Bakke Graduate University

After a few years of research and development, NLF spearheaded the formation of Bakke Graduate University in Seattle in 1999. This institution’s focus was certificated and graduate programs for clergy and lay leaders working in urban ministry…

Vision Youth

In 1997, NLF began another strategic relationship with World Vision, Inc. in which the Vision Youth Initiative was created. Vision Youth was a 3-way partnership between NLF, World Vision and local churches. The model program was so successful…

Moved from Seattle to Tacoma

Moved the administrative offices from Seattle to Tacoma in 1995 and began a strategic partnership with First United Methodist Church. That partnership in Tacoma replicated the First Center model which housed 22 ministries and nonprofits during…

Founder Bud Bylsma

Foundation (NLF), Bud continues to travel the world helping the less advantaged, and facilitating the work of Christian agencies such as Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, Promise Keepers, and Operation Blessing. Previously, Bud was a regional…

Faith Based Leaders Gather in Seattle

In 1989 a group of faith leaders in Seattle began a series of conversations asking, “do our leaders reflect the diversity of the community?”; “are these leaders equipped to tackle complex trends and entrenched social issues in collaboration…

The First Leadership Foundation

Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation was inspired by Sam Shoemaker whose 1950's vision was that, "one day Pittsburgh will be more famous for God than for steel." Founded in 1978 by Reid Carpenter and five other community leaders, PLF's mission…