Lisa Nagle

Director of Impact Partnerships, USA

Lisa grew up in the mountains of Golden, Colorado (USA). She became a Christian in 1985 at a wilderness camp in the Rocky Mountains.

Lisa holds a master’s in Asian Studies and International Business from Seton Hall University, an Executive Management from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. in political science from Colorado State University. She has been working in ministry in East Asia for over 30 years. She speaks at women’s conferences and retreats globally, and has served with ministries including COM,  Alpha, and the leadership team of the global 4/14 Movement. She launched Pacific Link International Educational Services (PLIES), a ministry placing Chinese students in U.S. high schools and organizing educational camps focusing on the development of each child’s Christ-like character, leadership, and life skills.

Lisa is currently the Director of Impact Partnerships at LeaderSource. She previously served as Director of Strategic Initiatives for six years (2003-2010) and on the LeaderSource board of directors. Lisa serves on five international ministry boards.

Her passion is to inspire Christian parents in her community and globally to disciple their own children, and to envision, encourage and inspire women leaders.

Lisa lives in South Bend, Indiana. She has two grown daughters one of whom lives in Scotland and the other in Boston. Her late husband, John Nagle, passed away in May of 2019. He was a law professor at the University of Notre Dame for 25 years.

Lisa’s life verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

During Lisa's time at LeaderSource, she has noticed the following paradigm shifts in her life:

I was first introduced to the ConneXions Model in 2003 when I asked a good friend about who was doing a deep and meaningful work in leader development in East Asia. My friend introduced Malcolm to me and as it turns out Malcolm and the ministry was located 30 minutes from my home! Wow! I just remember the early days of learning about and experiencing the principles and healthy leader development models. Wow!! Wow!

Paradigm shifts:

  • Union with Christ. The first, middle and last part of healthy leader development is abiding in Christ. We can’t share the Person of Jesus Christ if we don’t first know Him intimately.
  • Context. First consider the context or the environment when building your local leaders. Spiritual, Relational, Experiential, Instructional. We usually go straight to content when building leaders. It is just as important or more important to design the context/environment where our emerging leaders will grow and learn.
  • Again – Union with Christ!
  • We can’t teach or train what we are not already doing ourselves. In other words, we have to be building leaders before we can teach others to do the same.
  • Union with Christ – can’t repeat it enough!


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