What is the BAM Congress 2018?

How can my business be a tool for the Kingdom?

This BAM Congress is designed for Businessmen, academics and BAM practitioners. At the end of this Congress you will understand what BAM is about, you will be inspired by different practitioners out of the BAM field and you will have tools to do BAM by yourself. To reach this goal we invited BAM practitioners, investors and BAM Leaders from around the world to share their most insightful experiences with you.

Who should attend

• Business as Mission Practitioners
• Academics & Students
• Entrepreneurs
• Business owners
• Investors

Why attend

• Develop your unique call to business
• Hear the latest teaching from BAM leaders
• Learn Biblical foundations for business
• Hear and see real case studies
• Network with like-minded professionals
• To be activated to do BAM


BAM Congress for businesmen, investors and acadamics

Full Congress

Student Rate

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Full Congress

Early Bird Rate

1 day ticket

Thursday 4 October

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Friday 5 October

1 day ticket

Saturday 6 October


We invite speakers from different locations and background to share from their experiences as BAM practitioners, investors and BAM Leaders.

Mark Polet

Mark (Canadian) is a biologist with 40 years of experience. Working on four continents, Mark and his wife Terri work on being a bridge between cultures and traditions, looking to work with people of good will to serve those who are spiritually and materially impoverished. Mark is passionate about bringing engineers, scientists, and business together to address challenging environmental issues, acknowledging their social and cultural context.

Prior to working in the BAM space, Mark & Terri owned a number of companies, including an environmental services company and an environmental consultancy.

Kees de Zwart
The Netherlands

Kees is owner of the Vanderperk Group in Groot-Ammers, near Rotterdam,The Netherlands. The Vanderperk Group is a strategic communication and marketing specialist, who not only invents new communication and marketing strategies for NGO’s and Businesses, but also produce it and do follow up of the plans. Enclosed in the Vanderperk Group is a marketing and advertisement company, a printing business, a webdevelopment business and an online marketing company, all in one group. Besides that, Kees is also busy with the work in God’s vineyard worldwide. He sees his company as a carrier in God’s Kingdom. Trusting Gods words and His Fatherheart to overcome impossibilities, he started businesses in several complicated or closed countries to empower and disciple Christians and to spread the Kingdom of God. An honouring story to Father God.

Robert Andrews
United Kingdom

Robert has been working as a tentmaker, active BAM’er and management consultant in West Asia more than 25 years. His background is in executive management in an American multinational, primarily in manufacturing. He ran a small manufacturing facility in the early 2000’s. He serves as an elder in a local church and works with a BAM focused investment fund – www.transformationalSME.org where his current role is in training mentors and developing BAM evaluation methodologies. His undergraduate studies were in both mathematics and social psychology. He later completed an MBA.

Klaas Evers
The Netherlands

Klaas Evers is a Dutch entrepreneur and networker with 7 years of experience of coaching and starting over 20 BAM Businesses in more than 15 countries in Asia, (North) Africa and Eastern Europe. He started amongst others Uniqa Wall Systems, a BAM company in Moldova that is involved in producing prefab homes and several agricultural BAM companies in Africa and Asia.   
He comes from a family of flower growers and has a combined (study) background of international development, agriculture, and entrepreneurship. He holds a MSc. Degree in International Development from Wageningen University. 
He is passionate about serving BAM companies in reaching their business and mission goals and about inspiring European entrepreneurs and Christians about integrating work, worship and mission.

James Thomas
United Kingdom

James has over 25 years of business experience in the UK, India, Asia & Central Asia. He started and ran a successful software development company in India before returning to the UK and becoming the Technical Director of a specialist software company in the Property Management sector. For the past 15 years James has been on the Fund Manager Board of a BAM SME investment fund focused on assisting businesses in the developing world to grow & thrive. For the last 3 years James has served on the management team for this investment fund and has been responsible for assigning & supporting mentors to advise the investee companies within the portfolio. He is also currently involved in the development of a new training business and has a passion to see businesses bring kingdom transformation around the world. He is particularly keen to see businesses have an impact on their communities through quadruple bottom line transformation – purpose, people, planet, & profit.

Wim Kater
The Netherlands

Wim Kater (Dutch, born in 1975) grew up in a reformed family, where his father had a fruit business. After studying at a Agricultural University and after that he studied theology. From 2000 he had commercial positions in the IT-world, in recent years as manager Agro, Food Industry at IT-company Sogeti Nederland. Since February 2015 he is director of CBMC-Netherlands, a network of Christian business people. Wim Kater is married to Evelien and has three children.

David Skews
United Kingdom

David has for over 35 years owned and led businesses in the UK and in recent years in Asia; he has established a good reputation in both corporate and mission communities and regularly speaks to gatherings of business people, from small to medium enterprises (SME’s) to multinational corporations (MNC’s) and governments and is a contributor of papers and articles for professional magazines and conferences. He served as Elder of his local church from 1999-2004 joining World Horizons (a mission movement) in 2003 and currently holds the Business as Mission portfolio on its Global Council.

David’s passion is to see the power of the whole gospel of the Kingdom of God transform sustainable business through revealing the Lord Jesus Christ to all its stakeholders.

He graduated in Law in 1981, attending Middle Temple, London, United Kingdom. He served as a Chartered Member of the Institute of Safety and Health, and a Specialist Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (International Representative for Asia Pacific Region); Member of the Safety Institute of Australia.

Arleen Westerhof
The Netherlands

Arleen Westerhof is the co-Senior Pastor of the God’s Embassy Church in Amsterdam together with her husband Dick, www.embassyamsterdam.nl . She has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and originally came to the Netherlands to work as a Research Scientist at a large multinational corporation. After several years of chemical research and teaching God called her into full-time ministry.

Arleen is de Founder and Executive Director of the European Economic Summit. Their aim is to promote new paradigms on finance and economy based on Christian tradition, faith and thought, and transformational businesses generating four-fold capital (human, social, natural and financial) as new models for poverty alleviation and sustainable economies. Ever since their first meeting in 2014, the concept of the Economics of Mutuality has played an important role in Economic Summit meetings.


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Location Congress                                                         logobfwebsite2
Wijnstraat 117
3311 BT Dordrecht

For students there is place in te Bonfire house for €15 per night includes breakfast.
You will stay in a room with maximum 8 persons.

In a distance of six miles
Van der Valk Hotel Dordrecht
• Postillion Hotel Dordrecht
Bastion Hotel Dordrecht
• Stay Okay Dordrecht
(Hollandse Biesbosch)

Travel information
Flying into Schiphol (AMS) Amsterdam Airport. You can take a direct train connection to Dordrecht central station. It is easily to buy a train ticket on Schiphol with credit card. The train will take you within one our to Dordrecht central station. From the station it is easily to take a taxi, a bus, to walk to the bed and breakfast or hotel you have chosen to stay. The website of your bed & breakfast or hotel tel’s you more about this.

Bonfire is in a distance of ten minutes walk from Dordrecht central station. If you are staying close to Bonfire (within 1,5 miles) we recommend you to walk to the congress our to use the bike option that many hotels have.


The BAM Congress is an initiative of YWAM Gateway Europe, Worldpartners and Interserve-Netherlands. These organisations saw a strong need for promoting the concept of Business-as-Mission in Europe. And we saw a strong opportunity for BAM in Europe. What will happen if all the Christian entrepreneurs in Europe will see their company as a vehicle in Gods Mission and act upon it? Then God will be much more glorified, also in the market place! With this dream we started to organise the first European BAM Congress in 2017.