Board of Directors
Ex-Officio Board Member, Executive Director
David Garrison has a PhD in historical theology from the University of Chicago. He is a veteran of more than 30 years as a missionary pioneer. His writings include The Nonresidential Missionary (1990), Church Planting Movements (2004), and A Wind in the House of Islam (2014). Garrison currently serves as Global Gates’ executive director, and as Church Planting Consultant in the Professional Services Group of MissioNexus the largest network of evangelical missions in the world. David is the husband of Sonia and father of four grown children.
Cindy Wiles is a long-time missions leader and advocate from Arlington, Texas. Cindy serves on the board of several ministries and is the founder and executive director of Restore Hope, a globally focused church-based ministry that seeks to restore “hope to individuals and communities across the world through Christ-centered, church-based proclamation and service.”
Cindy and her church have been long-time supporters of Global Gates. She comes to us with a wealth of experience in bringing the gospel to the world’s least-reached people groups in North America and around the world. Cindy’s husband, Dennis, is senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Arlington, Texas.
Board Member, Co-Founder
Brad is an Associate Director and co-founder of Global Gates Network. Prior to founding Global Gates, Brad led teams in Southeast Asia with the International Mission Board. Brad lives in NYC with his wife and three children.
Board Member, Co-Founder
Chris is an Associate Director and co-founder of Global Gates Network. He lives with his wife and three children in New York City. Chris has been involved in mission work among West African Muslims since 2001. He is also the author of Superplan: a journey into God’s story and ethNYcity: The Nations, Tongues, and Faiths of Metropolitan New York.
Mary Carpenter has valued the work of Global Gates for many years and now joins the board in a more formal capacity. She, her husband David and their three young children served as missionaries in the country of Albania shortly after the fall of communism. Mary then served on the staff of First Baptist Church, Woodway as their global mission coordinator. Following her time with FBC Woodway she returned to her alma mater, Howard Payne University, where she taught in the Religion Department.
Now retired, she and David are involved in their local church, serving with young marrieds, and encouraging others to be aware of those brought into our borderless circle of influence. She has three grown children and is completely enamored with her four grandchildren.
Larry Cox has been a follower of Jesus since age 11. His family were the first members of a church plant when he was in high school, which led him to commit his life for vocational Christian ministry. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College, master’s degrees from Southern Baptist Seminary and from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. He and his wife Cheryl have four children and 15 grandchildren.
Larry and his wife served as missionaries in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East during 23 years with the IMB. For 14 years, he started and led ministries for WinShape, Lifeshape and Impact 360 Institute–philanthropic organizations of Chick-fil-A. He retired from serving as the President of Lifeshape, Inc. at the end of 2018. He is now a Managing Partner of CoxNichols LLC.
George Russ is the Executive Director of the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association. A native New Yorker, George helps the churches of the association to plant new churches, grow Godly leaders and minister together. George works with churches of multiple linguistic and cultural backgrounds in all kinds of contexts in metro New York City. He and his wife Donna have 3 children and 9 grandchildren. He is a bagel afficionado and lifelong Yankee fan.
Global Gates Staff
Human Resources Director
Director of Personnel Selection
Director of Communications
Director of Language Acquistion
Director of Mobilization
Financial Manager Assistant