Kirisuto Kyodan). He comes from a long line of Presbyterian ministers who first arrived in the United States from Switzerland in the 1700s. His ancestor Rev. John Joachim Zubly D.D. was called as the first pastor of the historic Independent Presbyterian Church of Savannah, Georgia on April 25, 1758. Later, he was a delegate from Georgia to the Continental Congress in 1774. Zubly was a friend and contemporary of the Wesley brothers and the evangelist George Whitefield. More recently, his father Rev. Dr. Philip Zebley is a retired pastor and Executive Presbyter of the Presbyterian Church (USA) living in Philadelphia. Christian was ordained into the Gospel ministry by the Presbytery of Philadelphia PC(USA) in 1997. In 2012, he transferred his ordination to the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic, Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Since 2008, Christian served as the National Coordinator of Multicultural Alpha for the headquarters of The Alpha Course in the United States (www.alphausa.org). During this time he was based at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood in Los Angeles where he led The Alpha Course and ministered to many leaders, including media professionals throughout Southern California. From May, 2011 – August, 2013, the Zebleys resided in Black Mountain, North Carolina near the historic Presbyterian mission center of Montreat. For many years this mountain paradise in the Blue Ridge mountains near Asheville has been a sending base for missionaries and evangelists including the Rev. Dr. Billy Graham who still resides in Montreat.
In North Carolina the Zebley family spent two years in prayer, study and community living with the Community of The Cross, the headquarters of Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International (www.prmi.org). This worldwide ministry is linked historically to the ministry of pastor and evangelist R.A. Torrey and his son Reuben Archer Torrey, III (known as Archer) who founded the Jesus Abbey, an Anglican prayer center, in the mountains of South Korea. Rev. Dr. Brad Long, the Executive Director of PRMI, grew up in North Carolina and South Korea and was personally mentored by Father Archer Torrey for many years. He also served as a Presbyterian missionary in Taiwan from 1980-1989 before returning to the US to lead PRMI. Dr. Long and PRMI staff invested much prayer, resources and time into the development of GLD as a new strategic ministry for Kingdom advancement. In 2013, God suddenly called the Zebley family back to Tokyo, in the new sending capacity of Global Leadership Dynamics in partnership with PRMI. The Board of Directors of GLD is based in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The Zebleys are also supported missionaries of Christ Community Church Montreat, EPC. You can read and follow their family mission blog at The Zebleys In Japan.
A Vision of Collaboration –
On July 1, 2011, I resigned from my role as the National Director of Multicultural Alpha to create Global Leadership Dynamics. Just the day before, my fourth child and ﬁrst son Isaiah Thomas Zebley had entered the world. As I held little Isaiah in my arms on June 30th, the Lord impressed upon me a strong sense that it was time to step out in faith to develop an organization that would draw together leaders, churches and organizations in collaboration for maximum Kingdom impact on cities and regions of the world. I was blessed to watch our Multicultural Alpha team grow from just one person in 2007 to a cross-cultural team of six leaders by 2011, promoting courses in 83+ languages and an ESOL version of The Alpha Course across the United States. www.alphausa.org/multicultural. It is estimated that 4,000 international citizens were impacted by Multicultural Alpha for Jesus Christ in 2011.
A highlight of my work with Alpha USA was traveling to the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization held in Cape Town, South Africa in October, 2010 to arrange a meeting between Rev. Nicky Gumbel of Alpha International, Steve Douglass, President of Campus Crusade and Paul Eshelman, Founder of the Jesus Film Project to discuss Alpha’s partnership with Global Media Outreach, an online evangelism outreach of Campus Crusade. www.globalmediaoutreach.com
Lausanne stirred in me a tremendous vision and passion to facilitate partnerships between Christian leaders and organizations to advance the Kingdom of God. My vision became reality after moving to Black Mountain, North Carolina next door to the historic Presbyterian conference center of Montreat in May, 2011. I began to pray and meet with Dr. Brad Long, the Executive Director of Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International. After careful prayer and listening to the Holy Spirit, Brad and I agreed on a partnership between PRMI and Global Leadership Dynamics. PRMI is a member organization of the Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability. www.ecfa.org