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James Fillingame received God’s call to vocational ministry while at the University of North Texas. He and his wife René married during the summer of 1983 and graduated from college the following year. In 1986 after René received her master’s degree in Speech Pathology and they were expecting their first child, they joined the staff of Family Life ministry, a division of Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ). They enjoyed their 4 years with Family Life helping to strengthen marriages through conferences and small group studies. In order to receive additional education and training, James and René moved to Arizona where James received a Master of Divinity degree from Phoenix Seminary. Upon graduation God directed James to become the senior pastor of Stone Creek Church. He served there for 13 years. Since leaving in 2008, James has consulted/coached faith-based nonprofits, served with Standing Stone Ministry as a retreat shepherd with his wife, and together, he and René began “tent-making” as flight attendants with Southwest Airlines.
James and René are passionate about coming alongside ministry couples. They know the highs and lows of ministry life since they have spent over 30 years in church and parachurch organizations. They understand the expectations that are put on the ministry couple and their family and they know firsthand the pressures on a couple raising a family while serving the body of Christ. They serve at Standing Stone Ministry as National Retreat Directors.
James has been married to René for 36 years. God has blessed them with two sons and two daughters, all of which are married. They have six grandchildren.
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Dave is known for his love for people, all Chicago sports teams, anything barbecue, and hanging out with his family! Traveling to +80 countries over the past 35 years has given Dave a unique perspective on cultures, communities, and global causes. He has a passion for people groups without access to the Bible and for children worldwide to have a healthy, dynamic community in which to worship God. After leading various ministries and teams over the years, Dave is focused on the vision of "A Church for Every Child" with a mission to multiply healthy churches among all peoples through children, youth, and families. As a founding partner with ZimZam Global, Dave is passionate about casting vision; creating opportunities for leaders; and helping children, especially those with disabilities, 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 daughter-in-love and three precious granddaughters, one of which is in heaven, and one grandson. They make their home in the Valley of the Sun in Phoenix, AZ.
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Mike Jones was born in Southern West Virginia and educated at Biola University in Southern California. He received seminary training at Western Seminary in Portland. He has been the Pastor of a church in Port Angeles, Washington for the past 43 years; 40 years as Lead Pastor and as Pastor Emeritus the last 4 years. He has been used of God to teach The Word and train up leaders in over 20 different countries. He also had the privilege to serve on several international boards.
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Franklin is a tenured Finance executive who has worked in various industry sectors including; Digital content creation and syndication, family office governance, display advertising and technology, cable multiple system operations (MSO), wireless & telecom.
Most recently, Franklin was CFO for Sheknows Media, Holdings a provider of premium women’s lifestyle digital content and monetization based in New York and Scottsdale. In addition, Franklin has run a Silicon Valley based family office in addition to leading financial operations in a number of cable and technology operations across both Sprint and Cox Enterprises.
Franklin holds a MBA from the Arizona State University as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in business management (Finance) from California State.
He is passionate about his family, faith and community. He has served on a number of boards including; Free to Laugh: Laugh to Free, a non-profit helping eradicate human trafficking and exploitation through awareness and world class clean comedy. Covenant House of New Orleans specializing in serving at risk youth between 15-18 years old in the New Orleans area. He has also served on the Bethany Bible Church Elder board where he is a member in the Phoenix community. Franklin is also an advisor for Likewise Worship Collective that is focused on developing healthy and humble worship pastors who promote a biblical heart of worship in the local church.
Franklin and is wife Aimee – along with his two daughters – reside in central Phoenix. He is an avid golfer and also enjoys hiking and running.
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Anna went on her first mission trip to Mexico in the mid-'80s, unsure what a mission trip was. As she experienced the trip, she had never been as alive as she was there. Anna returned to the USA, said goodbye to her IBM position, and went on full-time staff with Young Life for seventeen years. Then five years with World Vision and presently with the Phoenix Rescue Mission for 8 1/2 years. Anna has dedicated her life to ministry.