Rick holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and is the former owner and founder of Perceptics Corporation, a high-technology company that was acquired by Westinghouse in 1989. He has co-authored two textbooks in the field of digital image processing, both of which are available in multiple languages and being used at universities in over 50 countries around the world. As a trustee of Johnson University, he has traveled to China and taught summer courses in conjunction with the English Language Institute/China (ELIC). He is an elder and lifelong member of the Woodlawn Christian Church in Knoxville, TN. He and his wife Janice have long-standing ties with GNPI. They have two adult sons.
Don is the Agriculture Director for Senator Roy Blunt. Don travels for congressman Blunt keeping him abreast of agricultural issues important to constituents. In addition to that, Don communicates with Senator Blunt’s D.C Staff on legislative issues important to Agriculture and Agri-businesses traveling periodically to Washington, D.C. Don has also served on several different Boards in the past and currently serves as chairman of the Board for GNPI. Don owns a farm near Lamar, Missouri. He and his late wife, Barbara, have one son, Justin, who lives in Webb City, Missouri.
Chris served as a missionary in Chile from 1974-1983 and is now director of the Missions Department and a missions professor at Ozark Christian College. In 2012 he received his Ph.D. in Missiology from Biola University. He continues to travel internationally on a regular basis to encourage and train missionaries on the field. In addition to serving on the Board of GNPI, he also serves on the Board for TRAIN International. He is currently an elder and teacher at College Heights Christian Church and lives with his wife, Carol, in Joplin, MO. They have three adult children: Matthew (deceased), David, and Abigail.
Everett is a founding Board member of GNPI and president of Forkner Farms Inc. Everett and his family own a farming operation that includes 2,000 crop acres, a 500-sow purebred hog operation, and a 100-cow purebred cattle operation. Everett has traveled and sold breeding animals in 50 states and more than 25 countries. Everett serves as a long-time elder and past Board chairman of Rinehart Christian Church. He is immediate past president of the National Pork Board and currently serves on their Animal Science Research committee and International Trade committee. Everett and his wife, Ruby, live in Richards, Missouri. They have three sons, one daughter, twelve grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
Barbara has had a connection with GNPI since the ministry's beginning. She grew up attending Greenview Christian Church in Illinois, an early church supporter of GNPI. Her father, John Sachtleben, was an original Board member. Barbara has attended annual banquets and meetings for nearly 30 years and is serving her second term as a GNPI Board member. She is currently a member of West Side Christian Church in Springfield, IL, where she has served on the Missions Team for 30+ years. Barbara has participated in overseas mission trips to Poland and Kenya, and has visited the GNPI offices in Kenya. She has been a junior high history teacher at Springfield Christian School for 40 of her 44 years as a teacher.
Bob is an ER physician in Joplin, Missouri, and attends College Heights Christian Church. He graduated from Carl Junction High School in 1985 and from William Jewell College in 1989 then married Kara Gardner, daughter of Lynn and Barbara Gardner, on January 2nd, 1993. Bob graduated from Mayo Medical School in 1993 and finished his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Louisville in 1996. He and his wife, Kara, have two boys - Mark, age 14, and Luke, age 17.
Brandon is an attorney in private practice in Kansas City, Missouri. He has written a book entitled Mormon War and the Missouri Extermination Order of 1838, and created and copyrighted a bible-based board game entitled More Than Conquerors. He is a deacon at Eastside Christian Church, and aided GNPI in the production of the French language version of The Global Gospel. Brandon and his wife, Lindsay, live in Kansas City, Missouri. They have two children.
Nathan is a diversified crop and livestock farmer from Richards, Missouri. With his family he raises corn, soybeans, wheat, cattle, and hogs through no-till and sustainable production practices. He currently serves as a deacon and leads the Children's Ministry Team at Rinehart Christian Church, where he oversees special projects and Vacation Bible School. Nathan and his wife, Ashley, have two sons- Mason, age 11, and Rhett, age 8. As a family they are highly involved with and support the 4-H and FFA organizations.