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.
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.
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.
Shannon Hagman grew up in San Diego with a loving family playing piano and lots of sports. Before college, she took part in a YWAM (Youth With a Mission) Discipleship school that took her to India. Experiencing poverty and the needs that affronted her on ever side left an irrevocable mark on her heart. She knew then that a part of her would always dwell with the marginalized and forgotten.
After completing college at George Fox University, Shannon embarked on another journey to India, this time through Azusa Pacific University doing a program called MATUL (Master of Arts in Transformational Urban Leadership). Throughout the two-year journey, they lived with host families in the slum communities of New Delhi, working alongside those seeking to promote grassroots change, sharing the emancipating love of Jesus, and learning from those they lived among.
Since then, Shannon has moved back to Southern California, got married, and now has a baby boy. She has been seeking to pursue what having a heart for the world means while living in Orange County playing blocks with her baby. She is honored and grateful to be joining Word Made Flesh as a board member. It is an answer to prayer and to her heart’s cry to be a part of God’s blessed work.
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.
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.
Reverend Miriam Méndez is the Associate Regional Pastor of The American Baptist Churches of New Jersey (ABCNJ), a network that has 285 member churches and approximately 70,000 members. She is a preacher, teacher, administrator, church planter and an advocate for justice. Before her role with ABCNJ, she served for 15 years as adjunct faculty at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon in the areas of spiritual leadership, reconciliation and prayer.
Her educational training includes a B.S. in Business Administration from National Louis University, Lombard, IL, Masters of Divinity and Spiritual Director certificate from Portland Seminary, Portland, Oregon and a one year residency of Clinical Pastoral Education in a level one trauma hospital in Portland, Oregon.
Miriam is the mother of two wonderful adult children and the new “Abuelita” of Evelyn Josephine (6 months) and Rowan Diego (9 months).
Jeremy Strayer has taught mathematics, mathematics education, statistics, and statistics education courses in higher education since 1998. He holds a B.S. in mathematics education from Asbury University, an M.A.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from The Ohio State University. Dr. Strayer has secured over $1M in grant funding to support his teaching and research efforts. This work includes directing professional development institutes for in-service teachers, utilizing technology for mathematics and statistics instruction, and conducting research in undergraduate mathematics courses.
He has presented his work at more than 40 professional meetings and conferences over the years. Jeremy lives in Murfreesboro with his wife and three children. He enjoys running, listening to good music, playing the guitar, hiking, fishing, and canoeing.
Maren Telsey grew up in Minnesota, and was first introduced to the work of Word Made Flesh as a student at Bethel University. Maren was drawn to the unique incarnational model of Word Made Flesh, with its emphasis on mutuality and its pursuit of the beloved community. She holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, and has worked as a teacher in public schools, a L’Arche community, community mental health, and as the Director of Community Care with Word Made Flesh. She currently works as a therapist, specializing in children and families.
Maren has lived in various places–growing up in Minnesota, but spending significant time in Denmark, South Africa, Peru, New Orleans, South Korea, and currently resides in Tacoma, WA with her husband and daughter.
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
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)