Our Story

PAK7 began in 2013 after World Witness authorized a feasibility study to explore the possibility of a coalition-based media ministry in Pakistan. World Witness had served the people of Pakistan for over a century through such ministries as Christian Hospital in Sahiwal, the associated nursing school and schools. Since many things had changed over the years, the board sought a way to support the Church in Pakistan in her service and witness.

In 2009, Ravi Zacharia Ministries had held a media ministry consultation in Lahore which was attended by some 50 Pakistani church leaders who were involved in media ministry. A major joint recommendation was that everyone find some way to work together.

In 2014, board member Gordon Bell facilitated a follow-up consultation in Lahore to ask whether the proven SAT-7 coalition-based media ministry to the Middle East might be a model for working together as the Body of Christ. In this "John 17" model, the various branches of the church join together to provide an opportunity for Christians to be witnesses for Christ and the gospel through locally produced media. The response of the Pakistani church leadership was unanimously and enthusiastically positive.

In 2016, the late Mr. Michael Abel, a respected Pakistani Christian leader, co-led a follow-up consultation was held to begin the process of forming the coalition. At that time the Pakistani leaders agreed upon a shared ethos and set of Christian values, and set the requirements for partnership.

An international Working Group consisting of church leaders in Pakistan and the global church began to meet monthly in 2017, and in December 2017 appointed Andrew Hart to become the founding CEO of PAK7 International. Andrew is uniquely qualified to lead the effort as he is called by God and has served as COO at SAT-7 International for eight years. Andrew took up his post in August, 2018.

PAK7 US was incorporated in Maryland in May, 2018. The Working Group began the process of nominating the International Council in the summer of 2018, in anticipation of the Charter Meetings in Pakistan and the U.K. in late 2018.

In October, 2018, the PAK7 Charter Meetings were held in Lahore and London. The Working Group announced the PAK7 International Council comprising 15 members of various branches of the Church in Pakistan and other nations. During this time, leaders from the global Church joined their Pakistani brothers and sisters in signing the PAK7 London and Lahore Declaration at Westminster Central Hall, overlooking the main entrance of Westminster Abbey, where Pakistani martyr Esther John is memorialized as one of the Ten Martyrs of the Modern Era.