leadership team

STAFF

Jeff has served in this role since January 2015. He began his journey with Man Up and Go back in 2012 when he visited Ethiopia and Uganda. He fell in love with Africa, but also identified with the intrinsic vision of the organization. He desires to see men live the abundant life Christ offers in John 10, which includes “Manning Up” to their responsibilities as husbands, fathers, and leaders in the community. Jeff is passionate about Christ, the world’s most vulnerable, and in seeing men live out authentic masculinity. He graduated from Wheaton College (2000) with a BA in Interpersonal Communications and Business Emphasis, and played running back for the-then-Crusaders. Jeff brings an eclectic background of entrepreneurism to the Man Up table, from starting and owning a painting company (2000), to an insurance brokerage firm (2006), to an online savings blog (2009) he still owns and his wife, Liza, operates. He and Liza met at Wheaton College, were married in 2001, and have two children; Asher, whom they adopted from Ethiopia in 2013, and Jolie, whom they adopted from China in 2016. Jeff is active in his local church where he serves as deacon and is in the unenviable position of being a lifelong Chicago Bears fan.

Luke comes to Man Up and Go from working as the Country Director with Fellowship of Christian Athletes in the Dominican Republic. He has a passion for the Gospel of Jesus, justice, community development, multiculturalism, and authentic masculinity. He wrote his MA capstone project specifically on Latin American masculinity and the role of the father in both spiritual as well as socio-economic development. His time in the Dominican Republic was spent developing men through the avenue of sports. He is excited to see men come to know Jesus, grow spiritually, develop socio-economically, and become leaders both in the home, in the church, and in the community.

Luke is a native Baltimorean who left Maryland at 17 years old to head to Anderson University in South Carolina. There he met Abbie, a self-proclaimed Gringateca, who calls Guatemala her home country but spent most of her childhood in Quito, Ecuador, with her missionary parents. Their passion for people, sports (Luke played baseball through college), culture, and ministry brought them together and they were married in 2011. They both graduated college in 2012 (Luke with a BA in Sport Ministry, Abbie a BS in Exercise Science) and moved to Denver, CO, where Luke gained his MA in Justice and Mission at Denver Seminary.

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From his years as an inner-city Chicago math teacher and international school Principal in Jerusalem, Israel, Shane has developed a passion to serve those on the margin of our global society.  At the age of 5, he and his family immigrated from Jamaica to the US and eventually settled in Clearwater, FL where he grew up before attending Wheaton College (IL) and meeting Jeff Ford.  Through the eyes of his eldest daughter, Simone, Shane has been challenged to do more especially for the orphans and widows in our world.  Her desire to eventually work for/own an orphanage and his relationship with Man Up members led Shane to go on his first Man Up trip in June 2016.  Since then, Shane continues to seek opportunities to support MU&G in stewarding TIME: Talent, Influence, Money, and Energy he has been entrusted with for Christ and His kingdom.  He and his wife Sarah have 3 children (ages 12, 7, and 5) and live in Clearwater, FL.

Christy lives in Florida, and is a part time teacher and mom to three children. She loves reading, writing, and good coffee. She is passionate about speaking up for the fatherless because it’s a command given throughout Scripture, and because she believes it’s a way to live out the love that she has seen Christ first demonstrate to us through His adoption of us into His eternal family.

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Growing up in a single parent home from the time he was 6, Mark knows first hand the impact that fatherless homes have on the children and the single mom. As he grew into an adult, Mark developed a passion to follow the scripture in James 1:27 and throughout the Bible to care for the fatherless and the widows of the world. In 2013 Mark was introduced to Man Up and Go and as they say, the rest is history.

Mark is the President of OneSource Insurance Group in Nixa, MO. He is married to his beautiful wife Stephanie and they have two children, Brynn and Maddox, and an adopted child from China.

Eric first traveled with Man Up in 2012 to Ethiopia and Uganda. He fell in love with the people in East Africa and subsequently has lead return trips to Uganda. He is passionate about men becoming the husbands and fathers God intends them to be and about servant leadership. Eric is married to Shannon and has 3 children (Gabrielle, Elijah, and Carver). He works in a leadership role for Athletico Physical Therapy in Eastern Iowa. He is excited to expand the Man Up and Go vision and mission in the Midwest!

Jason is passionate about the Man-Up movement because it aims to strengthen the family unit, which will occur as men throughout the world embrace responsibilities as husbands and fathers. None of us are perfect and all fall short of the standard set by the ultimate “Man Up” example in Jesus Christ. Man Up transitions lessons in loving and leading to action by serving orphans, widows, and men – some of whom have never experienced a positive male influence. Jason believes “Manning Up” is the formula to strengthening family units, communities, our nation, and all nations.

Jason lives in Clearwater, FL with his wife (Janna) and children (Will, Kylie, and Braden). He is a founder in The Sports Facilities Management, The Sports Facilities Advisory, Empower Adventures Tampa Bay, Empower Adventures Middleburg and actively serves at Calvary Church, Calvary Christian High School Board of Directors, and Board Chair for the Habitat For Humanity of Pinellas County.

Stephen lives to see people come alive in Christ. God first used Man Up and Go to change Stephen’s life in 2011, when he tripped over to Ethiopia and Uganda with the first Man Up trip; he loves adventures. Stephen was profoundly impacted by that trip and has never been the same. He has a big heart for the orphan now and sees Man Up as a revolution against fatherlessness. He gets fired up at seeing people’s lives changed thru the Gospel. Stephen has been married to his dream girl, Wynne, for almost 9 years. They have 2 precious little ones, adopted from Ethiopia, Camp and Asher, both 3. Stephen lives in Bryan Texas, is an entrepreneur, and loves his Lord and Savior.

Roger Gibson is the Marriage and Family Pastor at Fellowship of the Parks. He worked for 20 years as the Vice President of Gary Smalley’s ministry and is the co-founder of Man Up and Go, a father to the fatherless ministry. Roger and his family journeyed together on a mission adventure for 16 months serving in Ethiopia, Haiti, and Nicaragua to love orphans and disciple men. He resides in Keller, TX along with his lovely wife, Kari, and three children: Michael, Hannah, and Zoie.

Mitch first caught a glimpse of the orphan crisis when he and his wife, Shannon, adopted their daughter from rural South Korea. Mitch was called to action and became a member of the original Man Up team. That experience had an immeasurable impact on his life. Since then, Mitch has led multiple teams to Africa, the Dominican Republic, and United States to “learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” (Isaiah 1:17).  Mitch is also the father of 4 children; Landri, Kyson, Zion and Shay.

Jim is a 50 something father of 4 kids, husband to Nancy for 29 years (yes, she’s a strong woman), avid runner, and lover of the Lord – striving to do more than just exist in the time God has given. His Christian journey has taught Jim God desires for him to love and serve others unselfishly. If he is not serving, he’s just existing. That’s why Jim loves mission trips to Africa – he gets to do more than just exist! He has an opportunity to show the children and people of Africa the same unselfish love the Lord has shown to him.

Landon McCarter is a passionate follower of Christ that has been called to use his talents to grow the Kingdom of God. When he was 22 he gave his life to Christ on Missouri State University’s campus. He is a husband to an amazing wife and father to 3 amazing kids.

God called him to finish his Marketing degree and led him to start his own business months after graduation. He has seen many successes and even more failures in his business ventures. They all have taught him one thing. God is an amazing Father.

Landon currently runs a fast growing digital marketing agency called Jumpsix Marketing (www.jumpsixmarketing.com). He has franchised this business and has 12+ offices around the country in key markets.

Landon feels called to use the best marketing practices available in 2016 to share the message and vision with the world.

First introduced to Man Up and Go in 2014, Matt later participated in his first trip to Uganda in 2015. That trip opened his eyes to the plight of the fatherless and the meaning behind James 1:27. He believes Man Up is making a difference around the world as we support our ministry partners and LOVE BIG on the orphans, widows, and men that we serve.

Matt lives in Clearwater, Florida with his wife Amy and their three children. He is a Manager at ZVRS and a member at Lakeside Community Chapel.

Vicki

Vicki’s introduction to the Man Up and Go organization was through her first mission trip to Africa in 2013.  The experiences of that trip are what inspired Vicki to become more involved in fighting for the fatherless. She has been to Africa every year since and has led multiple trips there.  She believes God has specifically called her to love and encourage the women and children in Africa.  Man Up and Go has given her the opportunity to LOVE BIG on the people of Uganda and Ethiopia. 

Vicki has been married over 30 years to her high school sweetheart (Tom) and is the mother of 2 boys (Zachary & Logan).  She was born and raised in beautiful Clearwater, Florida.  She attends and serves at Calvary Church and works full time at Bouchard Insurance.

The Lord is using Man Up and Go to make a significant impact in the areas where we are partnering with the local church to engage, empower & equip the men, women and children we are serving. Change only happens when people do something.

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