Dr. Gil Odendaal – Managing Principal of Gil Odendaal Consultancy, LLC
Gil Odendaal is a missional entrepreneur with more than thirty years of ministry experience as missionary, pastor, educator, leader, author and public speaker. He is passionate about leading, supporting, and creating initiatives for missional organizations seeking integral solutions for effective work within the emerging paradigms of Global South – Global North collaborations to serve the least, the lost and the last.
From serving as Senior Vice President for World Relief and directing global initiatives for Saddleback Church to building innovative programs for other reputable global ministries, and serving as pastor at churches with membership of 100 to 23,000, he has invested his life to equip and serve the church and its pastors around the world to seamlessly integrate word and deed ministries that transform communities, especially through initiatives focused on women and children. His passion for seeing Christ proclaimed where there is no church and strengthening the church where it barely exists, has resulted in ministry on four continents and more than a hundred countries. He completed his PhD in Intercultural Studies at Trinity International University under Paul Hiebert and a D.Min at Westminster Theological Seminary.
Gil and his wife, Elmarie, were born and raised in South Africa. They have three adult children and six grandchildren.