Our Leadership

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Dr. Al Cockrell

ABWE Interim President

With more than 50 years of ministry experience, Dr. Cockrell first became a member of the Advisory Council in 1985 and joined the ABWE Ministries, Inc. Executive Board in 1995. He has pastored in three churches over a span of 40 years and has served as a senior consultant with “Injoy Stewardship Services,” helping churches develop leadership and direction for their future. He also served in a pastoral/consultant role with two churches, focused on assisting them to grow through a period of transition to new leadership.

Dr. Cockrell previously served with ABWE as Interim President from 2011-2013 and returned to the position in April 2016.


Dave Woodard

Vice President of Global Operations; Chief Operations Officer

Dave and his wife, Debbie, served as missionaries in Europe for more than 22 years before he assumed the position of ABWE Regional Administrator of Western Europe in 2012 and ABWE Area Director of Europe (Western, Central & Eastern), North Africa and the Middle East in 2013.

Dave took on the role of Director of Global Operations with ABWE in 2016, giving him the great privilege of directly overseeing all the missionary administrators and helping that team vision cast for and serve the missionaries who are under their care.

He and his wife have two adult children and seven grandchildren.


Laurie Dingeldein

​Vice President of Financial Services; Chief Financial Officer

Laurie is a native of South Central Pa and has never lived more than a few hours from her hometown of Robesonia, PA. After attending Bloomsburg University of PA and obtaining her CPA license, Laurie spent time working for Ernst and Young and VF Corporation—the largest publicly-held clothing company in the United States at that time. Laurie is married to Russ, who serves as the Corporate Chef at ABWE, and they have three daughters.

The Lord led her to ABWE after helping Russ operate a family business for 18 years. While Laurie began in the donor services area, she has held many roles in the financial department at ABWE and currently oversees the human resource, legal and all financial areas of ABWE.



Scott Dunford

Vice President of Mobilization and Communications


Scott was born to a Christian family in Lacrosse, WI, where he put his faith in Christ at a young age and felt God’s call toward vocational ministry as a teenager.

A graduate from Northland International University (BA in Pastoral Studies), Scott earned his MA in biblical studies from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, his MBA from Cornerstone University, and is currently enrolled in Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program, with an emphasis on missions.

Scott most recently served as the executive vice president of Northland International University, and previously served as a pastor in Michigan. Scott and his wife Tara served as missionaries with ABWE in East Asia, where they worked with a Muslim people group and used a love of teaching and business-as-mission to start a new business venture.


Duane Early

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships; Chief Development Officer


The Lord led Duane into full time ministry while a student at the University of Michigan. He continued his education and theological training at Summit University in Clarks Summit, PA, and Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. Duane and his wife, Susan, were involved in two pastoral ministries and one church plant during their first 15 years of marriage.

In the 90s, the Lord led them Duane, Sue, and their two daughters to join ABWE in order to open and lead the first team in the country of Ukraine. The team was able to grow both in quantity and quality while developing the Church Ministries Institute, multiply churches, and launch mission endeavors throughout the Russian speaking world. In 2000, Duane was asked to serve as the Regional Director for Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and in 2009, Duane became Vice President of Global Operations.



John Taylor

Vice President of Training & Resources


John and his wife Jacky were appointed as missionaries by ABWE Canada in 1991 and served in Odessa, Ukraine for more than 22 years. There, they served on the leadership team of two church plants, served as team leaders, and mentored and assisted many Ukrainian church planters and pastors. John was co-founder of the Church Ministries Institute (Eurasia), and served for many years as its president.

John holds graduate degrees in missions, theology and education. John is passionate about facilitating learning in communities of faith, and joined the ABWE training team in 2016, while Jacky has a passion for the lost throughout the world and for developing relationships with unbelievers.