• Why Least-reached

    Why Least-reached

    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
    - Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20

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    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
    - Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20

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    With your help we are able to train leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples.

Our Team

Our team is characterized by people who are deeply committed to Christ and rooted in prayer. Who serve with humility, strive to build healthy relationships, and walk through life with integrity. We invite you to get to know us better!

International Leadership

Galen Burkholder

President & CEO

Galen is passionate to see the Body of Christ working together so every person has an opportunity to hear, understand and respond to the Good News of Jesus. Pursuing innovative strategies to multiply disciples of Jesus and mission-minded leaders has captured Galen’s heart, and he believes business is a key to successful and sustainable mission. Galen founded Global Disciples in 1996 after twelve years directing a thriving international discipleship and mission training program. Galen and his wife, Marie, live in Landisville, PA, USA, and have three adult married children and six grandchildren. 

Howard Rich

CFO

Howard joined Global Disciples in August 2018 and gives leadership to the President’s Team, Human Resources, IT and the Finance team. His wife, Terri, serves as the Executive Assistant to the Board of the Child Safety and Protection Network. For 16 years, they and their two children lived in South Korea, which provided them with many opportunities to participate in international work in Thailand, Cambodia, Fiji, Japan, and the Philippines. Howard and Terri have been married for 32 years and live in Lancaster, PA.

President’s Team

Sherry Lee

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Sherry joined Global Disciples in August 2021. She has a background in journalism, covering Hungary for the Wall Street Journal Europe and the Economist Group. She also worked as a senior-level marketing communications professional covering 20 Central European countries for PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Along with expertise in marketing, she is passionate about advocating for women and children in crisis, serving as house-parent for a crisis pregnancy home in Atlanta, and co-directing an AIDS orphanage in Brazil. She is fluent in Portuguese with a working knowledge of Spanish and Hungarian. Originally from Georgia, Sherry is married to Phillip and has two married sons.

Jerry Meadows

Vice President of U.S. Partner Relations

Jerry joined Global Disciples in 2016. He comes with decades of ministry experience, serving through both church staff positions and mission agencies. He has a passion and gift for networking people and providing resources for the cause of Christ. Prior to joining Global Disciples, Jerry specialized in short-term missions and engaging children/families in missions for CURE International. He also worked with churches in Canada and the U.S. with Youth Unlimited, and has consulted for Compassion International, Medical Benevolence Foundation, and others. He participates in a missions network called MP3 (Missions Pastors, Practitioners and Professionals) and on a missions think tank involving officers from two denominations. A graduate of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI, Jerry is married to Michelle and lives in Mechanicsburg, PA. They have a married daughter currently working in Australia.

John Munchel

U.S. Engagement Manager and U.S. Prayer Leader

John Munchel joined the Global Disciples team in 2021. With a master’s degree in ministry from Capital Seminary, John also serves on the leadership and teaching teams at ConnectUs church in Lancaster, PA. His desire is to ensure that all U.S. efforts in Global Disciples are, “intentionally established, covered and carried out in prayer” while engaging new audiences to become part of what God is doing around the world.