Board of Directors

Frank Schattner, D.Miss

Executive Director

Dr. Frank crafted the the Fidelis curriculum as a result of 40 years of cross-cultural ministry, primarily in SE Asia. Dr. Frank is a graduate of Biola University and has served as an adjunct professor at many higher-learning institutions around the world including William Jessup University in California. He has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Sports Medicine from the University of Massachusetts. He authored The Wheel Model: Cataylizing Sustainable Multiplication Movements as a product of his experience in working with global church leaders. He has learned several languages in the process of working with local leaders.

John Jackson, Ph.D

Chairman of the Board

Prior to joining William Jessup University as its Sixth President in March 2011, John served as the Executive Director of Thriving Churches International and as a Senior Leader of Bayside Church, Granite Bay, California. Dr. Jackson earned both his Ph.D. and M.A. in Educational Administration and Organizational Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A. in Theology (Christian Formation and Discipleship) at Fuller Theological Seminary; and a B.A. in Religion (Christian History and Thought) from Chapman University. Dr. Jackson has written and co-authored eight books. See full bio.

Fenton Lewis, Ph.D

With a strong background in education, consulting, and leadership formation in the global context Dr. Lewis, holds academic degrees in Chemistry and Biology from Transylvania University, the University of Florida and the University of Kentucky. He brings a unique mix of global business experience, adult education in cross-cultural contexts, and a passion for spiritual formation. Fenton has been married to his lovely wife for over 30 years, and they have three grown children.

Manuel Salazar III, CPA, MBA, EdD

After serving as a U.S. Army paratrooper in the Reagan years, Manuel earned his BS in business from the University of North Carolina, Pembroke, and his MBA from Campbell University. He is a CPA and former senior financial executive in the banking industry. Sensing a call to Christian education in the mid 90’s, he earned a master’s degree from Luther Rice Seminary, and a doctorate in education from Pensacola Christian College. He founded a K-12 Faith-based academy in 1999, and soon began teaching in Christian higher ed. He is currently the senior faculty member in the school of business at William Jessup University, where he directs the undergraduate and graduate programs in accountancy, and also oversees the curriculum development and faculty for their online BSBA and MBA programs. His passions are equipping servant-leaders to impact our world for Christ, and advancing the business for transformation movement. 

Josh Howard, MA

Academic Dean

Josh Howard has been living in India since 2008, and has a passion to see the Kingdom of God spread throughout the world.  He desires to raise up disciples who make disciples, leaders who create leaders, and churches that plant churches.  In order to see this happen, Josh is overseeing the church planting school at Central India Christian Mission (CICM), which prepares church planters to go to unreached areas in India and the surrounding countries.  In 2015, he launched a branch of the ministry called “Ignite”, which has seen over 6,000 churches started in 6 years!  He has a Master of Arts in Missional Church Movements from Wheaton College and is the co-author of the book Christian Extremism: A Life Worth Dying For.   Besides God’s grace through Jesus, He is most thankful for his wife Lashi, his two sons, Josiah and Jeremiah, and his daughter Zara.

Academic Advisors

Curtis Sergeant, D.Min

Dr. Curtis Sergeant served with IMB among an unreached people group in China. After a movement started there, he began training for the house-church networks in China. He served as a Vice President for Global Strategy with the IMB. At Saddleback he led efforts for Church Planting and was used to catalyze global church planting projects, particularly in India. Through God’s grace in these efforts, nearly one hundred previously unengaged UPGs were engaged with the gospel. He served as the international Vice President of e3 Partners. He currently directs a disciple-making and missions training center called MetaCamp in the USA. He is a co-facilitator of the 24:14 coalition and helped found the Zúme project. His doctorate is in missions and his master’s degree is in education.

Walter Christian Kaiser, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Kaiser earned his A.B.from Wheaton College, his B.D. from Wheaton Graduate School, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Mediterranean studies from Brandeis University. Until 2006, he served as president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS). Previous to his appointment at GCTS he was academic dean and Professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he taught for more than twenty years. In 1977 he served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society.

Andrew D. Carico, Ph.D

Andrew D. Carico serves as Associate Professor and Chair for both the Public Policy Department and the Division of Humanities at William Jessup University. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University, and his doctoral work was in the area of presidential rhetoric. Andrew has helped design the Public Policy material for Fidelis.

Larry Dinkins, Ph.D

Dr. Larry Dinkins finished his ThM at DTS in 1979 and then went with his wife Paula to Thailand through OMF International and began a church planting ministry with leprosy patients. In 1987 the Dinkins transitioned into a Bible teaching ministry at the Bangkok Bible College.  In 1995 Larry finished classwork for a PhD at Biola University allowing him to return to Thailand to start a TEE program in North Thailand. Larry acted as a founding director of the newly formed Chiang Mai Theological Seminary in 2000 before the family evacuated Thailand in 2002 due to a diagnosis of cancer in Paula’s bone marrow. After nine years of treatment, Paula’s struggle with cancer ended and she went into the Lord’s presence. In 2012 Larry returned to Thailand to resume his ministry of Bible teaching at the Chiang Mai Theological Seminary and as coordinator for Walk Thru the Bible in Thailand. Larry has four adult children and nine grandchildren.

Anthony and Denea Widener

Personal Wellness Coaches

Before graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in community health and a minor exercise science, Anthony had the opportunity to intern with the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Southern California (Trojans) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (National Football League). In 2013, after moving back from Guatemala, Anthony and Denea launched exercise gyms in Jacksonville, FL with the goal of sharing the gospel, making disciples and helping people get healthy from the inside-out. In 2019 they started Crash Fitness Co. This online platform exists to help missionaries get healthy and remain healthy so that they can continue to share the gospel and make disciples wherever they live around the world.

Administrative Team

Jed Scott

Director of Administration

Executive VP of Team Expansion. Eric got his undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies at Kentucky Christian University and has studied Cultural Anthropology. He serves on lead teams of the Fidelis Project, Jonathan Project, the Zume Project, and the North American 2414 Facilitation Team. Team Expansion has been entrusted with hundreds of workers in 50+ countries, and our combined collaborative ministries serve disciples and disciple makers in 130+ nations of the world. Eric serves as the administrative assistant to Frank and the accountant for Fidelis.

Dan Baber, MA

Director of Online Learning

Dan loves to teach the Scriptures, work cross-culturally, proclaim the gospel and consider mission strategy. He and his family lived in SE Asia between 2006 and 2020. Dan is a graduate of Western Seminary with a Masters of Arts in Global Leadership and from Moody Bible Institute in with a BA in Biblical Studies. Dan assists with the strategic planning and deployment of Fidelis Project.

Scott Olson, M.Div, D.Min

Dr. Scott has planted churches in the USA and labored to make faithful disciples of Jesus from among all kinds of people. He is the author of Re-Imagining the Church and Eat This Book Family Challenge and host of the Artizo podcast. He’s a Graduate of University of North Texas, and Multnomah Biblical Seminary (Doctor of Ministry and Missional Leadership). Dr. Scott loves to talk about Jesus and equip the saints for the work of ministry. He works with Dan in designing and deploying the Fidelis Project website and in strategic planning.

Cohort Leaders

Amy Ruff, BA Christian Ed.

Amy has served the Lord for many years in the context of the local church and as a missionary. She earned her Bachelors of Christian Education from Ozark Christian College. She has served the local church as a co-missions minister and a women’s minister at Northside Christian Church. She and her husband, Terry Ruff (a pastor for many years), have labored for many years with each other, and starting in 2008 have been heavily involved in Ghana, West Africa.

Mark Leighton, D. Miss, M.Div

Dr. Mark served for over thirty years in Thailand as a missionary with OMF. He has done a variety of ministries related to planting and multiplying churches, writing, teaching in seminary, training and leading the organization of OMF Thailand. Previous to his overseas work, he was the Director of Christian Education at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Fresno, CA. He earned his D.Miss from Trinity International University and his M.Div from Western Seminary in Pastoral Studies. He is currently a a coordinator for the Perspectives course and an elder at his church.

Joel King, M.Div, D.Min

Joel was born in Casper, Wyoming and was blessed to be raised in a Christian home. His father was raised in an orthodox Jewish home, but became a follower of Jesus through the Christian Business Men’s Association. The faith of both Joel’s parents had a profound influence on him and he devoted his life to ministry at the age of eleven. Joel received both a Master of Divinity as well as a Doctor of Ministry from Western Seminary.  He and his wife, Lyn, have four adopted children and one grandchild. Joel started his current ministry as lead pastor of Trinity Church January 1, 2011. He also serves on the mission’s board of United Christians International in Haiti.

Warren Groves, MA

Warren has been actively involved in ministry since his college days at Dartmouth (1973-1977) and has been involved in full-time ministry for the last forty years. Those ministry experiences include campus ministry, church planting, pastoral ministry, directing Christian schools, short and long term missionary work, as well as training and pastoring missionaries. He has a B.A. in Education and a M.A. in intercultural studies. Currently, he is directing a YWAM base in Yuba City, California, with an emphasis on preparing, sending, and coaching missionaries.

Stephen B. Constant, DVM, DACT

Dr. Stephen is a board certified veterinarian, a reproductive specialist serving western Massachusetts. Dr. Constant has traveled to many countries teaching and volunteering with CVM (Christian Veterinary Missions) as well as other organizations. He has worked in Vietnam, Haiti, Honduras, Jordan, as well as home in the United States on Native American reservations. Steve was raised as a conservative Jew in the Boston area. At the University of Massachusetts he made a decision to believe in Christ as his Messiah through studying the Bible and the ministry of the Navigators in 1977.  He helped start the college Navigator ministry at the University of Florida. He was involved with the Younglife ministry.  Steve is married to Linnea and he resides in Western Massachusetts. They have five children.