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Dr. George Schultz

UWM

George graduated in 1975 from Columbia Bible College with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biblical Studies and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree in l979 from Denver Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary. George completed his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) at Columbia International University in 2001.  His dissertation was entitled Models of Missionary Training: An Assessment of Alternative Approaches to Training for Cross-Cultural Ministry.

George and his family served on the field in missions from 1980 to 1994 in Canada, Alaska, and Russia doing demographic and receptivity survey work in Minnesota, Ontario and Manitoba, teacher and director of the Arctic Bible Institute, church planting in an Athabascan village in Alaska, Director of Missionary Training Outreach (summer missionary program), Alaska Field Director, Director of Siberian Ministries and Russian Field Director.

Since1995, George has served as the director of the Center for Intercultural Training.

Courses

  • Equipping for Cross-Cultural Life & Ministry
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Tim P

Tim has served inter-culturally for 20 years, first in Taiwan, then in a Chinese church here in North Carolina, and most recently in Europe.  He is a graduate of Mercer University (BA) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv) and is married with five children.  As a family they enjoy supporting Liverpool FC and visiting their relatives in Georgia.

Courses

  • Debrief Retreat
  • Equipping for Cross-Cultural Life & Ministry
  • Second Language Acquisition
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Dr. Andy LaBreche

UWM

Both Andy, and his wife Pam, grew up in Christian families. They met at Bible College where Pam got him hooked on missions.  After graduation and just a year after marrying, they set off for China in 1984, where they taught English for two years, ate Chinese food three times a day, and Andy enjoyed being a head taller than almost everyone else.

After China, Andy and Pam returned to the States and entered the ThM program at Dallas Theological Seminary.   They graduated in 1992, Andy with majors in Old Testament and Historical Theology and Pam in Old Testament.  In 2007, Andy completed the doctoral program in missiology at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit in Heverlee (Leuven), Belgium.  His dissertation was entitled Ethnocentrism. U.S.-American Evangelical Missionaries in Romania: Qualitative Missiological Research into Representative Cross-Cultural Value Based Conflicts.  And in spite of its long title it has actually proved quite practical in missionary training and even in mediating several conflict situations.  Pam is currently working on her PhD at the same school, researching the issue of missionary evaluation while balancing being both a wife and mother of 2 MKs in college.

Andy and Pam have served in Timisoara, Romania, since 1996, primarily focusing over the years on teaching, outreach to university students /academics, and missionary training.   Both have served in various agency leadership roles (Andy in field leadership and training, Pam in Europe-wide leadership and consulting on language acquisition, both in member development) with Pam currently on the board of SHARE Educational Services, a ministry helping missionary families.

Andy facilitates in the Equipping class and Pam helps with the Second Language Acquisition class.

They have two boys, Alex and Nate who are currently in college, and a rather large assortment of animals.  And they still love Chinese food.

 

Courses

  • Equipping for Cross-Cultural Life & Ministry
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Helen (Chip) Griepsma

BCM International

Chip currently coordinates continuing education workshops and seminars for BCM missionaries.  She was Director of International Training for BCM International, coordinating candidate orientation, as well as workshops and seminars designed to update and strengthen the ministries of BCM missionaries and Christian educators.  Chip has led and coordinated workshops and seminars in Brazil, Canada, Eastern Europe, Europe, Finland, the United Kingdom, as well as in the United States, for missionaries and Christian Education personnel.

She teaches a variety of areas including teacher training, inductive Bible study, learning styles and spiritual warfare.  She speaks at women’s retreats and leads women’s Bible studies.  She has been a trainer with Precept Ministries’ Institute of Training, and has taught English and Christian Education courses at Washington Bible College.

Chip teaches the following courses at the Center for Intercultural Training in Union Mills, North Carolina:  Spiritual Warfare, Mind Styles, and Studying & Using Scripture Effectively.

Courses

  • Equipping for Cross-Cultural Life & Ministry
  • Debrief Retreat
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Karen Griffith

UWM

Karen came to CIT after 17 years on the mission field in Europe. Karen and her husband Gary, with their two boys, are serving with United World Mission. The Griffiths are based here in Rutherford County, but serve around the world. Karen is passionate about seeing the hope of the gospel of Christ reach our very needy world. She is particularly burdened to see cross-cultural kingdom workers, not simply survive overseas, but thrive in their lives and ministries.

She has ministered in a variety of capacities during her years of service. She went first to Poland in 1993 as a single missionary as a church planter and teaching ESL as a means of evangelism, as well as helping with MK education.  In 1996 Karen married Gary, moved to Bulgaria, where Gary was serving as academic dean of a Bible school. In Bulgaria she taught Theological English and mentored and encouraged Bible school students from around Eastern Europe as they prepared for ministry. In 2001 the family moved to Scotland where Karen was involved in women’s ministries, teacher training and leadership development. Upon returning to Bulgaria in 2005, she and her husband began not only training nationals for the ministry, but also mentoring missionaries throughout the Balkans. Karen has coached language learners and helped language coaches throughout Eastern Europe develop comprehensive language and culture acquisition programs for new missionaries. Currently, Karen mentors missionaries around the world from various mission agencies and is a facilitator at the Center for Intercultural Training.

Karen has a degree in Intercultural Studies from Biola University, a teaching credential from the state of California, a TEFL certificate from Cambridge University in England, and has completed language studies in Spanish, Polish, and Bulgarian at various universities.

Courses

  • Equipping for Cross-Cultural Life & Ministry
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Debrief Retreat
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Ed Somerville

Ed grew up with five younger brothers and no bathroom on a hillside in West Virginia.  For twenty years he bravely taught middle schoolers, finishing his time as principal of Trinity Christian School here in Rutherfordton.  In 2000, Ed and his wife, Debbie, joined Worldwide Evangelization for Christ.  They piled their eight children, the “Ten Amigos”, and a Newfoundland into a van and headed to southern Mexico.  For sixteen years God used them to develop a camp and missionary training school for Mexicans called “El Monte”.  He has written about growing up in Appalachia in a book called, “Hillbilly Boy” and another about his family’s experiences in Mexico called “…But God Moved!”  Ed is a graduate of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv).

Courses

  • Equipping for Cross-Cultural Life & Ministry
Steve Smith

Steve Smith

SIM

Steve and Esther Smith have served the Lord among the Muslim Wolof people of Senegal, West Africa since February of 1997. Over their years of ministry, they have had to take on various roles, even serving as the field director for 5 years, but enjoyed the ministry of church planting and rural development the most. They have four children, Andy, Terri, David and Jeremiah. A recent illness has necessitated a stateside ministry for a season. Nevertheless, Steve is excited and thankful for the opportunity to work with the gifted facilitation team at CIT and to help prepare the next generation of servants taking the Gospel all over the world.

 

Courses

  • Equipping for Cross-Cultural Life & Ministry
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Debrief Retreat
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Joe Milioni

Joe and his wife Ladaere grew up in strong Christian families who loved missions. They met at Spring Arbor College and found they both felt God leading them to serve overseas. After teaching in Detroit, going to seminary at Liberty University, and a year in language school (Costa Rica), they landed in Uruguay with 3 young children.

In Uruguay, they helped establish a Bible school and developed a church planter training that is still being used in several areas in Latin America. Next, they moved to Costa Rica where Joe served as regional leader and helped start a church planting network in Cuba. During that time, Joe started facilitating a course on church multiplication at CIT. After Costa Rica Joe and Ladaere moved to Jordan to help UWM establish in the Middle-East.

While serving in Jordan, Joe was asked to consider the position of Director for CIT Global. Joe is excited about the opportunity to help missionaries from all nations thrive as they serve around the world.

Courses

  • Equipping for Cross-Cultural Life & Ministry
Mark Morgenstern

Mark Morgenstern

Grow2serve

I was raised in a Christian family in Fresno, California. My Jewish grandparents became Christians shortly after going to the U.S. during the Holocaust. My family was extremely active in serving in the church. When I was 16 serving as a counselor at a church camp, God used a filmstrip about missionary pilots in Africa to call me into missions. The path from there to here has had turns and surprises, but each step of the way has contributed to how I minister today. I graduated from Fresno State with an Electrical Engineering degree and studied Intercultural Studies at Western Seminary. Our vocational ministry as a family began when we left for Moscow in 1992.

Courses

  • Second Language Acquisition
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John

GEM

Courses

  • Equipping for Cross-Cultural Life & Ministry
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Holly

GEM

Holly feels privileged to have served the Lord with her husband for 29 years overseas ministering and raising their 3 children. While there, they endured several wars. They ministered in multiple ways to see the gospel take root and transform lives -some of her favorites being humanitarian refugee work and war recovery ministries, planting a church and owning a business (BAM). She’s been on the mission’s Leadership Development Council since 2007, as well as being a facilitator and coach for inter-mission leader development.

Courses

  • Equipping for Cross-Cultural Life & Ministry