Our leaders consider it a privilege and blessing to be used by God to serve the global church through the ministry of Langham Partnership. Read more about these godly men and women with a heart to bring God’s Word to God’s people around the world.
Langham USA President
Benjamin K. Homan
From 2001 until 2010, Ben Homan served as president and chief executive officer of a Christian relief and development organization. He has led assessment teams to Iraq, Afghanistan, tsunami-ravaged Indonesia, Sudan’s Darfur region, and other devastated zones of the world. Prior to that, he taught at the University of California-Irvine and was vice-president at Covenant Theological Seminary. In 2006, Ben was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the HELP Commission, an entity that was established by Congress to recommend reform of all of the U.S. government’s foreign assistance. He also served as president of the Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations (AERDO) and as chairman of the USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid. Ben joined the leadership of Langham Partnership in August 2010. Ben and his wife, Annette, live in the Phoenix, Arizona, area and have three children. Homan is an alumnus of Biola University, the University of Nebraska, Shanghai Normal University and Washington University.
U.S. Board of Directors
Matt Allmand is director of Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), which helps U.S. manufacturers enhance their productivity and technological performance. He brings to this role over 25 years of industrial manufacturing experience, which began at a young age while working at the family-owned business, Allmand Bros., Inc. In 2008, Matt became the company’s president, leading it through challenges and revenue growth until its acquisition by Briggs & Stratton in 2014.
Matt has been an advocate for ending human trafficking and modern-day slavery, and he served as transition director for Tiny Hands International (now Love Justice International) from October 2016 to April 2018.
Joel Carpenter serves at Calvin College as professor of history and director of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity. He taught at Trinity International College and Wheaton College, where he was director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals.
Joel wrote the award-winning book, Revive Us Again: The Reawakening of American Fundamentalism (Oxford, 1997). More recently, he has been studying Christianity in Asia and Africa. His latest work, co-edited with Rebecca Shah, is titled, Christianity in India: Conversion, Community Development and Religious Freedom (Fortress Press, 2018).
Joel served as director of the religious program of the Pew Charitable Trusts and was provost of Calvin College for ten years.
Lynn Cohick serves as provost/dean and professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary. She taught New Testament at Wheaton College from 2000 to 2018 and briefly served as interim dean of humanities and theological studies. Lynn also taught at the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (Nairobi, Kenya).
Lynn has researched how Jews and Christians lived out their faith during the Hellenistic period and the Roman Empire. She is fascinated by the lives of women in the ancient world, particularly Christian women in the early church. Lynn has written numerous books, book chapters, reviews, and articles. She enjoys studying the Apostle Paul and his epistles within their larger Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts.
As president of E.M. Combs & Son, a futures soybean and grain trading company, Earle “Chip” Combs is the 4th generation Combs to hold a membership on the Chicago Board of Trade. His earliest memories are with his father, Earle, on the bustling trading floor. After graduating from DePauw University, Chip returned to the family business. The Combs family legacy also extends to caring for the global church. It was through Chip’s friendship with Langham’s founder, John Stott, that his parents became friends and faithful supporters of “Uncle John.” Chip has served on the international ministry board at Willow Creek Community Church for 10 years, and has spent 15 years on the advisory board of Majesty Hedge Fund. He and his wife, Karla, live in Barrington, IL, where she cheers him on in his biking, hiking, sailing and skiing adventures. (He likes to compete in the American Birkebeiner in Wisconsin—one of the longest country ski races in North America!) Together, they enjoy visiting their kids and grandkids in Boulder, CO.
Jennifer Cromartie graduated from high school in Korea, where her parents served as medical missionaries. In the U.S., she attended Covenant College (Lookout Mountain, TN) and Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI). While at Covenant, she met her would-be husband, Mike.
Sadly, in 2015, Mike was diagnosed with terminal cancer. His desire was for his vast library to be used by Langham to equip the global church. Thus, after Mike’s passing, more than 800 books were sent to a seminary in Pakistan.
As a journalist, Jenny has worked in public relations and marketing. But for the past 21 years, she has been teaching middle school humanities and drama. She enjoys kayaking, biking and doing mission work.
Chris Gonzalez serves as lead pastor of Missio Dei Communities in Tempe, AZ. He helped plant Missio Dei in 2008 as a movement of missional communities that gather together for weekly worship and equipping, functioning in many ways like house churches.
Chris grew up in New Jersey and Memphis. In 1997, he moved to Arizona to study at Arizona State University, where he earned a master’s degree in human communication. He also received a master’s in divinity from Phoenix Seminary in 2001.
Chris is co-founder of The Surge Network/Missional Training Center, a relational network of local churches that “desire to fellowship with one another and grow as servant-leaders of missional congregations.”
Ben Homan joined the leadership of Langham Partnership in August 2010. Previously, he was president and CEO of a Christian relief and development organization for nearly 10 years.
In 2006, Ben was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the HELP Commission, an entity established by Congress to review U.S. foreign assistance programs and recommend reforms. He was president of the Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations (AERDO) and chairman of the USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid.
Ben is an alumnus of Biola University, the University of Nebraska, Shanghai Normal University, and Washington University. He taught at the University of California-Irvine and was vice president at Covenant Theological Seminary.
Greg Jao serves at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA as senior assistant to the president and director of external relations. He wrote Your Mind’s Mission (Urbana Onward) and The Kingdom of God (LifeGuide Bible Studies) and contributed to Following Jesus without Dishonoring Your Parents (a discipleship book for Asian Americans), Telling the Truth (on postmodern evangelism), and Voices of Conflict & Voices of Hope (a study of American teenagers).
Greg helped develop The Daniel Project, a leadership acceleration program for Asian American InterVarsity staff. He was on the curricula teams for subsequent Daniel Projects serving African Americans, Latinos, and fraternity/sorority ministry staff. Greg graduated from The University of Chicago and The Northwestern University School of Law.
Stanley John serves at Alliance Theological Seminary in New York as director and assistant professor of missions and intercultural studies program. He received his doctorate degree in intercultural studies from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Stanley is the author of Transnational Organization and Practice of Faith: A Contextual Analysis of Kerala Pentecostal Churches in Kuwait. His research focuses on migrant Christianity in the Arabian Gulf, global Pentecostalism and global Christianity, and transnational networks.
Stanley serves on the board of directors of India Gospel Ministries and is a member of the Lausanne Global Diaspora Network. A licensed minister of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, he serves as teaching pastor at Ridgeway Alliance Church in White Plains, NY.
Ilya’s roots are in Ukraine, where he was born shortly before his family migrated to Sacramento, CA, which he considers home. In 2016 he served as the interpreter for the Langham team covering the launch of the Slavic Bible Commentary in Kiev and saw firsthand the impact of Langham’s work globally. Today he serves at C3 Trinity, a local church in Dallas, TX where he is the Associate Pastor of Small Groups and Young Professionals. In 2018 he graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with honors and was awarded the Henry C. Thiessen Award for his work in the field of New Testament studies. Ilya is passionate about seeing people grow in their church community and hopes to continue serving the local church through biblical preaching and leadership.
Schuyler Marshall is chairman of the board of The Rosewood Corporation, a Dallas-based company with diverse worldwide operations and investments. Schuyler joined Rosewood in 1996 and served as president from January 1999 to April 2012. Prior to Rosewood, Schuyler worked at Thompson & Knight, where he specialized in litigation.
Schuyler is board-certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the American College of Trial Lawyers, member of Dallas Citizens Council and the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, and board director of Reconciliation Outreach. Schuyler earned his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law with honors.
Brad Palmer is principal of Cross Street Partners, a Pennsylvania-based real estate firm that invests in commercial projects and development opportunities.
Brad served on the staff of Langham Partnership for eight years and worked alongside founder John Stott. He received a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in business administration from Villanova University. Brad is a member of Wayne Coffee & Ice Cream Bar, a coffee bar by morning and ice cream bar by evening.
John Rain serves as of counsel at Dallas-based Thompson & Knight LLP, representing capital providers and users in private debt or investment transactions. John is a top-rated lawyer with expertise in banking, finance and natural resources.
John and his wife, Ellen, are members and former officers of Highland Park Presbyterian Church. John Stott’s books have been an important part of their lives, and they consider themselves privileged to support the strategic work of Langham Partnership in helping the global church grow in maturity.
John is a graduate of Amherst College and The University of Texas School of Law. He also studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland.
Eidi Cruz-Valdivieso was born in Mexico City, where she worked for many years at Armonía, a ministry that serves impoverished urban and rural communities. She studied psychology in Mexico and earned a master’s degree in organizational and social psychology from the London School of Economics.
Eidi developed and led programs promoting community integration, collaboration and innovation. She also led a collaboration with Pitch@Palace, an initiative founded by HRH The Duke of York to support entrepreneurs.
Eidi is passionate about finding solutions to poverty and other global issues. She considers her involvement from a very young age with Armonia (founded by her parents) and John Stott’s influence as pivotal to her Christian walk.
David Spence is a long-time friend of Langham’s founder, John Stott, and serves as executor of Stott’s literary estate. He is founder and retired CEO of First Century Voyages, a boutique travel company whose inaugural trip in 1992 was a New Testament-themed sailing yacht charter he organized for friends—with John Stott as “ship chaplain.” David was the Langham Partnership International’s founding board chairman, and he now serves on the boards of M3 (Mobile Medical Milestones), The Center for Christianity and Scholarship at Duke, and the North Carolina Study Center at UNC, among others. He is currently the volunteer chair of a multi-million-dollar capital campaign for Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill. An alumnus of UNC, David has done graduate work in Christian studies at Regent College and marketing at Michigan State University. Today he, his children and five grandchildren live in Durham, NC, where they root enthusiastically for the Carolina Tar Heels.
Jack Swanson graduated from Wheaton College and earned a doctorate degree from Northwestern University. He taught at Wheaton Academy (West Chicago, IL) and served as assistant principal and counselor at East High School (Rockford, IL).
Jack served as superintendent of Oak Park-River Forest High School for 13 years before going to the Philippines to help establish a Christian mission in Manila. Back to Chicago, Jack served with several city ministry programs, including the Austin Christian Law Center, the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation, and the Lawndale Christian Health Center. Jack served on the boards of Trinity College, Wheaton College, West Suburban Hospital College of Nursing, and C.A.R.E. Philippines.
Ken Thrasher is co-founding partner of Bennett Thrasher, an Atlanta-based accounting firm created in 1980. Previously, Ken worked for Price WaterhouseCoopers as an audit senior and tax manager.
Ken is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs, AICPA Personal Financial Planning Section, Leadership Ministries, Inc., and the Leadership Ministries Foundation. He also serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity Atlanta.
With a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in accounting, Ken earned the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Personal Financial Specialist designation in 1998. He was a volunteer coach for Buckhead Baseball and Northside Youth Organization for nearly 15 years.
Tom Tolleson, Jr
Tom Tolleson, Jr. is a certified financial planner with more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He also holds various securities and insurance licenses and is widely known in the Atlanta professional community for his integrity, expert knowledge and dedication to putting his clients’ interests above his own. Tom has consistently received the Five-Star Wealth Manager award by Atlanta Magazine every year since 2014. Tom serves on the board of CS Lewis Institute Atlanta, whose mission is to develop wholehearted disciples of Jesus Christ. He has earned degrees in law, theology and history from Emory University, Regent College and the University of Virginia, respectively.
Luder Whitlock is executive director of CNL Charitable Foundation and Willovita Foundation. He is president of Excelsis, an Orlando-based nonprofit, and minister at large at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. After nearly ten years as a pastor, Luder joined the faculty of Reformed Theological Seminary in 1975 and was appointed president in 1978, a position he held for 23 years.
Luder’s service to higher education has been rich and varied, and his years of ministry have been marked by an effort to bring mutual understanding and cooperation within the worldwide evangelical community. He wrote the books, The Spiritual Quest: Pursuing Christian Maturity and Divided We Fall: Overcoming a History of Christian Disunity.
U.S. Advisory Board
Former Langham USA board member
Former Langham USA board member
International Ministries Director
Chris Wright represents and promotes the vision and work of Langham around the world through his international travel, his speaking and writing ministry as a Christian scholar and author, and in sharing the spiritual and strategic leadership of the organization.
Director of Langham Scholars
Riad Kassis is a Langham Scholar from Lebanon and is deeply committed to global theological education. He has served as Regional Director for Overseas Council, as well as visiting professor of Old Testament at The Arab Baptist Theological Seminary. Riad combines his Langham role with another, as the Director of ICETE (the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education).
Director of Langham Preaching
Paul Windsor coordinates an international team of trainers who facilitate Langham Preaching movements around the world. A native New Zealander, he currently lives and teaches homiletics at a seminary in South Asia.
Director of Langham Literature
Pieter Kwant has worked for several Christian publishers, including the one he founded himself, Piquant Editions. He oversees the work of the Langham Literature Warehouse and Service Centre in Carlisle, England, and is sought out around the world for his expertise in Majority World publishing.