The Global Gates Team

Board of Directors

David Garrison Ex-Officio Board Member, Executive Director

David Garrison

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


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.


Cindy Wiles Chairman
Brad W Board Member, Co-Founder

Brad W.

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.


Chris Clayman Board Member, Co-Founder

Chris Clayman

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 Board Member

Mary Carpenter

Board Member

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

Board Member

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.


Larry Cox Board Member

George Russ

Board Member

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.

George Russ, Board Member

Global Gates Staff

David Garrison Ex-Officio Board Member, Executive Director

David G.

Executive Director

Brad W Board Member, Co-Founder

Brad W.

Associate Director,


Chris Clayman Board Member, Co-Founder

Chris C.

Associate Director,


Kevin G Coach at Large

Kevin G.




Megan D.

Finance Director


Daniel O. Operations Officer

Daniel O.

Operations Officer


Shirley S. Human Resources Director

Shirley S.

Human Resources Director


Bonnie H Director of Personnel Selection

Bonnie H.

Director of Personnel Selection



Larah R.

Director of Communications



Tim F.

Development Officer


Joe H. Coach

Joe H.




Rachel R.

Director of Language Acquistion


Rachel E. Director of Mobilization

Rebecca E.

Director of Mobilization



Bud H.

Director of Research



Esther R.

Financial Manager Assistant