Reid Saunders

Reid Saunders

President

On a stage or at a grocery store, Reid sees opportunities all around him to share hope with those who are hurting.Reid was born and raised in Petaluma, California. He enjoyed a loving family and popularity in school, but felt a void in his life. At 17 years of age, Reid surrendered himself to the Lord, a decision that changed the trajectory of his life. As a young Christ-follower, Reid recorded many of Billy Graham’s messages, marveling at the power of God’s Word to touch hearts and change lives. He attended Western Baptist College (now Corban University) in Salem, Oregon and Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon, where Reid received his Master of Divinity. He also gained valuable training and experience as an intern at Luis Palau Association.

In 2002, Reid founded Reid Saunders Association, which has proclaimed the Gospel in word and in deed to more than 428 million people across the globe. He has ministered in 91 countries and across the USA at festivals, conferences, and outreach events. He is the author of Life to the Fullest, All for Jesus! Making Your Life Count for Christ, and Active8. Reid, his wife, Carmen, and their three children live in Salem, Oregon.

Doug Terpening

Doug Terpening

Executive Director

Doug served with Luis Palau Association from 1999 to 2013, where he worked as the Vice President of Festivals. His job included coordinating large events, managing staff, and raising finances for outreach festivals. Doug later transitioned to a different ministry, called Mending the Soul, where he served as Development Director until accepting this position with RSA.

He brings a wealth of experience in both evangelism and fundraising. Doug and his wife, Andrea, have 4 children. We are excited to have Doug on the team.

Ruth
Daniels

ruth daniels

International Outreach Director

Ruth was born and raised in Guatemala City. She considers herself a fourth generation Christian because of the fruits of American missionaries who lived in her country in the early 1900s. These missionaries shared with Ruth’s great-grandmother that salvation could only be found in accepting that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died on the cross for our sins, and that we need to have a personal relationship with Him. Ruth’s great-grandmother accepted Christ as her Lord and savior, and subsequently, Ruth’s grandmother and mother did as well. At the age of seven, Ruth accepted Christ in her heart. Because of her family’s testimony, Ruth believes in mission work and enjoys taking people on mission trips. Ruth came to the U.S. when she married her husband Pat who is from Kansas City. Ruth enjoys going to the Oregon coast with her family, and loves serving the Lord alongside the RSA staff.

Kellan Sawyer

kellan

Finance and Bookkeeping

Kellan is a wife, mother of three, and lover of God. She loves God because He loves her and is always there for her. Kellen enjoys spending time with with God, working on our staff, and being heavily involved in many things. She is almost always busy. In her free time, she enjoys travel and adventure–hiking slot canyons, rock hunting, and finding eccentric plants. Kellan also likes to eat dessert for breakfast or have her dessert first when she goes out to eat.

Lisa
Fordyce

Lisa

Office Manager

Lisa has been a Christian for most of her life and was raised by a Christian mother. She has a heart for nonprofit work and helping those in need. One of Lisa’s favorite verses is Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 30 years now! Although Lisa and Craig do not have children of their own, they have 16 nieces and nephews who are much loved. Lisa feels she is blessed with “the best friends in the world” and is grateful to God for each of them. In her (much cherished) alone time, Lisa enjoys reading, tea, puzzles, and movies.

Mike
Bartlett

Mike

Marketing and Communications

Mike became a believer when he was eight years old and later attended Western Baptist College (Corban University), where he also worked in graphic arts for seven years. He spent eight years as a self-employed wildlife artist, gallery owner, art teacher. For over 20 years, he worked as a graphic artist/project coordinator at Church Art Works in Salem, Oregon. Mike was an active volunteer in his church youth ministries for many years. In 2014, Mike joined the RSA staff full time after volunteering with the RSA team on mission trips to India and Sudan.

Mike has two daughters and six wonderful grandchildren. This year, he and Fawn will celebrate 46 years of marriage. When he’s not in the office, Mike enjoys traveling, spending time in nature, painting wildlife, photography, watching sports, gardening, home remodeling, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Hannah Georgen

Hannah

Development Coordinator

Some words that might be used to describe Hannah include: Jesus follower, tea drinker, artist, anglophile, bookworm, and stargazer. She was born and raised in Spokane, WA, and spent most of her time playing piano, riding her Arabian horse, or being homeschooled with her two sisters until starting community college.

After transferring to Corban University, Hannah studied English Communications, participated on Student Leadership planning events and activities, and studied abroad for a semester at Oxford University in England. Since graduating with a BS in May of 2018, Hannah was a horseback riding instructor for an equestrian summer camp; she is now working as an event & wedding coordinator at the Newell House, a museum and venue in St Paul, as well as assisting Reid in the RSA office.

Hannah hopes to someday be a bike commuter, and have a handful of miniature horses named after hobbits. She admits to owning 17 thrifted sweaters.

Adam
Sager

adam

Database and Accounts Receivable

Adam grew up in Portland, OR and attended Western Baptist College (Corban University). He has a passion for financial accounting and building a solid foundation of trust. Beyond computers and databases, he likes that he can make a difference in the lives of others. Working at RSA has given him the opportunity to do both.

Chelsey Taylor

Chelsey Taylor

Executive Assistant

Chelsey works closely with Ruth Daniels in preparation for team travel to and from outreach events around the world. She is quickly gaining experience and understanding of the difficult task of planning and scheduling of international travel. She anticipates becoming more comfortable in her position, and being able to confidently go through the whole process with individual team members. Getting to know all of the RSA partners, the outreach team members and their extended family members, is something she is looking forward to. Chelsey is rapidly learning how all the different pieces of planning come into play for international trips, everything behind the scenes, the thing that many outside people don’t know or understand, are what makes her job interesting.

When she is not working, Chelsey enjoys reading, knitting, and chasing down her 5-year-old niece and helping her with her school work. She also enjoys spending quality time with my family and friends.

Kasey
Smith

kasey

Administrative Operations Assistant

Kasey was born and raised in southern California until she accepted an offer to play volleyball for Corban University in Salem, OR. This is where she fully began to know and love Jesus Christ. Kasey graduated with a BS in Exercise Science in 2018. Since then, she has discovered a deeper calling to work at an organization that makes a direct impact for the Lord’s kingdom; hence, the reason you’re finding her here at RSA.

Outside of work, Kasey enjoys playing sports, weight lifting, hiking, and baking. She also has a deep love for animals, dessert and her husband Jackson!

Kirk
Purdy

kirk

Outreach Coordinator for Asia and Europe

Kirk assists with church relations and logistics in festival cities around the world. He is gifted with special abilities to connect with pastors and church leaders.

He became interested in evangelism during his years at Wheaton College. The stories of people being touched through prayers and preaching really impacted his life. Kirk also spent time working with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in New York, attending Regent College in Vancouver, BC for theological training, and working for the Luis Palau Association in Portland, Oregon.

He now lives in Dubai, which is located in the global center of commercial activity between Europe, Asia and Africa. Most of the world’s population is reached within a few hours’ flight from Dubai. People from all over the world come to that city to work, invest, and learn.

He has a definite love for evangelism and organizing festivals. Seeing people equipped and trained to share their faith is something that brings great joy and fulfillment to his life. Kirk feels called to help create maximum impact in a community outreach through prayer, strategic planning, humble service, and enthusiastic vision.

Carmen Saunders

carmen

Volunteer and Prayer Team Coordinator

Carmen’s main focus is raising her three kids, Azlan, Mylie, and Tobin, and supporting the RSA ministry with prayer and helping coordinate volunteers. She teaches music at Sonshine Christian School and enjoys jogging, reading, guitar, and song writing.

Board

Justin Greene
Salem, OR

Mark Hanke
Salem, OR

Dan Hill – Chairman of the Board
Salem, OR

Craig Holt
Salem, OR

 

Scott Mansur
Keizer, OR

Laura Morett
Salem, OR

Mark Rempel
Keizer, OR

Clay Robertson
Virginia Beach, VA

Reid Saunders – President
Salem, OR

 

 

Mike Smith
Salem, OR

Doug Terpening – Executive Director
Banks, OR

Rich Valette
Aumsville, OR

Brian White
Salem, OR