David Empson is a native of Columbus, Indiana, where he was raised attending the New Hope Christian Church…where he was both baptized and ordained into the Christian ministry. He attended Kentucky Christian College (1977-1981) where he met Sherree Hunt and they married after graduation. David served as a youth minister Illinois, Kentucky and in Indiana from 1981 thru 2001. He received a Master of Arts from Cincinnati Bible Seminary in Practical Ministries in 1991. During his youth ministry years, David led many student mission trips. This experience led him to be recommended to lead to the student program, creating the Windows of the World Teen Convention for the NMC in 1998. As Windows grew, David became the first full time student director, operating from central Indiana. In 2008, David took on the executive director role and moved operations from Copeland, KS to Indiana. That change took place in 2008. David and Sherree have two daughters, Emily Drayne (who also works at ICOM) and Jenny Empson.
Dean Trune grew up in a Christian Church near Lapeer, Michigan. His father was an elder in the congregation for 25 years. In 2015, Dean and his wife, Bonnie, moved from Michigan to Phoenix, Arizona. Dean and Bonnie attend First Christian Church in Phoenix. Dean claims that outside of salvation, God’s greatest blessing to him has been Bonnie. They have two adult children. The oldest, Kim, and her son, DeShawn, live in Phoenix. The youngest, Ryan, and his wife, Reka, and their two sons, Zane and Hazen, also live in Phoenix.
In 1995, God uniquely opened a door for Dean to also begin leading prayer seminars around the country. To date, God has allowed Dean the opportunity to lead seminars in about forty of the states, and in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, and Thailand. He has also had the opportunity to teach on prayer in Hungary and China. God has also given him the opportunity to have a “front row seat” at several revivals on Christian campuses and university campuses. He firmly believes that prayer must be the basis of all we do individually and all we do in ministry. He also believes strongly in this statement, “God has blessed my ministry in spite of me, not because of me.” He adamantly believes that his love for God must be more passionate than his love for his family and for his ministry (especially ministry).
Dean has had the privilege of having five books published. Dean’s ministry currently includes being a spiritual life coach, an author, and a seminar speaker. He thoroughly enjoys all three aspects of his God-assigned responsibilities.
Dean’s interests include dating his wife, spending time with his kids, jogging, reading, teaching, and people.
Andrew Jit was born and raised in New Zealand and has served in various ministry roles in youth ministry and missions in New Zealand and the United States. He is married to his beautiful bride, Jamie, and blessed with two daughters, Hannah and Ella. He loves rugby, especially the All Blacks, going to Disney and the beach. He is currently serving as the global missions and discipleship pastor at Owensboro Christian Church.
He is the co-author of the Missions Abandoned: Re-Establishing Missions as a Priority in Our Lives and Churches and co-author of Missions in Focus.
He is the founder of MiT Global that has a focus of making passionate purposeful disciples who are living on mission for Jesus. His passion is helping, teaching and training disciples to live on mission daily to have a global impact. He loves to challenge disciples and inspire the next generation to live passionately and radically for God.
Sean Thome was born in Tokyo, Japan, grew up in Las Vegas, NV and moved to Mission Viejo, CA as a teenager. He gave his life over to Jesus when he was a sophomore in high school and attended Hope International University.
Sean and his wife, Angel, met at Hope International University in Fullerton, CA, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies / Church Growth. He did Student Ministry in the San Fernando Valley and then moved to Oregon in 1997 to do Student Ministry in Tigard, OR. In 1999, he received a certificate in Youth and Family Ministries from Fuller Theological Seminary. In 2003, Sean was the founding Lead Pastor of Potter’s Hands Christian Church, a Daughter Church of Tigard Christian Church. In 2007, Potter’s Hands planted their first daughter church, NW Catalyst Communities.
In 2011, Sean became the Executive Director for the Northwest Christian Evangelistic Association. This ministry exists to exalt Jesus and expand God’s kingdom by encouraging pastors, equipping leaders and establishing new churches in the Portland / Vancouver area. Sean and his wife have been married for twenty two years and have four children (three daughters and a son), a golden retriever (Roxy) and a cat (Mayhem). Sean loves to spend time with his wife and kids, surfing at the Oregon coast and living life to the fullest.