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Making disciples among the unreached
     

US Leadership

US Director of SEND International
Michelle Atwell, MPA

US Director of SEND International

Michelle has more than 18 years of experience working at ministries and nonprofits, most recently with the Red Cross of Michigan. She has also served on SEND’s US Council and chaired the Financial Development Committee. Her missions experience includes a trip with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to Samara, Russia (1998) and leading several teams to Chernobyl, Ukraine. Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, running, reading, and learning to speak Russian.

Missionary personnel director
Steve Baker

Director of Personnel Selection & Training

Steve was born in Michigan but raised in Guatemala for 12 years by missionary parents. Steve is happily married to Michelle and they have three wonderful children (Tim, Ben, & Sarah). He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1990 and served as the Associate Pastor at Covenant Community Church in Redford, MI for 19 years. Steve also assists the Redford Police & Fire Departments as their chaplain and serves on the Board of Education for the South Redford School District.

missionary member care director
Bruce Cannon

Director of Personnel & Member Care

Since 2011, Bruce has overseen the Member Care Team, whose responsibility is the care and development of our appointees working towards deployment and our members who are in the States on home service or in transition, along with care for our college MKs. His team is also responsible for HR including benefits oversight. Bruce is married to Linda and they have two boys (Aaron & Zachary). He graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1989. After five years in pastoral ministry in Northern California, Bruce and Linda served for 17 years as church planters in Poland (with the first year in Russia). The final three years in Poland he also served as Area Director for North Central Europe.

Tom

Director of Mobilization / North America Diaspora Ministries Coordinator

Tom and his wife, Lisa, joined SEND in 1996 as and served in Taiwan for four years and in East Asia for one year.  Tom and his family live in Farmington, MI.

Missions CFO
Kevin Friesen

Chief Financial Officer

Kevin joined SEND in February 2015 as the CFO. He has extensive non-profit experience having ministered for over 31 years in inner-city Rescue Mission work in Minneapolis/St Paul and Sioux Falls SD. He has his CPA license and a Masters in Software Systems.

Missions fundraiser
Scott Strauss

Director of Development

Scott was born and raised in Michigan and lived in Alaska for 29 years after serving in the Marine Corps. As Director of Development his role is to build and steward strategic relationships with individuals, foundations, and organizations who have resources to invest in the work of SEND. Scott helps align the passions of those who give with SEND’s urgent need to share the gospel and make disciples among the unreached. Scott is married to Sarah and they have three children (Benjamin, Daniel, and Phoebe). The Strausses love serving God with SEND and are excited to be on this journey.

Missions communications director
Amy Walters

Director of Communications

Amy has served at SEND since 2004. Her team is responsible for SEND’s website, videos, photography, blogs, email, social media, print literature, and presentation tools. She also teaches communication sessions during new candidate training. She graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2002 and the Graduate Institute for Applied Linguistics in 2003. Amy enjoys creating, traveling, serving at her church, and spending time with her husband, Aaron, and two kids.

mission IT director
Bryan Williamson

Chief Administrative Officer

Bryan and Marcie joined SEND in 1998. After a stint in Japan (2000 - 2001), they returned to serve in the US and International Offices. As the Chief Administrative Officer, Bryan supports the US Director and leads the Information Systems Department. Marcie is the Administrative Assistant to the Eurasia Regional Director, supports the SEND U training department, and is a member of the Women's Ministry Team. Together, they seek to support the staff in the offices and serve SEND’s missionaries around the world.  Bryan and Marcie have two daughters; Hailey and Kelsey.