The DNA is a volunteer-driven network of servant leaders from all over the world.
Global Leadership Team
Local and regional network leaders, DNA founders and leaders of the global secretariat who,
together, provide servant leadership and coordination for the global alliance
Dennis Tongoi is the international director for CMS Africa and the coordinator of Samaritan Strategy Africa, DNA’s affiliate in Africa, which has more than 300 trainers in more than 40 countries. Dennis is a contemporary thought leader, a gifted teacher and a sought-after consultant for many missions organizations and schools. He wrote Mixing God with Money: Strategies forLiving in an Uncertain Economy and presently is pursuing a doctorate in theology from the University of South Africa. Dennis lives in Kenya with his wife, Irene, and they have three adult children.
Yarley Niño, a native of Colombia, is the contact person for the DNA Local Network in Puerto Rico and also has directed the Youth with a Mission base there since its start in 1984. Yarley has a special passion for discipling youth and children. She is a facilitator of the 4/14 Window Movement, conducting learning camps for children and sharing DNA materials with interested churches and their pastors.
Ben Wong is the founding pastor of Shepherd Community Grace Church in Hong Kong. He also is the founder of the Cell Church Missions Network: a global network of pastors working together to advance the kingdom of God. Ben spends much of his time coaching and mentoring young pastors from many nations. He believes the Great Commission should not be left to missionary organizations, but local churches must take the lead, being more effective if they network with other churches around the world. Ben is a long-time friend of the DNA and a leader of the movement in Asia.
Jose Curiel serves as the national director of Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in México. Jose also is the founder and director of YWAM Guadalajara in Chapala, México and is part of the YWAM Regional Leadership Team which provides leadership over Central America and México. Jose presently resides in Chapala with his wife, Adriana, and his two children, Nicole and Jose Daniel.
Hein van Wyk is the Global Leadership Team leader, also serving as part of several other kingdom-minded organizations including Samaritan Strategy Africa, Hope for Africa and Experience Mission. Since 1996, he has facilitated kingdom development as it relates to leadership formation, collaboration initiatives, community upliftment, mission mobilization and strategic planning. Hein lives with his wife, Helene, and their three children in Centurion, South Africa.
Nelson Monteiro is the executive director of Instituto Um27, a church-based nonprofit bringing wholistic, Biblical-worldview transformation to needy children and communities in northeastern Brazil. Instituto Um27 also equips Christian university students and young professionals to bring Christ’s transformation through their everyday vocations. Nelson serves as the Local Network coordinator for DNA Brazil. For many years, he served as a missionary to Canada, where he earned his Master of Divinity from Regent College in Vancouver. Nelson lives with his wife, Lisa, and their three children in Joao Pessoa, Brazil.
Anna serves as the executive director of Reconciled World, an organization based in Asia that seeks to apply Biblical Truth to the brokenness is all areas of life. Their current programs include a vocational and discipleship school, a training program for rural churches, a center for children with disabilities, a movement against gendercide and art as a social voice. Most of these programs started after the leaders of the program were exposed to DNA ideas. Anna and her husband, Nam, live in Southeast Asia.
Provides administrative and communication service as well as training and project support to the global alliance
Scott Allen serves as president of the DNA secretariat office. After serving with Food for the Hungry for 19 years in both the United States and Japan, working in the areas of human resources, staff training and program management, he teamed up with Darrow Miller and Bob Moffitt to launch the DNA in 2008. Scott is the author of Beyond the Sacred-Secular Divide: A Call to Wholistic Life and Ministry and co-author of several books including, most recently, As the Family Goes, So Goes the Nation: Principles and Practices for Building Healthy Families. Scott lives with his wife, Kim, and their five children in Phoenix.
Dwight Vogt serves as the vice president of international programs. Before coming to the DNA, he worked for 27 years at Food for the Hungry, including field-based leadership roles in Bangladesh, Peru, Thailand and Guatemala. Dwight is the author of Footings for Children: Imparting a Biblical Worldview So They Can Thrive. He earned his master’s degree in intercultural studies and missiology from Biola University. He has three adult children and lives with his wife, Deborah, in Phoenix.
Mary Kaech serves as the manager of communications and support systems. Her background includes five years at Food for the Hungry in a variety of roles from field reporting and photography to accounting for U.S. government grants. Mary earned a master’s degree at Arizona State University in social and cultural pedagogy and has a particular passion for refugees–helping resettled refugees flourish in their new homes. Mary lives with her husband, Mark, in Phoenix.
Shawn Carson joined the DNA team in 2011. He currently oversees our international conferences and handles all details related to Darrow’s travels. Prior to joining DNA, Shawn spent six years working with Food for the Hungry in its Hunger Corps and human resources departments. Before settling in Phoenix, he and his wife, Amy, spent several years working with Youth With a Mission. They have three adult foster children and two small children at home.
Gary Brumbelow serves as editorial manager, a function in which he sometimes converts ideas to prose and sometimes simply burnishes good writing. He also manages the blog Darrow Miller and Friends. Gary served 14 years as executive director of InterAct Ministries, an Oregon-based church-planting organization serving in Canada, Alaska, and Siberia, and eight years as a missionary among First Nations people of Canada. He holds a master’s degree in communication from Wheaton College and a graduate studies diploma from Western Seminary. Gary and his wife, Valerie, live near Portland, Oregon. They have two sons and nine grandchildren.
John Tuggy was born and raised as a “third-culture kid” in Venezuela. He joined the DNA in 2011 after nine years in leadership of Food for the Hungry in Cambodia. He and his wife, Nikki, and their three children moved to Uganda in 2013, where John continues his Ph.D. studies through Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and supports the work of the DNA’s partners in Africa. John’s dream is to experience as many of the world’s beautiful landscapes as possible before God calls him home, and his most dubious distinction is having had dental work done in seven countries on four continents (and counting…).
Jessie serves as the administrative assistant and bookkeeper. Originally from Seattle, her background includes six years in community engagement and athletic marketing at Seattle Pacific University. In Seattle, Jessie loved to partner with student athletes and a variety of non-profits, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Make-A-Wish, planning events and helping raise funds and awareness. She is passionate about bringing hope to others and excited to help advance the mission of DNA. Jessie now lives in Phoenix.
Board of Directors
The Global Secretariat is an Arizona-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a governing board
Gary Paisley is the chief financial officer for the Phoenix Rescue Mission. He has served in similar positions with the Center for Arizona Policy, Crisis Pregnancy Centers of Greater Phoenix, and Food for the Hungry. Gary brings extensive experience in all areas of nonprofit operations. He and his wife, Diane, are networkers within the Phoenix Christian community. They are raising their daughter in Phoenix and attend Scottsdale Bible Church.
John Bottimore is treasurer of the DNA board and also is the director of international business development at Oshkosh Corporation. Previously, he worked at Honeywell Defense and Space, holding positions in Washington, D.C., Tokyo and Phoenix. From 1981 to 1985, he served as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. John holds a master’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University. He is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and project-management professional. John is married with two children and is active in his church and global missions activities.
Bob Evans is secretary of the DNA board. He also serves as administrative director of Global Network Ministries, Inc.–a ministry of the Vineyard Community Church of Laguna Niguel, CA, where he serves as executive pastor. Bob joined Global Network Ministries in 1992 as a founding board member and DNA in 1998 as a founding board member. He has traveled extensively in Asia and around the world, serving local church movements and leading ministry teams from the U.S. Bob earned a master’s degree in computer science from California State University, Fullerton. He has four children and two grandchildren, and he lives in Laguna Niguel, California.
Heather Hicks serves as the director of staff care and expat staffing programs for Food for the Hungry. Heather began engaging DNA as a YWAMer in 1999 and, in 2003, she joined the Harvest Foundation staff and became a master trainer for Harvest and DNA. She has lived, worked and traveled in more than 65 countries and still treasures traveling to work with local leaders to see God’s kingdom revealed. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education and presently is earning a master’s diploma in Christian counseling with a specialization in grief, trauma and crisis response. Heather has been supporting, training and coaching leaders for the past 28 years in corporate, non-profit and international ministry contexts. She currently lives in Phoenix, AZ.
Joshua Prather serves as the pastor of community and global initiatives for Redemption Church’s seven congregations in the Phoenix, Arizona area. While pursuing his undergraduate degree at Liberty University in Virginia, Josh began to see more and more of God’s heart for all nations. Upon graduation, he continued his studies at a seminary and moved to Arizona in 2010 to intern with East Valley Bible Church. Josh soon began to work with many of the thousands of refugees now living in Phoenix, an outreach he continues today. He and his wife, Rachel, have been married since 2011.
Also serving on the Board:
- Anna, executive director of Reconciled World, also serves on the DNA Global Leadership Team. Scroll up to read more about Anna.
- Bob Moffitt, director of the Harvest Foundation, also serves on the DNA Global Leadership Team and is one of the DNA’s two original co-founders. Scroll down to read more about Bob.
- Scott Allen also serves as president of the DNA Global Secretariat. Scroll up to read more about Scott.
Darrow Miller and Bob Moffitt have been friends more more than 45 years.
Darrow Miller is a world-renowned author and teacher on Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. As a young adult, he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland, where he spent three years. After serving as a pastor in various contexts, in 1981, he began 27 years at Food for the Hungry, serving there as vice president from 1994 to 2007 until he helped launch the DNA in 2008. Darrow holds a master’s degree in adult education and pursued graduate studies in several other topics. He has written and co-written numerous books and articles which can be found at our printed books and resources sections, and he keeps a regular blog called Darrow Miller and Friends. Darrow also serves on the DNA Global Leadership Team and works out of the DNA Global Secretariat office. He lives with his wife, Marilyn, in Arizona, and they have four children and 15 grandchildren.
Dr. Bob Moffitt serves as the executive director of the Harvest Foundation which he founded in 1981. Bob maintains a busy travel schedule, training church leaders around the world to carry out Biblical, wholistic ministry. During his doctoral studies (in adult education) from 1992 to 1996, he developed and refined major portions of Harvest’s core training materials. Previously, Bob also served as director of volunteer programs for Food for the Hungry, founder and executive director of Partners, Inc. (a mentorship program for delinquent youth), and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi. Bob is the author of If Jesus Were Mayor, published by Kregel in 2006 and now available in 13 languages. Bob also serves on the DNA Board of Directors and Global Leadership Team.