Our Team
Steve Freeburne

Steve Freeburne: President/CEO

Steve has been involved in church development, teaching and preaching for over 35 years. In 1993 Steve led a small church plant in Northern Kentucky which grew to over 1800 by 2010. During his time with this church Steve served as a lay pastor in the roles of teaching and preaching Elder and Director of Youth Ministries. After retiring from Dow Corning Corporation in 2004 as the Executive Director of Science and Technology for the Core Products business board Steve became a full time pastor with oversight of Missions, Counseling, Small Groups, Finance and Leadership Development.

In 2008 Steve was instrumental in the establishment of Ambassadors of Grace International which is a sending agency focused on showing the love of Jesus Christ to unreached people groups. He is a certified biblical counselor with NANC (www.nanc.org) and presently serves as the President and CEO of the 15:20 Coalition. He is married to Bobbi and they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Chris Gnanakan

Dr. Chris Gnanakan: Director of Mobilization and Training

Chris, also the Director of Training for Outreach To Asia Nationals (OTAN), serves in over nine countries in Asia where traditional missions is "restricted", by equipping and empowering national, pastoral leaders to fulfill the great commission. He is also Missions Pastor at Bangor Baptist Church, Bangor, ME USA. Chris, a native of Bangalore, India, worked as an electrician in MICO factory for 3 years before theological studies at the Word of Life Bible Institute and School of Youth Mission (New York). He obtained a Bachelor's Degree from Tennessee Temple University and went on to do a Master's in Divinity at Temple Baptist Seminary that he completed at the Asia Graduate School of Theology. In 1990 he founded Banaswadi Bible Church where he was the pastor-teacher for over 10 years. He is known as a Youth, Bible & Mission conference speaker and for his radio broadcast with FEBA (Transforming Truth) and TWR (Thru the Bible). His passion is for evangelism, whole-life discipleship, mentoring, training leaders & empowering the Church in Mission. Chris lectures on and produces curriculum for 'Biblical Mandate for Evangelism' at the Haggai Institute for Leadership Development (since 1999 at Maui & Singapore). As an evangelical, he has served as a consultant with the Commission on World Mission & Evangelism on-site London, Switzerland, Athens, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Chile and with Urban Missions in Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines and China.

During his stay and PhD research in the UK, Chris was a Teaching Assistance at the University of Leeds in the department of Theology & Religious Studies and also served as a minister at the South Parade Baptist Church, where he developed outreach & care cells. Since 1995, Chris joined the South Asia Institute for Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS) as Professor and HoD of Pastoral Theology & Counseling and Dean of Chapel. Here, for 13 years, he trained leaders for ministry and mission in India's globalizing context and is passionate doing "Evangelism through Local Churches".