2017 ICCM Americas Speaker Bios
Greg Beeley from LightSys
Greg Beeley, co-founder and CEO of LightSys Technology Services, has been serving in missions software engineering and IT for over 20 years. His experience includes such areas as information security, software engineering, open-source technologies, networking and WiFi, Linux, and nonprofit operations. Greg also leads LightSys’ Spring Break Code-a-Thon for Missions, which just finished its fifth year. Greg and his wife Dorinda have a huge heart for using technology to help reach the unreached world with Jesus’ love.
Prior to Calvin College, I was a software engineer for a variety of organizations to include the IRS, GTE, US West, US Court, Ingram Industries, Meijer and a host of other as a contractor. My interests have gone more in the direction of database technology and data mining. Most recently, I have been involved in working with an insurance agency to automate reporting for the Affordable Care Act…that gig will most likely come to an end soon!
Joshua Brower from Defense in Depth
Josh has been crashing computers since his early teens, and now does it full-time as he works in the international NGO community, helping to protect the lives and work of people around the world.
Roy Campbell has worked in various IT related environments for over 30 years. In 1999, he joined a ministry as an IT Tech and started a 16 year journey towards being involved with inner city and majority world projects leveraging technology to serve people in poverty. Currently he’s bootstraping an eLearning company called Learning For Humanity where they are working to use technology for sustainable education. He’s been involved with ICCM since 2001 and is currently a core leader for ICCM-Africa. Roy is married to Carol. His daughters Natalie and Jamie have both attended ICCM’s in the US. In his after hours life, he enjoys playing hockey, is a top-10 ranked Crokinole player, and enjoys board gaming.
Roy’s work currently has him researching low power technology, and overseeing infrastructure development for educational environments in the majority world. He also enjoys discussions and sessions around Culture, Technology, and Spirituality and their interactions with each other.
David Caylor from X31 Technologies
Carl Daudt, Enterprise Systems Analyst, Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
Carl Daudt is a member of the Information Technology Department of Taylor University. Together with his wife, Judy Daudt, he endeavors to serve the needs of missionaries in practical ways. They have lived out their desire to support missions through technology and technology related missions, adoption of college aged missionary kids, and commitment to long term relationships with missionaries and the mission community. Carl and Judy served for over eleven years as advisors for the Mu Kappa student organization at Taylor University, an organization for missionary kids in college. Carl is a geophysicist by training, and has maintained connections with international students since his graduate school days. Carl first attended ICCM in 2001 at the JAARS facility in Waxhaw, NC.
Tom Francis is a software developer and consultant with over 20 years of experience in commercial and open source software, with particular interests on process and data security. Recently, Tom has been aiding a missions organization with one of their many software projects, and reviewing projects for LightSys sponsored Spring Break Code-a-Thons.
Marj Garrean is a 35 year technology (IT) professional specializing in implementing enterprise, global software systems. She retired in 2005 and moved to Atlanta to become a full time IT missionary working for Operation Mobilization USA (OM). In 2012, when OM started the Freedom Climb ministry which transforms lives of women and children who are being exploited, enslaved and trafficked, she became part of the Prayer team.
In 2014, she sensed that God wanted her to use her talents to more actively combat human trafficking. She has left OM and works part time for the non-profit Alliance for Freedom, Restoration and Justice (AFRJ). AFRJ is an organization that exists to form partnerships and networks of organizations, churches, businesses and governmental agencies involved in the fight against human trafficking and slavery.
Marj spent the first 15 years of life in Sioux City, IA, and then moved to Nebraska. She has degrees in Education and Engineering from the University of NE. She has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Her interests are mentoring, teaching, gardening, cycling, reading, home improvement projects, sewing, and sharing the love of Jesus through outreach clowning.
Marj has used her teaching degree throughout her life and has taught all different age levels. She frequently leads “home groups” and teaches adult Bible studies. Recently, she took a group of women from her church to India to teach a seminar on the “Fathers Love” to Pastor’s wives. Her favorite book of the Bible is Isaiah, especially chapter 61, and her life verse is Col 3:17.
James, the Founder and Director of FaithTech, is an entrepreneur turned pastor turned story-teller. With a unique background in business (co-founded a faith-based media company at 19 years of age, BComm and 7 years experience in professional recruitment) and church (MDiv and helped plant a church in 2012), he’s positioned to creatively bridge the gap between faith and tech. FaithTech, a growing movement pioneering new ways to advance the gospel in a new era driven by technology, started with an idea in late 2015 and has turned into a global ministry, with operations across Canada in Toronto, Vancouver and Waterloo. www.faithtech.ca
Jason Maas from DiscipleMakers
Jason worked for IBM briefly as a software developer before becoming a Geek for God at DiscipleMakers college student ministry in Pennsylvania 15 years ago. He is a “jack of all trades, master of none” sysadmin, tech support provider, and amateur software developer. He loves Linux on servers, Apple end user devices, and seeing more disciples of Jesus being made. He has attended ICCM as often as possible over the past decade. Jason is married and has three children, two of them teenagers. He’s also an elder of his church.
Jonathan Meester from Computers in Ministry
Jonathan first joined CIM in 2010 as a Technical Service Specialist in the Indianapolis region. After a 4 year hiatus serving a large nonprofit healthcare system, Jonathan returned to CIM in 2016 to serve as the Cloud Services & Database Lead.
With over 20 years of IT experience, 17 of those years working in various non-profit sectors, he brings a wealth of experience to his current position from not only a technical perspective, but operational as well. He brings a passion for technology nurtured ever since receiving a Commodore 64 and expanded ever since, along with a thirst to understand how technology can be applied in the non-profit world.
Jonathan is a life-long learner having earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a Masters of Divinity. He currently holds 9 certifications in security, networking, project management, along with being certified as a Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge Professional twice over. Jonathan also is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America.
He currently resides in Morton, IL with his wife Tara and 2 children, Ben and Abby.
Tom Nurkkala from Taylor University
Dr. Tom Nurkkala, founding director for the Center for Missions Computing at Taylor University, has a passion for missions that is manifested in connecting software development, domestically- and internationally-based missions partners, and students in the field of technology and missions. As a software developer, Dr. Nurkkala has over
30 years of leadership experience in industry and consulting as a software engineer, systems architect, and researcher. In 2008, he shifted his career to teaching at Taylor University, where he is currently an associate professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department. In speaking of his role in both teaching and directing the Center, Dr. Nurkkala states that his desire is to “…help train and mentor excellent computer scientists and engineers who are also dedicated followers of Christ. … My prayer and desire is to help shape the kind of scientists and engineers that I would have been delighted to have hired in industry, and to see those students harness their experience, skills, and understanding to serve their families, communities, churches, and, ultimately, the Kingdom”. Dr. Nurkkala has degrees in Computer Science and in Electrical Engineering, having studied at the University of Minnesota and Michigan Technological University. He also has a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies from Bethel Theological Seminary. He has authored numerous publications and articles, both during his industry and consulting career and while teaching. His most recent article, co-authored with his wife, Darci Nurkkala, is entitled “Leading a successful missions trip in your discipline” (Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Association for Christians in the Mathematical Sciences, St. Paul, MN, 2013).
Shawn Parrish from NodePing
Shawn Parrish is a codemonkey for X31 Technologies. He works remotely from wherever he happens to be (usually Colorado) with his 7 homeschooled kids and a very patient wife. Former missionary to Paraguay.
Aaron Pendleton from Computers in Ministry
Aaron joined CIM in 2013 as a Technical Service Specialist, and now serves as Director of Ministry Partner Services. His IT and media experience spans over 20 years. He has a love for technology and using it to help organizations accomplish their vision. As a ministry staff member, he has managed numerous successful media and IT projects.
His passion to serve and familiarity with non-profits has helped Aaron have an excellent understanding of media projects and IT requirements for ministries. Prior to joining CIM, Aaron was the owner of an IT consulting business and the IT Director at a local church. He lived in India for 2 years assisting with starting a Bible College. He also worked with a mission organization leading trips, establishing youth camps and training in the areas of IT and media.
Aaron’s education was earned from a Ministry Training School and also Mission Schools as well as continued learning from Microsoft.
Aaron and his wife Angela and 2 children, Avery and Asher, live in Colorado Springs, CO
Craig Thompson from Caldwell Global Communications
Craig is the President of Caldwell Global Communications, Inc. which specializes in Internet-based services. He has worked with organizations in Asia, Europe, Africa and North and South America on VOIP, VPN, e-mail, firewall and other IT projects. He enjoys using his talents to help missionaries, pastors and similar groups to communicate securely and effectively.
Russ Tuck has been teaching Computer Science at Gordon College for 2 years now. Before that, he was a software engineering manager at Google for 11 years. His group at Google was responsible for parts of Google’s internal container system (analogous to Docker in the open source world).
Kevin Weaver from LightSys
Kevin Weaver has more than seventeen years of prior experience as a Windows network engineer. He typically assists a few dozen ministries every year, some on site and some remotely. His key skills are with Windows Servers, Active Directory, Exchange Servers, server hardware and firewalls. He also has management experience via time in the Army and later leading a small IT team at the mission Crossworld. He has led sessions at almost every ICCM in the U.S. since 2006, including a two-day workshop on Windows Server. He also teaches the Bible and theology in various settings.
Ben has ten years of systems and network experience across a variety of sectors, and is currently working on unified communications in a Fortune 500 company. Ben’s experience covers a wide variety of specialties, including campus and data center networking, Linux and Windows systems, and storage systems and protocols, which he enjoys using to design and implement end-to-end solutions. Current interests include network-based video and audio transport, security, system configuration management/monitoring/automation and storage management and networking.