U.S. Engagement Team

Converge’s U.S. Engagement team works to help your church develop effective missions strategies and opportunities to reach people with the gospel in key areas of the world. We are passionate about helping your church’s missions ministry become more effective and make a greater kingdom impact worldwide as your people develop a heart for missions. Please let us know how we can serve your team.


converge-national-staff-kevin-mcgheeKevin McGhee, Director of U.S. Engagement
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Kevin left a successful career as an officer in the United States Navy to enter full-time ministry. After seminary, he became the founding pastor of Bethany Community Church in Laurel, Maryland. After 32 years of leading the church he loved, Kevin joined the senior leadership team of Converge as the Director of U.S. Engagement. The department that he leads is helping churches across the U.S. focus on the center of the Great Commission bullseye – asking God to launch a gospel movement among the least-reached peoples of the world in our generation. Among the least reached in every land are deaf peoples, who hold a special place in Kevin’s heart.


Chuck LewisChuck Lewis, Consortia Catalyst
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Chuck left a successful career in IT senior management with multiple Fortune 500 companies to enter full-time ministry in the local church. In 2010 he became the Executive Pastor at Mosaic Church of Frederick, Maryland, but also spearheaded a number of community impact initiatives – rallying pastors and churches for Kingdom causes. After 9 years as Executive Pastor at Mosaic, Chuck was invited to join the U.S. Engagement Team at Converge as the Consortia Catalyst. The operation that he will lead will help churches across the U.S. focus on the center of the Great Commission bullseye – asking God to launch a gospel movement among the least reached peoples of the world in our generation, among the least reached in every land.


converge-national-staff-jimmy-smithJimmy Smith, Church Mobilization Specialist
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As part of the U.S. Engagement Team, Jimmy is driven by a strong desire and calling to see more missionaries sent, supported and served by the local church. He wants to help churches understand how they can participate in effective, fruitful cross-cultural missions locally and around the world. In addition, he works to see more missionaries called to serve and to fulfill the International Ministries goal of 20 Converge initiatives fully staffed and funded by 2026. Jimmy has served in pastoral roles in the church since entering ministry in 1999. He enjoyed time in youth ministry, administration, church planting and replanting, but always with a desire to strengthen the cross-cultural ministry of the church.


Jerry SchommerJerry Schommer, Director of Church Planting Partnerships
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Jerry served as a Converge pastor for 33 years. In 2014, Jerry heard that Converge could plant a church for $333. Needing to see the planting strategy in action, he traveled to India where he saw the great need where people have very little access to the gospel message and met national leaders who gave their all to advance the gospel in their communities. God used that experience to touch his heart deeply, and in January 2016, he became Converge's Director of Church Planting Partnerships. Working closely with The Timothy Initiative, Jerry helps mobilize Converge churches into a fruitful partnership to plant churches in the least-reached regions of the world. Jerry is a church planting practitioner, working with ministry leaders in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota where they are using The Timothy Initiative church planting strategy to create a church planting movement among the immigrant population in the area and beyond.


Neil MoyerNeil Moyer, Church Mobiliazation Associate
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Neil is working with two great organizations to help fulfill the task of reaching the least reached, Converge and Perspectives USA. Perspectives bring in a grassroots approach of awakening the body of Christ to pursue the fulfillment of God’s global purpose within every people for His glory by education in a strategic engagement. Working with Converge International Ministries, Neil will help the local church focus their mission strategy to include an increased missional impact globally through prayer, finances, and missionary encouragement.


Candace FishCandace Fish, Church Mobilization Associate
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Candace felt called to advocate for the marginalized and voiceless in college where she pursued a degree in social work. After serving with and advocating for immigrants and refugees in Hartford, CT, she felt the need to combine her education and ministry. Working as the Community Connections Coordinator and overseeing Missions & Outreach at her local church in West Hartford, CT, she was awakened to the least-reached around the world and in her backyard. She is honored to serve as a Church Mobilization Associate on the U.S. Engagement Team. Serving in this role, Candace seeks to inform, engage, equip and collaborate with Converge churches to wisely engage in global ministry to help fulfill the vision of a gospel movement among every least-reached people group in our generation.


Anna BarnettAnna Barnett, Church Mobilization Associate
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Throughout Anna's educational career and through various intercultural experiences, the Lord has developed within her a skillset to complement my passion for missions. In joining the Converge International Ministries team as a Church Mobilization Associate, Anna will partner with churches to seek out their unique calling within global missions. Her desire is to equip churches as the Lord leads them to their specific intercultural involvement in a responsible and effective way, all for the sake of the lost and the glory of God.


Lisa LewisLisa Lewis, Partner Care Coordinator

As a child, Lisa had a deep passion for helping others. This desire led to a nursing career of more than three decades. She spent 20 years as a United States Navy nurse, developing leadership and team-building skills. At 35 years of age, Lisa accepted Christ and began to discover how God would use her gifts, passions and experiences for his kingdom. Along with her husband, Chuck, Lisa served in the local church, where she led women’s discipleship. In 2019, Chuck transitioned to Converge International Ministries to build networks of churches that support missionaries serving around the world. In 2022, God answered her prayers to transition from nursing to support Converge International Ministries’ vision for a gospel movement among every least-reached people group — in our generation. As a partner care specialist, her goal is to make each partner feel more connected to the Converge mission and global efforts. Lisa is excited to collaborate to improve systems, communication and processes to make Converge International Ministries world-class in donor care and missionary support.


converge-staff-barb-ehlers-180x180Barb Ehlers, Church Relationship Catalyst

Barb has served in the junior high ministry at her local church for over 25 years, mentoring students and leading teams of volunteers. In 2014 she joined Converge as a member of the Converge Cornerstone Fund team, where she connected with Converge churches, pastors and regional staff. Over time she felt God calling her to join Converge International Ministries to become an advocate for the global workers who mobilize churches and individuals toward missions. Barb desires to help global workers continue to serve on the mission field, where God has given them the passion and calling to reach least reached people groups and tell them about a God who loves them.

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