The Strategic Advisory Board is a diverse group of friends and advisors who help Leighton Ford Ministries think through all the various aspects of our ministry. Members come from a variety of spheres, including ministry, leadership development, business, and civic. In addition to advice and counsel, the Strategic Advisory Board helps identify potential mentoring leaders and mentees. Separately, Leighton Ford Ministries is governed by an independent Board of Directors.
Bishop Claude Alexander is senior pastor for The Park Church in Charlotte, N.C. and serves on the governing boards of Christianity Today, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Wycliffe Bible Translators, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and Mission America Coalition. He is past president of the Hampton University Ministers Conference, the oldest and largest interdenominational gathering of African American clergy in the United States.
Bishop Alexander has served as senior pastor for The Park Church for 29 years. Under his leadership, The Park Church has grown from one local congregation of 600 members to a global ministry of thousands with three locations and weekly international reach. Leighton and Claude are members of the Leadership Breakfast Group in Charlotte and have served on several boards together.
Dr. John Bernard has served as president of United World Mission since 2001. Prior to serving in organizational leadership, John and his wife Melinda were missionaries in Spain involved in church planting and leadership training. John has also served as a local church pastor in New Hampshire.
John earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia International University in 2005 with a dissertation entitled, “Training Church Planters in Vietnam.” In 1987 he earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and was ordained by the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (CCCC). John is a member of Leighton’s Charlotte-area mentoring community.
Bishop Ken Carter is Resident Bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and Immediate Past President of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church. Along with the Cabinet, he gives pastoral and administrative leadership to almost 800 congregations, fresh expressions of church, campus ministries, and outreach initiatives in an episcopal area that stretches from Tallahassee and Jacksonville to Miami and the Keys.
Ken is the author of ten books, most recently Embracing the Wideness: The Shared Convictions of United Methodists (Abingdon Press, 2018). He came to the Florida Conference in 2012 following a ministry of almost thirty years in Western North Carolina. Bishop Carter has participated in LFM’s mentoring ministry at The Bellfry and is a long-term personal friend of Leighton’s.
Rob Kelly’s concern that churches in Charlotte were divided and declining led to the 2015 launch of FORCLT (ForCharlotte), a ministry working to connect local pastors and open their eyes to the mission field God has given them in their own backyard. As founding President and CEO, Rob leads the FORCLT network, engagement platform, Movement Day Charlotte, and annual State of the City Report.
Prior to FORCLT, Rob served as a pastor for 13 years, co-founded the CLT/ONE young adult ministry, and lectured at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also coaches city networks, both locally and globally, on how to build a healthy, sustainable backbone organization to support gospel-centered city transformation. Rob has been a member of Leighton’s Charlotte mentoring community for several years.
Jim Morgan is a Christian business leader who has led six different companies, including Executive Chairman of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Chairman/CEO of Wachovia Securities. He is on the board of Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc., The YMCA of Greater Charlotte, and Youth Commission International.
In helping lead Krispy Kreme’s successful turnaround, he said of his approach, “I wanted to be like Jesus to the employees. They just needed someone to love on them. That’s all I did.” Leighton and Jim are longtime members of the Leadership Breakfast Group in Charlotte.
Mary Kate Morse
Dr. MaryKate Morse is Dean of Portland Seminary and lead mentor for the Leadership and Spiritual Formation D.Min. track. In addition to her extensive leadership and teaching at the seminary, she is currently a mentor and trainer for Lausanne Young Leaders, serves as part of the Mentoring Community Board, and is a mentor trainer and advisor for Leighton Ford Ministries.
MaryKate began her ministry living in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia and Peru doing evangelism, theological education by extension, and social projects with the Aymará Indians. Upon return, she studied spiritual formation and direction, was certified as a spiritual director, and was recorded as a pastor with the Evangelical Friends.
She is lead author of Lifelong Leadership: Woven Together Through Mentoring Communities, an LFM resource published by NavPress in 2020.
Tom Moser retired as Vice Chairman of the accounting and advisory firm KPMG and has served on several boards, including New York Life Insurance Co., Save the Children, and Hope for Haiti. He and his wife, Mary Lynn, led the mission outreach committee at their church, and that experience led them to advocate for charitable organizations who actively share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their programs.
Having met Leighton and Jean Ford through mutual friends a few years ago, they have become proponents and supporters of Leighton Ford Ministries and are excited about the promising new opportunities under Kevin Ford’s leadership.
Dr. Mike Moses is Founding Pastor of Lake Forest Church and served as Moderator (president) of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church from 2015-2017. He founded Lake Forest Church in 1998, originally preaching under a disco ball in the local skating rink. Under his leadership, Lake Forest has grown to a church of 3,000 people in four congregations, known for their mission activity in the community and around the world, while maintaining a singular focus on following Jesus.
As Moderator of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, he initiated a new position paper on biblical sexuality, prioritized church planting, and helped form a church planting partnership with the Mexican Presbyterian Church. Mike is a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program and has been a member of Leighton’s Charlotte mentoring community for several years.
Dr. Jim Osterhaus is the Senior Executive Coach at Leighton Ford Ministries with extensive experience helping ministry leaders and organizations move through change, conflict, and reorganization. He is co-author of Thriving Through Ministry Conflict (Zondervan, 2010) which deals with the ministry discord that so often derails people.
Jim has diverse and nationally-recognized experience, from facilitating the Organizational Culture Component of the U.S. Army Staff Redesign, to teaching seminars at major universities and seminaries, to directing the counseling centers for two churches, to being interviewed by Sam Donaldson of ABC News.
In addition to his coaching role, Jim has teamed with Leighton Ford to conduct leadership mentoring retreats in the United States and Canada.
Wendy Ramos is Director of Global Mobilization with United World Mission and lives with her husband, Ivan, in Mexico City, where they serve with UWM as career missionaries. Wendy went to Mexico as a “short-term” missionary in 1998 and has now lived and served in Mexico for over 17 years!
Wendy received her master’s degree in Missions and Evangelism from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where she first got involved with Leighton Ford Ministries. She has been in an LFM mentoring community for over 10 years, launched a mentoring community in Mexico, and has helped lead mentor training events in Mexico and Asia.
Ron Scheese is President and Chief Executive Officer of Andesa Services, an Allentown, Pennsylvania-based provider of integrated policy administration, plan administration, and illustration solutions for life insurance and annuity carriers and brokers. Prior to Andesa, Ron held a variety of financial leadership roles with faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare ministries.
Ron first became connected to Leighton Ford Ministries while serving as an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Reading, PA, where Kevin Ford led a strategic planning process. Ron then hired TAG Consulting (which Kevin led prior to joining LFM) to lead a multi-year consultation with Andesa, which resulted in significant increases in profit and growth, driven by high levels of employee engagement.
Dr. Jim Singleton is Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he has served since 2012. He previously served as senior pastor in Texas, Washington, and First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs, a downtown congregation of 4,200 members.
Jim has taught at seminaries in Virginia, Texas, Washington, Moscow, and Zambia, and participated in cross-cultural missions in places like Mongolia, Ecuador, Cuba, Mexico, and India . . . to name a few.
His connection to Leighton Ford Ministries started when Kevin Ford was consulting with First Presbyterian Colorado Springs. Kevin introduced him to Leighton, who, according to Jim, became “the chiropractor of my soul.”
Ken Shigematsu is senior pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, British Columbia, one of the largest and most diverse city-center churches in Canada. Before entering pastoral ministry, he worked for Sony in Tokyo, Japan. The intense work schedule led him to explore personal disciplines that could bring order to his life, from those of his samurai ancestors to St. Benedict’s rule for Christian communities.
His first book, God in My Everything: How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God (Zondervan, 2013) describes how a personal rule, or spiritual rhythm, can support the growth of a God-filled life. His second book, Survival Guide for the Soul: How to Flourish Spiritually in a World that Pressures Us to Achieve (Zondervan, 2018) examines how specific spiritual practices reorder our lives and focus our priorities.
Ken is a longtime member of Leighton’s mentoring community.
Chuck Stees is a passionate mentoring leader who spent the majority of his professional career working for Lockheed Martin, including Vice President of Marketing for Lockheed’s commercial satellite business unit and Executive Vice President of Space Imaging.
In 2008, Chuck retired from Lockheed Martin to pursue other interests, including serving as Board Chair for a non-profit providing home renovation for low-income homeowners in Silicon Valley and creating a mentoring program for individuals preparing to re-enter the workforce.
Chuck became acquainted with Kevin Ford when his church in Boulder, Colorado, engaged Kevin’s team to lead the congregation through a visioning process. During that time, they discovered their shared passion for mentoring.
The Rev. Dr. David Swanson is Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, as well as founder and principal teacher for The Well, a national media ministry focused on presenting the Gospel with fresh clarity and passion. His congregation is part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and is among the largest Presbyterian churches in the country.
An active community leader, David serves on the Board of Trustees for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the Executive Board of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, and the board of The Camaraderie Foundation. He was recently named one of the top five most influential leaders in Orlando.
Together with Kevin Ford, David co-leads a Leighton Ford Ministries mentoring community for a specially-selected group of young, missional pastors.
Stephan Tchividjian is Founder and President of the Board of the National Christian Foundation of South Florida and Co-Executive Director of Lifework Leadership of South Florida. The eldest grandson of Billy Graham, Stephan proudly carries on his family’s tradition of ministry, serving as Chairman of the Board at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale and Associate Pastor.
He has more than 25 years of experience serving on a variety of boards of directors and leadership teams for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Stephan has lived in South Florida since 1979 where he and his wife, Lisa, have raised their five children.
Dr. John Walker has been an economics professor and a highly successful entrepreneur. As the founder of Andesa Services, Dr. Walker is a pioneer of the information economy, whose business vision was a direct outgrowth of his economics training. Because of his belief in the fundamental importance of economics as a field of study, in 2001 he announced a gift of nearly $7 million to fund the expansion and enhancement of Clemson University’s economics department.
John has been active in supporting the ministry of Young Life. He first became associated with Leighton Ford Ministries when Kevin Ford directed a multi-year consultation with Andesa through TAG Consulting, the firm Kevin led prior to LFM.