Lara was born and raised in the Midwest and has felt called to ministry since high school. She joined WIM in 2014. She has experience in youth ministry, worship ministry, teaching, women’s ministry and administration and is now studying language and serving overseas. Lara has a passion to see the Kingdom of God influence every realm of society and to bring cultural transformation by meeting practical needs and empowering people to see all that God has for them. She also loves to serve established organizations and missionaries bringing strength, strategy and help they may need. Long-term, she would like to serve and disciple the many who are displaced in the world.
Morris and Sarah joined WIM in June of 2012. Morris comes from a business management and pastoral background. He and Sarah are a part of the new breed of missionaries that are “connecting to the nations.” Their desire is to impart Kingdom principles of leadership and to teach and train pastors and leaders to walk in the power of God and fulfill their calling. Morris has developed a scripturally-based leadership training program consisting of three parts: (1) Six Requirements to Having a Teachable Spirit; (2) Three Basic Leadership Principles; and (3) Five Qualities of Good Leadership. Morris and Sarah were in Kursk, Russia in November of 2013 and were in Lezapa, Honduras in May of 2014. They are connecting globally with pastors and leaders with plans to be back in Honduras and Russia in the Fall of 2014 and then to India in 2015.
Jim and Marilyn served in Southeast Asia for 14 years. Now in the USA, they are involved in discipleship, teaching, and prayer. They make short term trips overseas to pray for the workers, the nations and the people groups in various countries.
Dale and Kathy are charter members of WIM. They lived in Mexico for 17 years planting churches, training leaders, and raising three children.
Since 1998, Dale has served as International Coordinator with WIM. His duties include encouraging missionaries serving on the field, helping with conferences, recruiting new workers and helping to implement the training program.
Since 1997, Kathy has taught Spanish at a Christian school in the St. Louis area. She has taken several of her students on short-term trips. Some of her former students are now full-time missionaries. She travels with Dale when her schedule permits.
Chuck and Mary Nell Hall joined WIM in 1983, when they were sent out from New Covenant Church in Valdosta, Georgia. After language school in Texas, the Halls moved to Mexico where they served for seven years. In 1994, the Halls moved to Georgia to care for aging parents. During this time, Chuck accepted the position as president of WIM and traveled extensively to visit and minister with WIM missionaries. Chuck and Mary Nell currently reside in New Braunfels, Texas, home of WIM headquarters. Chuck continues to provide leadership to WIM as Director of Missionary Development. He and Mary Nell travel to support missionaries, to present WIM and its vision to churches, and to recruit candidates for missions. Chuck holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Valdosta State University and a Masters Degree in Missions from Fuller Theological Seminary.
With World Indigenous Missions since 1990, Tony and Mary Ann Bianchi have served the Lord primarily in southeast Asia. They have been involved in ministering the gospel, training and mentoring young leaders, establishing a children’s home for at-risk girls, and providing pastoral care (Member Care) for missionaries.
The Bianchis currently direct the newly formed and developing Member Care department at WIM, providing pastoral care for WIM missionaries and others in need of emotional and spiritual healing and support, debriefing, coaching, and encouragement. They also minister in the areas of pre-marital counseling and marriage enrichment.
Tony and Mary Ann’s heart’s desire is for missionaries to be emotionally healthy and spiritually mature in order to glorify God through fulfilling and effective cross-cultural service.
Chris & Vonda Briles have been part of WIM since 1998. They completed language school and moved to Altotonga, Veracruz, Mexico, where they served for nine years evangelizing and discipling youth and young adults. In 2008, they relocated to New Braunfels, Texas, for Chris to serve at WIM headquarters as Director of Operations. He now serves as President of the organization. In this position, he promotes the vision for the organization, networks with churches and like-minded organizations for the purpose of working together, oversees the daily operations of the office, represents the missionaries on the Board of Directors, and travels to visit and encourage missionaries serving around the world. Vonda currently serves in the WIM office as a receptionist, providing assistance to the missionaries and office personnel. The Briles have three wonderful children, a lovely daughter-in-law, and one delightful granddaughter.