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 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 Treasurer Mary Lederleitner is author of the book Cross-Cultural Partnerships: Navigating the Complexities of Money and Mission. She is the Cross-Cultural Consultant on the Leadership Team of the Wycliffe Global Alliance.  Before entering ministry she became a Certified Public Accountant, a certification she has maintained through the years.  However, her primary focus is providing ongoing professional development so mission leaders and organizations can do their best work.  She is pursuing a PhD at Trinity Evangelical DivinitySchool.  She is also an adjunct professor in the graduate programs of Wheaton College and North Park Seminary, and she serves on the advisory board of EMQ.

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 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 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 Lorene Flewellen accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior as a college student while attending the University of Oregon.  She received a BS in Sociology and a MS in Public Administration.  After graduating, she moved to Atlanta,Georgia, where she attended Westminster Presbyterian Church.  It was there that she met Jim Flewellen.  They were married in 1981 and have two grown children, Caitlin and Tyson.  Due to job assignments, they lived in Atlanta,Boise and Tacoma before moving to Wheaton in 1990.   Jim and Lorene have been members of the Glen Ellyn Evangelical Covenant Church since that time.   Lorene has spent the majority of her career in the field of Human Resources and Leadership Development.  She served as a corporate officer of a Fortune 120 company, managing the human aspects of mergers and acquisitions.  In 2009, Lorene made a career change and started her own travel business. Lorene has been an active volunteer, giving her time to many organizations.  She has traveled to Tanzania to teach business skills to women entrepreneurs, she leads Women Ministries at her church, and sits on the newly formed committee for Outreach and Spiritual Formation.  In addition, she serves on the board for Covenant Retirement Communities and the board of the Association Promoting Tourism to Africa.

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.