Restructure Overview

Covenant World Mission has restructured its mission support staff to better serve its mission to “help the local church take the whole gospel to the whole world.” We are blessed with the addition of gifted and effective leaders in Covenant World Mission who will increase our capacity to serve the church and missionaries in fulfilling the great commission and living out the great commandment in the world. The four divisions are as follows:

  • Administration and Finance
    • Byron AmundsenDirector: Byron Amundsen (pictured)
    • Finance Manager: David Person
    • Department Administrative Assistant: Sharon Dotson
    • Missionary Services Assistant: Eileen Thorpe
    • Responsibilities: Develop and oversee the budget of the department. Coordinate all aspects of missionary services and finances needed for each country of service and for each missionary. Assist missionaries with housing, vehicles, visas, and budgets. Approve and monitor all special project funds. Oversee the development and monitoring of annual budgets for all countries of service. Transmit all funding and services from Covenant World Mission to all missionaries and areas of service and communicate all such transactions with Regional and Country Coordinators.
  • Mobilization and Connection
    • Walter ContrerasDirector: Walter Contreras (pictured)
    • Associate Director: Karen Hallberg
    • Covenant Mission Connection Coordinator: Sally Carlson
    • Covenant Merge Ministries: Dale Lusk
    • Responsibilities: Be a catalyst to help Covenant churches and leaders develop vision and mobilize for global mission and to connect them with mission opportunities with which they can partner by going, giving and praying. Provide resources and training events that enable Covenanters to engage mission work more effectively. And to connect Covenant World Mission work to Covenant churches through a variety of media, materials, speaking engagements, networking and events. To connect the vision and initiatives of local ECC churches to effective mission partnerships, to other local churches with similar vision, and to Covenant World Mission.
  • Missionary Personnel
    • Margie SwensonBaxter SwensonCo-Directors: Baxter and Margie Swenson (pictured)
    • Associate Director: Lana Heinrich
    • Itineration Coordinator: Barbara Fisk
    • Itineration Travel Coordinator: Judy Amundsen
    • Responsibilities: Recruit, assess, train, orient and sustain missionaries serving international ministries on behalf of Covenant World Mission. Provide pastoral care for missionaries and their families including the implementation of a member care program. Implement an annual reporting and goals review process for sustaining ministry excellence. Oversee the missionary “itineration” (visits) in local churches. Help missionaries anticipate, plan and process life transitions including reassignment, resignation, or retirement. Develop ways to celebrate and honor missionaries for their ministry service.
  • Advancement and Communication
    • Curt PetersonActing Director: Curt Peterson, Executive Minister of Covenant World Mission (pictured)
    • Communications and Events Manager: Patty Shepherd
    • Advancement and Communication Assistant: Andrew Vanover
    • Responsibilities: Develop and implement a strategy for fund raising, advancement and donor care for Covenant World Mission. Provide communication resources for all missionary activity including DVDs, printed materials and promotional campaigns. Prepare communication articles for the Companion, Annual Meeting, and local churches. Plan and implement world mission promotion at events including Annual Meeting, FEAST, CHIC, Urbana, Triennial and Conference Annual Meetings. Promote world mission in the local church.

Additional staff photos are available online here.

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