Christar U.S. Director
Dr. R. Stephen Coffey
Steve began work with Christar in 1989. He and his wife, Beth, initially served among North African immigrants in France. In 2001, they returned to the U.S. for Steve to lead the Christar Church Planting Division. He became Director of Christar, U.S. in 2011. Before serving with Christar, Steve and Beth worked for a year in a humanitarian project in the Red Sea hills of Sudan among the Beja people. Steve’s education includes an undergraduate degree in History Education, Liberty University; M.Div., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (emphasis in cross-cultural ministry); and Doctor of Strategic Leadership, Regent University (emphasis in organizational leadership).
Christar U.S. Board of Trustees
Dr. Jeff Adams, Chairman
Jeff is Senior Pastor of Graceway in Kansas City, a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-generational fellowship, one of the most diverse in America. Other fellowships have been planted in the Kansas City metropolitan area during his more than 30 year tenure, with a combined attendance of over 6,000. During this time over 80 cross-cultural workers have been sent nationally and internationally.
Previously, Jeff was a senior pastor in San Salvador, El Salvador. He saw the fellowship grow from 400 to over 1,200 with related works and ministries reaching another 3,000 weekly during the nation’s civil war. He assisted in establishing the first international Salvadoran sending mission agency in 1983. Jeff also served previously in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. He holds a MSL and PhD in Expository Preaching from Trinity Theological Seminary.
Mr. Mike Busch
Upon graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in accounting, Mike continued his education by earning marks as a CPA and a Certified Financial Planner. Mike is the owner of Vogel Financial Advisors—an independent registered investment advisory firm that holds the distinction of being designated “best” in both of D Magazine’s financial categories: Top Wealth Managers and Best Financial Planners. He is past Chairman of the Dallas/Fort Worth Financial Planning Association and has also served at the national level as a member of the Financial Planning Association’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Keith Carlson
Keith serves as general counsel for Christar, and his been on the Board since 1984. He has extensive experience in international legal work and general corporate law. Keith received his BA and law degrees from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Chip Dickens
Prior to joining the faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary, where he is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling, Chip served as an associate pastor in the areas of pastoral care and counseling. He has previously served on the faculty of Biola University and has taught seminary and graduate-level courses internationally in Austria, Hong Kong, and Sri Lanka. Chip is professionally active in the American Association of Christian Counselors and also serves as a contributing editor for the Journal of Psychology and Theology.
Rev. Brian Gross
Brian has been in vocational youth ministry for over 20 years, first in the northeast and now in Texas. Brian earned a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, where he found and cultivated his love for historical theology.
Mr. Will Heath
Will serves as a consultant with RSI Stewardship, coaching churches and para-church organizations on succession planning and strategic planning. Prior to that, Will served as an Executive Pastor at a church in the Dallas, TX area. Before that he served in various bi-vocational roles working as a banker.
Mr. Carl Jaedicke
Carl is Vice President for Principal Gifts for the Texas A&M Foundation, an organization he has served for the past 28 years. Prior to this he worked as an engineer and business analyst for two large corporations. Carl attends Grace Bible Church in College Station, Texas where he serves as an elder and is involved with Adult Bible Fellowships and Missions.
Mr. Eric M’Barine
Eric was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. An RF Engineer by profession, he has a career spanning 20 years in the telecommunication industry and has served on the board of directors for telecommunications and energy start-ups in sub-Saharan Africa. He has also provided board-level leadership for several nonprofit organizations in the US. Eric graduated from the University of North Texas in 1997 and received an MS in Information Technology from the same school in 2001.
Dr. Marvin Newell
Marvin is Senior Vice President of Missio Nexus, a network of evangelical mission agencies, churches and training centers in North America with which Christar is affiliated. Previously he served as a missionary for fifteen years in Indonesia, a mission administrator, a professor of missions at Moody Theological Seminary, and director of a missions association. He is the author of three mission related books: A Martyr’s Grace; Commissioned: What Jesus Wants You to Know as You Go; and Expect Great Things: Mission Quotes that Inform and Inspire.
Mrs. Ruth Nystrom
Ruth is part owner and office manager for Nystrom Business Sales. She holds a diploma in Music Composition from Moody Bible Institute. Ruth has been active in missions through the years by housing missionaries on furlough, providing respite for missionaries in need of restoration and rest and being involved with young women in a discipleship capacity.
Dr. Greg Parsons
Greg is the Global Director of Frontier Ventures (formerly US Center of World Missions) in Pasadena, California where he has served since 1982. Greg is Chancellor and Ralph D. Winter Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies as well as a member of the Board of William Carey International University. He teaches in the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course and served on the boards of CrossGlobal Link and The Mission Exchange.
Greg graduated from San Jose State University in 1978 and from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1982, earning a Th.M. in Christian education. He earned a PhD from the University of Wales on the life and missiology of Ralph D. Winter. In addition to service on the Christar U.S. Board, Greg currently serves as Chairman of the Christar International Board.
Dr. Samuel Barkat
Sam is the Executive Director, Institute for Collaborative Engagement. In that capacity he works with national and international organizations and institutions. He has served as Provost of Nyack College, NY and as Vice President and Director of Multi-Ethnic Ministries of Inter-Varsity in charge of multi-ethnic ministries.
A native of Sialkot, Pakistan, Sam has taught Urdu in a language school in Pakistan and has trained cross-cultural workers. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple College and received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Tennessee. He has been involved in higher education for 35 years including teaching psychology at Kings College. Sam is a licensed psychologist.
Mr. Scott Holbrook
Scott is the President/CEO of Avant Ministries. He is also employed as an adjunct professor at a local community college where he has taught for 32 years. He has been chairman of the CrossGlobal Link Business Administration Committee for 21 years. He also served as a member of the ECFA Standards Committee for six years and sits on the Board of Missio Nexus. Scott is a Certified Public Accountant, has been a registered stockbroker, and formerly a licensed real estate agent. Scott received a BA in economics in 1977 and an MBA in 1981 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City where he studied accounting.
Rev. Peter J. Hwang
Peter serves as pastor of the First Korean Baptist Church of Philadelphia, which he founded in 1979. He is the President of the Korean Southern Baptist Mission Board and president of Korean Pastors of Greater Philadelphia. In addition, he serves as a board member for several organizations, including the Metropolitan Church Council of Philadelphia, Leader’s Forum, and Philadelphia Leadership Foundation. Peter received his M.Div. Degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. C. Gordon Olson
Gordon has been a friend of Christar for many years. He ministered in various capacities in Pakistan. He founded the Pakistan Fellowship of Evangelical Students and was active as a preacher/teacher with the Pakistan Brethren Assemblies. After overseas service, Gordon worked for 23 years as professor of missions, theology and Bible at Northeastern Bible College and for three years as academic dean. He has also pastored several churches in the northern New Jersey and Brooklyn areas.
Gordon has a BS in chemical engineering, and worked in the engineering field while attending Dallas Theological Seminary. He earned his Th.M from the Seminary in 1955. In 1988, he earned a D.Miss from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. For 10 years, Gordon was a Bible answer man for a family radio station, WFME, in the New York area. His textbook, What in the World is God Doing? is the standard introduction to missions textbook on over 100 seminary and Bible college campuses.