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Christar U.S. Leadership


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 from Liberty University, a Master of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (emphasis in cross-cultural ministry) and Doctor of Strategic Leadership from Regent University (emphasis in organizational leadership).

Board of Trustees

Dr. Jeff Adams, Chairman

Jeff is a teaching pastor at Graceway in Kansas City, a multicultural, multiethnic, multilingual, 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 people. 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 Master of Sacred Literature and a Ph.D. from Trinity Theological Seminary.

Jeff was voted chairman of the U.S. Board at the September 2009 board meeting. He is also on the Christar International Board as well as serving on additional advisory boards, and does consulting work with other agencies.

Mr. Keith Carlson

Keith serves as 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 bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Scott Horrell

Scott is a professor of theology, world religions and global Christian theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. He served with World Team for almost 20 years in Brazil as a church planter and seminary professor, as well as with other groups like InterVarsity Missions and Children’s Relief International. He brings a strong theological and teaching background to his role, built through training people at DTS as well as his teaching in other cultures. He co-founded and edited a theological journal in Latin America and has written several books. He has taught courses in a number of countries around the world. His passion is helping young people come to a deeper understanding of the global nature of our faith and “the implications of the triune God for all of life.” He brings an understanding of what it means to be a missionary from early seasons of life to his approaching stage of retirement (from DTS). He is eager to bring all this background as well as his gift of discernment to serve on the Board of Christar.

Mrs. Nancy H.

Nancy and her husband lived in a Muslim country and served with Christar for 12 years, loving and sharing the gospel with their neighbors. They then relocated to Dallas. In 2017, Nancy left an 11-year career at an architectural firm. She now serves in children’s ministry at her church and sings in the choir. She and her husband come alongside new believers in their church to help them dig into the Word. 

Nancy participated on the Christar Women’s Advisory Council for six years and then began serving on Christar’s Board of Trustees in 2018. Since 2019, she has also served Christar in the part-time role of Director of Donor Engagement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Cornell University and a Certificate of Graduate Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Mr. Carl Jaedicke

Carl is a fundraising consultant for nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher learning and also helps individuals and organizations design and implement giving programs that meet their philanthropic objectives. Prior to consulting, Carl was employed for 32 years by the Texas A&M Foundation. He served as chief development officer for the College of Engineering, vice president for college programs and vice president for principal gifts. Before entering the development field, he held positions in engineering and finance in the electric power industry.

Carl holds an engineering degree from Texas A&M and an MBA from Indiana University. He has served on the Board of Trustees since 2012.

Mr. Eric M’Barine

Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Eric is a radio frequency engineer by profession, with a career spanning 20 years in the telecommunication industry. He has also served on the board of charitable organizations in the U.S. as well as of telecommunications and energy startups in sub-Saharan Africa. Eric graduated from the University of North Texas in 1997 and received a Master of Science 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 15 years in Indonesia, a mission administrator, a professor of missions at Moody Theological Seminary and a director of a missions association.

Marv is the author of several missions-related books, including the newest: Crossing Cultures in Scriptures: Biblical Principles for Missions Practice. He also serves on the Christar International Board.

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 director of global connections for Frontier Ventures (formerly the U.S. Center for World Mission) in Pasadena, California, where he has served since 1982. Greg is Ralph D. Winter associate professor of intercultural studies at William Carey International University. He also teaches in the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course and serves on the board of Missio Nexus.

Greg graduated from San Jose State University in 1978 and from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1982, earning a Master of Theology in Christian education. He earned a Ph.D. 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.

Mr. Durwood "Woody" Thompson, Jr.

Woody graduated from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). As president of Thompson, Derrig & Craig, P.C., he oversees all the audits and reviews done by the firm. He brings a strong background in tax and accounting services. Woody has served as a member of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Texas Society of CPAs and of the Practitioner Liaison Committee for the Austin District of the IRS. Woody was raised in a strong Christian home and professed faith in Christ at age 9, but feels he first understood an individual relationship with Christ while a junior in college. He attends Central Baptist in Bryan/College Station. He has been a deacon there for over 30 years and, with his wife, Melody, taught and served in the college ministry for 30 years. He has served on and chaired the church finance committee many times. He sees his spiritual gifting in the areas of administration and giving and has been involved in missions through supporting a number of organizations and through short-term mission trips. He sees serving on the board as a welcome way to become much more involved. Woody and Melody have two grown daughters, Lorian and Tamara.

Mr. H. Eugene Williams III

Eugene Williams brings over 30 years of leadership, administration and operational experience, both in industry and cross-cultural ministry, to the board of directors. Currently, he is senior director for Accuray, Inc., a global manufacturer of radiation oncology capital equipment. Previously, he ministered internationally in a leadership capacity with Trans World Radio in Latin American and Asia Pacific. He has also lived and worked in industry in Asia and Europe. Eugene holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Moody Bible Institute and a Master of Business Administration.

Trustees Emeritus

Dr. Samuel Barkat

Sam is the Executive Director of the 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 InterVarsity.

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 King’s College. Sam is a licensed psychologist and also serves on the Christar International Board.

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 a Principal with CFO4Life, 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. 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, sits on the Board of Missio Nexus and also served as a member of the ECFA Standards Committee for six years. Scott is a Certified Public Accountant, has been a registered stockbroker and was formerly a licensed real estate agent. Scott received a Bachelor of Arts 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

Born in South Korea, Peter serves as the senior pastor of the First Korean Baptist Church of Philadelphia, which he founded in 1979. He has also served as an officer in various positions, including president, in the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America, a denomination of over 800 churches. In addition, he is president of the Friendship Council of U.S.A. and has served on the board of numerous organizations. Peter received his Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.