Jeff serves as the President of WorldVenture. He co-labors with the Board of Directors and the WorldVenture staff, to assure that Christ-centered values, vision, strategies, plans, and actions are discerned and embraced for faithful obedience to the Lord of the Harvest. He came to WorldVenture in 1988 as a mid-term missionary working in the Philippines. In 1990, Jeff and his wife, Christine, became career missionaries with WorldVenture in Venezuela. Jeff was asked to become a member of the leadership team at the home office in 2002 to provide oversight to the development of teams and the implementation and achievement of strategic priorities of WorldVenture ministries around the world. He became President in November 2012. Jeff and Christine live in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Dr. Randy McFarland
Chairman of the Board
Randy serves as Chair of the WorldVenture Board of Directors. He leads the Board in their engagement with setting the future direction of the mission and enjoys serving God in this leadership role. Randy served as a church planter and pastor (CBHMS), and was part of the faculty and administration of the New England Center of Seminary of the East before his appointment as VP of Training & Mentoring at Denver Seminary in 1997. Randy retired from his role of Provost and Academic Dean at the seminary in June 2018. He is known for his expertise in mentoring, theological education and the application of theology to daily life. Randy and his wife, Karen, live in Parker, Colorado and attend Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Vice-Chair of the Board
Maggi serves as Vice-Chair of the WorldVenture Board of Directors. She brings an exceptional knowledge and understanding of missions and the local church to our Board. Maggi is the Mission Director and the Women’s Ministry Director at Palmcroft Church, and believes that the challenges of doing missions in our world today make this an exciting time to serve. It is her desire to see the Lord glorified through the obedience of the body of Christ to the Great Commission and the formation of partnerships with vital global ministries. Maggi and her husband, Brent, live in Phoenix, Arizona.
Vice President of Finance & Administration
John Benza has served on WorldVenture’s executive leadership team since 2011, where he oversees the Corporate Finance, I/T, Global HR, Global Medical and Facilities management. Before coming to WorldVenture, John served 12 years as the Director of Administration for Bridges Community Church in California. Prior to that, John was an executive leader with IBM for 20 years. Concurrent with those full-time responsibilities, John was a consultant for Altos Technical Support, co-founder of an advanced web analytics firm, and co-owner of an online retail distribution firm. He brings both technical and managerial expertise to WorldVenture in strategic leadership and advanced operations. John has been instrumental in WorldVenture’s modernization efforts. John has been married to his wife, Debbie, for almost 40 years. They have one son, Jesse, a Johns Hopkins graduate with a Master’s degree in Public Health Administration.
Vice President of Partner Ministries
Dr. Jim Bull leads WorldVenture’s Partner Ministries, bringing together individuals, churches, and multitudes of co-laborers in the Gospel to share resources, expertise, and passion for making disciples throughout the globe. Jim brings decades of ministry experience in various capacities. Jim served on WorldVenture’s Board of Directors and spent several years in Italy as a missionary. He has more recently served as senior pastor, overseeing the significant growth and expansion of churches and missions ministries. Jim is married to his lovely wife, Selma.
Tom serves as a Member-at-Large on the WorldVenture Board of Directors. He is currently Principal of InterBizGroup, LLC, which assists office products businesses in improving their margins while increasing customer loyalty. Tom has served with multiple other businesses helping them to re-create themselves and increase their profitability. He has also served on the Youth for Christ board in Denver, as Chairman of the Board of Elders and Interim Pastor at Our Savior’s Church in Lakewood, and has coached football for 15 years at Lakewood and Columbine High Schools. Tom and his wife, Jenny, live in Littleton, Colorado.
Sobon serves as a Member-at-Large on the WorldVenture Board of Directors. He is a long-term member of First Baptist Church of Flushing, New York, where he currently serves as a deacon, leads a life group and continues to teach middle school students. His love for missions has grown through short-term missions trips to South America, China and India, as well as church planting in Chicago. Sobon has progressed from serving as a financial controller at Citi, through developing product and leadership training at Northern Trust Bank and Accenture, and lastly, diagnosing and improving organizational function in two of the largest New York-area hospital systems. Through these experiences, Sobon is excited to inform the work of WorldVenture’s Board of Directors.
Rev. Pat Cottrell
Pat serves as a Member-at-Large on the WorldVenture Board of Directors. Since 1990, he has had the privilege of serving as Lead Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Huntington Beach, California. In his early years of pastoral ministry, Pat developed a deep connection with several WorldVenture missionaries. From these relationships grew a longstanding partnership between Calvary Baptist and WorldVenture centered on Ephesians 3:20-21. Pat is convinced that everything God has done sets us up to be a part of even more glorious works of His – locally and around the world. Pat and his wife, Camilla, live in Huntington Beach, California.
Vice President of Mobilization Ministries
Dr. Dougg Custer joined WorldVenture’s executive leadership team in 2014. Before that, he served for 11 years as the International Ministries Director for Europe and the Middle East, providing leadership and direction for all the mission fields. He joined WorldVenture in 1979 when he and his wife, LeAnn, became church planters in Austria. During Dougg’s leadership in Austria, other WorldVenture fields and mission organizations regarded the Austrian field as a respected model of prayer, unity, and member care. Dougg and LeAnn have three children and five grandchildren.
Lois serves as a Member-at-Large on the WorldVenture Board of Directors. Lois is the daughter of George and Martha Kelsey, retired WorldVenture missionaries to Jordan. Growing up in Jordan ignited her love for other missionaries and for the nations. Her international experience has also consisted of serving in Somalia as a nurse, working in an orphanage in Uganda, and taking a short-term mission trip to the Dominican Republic. For the last 23 years, Lois has been in private practice as a clinical counselor in Bangor, Maine, working with children and adolescents. She and her husband, David, attend All Souls Congregational Church in Bangor, where she has served on the trustee board, the deacon board and, most recently, the search committee for a new pastor. Lois and her husband, David, live in Old Town, Maine.
Dr. Mark Hanke
Mark serves as a Member-at-Large of the WorldVenture Board of Directors. He has a long record of faithful service on the Board and will continue to provide biblical guidance to the Mission as it engages churches in discipling the nations to Christ. Mark serves as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Salem. He is a diligent student and teacher of God’s word and has led WorldVenture missionaries and staff in a number of Bible studies. His personal mission is to live in such a way that his Savior is pleased, his wife is cherished, his kids want to imitate him, his friends appreciate him, and the people he serves and loves are glad God gave him life. Mark and his wife, Kerri, live in Salem, Oregon.
Tom serves as a Member-at-Large on the WorldVenture Board of Directors. He is currently Executive Vice President and Chief International Officer for Insight for Living, where he selects, trains, and equips national partners to serve as field pastors; identifies new ministry opportunities; and develops growth strategies. Prior to accepting the EVP position with Insight for Living, Tom served as Pastor of Missions and Community Impact at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco. Tom brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the areas of missions in the local church and community to our Board, and will play a significant role in assisting WorldVenture with future strategy and direction. Tom and his wife, Katie, live in Prosper, Texas.
Roberta serves as a Member-at-Large on the WorldVenture Board of Directors. Roberta served with WorldVenture for 20 years in Nairobi, Kenya, where she worked in 13 African nations to develop appropriate songs for communicating the gospel in over 8o different languages. She also directed and led worship at Nairobi Baptist Church and established the Department of Christian Music Communication at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya. She currently serves as Professor of Communication and Ethnomusicology at the Fuller School of Intercultural Studies. Her publications include Global Arts and Christian Witness (2019) and Arts as Witness in Multifaith Contexts (2019). Roberta is excited to offer her expertise in Missiology, the study of mission, and the contribution of cultural musics and arts for communicating Christian in today’s ever changing global-local world.
Susan serves as a Member-at-Large on the WorldVenture Board of Directors. She has been a member of First Baptist Church of Flushing for over 35 years, during which time she has served as the chairperson of the Missions Committee and helped her church develop their short-term missions program. She currently serves as the Prayer Coordinator for her church. Professionally, Susan is a Medicare Insurance Specialist to assist seniors in finding the most suitable Medicare plans at the lowest cost to meet their needs. She is committed to serving the Lord both locally and globally and is an excellent member of the Board. Susan and her husband, Shek, live in Oakland Gardens, New York.
Vice President of International Ministries
Dr. Marty Shaw joined WorldVenture’s executive leadership in 2013. Marty has served with WorldVenture since 1983 when he was appointed to Japan as a missionary. From there he became the Coordinator of Global Strategies and the International Ministries Director for Asia and the Pacific Region. Marty has strengthened WorldVenture by implementing mission strategies like the 360° approach, while bringing missiological insights and Kingdom-development experience. While leading the Asia and Pacific region, Marty opened nine fields. He and his wife Denise have two children.
Rev. Andy Spohrer
Andy serves as the Secretary of the WorldVenture Board of Directors. Having spent over twenty years as a pastor in Maine, Andy has built invaluable relationships with our U.S. supporting churches. He also served in various capacities with WorldVenture, both as a church planter in Ireland and as the East Regional Ministries Director in the U.S., which bring a deeper understanding of the workings of the Mission to our Board. Most recently, Andy served as Interim Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Brewer, Maine. In retirement, he and his wife, Nancy, remain involved in church ministry as they live in Canton, Connecticut.
Byron serves as a Member-at-Large on the WorldVenture Board of Directors. He is the Founder and President of Artists in Christian Testimony (A.C.T.) Intl, a ministry and missions sending board for artistic and innovative ministries and missionaries. Byron’s past ministries include Campus Crusade for Christ; the Continental Singers; Jews for Jesus Board; youth pastor and youth music pastor at First Baptist Church in Richmond, California; Christian recording artists on Light Records; adjunct faculty of Western Seminary; worship pastor at Community Baptist Church in Alta Loma, CA; and founding pastor of New Hope Community Church in southern California. Byron’s expertise is helping WorldVenture to better utilize the artistic missionary staff and their gifting for kingdom service. Byron’s passion is to assist the global Church in worshipping God by proclaiming Christ in appropriate language and cultural style. Byron and his wife, Pam, live in Franklin, Tennessee, where they attend Grace Chapel.
Vice President of Organizational Solutions
Since 1995, Dr. Dennis Vogan has served on the leadership team at WorldVenture. He is currently the Vice President of Organizational Solutions. His responsibilities include leadership in establishing an effective and productive work environment in the achievement of our Ends by providing oversight and coaching across WorldVenture to develop and execute corporate solutions. In 1976-1978, Dennis and his wife, Linda, served with CBFMS in the Philippines at Faith Academy, an international school for children of missionaries. Following graduate work, they were appointed in 1981 to return to the Philippines with WorldVenture, where Dennis served as Superintendent of Faith Academy from 1984 to 1995. Dennis and Linda have been married 44 years and have four grown children and two grandchildren.
WorldVenture is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is engaging the world for gospel impact. Our vision is to see multitudes of disciples compelled by the love of God and willing to risk all so that people are transformed by God, impacting their families, communities, and world.
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