Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church, received the Global Synergize Award* for 2015 from the Billion Soul Network. It was presented to her in Orlando, Florida, during The Gathering in January 2015. Each year, the Billion Soul Network, comprising more than 2,000 Christian organizations and 475,000 churches from every nation, recognizes two leaders who have demonstrated a synergistic leadership across denominational lines toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
While Dr. James O. Davis, co-founder and president of the Billion Soul Network presented the Global Synergize Award for 2015 to Dr. Lyon, he stated: “Your visionary life and synergistic mindset motivate us to move past our egos and logos for the finishing of the Great Commission in the 21st century. We are deeply indebted to you for your selfless leadership throughout the entire Global Church. You continue to demonstrate the biblical realism that fellow-leaders, from different evangelical streams, can add compounding value to one another so the entire world can experience the glorious gospel.”
*In the past, the Global Synergize Award has also been presented to the following:
- Dr. David Mohan, founding pastor of New Life Assembly, Chennai, India
- Dr. Glenn Burris, president of The Foursquare Church, Los Angeles, California
- Dr. George Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Springfield, Missouri
- Dr. Alex Mitala, chairman emeritus of the New Birth Fellowship, Kampala, Uganda
- Dr. Alex Tanuseputra, founding pastor of Bethany Church, Surabaya Indonesia
- Dr. Doug Beacham, presiding bishop of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Dr. Ademola Ishola, president emeritus of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Abuja, Nigeria.