Our Board

Board President Duane Elmer is director of the Ph.D. program in educational studies and is the G. W. Aldeen Chair of International Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. In addition to traveling and teaching in over 75 countries, he has provided cross-cultural training to Fortune 500 companies, relief and development agencies, mission organizations, churches and educational institutions. He has also conducted peace and reconciliation efforts in several countries. Recently, he led faculty development workshops at over 25 European and Middle Eastern schools on the theme of Teaching for Transformation. He has taught at Durban Bible College (Durban, South Africa), Michigan State University and Wheaton College and Graduate School.

Board Secretary Gary LaVanchy is a doctoral student in Geography at the University of Denver. He also lends oversight to the Wheaton Football Ministry Partnership—an extension of the Wheaton College football team that partners current players with former players in their far-flung endeavors. This network of partnerships allows Gary to travel extensively throughout Africa to facilitate projects, internship placement, and group service trips. Gary completed a BA in Geology and Education at Wheaton College and an MA in Geographical Studies at the University of Chicago. He has lived in Mexico, Papua New Guinea, and Honduras. He is passionate about mentoring and engaging global issues through the lens of education. In his spare time Gary enjoys triathlons and surfing.

Board member Don Church was the creator and main administrator of Timothy Project before it merged with Faith & Learning International. Don graduated from Wheaton College and continued to be involved with the track and field program and PE program for a number of years. During those years, Don took Wheaton Athletes to a number of countries all over the world to compete against those countries’ native athletes. Through these trips, many people heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and received encouragement. Don continues to oversee various mission programs and serve as a discerning mind for Faith & Learning International.

Board member Evvy Campell is an Associate Professor and the Chair of Intercultural Studies Program at Wheaton College Graduate School. Evvy has her PhD in Adult Education from Michigan State, her MS in Nursing Administration from University of Michigan and her BS in Nursing from Columbia University. Along with teaching, Her personal and professional interests include the fields of international health, medical missions, AIDS, holistic mission, and the Christian life. She has given over 300 presentations in these areas have been given to university, college, seminary, hospital, community, church, youth camp, health professional, and retreat groups.

Board member Deborah A. Colwill, serves as Associate Professor of Educational and Leadership Studies (Tenure Track) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to coming to TEDS, Deborah was Associate Professor of Leadership (Tenure Track) and Director of Institution Research and Evaluation at Asbury Theological Seminary (ATS) in Wilmore, Kentucky. She has also taught at both the Masters and Doctoral levels at TEDS, ATS, Northern Seminary, and Benedictine University. In addition to her teaching roles, Deborah has served in a variety of
leadership and consulting positions within both profit and non-profit organizations.

Board member Evan Hunter oversees the program work of ScholarLeaders International, an organization committed to encouraging and equipping Christian theological leaders from the Majority World for the Global Church. Before joining ScholarLeaders International, he served as a missions pastor and in various roles related to international leadership development. As part of a doctoral program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Evan is investigating global theological education with a specific interest in the new doctoral programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He and his wife, Becky live in Gurnee, IL where they are raising their 3 active boys and a Bernese Mountain Dog.

Board member Steve Ivester serves as the Dean for Student Engagement at Wheaton College. Steve has his PhD in Educational Leadership from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.  In his position at the College, Steve is committed to supporting and challenging students to develop in their identity, skills, knowledge, and attitudes to engage an increasingly interconnected world, to encounter Jesus Christ throughout all aspects of their life, to participate in the worldwide Christian church, to enjoy the rich diversity of God’s creation, and to graciously share their growth and faith in Christ with others. Through this commitment, he views the central objective of his work to serve as a guide – advancing student learning and spiritual formation through both curricular and co-curricular experiences facilitated by integrated partnerships with faculty and student development colleagues.

Board member Denise Olson is currently a clinical psychologist, working at a faith-based group practice in Wheaton,Illinois.  Her areas of professional practice include individual and family therapy, as well as psychological and neuropsychological testing.  Denise received her Psy.D. fromWheatonCollege where her main research focus was on the Christian church’s response to the needs of children with emotional disorders.  Prior to working in the field of emotional and behavioral health, Denise was an elementary school teacher and principal of a private Christian school in Waukesha,Wisconsin.  Denise consults with churches, schools, and youth ministries in the area of youth and mental health issues.  Her current interests include the integration of faith and psychological, spiritual development of children and emerging adult issues.