Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients
Robert Glover is the founder and executive director of Care for Children based in Beijing, China. The organization’s mission is to create a positive alternative to institutionalization of children through local family-based care. He is an advisor to the Chinese government on the social welfare of disadvantaged children. Care for Children was established in 1998 and has offices in China, Thailand, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Mr. Glover first visited China in 1996 as a social work manager researching how he could use his professional training to support disadvantaged children—in particular, orphaned and abandoned children. He founded Care for Children in 1998, moving to Shanghai with his family to work in partnership with the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau.
To acknowledge the unprecedented success of the pilot project on foster care, Mr. Glover was awarded the White Magnolia Award by the Mayor of Shanghai for outstanding service.
Subsequently, he was then asked by the Beijing government to move to Beijing to act as an advisor to China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs and to roll out foster care across China. In 2005, Mr. Glover was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, London, for his work for Care for Children.
In 2012, Care for Children was invited to begin a pilot project in Thailand and has recently been officially invited to expand into a National Project in Thailand increasing to 15 project sites. Following the success in China and Thailand and in response to several new government invitations, Robert and Care for Children are making progress to launch new projects in Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia, opening up the opportunity to impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.
With such remarkable success in replicating family placement across Asia, he is often invited to be a keynote speaker, advisor and member of international steering committees. His work has seen a generation of orphan’s lives transformed through the love of a family.
Robert and his wife, Elizabeth, are the parents of six children: Rachel, Lois, Megan, Anna, Joel and Joshua.
Rev. Dr. Sameh Maurice is the senior pastor of Kasr El Dobara Evangelical Church, the largest evangelical (Presbyterian) church in Cairo, Egypt with a congregation of some 8,000 people, who reach out to the city and region through multiple ministries and activities.
A former prominent surgeon, Pastor Sameh was always involved in ministry throughout his medical career. His sense of calling to full-time ministry grew increasingly and in 1988, he was fully persuaded that ministry was God’s will for his life. He has led his church to pray for Egypt since the early 1980s with the idea of a unified Egyptian church in mind.
Pastor Sameh is the co-founder and facilitator of the Global Kingdom Pastors Network for the Middle East and North Africa. His vision is built on the blessing of Egypt found in the book of Isaiah. His heart is for nationwide revival in the local churches and preparing for the Great Harvest in Egypt by partnering with churches through prayer, training, evangelism and care for new believers. His visionary leadership has taken the church into targeted areas of ministry such as media, sports, and men in business.
Dr. Maurice developed the School of Christ curriculum which is used in a number of churches in Egypt and the Arab world. The School of Christ series is aired on SAT-7, Christian Satellite Television by and for the people of the Middle East and North Africa. And other Christian channels. Millions in the Arab World, Europe, Australia, and the U.S. are engaged with the teaching series.
He is married to Dr. Iman Kheir. They are the parents of three sons—Nader, Karim, and Shady.
Bishop Carlton Theophilus Brown has been the senior pastor of Bethel Gospel Assembly, Inc. in Harlem, New York since February 2000 and was consecrated to the office of bishop in February 2008. His 1,200-member congregation includes more than 40 auxiliaries. Bishop Brown’s entry into full-time ministry in 1987 opened the doors for extensive travel around the world, which has included short term missions assignments and serving as guest speaker at conferences in Azerbaijan, Russia, Cuba, India, Africa, Venezuela, and throughout the Caribbean, as well as around the United States. Bishop Brown can also be heard on Bethel’s weekly radio broadcast: “Becoming God’s Answer,” each Sunday at 7:00 a.m. on WLIB 1190 in the New York Tri-state area.
The fruit of his visionary leadership is the founding of Bethel Gospel Assembly Ministries which includes six churches in Transkei, South Africa. In addition he founded Bethel Gospel Global Assemblies, under which seven churches have been planted in the United States. Bethel Gospel Global Assemblies also provides oversight to over 25 ministries in the Caribbean, South Africa and Harlem, New York. He has expanded Bethel’s short-term missions’ involvement to include medical missions to several countries around the world and has launched three full-time missionaries. In January 2006, he established the Bethel Gospel Assembly Trust in Northwest Province, South Africa. Bethel also dedicated its 364-acre Harmony Estates Project in South Africa, which houses a church, a Christian boarding school, a Youth Resource Center, and a skills training program. Bishop Brown also oversees a Christian School and a church plant in Jamaica, West Indies with plans to launch other educational institutions.
An alumnus of Herbert Lehman College (BA) and of Alliance Theological Seminary (MPS), Bishop Brown received the 2010 Outstanding Clergy Leadership Award from the Council of Churches of the City of New York and is listed in the 2010 edition of “Cambridge Who’s Who for Excellence in Spiritual Services.” He is also the author of Till Death Do We S.H.O.P.
He resides in New York City with his lovely wife, Pastor Lorna Iona Bell Brown. They have two adult children, Justin Obinne and Carla Priscilla.