Speakers

 
Bekele Shanko

Bekele Shanko

Global Vice President of Campus Crusade for Christ - Global Church Movements (GCM)

Bekele was born and raised in Ethiopia. Before joining Campus Crusade for Christ, he worked for five years as a head of information management for the National HIV/AIDS Control Program in Ethiopia. Bekele holds a B.S. degree in Statistics and Mathematics from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, and a doctorate in Global Transformational Leadership from Bakke Graduate University.

He joined full-time missionary work with Campus Crusade for Christ International in Ethiopia in 1993. Since then, he has held diverse leadership roles for the organization including National Director for Ethiopia for five years, Regional Director for Southern and Eastern Africa for 11 years, and Global Vice President since 2010.

Bekele also serves as President of the Global Alliance for Church Multiplication (GACX), a global network of church-planting organizations, which he helped to launch in 2011 and President of the Global Academy for Transformational Leadership (GATL), which he founded in 2008. He recently published Never Alone: From Ethiopian Villager to Global Leader.

Bekele and his wife Shewa have four children and live in Orlando Florida.

Dr. Fregy John

Dr. Fregy John

TTI International Ministry Director

Dr. Fregy John serves as TTI’s International Ministry Director. Fregy and his beautiful wife, Rachel, and their teenage daughter, Sonia, moved to Malaysia in 2016 to expand the work in Southeast Asia. He considers it a privilege to be part of TTI since it began in 2007. He has been in ministry for 32 years in various capacities, such as Seminary Faculty, Academic Dean, Training Director, Coach, and Consultant. He studied at Malabar Christian College, Grace Bible College & Seminary, Asian Christian Academy, Annamalai University, and Gorden-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Andre Harriott

Andre Harriott

TTI International Operations Director

Andre serves as International Operations Director of The Timothy Initiative. Prior to joining TTI, Andre served as a Project Manager in the construction industry. He studied Management and Marketing at Florida Atlantic University and earned a Masters Degree in Construction Management at Florida International University. Andre also serves on the Advisory Board for Joshua Blahyi Ministries, a powerful discipling ministry in Liberia. Andre and his wife Coline are eternally thankful to God for allowing them the opportunity to work with dedicated national leaders in East Africa.
Dr. David Nelms

Dr. David Nelms

TTI Founder & President

Dr. David Nelms serves as the Founder of TTI. He helps to cast vision and give direction to TTI as they impact the world for Christ. David is a former senior pastor who succeeded in growing three different churches in Maryland, Iowa, and Florida. David received a Master of Arts degree from Moody Bible Institute, a Master of Divinity from Luther Rice University, and his Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice University. David is married to his lovely wife, Loretta. They have three grown children and six grandchildren. 

Dr. Jared Nelms

Dr. Jared Nelms

TTI CEO

Dr. Jared Nelms serves as the President and CEO at The Timothy Initiative. Jared is passionate about serving, equipping, and partnering with indigenous leaders across the globe with the overarching aim of getting the Gospel to every people and place. He is equally committed to nurturing Kingdom collaboration, resulting in a healthy church in every village, everywhere. Jared’s ultimate desire is to walk closely with Jesus and lead others to do the same.