"We believe that God is using EGM to help children throughout the world come to know Jesus Christ, become His disciples and experience God's transforming love, grace and strength."
Jan has always loved children. She began volunteering for EGM in 2004 and has collaborated with Daniel Watts on a multitude of leadership development and Bible curriculum projects, including EGM’s Internet Curriculum Initiative, Titus Project and Model Children’s Worker curriculum. Jan has worked in Children’s Ministry at Voyager’s Bible Church for 40 years. After her first short-term mission trip to Egypt with EGM in 2008, God expanded Jan's lifelong passion for children in her community into a deep love for children around the world. Jan has traveled with EGM to train and encourage leaders in Egypt, Romania, Mexico, Poland, Lebanon, Argentina and Peru.
Jan currently lives in Newport, California with her husband, Kurt. They have 3 grown sons, 3 daughters-in-law and 6 grandchildren. Jan earned her BA in Psychology and MA in Education from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Literacy and Children's Ministry have always been Jan’s passion. She says that working with EGM has been a gift of God to her. It has been her privilege to work with other believers to witness the work of God in transforming children's lives in Christ.
Tom has been married to his wife, Nancy, for over 40 years. They have two children, as well as four grandchildren. In the past, Tom has served on the Board of Elders of three different churches. He was on the first Board of Directors of Every Generation Ministries when it was founded and is honored and glad to be back. Tom and Nancy currently attend Grace Fellowship Church in Costa Mesa.
Tom became a full-time professor at the Crowell School of Business at Biola University in 2012. He came to the university with over 35 years of experience as a trial attorney, during which time he handled major cases on behalf of the business community in the fields of securities fraud, director and officer claims, product design, healthcare and railroad law. During his career, he was honored as one of The Ten Most Dependable™ Litigation Attorneys in California as published in Forbes Magazine (2008), and a Super Lawyer of Southern California as published in the New York Times and Los Angeles Magazine (2007).
In 2008, he was selected by his peers as one of the top five percent of attorneys in the United States specializing in business litigation, as published in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition.
Rick was born in Chile and moved the US in 1971 and has resided in Newport Beach since the late seventies. After receiving a business and a law degree, Rick commenced his professional career working for Oasis Petroleum as an oil trader. In 1987, he founded Bravo Energy Trading N.A. in Long Beach California. Over the next 25 years, the company expanded to Chile, Argentina and Mexico.
Rick is married to Gaile and together they have 4 boys: Ross, Chance, Carter and Will. The family has been involved with EGM since its beginning. During this time, Rick has traveled with EGM on several occasions to Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Peru where he has participated in teacher training conferences. Rick served on the founding board of EGM-Chile and was involved with the translation of EGM teaching materials into Spanish. His wife and children have also traveled with EGM to Latin America.
In addition to EGM, Rick has served on several boards for Christian organizations as well as church committees mostly dealing with global outreach and missions.
Raised in Western Michigan, Jim and his wife Marcia live in Upland, California (34 years). They have three children (one already in heaven) and five grandchildren. Jim served as a captain in the US Air Force (’66-’70).
He holds a BA from Calvin College ’66, Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) ’75, Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) ’84 and Masters Certificates in Advanced Estate Planning and Financial Counseling, all from the American College. He is a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) practicing in the Estate Planning and Wealth Management arena since 1970. He is a principal in Trinity Financial Partners, Trinity Capital Management, and several real estate entities involving development, lending, and rental operations.
Jim has been a facilitator and counselor in the Larry Burkett/Christian Financial Concepts, now Crown Ministries program, since the early 1980’s. Jim has served as deacon and elder in prior churches and currently serves in couples and men's ministries at Calvary Chapel Chino Valley. His introduction to EGM was with Daniel and Marla in Budapest and traveled with them in Romania during the first year in ministry there. The Lord has led Jim and Marcia to have a heart for children’s ministry, and for Jim to serve on EGM’s board.