ECFA Board of Reference

Nancy Alcorn, a native Tennessean, spent eight years working for the state of Tennessee at a correctional facility for juvenile delinquent girls and investigating child abuse cases. Nancy saw many of the girls pass the age of eighteen and end up in the women’s prison system because they never got the real help they needed. Through her experiences, she began to realize that only Jesus could bring restoration into the lives of girls who were desperately hurting and searching for something to fill the void they felt in their hearts. Nancy knew God was unfolding a plan prompting her to step out in faith to help hurting young women. In January 1983, determined to establish a program in which lives would truly be transformed, Nancy started Mercy Ministries of America.

Several years and many changed lives later, Mercy Ministries has established locations in Monroe, Louisiana; Nashville, Tennessee; St. Louis, Missouri; and Sacramento, California. The organization has grown beyond the borders of the United States, including locations in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada.

According to Nancy, “It is our belief that if we provide places at no charge where girls can come and receive new life through Jesus Christ, as well as professional training in other areas, their lives will never be the same!”


Luis Cortés, Jr. is the founder of Esperanza, Philadelphia, one of the largest Hispanic evangelical networks in the nation. Esperanza has provided technical assistance and training to over 450 Hispanic nonprofits with funding of nearly $10 million. Luis is a national leader of Hispanic concerns and community development. He is board member and founder of United Bank, the first African American owned bank in Pennsylvania, and he serves on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (an SEC corporation and a GSE), for which he also previously served as vice chairman.


Mart De Haan, senior ministry advisor of Our Daily Bread Ministries, is the grandson of ODB founder, Dr. M. R. De Haan, and the son of former president Richard W. De Haan. Mart has served at Our Daily Bread Ministries for over 40 years and is heard regularly on the Discover the Word radio program and seen on Day of Discovery television. The weekday radio program Discover the Word has been called “a mixture of friendship, laughter, and the life-changing message of the Bible.” Here Mart joins co-hosts Haddon Robinson and Alice Mathews for lively conversations on applying biblical truth to everyday life. On Day of Discovery television, which is aired weekly on stations across the country, Mart explores the Bible lands. The program leads viewers through the places where Jesus walked and brings the stories and message of the Bible to life. Over the years Mart has been a contributing writer for the Our Daily Bread devotional, the Discovery Series Bible study booklets, and a monthly column and blog on timely issues called “Been Thinking About” found at

He and his wife, Diane, have two grown children. Like his grandfather, Mart enjoys spending time outdoors.


Steve Douglass leads Campus Crusade for Christ - Cru with a passion for ministry built over nearly four decades of service. Founded in 1951 by Bill and Vonette Bright, Campus Crusade is a worldwide interdenominational Christian evangelism and discipleship organization.

Douglass came to Campus Crusade with a resume that included a Bachelor of Science degree from M.I.T. and an MBA from Harvard Business School. During the next 32 years he held a variety of positions with Campus Crusade, including Executive Vice President and Director of U.S. Ministries. In July 2001, founder Bill Bright personally selected Douglass to be his successor.

Douglass is the author or co-author of several books, including Managing Yourself, How to Achieve Your Potential and Enjoy Life, and Enjoying Your Walk with God.

Along with his wife Judy, Steve Douglass resides in Orlando, Fla. They have three married children and four grandchildren.


Franklin Graham serves as president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the international relief and evangelism organization, Samaritan’s Purse—respected organizations with combined annual budgets of more than $439 million. He has met privately with five U.S. Presidents as well as world leaders from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Using traditional and social media and speaking opportunities, Franklin regularly speaks to current moral and social issues, challenging Christians to make a difference in the world. He also offers biblical context and application to current national and world events. Through the organizations he leads, he has been instrumental in helping people impacted by crises including the 9-11 terrorist attacks, civil war in Sudan, and natural disasters ranging from the tsunami in South Asia to the massive earthquakes in China, Haiti and Japan.

Franklin and his wife, Jane, have four children, Will, Roy, Edward and Cissie, and eight grandchildren.


Chip Ingram’s passion is to help Christians really live like Christians. As a pastor, author, coach, and teacher for twenty-five years, Chip has helped people around the world break out of spiritual ruts to live out God’s purpose for their lives. Today, he serves as senior pastor of Venture Church in Los Gatos, California, and president of Living on the Edge—an international teaching and discipleship ministry. He formerly served as president of Walk Through the Bible. He is the author of eleven books, including his newest release, Living on the Edge: Dare to Experience True Spirituality, Overcoming Emotions That Destroy and Good to Great in God’s Eyes.

Chip and his wife, Theresa, have four children and eight grandchildren.


Robert Lonac is the president and CEO of CRISTA Ministries and brings years of top-level leadership and a marvelous heart for ministry to his position. CRISTA is a worldwide Christian service ministry that works in four distinct areas of service: Education (Kings School, Crosspoint Academy, Seattle Urban Academy, Miracle Ranch and Island Lake camps); Media (Four Radio Stations in Washington and Texas); Senior Living Continuing Care Retirement Communities in Washington; and International Relief and Development (World Concern and Christian Veterinary Mission).

Prior to joining CRISTA in 2006, Bob served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of International Justice Mission headquartered in Washington D.C. He oversaw all operations and administration of this rapidly expanding and compelling ministry that rescued victims of oppression around the world.

Bob and his wife Kathleen have four grown sons and among their families have eight grandchildren.


Paul Nyquist is the ninth president of Moody Bible Institute, which is best known for its education branch that includes an undergraduate school, graduate theological seminary, aviation school and distance learning.

He came to Moody after 26 years of successful ministry experience, serving as president and CEO of Avant Ministries from 2001 to 2009. Before joining Avant, he served as senior pastor at two churches in the Midwest and on the board of directors for Avant, Philadelphia Biblical University and CrossGlobal Link. He also taught as an adjunct professor at Grace University in Omaha, Neb. and Phoenix Seminary in Scottsdale, Ariz.

His first book, There Is No Time, was published in 2007.

Paul and his wife, Cheryl, have been married for 30 years and are the parents of four grown children, three of which attended Moody Bible Institute.


Wess Stafford is president emeritus of Compassion International and is an internationally recognized advocate for children in poverty. His daily radio feature, “Speak Up With Compassion,” is heard on over 800 radio stations in the United States. Founded in 1952, Compassion International is one of the world’s largest Christian child development agencies, partnering with more than 60 denominations and thousands of local churches to serve more than one million children in 26 countries.

As a young man, Wess represented a consortium of relief and development agencies in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. During his four years in Haiti, Wess experienced the most devastating message that poverty speaks to a child: “You don’t matter.” He also learned that the most strategic way to break the cycle of poverty is by investing holistically in children, meeting their physical, spiritual, socioeconomic, and vocational needs to give them a hope and a future.

Wess joined the staff of Compassion International in 1977 and has worked with the ministry, both overseas and at headquarters, for 34 years. He has served as president since 1993.

Wess and his wife, Donna, have two daughters.


Joseph M. Stowell serves as the president of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He loves students and desires to provide an educational experience in which they are intellectually and spiritually stimulated to engage their world with the love of Christ.

An internationally recognized conference speaker, Joe has also written numerous books including Jesus Nation, The Trouble with Jesus, Simply Jesus and You, and Radical Reliance. His life is marked by a deep love for Jesus, which is reflected in his desire to value people regardless of gender, race, or class; to aid the poor and marginalized; to build a strong and vibrant community where the presence of Christ is evident; and to govern and lead in ways that engender mutual confidence and trust.

Joe also works with RBC Ministries in Grand Rapids, partnering in media productions, writing, and outreach to pastors. His web ministry, Strength for the Journey, features daily devotionals, weekly messages and commentary, downloadable Bible study curriculum, and an audio library of his most requested messages.

Joe serves on the boards of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Wheaton College and has a distinguished career in higher education and church leadership. From 1987-2005, he served as the president of Moody Bible Institute, and as teaching pastor at the 10,000-member Harvest Bible Chapel in suburban Chicago from 2005 to early 2008 prior to assuming the presidency at Cornerstone University.

Joe and his wife, Martie, are the parents of three adult children and ten grandchildren.


Joni Eareckson Tada, founder and chief executive officer of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left Joni, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, unable to use her hands. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. She shared her story in the best-selling autobiography and feature film, “Joni,” which has inspired countless individuals – with or without disabilities – around the world.

Joni and Friends International Disability Center was founded in 1979 to equip Christ-honoring churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disability. The ministry expanded to include Wheels for the World, Family Retreats, Joni’s radio and television programs, and now the issues-oriented Christian Institute on Disability. Joni has written more than 45 books and has received numerous awards and honors, including serving on the National Council on Disability and the Disability Advisory Committee to the U.S. State Department.


Raleigh Washington serves Promise Keepers as its president and CEO, and the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors. The mission of PK is to issue a catalytic clarion call to the Body of Christ, to hear and obey the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit. He formerly served PK as VP of Reconciliation and EVP of Global Ministries.

Dr. Washington is the founder and Pastor Emeritus of Rock Of Our Salvation Evangelical Free Church in Chicago, Illinois, (an urban church reaching across racial barriers in the inner city of Chicago).

He co-authored Breaking Down Walls: A Model of Reconciliation in an Age of Racial Strife with Glen Kehrein, the 1994 Gold Medallion winner from the Christian Booksellers Association.

Dr. Washington attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, earning the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Vietnam. He entered Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1980 (now known as Trinity International University), where he earned his Master of Divinity and received numerous awards. The Doctor of Peacemaking awarded by Westminister College was the third such award, first was to Mother Teresa and the second was to Bishop Desmond Tutu.

At Trinity, Raleigh developed the Master of Arts in Urban Ministries program, which he directed for six years. He holds honorary doctorates from Trinity International University, Westminster College, and Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Washington has been a featured speaker for Promise Keepers, Moody Founders Week and many other ministries.

He and his wife Paulette live in Denver and attend Church In The City, a thriving multi-cultural, inner city church.


Dolphus Weary left Mississippi in 1969, and became one of the first black students ever to graduate from the all-white Los Angeles Baptist College with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology. In 1971, he received a Masters of Religious Education Degree (M.R.E.) from Los Angeles Baptist Seminary and a Masters in Educational Administration (M. Ed) from the University of Southern Mississippi. In 1973, Dolphus was ordained to the ministry, and in 1997, he received a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. He returned to Mississippi to work with Mendenhall Ministries, a multi-faceted Christian Community Development ministry, where he served from 1971 through 1997.

For over twenty-five years, Dolphus has spoken on college campuses, in churches, seminaries, and conferences around the country. “I believe that God has given me two passions, a passion for racial unity in the Body of Christ and to minister to those who are poor in America and around the world.”

Currently Dolphus serves part time as the President of Rural Education and Leadership (R.E.A.L.) Christian Foundation (A foundation connecting Economic and Technical Resources with Rural Christian Ministries) and part time as the major fundraiser for Mission Mississippi (a racial reconciliation ministry that encourages unity within the Body of Christ) Dolphus has received four honorary Doctoral Degrees including one from Belhaven College in Jackson and Waynesburg College in Waynesburg, PA. In 2004, he received the distinguished Meritorious Leadership Award from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS. Recently, Dolphus was selected and featured in the National Publication of Who’s Who in Black Mississippi and inducted into Alumni Hall of Fame at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dolphus additionally serves as a member of several national and local board of directors, advisory boards and committee.

Dolphus and his wife Rosie are the parents of three children: Danita, a pediatrician who lives in Natchez, MS; Ryan, a Communications Graduate of Belhaven College; and Reggie, who went home to be with the Lord in June of 2004 and one grandson, Reginald Malik Weary.


For 36 years, Ravi Zacharias has spoken all over the world and in numerous universities, notably Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford. He has addressed writers of the peace accord in South Africa, the president’s cabinet and parliament in Peru, and military officers at the Lenin Military Academy and the Center for Geopolitical Strategy in Moscow. At the invitation of the President of Nigeria, he addressed delegates at the First Annual Prayer Breakfast for African Leaders held in Mozambique.

Ravi has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, where he studied moralist philosophers and literature of the Romantic era. While at Cambridge, he also authored his first book, A Shattered Visage: The Real Face of Atheism, updated and republished in 2004 by Baker as The Real Face of Atheism. His second book, Can Man Live without God (Word, 1994), was awarded the Gold Medallion for best book in the category of doctrine and theology, and Jesus Among Other Gods (Word, 2000) was nominated for a Gold Medallion. In all, Mr. Zacharias has authored or edited over twenty books, including Walking from East to West (Zondervan, 2006), The Grand Weaver (Zondervan, 2007), and Beyond Opinion (Thomas Nelson, 2008), which includes contributions from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries’ global team. His latest books are The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists (Zondervan, 2008) and Has Christianity Failed You (Zondervan, 2010). Several of his books have been translated into Russian, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Spanish, and other languages.

Ravi and his wife, Margie, have three grown children. They reside in Atlanta.




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