Ryder holds two M.Div. degrees—one from India and one from the USA. He has vast experience preaching, teaching and church planting in cross-cultural, international and interracial environments. Ryder is currently pastor of East West Community Church San Fernando Valley in Southern California. His wife, Flory, is a member of his team in short-term missions abroad and is actively involved in the local church ministry. Ryder’s late wife, Enid, worked for a time at L’Abri with Francis Schaefer and labored as a vital part of church ministry in India and the USA. Their son, Abraham, is a gifted musician who serves in the ministry and is a senior executive for three companies.
Ralph’s educational history includes: graduating from Pepperdine University with a Masters of Public Administration, teaching at the University of Redlands, the University of Phoenix, Santa Monica College, Valley College, and Pasadena City College. His vocational history includes: Patrol Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department and then Sergeant and Department Chaplain with LAPD. He retired in 1981. He served 14 years with The Pasadena Community College District and 10 years with Prison Fellowship Ministries. His lovely bride is Joyce and together they have 3 grown children – Gregory, Cheryl, and Erin and two grandchildren Samantha and Kyler.
Jerry has three adult daugthers and his wife Cindy of 26 years went to be with the Lord in 2013.
Randy received his Bachelors in Bible from Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, OR and his Teaching Credential and Math Minor from Western Oregon State University in Monmouth, OR. Randy married Susan in 1985 and they have two grown sons, Tim and Joe.
By God’s grace, he has served in various Christian church and missions support ministries throughout his adult life. Now retired, he spends his time working with the Missions Team, Sunday School teaching, Discipleship Group leadership and the STN Board. Duane and his wife, Janet, have been married since June, 1956, and have four children, two of which went to be with the Lord as young adults.
Mike is a certified biblical counselor through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC formally NANC). He has completed 95% of his training at the Logos Bible Institute in Sun Valley California. He has held leadership roles in discipleship evangelism and FCCI (christian business owner association).
Mike has been in the printing and direct marketing industry since 1971. He was Vice president of All Mailing Service (1971-1986) then become President of Mail-Pac (1986-1995) and is currently President of Synergy 2000, Inc. since 1996.
Management Advisory Board
In addition to her first priorities of wife and mom, Diane has thoroughly enjoyed using her spiritual gifts of leadership and administration in a plethora of ministries throughout the church including women’s events, Vacation Bible School, banquets, all church events, and as part of the Management Advisory Board of Shepherding the Nations.
Over the years, Diane has had numerous and fantastic opportunities given by the Lord to travel overseas and share the gospel. In her early twenties she traveled to the Philippines, England, and Brazil with a singing group called the ‘Certain Sounds.’ She had the opportunity in 2004 to return to the Philippines with her entire family to minister alongside TBBF missionaries, Sean and Jessica Ransom. A trip to India with Paul, Randy & Susan Leinen, and Ryder & Flory Kumar in 2007 sparked a love and burden for the Indian people. Being a professional singer has also given her many occasions to cross culturally share the love of Jesus through song.
Married to Ryder in 2005 she moved to the USA and presently serves along with her husband in the local church among the ladies and children. She supports actively in the ministry of STN by being on the team with her husband and went to two short term mission trips. Among the other activities, she faithfully cares for her home and family responsibilities and she is also a part of the ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Susan also enjoys contributing her skills in graphic design and web design for STN along with other ministries at TBBF. The Leinens enjoy family time with two adult sons, Joe, and Tim, with his wife, Jessica.