Larry Walker – Chairman
Larry Walker’s personal mission statement is “to reflect in word and deed God’s life and rule in Christ, Mission and Church”.
Larry grew-up in Central California where he was very active in a small rural church, met his wife Kathy, earned a B.A. in History. In 1971 Larry moved the family to Dallas, TX, earned a ThM Degree, served in children’s and small group ministry and was ordained and commissioned as the first international missionaries at Fellowship Bible Church.
From 1976-89 the Walkers were in missionary service in Mexico and Central America.
In 1989 he became the Southwest Regional Director for Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment, directed some forty ACMC regional and national conferences, taught seminars and workshops and served as a missions coach. He helped to found The Finishers Project.
Larry preaches, teaches, trains and coaches church missions leaders in North America and Latin America in English and Spanish. He teaches 30-50 Perspectives classes every year. He loves reading, hiking, backpacking and ice cream!
Larry and his wife Kathy have four happily married daughters who all live in Southern California and have given them ten grandchildren. Kathy does graphic design for Larry and teaches art and painting.
Now that he is retired, Larry is looking for a strategic ministry that will utilize his experience and gifts in teaching, training, coaching and networking.
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Dr. David Brooks – member
Dave was involved in starting SHARE Education Services in 1994. He served as President until 2002. Prior to working with SHARE he served in public schools in Michigan as a secondary teacher and administrator, and overseas with Morrison Academy in Taiwan, first as High School Principal and then as Superintendent.
Since his retirement in 2006, he has traveled extensively, presenting in conferences on educational issues of interest to families living overseas. He has authored numerous articles and was co-editor of Fitted Pieces, A Guide For Parents Educating Children Overseas.
Along with his wife, MaryAnn, he lives in Bothell, Washington, close to his two sons, Jon and Steve, and their families.
Esa Ontermaa – member
Esa was elected to the board in the Jun 2016 meeting. He is a pastor and alumni of the GO Equipped course.
Ryan Mallari – member
Ryan Mallari, Jr — Ryan is passionate about advancing the Kingdom of God. He grew up in Manila, Philippines and attended Catholic school. He came to know Christ at an early age due to the witness of immediate family members who lived and modeled their faith. Upon graduating from high school, Ryan moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. While at USC, he was actively involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
For over a decade, Ryan has served as a CPA with extensive auditing and consulting experience with church plants, mega-churches, and Christian not-for-profit ministries. He has also served in various leadership capacities at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, California for over 11 years. Ryan enjoys traveling, an interest that the Lord has re-purposed while taking the Perspectives course. Ryan has since been traveling for purposes of mission. Over the last decade, Ryan has led short-term mission trips to Swaziland, Thailand, Cambodia and Egypt with Lake Avenue Church.
Today, Ryan is the Chief Financial Officer for a custom packaging solutions company based in Southern California. His wife, Jennifer completed her Doctorate in Psychology and Master of Divinity degrees from Fuller Graduate School. They recently celebrated their fifth year of marriage and are raising their family in Burbank, California.
Dr. Stan Anderson – Secretary/Treasurer
Stan was born and raised near Chicago and attended Wheaton College where he obtained a B.S. in Chemistry in 1965. He then did his PH.D. work at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in inorganic and physical chemistry. He was active in student ministry with the Navigators and InterVarsity during these years. It was at Urbana ’67 Missions Conference that he was sold on tentmaking.
He applied and was offered a position at Pahlavi University in Shiraz, Iran in 1972 where he stayed for 4 years. God had brought together a team of tentmakers from a number of countries who effectively reached out to university colleagues.
Stan subsequently taught at UC Riverside and then at Westmont College in Santa Barbara for 31 years. Westmont was sympathetic to him taking sabbaticals and leaves-of-absence – to teach in Sudan as a Fulbright lecturer in 1985-56, then Oman from 1990-92 as department head, and finally teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt from 2000-2001. The ways in which God opened up these opportunities were truly amazing. He “retired” in 2009 and is doing chemistry research at UC Santa Barbara.
Stan is currently involved with international students, and hasserved as elder and chair of missions at his local church. He has been on the GO board since 2007, has participated in courses and seminars, and has been invited twice to give presentations for GO at Asian –American church mission conferences in Southern California. He and his wife Suzanne have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
Ari J Rocklin – member
Ari desires to see new tentmakers leave for places where Jesus name is not known. An inspiring, passionate and entertaining speaker at many missions conferences, seminars and bible schools around the world.
He is based in Canada, is trilingual, having lived on three continents and traveled to over 50 countries.
As a former tentmaker he began assisting the development of national tentmaking movements in Europe, working with traditional mission agencies to launch training and mobilizing efforts. He has twice pastored churches in transition, one which then sent him to India as a missionary. Together with his wife Ruth, they served in Asia as tentmakers.
At the June 2016 Board Meeting Ari was named the Interim Executive Director for Global Opportunities and became member of the board by virtue of his position.