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Meet the Board

Executive Board

Wayne Hilsden

Dr. Wayne Hilsden

Founder and President of FIRM

Wayne Hilsden co-founded King of Kings in 1983, a Messiah-centered congregation in the heart of Jerusalem, and then helped to plant three other congregations in Israel. The church expanded into a multifaceted ministry that exists today. In 1990, Wayne co-founded Israel College of the Bible. He has invested much of his life in mentoring young Israeli leaders, many of whom are key leaders in today Israel’s Body of believers. His wife Ann has produced many Messianic music albums and continues to assist Israeli songwriters to compose and release new worship songs in Hebrew. Wayne earned a Master of Divinity degree from Wycliffe College and the University of Toronto, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Seminary. Wayne and Ann live in Jerusalem and have four sons.

Jeff Jenkins

Jeff Jenkins

Senior Pastor, Anchor Church, Dallas-Fort Worth Area

Jeff Jenkins is the Senior Pastor of Anchor Church in McKinney, Texas. has been involved in ministry leadership since he was saved in 1987 and has been in full time ministry since 1994. Jeff was formerly Senior Pastor of the 1,500-member Shannon Oak Church in East Texas and served as the Pastor of Staff Development at Gateway Church. He has administered ministry teams of more than 200 throughout Florida, Costa Rica, Zimbabwe, and Northern Ireland. He has helped plant churches in the United States, South America, Africa, Mongolia and Southeast Asia. He currently owns a consulting company called Relaunch Network and does strategic and organizational development work worldwide with churches, ministries and small businesses. He and his wife, Sarah, live in McKinney, Texas, and have five children.

Jonathan Wiggins

Jonathan Wiggins

Senior Pastor, Rez.Church, Colorado

Jonathan Wiggins is the lead pastor of REZ. Church in Loveland, Colorado, whose mission is to reach unchurched people in the Northern Colorado area. In partnership with ARC, he led the century-old church to become a thriving multi-site model. His ministry calling is simply to love, serve, equip, inspire and genuinely connect with all kinds of people. In 2019, Jonathan launched a statewide initiative called Nothing Without God, which partners with and financially supports new church plants throughout Colorado. Through his website, he regularly contributes digital resources for leaders who are seeking to develop and deepen relationships in their families, friendships, and organizations. Jonathan is married to his high school sweetheart, Amy. They have four children, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson named Johnny.

Stephen Hertzog

Stephen Hertzog

Regional Director, PAOC International Missions in Eurasia

Steve has served as the Regional Director for PAOC International Missions in Eurasia since 2015. Born and raised in a Jewish family in Montreal, Quebec, Steve accepted Christ at the age of 18. Earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from McGill University, Steve served as a full-time pastor and part-time college teacher in Montreal and then in Edmonton, Alberta, for eight years. In 1993, he started a 22-year ministry at Vanguard College in Edmonton, first as a professor and dean of students, then president of the school. At PAOC, Steve oversees and empowers 60 wonderful global workers engaged in “Reaching, Planting, Equipping & Caring” in 22 nations from Siberia in Russia to Spain, England to Israel. Steve is married to Patti, they have three daughters and six grandchildren.

Scott Montgomery

Scott Montgomery

Founder, SOAR Global

Scott Montgomery, together with his wife Renee, founded SOAR Global in 2019 after recognizing great needs around the world and wanting to be involved in what God was doing internationally. In late 1990s, they served in Baton Rouge, LA where we started mission trips to Zambia and Nigeria. In 2001, they moved to Birmingham, AL to join a church planting team. They also spent 2 years in South Korea, working with NCD Korea and helping churches transition to small groups. After returning to Birmingham, Scott joined the staff of Church of the Highlands. He oversaw the church’s international travel and worked with the Birmingham Dream Center. At SOAR Global, their desire is to advocate for proven and strategic partners that are spreading the gospel in challenging places on earth.

Dr. Mitch Glaser

Dr. Mitch Glaser

President, Chosen People Ministries

Dr. Mitch Glaser was born into a nominally Orthodox Jewish home in New York City. After reading the New Testament and studying Messianic prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures, Dr. Glaser received Jesus in 1970. Almost immediately, he became involved with the West Coast branch of Chosen People Ministries (formerly known as the American Board of Missions to the Jews). Dr. Glaser became the President of the organization in 1997. Dr. Glaser holds a Master of Divinity degree in Old Testament from Talbot School of Theology as well as a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the co-recipient of Christianity Today’s Award of Merit in an apologetics category for 2009. Mitch and his wife live in Brooklyn, New York City and have two adult daughters.

Ezra Benjamin

Ezra Benjamin

Vice President of Global Ministry Affairs

Ezra Benjamin has served at Jewish Voice in the Global Outreach Department for just over seven years. Following an outreach to Ethiopia where he served as a volunteer in the spiritual care and triage departments, Ezra was deeply impacted by the mission and vision of Jonathan and Jewish Voice to reach and bless his Jewish people scattered among the nations—especially the scattered Jewish communities throughout Africa and into Asia. Ezra moved from Chicago to Phoenix in 2010 to join the staff of JVMI as a Logistics Manager, handling the tactical preparation for and execution of Jewish Voice outreaches and festivals. He senses a strong calling to be a help, a blessing, and a light to his people—especially those hurting or suffering in remote communities of the world.

Global Council

Jonathan Bernis

President and CEO, Jewish Voice Ministries International

Jonathan Bernis is a Jewish Believer in Jesus who has been a leader in Messianic Jewish ministry for more than 35 years. He serves as President and CEO of Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI). Jonathan hosts JVMI’s syndicated television program, “Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis,” which airs on Christian networks and by satellite throughout the world. It is available via live streaming on the internet. Jonathan is the author of several books including Unlocking the Prophetic Mysteries of Israel, and his best-selling Rabbi series (A Rabbi Looks at the Afterlife, A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days, A Rabbi Looks at Jesus of Nazareth, and more). He hosts an annual Messianic Leadership Roundtable, attended by hundreds of leaders. Jonathan and his wife, Elisangela, reside in Phoenix with their two daughters.

Dr. Jack Hayford

Dr. Jack Hayford

Chancellor, The King’s University

Jack Hayford serves as Chancellor of The King’s University (formerly The King’s College and Seminary) in Southlake, Texas, which he founded in 1997. From 2004 to 2009, he also served as President of The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. He is the founding pastor of The Church on The Way in Van Nuys, California, where he served as senior pastor for more than three decades. Pastor Hayford is the author (or co-author) of more than fifty books and has composed 500 hymns and choruses. On March 8, 2017, Pator Jack’s wife of more than 60 years, Anna Hayford, passed away. Together, they had four children, eleven grandchildren, and a growing number of great children. Today, Dr. Hayford and his new wife, Valarie, reside in Van Nuys, California.

Rev. Kameel Majdali

Dr. Rev. Kameel Majdali

Director, Teach All Nations

Kameel Majdali, Ph.D. grew up in Los Angeles, California, born to Arab-American parents. After believing in Yeshua (Jesus) as a teenager and graduating from college, he studied in the Middle East and preached his first sermon on Mount Zion. After settling in Australia, he was a pastor and later became the principal of a leading Bible college. Kameel is an ordained minister of the Australian Christian Churches. In February 2004, he founded Teach All Nations (TAN) in Melbourne, Australia. In 2017, Teach All Nations opened a branch in the United Kingdom. Kameel has published many books and hosts radio programs in Melbourne. He hosts a public lecture twice yearly about the Middle East and end times. Kameel and his wife, Leanne, live in Melbourne, Australia and have two adult children.

 Samuel Rodriguez

Samuel Rodriguez

President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Samuel Rodriguez is the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization with 42,000 plus U.S. churches and many additional churches spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. Rodriguez stands recognized by CNN, FOX News, Univision and Telemundo as America’s most influential Latino/Hispanic faith leader. Samuel was nominated by TIME magazine for their “100 Most Influential People in the World” list in 2013. He has advised Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump, and frequently consults with Congress advancing immigration and criminal justice reform as well as religious freedom and Pro-LIFE initiatives. Rodriguez serves as Senior Pastor of New Season Church, one of America’s fastest growing megachurches, with campuses in Los Angeles and Sacramento, CA, where he resides with his wife, Eva, and their three children.

Gary Skinner

Gary Skinner

Founder and Team Leader, Watoto Ministries and Church, Uganda

Gary Skinner is the visionary and passionate Team Leader of Watoto Ministries including the dynamic Watoto Church of more than 24,000 members, which he founded together with his wife Marilyn in 1984 in the heart of Uganda’s war-torn capital, Kampala. Gary was born in Zimbabwe to missionary parents. He has pastored in Canada, in Zambia, and in Uganda. The Watoto Child Care Ministries (and Watoto Children’s Choir) is a compassionate response to the cry of Africa’s millions of children orphaned in result of HIV/AIDS. They care for about 3,000 Ugandan children in Watoto villages where every child is raised in a family setting rather than an institution. They are also committed to restore dignity to HIV+ women. Gary and his wife, Marilyn, live in Watoto, Uganda and have three children.

Dr. Erez Soref

Dr. Erez Soref

President, One for Israel, Israel College of the Bible

Born in Israel, Erez comes from a traditional Jewish family. He first heard the Gospel while backpacking in Europe after his military service and became a follower of the Messiah shortly thereafter. He is married to Sisi, whose family is unique in the Land of Israel as she is a fifth-generation Jewish believer in Jesus. Erez earned a Ph.D. from Wheaton College in the USA. Upon returning to Israel, Erez was part of the founding team of Everlasting Arms, a national counseling ministry in Israel, while also taking a teaching position at the University of Haifa. Today, Erez serves as president of the only accredited Bible college in Israel: Israel College of the Bible and One for Israel. He lives in Netanya with his wife and three children.

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Dr. Kerry & Sandra Teplinsky

Founders, Light of Zion

Kerry and Sandra (Sandy) Teplinsky are Israeli Jewish believers in Yeshua. They co-founded Light of Zion, an outreach to Israel and the Church. Sandy is from an Orthodox Jewish background. She earned a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois, and Bible training from Talbot Seminary in Los Angeles. A former attorney, she is a prominent speaker, book author and intercessor. Dr. Kerry was also raised in a Jewish home. After graduating from a religious school, he earned an M.D. at the University of Chicago. Kerry has practiced cardiology for nearly 25 years. He helped organize medical missions to the former Soviet Union in the 1990s. Kerry is also a speaker and equips intercessory prayer groups. They have one daughter.

Myles & Katharine Weiss

Myles & Katharine Weiss

Pastors, Jewish Ministries at The Father’s House

Myles grew up in a Jewish home in NYC. Katharine, a born-again believer who would later become his wife, challenged Myles to “look in his own Book” and he believed Yeshua was the Messiah. Myles and Katharine have now been in ministry for over 30 years, while Myles has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for nearly that long. After serving around the world, from the Congo to Russia, they were called to proclaim the relationship between Israel and world revival. They co-hosted “Zola Levitt Presents” TV program for six years. Myles and Katharine founded House of Peace and lead the Jewish Ministry of The Father’s House in Napa, California. They are frequent conference and TV speakers. They have two sons, one grandson and another grandbaby on the way.

Paul Wilbur

Paul Wilbur

President, Wilbur Ministries

Paul Wilbur is the President of Wilbur Ministries and as an Integrity Music recording artist, he and his team travel throughout the world sharing the love of God through Jesus the Messiah. He has been preaching, teaching, and leading millions in worship for almost four decades. Paul was also the Executive Director of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance. An internationally acclaimed song writer, speaker, and award-winning author, Paul has recorded several solo albums, including three performed live in Jerusalem. Two special release collections entitled “Pray for The Peace of Jerusalem” and “Praise Adonai” were released in 2007 and 2008, to honor the 60th birthday of Israel and the 40th anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem. Paul and his wife, Louann, live in Jacksonville, Florida and have two sons.

Wayne Wilks

Dr. Wayne Wilks Jr.

Executive Pastor, Church & Jewish Relations, Gateway Church

Wayne spent his formative years in ministry at Shady Grove Church (now Gateway Church’s Grand Prairie campus) with Pastor Robert Morris. In 1996, he was the first elder sent out To the Jew First, to found the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI) which started in Odessa, Ukraine. MJBI trains leaders for Messianic ministry in numerous countries and helps educate the Church about God’s heart for Jewish people. In 2014, Wayne joined the Gateway pastoral team, turning over MJBI to Nic Lesmeister. Wayne has a PhD in College Teaching from the University of North Texas and is Special Advisor to the President on Church & Jewish Relations at The King’s University. Wayne’s wife, Bonnie, is a writer. They live in the Dallas, Texas metroplex and have one daughter.

Don Finto

Don Finto

Founder & Director Emeritus, Caleb Company

Don Finto served as a missionary to post-war Germany. Upon returning to the United States, he earned his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He taught at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, and became the senior pastor of Belmont Church in Nashville, many Nashville musicians called home, like Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant. He pastored Belmont Church for more than 25 years before founding the non-profit ministry known as Caleb Company in 1996. Their mission is to equip God’s people with His heart and purpose for Israel and the nations. Don is the author of two renowned books: God’s Promise and the Future of Israel, and Your People Shall Be My People. Don and his late wife, Martha, have three children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Don currently resides in Nashville.

Nic Lesmeister

Nic Lesmeister

Director, Gateway Center for Israel

Nic co-founded the Ezekiel Foundation in 2010 to engage in community development and missional social change, particularly among the Ethiopian Jewish population. In 2013, Nic and partners founded Yewoinzer Academy in Ethiopia to offer complimentary elementary education to Ethiopian children. Nic received a life calling to serve the Jewish people in 2011 while in Ethiopia with Dr. Wayne Wilks. After a successful business exit as an entrepreneur, Nic moved his family to Israel where in 2015 he earned a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2019, Nic led the vision to create Gateway Center for Israel as a part of Gateway Church and serves as its director. Nic and his wife, Tabatha, have three children and live in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

Jeff Lestz

Jeff Lestz

CEO, Genistar

Jeff was born into a Jewish family in Chicago. Orphaned at age 7, he spent time in orphanages and foster homes. At 12 he ran away and lived on the streets of Chicago. His life dramatically turned around when at 15 he met Jesus. Jeff had mentors that took him under their wings, and as he began to study the Bible, he discovered God’s covenantal promises of blessings. By age 31 he had become a millionaire using these principles. Today, Jeff is the CEO of Genistar Ltd., a London-based finance firm. Their mission is to help families become debt free and financially independent. Jeff has also been helping churches uncover keys to good financial stewardship. He serves as the Director of Stewardship and on the board of Directors for London Hillsong.

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Dr. Dennis Lindsay

President, Christ For the Nations Institute

Dennis serves Christ For the Nations in multiple capacities: as the Board Chairman, President and CEO, and an instructor at CFNI Institute. He is the youngest son of the late Gordon and Freda Lindsay, founders of Christ For the Nations. Dennis has written over 25 books, many of which are about Creationism. He graduated from Vanguard University and earned both his master’s degree and doctorate from Oral Roberts University. Ginger has also served CFNI in a variety of leadership roles: as the Director of women’s conferences and CFN’s annual Voice of Healing and Prophetic Conference. She is the Board Vice-Chairperson, Executive Director of Ministries and Events and Editor-in-Chief of The Voice Magazine. They have ministered in more than 74 nations. They reside in DeSoto, Texas and have three children.

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Peter Tsukahira

Co-Founder, Kehilat HaCarmel

Peter Tsukahira is Co-Founder of Kehilat HaCarmel, a Messianic congregation, and Executive Director of the Or HaCarmel Ministry Center. He has lived in Israel for more than 30 years. Peter is a graduate of CFNI (Texas) and Tufts University (Massachusetts) and holds a Master of Divinity degree. In 2000, he established the Mount Carmel School of Ministry, which has been instrumental in building strong bridges of relationship between Israel and the nations. Peter’s international teaching ministry and his books have impacted many around the world with an understanding of God’s heart for Israel and the coming Kingdom of God. His books include: God’s Tsunami – Understanding Israel and End-time Prophecy, My Father’s Business – Guidelines for Ministry in the Marketplace, and Culture of the Kingdom – A Journey of Restoration.

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Raleigh Washington

President and CEO, The Road to Jerusalem

Raleigh Washington is president and CEO of The Road to Jerusalem, a ministry reconciling Jewish and non-Jewish believers. He is pastor emeritus of Rock of Chicago’s Our Salvation Evangelical Free Church, a multi-racial church he founded and led. He joined Promise Keepers as vice president of reconciliation and retired as president/CEO. Attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, Raleigh earned the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Vietnam. Post-military, Raleigh earned a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Later, on the staff of Trinity International University, he developed and led the school’s Master of Arts in Urban Ministries. Westminster College awarded Raleigh its third ever honorary Doctor of Peacemaking, after Mother Teresa and Bishop Desmond Tutu. Raleigh and his wife, Paulette, live in Denver.

Bishop Paul Zink

Bishop Paul Zink

Founding Pastor, New Life Christian Fellowship, Florida

Paul Zink pastors one of the leading family worship centers in Northeast Florida. With over 46 years of ministry experience, Bishop Zink has mentored many pastors. In 1997, he founded New Life International, established for the purpose of providing apostolic oversight and fostering relationship among churches, ministers, and parachurch ministries to fulfill the call of God on their ministries. Paul is also the founder of Providence School, which has received the highest academic accreditation in the State of Florida. His passion for Israel and the Jewish people spans many years. In 2011, Paul launched States United for Israel, a grassroots organization dedicated to facilitating individual state governments to issue formal proclamations in support of Israel. Paul and his wife, Sharon, reside in Jacksonville, Florida and have 3 sons.
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