Jean Johnson joined the WMA team in 2011. With over 29 years of ministry experience, Jean serves as a missionary and coach as well as WMA’s Executive Director. She is the author of We Are Not the Hero: A Missionary’s Guide to Sharing Christ, Not a Culture of Dependency. Jean holds a B.A. in cross-cultural communications from North Central University, Minneapolis, MN, where she also taught as a missionary-in-residence from 2009-2012.
Upon completing her education, Jean worked as a church planter for six years living and serving among Cambodians in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Consecutively, Jean continued her work serving as a career missionary in Cambodia for sixteen years (1992-2009). Jean trained Cambodians through modeling and facilitating how to plant churches that have the vision, God-given authority, and capacity to plant others churches. Her vision for and practice of church planting is encompassed in the Cambodian proverb, “Enter a river where it bends; enter a country by its customs.”
At heart, Jean is a cross-cultural communicator who specializes in worldview strategic church planting, oral strategies, and on-the-job pastoral training. Jean’s current role at WMA reflects her tenured missionary experience. Jean teaches, coaches, and trains missionaries, pastors, church committees, organizations, and short-term mission teams on how to intentionally build-in sustainability, indigeneity, and multiplication in missions and disciple-making efforts throughout the world.
Drawing from her unique life experiences serving Cambodians both stateside and internationally, Jean invites you on a learning journey to discover ways to contribute to self-sustaining and reproducing church planting movements that are biblically rooted and culturally relevant. Presently, Jean makes her home in Minneapolis where she enjoys reading, writing, spending time with family and friends, walks in nature, biking, and ice cream.
Laurel is a Philanthropy Coach with over twenty years of fundraising experience in health care, faith based charities and social services. Laurel loves to fundraise using kingdom principles and see philanthropy transform communities! Most recently, Laurel served as Missions Director for Oak Hills Church in Eagan, MN where she had the opportunity to work with Missionaries and the Missions Committee to strategize, multiply, and shine the light on mission practices that produce sustainability and multiplication in the local context. One of Laurel’s favorite projects has been fundraising for a new Missions Home, which now serves as a respite for itinerating missionaries.
Kim joined the team in 2016 as the Administrative Manager where she helps with all office-related tasks and bookkeeping for WMA. She has a B.A. degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. After college, Kim’s career included sales support to direct and indirect sales people for a worldwide corporate training and development company.
Kim and her husband, Casey, along with their 6 children live in the Minneapolis, MN area where they are greatly involved in their church and help assist in the development of their church’s annual mission trip each summer. WMA’s disciples making disciples mission is greatly intriguing and exciting to Kim as her heart is for outreach and gathering with others to grow deeper in Christ together. She looks forward to continued learning and growth in this area through her involvement with WMA. She also enjoys running, Zumba, baking, and spending time with her family and friends.