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Raising Resilient Leaders

Raising Resilient Leaders

Developing a multiplying movement of transformational churches requires a robust system to form leaders. Four years ago, the Latin America area developed a curriculum designed to be offered in various formats and by a wide range of church leaders.

Kevin Austin

Kevin Austin

Kevin Austin is an FM missionary working domestically and globally through the Set Free Movement to end human trafficking. With roots in the 19th-century abolitionist movement, the Free Methodist Church is again championing the cause of holistic freedom. Now, as then, Free Methodists have a special passion for the poor and those vulnerable to injustice.

Children: Elijah, Matthias

Art and Sylvia Brown

Art and Sylvia Brown

For nearly 10 years, the Browns served as pastors to the missionary team in Africa. In 2022, they passed this role on to Scott and Natasha Edinger. Art and Sylvia have now assumed a support role for our team of missionary care couples – Scott and Natasha Edinger (Africa), Mark and Judi Morrison (Asia), Mitch and Lynn Sue Pierce (Europe), and Guy and Betsy Crawford (Latin America). The Browns will help coach, equip and strengthen FMWM’s missionary care team.

Debra Gilmore

Debra Gilmore

Beginning April 1, 2022, Debra Gilmore began a new role as a missionary trainer and coach for FMWM, using the Support Raising Solutions principles and contextualizing them for FMWM missionaries, international missionaries and national leaders. She will do training in each world area at the request of the area directors and will coach new missionaries in the raising of support. She serves as a part-time U.S.-based partner. Her husband, Phil, though retired, will provide tech support and coaching. Phil and Debra reside in South Carolina.
Children: Elijah, Matthias

Dale & Dawn

Dale & Dawn

Dr. Dale is area director for the Middle East region. In this capacity, he is also executive director of Impact Middle East, through which the FMC serves in this region of the world. Dr. Dale and his wife, Dawn, have served with the FMC for 37 years as members of the East Michigan Conference.

Dale & Dawn

Hany & Joanne

Hany and Joanne work in church planting and leadership development with Impact Middle East. Hany founded a training center, the Noor Center (Noor in Arabic meaning “light”), to work with refugees. The Noor Center’s mission is “Bringing Healing, Light and Hope to Refugees and the Hurting.” In the region where the center is located, there are approximately 2 million refugees, most under 18. All these children and their mothers are at high risk of being exploited into slave labor, sex trafficking, or recruited into regional militias or even ISIS. Joanne works with abused women, bringing the hope of wholeness into broken lives. She also leads the Whole Woman Initiative.

Dale & Dawn

Becca

Becca desires to train leaders for involvement in church planting and evangelism with their own people groups. She works with the Lukai tribal district of the Taiwan FM Conference, conducting training workshops, leading discipleship groups, and preaching and ministering in local churches as well as at the district level. She teaches at Holy Light Theological Seminary in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Dale & Dawn

Bryan & Tammy

As missionaries-in-residence, posted at a Free Methodist Church in Michigan, Bryan and Tammy serve as critical members of the FMWM- Asia leadership development team, working to mobilize 10,000 leaders through the Gethsemane Leadership Training pathway. Through the internet and regular visits to Asia, Bryan and Tammy offer inspiring and encouraging support to national leaders across Asia.

Thom & Sherry Cahill

Thom & Sherry Cahill

Thom and Sherry Cahill work in spiritual formation and leadership development in Asia. They help recruit teachers, coordinate Gethsemane Leadership Training modules, work with the Leadership Lift video training, and mentor/coach leaders. Additionally, the Cahills edit video scripts and videos for the Asia Team and teach in their areas of giftedness. Thom and Sherry have three adult children and one grandson who live in the U.S.

David & Sarah Clemente

David & Sarah Clemente

The Clementes are currently U.S.-based missionaries serving Asia. As a member of the Asia Leadership Team, Dr. David Clemente regularly travels to consult with pastors and supervise selected Asian leaders. He serves as an Asia Area Assistant Director overseeing FMWM interests in the Philippines, Creative Access Asia – IA, and Oceania region. Sarah’s additional vital role includes supporting the FMWM-Asia work as administrative assistant to the area director. David and Sarah have a vision of mobilizing partnerships and encouraging support for FMWM-Asia.

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