Partnering cross-culturally at home and abroad
Partnering cross-culturally at home and abroad

Our Team

Our coaches have a high degree of expertise in many fields and are eager to help you!


Ron and Carla Roy served with the International Mission Board (IMB) for over 29 years in Uruguay. Ron served in the role of Strategy Coordinator for IMB teams and Uruguayan church planting teams. As a global mobilizer he worked to create an atmosphere where Uruguayans would desire to serve as missionaries themselves. Ron was involved in church planting, leadership development, seminary extension and as a professor at the Baptist Seminary in Montevideo, Uruguay. Ron helped to start a pastoral support group ministry that has continued for over 20 years. He served on the Uruguayan board of COMIBAN, LETRA (Wycliffe, Uruguay) and helped give spiritual guidance to the Uruguayan Prayer Network.

 

Prior to their mission service Ron was pastor of Level Park Baptist Church for five years in Battle Creek, Michigan and worked with the Baptist State Convention of Michigan for two years in the areas of evangelism and discipleship training.

 

Currently Ron serves as the Church Strengthening Coordinator, and assists in Hispanic mobilization for the Mid-South Baptist Association in Memphis, TN.  He is the Spiritual Life Director, and a professor for the Instituto Teológico Bautista, based in Jackson, Mississippi, that is part of the Gateway Baptist Theological Seminary. Ron continues to assist with Hispanic Mobilization through the International Mission Board as a volunteer. His passions are in the areas of pastoral care, coaching, mentoring: pastors, missionaries and those who are ministering cross-culturally.

 

Ron has a Master’s of Divinity degree from South Western Baptist Theological Seminary and a BA degree in Sociology from Baylor University, both in Texas.

 

Ron and Carla have three sons and seven grandchildren.

 

ron@glocalfocusassociates

 

 

Dr. H. James Spikes Jr. and his wife have more than 30 years of experience in ministry in a variety of settings.  They have pastored churches in the USA and have served for almost twenty years in South America as urban church planters, strategy coordinators and mission mobilizers in cooperation with several agencies such as COMIBAM, national Baptist conventions, and many others.  From 2010 to 2015,  Dr. Spikes resided in Europe working with Latin American and Brazilian Diaspora communities. As apart of his work, he was involved in researching the nature of Diaspora communities, Mobilizing and leading churches and others to develop effective cross-cultural ministry strategies, and building effective networks and partnerships between churches and groups that were focused on multicultural ministry in urban settings in Europe and Canada.  Dr. Spikes has two Masters degrees and a Doctor of Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has experience and skills in the area of developing and implementing cross-cultural ministry strategy, guiding and facilitating cross-cultural transitions and adaptation, building networks and teams, and leading and mobilizing change. Dr. Spikes is cofounder of the Diaspora Coalition whose purpose is to facilitate discussion, mentoring and research among Diaspora Missions practitioners.  He currently works as a consultant and coach in the area of multi-cultural ministry strategy and cross-cultural adaptation and transition.

 

Dr. Spikes and his wife Lori have three adult children who reside in Tennessee with their families.

 

jim@glocalfocusassociates.com

 

Phillip Lee Kesler has been a leader in mission work from an early age. He has ministered cross-culturally even while serving in the military – and is a Gulf War veteran (former Captain, USA).

 

Phil and his family moved to Brazil in 1998. He has worked Phil as Strategy Coordinator, leading a team that reached Arabs, Chinese, Urban Poor, and other people groups and population segments in the region of Foz do Iguaçu (border of Brazil with Paraguay and Argentina) for seven years. In 2005, he was invited to accept the role of Strategy Mobilizer for Brazil in the International Mission Board (Missão Batista do Sul). In 2006, he was also invited to accept the position of the first Ethnic Projects Coordinator for the Home Mission Board of the Brazilian Baptist Convention. The family moved to Rio de Janeiro in December 2006. In March 2008, he accepted the role of Regional Mobilization Strategist for South America. In July 2009, he took on the job of Associate Cluster Strategy Leader for the Mobilization and Partners Cluster. In 2010, he was invited to become the Cluster Strategy Leader for the Global Mobilizing Cluster of the Americas.  From 2010 until the end of 2015, he led this cluster (team) of 32 units (couples as well as singles) serving throughout the Americas, Europe, and strategic locations in Asia – all working to mobilize, train, and place Brazilian, Latin American, and Caribbean missionary workers among the least reached of the world – especially vocational workers in the area of sports, education, business, health care, technical services, and social work – in cooperation with more than 40 partners worldwide. He has served on the board of Operation Mobilization in Brazil.

 

His passion is to see the maximum number of workers going out to reach the remaining unreached peoples of the world – in their countries of origin as well as within Diaspora communities.

 

Pr. Phil has received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with concentrations in the Middle East, North Africa, and Russian Studies from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA in 1986, and his Masters of Divinity in Christian Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, USA in 1998.

 

Pr. Phil is married to Donya Kathleen Kesler, a gifted and published writer and teacher since 1984. He has three daughters and one son; Bethany, Anna, Aline, and Charles; as well as two grandchildren.

He currently resides in Portland Tennessee with Donya and Charles.

 

phil@glocalfocusassociates.com

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