Breakout Speakers

Jeff BoeselJeff Boesel

Topic: Bake sales, auctions or 401Ks? Funding for STM

Jeff Boesel is a missionary kid who as an adult joined the same agency his parents serve with and taught missionary kids in Guatemala for nine years. He has now served for 15 years as the Director of Mobilization for One Challenge, representing and speaking around the country to people interested in understanding what serving in cross-cultural ministry is like. Jeff, a published composer and author, is married, has four children and seven grandchildren.


Brian HeerwagenBrian Heerwagen

Topic: Best practices in training and debriefing for STM

Brian’s first short-term mission (STM) was in 1980. Over the years, he has been to mission fields all around the globe and has led or been on countless mission trips. He has been the CEO of this ministry since 1985. Brian has a degree in Business and Organizational Leadership. He was lead author of “The Next Mile, Short-Term Missions for the Long Haul” and was part of the national leadership movement that wrote and established the Standards of Excellence. He loves seeing people transformed from the inside out through great training and considers it a privilege to help people serve with excellence “where they live” and on mission trips.


Sarah GreggSarah Gregg

Topic: Short-Term Mission: Education (Vocational Track)

My background in missions has been serving with Village Schools International in Tanzania. I was in a remote village, living with Tanzanian teachers, immersing myself into their culture and lives. I learned from my students and their parents, and I was given the incredible opportunity to invest in their education, their futures and most importantly, share the love of Jesus and the goodness of the Gospel.


Ron WhislerRon Whisler

Topic: Short-Term Mission: Languages/Linguistics (Vocational Track)

Ron Whisler is both a linguist and Bible translation adviser. He works with Wycliffe Bible Translators. He began his work in Indonesia in 1987, beginning with language and culture study, and now focusing on training and consulting for teams of Indonesian Bible translators. Ron and his wife Jacqui have three grown daughters, one married and living in England with her husband, and the other two are in graduate school in the state of Washington.


David and Nita LoveallDavid and Nita Loveall

Topic: Short-Term Mission: Business (Vocational Track)

David Loveall is a pastor of men and THREE SIXTEEN MINISTRIES INT’L, a ministry dedicated to growing people through discipleship, building churches and self-sustaining ventures in Uganda. A retired advertising photographer now commercial real estate developer, seven continent world missionary, married 38 years to my wife Nita, three grown children, driven runner and water skier.

Nita Loveall is a pastor to young moms and THREE SIXTEEN MINISTRIES INT’L organizational planner and visionary. Her most recent idea was to bring “a few wedding dresses” to open a bridal outlet in our mission field. The result was a full-on boutique with 80 gowns donated! She’s a retired Dental Hygienist with 35 years of ministering to patients in her dental chair, including one who was instrumental in our adopting our youngest son. Her heart is to see missions succeed by sharing the risks which create shared blessings and sustainable works abroad. Her other loves are redecorating interior spaces and loving on her new granddaughter.


Sarah Sparks

Topic: Windows 2019: Trends in Global Mission

Sarah Sparks serves as the missions pastor at First Baptist Church of Eugene. After completing her Masters from Multnomah Seminary, Sarah served in North India for over a decade in leadership, community development and church planting. While working in Anti-human trafficking she went on to earn her Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. After nearly 15 years of ministry in India, Sarah, her husband John, and daughter Amy, now live in Eugene, OR. Sarah has taught Missions and Cultural-Diversity as an adjunct faculty at NHCC. When she is not working, she enjoys cooking foods from around the world, gardening, and drinking a cup of chai with friends.


Troy DeanTroy Dean

Topic: Short-Term Mission as a Spiritual Formation Practice

Rev. Troy Dean’s journey of calling includes degrees in business administration and church leadership and a trek up the West Coast as a church planter. Now, he serves at NCU in Eugene, OR as Campus Pastor and assistant professor of Christian Ministry. As Campus Pastor, he leads co-curricular experiences through Campus Ministries; coaching students and challenging them to a global vision of Kingdom good. For more than a decade, P-Troy as he is fondly called, has led teams to Cambodia to serve alongside ministries and organizations working to end sex-trafficking. Troy is married and blessed with three sons. His wife Dawn teaches 5th grade and has a class turtle named, Waffles!