J. Roger Davis
Roger has spent the last 25+ years helping students get the gospel and give the gospel away. He has served on the board of Servant Life from its start in 1999 & in 2008 took on the Executive Director leadership role alongside his role as president of Student Life. In 2015, Roger joined as president of YM360, another Servant Life ministry partner. Throughout his career he has focused his attention on creating moments that matter and providing resources for teenagers, kids and college students to have a real interaction with God that effects how they view God, themselves, the world and their opportunity to be a person of impact. He has participated in and led many international mission efforts and is also very involved with other international focused organizations like Compassion International and Fund The Nations. He believes that students understanding the Great Commission and being mobilized can change the world. Roger is married to Becca who was a youth minister and college minister for 14 years. They live in Birmingham, AL and have four children: Sterling, Landry, Kinsley, and Murray. Their family are active members at The Church at Brook Hills. You can connect with Roger at email@example.com or via Twitter: @jrogerdavis.
"I count it a privilege to be involved in both serving our international partners, teenagers & kids in each of the countries we work in as well as creating an avenue for the North American student to be involved in the Great Commission."
Born and raised in Texas, Zac graduated from Baylor University in 2012 and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Zac now lives in Birmingham, AL and formerly served as a director for Student Life camps. He came on board as Servant Life Director in September 2014. Zac is upbeat, light-hearted and passionate about encouraging students to embrace a relationship with Christ at a young age. He hopes to be serving overseas one day. You can connect with Zac at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter at @zaccondie
"I believe we are all called to help the gospel reach the ends of the earth and make disciples of all nations. Until the day the Lord sends me out, I consider it a joy to work with Servant Life as we send students to the nations and equip them with missional experience and a global mindset."
Danielle Lee Condie
Danielle came on board with Servant Life in October of 2011. Before moving to Birmingham, she resided in Starkville, Mississippi where she attended Mississippi State University. After graduating in May of 2010, she completed a one-year internship at MSU with the campus ministry, Campus Crusade for Christ. Danielle has participated in mission trips to New York City, Salerno, Italy, Kenya and Mexico. Danielle enjoys reading, the outdoors and hopes to one day serve long-term overseas. You can connect with Danielle at email@example.com or via Twitter @dlee2024.
"Being a part of Servant Life has opened my eyes to how important the body of Christ is, as I interact with people daily who have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus."
With over 15 years church experience with middle school - college, Becca Davis is passionate about helping students know God, know His Word and make Him known to the world. She has a Masters of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School and served on student/college ministry staffs at Frazer Memorial UMC and The Church at Brook Hills. She has served with international ministries in Ukraine, Kenya and Mexico and is an advocate for Compassion International. Ask Becca about students, and you'll quickly see that she's fiery about making sure North American teenagers get the opportunity to do more than what their culture - even within their local church - often expects of them. Meeting her husband, Roger, and 4 young children will give you an immediate glimpse of what keeps Becca happy and so BUSY. She and her family have found great joy in hosting international students from Africa and India in their home over the last 9 years. Becca loves leading worship, watching football, doing puzzles and drinking sweet tea.
"Take your students out of their own zip code. Give them a chance to see what God is doing in their city and around the world. Then sit back and watch how God changes their hearts for His glory. They'll come home talking more about what God did than what the trip was about."
Larry Holcomb currently serves as the Executive DirectorServant Life partners with Urban Impact to send American teams on short term missions experiences to New York City. Urban Impact is an outreach ministry to unreached immigrant people groups in New York. Most of the people ministered to come from closed countries where missionaries and evangelism are not allowed. Presently, Urban Impact oversees two evangelistic ministry centers: one geared toward Muslims from West Africa, and one which focuses on Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs of South Asia. Servant Life teams will serve with Urban Impact by hosting children’s and youth day camps, with the hope of sharing Jesus Christ with Muslim students.
Jason and Beth Lang
Jason and Beth Lang and their family have been in Central America for almost two years as career missionaries to Nicaragua. Through the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE), they plan to establish churches, train national leaders, and start works among the youth of Nicaragua, where almost half of the population is under the age of fifteen. Located just twenty minutes outside the capital city of Managua, Centro ABEM exists to share the Story of Hope, build communities of faith, and serve the people of Nicaragua with love.
Carlos and Dalmy Moya
Dominican Republic & Haiti
Several years ago, the vision was born in the heart of Pastor Carlos Moya to bring the Good News of the Gospel with an integral approach in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. He now serves as the Executive Director of Integral Christian Mission, an interdenominational Christian ministry organization focused on sustainable community development work in the impoverished regions of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Their vision is to “transform the marginalized and vulnerable communities with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Working in conjunction with the local churches, ICM hosts youth and children’s day camps, organizes and runs evangelistic community-wide block parties, helps with food distribution initiatives, and facilitates light construction projects.
Suzanne Owens serves as the Executive Director of Sozo Children, which was established in May of 2010. Sozo Children strives to make, not just disciples, but disciple-makers. This is being accomplished by planting orphanages that fosters the development of a child in a holistic manner. They now have three Children's homes with a total of 68 children in them. All homes are run by local Ugandan Christian men and women who have a true and undeniable passion to see children grow in Christ.
Joe Pent, Jr.
La Montana Christian Camp was a dream of Costa Rican missionary Joe Pent, and runs under the leadership of his son, Joe Pent, Jr. In the late 1990’s the Pents began to develop a premier Christian camp that would endeavor to work through the local church in reaching Costa Rica for Christ. They dreamed and prayed for a large property that would enable them to build a state-of-the-art camp in order to reach many young people with the transforming message of Jesus Christ. In 1998, that vision became a reality when God gave them a 600-acre cloud forest property bordering the Tilaran Mountain Range, 22 kilometers from San Ramon, Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Josh Smith currently serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for Refilwe Community Project, a home for approximately 50 children and program that seeks to break the cycle of poverty in nearby communities. Josh and his wife Caroline are working to help expand Refilwe partnerships, both locally and internationally. He is also developing a program to assist local pastor in engaging their congregations to become transformational agents in reducing the stigmas associated with HIV/AIDS. Caroline assists children at Refilwe and helps develop partnerships, connecting churches in the United States to ministry in South Africa.
Mike Taylor serves as the president of UK-USA ministries. His passion is helping students see the call of God on their life for the Gospel. Mike has been an innovator in Student Ministry for over 28 years.In September of 2011, Mike Taylor and his family arrived in Tees Valley to serve alongside fellow believers to reach out to the people in the surrounding areas. Along with his responsibilities with UK-USA Ministries, Mike is also currently serving as the England Youth For Christ Director for the Tees Valley.
Steve and Carol Thompson
Steve and Carol Thompson are a picture of lives dedicated to missions and to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Originally from Texas, the Thompsons moved to Ecuador in 1987 to serve as missionaries. Over the years the Thompsons have been involved in various forms of ministry and outreach in Ecuador, all with a primary focus of evangelism, church planting and church development. They spend part of the summer hosting children's and youth camps from their jungle location and then move to the mountain camp for the latter part of the summer. Camp Chacauco is a beautiful, hand-built retreat center in the central mountain region of Ecuador. It was originally designed as a retreat center for local pastors, and has become a place for students to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ through youth camps and sports ministry.
Oleg and Lena Vasilevsky
Radooga was founded by Oleg and Lena Vasilevsky, who together with a group of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship students hosted the first camp in 1994. The aim was to do high-quality Christian camps for Ukrainian children. Radooga is a unique ministry in Ukraine driven by the vision to strengthen the church through camps. The Radooga staff work toward this goal by presenting youth summer camps and equipping Ukrainian youth ministries. As the camps grew in quantity and popularity, it became obvious what a powerful evangelistic and discipleship tool the camping ministry was. God let the ministry grow from one-time summer projects to a year-round operating organization that came to existence in 1998 under the name RADOOGA.
Born and raised in Kenya, Peter Abungu surrendered his life to Christ during the midst of a difficult childhood. Yet, Peter still found it hard to reconcile the idea of a God who was loving, gracious and merciful to the reality of his heavy-handed father who had not expressed any of those traits and the death of his mother at age of 13. This led him to struggle for years with intense rebellion against God and authority through his teen years. It wasn’t until late in his teenage years, that Peter experienced real life-change in his own life. Peter established Swahiba Youth Networks 10 years ago and now he and his staff of 7 "reach young people with passion and compassion through a holistic approach." Peter and his wife Julie live in Kenya with their children, James Baraka and Joy Tehillah.
Sebastian is a University Church Planter with the International Mission Board. He also serves as chaplain at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Sebastian also partners with Toronto Church Planting to help university students find their role in church planting. Sebastian, his wife Erin, and their children Sophia & Elias live in Toronto where they feel right at home in the most multicultural city in the world.
Mike, his wife Carla, and their children Katie & Zach, fell in love with Guatemala in 2002 when they visited a small children's home and met their future sons/brothers, Julian and Jadon. God placed a burden on their hearts to move to Guatemala and start a ministry to help families and children in need. The Parkers now operate a non-profit called Clubhouse Guatemala where they minister to hundreds of Guatemalans every year.
Ben Nelson & Dinko Ziatarov
Ben Nelson and his wife began Mission:Bulgaria in 2009. Mission:Bulgaria partners with a ministry called Care For All International, founded by Bulgarian missionary Dinko Ziatarov. Ben and his family live in the United States and travel often to Bulgaria. Dinko and his family live in Bulgaria where he leads the ministry as well as short term trips. Both men are passionate about building the Kingdom in Bulgaria and have seen many people come to know The Lord.
Through difficult circumstances and major hardships, Ed, the only child of two deaf parents, was radically saved in high school. It was through the spoken word of others and the written Word of God that clarified a call to ministry as a senior in high school. God began to show forth His sovereign will in leading Ed to Clearwater Christian College to gain a Bible education. Ed continued his education journey by receiving a Master in Religious Education from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Pulpit Communication and Expository Preaching from Trinity Theological Seminary.
Ed now travels the world passionately preaching the gospel to people of all ages. He and his wife Stephanie along with their four kids: London, Lola, Liv, and Lawson (adopted from Ethopia), live in Orlando Florida. Ed is the executive director of the Lift Tour with Student Leadership University as well as the staff evangelist for First Baptist Church Central Florida. We are thrilled to have Ed as a part of the Servant Life team as we work together to mobilize students to make the gospel known.
You can connect with Ed via Twitter at @Ed_Newton.
Wade Morris is passionate about helping students understand who they are in Christ and making Christ known among all people and all nations. He is native of Birmingham, AL and graduated from Samford University with a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration degree. He has also received a Master's of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Wade served on staff with several churches before submitting to the call of full time itinerant preaching. Through sound biblical teaching and a humorous spirit, Wade is an effective communicator of the gospel to people all over the United States and much of the world. He is also the author and founder of The Journey, an expository Bible study on CD.
Wade and his wife Deborah live in Birmingham, AL with their daughters Eden and Trinity. In his spare time, Wade enjoys running and has participated in many marathons across the world.
You can connect with Wade via Twitter at @WadeSpeaks.
Chad preaches God’s Word through story telling, media, and visual experience. As a result, the Scripture is clearly presented in order for people off all ages to examine and apply Biblical truth to their everyday walks of life. As someone not simply called to speak, Chad believes in the importance of relationship and seeks to get to know people when he is away from the stage. Ultimately, Chad hopes to see people moved into a deeper relationship with Christ. In turn, they will live lives of action that impact the world.
Chad is originally from Chattanooga, TN. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he received a degree in Secondary Education. Following college, he attended Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, TX where he received a Masters of Divinity. After graduating seminary, God called Chad to a life of itinerant ministry.
Chad and his wife, Hope, live in Chattanooga, TN with their sons (Shepherd and Charlie) and daughter (Magnolia Bea). He is an avid reader and infrequent visitor to the gym. He also serves as a teaching pastor at Ridgedale Baptist Church where he speaks for the Encounter Worship Service. We are thankful for his voice on our team and his deep desire to see students be a part of changing the world.
You can connect with him on Twitter at @ChadPoe.
Richard felt God specifically call him to student ministry when he was in junior high school. He married his high school sweetheart Amy and moved to Alabama where he completed his BS degree in psychology at the University of North Alabama. While serving as student minister at First Baptist Church of Sheffield, Alabama he received his Master of Christian Education degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Richard has served as a youth pastor for the past 35 years and is currently the creative director and student minister at Branches.Church in Russellville, Alabama. He also writes for Youth Ministry 360, works as an on air personality for Christian radio station 91.3 the FIX, serves as a hospice chaplain, produces a weekly TV show for his local school system, and announces football and basketball games for Russellville High School. He has written two devotions books for students, one published by Nav Press and the other by Youth Ministry 360 and loves to speak to students and adults about sharing the Gospel through mission trips.
During his career Richard has traveled over 100,000 miles on a bus, van, or plane with students, most of those on mission trips. Most recently he has led teams on Servant Life trips to Costa Rica and the Far East. His great thrill in life is seeing students transformed as they get involved in mission work across the country and around the world.
You can connect with Richard via Twitter at @WorldofRParker.