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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.

Since 1995, George has served as the director of the Center for Intercultural Training.  The CIT program now services a partnership for the training of missionaries from a variety of mission agencies and churches.

 

Courses

  • Equipping for Cross-Cultural Life & Ministry

Tim Wagner

Crossworld

Tim was raised in south-central Pennsylvania and graduated from Appalachian Bible College in WV with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible/Missions.

He also has a Master of Arts degree in Ministry/Leadership from Lancaster Bible College, certification from the Institute of Motivational Living  in Behavior Analysis Consulting, and is certified in Personal Leadership Development, Team Building, and Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills.

Tim and his wife Debbie served as church planters in Portugal for almost 9 years with BCU/TEAM. During that ministry, the Portuguese Baptist Convention ordained Tim for the pastorate. He later accepted a ministry as Director of Training Ministries and then as Executive Vice President with BCM International in Philadelphia, PA.  He joined the Crossworld team in Nov. 1998.  As Director for Mobilization, his responsibilities included overseeing the areas of Candidate Ministries, Short-term ministries, Church Ministries, and Representation. Tim also served as Director of Specialized Training with Crossworld.

After teaching periodically at CIT for 7 years, Tim joined the staff fulltime in Nov. 2005 as Assistant to the Director and Program Director. He currently is the Training Director for all of CIT’s ministries.

Serving CIT since: 1998

Courses

  • Equipping for Cross-cultural Life & Ministry
  • Heart of the Missionary
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Debrief

Karen Griffith

UWM

Karen came to CIT in 2010 after serving as a missionary in Europe for seventeen years. She facilitates in the modules Equipping for Cross-cultural Life & Ministry, Heart of the Missionary, Second Language Acquisition, and Debrief. Karen also serves as the TCK Program Director.

Karen has spent time in close to 40 countries on five continents. She began full time missionary work as a single, serving in Poland in church planting, teaching ESL as a means of evangelism, and helping with MK education. After three years in Poland, Karen married Gary and joined him in Bulgaria, where he served as academic dean at a Bible school. In Bulgaria she taught Theological English and mentored Bible school students who came from throughout Eastern Europe. Karen and Gary also mentored missionaries serving in the region, while raising their two boys to be cross-cultural and bi-lingual.

Karen holds 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.

Serving CIT since: 2011

Courses

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

Tim P

GEM
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.

Serving CIT since: 2016

Courses

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

Dr. Andy LaBreche

UWM

Andy grew up in a Christian family. He met Pam at Bible college, and she go him hooked on missions. In 1984, after graduation and just a year after marrying, they set off for China, 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 Th.M. program at Dallas Theological Seminary. Andy graduated in 1992 with majors in Old Testament and Historical Theology. In 2007, he 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.

Andy and Pam served in Timisoara, Romania, from 1996 to 2018. Andy assisted with projects at the Areopagus Center for Christian Education and Contemporary Culture, taught in Bible institutes, and did outreach to university students. He also served his mission in field leadership, missionary training, and member development.

Andy and Pam have two boys, Alex and Nate, who are out of the nest. And they still love Chinese  food.

Serving CIT since: 2011

Courses

  • Equipping for Cross-Cultural Life & Ministry

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.

Serving CIT since: 2015

Courses

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

Ed Somerville

WEC
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).

Serving CIT since: 2017

Courses

  • Equipping for Cross-Cultural Life & Ministry

Joe Milioni

UWM
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.

Serving CIT since: 2017

Courses

  • Equipping for Cross-Cultural Life & Ministry

Ruthanne Lynch

UWM
Ruthanne’s love for cultures began at an early age. She was raised in the home of a pastor with frequent missionaries and international visitors. Starting at age 13 she has participated short term missions in 9 different countries in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America.

Ruthanne has a BS in nursing. She worked in a mission hospital in Sierra Leone, taught nursing, worked in a pediatric oncology at UNC and in the NICU in California.

She served in Chile for over 10 years working with the Chilean church and working with an indigenous people group.

Ruthanne has raised 3 TCK’s (Third Culture Kids) while in Chile. She enjoys hiking, dark chocolate, coffee and good conversations.

Serving CIT since: 2018

Courses

  • Equipping for Cross-cultural Life & Ministry
  • Heart of the Missionary
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Debrief

Pam LaBreche

UWM

Pam grew up in the home of church planters and was interested in missions from an early age. She committed to serve as a career missionary during her first year in college and solidified that commitment during a summer internship in the Ivory Coast. After marrying Andy, she spent two years teaching English in China. After seminary, she spent 22 years in Romania (1996-2018). She homeschooled her two boys while also serving as librarian at the Areopagus Center for Christian Education and Contemporary  Culture, doing some teaching, and baking brownies for international students. She served as language consultant for her mission, writing a language policy and advising missionary supervisors on language learning issues. She has also had roles in member development, Europe-wide mission leadership, and  on the board of SHARE Education Services.

Pam has a B.A. in English in Bible, and a Th.M. in Old Testament  from Dallas Theological Seminary. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit in Heverlee (Leuven), Belgium, completing her dissertation entitled, “Locals as Stakeholders: An Investigation of the Contribution of Romanian Evangelicals to North American Missionary Ministry Evaluation.”

Serving CIT since: 2013

Courses

  • Second Language Acquisition

Mark Morgenstern

Grow2Serve
Mark was raised in a Christian family in Fresno, California. His Jewish grandparents became Christians shortly after going to the U.S. during the Holocaust. His family was extremely active in serving in the church. When he was 16 serving as a counselor at a church camp, God used a filmstrip about missionary pilots in Africa to call him into missions. The path from there to here has had turns and surprises, but each step of the way has contributed to how he ministers today. He graduated from Fresno State with an Electrical Engineering degree and studied Intercultural Studies at Western Seminary. Their vocational ministry as a family began when they left for Moscow in 1992.

Mark is currently serving CIT by working to make some online courses available for post-CIT training after arrival on the field. He began facilitating at CIT in 2016.

Courses

  • Second Language Acquisition