Founded in 1992, Global Leadership Network (GLN) serves pioneering pastors and leaders through world-class leadership experiences and resources. GLN is committed to a singular idea: that inspired, encouraged, and equipped Christian leaders create thriving local churches passionate about redeeming their communities for Christ.

The Cause

GLN’s passion is to help leaders worldwide—men and women—realise God’s vision for their lives, churches and communities. It shares ideas and builds partnerships. Through the Global Leadership Summit (GLS), Partners, and GLN Membership it delivers vision and inspiration to resourced regions; and we bring training and opportunity to under-resourced areas.

The Vision

GLN’s vision is to help Christians grow their leadership to maximise Kingdom impact.

The Mission

GLN’s mission is to create world-class leadership development to energise Christians and mobilise churches globally.

GLN UK & Ireland

“Thanks again for all you and your team do for all of us.” Tim Smith, St Judes, Plymouth

GLN UK & Ireland exists to serve church pastors and leaders in the UK and Ireland through the work of the GLN. We make it our aim to provide a first-class experience.

We have been affiliated to GLN and aligned with its vision and mission since 1995, when we were established as a UK limited company and registered charity.

As an organisation we continually evaluate, improve and develop our services in line with our goals.

Our Prayer & What We Are Doing

Our goal and prayer is to serve pastors and Christians through the inspiration, training and resources provided by GLN.

Nowadays the primary way we achieve this is through the annual Global Leadership Summit (GLS) videocast and we are praying specifically that annual attendance will grow to 10,000 leaders by 2020.

Increasingly we are also providing year-round training tools which flow out of the GLS through online learning, GLS Cafés and resources made to order.

In addition, we offer a GLN membership subscription for personal and team development in leadership, and we run events with guest speakers which aim to bring fresh thinking on church ministry in line with our vision and mission.  

How You Can Support The Cause

Thank you for your interest in supporting the cause.

Over the years we have enjoyed long-standing relationships with churches across a number of denominations that have been part of the association. We value these relationships and the mutual encouragement they bring.

Here are some suggestions for how you can support our work:

1) Pray. Please join us in praying that we will be able to reach out to tens of thousands of church pastors and Christian leaders in the UK & Ireland and support them through the training that GLN provides. You can use the left sidebars to provide prayer pointers on our vision and mission, our activities and people involved. You can also pray more specifically for the GLS on this page.

2) Make the GLS an annual commitment, bringing your team and determining to grow together in effectiveness and influence

3) Invest in your ongoing leadership development through year-round membership and resources

4) Consider how promoting the GLS might help transform your region (see this page).

5) Donate: Your donation to the work is always a great encouragement. You can give here.

Thank-you for your prayers and support.

Wallace Pepper

Wallace Pepper, Chairman of the GLN UK & Ireland Board

1953 – a good year – Queen’s Coronation, Hillary conquered Everest & Wallace was born on a farm in Ulster.

Wallace married Margaret in 1981 and has 3 children: Susanna who is married, Kathryn who is due to be married next year & Edward a student in Edinburgh.

Wallace qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor in 1977, set up his own practice in 1980 and started several companies since. Currently MD of a family property investment company, he also administers a family pension scheme & charitable trust. Has other business interests and is also interested in horses, rugby, gardening and outdoor stuff generally.

Wallace gave his life to the Lord in 1988 and is an Elder in the local Presbyterian Church. He joined the Board of GLN in 2000.

Gary Schwammlein

Gary Schwammlein, President and CEO
Global Leadership Network

Gary joined the Association in 1996 after 28 years in the marketplace. Even though it seemed like a “step down” in the eyes of some (and in many ways it was, i.e. salary, perks, recognition…), it was the best move he ever made: ‘The years that I’ve been with the GLN have been the best years of my life. Seeing churches catch fire for God, reaching out to seekers, and growing believers into fully devoted followers of Christ is better than anything the world can offer. All of us at the GLN are here to serve you, full time staff as well as volunteers in our affiliate countries. We will continue to offer events and resources that have been developed and tested at Willow Creek Community Church and at other churches around the world to envision, equip, and encourage churches everywhere to prevail.’

Rachael Cottell

Rachael Cottell

Rachael joined the GLN Team in July 2019, having been a passionate supporter and attender for many years.  Prior to taking on this role she was the PA to the Bishop of Bristol and the Assistant to the Archdeacon of Malmesbury, in the Diocese of Bristol.  For 33 years beforehand she worked for the Ministry of Justice in a variety of roles, but ultimately as a Workplace Support Adviser & Mediator.

Rachael is married to David & they have 3 grown up daughters between them and 1 grand daughter.  They have recently ‘escaped to the country’ & live in a converted chapel in Gloucestershire.



Will SalmonWill Salmon

Will has been part of the team since January 2003 and currently oversees the communications and operations. He loves to help leaders through his skills in research, problem solving, and training co-ordination, as well as developing resources through his interests in graphic design, photography and creative content.

He lives in the New Forest in Hampshire with his wife, Karen, and their daughter, Molly.



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