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The Alliance for the Unreached is a consortium of several missions organizations that are focused in different ways on reaching unreached peoples.  Leaders from each of the Alliance members are available for interviews or speaking engagements related to the quest to reach peoples across the globe with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The information below is also available to download as a PDF file.  Click here to download PDF.

Leader Bios

Wayne Pederson
Executive Director of the International Day for the Unreached


Wayne began his radio career in 1967 as an announcer on KTIS in Minneapolis. In 1997, he was promoted to Executive Vice President for Media at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minn. During those years Wayne also served on the board of NRB, and as Executive Director of the Christian Music Broadcasters and President of the Mission America Coalition.

In 2004, Wayne was hired by Moody Broadcasting, where he eventually became Vice President of Broadcasting. In 2008, God called Wayne to serve as President of HCJB Global, now Reach Beyond. Wayne is now serving as Global Ambassador for ​Reach Beyond​ and is also chairing the ​2017 International Day for the Unreached​.

Wayne and his wife, Willi, live in Colorado Springs, Colo., and enjoy spending time with Wayne’s two daughters and nine grandchildren.

Jon Fugler
Chairman of the Alliance for the Unreached, Director of US Media Partnerships,  Reach Beyond


Jon Fugler directs US Media Partnerships for Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB Global).  Before God called him to HCJB Global in 2011 to take the gospel to other cultures, Jon worked in non-commercial Christian radio in California.  He was the Executive Director of Logos Broadcasting (1994-2011), starting and operating stations along the California Central Coast.  Before that, Jon founded and led Shepherd Communications (1983-1993), establishing KLRD, which became the flagship station for the Air 1 Network.

Jon has served as Director of Radio for Campus Crusade for Christ and has consulted with a number of ministries over the years in the areas of development, ministry impact and staffing.

Jon has a passion to take the love of Jesus to unreached people groups.  He and his wife, Noonie, live in Colorado Springs.  They have three children and seven  grandchildren spread throughout the country.

Jeff McLinden
Vice Chairman of the Alliance for the Unreached, Vice President of Bibles For The World


Jeff has worked for Christian nonprofits since 1979, including senior roles in resource development, creative marketing and management for Campus Crusade for Christ, the Christian Broadcasting Network and Bible Literature International. For 20 years he was vice president of the McConkey-Johnston consulting group and helped a broad variety of ministry clients learn how to engage their partners and friends in more meaningful ways.

Jeff is the author of several popular books on marketing and fundraising and is co-founder of ​Raising-Support.com​, an online training site for missionaries who must raise funds for their work. He also serves as vice president of ​Bibles For The World​, and is responsible for communicating the ministry’s impact in touching millions of lives through the power of God’s Word, and for engaging partners in that ministry. Jeff and his wife live in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Larry D. Andrews
President/CEO of Partners International


Larry D. Andrews was appointed to serve as President / CEO of ​Partners International in February 2013. Since 1943, Partners International’s vision has been that local, indigenous ministries in the least-reached, least resourced nations will be proclaiming the Gospel to every person and building a thriving church for every people. The mission of Partners International is building the Church in the least-reached places by partnering with indigenous ministries and connecting followers of Christ.

Previously, he served the Lord in a successful 28 year career in senior leadership with Hewlett Packard and Procter & Gamble. The Lord led him to take an early retirement from the marketplace in 2012, to seek and fulfill a deeper calling to serve the Lord’s mission to “make disciples of every nation” more intentionally. Throughout his marketplace career, he served in a number of equipping and discipling ministries in churches both in the US and Asia.

He was born and raised in Sacramento, California. He studied Business Operations Mgmt. and Mgmt. Information Systems at CSU, Sacramento, and then completed his MBA at CSU Chico. He has been married to Bethanne for 32 years. They have four adult children: James, Timothy, Rebekah, and Jonathan. He serves as elder and various discipleship initiatives for the North Church in Spokane, WA, and also serves with Serve Spokane, and organization focused on serving the needs of marginalized communities.

Dr. Marvin J. Newell
Senior Vice President of Missio Nexus


Missio Nexus​ ​is a network of evangelical mission agencies, churches and training centers in North America. Previously Marv served as a missionary in Papua, Indonesia, and as a mission administrator, professor of missions, and director of a missions association. He is the author of ​A Martyr’s Grace​, ​Commissioned: What Jesus Wants You to Know as You Go​, ​Expect Great Things: Mission Quotes that Inform and Inspire,​ and ​Crossing Cultures in Scriptures: Biblical Principles for Mission Practice.​ Marv is also adjunct professor at Moody Theological Seminary and Western Seminary, and sits on the board of five different mission organizations. He and his wife, Peggy, have been involved in missions for 40 years.

Greg Kelley
CEO of World Mission


Greg has served as CEO of ​World Mission​ since 1997. A Grand Rapids, Mich.-based nonprofit focused upon providing hope to those living in the most unreached and persecuted nations in the world, World Mission has 75 employees and over 200 volunteers in the US serving the international ministry and running its seven thrift stores. In addition, Greg oversees an indigenous partnership network that is active in more than 25 countries, where he visits and speaks on a regular basis.

World Mission’s primary tool of ministry is a solar-powered audio Bible (The Treasure) available in 6,000 different languages. Currently more than 1.5 million illiterate and oral-learning Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists are participating in World Mission listening groups. In addition, World Mission has a thriving water ministry, Zoe Waters, focused on providing clean water to those in the most vulnerable locations of the world.

Greg’s greatest passion is his family, which includes his wife, Kathy, and their five children. They reside in Byron Center, MichI. Greg is a graduate of Western Michigan University, where he was a team captain and MVP of the 1991 Bronco football team.

John Pudaite
President of Bibles For The World


From roots in a tribe of fierce headhunters in India,​ John was installed as President of Bibles For The World​, a worldwide Bible distribution ministry, in May 2015, succeeding his parents, Dr. Rochunga and Mawii Pudaite. He previously served as BFTW’s Vice President for International Ministries, living in India for ten years. Today he oversees ministry activities both in India and around the world.

An award-winning filmmaker, John is passionate about appropriating new technologies and sustainable development opportunities to advance the cause of Christ. He also serves on the Board of Reference for The Christian Film & Television Commission. John received a B.A. in Philosophy and Art History from Wheaton College. Though he calls Colorado Springs, Colo., home, he spends several months each year in India with his wife, Lawm, son Joshua and daughter Hannah.

Steve Harling
President of Reach Beyond


Harling and his wife, Becky, spent 36 years pastoring churches of up to 4,500 members, and he expects to continue using his preaching and organizational skills to highlight the evangelistic work of ​Reach Beyond​.

The Harlings served internationally with SIM USA, pastoring the Khartoum International Church in Sudan. He also has more than 25 years’ mission board experience with SIM, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Global Refuge and Bethany Home.

Andrew Scott
President/CEO of OM USA

(Contact through York Aspacher – ​York.Aspacher@om.org​)

A native of Northern Ireland, Andrew Scott became President/CEO of ​OM USA​ in July 2010. He joined Operation Mobilization in the late 1980s and served on the ministry ship Doulos for two years. His life was dramatically changed by the experiences and training he received while onboard, leading to further theological training and graduation from Belfast Bible College.

Having travelled to more than 85 countries and experienced the needs and challenges there, he felt God leading him to become “part of the solution” through mobilizing people to go and serve in missions. In 2002, he joined OM USA to lead its Recruitment Department with a focus on college students.

Committed to being part of changing the face of missions and the reality of the unreached, in recognition of the need for new models and methods in the light of a changing world, Andrew recently completed ​Scatter​, a book commissioned and published by Moody. His desire is that it will inspire a new generation to “scatter” into the hardest, furthest parts of the world, being who God created them to be, living as salt and light in the neighborhoods and marketplaces of the world. The world is changing rapidly and so must our models and methods.

Ruth Kramer
Executive Producer of Mission Network News


Ruth​ ​began​ ​a​ ​career​ ​in​ ​media​ ​in​ ​1985​ ​with​ ​her​ ​first​ ​paid​ ​print​ ​news​ ​story.​ ​​ ​She​ ​went on​ ​to​ ​work​ ​for​ ​an​ ​NBC​ ​affiliate​ ​in​ ​Toledo,​ ​then​ ​​as​ ​an​ ​announcer​ ​at​ ​WCDR in​ ​Cedarville,​ ​Ohio.

In​ ​1990,​ ​she​ ​worked​ ​for​ ​the​ ​LeSEA​ ​Broadcasting​ ​Network​ ​in​ ​FM​ ​and​ ​shortwave​ ​radio and​ ​television.​ ​​ ​That​ ​was​ ​followed​ ​by​ ​a​ ​five-year​ ​stint​ ​behind​ ​the​ ​news​ ​desk​ ​at​ ​WUFN in​ ​Albion,​ ​Michigan.  Ruth joined​ ​​Mission​ ​Network​ ​News​​ ​in​ ​1997.

Today,​ ​Ruth​ ​​handles​ ​the​ ​overall​ ​sound​ ​and​ ​feel​ ​of​ ​MNN​ ​as​ ​they​ ​use​ ​radio​ ​and
web​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​glory​ ​to​ ​God​ ​by​ ​telling​ ​the​ ​stories​ ​of​ ​His​ ​work​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world.​ ​MNN aspires to  ​activate​ ​the​ ​body​ ​of​ ​Christ​ ​to​ ​pray,​ ​give,​ ​and​ ​go.​ ​​ ​Ruth​ ​also​ ​serves​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Alliance​ ​for​ ​the Unreached​ ​and​ ​sits​ ​on​ ​the​ ​board​ ​for​ ​FMI​ ​(Forgotten​ ​Missionaries​ ​International).

Ruth​ ​and​ ​her​ ​husband,​ ​Warren,​ ​live​ ​in​ ​Norton​ ​Shores,​ ​MI.​ ​​ ​In​ ​her​ ​spare​ ​time,​ ​Ruth​ ​coaches​ ​a​ ​high​ ​school​ ​cross​ ​country and​ ​track​ ​team,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​masters​ ​sprinter​ ​and​ ​sings​ ​tenor.​ ​​ ​Her​ ​husband​ ​plays​ ​a​ ​mean​ ​jazz​ ​guitar​ ​and​ ​they​ ​have​ ​three​ ​adult children​ ​who​ ​have​ ​flown​ ​the​ ​coop.

Dave Meyers
President of ZimZam Global


Dave is known for his love for people, Chicago sports teams, anything barbecue, and hanging out with his family! Dave served for nearly 30 years with New Tribes Mission – a global church planting ministry that focuses on unreached and unengaged people groups without access to the Gospel. He has served in various leadership roles as Int’l Mobilizer, President of a Training Center, Director of Development, Mobilizer, and Mentor to new cross cultural missionaries.

Speaking, training, and serving others in +70 countries over the past 35 years has given Dave a unique perspective on cultures, communities, and global causes. He has a passion for unreached people groups and children worldwide to have a healthy growing church in which to worship God. Dave is now focused on the vision of a church for every child by multiplying healthy churches among all peoples through children, youth, and families. As a life-long learner, and aware of the changing global landscape, Dave has studied Global Leadership through Fuller Seminary.

As a founding partner of ZimZam Global, Dave is impassioned with casting vision among global leaders; creating global opportunities for leaders to plant churches; and helping children, especially those with disabilities, to come to know, love and serve Jesus.

Dave and his wife Carolyn met in college in TN and have been married since 1984. They have three adult children, one of which has special needs, one daughter-in-love and three precious granddaughters, one who is in heaven. They make their home in the Valley of the Sun in Phoenix, AZ.

Palmer Holt
President of InChrist Communications


Palmer Holt is an award-winning communications professional with more than 25 years’ experience in journalism, corporate and agency public relations, marketing and advertising.  He is a former newspaper editor, “Fortune 100” company media relations executive and spokesperson, and advertising agency executive.

Holt served as World Missions Correspondent with the Communications Team for Cape Town 2010: The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization.

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Journalism, studied theology at Regent College, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and is a certified Christian counselor.  He is the recipient of the North Carolina Governor’s “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine” award and the Public Relations Society of America’s “Silver Anvil Award.”

Fran Patt
General Director / CEO of Frontier Ventures


Fran graduated from Penn State in 1974 with a degree in History. He did graduate work at Penn State in Public Administration from 1976-7, and he has been on staff with the U.S. Center for World Mission (USCWM) since 1981. He has been the regional director of the Northeast Regional Office of USCWM since 1988. Fran led church-planting teams from 1998-2004 and has been training cross-cultural workers since 2003.

Kevin Higgins
President of William Carey International University


Over the years, Kevin has served God in a number of different areas, including, but not limited to, small business owner, youth pastor, Bishop, church planter, and even as a hamburger flipper. He began working with Global Teams as a field partner with his wife Susan in 1990. They returned to the US in 2000 with their three daughters to serve as the International Director, responsible to the board for leading Global Teams, recruiting field partners, training, and developing new partnerships for the organization.

Kevin developed a work in a majority Muslim country that has resulted in creative evangelism among several people groups. In 2010, Global Teams was asked to oversee an existing movement in another majority Muslim country. These works combine to form one of the largest Muslim movements to Jesus in the world.

Kevin was appointed President of William Carey International University in December 2017. WCIU provides innovative distance education programs to equip professionals serving with agencies, development organizations, and educational institutions as they address the multi-faceted challenges of societies around the globe. The University was founded in 1977 under the leadership of Dr. Ralph D. Winter.