Dr. Goris’ primary contribution to missions is networking by organizing learning/mission/cultural immersion trips for students and Church members in the West to Africa. He enjoys connecting people (resources with needs) and pointing them to Christ. In addition to serving on the board of Bread for Life, he also serves on the US board of Friends of West Africa Theological Seminary.
Dr. Goris enjoys sports, travel, history and working on cars.
Ernest Ehabe serves as President of Bread for Life. He has served the Church in West and Central Africa for over 25 yeas in various capacity (Student Leader, Evangelist, Pastor, Church Planter and Mission Strategist). He did his schooling at Arkansas Tech University and Lee University and at George Fox University.
Since 1980, Ernest has directly and indirectly been involved in evangelism and church planting efforts across West Africa. He has also been involved with efforts of reaching Africans in North America: challenging them to change the destiny of their continent on the basis of a Christian worldview.
As president of Bread For Life International, Ernest is responsible for BFL’s overall operations, which include fund-raising, advocacy, and program development. In addition to traveling and speaking across North America, Ernest spends a lot of his time in the West-Central part of Africa, consulting with Christian leaders, speaking at missionary gatherings, implementing strategies, reaching the lost as well as encouraging the saints.
Ernest and his wife (Elizabeth) were married in 2003. Elizabeth served with Cameroon government as a translator/Interpreter and later in project management at the US Embassy in Yaounde. The Ehabes moved to the USA in 2005 to focus on developing a US donor base. They relocated to Yaounde, Cameroon in 2008 to focus on daily ministry and to raise their three children, Nathan, Kisheri and AJ.
Tim and his wife have been involved in the world of missions for over 25 years. Tim has helped lead short-term missions teams and ministered in Mexico, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. He is an ordained minister serving his local church, Garrett Memorial Baptist Church, as a teacher, small group leader, Personnel Committee Chairman, Mission Task Force Director and men’s ministry leader.
Tim and Sallie spent several years with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) working from the Tyler, Texas YWAM base.Tim also serves on the board of the Charitable Christian Medical Clinic, a bi-monthly free outreach medical clinic, in Hope, AR.
Caryn and Jeff have been together since meeting in college. He likes to say that “they grew up together, physically and spiritually.” Caryn led him to Jesus shortly after meeting and he credits his life now to the blessing she gave him. They have raised two wonderful daughters, Caitlyn and Rebekah, who both serve youth as teachers.
Jeff is a licensed minister of the Gospel and loves having the opportunity to teach when the occasion arises. He is an active member of Highlands Church of Texas and has served on many non-profit boards such as Christian Women’s Job Corp of Kerr County, the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show Association and the Rotary Club of Kerrville just to name a few.
A two-time martial arts Hall of Fame inductee, John has also given over two decades of his life to teaching predator awareness to children, along with rape and assault prevention to teen and adult women in churches, schools and universities in the United States, Central America, Africa and the Caribbean. He recently authored a book to teach martial arts instructors how to actively incorporate faith-based principles into their curriculum, with an emphasis on raising men and women of character who become leaders in life.
John brings a warm sense of humor and a quick wit that immediately connects with his audience as he delivers an insightful message that inspires and motivates, while challenging those in attendance to grow and aspire to greatness. Like his mentor, John Maxwell, John believes leadership is influence, and everything rises and falls on leadership.
He is passionate about empowering individuals to discover the God-given leadership potential within them and embrace transformational leadership as a lifestyle.
John is a 1987 graduate of Arkansas Tech University, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He also holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 24, 28, 63, 65 and 99 securities registrations and is a licensed insurance professional.
A list of awards Stan has received include Teacher of the Year (Potosi Correctional Center-2000), Missouri Department of Corrections Life Saver Award (2003), and resolutions for his lifesaving efforts from the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives in 2003. Stan also earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Religion and Philosophy (1982) from William Jewell College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Truman State University (1988).
Dr. Bill Blackburn comes to us with an extensive education and experience with ministry, non-profits and serving on boards.
His vocation has led him to work as a hospital chaplain, pastor, counselor, family life consultant, teacher, and as President of Partners in Ministry. Currently his is a consultant for the Hill Country area non-profit organizations and churches for Bread for Life.
He has also authored five books as well as over 100 magazine and journal articles. One of his books, “What You Should Know About Suicide” has been translated into Chinese. He has been a columnist for the Bryan-College Station Eagle and the Kerrville Daily Times in Texas. His articles for the Daily Times will be published in a book form called “The Effective Nonprofit Organization”.
Dr. Blackburn has taught, led conferences, and preached in sixteen states and six foreign countries. He has appeared on over sixty radio and television shows.
Bill has been married to Deana Mattingly Blackburn since June 1, 1968. A high school English and Latin teacher, for thirty years Deana worked with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Kerr County and three adjoining counties. Bill and Deana have two children. Cara lives with her husband and six children in Woodway, Texas, where they are part of a Christian ministry there. The Blackburn’s son, Carter, is a sportscaster with CBS Sports and lives with his wife and daughter in Austin, Texas.
Beth Russell, M.A. is executive director of Serenity Life Resource Center a non-profit organization in Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor and certified clinical trauma professional.
Mr. Roberts graduated from Texas A&M University, with an athletic scholarship and was privileged to compete with world class athletes in several events
In addition to all the fun of working at various organizations, his outside interests include flying (he has a commercial pilot rating and has been flying airplanes of various sizes and types since 1966), photography, and outdoor activities of all kinds.
Mr. Roberts has been privileged to serve on the Boards of two non-profit organizations and is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), The Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE), and The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He and his wife (Margaret), live in the absolutely beautiful Palm Springs area in southern California.
In 2004 he and his wife Heidi became associate pastors at Heritage Church in Port Orchard, WA. Previously he served in various capacities including the mission’s board at Fellowship of Christians in Russellville, AR. Chris and Heidi are the parents of three children.