Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, Honoris Causa
Founder and Senior Pastor, Kithu Sevana Ministries
Education: M.A. in Missions, Columbia International School; Honorary Doctorate, Government of Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka
Rev. Adrian De Visser is the founder and senior pastor of Kithu Sevana Ministries based in Sri Lanka. Adrian entered Christian ministry in 1979 as the first local-language ministry worker for Youth For Christ, Sri Lanka. His work took him to remote and marginalized communities and gave him a deep conviction and passion for reaching them for Christ. In 1996, he founded Kithu Sevana Ministries, a missions-oriented church planting organization with a burden for reaching those in areas and communities hitherto unreached by the gospel. Kithu Sevana follows the concept of a distributed church and strongly believes in partnering with churches and Christian ministries across Asia and in developing and empowering local leaders for ministry.
Adrian has pioneered many initiatives in Sri Lanka and Asia. He created the Navodaya movement for evangelism in Sri Lanka in the 1980s, which brought together pastors and ministry workers together for a week-long time of in-depth study, prayer and discussion on practical evangelism and the challenges experiences of those in the frontlines of missions work in Sri Lanka. He has also blazed a new trail of social activism in the church in Sri Lanka, with his work through Kithu Sevana in reaching out to the needs of the people in areas of ministry, uplifting marginalized communities and seeking ways in which the church can be relevant to the realities of developing Asia.
As a widely respected preacher, speaker and author, Adrian continues to impact people with his message of incarnational evangelism and through his teachings on healing for damaged emotions. He has authored many books, one of his popular publications is Journey of Grace, published both in English and Sinhalese, the national language of Sri Lanka.
Adrian holds an M.A. in Missions from Columbia International University. In the year 2007, he was awarded the title of Deshabandu by the government of Sri Lanka, one of Sri Lanka’s highest civilian honors for his community-oriented work of over two decades. He served as the international deputy director of the Lausanne movement for South Asia, 2005-2010, the executive committee of the National Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka for 10 years, the board of Lanka Prison fellowship, an affiliate of world prison fellowship, and has served as the national interpreter for Dr. Billy Graham on several occasions. He was one of the founding members of the Colombo Theological Seminary and served on its board of the Colombo Theological Seminary for 12 years.
Adrian currently serves as the vice president for partnership development for Asian Access, a leadership development group that accelerates the capacity of leaders. They identify, equip and empower the right leaders at the right time through the right process, so they can be released to make the greatest Kingdom impact across Asia. Adrian is also the author of Eastern Voices: Volume 1 Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words (2017), and co-author of Ministry in the Balance (2008).