Bekele and Shewaye Shanko

Vice President of Global Church Movements

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Photo by Pasquale R. Mingarelli

Bekele Shanko accepted God’s call for full-time Christian missionary service with Campus Crusade for Christ in Ethiopia in 1993. Since then he has held diverse leadership roles for Campus Crusade for Christ: national director for Ethiopia, regional director for Southern and Eastern Africa (23 countries), and currently global vice president for Campus Crusade for Christ, responsible for Global Church Movements (GCM) that focuses on building movements of multiplying churches and faith communities worldwide.

Bekele was involved in designing and leading major national and international evangelistic projects such as Operation Philip in Ethiopia, Operation Sunrise Africa in Southern and Eastern Africa, and the Emerging Leaders Initiative for Africa. He also facilitated the development of a 100-year national strategic vision for the Body of Christ in Ethiopia towards holistic national transformation.

Before joining Campus Crusade for Christ, Bekele worked as a head of information management for the National HIV/AIDS Control Program in Ethiopia for five years. Bekele holds a B.Sc. degree in Statistics from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, and a doctoral degree in Transformational Leadership from Bakke Graduate University in Seattle, Washington.

Born and raised in Ethiopia, Bekele currently lives in Orlando, FL, with his wife Shewaye and their four children–Nathan, Elim, Philip, and Nesiel—two boys and two girls. Shewaye is involved in women's leadership development and she has a passion for children's ministry, art, and helping orphans. Over the course of their ministry, the Shanko family has lived in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the United States.

Bekele’s mission statement is, “To serve the purpose of God in my generation by empowering the Body of Christ for world evangelization that results in holistic transformation of humanity.”