Staff

With regional offices across the United States, our associate directors are rich resources for individuals and congregations pursuing greater commitment to frontier missions. Each team member brings in-depth knowledge, passion and experience to Frontier Fellowship’s ministry from their various backgrounds.

Our staff is available to teach, preach, meet with mission committees and pastors, facilitate retreats, lead international vision trips and serve in various other capacities. If you’d like more information about how Frontier Fellowship can help you go further in frontier mission involvement, please contact our national office or a staff member near you.

Rev. Dr. Richard Haney, Executive Director
rhaney@frontierfellowship.com
Richmond, Virginia

Richard brings a blend of pastoral and missions experience to Frontier Fellowship. He came on staff in 2014 after serving as a missions pastor, new church development pastor and interim pastor for over 35 years. He has a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston and a PhD from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and Middlesex University (London). He also currently serves as adjunct faculty at Gordon-Conwell and in other theological education capacities.

His role as Executive Director keeps him traveling often, meeting with church and frontier mission leaders and mobilizing partnerships and projects. He has led short term trips to 14 countries and spent time in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Asia. When he’s not traveling throughout the US (and beyond), he enjoys fly fishing, music, reading and gardening. He and his wife, Pam, live in Richmond and have three grown daughters and nine grandchildren.

Tara Chase, Associate Director + Communications Director
tchase@frontierfellowship.com
Petaluma, California

Tara joined the staff of Frontier Fellowship in 2012 and serves in the areas of communications and prayer mobilization. She’s a graduate of Whitworth College with a degree in Sociology (and Religion minor). She spent two years on staff with Young Life in Nairobi, Kenya, and later moved to Seattle, Washington, where she worked as a budget manager at Seattle Pacific University for 15 years.

Tara has partnered with ministry initiatives in Ethiopia, China and Israel, served as a worship leader for over 30 years and volunteered on the leadership team of ASK Network International for the last 20 years. Her passion in ministry is to create a culture of connection. As a worship leader and intercessor, she loves helping congregations and individuals connect more deeply to God’s heart for the unreached. She lives in Petaluma with her husband, John, and enjoys playing guitar, dining at local restaurants and slow days at home with their three lazy and opinionated cats.

Rev. Dr. Kristin Huffman, Associate Director
khuffman@frontierfellowship.com
Houston, Texas

Bio coming soon!

Rev. Dr. Haemin Lee, Associate Director
hlee@frontierfellowship.com
Tampa, Florida

Haemin came on staff with Frontier Fellowship in 2014 and focuses his mission mobilization efforts in Central Asia. A native of Seoul, South Korea, Haemin moved to the US during his college years and later earned his Master of Divinity at Harvard, followed by a PhD in International Development at Emory University.

Haemin has traveled to 75 countries, served in numerous ministry roles in the US as well as internationally and spent extended time in Tanzania and Uganda. He met his future wife, Nicole, at a missions training program in South Africa, and since marrying they’ve made their home together in Tampa. He enjoys playing the saxophone, watching movies on Netflix and exploring new places and cultures.

Rev. Donald Marsden, Associate Director
dmarsden@frontierfellowship.com
Richmond, Virginia

Donald’s involvement in missions has led him to various ministry roles both in the US and abroad. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Donald spent two years serving in youth ministry in West Berlin, Germany, and meeting with Christians behind the Iron Curtain. Following his graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary, he was a pastor in Pennsylvania and Virginia churches for five and eight years respectively. Then from 1997–2008, Donald, his wife and their family served as missionaries in Russia. It was there he first encountered the world of frontier mission, which later brought him to Frontier Fellowship.

Donald’s ongoing ministry is primarily focused on Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Niger and among churches in the US. He loves encouraging pastors and church leaders, mobilizing congregations and building bridges of friendship with Muslims. In his free time, you can usually find him gardening, reading, playing guitar or hiking. He and his wife, Laurie, live in Richmond and have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Rev. Dan McNerney, Associate Director
dmcnerney@frontierfellowship.com
Winnetka, Illinois

Dan’s calling to frontier mission led him from working as an agriculture commodities trader after graduating from Yale to serving as a church planter in Costa Rica during the early 1980s. Following his return from Costa Rica in 1985, Dan pursued his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and became an ordained minister. He went on to serve the same church in which he grew up and led numerous short term mission teams in cross-cultural settings such as Mexico and East Africa.

Dan has been on staff with Frontier Fellowship for over 20 years and has pioneered work in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. He’s currently engaged in Middle Eastern mission initiatives, counsel and mobilization for American churches’ missional practices and bridge-building efforts with Muslim leaders and communities in the US. He and his wife, Sharon, live with their five children in the Chicago area, where he enjoys playing in an adult hockey league and cheering for his kids’ teams.

Denise Sciuto, Associate Director
dsciuto@frontierfellowship.com
New Wilmington, Pennsylvania

Denise’s love for missions began as a student in her church’s youth group, which took yearly domestic service trips. She graduated from Grove City College with a degree in International Business, then spent the next 15 years working in customer service and sales for an international transportation company. God later combined her love for missions with her business experience in a mobilizing role with Frontier Fellowship. She’s committed to helping churches participate in making God’s love known to unreached people groups with a particular focus on supporting and encouraging our Sudanese partners involved in education and pastoral training in Darfur.

Denise has served on various missions committees, led a short term team to Honduras, is a member of a regional Sudan Leadership Team and national Sudan Mission Network and is also involved in leadership for the New Wilmington Mission Conference. In her free time, she’s happiest gardening, reading and walking. She lives with her husband, Brad, in New Wilmington. They have two young adult sons.

Hannah Teague, Creative Director
hteague@frontierfellowship.com
Richmond, Virginia

Hannah’s background in youth and college ministry, church communications and missions leadership roles, photography, marketing and copywriting eventually led her to Frontier Fellowship, where she now serves as our creative director. With a degree in Communication Studies from Christopher Newport University and missions experience in Europe, Asia and Africa, she loves creating avenues to tell the stories of frontier mission and how the Gospel brings holistic transformation wherever it takes root.

While based in Virginia, Hannah’s role with Frontier Fellowship includes travel several times yearly to connect with ministry partners and projects. She also volunteers with Africa By Design Safaris, a Kenya-based organization that creates education and community development partnerships between North American and African women. She lives with her husband, Jordan, in Richmond, where she enjoys exploring the city, watching movies, savoring a good book and drinking her coffee black.

Bob + Nancy Von Schimmelmann, Mission Advocates
vonschimmelmann@frontierfellowship.com
Nipomo, California

Bios coming soon!

Rev. Dr. Cody Watson Jr., Associate Director
cwatson@frontierfellowship.com
Birmingham, Alabama

Cody is a veteran of Frontier Fellowship and has been on staff since our beginning. He graduated from Emory University with a degree in Business Administration and later received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. His ministry experience includes interning with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), directing the Presbyterian Center for Mission Studies in Pasadena, California, and serving as a missionary for three years in South Korea and three in Bangladesh.

Cody has traveled in Asia, Africa, Central America, Central Asia and Europe but now spends the majority of his time focused on India, Nepal and Bangladesh. His ministry promotes the strategies of Disciple Making Movements and Oral Bible Storying, and he’s an advocate and instructor for the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course. He golfs whenever he has the opportunity, enjoys reading and entertains kids by making balloon animals wherever he goes. Cody lives in Birmingham with his wife, Talulah. They have an adult son.

Additional Staff

Telile Fikru Badecha, Associate Director
tbadecha@frontierfellowship.com
Gresham, Oregon

Nan Bielski, Finance + Personnel Coordinator
office@frontierfellowship.com
Richfield, Minnesota

Dr. Urgessa Biru, Light of Hope Ministry Director
ubiru@frontierfellowship.com
Gresham, Oregon

Lisa Nygaard, Finance Assistant
office@frontierfellowship.com
Richfield, Minnesota

Shelley Schuenke, National Office Manager
office@frontierfellowship.com
Richfield, Minnesota