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KeumJu Jewel Hyun | The Heart of a Discerning Leader, Episode 3

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: KeumJu Jewel Hyun

Whether you like it or not, you are in the leadership position. Who do you think you work for?” – KeumJu Jewel Hyun

KeumJu Jewel Hyun joins the podcast to talk about the role of servant leadership within the heart of a discerning leader. Jewel is an author, a professor, and the founder of Matthew 28 Ministries, which focuses on Christian women’s leadership development and economic empowerment in Kenya. Jewel’s most recent work, The Quest for Biblical Servant Leadership: Insights from the Global Church, is a collaboration of Christian authors from around the globe. In this podcast episode Jewel shares the insight discovered from diverse cultures from Kenya to Canada to Korea. Listen and discover the common leadership thread across many diverse cultures.

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Steve Macchia (Podcast Host)
Founder and President of Leadership Transformations
Steve is the author of The Discerning Life,  Becoming a Healthy ChurchBroken and WholeCrafting a Rule of Life and several other titles. Steve has over 40 years in ministry and two postgraduate degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

KeumJu Jewel Hyun (Season 27 Guest)
KeumJu Jewel Hyun is the founder and president of Matthew 28 Ministries, Inc., focusing on Christian women’s leadership development and economic empowerment in Kenya. Jewel is adjunct professor of theology of work at Bakke Graduate University in Dallas, Texas. She is a contributing editor of The Quest for Biblical Servant Leadership: Insights from the Global Church and co-edited two other books. She received an MA in New Testament and a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, with a concentration on effective ministries to women, as well as a Master of Science degree in nuclear physics from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.

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Steve Macchia

Founder & President

Steve is a graduate of Northwestern College (IA) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.). His prior ministry includes serving on the pastoral staff at Grace Chapel (Lexington, MA) and as president of Vision New England. Since July 1, 2003 Steve has served as founder and president of Leadership Transformations, director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building, and adjunct faculty in the Doctor of Ministry department at Gordon-Conwell. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Discerning Life (Zondervan Reflective),  Baker bestseller Becoming a Healthy Church, and Crafting a Rule of Life (IVP). He lives in the Boston area with his wife Ruth and is the proud father of two grown children, Rebekah and Nathan, daughter in-love Ashley, and papa to his beloved granddaughter, Brenna Lynn and twin grandsons, Aiden Joseph and Carson Stephen. “My soul comes alive singing the great hymns of the church and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. I’m in awe of God for fulfilling the dream for LTI that he birthed in my heart, for the team he has assembled, and the transformational impact experienced in the leaders and teams we serve.

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