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A GFA missionary expressed that "the GFA home office is more valuable than the suspension systems of their deputation vehicles." The leadership and staff at GFA function as a team with local churches to support, trouble-shoot, encourage, and facilitate our missionaries on or off the field. 


Dr. Mark Batory

Executive Director
Dr. Batory and his wife Paula served as missionaries in Mexico before joining the GFA home office staff in 1985. Since January of 1991, he has held the position of Executive Director. The Batorys spend much time with GFA missionaries around the world and also speak in missions conferences throughout the United States.


Dr. Marshall Fant

Director of Church Consulting and Strategic Planning

Dr. Marshall Fant leads the Church Consulting and Strategic Planning Program at GFA, which is a special outreach ministry to revitalize struggling churches and assist healthy ones with strategic planning. As a certified church consultant, he is available to work with churches on leadership, discipleship, financial, and facility challenges. Partnering with his father in the leadership of Fant’s Office Supplies in Anderson, SC, Marshall became familiar with short- and long-range business plans, human resources procedures, employee training programs, goal setting, and various applications of computer systems. When the Lord turned his heart toward the pastorate, he and his wife Gretchen replanted Harvest Baptist Church in Rock Hill, SC, in 1996, and saw it grow from an average attendance of 12 to 260 people. Marshall and Gretchen Fant have been married since 1981. They have five grown children and nine grandchildren.


Dr. Alan Patterson

Administrative Director

Dr. Alan Patterson and his wife Jan served as missionaries in Japan for 17 years, during which time he planted the Calvary Baptist Church in Nagoya. In 2002 Dr. Patterson accepted the invitation of GFA to return to the States to become an administrative director. He administrates GFA’s short-term programs and represents GFA in local churches and Christian colleges. He is actively involved in missionary recruitment, teaches missionary courses on the seminary level, and travels with Jan to several mission fields each year to strengthen and encourage GFA missionaries.


Dr. M. R. Privett

Director of Church Planting

Dr. Privett and his wife Sheri planted Faith Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1990 and served there 21 years. In August 2011 the Privetts moved to South Carolina, where Michael is now one of the administrative directors at GFA overseeing church planting, both foreign and domestic. He has written a book, based on his dissertation, entitled Why On Earth Are There Churches? The Biblical Mission of the Local Church. Dr. Privett spends his time away from the office mentoring preachers and ministering in local churches both in America and all over the world. In addition, the Privetts lead weekend local church conferences on topics such as “The Bible & Finances,” “God’s Plan for the Family,” and “The Keys to Unlocking the Will of God.” The Lord has blessed them with three adult children.


Rev. Dale Crawford

Administrative Director

Dale Crawford and his wife Lisa were GFA missionaries in Cameroon before joining the home office staff in 2000. Dale is the administrative director over finance and operations. Outside of the office he enjoys serving as music director at Trinity Bible Church in Greer, SC. 


Dr. Bud Bierman

Staff Evangelist

Dr. Bud Bierman is the staff evangelist for GFA.  From 2006 to 2011 he served as director of church planting. He previously held the position of director of alumni affairs and staff evangelist for the Bob Jones University Alumni Association for 35 years. Prior to being the director of alumni affairs, Dr. Bierman pastored the First Baptist Church of Westfield, New York, for nearly seven years.


Mr. Michael West

Special Assignment Coordinator

Michael West was appointed special assignment coordinator in 2006. Michael and his family have been part of the special assignment program since 2003, when they served in Nova Scotia. They have also served in England as furlough replacements for GFA missionaries. Michael develops tentmaking opportunities where needed for visa purposes and assists GFA on a volunteer basis. He is vice president of investments for West Wealth Management of Raymond James & Associates.


Inge Cannon

Executive Assistant

Inge Cannon immigrated to the United States from Germany as a little girl who grew up with a deep love for classical music, reading books, and serving the Lord. Her 45 years of experience as an educator include teaching in K–12 and college-level classrooms, along with many administrative posts. In 1983, the Lord turned her heart toward the home school community, where she has provided more than two decades of support as an author, publisher, seminar instructor, curriculum developer, testing consultant, lobbyist for parental rights in education, and conference planner. Inge currently works at GFA as executive assistant to Dr. Batory and Dr. Fant. She has been married to Dr. Ronald Cannon for more than 30 years.


Chris Dewey


After retiring as a BJU faculty member in 2008, Chris began volunteering at GFA. She assists other office workers with preparing prayer letters for mailing, checking work fund reports, notifying missionaries about insurance EOBs, and cataloging Dreisbach Library books. In addition to her work in the office, she assists in the literature ministry at Faith Ministries.


Kathy Dewey

Special Projects

After six years of working in offices at Bob Jones University and then six months of missionary ministry in Scotland, Kathy began her service at GFA in 1968. She has assisted all four of the men who have been executive director of the mission. She now handles special projects, serves in an advisory capacity, and enjoys interacting with missionaries.


Beth Goodwill

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Beth served as a short-term missionary with GFA in the Philippines during 2008 and 2009, and she’s felt like family ever since. After working in various office positions around Greenville, Beth joined the GFA team in April 2017. She loves being right in the center of activities and communications at the front desk. Outside of GFA, she stays closely connected to the ministries of her local church, and she enjoys the company of her ever-increasing tribe of nieces and nephews. 



Sarah Hartwig

Administrative Assistant/Presentation Designer

Sarah Hartwig came to GFA in 2004 after serving three years in Papua New Guinea as a short-term missionary with the Michael Berbin family. She currently serves as the administrative assistant to Dr. Patterson, planning recruiting events, publications and ads, and our annual Ministry Advance Training Retreat for deputees. In addition, she assists our missionaries in creating deputation and furlough DVD presentations.  


Faith Larson


Faith Larson joined the GFA team in March 2016. She completed her MBA in 2012 and has worked several years in the financial field in the Greenville area. She is responsible for processing credit card donations as well as other finance-related services.


Ruth Langendorfer

Administrative Assistant

Ruth came to GFA in the fall of 2014 after working as an administrative assistant in a dental office for over five years. Her main responsibility is processing  donations and sending receipts to donors. Additionally, she assists our missionaries with their monthly work fund reports.


Janet Resue

Graphic Design

Janet Resue began working at the GFA home office in October of 1990. She handles the formatting and mailing of prayer letters for many of the GFA missionaries. She also designs prayer cards, brochures, and other materials, in addition to doing the layout and formatting of The Dividend and numerous in-house publications.


Priscilla Sholler

Administrative Assistant

Priscilla Olivero joined the staff in May of 2001 after serving as a short-term missionary in Siberia. In August 2016, she married Dwayne Sholler, who went to be with the Lord in April 2017 after battling pancreatic cancer. Priscilla serves as the administrative assistant to Dale Crawford and also plays a key role in organizing the GFA Family Conference.