Leadstar International is a non-profit organization registered in the United States to support and enhance various mission and ministries led by the Rev. Dr. Gemechis Desta Buba. 

Leadstar International is focused on advancing this evangelical mission of Christ in Ethiopia, the United States, South Africa, Dubai and many other nations. Our media covers North Africa and the Middle East. Our social media is watched by millions of people from all over the world. 

Leadstar fully relies on prayers and financial support of all of its partners throughout the United States and around the world. 

What People Say

Connecting with Leadstar helped our congregation shift from an inward-focused church to being Mission Driven disciples.

Mark Braaten

This is the real deal. Being blessed to be a part of commencement exercises with 7,800 students was life-changing.

Russ Lackey

The Good News of Jesus Christ. It changes lives. And it’s a blessing to witness the opportunities to partner across the world where we would never have a chance.

J. Miller

The Rev. Dr. Gemechis Desta Buba currently serves as Assistant to the Bishop for Mission for the North American Lutheran Church.  He is originally from Ethiopia and now lives in Atlanta, GA, with his wife and three children.

Dr. Buba received a Bachelor of Theology with high distinction from Mekane Yesus Theological Seminary, where he served as a professor for two years.  After working on a Masters of Theology in Church History in the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology, he moved to the United States for further studies.  In 2003 he received his Masters of Divinity and Masters of Arts in Christian Education from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA.  In May, 2006, Dr. Buba earned a Doctorate Degree from Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, specializing in missional leadership.

Dr. Buba was ordained in 2001. He has served as a seminary professor, mission developer, senior pastor, vice president of the Southeastern Black Lutheran Pastors’ Conference, assistant to the bishop of Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod (ELCA), director of African National Ministries (ELCA), and president of the worldwide Union of Oromo Evangelical Churches. He was pastor of St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church and the African/Oromo Lutheran Church in Atlanta, GA.

In addition to academic study and ordained ministry, Dr. Buba participates in multiple international ministries through speaking, leading revivals, leadership development conventions, and evangelical mission events. For more information or resources, please visit:  www.thenalc.org or www.abidaheartsonfire.com.

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