The seeds of Global Equip were sown in Sierra Leone, West Africa in 2009 when Dr. John Thompson was invited by Rev. Gregory Bangura to come and implement a training program for pastors from three West Africa nations. John formed a team of American pastors to come with him from America to invest in the lives of pastors in Africa. The training program this team created is called the Global Leadership Institute. In 2011, that training program was replicated in a second African nation. Today Global Equip has expanded into Southern Africa, East Africa, South Asia, and the Caribbean.

In 2011, John teamed up with his long time friend Jason Wakefield to launch Global Equip. Jason had developed a expedition in New England exposing people to the historic places connected to the first Americans who left the United States to take the gift of Jesus to the nations two hundred years ago. The expedition Jason created is called the Global Impact Expedition. Recognizing their shared vision and passion, John and Jason decided to join efforts and start an organization known as Global Equip that could facilitate the Global Leadership Institutes, the Global Impact Expeditions, as well as other projects that bring the gift of Jesus to the nations.