Stuart Sheehan was born in 1960 in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Shortly after the death of his father, he placed his faith in Jesus Christ at age eight. He accepted his first ministry position while still a student at Furman University in 1979. Following his graduation in 1982, he went to the University of Texas at Austin, completing both masters and doctoral degrees. While in graduate school he met his future wife, Amy (Brantley) Sheehan, who was also a graduate student at Texas. His ministry in the local church spanned more than 30 years, serving churches in South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Texas. In 1988, he was introduced to World Hope Ministries International. Ten years later, he joined the Board of Directors. In 2008, WHMI established the World Hope Bible Institute and Dr. Sheehan became its first Director as a volunteer. The overwhelming need for pastors led him to answer the call to become WHBI’s first full-time Director effective August 1, 2011. In November 2011, Dr. Sheehan was named President (the chief executive officer) of World Hope Ministries International. Dr. Sheehan's desire to serve the needs of a growing global organization led him to see further qualifications in theology. In 2017, he completed the Ph.D. at the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Dr. Sheehan has traveled extensively as a speaker, teacher, preacher, singer and worship leader. His travel has taken him to Asia, Africa, Europe, Central America, South America, Canada, Mexico, and throughout the U.S. He has been involved in international mission work for more than 35 years. He has a love for teaching and for more than 15 years he has served as an adjunct professor at Gateway Seminary (formerly Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary) and has also served as an adjunct professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Sheehan has also lectured at various conferences and colleges. In 1987, he married Amy, who has been involved in short-term missions for more than 20 years. Together they share the joy of parenting three children: a daughter and two sons, one of whom is married. He enjoys golf, hunting, and good BBQ.
Dwight Davis was born in 1954 in Waco, Texas. At age 6, he placed his faith in Jesus as he and his father, WHMI Founder, Dr. Harold Davis, discussed what it meant to know God. Growing up in a home that hosted missionaries from all over the world, Dwight developed a heart for the nations at an early age and has served in many regions around the world for the past 40 plus years.
During his freshman year at Howard Payne University, God called Dwight to serve as Student Minister and Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church, Mason, Texas. While at FBC Mason, he married his High School sweetheart, Linda (Bolles) Davis, who was also called to ministry. Dwight earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard Payne University, and he and Linda have been on staff in various Baptist churches across Central and Southeast Texas. In 1997, California State Christian University awarded Dr. Davis an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities in honor of 25 years of continued mission work.
The Davis' have two children. Bryan, born in 1976, is a special young man who was born with Fragile X. Bryan continues to live with the Davis family. God has used Bryan throughout his life and has opened doors for the Davis family to help meet the needs of individuals like Bryan as well as their families. In 1979, their second child, Jessica, was born. Jessica is a corporate attorney and resides in Houston with her husband, Lucas Mauro, who is also an attorney. God has blessed Jessica and Lucas with two children, blessing the Davis' with two grandchildren. Wyatt Davis Mauro and his younger sister, McKenzie Jean Mauro, are a joy and are growing up with a heart for the Lord as well.
Gary was born in Austin, Texas, in 1961. He is the son of godly parents who raised him in the church. At the age of 10, Gary came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Gary met the love of his life (Vicki) at the age of 17, and they have been married for nearly 36 years. Gary and Vicki have two children, both married and saved, one granddaughter and one grandson. With Gary's job, the family moved every few years. With each move, Gary and Vicki got involved in the local church, and have had the opportunity to teach and serve in many ways in these churches. Gary and Vicki currently are members of Magnolia's First.
Gary has over 30 years of experience as a senior finance and accounting leader. His experience includes 15 years at Ernst & Young, and over 10 years as a senior finance director for public software companies, including 3 years in Europe as the EMEA Director of Finance & Administration. He also has extensive mergers and acquisition experience. Gary received a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin, with a major in Accounting. He enjoys spending time with family, golfing, and playing all types of sports.
Noel joined World Hope in 2012 as Associate Director of the Bible Institute. In 2017, his title changed to Associate Director & Provost. Noel earned two undergraduate degrees in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master's degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. He is currently preparing a Ph.D. research project in Systematic Theology at the University of Aberdeen (UK). Prior to joining World Hope, Noel served for twelve years as Senior Pastor of Compass Community Church in Houston, Texas. He currently serves as Chairman of Houston's Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Advisory Council and is a member of Southwestern Seminary's Board of Visitors. In addition to his academic pursuits and ministry work, Noel is Managing Director of Senior Partners Wealth Management, a full-service estate, investment, and tax planning practice. He has more than 30 years of professional business management and investment experience. His firm manages investor assets exceeding $100 million. Noel was born in the Midwest, but he was raised in Texas. He coached elite youth baseball for ten years and is an avid bass fisherman and upland bird hunter. Noel and his family are deeply involved in the ministry of their home church. He and his wife, Stephanie, have been married for more than 30 years, and they have two children in college, Chelsea and Noah.
Dr. Billy Ross grew up in Nashville, TN, where his family went to church regularly. When he was 6 years old, he walked the aisle of Westwood Baptist Church where he made public his profession of faith in Jesus. After graduating from college with a degree in accounting, he became a C.P.A. and worked in the business world until God called him into full-time ministry. Since graduating from seminary, Billy has served churches in Alabama, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, and Virginia as well as serving as the Associate Director of Pioneers, an international missions agency. On July 29, 2018, Dr. Ross stepped down from being the Lead Pastor of Centreville Baptist Church in Centreville, VA, and accepted the role of Vice President, Mobilization and Ministry Partnership for WHMI. He now also serves as Senior Associate Director for World Hope Bible Institute. It is his desire to use the knowledge and experience that he has gained from years of pastoral ministry to provide theological and pastoral training to untrained, young and/or aspiring pastors in underserved parts of the world. He and his wife, Diane, have been married for 38 years, have 2 adult sons and 2 grandchildren.
Craig was born in 1968 in El Paso, TX. At age 12, he was introduced to the Gospel (good news) about Jesus Christ in Shamrock, TX. It was then that Craig became a follower of Jesus and began his journey in the Kingdom of God. After graduating High School in Stratford, TX, in 1986, he went to Texas Tech University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and his Texas Teaching Certificate. In 1991, Craig began teaching High School math in Spring ISD and continued for 8 more years. It was also in 1991, that Craig married his best friend, Julie. In 1999, after being appointed as a deacon/servant in his church, he was approached by the Pastor to consider joining the staff full-time as an Associate Pastor to Students. After much prayer and discussion with spiritual advisors, Craig and Julie believed God was calling Craig into full-time vocational ministry. That same year, God granted Craig and Julie 3 girls, all siblings, through adoption. In 2002, God began to move their hearts to international missions. In November, the Kendrick family moved to Paris, France, to work with the International Mission Board, assigned to share and teach the gospel to Muslims. While in Paris they were blessed with two more children in 2003 and 2006. In 2009, God released them from Paris to return to Houston, where they began to pursue God's next mission assignment. After two years of teaching math and one year of interim student ministry at Houston Northwest Church, God opened the door for Craig to join the WHMI staff as Associate Director of Global Reach. Craig has been working in this capacity since July 2012. God has given Craig a passion to teach His word, equip the called and make His great gospel known to the nations. He has traveled extensively all over the world to share the good news of Jesus Christ and train leaders. Craig and Julie have 5 children and one granddaughter. When he is home, Craig loves to spend time with his family and serve in his church.
Saved as a youth and called to ministry as a high school senior, Bruce Peters followed his pastor’s counsel to attend Tennessee Temple College and Seminary. Over the next ten years at Temple, he earned three degrees (B.A. - 1970; M.R.E. - 1972; D.R.E. - 1975), in addition to graduate study at Middle Tennessee State University. During student days he worked full time in ministry, first in Christian radio, then as a faculty member at Temple, teaching undergraduates as he completed his seminary studies.
While a college student, Bruce met his future wife, Nancy, a Temple classmate. After graduation, they were married in 1970 and together served faithfully in the ministries that God entrusted to them during their 44 years of marriage. Among those ministries were churches and Christian schools in Alabama and Kentucky. Nancy went home to be with the Lord on November 28, 2014, after a valiant eighteen-month battle with brain cancer, leaving a legacy of courage and faith.
The Lord blessed Bruce and Nancy with two children. Their son, Joel, went to be with the Lord at age eight (1983). Their daughter, Meredith, is a missionary (R.C.E.) serving in Portugal with ABWE’s Greater Lisbon Christian Academy. She is a graduate of Word of Life Bible Institute (NY), and Philadelphia College of Bible (now Cairn University).
In his fifty years devoted to his call, Dr. Peters’ service included ministry as a college teacher, Christian education pastor and Christian School Administrator, as well as in pastoral ministries including eighteen years as a senior pastor. He has devoted himself already for ten years to full-time global missions, traveling to five continents, serving as a teacher/preacher, writer, and staff pastor. He is the author of GIVING AN ACCOUNT, the biography of his mentor, Richard H. Vigneulle, a noted Alabama banker turned pastor and missionary statesman.
In December 2019, Bruce joined World Hope Ministries International/World Hope Bible Institute, joining the executive team as Associate Director for East Africa, dedicating himself to help implement the ministry’s missional goal of training pastors, growing churches, and transforming communities. He also serves on the WHBI Curriculum Editorial Board.
Robert was born in Alice, Texas. He was raised in a non-Christian home. In 1982, at the age of 31, he had a life-changing experience and made the decision to serve the Lord. In 1992, at an evangelism convention of the SBC, he was called to serve the Lord in the Spanish ministry. Robert and his wife, Mimi, served for 13 years in the Spanish Mission at Champion Forest Baptist Church (1987 to 2000). In 2000, the Lord led them to open a Spanish Mission at The Met and served there for 15 years. In 2015, the Lord called him to teach for WHBI. He was assigned to Mexico where he is currently serving.
Robert received a B.S. Ch. E. from Texas A&I. After he answered the Lord’s call, he enrolled in the SBC seminary extension program. He received a Master’s in Religion from Liberty Seminary and a Doctorate in Biblical Studies from Masters International School of Divinity.
Robert and Mimi have six grown children and 12 grandchildren.
Vicki was born in Midland, Texas in 1961. She was raised by godly parents and was saved at the age of 9. She has a strong faith in the Lord that has grown throughout her life. She and her husband, Gary, have been married for nearly 36 years, and have two children, both married and saved. They have been blessed with one granddaughter, one grandson, and one more grandchild to be born in 2019. Vicki enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, baking and learning to crochet. She has also served as an Area Director for Community Bible Study and has been involved in CBS in various locations in the U.S. and in Brussels, Belgium. Vicki joined WHMI in January 2016 as the Logistics Manager. She is the face of WHMI when supporting volunteer instructors who go and teach around the globe for the Bible Institute and other teams that travel on Global Reach projects. She works directly with our local partners, travel agency and others to ensure that international travel is properly planned, executed and is a pleasant experience for the travelers. Being the people person that she is, Vicki enjoys the daily interaction with individuals who travel on behalf of WHMI. Prior to WHMI, Vicki was the Area Director for IBB Design Group that supported all design needs for a major home builder in Texas. She worked for IBB for 15 years.
Born and raised in Oregon, Gwen gave her life to Christ at an early age. She has a family heritage rich in global missions and has always been fascinated with the stories, culture, and concept of taking the Gospel to the nations. After traveling to Spain with her parents to visit a family member, she became interested in serving on mission teams in high school, serving in Mexico and France through home construction and Vacation Bible Schools. She graduated from The Master's University with a degree in Intercultural Studies. Upon graduation, God providentially brought her to Texas to work in the non-profit world. Gwen has ten years of non-profit experience, the majority of which has been managing non-profit finance. She has served WHMI since January 2015.
Gwen has been married to Caleb since 2008 and has three children: Colton, Noah, and Lily Grace.
Emily Haverkorn joined WHMI in 2018.
She handles accounting and logistics for WHMI.
Emily completed her MBA last year.
Jeannine was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and placed her faith in Jesus Christ over 20 years ago. Even as a young child, she felt her heart was inclined toward service which led her to complete a Bachelor of Social Work as well as a Master's in Social Work in 1987.
Jeannine has worked and volunteered at numerous non-profit organizations in the areas of community relations, volunteer coordination, and all areas of fundraising and donor relations. When her son was born in 1996, she was able to devote 16-plus years as a stay-at-home mom, returning to the workforce as the part-time Logistics Coordinator at WHMI in 2012.
Two years later, as her son was leaving home to attend Dallas Baptist University, Jeannine was asked to join an oil & gas company as a Marketing Manager. In this role, she was able to further expand her knowledge and expertise in marketing communications and a variety of sales support initiatives. After 4 1/2 years, she felt the Lord directing her to follow her heart back to mission-minded, non-profit organizations and resigned from her job, trusting the Lord to faithfully lead her according to His will. By God's grace and provision, Jeannine returned to WHMI as the Development Director where she works directly with Dr. Sheehan and the Development Committee to build a sustainable, impact-driven development plan which creates experiences for donors and partners to invest in the vision and mission of WHMI.
When not at WHMI, Jeannine enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, and serving at her church in addition to other non-profit organizations.
Born in Houston, TX, in 1954, and raised by a godly mother, Kitty asked Jesus into her heart at the age of 5 years. Later, during a GA's camp at Peach Creek, she surrendered her life to serve God in any way He saw fit. After living in Virginia with her family for six years, Kitty moved back to Texas and entered the workforce at age 18, working in administrative positions for Oil & Gas and Banking. She has also been co-owner of several businesses, again, lending administrative support to her husband, Mike. Kitty was Dr. Stuart Sheehan's administrative assistant at Houston NW Church from 2004 - 2011, moving with him when he took the position as President of World Hope Ministries International. The administrative support skills learned over the years have helped tremendously as she began setting up the offices for World Hope in 2011. As Stuart's executive assistant, Kitty works to coordinate his busy schedule and heavy workload. Kitty lends tech support for new software, as well as updating and maintaining processes and procedures. Keeping the website current rounds out her responsibilities. Kitty and Mike have been married for 45 years and are looking forward to many more to come. They have 2 sons, 1 daughter, and 1 daughter-in-love. They are also blessed with 3 wonderful grandchildren. In her spare time, Kitty works in her herb garden, reads, and searches the internet for interesting things to create with her herbs.