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.


S. Broderick (Rick) Peters, Jr.

Financial Overseer

Rick comes to the board after having practiced corporate and business law for over 35 years in Richmond, VA. He graduated from Bucknell University (B.A.) and the University of Richmond (J.D.) and the College of William and Mary (LLM in Tax Law). Rick is an active and long-time member of First Baptist Church of Richmond. Along with his wife, Kim, Rick brings a wealth of experience and passion for missions with extensive travel internationally.


S. Broderick (Rick) Peters, Jr Financial Overseer
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.


Ananth Kumar

Board Member

Ananth Kumar comes from a Hindu background. He trusted Christ at age sixteen. In the past 23 years, Ananth has served in various capacities as an itinerant evangelist, program producer (Trans World Radio), official Interpreter, (Dr. Billy Graham Evangelistic Association), and church planter. He has ministered God’s Word in 32 nations.


Ananth Kumar Board Member
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

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


Ben D Director Of Communications

Ben D.

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



Esther R.

Financial Manager Assistant