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Ministry partnerships empower others to grow. I love seeing a new generation of leaders produced from the mutual transformation of ministry partnerships. Seeds were planted and now we get to see the fruit.

Samira Krauss, GO Administrative Manager -

Meet The Team

Cathi Christopher | Director of Accounts and Database Administration

Cathi Christopher worked in the corporate world for several years and came to a place where she wanted to do more than just work for a paycheck.  In June 2009, she was working at Brown Forman Corporation when she volunteered at the Derby fundraising event for GO.  At that event, Cathi discovered the opportunity she was looking for.  Shortly after, she joined GO as the bookkeeper tracking all financial aspects of the ministry.  Cathi is married to Lewis and they have two sons, Nick and Connor.

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Cathy Creque | GO Kids Stateside Program Coordinator

Cathy joined GO Ministries as a full-time volunteer in November of 2011. She and husband Ron went on a trip to the Dominican Republic in October 2011 where Ron lead a Leadership Conference for the GO staff. This gave her an opportunity to meet and spend time with the staff and see the amazing difference GO was making in many lives. Cathy fell in love with the children and serves as the Coordinator of GO Kids! Program.

In fact, Cathy has always had a heart for children. She helped pay her way to a private school by babysitting even when she was very young. Additionally, her career includes owning an in-home day care center. She has also worked in accounting, customer service and just prior to joining GO was the Office Manager for a large physical therapy and sports rehab clinic.

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Her work at GO gives her the opportunity to combine her business expertise with her love for kids. She coordinates the communication between GO Kids! and the program sponsors. She is responsible for the mailing and the reporting that is required, and anything else that is needed to make sure the kids are being served.

Cathy is native of Louisville, Kentucky and attended the University of Louisville and earned a Business Management Degree from the University of Phoenix.

Jenn Arnett | Medical Coordinator/Regional Director

Jenn first got involved with GO when she led her first trip in 2010 with Premier Home Care. It was a medical focused trip and she truly loved making an impact in the communities she saw. After her trip, she continued contact with GO and our founder Brook. In 2016 Brook approached her to lead the Medical Focused Area for GO, after some thought and prayer she joined staff summer of 2016. Jenn comes from a medical background as a National and State Board Certified Repertory Therapist. Jenn is in charge of developing and fostering new relationships around the Louisville and Cincinnati area. She plans and coordinates 4-5 annual events to raise funds and bring awareness for GO.

Jenn has been happily married to her husband Bryan since 1993 and together they have twin daughters, Shelby and Ashley.

Juan Casa del Valle | Director of Kingdom Business

Juan & his wife Heather went on their first trip to the Dominican Republic with the Revolution Church team in 2014. While Juan was there, he began to feel the hand of God working on his heart and very soon thereafter applied for a position with GO Ministries. Juan graduated from Murray State University with a degree in International Business with a focus in marketing.

Juan is in charge of coordinating all Kingdom Business functions which include developing small businesses to create employment, income, needed goods/services and training in the D.R. and in other countries. He also helps coordinate Partnerships for the ministry by developing mutually transformational relationships between North American churches and individuals with Nationals on the island of Hispaniola.

Juan & Heather spend their summers guiding North American teams on the Island and developing partnerships with local leaders. They guide these teams as they assist nationals with feeding kids at the nutritional centers, helping with the construction projects, and working with local leaders in their churches to further their ministry needs.

Juan & Heather are expecting their first son August 2017.

 

Lisa Crain | Stateside Administrator of Teams and Finance

Lisa Crain previously worked for a small business handling all aspects of there office and accounting. After the birth of her third child she took a more part time position teaching preschool. During this time she also worked with her church coordinating preschool ministries for 3 services. During those years her relationship with and desire to serve God grew. Ready to return to office and more full time work, but still having the desire for it to be in ministry, GO ministries was a perfect fit.

Lisa is married to Bryan and they have three children Gabe, Aiden and Alyssa.

Lori Sudsberry | HR Projects

Lori was an elementary school teacher before staying home with kids. She has also been a children’s director since 2010 as a part of The Creek Church, and worked in HR for Communitas International before joining GO. She loves people and is so excited to be a part of the GO Team!

Mike Shryock | Director of Ministry Administration

Mike Shryock is one of five founding Directors of G.O. Ministries and has served as a board member continuously since 1982.  After 37 years of located ministry and New England church planting, in May of 2013 he joined home office and has been serving in operations to enable GO’s field missionaries in sharing the love of Christ with others via partnering with National through short-term missions.

Rick Champ | Director of North American Partnership

Rick joined GO Ministries as Director of North American Partnership in September 2017. During more than 30 years in ministry he developed a passion for the power of partnerships between people and between churches—locally and globally. His role is to help build strong partnerships between churches in North America and churches in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

His ministry experience includes serving with local churches as a pastor and a youth pastor, serving with a church planting organization in Chicagoland, and working with a ministry helping churches in Illinois to come alongside families in crisis. He also spent 11 years as adjunct faculty at Lincoln Christian University. He is a friend, coach, and consultant to ministry and nonprofit leaders, and a pastor-at-large to whomever he encounters. He is also the proud father of three adult children, and Papa of three grandsons and two granddaughters.

Ryan Sudsberry | Global Director of Church Planting/Southeast Regional Director

Ryan Sudsberry serves as our Global Director of Church Planting as well as serving as our Southeast Regional Director.  He joined the staff in the Fall of 2016.  Following Jesus has allowed him to serve the church from Florida to Scotland and now in the Caribbean.  He has served the local church for over 20 years.  Ryan and his wife Lori bring passion and experience in equipping the church for mission.  They are raising 3 children who are daily learning how to love Jesus and the people God puts in their lives.

Sandra Brotzman | Coordinator of Hospitality and Cultural Liaison

Sandra Brotzman grew up in the Dominican Republic.  The daughter of a pastor who was later the Caribbean President of GO Ministries, she grew up ministering to the neighborhood needs and hosting short-term teams in her home.   After graduating from college, she was the Principal of Colegio Evangelico Isaias Immanuel in Hoya del Caimito.  She later married Brook Brotzman, President of GO Ministries, and they moved to the U.S. to continue to build partnerships for the ministry.

Sandra is a staple in the ministry and many have been blessed by her hospitality.  She hosts and serves more than 50 visiting ministry partners and supporters each year in Louisville, encourages the staff in the U.S. and the DR, and serves as a cultural liason for GO, bringing a better understanding of Dominican culture, tradition and language as we build strong and lasting partnership across Hispaniola.  Brook and Sandra have two daughters, Gabrielle and Brianna.