The European Evangelical Alliance presents the 2022 HOPE Prize to Jeff Fountain

The HOPE 2022 Prize was awarded to Jeff Fountain, Director of the Schuman Center for European Studies, during the Hope for Europe 2022 (“HOPE 2022″) experience. The European Evangelical Fellowship (EEA) HOPE Prize is awarded annually to an individual, group or project in Europe who embodies the biblical message of hope and the values ​​of partnership, networking, transformation and empowerment. integrity. The purpose of this award is to serve as encouragement by appropriately honoring these individuals and efforts, and to increase awareness of initiatives, especially beyond national borders, which in turn can inspire others” actions of hope”.

Jeff Fountain is a longtime champion for the church in Europe. Although born in New Zealand, he has lived in the Netherlands since 1975 and has traveled and spoken in almost all European countries. He is a man who knows European history well and is able to trace European Christian heritage and relate it to today’s values ​​and behaviors, or lack thereof.

“Jeff is a pioneer in advocating the importance of European Christian networks to create synergy as well as networks within nations. Networks of specialists. Networks crossing boundaries of denomination or type of organization. Networks that are of great support for churches and national evangelical alliances. says Connie Main Duarte, one of the new EEA Secretaries General. His fellow General Secretary, Jan Wessels, adds: “Jeff was the one in our European evangelical family who defended the strongest and longest hope. He constantly reminded us that if Jesus asked us to pray ‘Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven’, then it is his will that it be done.

Former General Secretary Thomas Bucher, who passed on his role to his successors Connie Main Duarte and Jan Wessels at HOPE 2022 in Sarajevo, adds: “Jeff exemplified unity in the body of Christ. He worked tirelessly to ensure that the Church lived up to its task of proclaiming the Good News in different ways and channels, with great expectation that God had yet another Christian chapter in store for Europe.

HOPE 2022 was a special gathering, organized by the European Evangelical Alliance, which normally takes place every three years (the last one in Tallinn, Estonia in 2018, Covid caused a one-year postponement) and brought together hundreds of evangelical leaders from across Europe to share strategies, best practices and valuable information and to collaborate. The motto of HOPE 2022 was “Builders Connecting – Celebrating the Kingdom of God”.

A presentation video of the HOPE Award 2022 can be viewed here.

About Jeff Fontaine

Jeff Fountain (b. 1949), a New Zealander who has held a Dutch passport since 1985, is currently Director of the Schuman Center for European Studies ( and lives with his Dutch wife Romkje in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Down.

Jeff graduated with a degree in history from the University of Auckland (1972) and worked as a reporter for the New Zealand Herald (1972-3) and as a traveling secretary for the Tertiary Student Christian Fellowship (TSCF) (1973).

He has lived in the Netherlands since 1975 and has traveled and spoken in almost all European countries. For twenty years after the fall of communism, he served as European director of the international and interfaith missionary organization, Youth With A Mission. He was president of the international cross-denominational movement Hope for Europe, for which he organized two pan-European congresses in Budapest in 2002 and 2011.

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Barry F. Howard