About Us

Our Vision

To fulfill the great commission in our generation by transforming the way churches do missions. Our focus is to find, train, equip and send national Christian leaders from the least reached people groups to plant new self-governing, self-sustaining and reproducing churches among other least reached people groups.

Our Strategy

Our Strategy is to develop national leaders of church planting movements by teaching them to be designers and implementers rather than having it provided for them. We desire our church plants have national leaders and to be making progress towards being self-governing, self-sustaining and self-reproducing. We do recognize however this will require resources, both human and financial, from the west for an initial period of time.

Church Planting

Training, equipping and sending national workers focused on planting churches among the targeted people groups.

Teaching, Training, & Discipling

Equipping national leaders with a practical knowledge of God’s word to effectively care for those who need to see and experience the light and life of Jesus.

Biblical Soulcare

Providing people with encouragements and endurance through the use of scripture so that in their struggles with life’s most difficult issues they might find help and hope.

Our Board

Director

Robert Burkhard

Robert is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute with a BA in Bible and Theology and an MBA in Finance from Haile/US Bank School of Business at the Northern Kentucky University.  After Moody, Robert and a friend moved to Kenya to train and equip indigenous church leadership in Theology, Hermeneutics and in casting a Gospel vision beyond their local and tribal boundaries.  After returning to the USA he spent a number of years as a part-time youth pastor to a small Cincinnati Korean congregation.

In 2003 Robert moved to Kentucky and began work on his masters while working in the corporate world in numerous positions within Accounts Payable, Treasury and Compensation departments.  In these roles he has overseen wide ranging projects including Sarbanes-Oxley Financial compliance, Mergers and Acquisitions consolidations, corporate banking relationship, corporate debt compliance and analysis, equity compensation plans, shareholder proxy work and global mobility.

He is currently a ruling elder in the PCA and resides with his wife and three boys in Union, Kentucky.

Director & Board Member

President/CEO

Steve Freeburne

Steve was the co-founder of the 15:20 Coaltion in 2011 and brings experience to the 15:20 Coaltion Board of Directors as an executive with Dow Corning Corporation where he served as an Excutive Director of Science and Technology for four years. In terms of ministry experience Steve was part of a small team that planted a church in Northern Kentucky in 1993, eventually serving full time in several positions such as Teaching Elder, Direction of Student ministries, pastor of Missions, Small Groups, Counseling and Finance. He is a certified Biblical counselor through ACBC. He and his wife Bobbi have three children and six grandchildren.


Founder & CEO

Director

Dr. Chris Gnanakan

Chris brings a practical knowledge of global outreach to the 15:20 Coalition Board of Directors. As the Education & Training Director of Outreach to Asian Nationals (OTAN), Chris has served since 2010 and is leading OTAN in doing what others “Don’t, Won’t and Can’t.” His vision is to disciple national leaders to create their own church planting movements through targeting the least-reached people groups within closed, restricted, and limited access countries. Chris has a heart for training theological missions leaders to engage Biblical truths in effective, innovative ways that will transform both individual lives and the global church. Chris is also Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies and Global Studies at Liberty University School of Divinity in Lynchburg, VA, where he is actively serving as a bridge between theology and missions in the college age generation. You can follow Chris on his blog at chrisgnanakan.com

Co-Founder & Board Member

Director

Dr. Steve Coffey

Steve comes to the 15:20 Coalition Board of Directors with a depth of missions experience beginning at Christar in 1989. He and his wife, Beth, initially served among North African immigrants in France. In 2001, they returned to the U.S for Steve to lead the Christar Church Planting Division. he became Director of Christ, U.S in 2011. Before serving with Christar, Steve and Beth worked for a year in a humanitarian project in the Red Sea hills of Sudan among the Beja people. Steve’s education includes an undergraduate degree in History Education, Liberty University; M.Div., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (emphasis in cross-cultural ministry); and Doctor of Strategic Leadership, Regent University (emphasis in organizational leadership).

Director & Board Member