Meet Our Trainers

Meet Our Trainers

John Taylor — Vice President of Training & Resources

John joined our training division in 2016 after serving for more than 22 years as a missionary teaching theology, evangelism, and church planting at ABWE’s Church Ministries Institute in Ukraine. As the head of our training division, John helps teach our Good Soil, leadership development, and missionary preparation seminars.

Dave Hamrick — Missionary Development

As a missionary first to South Africa and then to Cameroon, Dave had a wealth of cross-cultural church planting expertise when he joined our training division in 2013. Dave uses that expertise to teach all of our leadership development seminars at the ABWE International Headquarters and internationally.

Gil Thomas — Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship Director

After serving as a missionary and team leader for more than 20 years in Portugal, Gil brings valuable leadership and team building experience to our training division. In addition to teaching our Good Soil and leadership development seminars, Gil equips missionaries to teach the Bible effectively and chronologically..

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Jim Cook — Next Generation Ministries

Jim, formerly a longtime pastor in Indiana with a passion for youth and missions, serves as the head of ABWE’s Next Generation children’s ministry, where he equips children’s ministry leaders, supports missionary kids, and works with children in crisis. Jim trains ABWE missionary kids through our STAMP program and also teaches several Good Soil seminars.

Jeff Raymond — Director of Visual Communications

Jeff, an accomplished photographer, has devoted his life to showing how God is working through ABWE missionaries around the world. As our director of visual communications, Jeff works tirelessly to recruit and train more visual storytellers to help our missionaries share their stories and ministries through photography and video.

Doug Martin — Executive Director for ABWE North America

As a former missionary team leader for Eastern Europe, Doug understands the important role culture plays when trying to share the gospel. Since 2010, Doug has used that appreciation for cultural differences as the Executive Director for North America, where helps develop ministry tools, train local churches, and teach North American believers how to reach the diverse people groups in their area.

Brad Winkler — Director of Prefield Ministries

As a pastor for 17 years, Brad helped members of his congregation discover their call to missions and now, as ABWE’s Director of Prefield Ministries, he is doing the same thing on a broader scale. In addition to training our missionaries in fundraising and building prayer partners, Brad also coaches churches through the process of sending and sustaining their missionaries on the mission field.

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