It was Maxwell's passion for training and equipping pastors that led Bright to ask him to lead the GPN upon his death. The two met in Orlando in December and reached an agreement that was unanimously approved by the GPN board of directors.


GPN's 40-member board of directors includes:

  • Larry Burkett, Crown Ministries

  • Michael Coleman, Integrity Music

  • Steve Douglass, Campus Crusade for Christ

  • Paul Eshleman, The JESUS Film Project

  • Franklin Graham, Samaritan's Purse

  • Jack Graham, Southern Baptist Convention

  • Michael Little, Christian Broadcasting Network

  • Roy Peterson, Wycliffe Bible Translators

  • Robert Reccord, North American Mission Board, SBC

  • Adrian Rogers, Bellevue Baptist Church

  • Thomas Trask, Assemblies of God

  • Kenneth Ulmer, Faithful Central Bible Church


Campus Crusade has more than 26,000 full-time staff and more than 225,000 trained volunteers serving in 190 nations, making it one of the largest interdenominational Christian organizations in the world. 


Meet John Maxwell


Maxwell's childhood in 1950s small-town Ohio, along with the solid example of his parents, laid the foundation for a life and career of service to others. He professed his faith in Christ at the age of three, and by the time he was a teenager he was intently focused on his goal of becoming a pastor. He earned his bachelor's degree at Circleville (Ohio) Bible College in 1969, married his high school sweetheart Margaret that year, and moved to tiny Hillham, Indiana, to pastor his first church.


Soon after, Maxwell began to realize his true gift for affecting the lives of people - lots of people. Sensing a call to evangelism, he accepted an invitation to another church in 1972 where he set a bold goal to lead 200 people to Christ in one year - outside of his pulpit ministry. Over the next 12 months, 186 people were forever changed by his influence.