The purpose of the Executive Committee is to strategize/plan/organize the tactical approaches to accomplish the general strategic objectives set out by the Board of Directors for ACU-USA. The work ahead for ACU-USA has been separated into 5 divisions: (1) promotions/recruiting; (2) development/finances; (3) communications; and (4) human resources and training, which is actually two branches: (a) academic instruction with mentors, and (b) student labor discipleship. It's imperative to realize that being a work of God, He is calling out His laborers to do His work, and the EC serves to facilitate this through planning and organizing.
[ All members are involved in promotions and recruiting.]
Mike Emis, BS in Business Administration, married to Shirley with four children and two grandchildren, is a member of Fellowship Bible Church in Springdale, AR. Mr. Emis is the Founder and President of Data Business Forms, Inc. in Fayetteville, AR.
Ken Hargis, BS in Business Administration, MA in Christian Studies, married to Jan, with five children and nine grandchildren, elder and Sunday school teacher for Trinity Grace Presbyterian Church(PCA) in Bentonville, AR. Mr. Hargis is children's leader for BSF, an Area Rep for Voice of the Martyr's and a board member for EPIC International (Christian Missionary Agency). He is currently working on a MA in Christian Studies and is a consultant who provides counsel for company leadership, with extensive experience merchandising to a major national discount chain.
John S. LaTour, CPA, MBA in Accounting, JD in Law and Public Policy, married to Elizabeth, with five sons and four daughters, is a member of Trinity Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Bentonville, AR. Mr. LaTour is a CPA, an attorney and an avid entrepreneurial businessman. He is Secretary-Treasurer of the ACU-USA Board acting as the compliance officer for regulatory, tax and other government relations. Mr. LaTour also works on an ad hoc basis for ACU in a consultant role.
Jason Kanz, PhD., BA (cum laude)in Psychology, MA in Community Counseling, married to Heather. They oversee the singles ministry at their church and lead the worship service music team. Dr. Kanz is a board certified Clinical Neuropsychologist (CN), American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He is an editor for Soul and Spirit, a newsletter for the Society for Christian Psychology, with 15 years of clinical practice, 11 years of editorial experience and 4 years in research. Dr. Kanz currently assists with ACU Social Media.
Linda Woodward, married to Terry, with three grown sons and five grandchildren, is a member of Christ Fellowship (South) in Kansas City, MO. Ms Woodward is a Certified and Master Advertising Specialist (CAS/MAS) with 20 years in marketing, executive sales management. Serving on the Board of Directors for the Promotional Products Association of the Midwest for 7 years and as President 1999/2000. She recently earned IT Technician, A+ Essentials and Network+ certifications from CompTIA and is the Director of Communications for ACU-USA.
John Hill, MA in Counselor Education, BA in Communication, married to Jeanette with two grown children, is a member of Trinity Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Bentonville, AR. Mr. Hill worked with a Youth for Christ High School Ministry prior to 33 years in University Student Affairs roles, including, Director of Housing, Director of Counseling, Associate Dean of Counseling and Career Development and Dean of Students. The last 13 years Mr. Hill has worked in Adult Education, overseeing off-campus sites as Associate Professor of Adult Education. He serves ACU-USA as a Human Resources/Training consultant.
Howard Eames, M.Div in Theological and Pastoral Studies, M.R.E. in Christian School Administration, BA in History and Bible, married to Donna with one daughter, two sons and three grandchildren, attends Redeemer Fellowship Church in Kansas City. He was the Founding Headmaster of a Christian Academy and prior to getting into Christian Education, was in banking, managed a Christian book store and served as an associate pastor of a church. Mr. Eames currently teaches at a Christian Academy in Kansas City.
Ray Warwick, Rev., MA in Education, BA in Bible, married to Peggy with three grown children, attends Pacific Hope Church of San Diego, California. Mr. Warwick is Christian Education Project Director for Equipping Leaders International, with whom he develops curriculum and teaches conferences, primarily in developing nations, on Christ-centered, Bible-based education and worldview. He has served as a teacher/administrator in Christian school education in the USA for over 30 years. Mr. Warwick also serves on the ACU-USA Board of Directors.
Timothy Wehse, MA in Theological Studies, BA in Bible, with minors in Greek and History, married to Jodi, with two daughters and two sons, is a member of New Union Baptist Church, Dayton, TN. He served 3 years in the US Army and 9 years as an associate pastor prior to getting into Christian education as a Principal/Teacher. Tim currently serves as an Adjunct Professor for a local College and University and is the Customer Service Manager of an IT firm in Dayton. He is also an avid blogger: http://wehse.wordpress.com
Joseph Gurba, married to Melissa, is a member of Christ Fellowship (South) in Kansas City,MO. He served more than 5 years in the US Army, including a combat tour in Baghdad, Iraq in 2004/2005. Melissa was diagnosised with ovarian cancer in August 2008 and as this is a major trial in their lives, they would appreciate your prayers. Mr. Gurba is a Warehouse Shift Supervisor for a leading manufacturer/decorator of apparel, in Grandview, MO. His passion is sharing Christ. Visit his blog: http://freeindeed101.blogspot.com/
Matthew McGinnis, married to Carol, with one son and one daughter, is a member of Christ Fellowship (South) in Kansas City, MO. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE+I). Mr. McGinnis handles network design, troubleshooting and installation, wireless AP's, switch/router setup and printer/copier repair and maintenance for an international imaging company.
Jim Viens, BA in Bible and Organizational Leadership, married to Kim with four daughters and one son, is a member of The Master's Community Church in Kansas City, KS. He currently works as an I.T. Professional in Overland Park, KS.
May God be glorified by all He accomplishes through those He is choosing to pray, support and serve His kingdom with ACU!