ABOUT US

DAI is a fellowship of leader developers passionate about helping Christian leaders grow and have a transformative impact in their communities.

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WHO WE ARE

DAI’s basic approach is to listen first, research the real needs of leaders, then design tools that respond to those needs effectively and begin putting in place an indigenous distribution system to enable leaders to access those tools. Every course DAI has written came about this way, including the popular Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program that currently has over 1,000 students enrolled. Local Christian leaders grow in their integrity and effectiveness through ongoing training, mentoring, consulting and access to critical resources. DAI’s programs continue to grow and evolve as new needs are identified or needs change.

“If we don’t break the yoke of power-motivated, controlling leadership and unleash the resources of the Body of Christ, there is little hope that the world can be evangelized. This is the CENTRAL challenge of the church.” – James Engel, DAI Co-founder

OUR UNIQUE STRENGTHS

DAI has become an effective agent in leadership development through a unique set of strengths:

Key Indigenous Leaders

direct and staff local programs, contextualize the training, and create locally relevant programs.

Interactive Methodology

enables transformation and builds problem solving skills.

Commitment to Relational
Long-term Ministry

enables transformation and culture change through regular interaction over time.

Leadership and Management
from a Biblical Perspective

focused on how to manage people, money and organizations in a way that is pleasing to God.

Humility in our Approach

which means not coming with all the answers, but rather coming alongside to help leaders find God’s unique answers in their context.

DAI has 18 ministry centers with full-time staff focused on serving their area’s needs. We currently work in over 70 countries, which we have organized into nine regions – East Africa, West Africa, Francophone Africa, Eurasia, East Asia, South Asia, Latin America, Middle East/North Africa and North America.

Mission

Enhancing the integrity and effectiveness of Christian leaders worldwide so that the Church can fulfill its role in extending the Kingdom of God.

Core Values

Committed to effectiveness, integrity, humility, partnering, mentoring, holism, biblical standards and to reaching those with the least access.

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USA Staff

  • Dr. Paul Borthwick and Christie Borthwick

    Senior Consultant and Administrative Assistant

    Dr. Paul Borthwick and Christie Borthwick

    Senior Consultant and Administrative Assistant

    Paul has worked for DAI, mobilizing others for cross-cultural ministry, encouraging the ongoing growth of older leaders and motivating the development of younger leaders, since 1998. Before joining DAI Paul served as a Missions pastor for 22 years. Paul holds a Doctorate of Ministry in Cross-cultural Ministry and is an active part-time or adjunct faculty member at Gordon College, Alliance Theological Seminary (Manila), Lanka Bible College (Sri Lanka), and a guest faculty member at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Paul has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at CUME (the Center for Urban Ministerial Education), Fuller Theological Seminary, Eastern University, Canadian Bible College & Seminary, Alaska Bible College, Columbia International University, and Ontario Bible College & Seminary (now Tyndale University).

    Paul has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Management) from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, MA), and a Doctor of Ministry in Cross-Cultural Studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, MA).

    Christie Borthwick works at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital (BIDMC) and on the staff of Development Associates International (DAI).  A graduate of the University of New Hampshire (BS), Boston University (Masters of Public Health), and Gordon-Conwell theological Seminary (Master of Arts in Counseling), Christie maintains a very active life working at BIDMC in microbiology and parasitology, serving with DAI in helping facilitate the development of leaders, and helping others through a private practice as a therapist and as a spiritual director. With her husband Paul, she helped launch the short-term mission program at Grace Chapel (Lexington, MA) and through short-term missions and leadership development, she has traveled to more than 95 countries.

    Paul is also a published author of 16 books and contributor to leading Christian publications. He serves on the board of World Relief and as an Urbana Missions Associate for Urbana 2015.

    Books currently in print include:

    •    A Mind For Missions (NavPress, 1987)
    •    Organizing Your Youth Ministry (Wipf and Stock, 2004)
    •    Leading the Way (Authentic Media, 2003)
    •    Feeding Your Forgotten Soul (Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 1990)
    •    Six Dangerous Questions To Transform Your View of the World (InterVarsity Press, 1996)
    •    How To Be A World-Class Christian (Authentic Media, 2003)
    •    Missions: The Heart of God (LifeGuide Bible Study, InterVarsity Press, 2000)
    •    Stop Witnessing, Start Loving (Navpress, 2003)
    •    Joseph: A Study in Character (LifeGuide Bible Study, InterVarsity Press, 2003)
    •    Within Reach: Examining the Mission of Evangelism (Randall House, 2004)
    •    Simplify: 106 Ways to Uncomplicate Your Life (Authentic Media, 2007)   •    Western Christians in Global Mission (InterVarsity Press, 2014)
    •    Great Commission, Great Compassion: Following Jesus and Loving the World (InterVarsity Press 2015)

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  • Michele Breene

    Senior Consultant for Staff Development

    Michele Breene

    Senior Consultant for Staff Development

    Michele joined DAI in 2013 bringing with her over 10 years of executive leadership coaching for Fortune 500 companies in the USA and UK. Michele continues to use her leadership coaching skills with DAI staff ensuring they have the knowledge and skills they need to thrive.

    She also serves as a facilitator for DAI’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program and non-formal leadership training. Michele has a Master’s of Education from the University of London.

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  • Rebecca Burroughs

    Development Officer–Donor Relations

    Rebecca Burroughs

    Development Officer–Donor Relations

    Rebecca joined DAI in 2008 from Whitworth University, where she planned and promoted campus visit events for prospective students. At DAI she is responsible for building relationships through awareness and fundraising, cultivating donor relationships and overseeing donor database management.

    Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Certification for Ministry from Whitworth University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from SHIATS in Allahabad, India.

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  • Ini Edet

    IT Coordinator

    Ini Edet

    IT Coordinator

    Ini joined DAI in 2012 after graduating with a B.S. in Information Systems Management with a minor in Christian Leadership from Colorado Christian University.

    At DAI, Ini is responsible for managing the IT infrastructure and providing ongoing support for DAI globally.

    He is currently pursuing a Masters in International Development from Denver University. Ini has served as youth pastor for his church and volunteered for Young Life.

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  • Matthew Ewert

    Online Content Producer

    Matthew Ewert

    Online Content Producer

    Matthew has been making things since his childhood in Northern Minnesota. He joined DAI in 2013 as an Online Content Producer for DAI’s online curriculum program and providing graphic design support when needed. Prior to DAI, Matthew designed creative solutions for the Office of Communications and Marketing at Bemidji State University, Pinnacle of Bemidji and as a freelance designer.

    He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Design Technology and Art from Bemidji State University, Minnesota.

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  • Dr. David A Fraser

    Co-Founder and Senior Consultant, Curriculum and Instruction for Master of Arts Programs

    Dr. David A Fraser

    Co-Founder and Senior Consultant, Curriculum and Instruction for Master of Arts Programs

    David co-founded DAI in 1996 alongside Dr. Jim Engel and Rueben Ezemadu (Nigeria) as part of Eastern University’s Center for Organizational Excellence. He currently serves as the Senior Consultant for Educational Partnerships for DAI after a long tenure as Director of the MAOL program. David is a life-long learner; he earned six degrees from highly accredited universities and holds a Ph.D in Theological Ethics and is also ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA.

    Previously, he served as the Provost of Eastern University (St. Davids, Pennsylvania, USA), and was the founding Dean of School of International Leadership and Development at Eastern, delivering business, leadership and economic development programs in partnerships with NGOs and developing world universities. He taught at Eastern for 22 years as professor of Sociology and Christian Studies.

    Dr. Fraser’s teaching experience includes teaching fellowships at Harvard and Vanderbilt Universities. He served on the faculties of Columbia International University, Palmer Theological Seminary (formerly Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary), and Eastern University.  He has taught courses at Fuller Theological Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, Trevecca Nazarene University, and Daystar University College (Nairobi, Kenya). He also serves as an occasional visiting professor at Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (Kenya).

    Dr. Fraser’s publications include Planning Strategies for World Evangelization (co-authored with Ed Dayton) and Sociology Through the Eyes of Faith (co-authored with Tony Campolo).

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  • Dr. Vicki Gascho

    Senior Consultant for Faculty Development

    Dr. Vicki Gascho

    Senior Consultant for Faculty Development

    Vicki joined DAI in 2011 as an MAOL Facilitator and became a Senior Consultant for Faculty Development in 2014. She is also an Adjunct Professor for Online Degree Programs for Trinity International University/TEDS and an Ambassador to the Wider Missions Community for Greater Europe Mission, whom she has worked with since 1989.

    Vicki serves on the Executive Boards of International Training Partners and Women of the Harvest. She is also on the Moody Alumni Association Board of Trustees in addition to other worthwhile boards and committees.

    Vicki holds an R.N. from Montcalm Community College, Sidney, Michigan; a B.A. in Christian Education from Moody Bible Institute; a Master’s in Ministry from Moody Graduate School and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (emphasis in adult development and the organization).

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  • Perla Gething

    Donor Database Administrator

    Perla Gething

    Donor Database Administrator

    Perla joined DAI in 2014 after serving as the Volunteer Manager at Springs Rescue Mission, Colorado Springs for three years. She was also the Program Director for Manna Soup Kitchen for the three years prior.

    Perla is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry with an emphasis in Counseling for Christian Ministries from Nazarene Bible College.

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  • David Johnson

    Regional Director, Latin America

    David Johnson

    Regional Director, Latin America

    In September 2008, David joined DAI as Senior Consultant for Latin America after fourteen years with HCJB Global. In early 2015 he was named Regional Director, Latin America.

    At DAI David’s focus is to initiate, design and develop the ministry of DAI throughout the diverse Latin American region.

    Upon completing his undergraduate degree David spent six years playing and coaching soccer with Athletes in Action and two Major Indoor Soccer League teams. He then went on to work at Azusa Pacific University, serving in a number of academic and administrative roles. In 1996, David was appointed Executive Director of HCJB Global and served as President from 2001-2008.

    David has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University in Virginia.

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  • Cheri Matas

    Chief Financial Officer

    Cheri Matas

    Chief Financial Officer

    Cheri joined DAI as Chief Financial Officer in 2000. Prior to joining DAI, Cheri worked with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and The Alliance Development Fund.

    In her role as CFO, Cheri is responsible for all financial aspects of DAI’s global ministry. From monitoring and directing accounting functions to administering insurance and employee benefits, Cheri works to ensure DAI’s financial compliance and integrity.

    Cheri earned a BA in Business Administration from Crown College and an MBA from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

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  • Helen McAllister

    Director of Marketing and Communications

    Helen McAllister

    Director of Marketing and Communications

    Helen joined DAI in early 2015 and brings over 20 years of marketing and advertising experience to DAI. She has worked at nationally recognized advertising agencies including The Richards Group and GSD&M, both in Texas. Helen’s experience also includes marketing roles at Dell Computer, World Vision New Zealand and Compassion International, in addition to consulting work for small non-profit organizations.

    At DAI, she is responsible for brand management, social media, print and digital communications and advertising within the US, as well as providing support for global DAI programs and offices.

    Helen has a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the University of Texas, Austin.

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  • Tertia Morcos

    Senior Consultant for Marriage and Family

    Tertia Morcos

    Senior Consultant for Marriage and Family

    Tertia joined DAI in 2014 to develop curriculum on the topics of marriage and family life for the training of Christian leaders in underserved communities worldwide including the immigrant and refugee communities of North America. Before joining DAI, Tertia was Learning Support Coordinator in a British international school in Cairo. She and her husband Hani ran marriage seminars through a large Arabic church in Cairo, Egypt. Tertia obtained a Higher Diploma in Education from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University, California.

    She is currently working towards licensure as a professional Marriage and Family Therapist in California. Tertia is a regular speaker on the topics of relationships, marriage and the family, particularly to Arabic communities in the US and abroad, and frequently co-facilitates and teaches with her husband Hani. Tertia was born and raised in South Africa and lived in Lebanon, Cyprus and Egypt for 28 years.

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  • Hani Morcos

    Senior Consultant for Marriage and Family

    Hani Morcos

    Senior Consultant for Marriage and Family

    Hani joined DAI in 2014 to develop curriculum on the topics of marriage and family life for the training of Christian leaders in underserved communities worldwide including the immigrant and refugee communities of North America. Hani has worked for DAI in Egypt since 2001 offering leadership development and mentoring as well as marriage seminars through a large Arabic church in Cairo, Egypt. Before joining DAI he worked in different professions including marketing and sales in corporate telecommunications as well as working for a number of non-profit organizations.

    Hani is a regular speaker on the topics of relationships, marriage and family life in conferences and church events in Arab-American churches in the US and abroad. He is regularly interviewed on live Arabic satellite television. Hani has worked as a lay-counselor for couples for more than 30 years and is now completing his licensure as a professional Marriage and Family Therapist in California.

    Hani has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Cairo University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a Marriage and Family Therapy focus from Azusa Pacific University, California. Hani and his wife Tertia both work for DAI and frequently co-facilitate courses and teach together in the US and abroad. Hani was was born and raised in Egypt and has lived in Cyprus and Lebanon.

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  • Karl Mueller

    Senior Consultant

    Karl Mueller

    Senior Consultant

    Karl joined DAI in 2014 and brings with him more than 35 years of ministry experience. He is currently leading DAI’s work among Diaspora and immigrant leaders in North America, and helping DAI open a ministry center in Canada. Karl also facilitates courses for both our MAOL and non-formal leadership workshops in Africa, Asia, Canada and the USA.

    Karl served in leadership with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), the North American Baptist Conference, Visionledd and as a missions/justice pastor in two mega-churches. He serves on the boards of The Alliance for Transformational Ministry, Global CHE Enterprises, Kidz at Heart International and WorldChristian Concern. His work has taken him to more than 40 nations of the world. Karl is a graduate of the University of Alberta and Fuller Theological Seminar (Missiology/Leadership Development).

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  • Jane Overstreet

    President/CEO

    Jane Overstreet

    President/CEO

    Jane joined DAI in 1996, working alongside DAI co-founders Jim Engle and David Fraser. She was appointed President/CEO in 1999. Prior to joining DAI, Jane served for many years as the Director of Legal Services for Youth with a Mission (YWAM) International while living in the Middle East and Europe in addition to providing legal consulting for numerous other Christian organizations. She has published manuals on various legal topics including taxation, child abuse prevention, and immigration.

    She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association. She serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations and is a member of the Lausanne Leadership Development Working Group.

    Jane received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Oral Roberts University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa, College of Law. She has done additional graduate studies in international law at the European campus of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and in Global Economic Development at Eastern University.

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  • Harold Overstreet

    Administrative Director, Master of Arts Programs

    Harold Overstreet

    Administrative Director, Master of Arts Programs

    Harold joined DAI in 1996 as a part-time accountant after serving with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) for 14 years. While at YWAM Harold had various positions including running the Discipleship Training School in Cyprus, Acting Middle East Director and Personal Assistant to the Executive Director in Amsterdam.

    In 2004 he was appointed as the Administrative Director of the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program. In this position, Harold oversees all administrative responsibilities for the MAOL program including coordinating faculty, course materials and resources.

    Harold holds an Associates in Law Enforcement degree from Missouri Southern State, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Oral Roberts University and an M.B.A. in Economic Development from Eastern University. He currently serves on the board of Friends of Agape, a church planting ministry in India.

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  • Thel Rountree

    Director of Online Learning

    Thel Rountree

    Director of Online Learning

    Thel joined DAI in 2013 and brought with him over 30 years of experience in video production, instructional design, adult learning, and the visual arts.  He has produced work for Taco Bell, Toyota Motors, Shiley Labs, Mitsubishi Motors, Rockwell International, Nissan Motors, Hughes Aircraft, Pioneer Electronics, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Toshiba America Information Systems (Laptop Computer Products), Mazda Motors USA and many more.

    He also has served on the multimedia curriculum advisory boards for the California State Multimedia & Entertainment Initiative Economic and Workforce Development Leadership Council, California State University at Fullerton, Pasadena City College, Cypress College, The North Orange County Community College District and the National Science Foundation.

    At DAI, Thel is responsible for the development of DAI’s online learning program, which includes the translation of DAI workshop and MAOL curriculum to a web-based platform available globally.

    He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photography from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.

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  • Joseph S. Sun

    Global Director, Master of Arts Programs

    Joseph S. Sun

    Global Director, Master of Arts Programs

    Joe joined DAI in October of 2015 as Global Director of DAI’s Master of Arts Programs. In this role, he oversees all of DAI’s master’s degree programs across the globe, which are offered in partnership with local higher education institutions in 17 nations across Africa, South Asia, and the Pacific.

    Joe brings over 30 years of leadership experience in higher education administration and teaching. Most recently, he was Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. His prior appointments include Director of the Bachelor’s business degree program at the Wharton School, as well as Assistant Dean of Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences.

    Joe’s professional experience is in both the academic and student affairs aspects of tertiary education. His most recent appointment in the engineering school included oversight of post-graduate education (master’s and PHD degrees) and online learning initiatives. In all of his work, Joe has vigorously promoted the vital importance of internationalization and global education, especially through global service learning in the Majority World. Joe has taught courses on such subjects as: International Development; Information and Communication Technologies for Education and Development; and Rural Development in China.

    Joe is fluent in spoken Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Design (Fine Arts) from UCLA, and a master’s degree in Appropriate Technology and Energy Management for Development from Penn.

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  • Nancy Tibert

    Director of Development

    Nancy Tibert

    Director of Development

    Nancy has directed DAI’s fundraising efforts since 2005, helping to diversify DAI’s funding streams and to build strong relationships with supporters.

    Before joining DAI, she spent seven years as an office manager for a marketing company. Nancy spent the first 20 years of her career as a registered nurse in California. In all of her roles, she has expertly cared for and managed the people around her.

    Nancy has an R.N. from Valley College, Los Angeles with multiple accreditations from UCLA.

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  • Daneli Ureña

    New Projects Consultant

    Daneli Ureña

    New Projects Consultant

    Daneli joined DAI in 2013 bringing with her 6 years of teaching and training experience.

    Daneli networks and manages new partnerships in the Carribean, Costa Rica and the USA in addition to facilitating for both DAI’s MAOL and non-formal workshop programs.

    She has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Wheaton College, IL and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary.

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  • Suneetha Vijayam

    Administrative Assistant, Master of Arts Programs

    Suneetha Vijayam

    Administrative Assistant, Master of Arts Programs

    Suneetha joined DAI in 2013 as the Administrative Assistant for the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program.  She spent one year as an Assistant Engineer at the State Electricity Board, A.P India

    Suneetha hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the National Institution of Technology, Warangal, India.

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USA Staff Serving Overseas

  • Scott and Heidi Wisley

    Ministry Associates, Indonesia, Papua

    Scott and Heidi Wisley

    Ministry Associates, Indonesia, Papua

    Scotty and Heidi are both grew up in Asia. They met and married in Papua where Heidi was teaching at the MK school and Scotty was starting the EduVenture Program. EduVenture was a cross cultural adventure semester abroad program for Christian American College students that ran for 14 years. The program also supported the local ministries the Wisley’s were involved with, including a leadership development college with a discipleship base.

    Now the Wisley’s are working with many of the graduates of that program running three elementary schools in highland villages. The Wisley’s calling is to cross-cultural discipleship primarily focused on mentoring the staff and specifically the leadership to teach, train and disciple the children in the schools to be strong Christian future leaders starting now as they are equipped to impact and transform their families.

    After graduating from Dalat school in Malaysia, Scotty received his Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and a Master’s from Eastern University in Third World Economic Development.

    Heidi and Scotty have been working and living in Papua since 1996. They have two children, Walker and Arwen. Both children are in the village schools as the Wisley’s believe in a life together discipleship model.

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Board of Directors

  • David Wessner (Chairperson)

    Executive Producer
    Thinking Man Films & Media
    St. Louis, Minnesota

  • Shaun Sipe (Vice Chairperson)

    Senior Vice President of Human Capital
    Barnhart Crane and Rigging
    Memphis, Tennessee

  • Kathleen Delph (Secretary)

    Associate Executive Director of University Advancement
    Pacific Lutheran University
    Seattle, Washington

  • James Couture

    President (Retired)
    Securities Evaluation Service, Inc.
    Wheaton, Illinois

  • Dr. Jason Ferenczi

    Program Officer
    Cornerstone Trust
    Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Gretchen Hansen

    Executive Director
    Hansen Foundation
    Sewickley, Pennsylvania

  • Jane Overstreet

    President / CEO
    DAI
    Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • Jan Stump

    Executive Director
    ACSI Education Foundation
    Colorado Springs, Colorado

Dr. David Fraser, Dr. Jim Engle and Jane Overstreet in 1996.

BRIEF HISTORY

In 1990, two distinguished professors believed they could make a difference in the lives and ministries of key leaders in the Majority World. Together, they founded The Center for Organizational Excellence at Eastern College. Their dream was to enhance the integrity and effectiveness of Christian leaders worldwide.

Dr. James F. Engel taught at Wheaton College for 18 years. Beside a highly successful secular career in marketing research, he served as a trainer and consultant to over 250 Christian organizations in 60 countries. In spite of all his success, a passion continued to burn in Dr. Engel to do more.

Meanwhile, Dr. David Fraser had gained significant exposure to leaders at the grass roots level, serving as a member of the senior staff of the MARC Division of World Vision International with responsibilities for Unreached Peoples. He had also served with the Mission Training and Resource Center for three years, helping to develop curricula and training models. Having taught in more than 15 countries he also carried a passion for effective leadership development.

Together the two undertook nearly three additional years of research in various parts of the world to identify key areas of need that would have to be addressed for Christian leaders in the majority world to be effective and positively impact their communities.

Over the next five years the curriculum was created, field-tested, modified, and retested. Methods of distribution were tried and evaluated. It began to become clear that interactive, story-based learning focused on asking the leader questions and requiring application enabled leaders to change. This method put the focus on learning and transformation of the leader and his leadership practices. Staff and volunteers were recruited, including men and women with expertise in the most critical fields, and the ministry began to expand. The organization incorporated as its own 501(c)3 corporation to enable growth and changed the name to Development Associates International (DAI) in 1996.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below we’ve answered the most common questions we get about DAI. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please feel free to contact us.

How does DAI choose which countries to work in?

DAI begins work in a country where several factors are in place.  The most important one is that local senior leaders have become familiar with what DAI has to offer and believe it is needed and have invited us.  It also needs to be a country that fits our core values, in other words a place with little access to what DAI offers.  We also need capacity to respond to this invitation.  This includes the funding required, the people who can offer the training locally and curriculum available in the local language.  If all of these factors are not in place we pray and ask God to provide them.  Then, once all the pieces are there we believe this is confirmation that this is a place God has called us and we respond.

Why does DAI choose to focus on Indigenous Leadership Development?

The Church is growing rapidly across the Majority World, through the efforts of evangelists and church planters. Yet this young church is trying to reach maturity and impact their communities in the midst of countries where disease, civil unrest, natural disasters and poverty abound. Effective leadership is a challenge for anyone, let alone a believer who lacks access to relevant training. Indigenous leadership development enables these leaders to be better equipped to respond within their context and be more effective in their ministries.

What makes DAI different from other leadership development organizations?

DAI has become an effective agent in leadership development through a unique set of strengths:

  • Key indigenous leaders direct and staff local programs, contextualize the training, and create locally relevant programs
  • Interactive methodology enables transformation and builds problem solving skills
  • Commitment to relational long-term ministry enables transformation and culture change through regular interaction over time
  • Leadership and management from a biblical perspective focused on how to manage people, money and organizations in a way that is pleasing to God
  • Humility – not coming with all the answers, but rather coming alongside to help leaders find God’s unique answers in their context

Is DAI affiliated with any church or denomination?

DAI is a non-denominational organization and is not affiliated with any single church.

Where does DAI get its funding?

DAI is a faith ministry, relying on God to provide for our needs. We are incredibly grateful that He has led a number of individuals, churches, and foundations to partner with us through their gifts. Most of our staff raise personal support to help provide the income they need for their salaries and ministry projects. However, we also believe that people put a greater value on services they pay for so students always pay a minimal local fee for our programs.

Does DAI offer overseas mission trips?

No.

What is an MAOL cohort?

A cohort is a group of student-leaders who begin and end DAI’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership together. The cohort model encourages the development of relationships amongst its members, which ensures ongoing support and encouragement throughout the three-year journey.

Does DAI need volunteers?

The DAI-US service center in Colorado Springs does, on occasion, need office help. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us.

Endorsements

We’re blessed to have the support and endorsement of many wonderful. Below are some kind words from individuals that have witnessed the impact of our programs.

  • “Why DAI?  That is the question I asked when I first took over my new position at the church.  Why had we committed as a church to fund training in Central Asia, North Africa and South Asia?  The simple answer is what DAI does, works.  Not only are nationals equipped and empowered, but they are elevated into leadership.  There is no glass ceiling.  We also found the integrity in reporting and the openness of leadership helped us as a local church have a high level of trust with the organization. Because of the strong relationship and this trust factor we continue to joyfully use our resources to advance kingdom priorities in collaboration with DAI.”

    - Bruce Huseby, Pastoral Staff, Global Missions & Senior Adults, Calvary Church, Grand Rapids, MI
  • “The DAI team came to us as servant-leaders and active listeners. They brought to us their cross-cultural acumen and global expertise. They leave behind a greater imagination (or vision) and a practical road map for Christ Community’s involvement in global ministry. DAI has been an absolute provision from the hand of God for our leaders and church. We highly recommend them.”

    - Jeanette Thomas, Pastor of Extension Ministries, Christ Community Evangelical Free Church, Kansas City
  • “I am so appreciative of the support provided by DAI in our partnership in Uganda. The expertise and experience of their staff was a great encouragement to us. Their understanding of the cultural differences we were facing helped so much to guide our ministry in a God honoring direction. Our ministry partnership continues to flourish and we are appreciative of the DAI experience and support.”

    - Suzi Cave, Leader of Uganda Advisory Team, Cheyenne Hills Church, Cheyenne, Wyoming