Word Made Flesh International is a family of networked sister communities that share vision, staff, policy and funding.
Word Made Flesh, Inc. (WMF USA)
WMF USA is a 501 (c)(3) USA-based, non-profit organization. WMF USA serves as the administrative hub for the WMF International family of partnership members. WMF USA was registered on November 15, 1991.
Our Board of Directors
Steve Behnke, MD, MBA has been a long time supporter of Word Made Flesh, having first learned about the ministry from while attending Asbury University during it’s earliest years. He received his MD and MBA degrees at the University of Louisville and subsequently trained in Internal Medicine at Ohio State University. Presently, he leads MedOne Hospital Physicians in Columbus, Ohio and is the Chief of the Section of Internal Medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital.
Steve lives in Columbus with his wife, Ashleigh, and their four boys.
Khristi Lauren Adams is an ordained minister and currently an Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens. She is also the Program Administrator for the Center for Black Church Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is the author of the book “The Misinterpreted Gospel of Singleness: a cultural critique of myths surrounding singleness in the Christian community.” Khristi is the Founder & Director of “Becoming,” an annual conference designed to empower, educate & inspire girls between the ages of 12-16. A graduate of Temple University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Khristi is currently working on her Ph.D. at Eastern University. She serves on the Board of Directors for Word Made Flesh.
Jared K. Landreth grew up in Princeton, West Virginia where he developed a love for Jesus, music, sports and a desire for deep and generous friendships. He was introduced to Word Made Flesh through his relationships at Asbury University and took his initial trip to India on the first WMF Discovery Team in 1994. Jared went back to India on the first WMF Servant Team six months later. This formational time volunteering in the homes of Mother Teresa and serving the WMF Children’s Home in Chennai solidified God’s heart for the vulnerable in Jared. After graduation Jared moved to Asia as staff, and later became the first Field Director within WMF.
Jared met and later married the most compassionate woman he has ever known, Julie. God called Jared and Julie to pioneer the first WMF field in Africa in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Unfortunately, living in the poorest country in the world took its toll on the Landreth’s physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally and as a result, Jared and Julie left the field in 2004.
In January, 2014 Jared joined the WMF Board and he serves as the Treasurer. Jared works for Starbucks Coffee Company and lives in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife Julie, his two daughters Sarah and Adora and their son Micah.
Ashley Brown was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. She attended George Fox University while working towards her Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology. During this time she had the opportunity to study abroad in Rwanda and took part in a month long internship at the hospital in Rwamagana. This confirmed her desire to work as a nurse with the hope of eventually working in the international medical field.
After coming back to the States, she attended Creighton University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has since been working in a surgical cardiac unit in her hometown of Boise. She hopes to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice in the near future.
Outside of work, Ashley enjoys dancing, reading, listening to records, pottery and drinking good coffee. Ashley is more than excited to be joining the passionate team at Word Made Flesh. More than anything she desires to journey alongside people of all nations and walks of life, and in doing so learn to live out the love, justice and mercy of Christ.
Silas West was raised on a dairy farm in western PA before his family moved to Kenya, Africa for missionary service where he attended and graduated from a missionary boarding school. He attended Asbury University where he met his wife, Kimberly. At Asbury, Silas was introduced to the work of Word Made Flesh and spent six months in India as an intern working with the Missionaries of Charity in one of their homes for the dying and destitute in Kolkata, India. He later moved to Kathmandu, Nepal as a Servant Team Coordinator where he helped establish WMF’s presence there. After he married Kimberly, the two of them returned to Nepal and, for the next ten years, they served as Field Directors for Nepal and South Asia Regional Coordinators. They had four children, three of whom were born in Kathmandu.
In 2008, the Wests returned to the USA and joined the WMF USA staff. Silas served in the Community Care Department and was appointed the International Associate Director of Community Care.
Silas left WMF as a staff member to pastor a church plant and develop future missionary workers while pursuing his degree in clinical mental health counseling. He received his Masters degree in 2014 and became a licensed professional counselor.
Silas and his family now live in Waco, TX where he serves as the Director of Counseling for a sending organization overseeing the mental health and pastoral needs of over 100 missionaries serving worldwide.
Reverend Brian K. McCollum is the Director of Alumni Relations in the Department of Institutional Advancement for Princeton Theological Seminary. Before this position he served in the Office of
Admissions and Financial Aid as the Director of Recruitment. Brian received his call to ministry during college but did not pursue it at that time. After accepting his call to ministry, he earned his bachelor degree
in finance from Morehouse College and master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Brian is currently earning a second master degree in strategic communication from Columbia University in
the City of New York.
Brian is a native of Forestville, MD and has been ordained as a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church USA. Brian has served in churches in the Ghana (West Africa), District of Columbia, Maryland, New York and New Jersey. Prior to seminary, Brian served as Director of Arts and Education for Step Afrika! where he performed and taught step dance in over 50 countries around the world. Brian is spirit filled and loves engaging with others. He lives by Philippians 1:6, “Be confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Jesus Christ!”
Gil Liu is Medical Director for the Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services. He is a Louisville, Kentucky pediatrician and member of the University of Louisville School of Medicine faculty.
He offers his medical philosophy: “My mission is to attain optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. As a medical school faculty member, I bring clinical expertise, research, and education to bear on accomplishing these objectives.”
Gil serves as the current Chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics Pediatric Leadership Alliance, a globally recognized initiative to improve the leadership capacity of pediatricians and other health care providers.
He resides in Louisville with his wife and four children.
Nathan Brown was born in Arizona and grew up as a missionary kid with Native Americans and then Barcelona, Spain where his parents served with World Gospel Mission. Nathan’s family moved back to the US where Nathan finished high school and went to college at Asbury University and graduate school at the Patterson School for Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky.
Nathan has been an entrepreneur for the last 17 years founding and operating several businesses. Nathan currently owns and operates Old World Timber which is a company he founded that creates and manufactures products out of reclaimed timber from around the world. Old World Timber’s Mission is to reclaim, redeem, and repurpose more than just wood. Old World Timber’s two manufacturing plants give second chance employment opportunities to over 40 individuals who are currently serving prison sentences, or coming out of incarceration or addictions.
Nathan’s passions include missions, sports, outdoor activities, travel, and spending time with friends and family. He lives in Lexington Kentucky with his wife Katy and his two children Oliver and Stella.
Clint Baldwin is the Executive Director of Word Made Flesh. Read more about him here.
Field Board of Directors
Word Made Flesh, located in Chennai, India is a registered society under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act. WMF India was registered in 1994. WMF India operates two children’s homes. The Home of Happiness is for destitute and orphaned children from AIDS- and leprosy-affected families, while the Home of Peace is for children with severe physical and mental disabilities.
Board members are:
Rev. Stephen Thangappa, President
Dr. and Mrs. Sabitha, Vice President
Rev. Vasihar, Secretary
Mr. G. J. Manohar, Treasurer
Mr. Gladsten, Board Member
Rev. Patrick Samuel, Executive Director
Dr. Thiruthuvadoss, Board Member
Mr. Manogaran, General Body Member
Rev. Rex Leonard, Board Member
Fundatia Cuvantul Intrupat, located in Galati, Romania is a registered Romanian Foundation. WMF Romania was registered on April 12, 2001. WMF Romania operates Casa Vale, a community center for street children and their families.
Board members are:
Mr. Adrian Buhai, Chairperson
Mr. Valeriu Mihai, Vice-Chairperson
Mrs. Charlotte Barbu, Secretary
Dr. Anna Burtea, Member
Mrs. Valerica Archip, Programs Director
Mr. Laurențiu Archip, Member
Mrs. Bogdana Bulugu, Member
Mr. Paul Rase, Member
Mr. David Chronic, Member
Mrs. Lenuța Chronic, Member
Nepal Samaj Utthan Samuha (Nepal Community Empowerment Group), located in Kathmandu, Nepal, is a Nepali non-government organization. WMF Nepal was registered in December 2000. WMF Nepal operates two care homes. Prem Ghar (Home of Love) is for elderly widows, and Karuna Ghar (Home of Compassion) is for abandoned and abused girls.
Current board members are:
Pastor Shiva Hari Bhattarai, Chairperson
Sabitri Dulal, Vice-Chairperson
Ishwori Neupane, Secretary
Gita Sapkota, Treasurer
Indra Shrestha, General Body Member
Legan Prasad Rai, General Body Member
Muna Bhujel, General Body Member
La Palabra Hecha Hombre, located in Lima, Peru, is a registered Peruvian association. WMF Peru was registered July 5, 2001. WMF Peru ministers to children, young adults and families from street contexts.
WMF Peru board members are:
Fabiola Vicuña President
David Bruggers, Vice-President
Rachel Langley, Secretary
Lilian Rozas, Treasurer
Cesar Ferryra, General Body Member
Martha M. de Espiritu, General Body Member
Jose Luis Palacios, General Body Member
Luis Guillermo Delgado, General Body Member
Anna Monteviller, General Body Member
La Palabra Hecha Vida, located in El Alto, Bolivia, is a Bolivian Foundation. WMF Bolivia was registered Sept. 6, 2006. WMF Bolivia operates La Casa de Esperanza (The House of Hope) community center for women in the commercial sex industry and their families.
Board members are:
Ms. Fineke Janssen Pietersen, President
Mrs. Cara Strauss Contreras, Acting Vice President
Mrs. Ximena Rodriguez Avila, Treasurer
Mrs. Betty Pinto Zoto, Secretary
Mr. Claudio Navarro
Palavra Encarnada, located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a registered Brazilian Association. WMF Brazil was officially registered on March 7, 2009. Palavra Encarnada operates Projeto Ester (The Esther Project) community center for women and their children on the downtown streets of Rio de Janeiro.
Board members are:
Esdrianne Cohen – President
Olyene Quaresma – Vice – President
Deinealine Pereira da Silva – Secretary
Richard Nichols – Treasurer
The Sari Bari Trust was registered on June 16, 2010, in Kolkata, India as non-profit avenue for outreach and social work projects. The Sari Bari Trust is committed to the freedom and restoration of Kolkata’s red-light areas through the support, promotion, education, and initiation of projects and activities with persons affected by the sex trade.
Sari Bari Pvt. Ltd Board of Directors:
Upendra Prasad Saha
Sari Bari Trust Board:
Kaushik Das- Board Chairman
Upendra Prasad Saha- Board member
Gita Mondal- Board Member
Baroti Nandi- Board Member
El Verbo Entre Nosotros is located in the large metropolitan capital of Buenos Aires. Registered as an Argentine civil association in 2011, WMF Argentina is involved in ministry among vulnerable and at-risk children, youth and their families.
Board members are:
Lorena Juarez, President
Horacio Nikitiuk, Treasurer
Carmen Umpierez, Secretary
Pablo Almeyda, Member
Gustavo Ramirez, Member
Walter Forcatto, Member
Word Made Flesh Sierra Leone, located in Freetown, Sierra Leone, was registered in January 2009. The first official board meeting was held on September 12, 2009. WMF Sierra Leone makes decisions regarding the Lighthouse program for former street youth as well as the Good News Club for children of the Kroo Bay slum.
Board members are:
Noah Tullay, Chairperson
Reverend Moses Kanu
Dr. Lynette Palmer
La VIA was registered in Chişinău, Moldova in April 2011 as a nongovernmental organization. La VIA runs an extracurricular program for children from socially-vulnerable families who are living in residential institutions.
Board members are:
Word Made Flesh Thailand is locally registered under the name Creative Life Foundation มูลนิธิ สร้างสรรค์ชีวิต. The Foundation was officially registered as of March 2013 to support and assist the disadvantaged by providing opportunity for emotional and physical development.
Board members are:
Ms. Kanlayawan Boonyawat(นางสาวกัลยวรรณ บุณยะวัต)
Ms. Yhadt Fon Boonlab (นางสาวหยาดฟน บุญหลาบ)
Ms. Laksana Sawarote (นางสาวลักษณาเสาวรส)