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.

Edward Scheuerman, D.Miss

Chairman of the Board

After completing his B.A. in Philosophy (emphasis in Religious Studies) from West Chester University, Dr. Ed Studied Bible and Missions at Tennessee Temple University and received his M.A. in TESL from West Chester University.  In 2007, he finished his Doctorate of Missiology degree from Biola University. He was ordained by Calvary Bible Church in Hanover, PA.  He and his family lived and served in Asia for 23 years until, in 2010 he began serving at Lancaster Bible College as Director of Intercultural Studies. His passion is to help students find and follow God’s call for their lives in the cause for world missions. Author of Knowing God to Make Him Known.

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 Josh 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.

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.

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.

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

A teacher of the Scriptures, cross-cultural gospel-proclaimer and mission strategizer.  He and his family lived in SE Asia between 2006 and 2020.  Dan is a graduate of Western Seminary with a MA 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.