Jenny Ames brings to the board of directors two distinct perspectives. One is as an online course developer for a software company. The other is as the wife of inner city church planter, John Ames. The combination of clear-minded business experience and on-the-ground neighborhood experience is a great value to our board. She feels strongly that God has given each person gifts and passions for a reason and strives to help others live out His call in their lives. Their church, Faith Community Church, was directly affiliated with The Philip Center and Summer OFF.
Chap Bettis is the founder and director of The Apollos Project, a ministry that equips parents to pass the gospel on to their children. Chap was also the founding pastor of New Covenant Christian Fellowship in Lincoln, RI. Chap moved from Alabama to attend Brown University, then stayed to address the spiritual needs of New England. Among other books, Chap is the author of Evangelism for the Tongue-Tied. He brings to our board seasoned experience in growing a ministry with an international audience, in church planting and pastoring, and in bringing the truth of God’s Word to the details of ministry.
Allison Desautell brings years of Summer OFF leadership to the board of directors. With her church, New Covenant Christians Fellowship (NCCF), in Attleboro, MA, she has served and shaped the direction of Summer OFF. Her three boys also served Summer OFF, bringing high energy sports and games to children in the park. With her husband Doug, Allison has also served at NCCF, and taught at Good Company Tutorials, a home school cooperative. Because of her varied experiences, at Summer OFF and in her church, Allison brings much needed wisdom to our staff.
Dana Huddleston, along with his family, created and led Summer OFF from the very beginning. His vision and fun-loving energy to reach kids with the gospel launched Summer OFF, and led to our ministry of planting churches in urban neighborhoods. Dana’s work led his family to move to Dallas, TX, from where he has continued to serve NEU Church Planting by being an ambassador for New England in the churches he has attended and served: The Village Church, and now Stonegate Church, Midlothian. Dana and his wife Christine, continue to champion the cause of Summer OFF and NEU Church Planting.
Rob Mushen brings to our board sharp-minded business expertise, the clarity of a scientist, and the heart of an evangelist. Rob is a Science and Technology Advisor for the Undersea Warfighting Development Center in Groton, CT. Rob has also recently provided leadership for a church plant in Rhode Island. Rob’s ability to think through leadership details and set an assertive pace for growth is highly valued on our board.
Christian Silahian is a Senior Level Performance Marketer and SEO specialist at Boston, MA company. Christian is also a native Spanish speaker, having grown up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has served as the Spanish-speaking chaplain of the Pawtucket Red Sox. Therefore Christian brings to our board of directors valuable marketing skills, as well as multicultural insights and a heart for outreach to Spanish-speaking communities.
Matthew Spandler-Davison is the co-founder and co-director of 20schemes, the co-founder and co-director of Church in Hard Places, and the pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church, Bardstown, KY. 20schemes and Church in Hard Places (Acts 29) are our closest ministry “friends” and therefore Matthew brings to NEU Church Planting all of his experience and wisdom from starting and leading ministries that continue to how we do things at NEU. Matthew is originally from Scotland, a graduate of the University of Aberdeen, and holds a Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.