Rev. Dr. Fernando Argumedograduated from the Central America Theological Seminary (Seminario Teologico Centro Americano in Spanish) in Guatemala with a BA and a MA in Theology. He served as a Christian Education pastor in Guatemala for several years and as a seminary professor as well, until God called him to minister in the United States among the Hispanic population. He is married to Telmaand together they have been serving the Lord for several years, using their skills and gifts to advance God's Kingdom. Fernando served with World Impact (2000-2005) as a church planter, the Site Director for The Urban Ministry Institute - Los Angeles (2005-2012), and as a mentor among his Latino brothers and sisters (2005-2012). Fernando finished his Doctoral in Ministry program from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2010.
Rev. Hector Cedillo is originally from the state of Mexico (near Mexico City) and graduated from CHET (Hispanic Center for Theological Studies). He currently pastors two congregations: Set Free Church on Skid Row and The Church by the Lake, both in downtown Los Angeles. Hector also serves as a mentor at TUMI-LA and as the Satellite Coordinator for a TUMI satellite he helped launch in Queretaro, Mexico. TUMI-LA means a lot to Hector because God used it to answer his prayer for a way to further his calling. He sees in TUMI the final step in his ministry to evangelize and take converts to church where they are discipled. He then brings his leaders to TUMI where they are equipped as pastors, evangelists, teachers, and leaders for the urban harvest. Hector is happily married to Luz Maria and has four adult children.
Bryan Cullisonwas born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated in 1994 from GreenvilleCollege, and moved to Los Angeles in January of 1996 to serve with World Impact. He has been involved in children's Bible Clubs, Teen Bible Clubs, teaching at the Los Angeles Christian elementary and middle schools, and church planting. He is currently serving on the Fire & Maneuver church planting team in Los Angeles (an apostolic and Pauline church planting model) and also serves as a mentor to our inner city leaders through TUMI. His passion is to see the Kingdom of God expand through church plant movements amongst the urban poor of the world. He loves Macintosh computers, basketball, movies, and cooking.
Rev. Bob Engelgraduated from Taylor University, began inner city ministry with World Impact in 1982. Presently he ministers as Coordinator of Ministry for the Los Angeles ministry of World Impact. His ministry passion is to advance and expand God's Kingdom through laboring towards a church plant movement among the poor. Bob also serves as Northwest Regional Vice President giving oversight to our Fresno, San Francisco and Oakland ministries. Bob is married to Susan and they have four children - Rachel, Tristan, Chase and Mihaly. A theme verse for Bob is Hebrews 10:39b, "...not of those who shrink back..."
Rev. Dr. Todd Grantand his wife Jennifer have been married for almost 15 years, and both grew up as the children of pastors. Todd and Jennifer have four children and currently live in Watts across the street from the Imperial Courts housing projects. They have pastored churches in Ohio, Arizona, and Southern California as well as led a church plant team in Tucson, Arizona. They are presently leading a church plant team in Watts, California. Todd received his M.Div, and D. Min from Asbury Seminary and has been teaching courses with The Urban Ministry Institute of Los Angeles since Spring of 2006.
David Gutierrezgraduated from Dordt College, in Sioux Center, IA, with a BA in Theology and minors in both teaching Bible and missions/evangelism. It was during his college years where he sensed God's calling to love those who were marginalized and to serve in the inner-city. He was married to his wife, Laura, in December of 2001, and in August of 2003, they moved to Los Angeles and began working with World Impact. Since then, Dave had been involved with three church plants (Transformations Church of Hollywood, Christ the Victor, Antioch Community Church) and served on the Member Care Team for World Impact Los Angeles. Dave served with TUMI-LA for 14 years and was the Site Coordinator of TUMI-LA for 6 years.
Rev. Nic Nelson and his wife Kathryn served with World Impact for nearly 14 years, and still live and minister in South Central Los Angeles near the offices of TUMI-LA. They have been married 17 years and have three children. Nic helped get TUMI started in Los Angeles in 2001, and now serves on its local board. He received his master's degree in Inter-Cultural Studies from Hope International University, where he is also an adjunct professor. Working directly with TUMI students thrills and humbles Nic. They are indeed "chosen... to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love Him" (James 2:5).
Byron Siemsen and his wife Robyn are serving with World Impact-Los Angeles. Byron is working in church relations. He is a graduate of Biola University with a B. S. in Marketing and is studying for his MDiv at Talbot. Other education includes the Torchbearer Bible schools in Germany and Austria. He also studied at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. Prior to joining World Impact, Byron was a researcher for Evangelical Christian Credit Union where he spent 6 years researching evangelical churches and ministries. Byron grew up in Papua New Guinea where his parents served with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Rev. Dr. Hank Vossworked with The Urban Ministry Institute of Los Angeles from 2001-2008, and has served in a variety of roles including Advisory Board Member, Professor, and currently as Dean. He is a graduate of Taylor University (Biblical Studies, Christian Education) and Talbot School of Theology (M.A. New Testament; MA in Christian Education). Hank's ministry experience includes: youth pastor, church planter (three church plant teams, two cross culturally); headmaster of a Christian school; and Director of Training and Member care for World Impact Los Angeles. He was married to fellow World Impact missionary Johanna Voss in 2001 and they have four children.
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