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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. 

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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.

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Rev. Forrest McPhail

Regional Director for Asia, Australia, and Oceania

Forrest McPhail and his wife Jennifer have served as church-planting missionaries in Cambodia with GFA since 2000. Over the years, they have also enjoyed hosting interns and teams and teaching on missions to help prepare the next generation to go into all the world. In 2014, Forrest authored Pioneer Missions: Meet the Challenges, Share the Blessings. They and their three children still at home continue to work with a Cambodian church in Pursat province. Forrest and Jennifer are excited to expand their ministry to include encouraging GFA missionaries in their region of the world and promoting the need for more laborers there.


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Dr. Alan Patterson

Regional Director for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East

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 and internship programs and represents GFA in local churches and Christian colleges. He oversees missionary recruitment along with teaching missionary courses on the seminary level and in various settings on the mission field. He directs the training program for GFA missionaries and advises them in their strategy development. He and Jan especially enjoy their role as regional director as this gives them the privilege to fellowship with, encourage, and offer counsel to GFA missionaries. They have been married since 1979 and delight in their children and four grandchildren. 


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Dr. M. R. Privett

Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean

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. 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.


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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. 


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Beverly Beadles

Administrative Assistant

Beverly worked in the GFA office for 10 years before transitioning to a variety of missions- and ministry-related administrative assistant positions at Bob Jones University. After being away for 18 years, she is back to assist Dr. Patterson with various event and recruiting activities. She enjoys spending time with her family and their two dogs, working in her garden and yard, and staying active in her local church.


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Inge Cannon

Executive Assistant

Inge 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. She has been married to Dr. Ronald Cannon for more than 30 years.


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Chris Dewey

Volunteer

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.


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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 and enjoys interacting with missionaries.


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Sarah Hartwig

Administrator of Communications and Events

Sarah came to GFA in 2004 after serving three years in Papua New Guinea as a short-term missionary with the Michael Berbin family. Having worked in several home office positions, she is expanding her creative role in putting GFA’s message in front of pastors, missionary prospects, future supporters, missionaries, board members, and friends using today's enhanced technology. Sarah plans events such as our annual GFA Family Conference at The Wilds and works to enhance our recruiting efforts. She also serves as administrative assistant to Dr. Marshall Fant. She is passionate about serving in her local church and enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews. 


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Faith Larson

Accountant

Faith completed her MBA at BJU in 2012, and she worked several years in the financial field in the Greenville area before joining the GFA team in March 2016. She is responsible for recording credit card donations and monthly expenses and processing payables. In her leisure time she enjoys wood-working, hiking, and exploring the SC/NC state parks. She also likes to travel throughout the USA, visiting her siblings and their families.


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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 responsibilities are processing donations that come through the mail and sending receipts to donors. She also assists with the monthly work fund reports. When she is not involved with church, work, or family, Ruth enjoys reading, long walks with friends, and world travel. So far she’s been to Israel, England, and Scotland, and her sights are currently set on visiting her sister, Rachel, who is a missionary in Papua New Guinea.


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Janet Resue

Graphic Design

Janet 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.


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Betty Rooks

Receptionist

Betty served as administrative assistant to the dean of students at Bob Jones University for 38 years. She joined the GFA team as receptionist in July 2018, and is loving getting to know not only her new job but also her coworkers and the GFA family of missionaries around the globe. When not working, she can usually be found exploring mountain byways or chasing a sunset near her home in Greer, South Carolina.


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Priscilla Sholler

Administrative Assistant

Priscilla began serving with GFA in 2000 as a short-term missionary to Siberia. When she returned she joined the GFA staff as the receptionist and later moved to be an administrative assistant to Dale Crawford. Her role includes missionary support, work funds, insurance, and missionary orientation. She also assists with communications and the logistics of the GFA Board meeting.  In August 2016, she married Dwayne Sholler, who went to be with the Lord in April 2017. Priscilla enjoys teaching 1st and 2nd grade Sunday School at her church and spending time with family.