Without question, the best and most cherished asset of The Urban Ministry Institute is its staff. Since its founding, the Institute has only employed full time urban missionaries on its staff. All of the various roles and tasks of its workers--from administration and informational technologies, to desktopping and wordprocessing--are staffed by full time missionaries with World Impact, all of whom have spent significant time in ministry in urban communities. God truly has blessed TUMI National with a remarkable group of dedicated and gifted Christian workers, whose sacrifice and service make our wide array of goods and services possible.
Director, Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
Dr. Don Davis, an ordained minister and native of Wichita, Kansas, is the Founder and Director of World Impact’s Urban Ministry Institute, a research and training center dedicated to equipping leadership and empowering movements for the urban church, especially among the poor, to advance the Kingdom of God in the city.
He attended Wheaton College and Wheaton Graduate School, and graduated summa cum laude in both his B.A. (1988) and M.A. (1989) degrees, in Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in Religion (Theology and Ethics) from the University of Iowa School of Religion (2000). Don and his wife Beth joined staff in the fall of 1975, having served as community minister, as Director of World Impact Wichita, and as Vice President of Education. He has also served in pastoral ministries, as church planter, as associate pastor, and lead pastor.
In addition to his current duties as the Institute’s Director and as professor in its Hope School of Ministry, Dr. Davis also serves as World Impact’s Senior Vice President of Church and Leadership Development. As such, he oversees the training of urban missionaries, church planters, and city pastors, and facilitates training opportunities for urban Christian workers in evangelism, church growth, and pioneer missions. He also leads the Institute’s extensive distance learning programs (as of March 2015 we have 194 Institute satellites in 16 countries), and facilitates leadership development efforts for organizations and denominations like Prison Fellowship, the Evangelical Free Church of America, and the Church of God in Christ.
A recipient of numerous teaching and academic awards, Don has served as professor and faculty at a number of fine academic institutions, having lectured and taught courses in religion, theology, philosophy, and biblical studies at schools such as Wheaton College, St. Ambrose University, the Houston Graduate School of Theology, the University of Iowa School of Religion, the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies. He has authored a number of books, curricula, and study materials to equip urban leaders, including the Capstone Curriculum, TUMI's premiere 16 module distance education seminary instruction. One of his latest books, Sacred Roots: A Primer On Retrieving the Great Tradition, focuses on how urban churches can be renewed through a rediscovery of the historic orthodox faith. Dr. Davis has participated in academic lectureships such as the Staley Lecture series, renewal conferences like the Promise Keepers rallies, and theological consortiums like the University of Virginia Lived Theology Project Series. Don received the Distinguished Alumni Fellow Award from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2009. He is also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, and the American Academy of Religion.
Don has been married to Elizabeth (Beth) since February 1975. Their oldest son, Matthew David, was 26 years old when he went home to be with the Lord in August of 2003. They have two other grown children, Joanna Davis-McEligatt, an Assistant Professor of ethnic studies at the University of Louisiana (Lafayette), and Daniel, who serves as an IT and Social Media Specialist with The Urban Ministry Institute. Perhaps most important of all, Don and Beth are proud grandparents of August, 4, (belonging to Joanna and Colin), and Nadia, 10, and Eleanora, 2 (belonging to Daniel and JennElaine).
Satellite Director, Rev. Don Allsman
Don Allsman is Vice President of World Impact and the Satellite Director of The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI), World Impact’s urban leadership development center, supporting the work of dozens of TUMI sites worldwide. He is also the co-dean of the School for Urban Cross-Cultural Church Planting, serving with Dr. Don Davis.
Don grew up in Bakersfield, California where he received the Lord in sixth grade. In high school and college, he was a leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. Don was captain of his college track and field team a member the 1983 and 1984 conference champion Fresno State track team while completing his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (1984). He connected with World Impact while earning his Master of Business Administration from Wichita State University (1986). He has experience in construction management (Granite Construction), aerospace (Boeing and Northrop), and management consulting (Wygle and Company).
Don has written two books that are used as textbooks for TUMI’s Capstone Curriculum, The Heroic Venture and Jesus Cropped from the Picture. Since 1991, Don and his wife, Cathy, have been missionaries with World Impact as Vice President of Administration and later as Vice President of Strategic Planning. They have two sons, Mark and Ryan, and daughter-in-law Janée.
National Church Planting Director, Rev. Dr. Hank Voss
Dr. Voss serves to assess, resource, and coordinate urban cross-cultural church planters and their efforts on behalf of World Impact's missionaries, urban church plant teams, and other missional partners who are seeking to plant healthy, reproducing churches and facilitate church plant movements among America's urban poor. Hank worked with TUMI of Los Angeles from 2001 until 2009 and served in a variety of roles including Advisory Board Member, Professor, and Dean. He has earned degrees at Wheaton College (PhD in Systematic Theology), Talbot School of Theology, and Taylor University. Hank's ministry experience includes serving on four church plant teams, two cross-culturally.
Hank is married to fellow World Impact missionary Johanna Voss and they have four children, Samuel, David, Renee, and Isaiah.
Chief Project Officer, Lorna Rasmussen
Lorna joined World Impact staff in 1991. She began her missionary service in Chester, PA (southern Philadelphia) as a community minister involved in children and youth Bible clubs, teen discipling, and cross-cultural church planting.
In 1997, Lorna joined The Urban Ministry Institute as administrative support staff, and then as Administrator supervising TUMI's administrative systems, schedule, and resources. Lorna now serves as TUMI's Chief Project Officer, which involves giving oversight and coordination to TUMI's numerous and diverse academic, urban ministry, leadership consultation, and training projects, as well as prioritizing and providing training, resources and support for those leading TUMI projects.
Assistant to the Chief Project Officer, Vanessa Mankin
Vanessa is not native to Kansas, but since she moved here in 2006 she feels very much at home! She and her husband, Grant, transplanted to Wichita from the Dallas area in Texas. They have two sons who are experts in all things regarding super heroes, dinosaurs and wrestling. Vanessa has a heart for ministry. She and Grant attend Restored Community Church where they serve as youth ministers. and where Vanessa is involved in discipleship and women's ministries.
Vanessa is responsible for defining, planning, controlling, and overseeing projects within TUMI's Project Portfolio, with the Chief Project Officer, and provides oversight and coordination of all of TUMI's ongoing product development, and project and event planning.
Administrative Assistant, Beth (Elizabeth) Davis
With the exception of their years in graduate school, Beth and Don have served together on World Impact staff as missionaries since 1976. A graduate of Wichita State University (B.A., Social Work, 1973), Beth has served as a community minister and church plant team member while supporting Don and raising their children (all adult today). Currently Beth serves as an Administrative Assistant at TUMI, serving in various capacities, including finance, inventory and shipping.
Don and Beth have been married since February 1975. Their oldest son, Matthew David, was 26 years old when he went home to be with the Lord in August of 2003. They have two other grown children, Joanna Davis-McEligatt, an Assistant Professor of ethnic studies at the University of Louisiana (Lafayette), and Daniel, who serves as an IT and Social Media Specialist with The Urban Ministry Institute. Perhaps most important of all, Don and Beth are proud grandparents of August, 3, (belonging to Joanna and Colin), and Nadia, 9, and Ellenora, 2 (belonging to Daniel and JennElaine).
Satellite Ministries Administrator, Gustavo Delgado
Gustavo was born in Guatemala City, where he finished high school and began studies at the University Mariano Galvez of Guatemala in Systems Engineering. For financial reasons he was unable to continue and immigrated to the U.S. in 1985. He worked at LA Envelope Inc. (1989 through 2014), the first year as a driver, and the rest as an Industrial Mechanic.
Gustavo surrendered his life to Christ in 2001 at a Celebration Christian Church (a World Impact church plant) retreat at World Impact's camp, THE OAKS. During his 11 years at Celebration Church he married his lovely wife, Consuelo.
He attended the Christian Seminary “El Camino” (East Los Angeles) from 2001 through 2004, and later completed his Bachelors and Masters in Theology at California Christian University in 2011. Gustavo has also served as the Hispanic Mentor for TUMI Los Angeles since 2011, and is now the Hispanic Community Liaison, pursuing his dream of planting urban churches.
Executive Director of Operations, Brian Luke
In April 2014 Brian joined The Urban Ministry Institute. He serves as the Executive Director of Operations. Brian helps to steward and administrate TUMI resources, monies, budgets, and facilities to manage efficient, effective systems that facilitate expansive growth, and oversees the financial management, planning, systems for Church and Leadership Development, as well as the systems of technology, property management, social media, shipping, inventory and all related database systems.
Brian grew up in Yorktown, Indiana and attended Taylor University. Brian and Denise met at Taylor and they married shortly after graduating in 1989. They joined World Impact in 1990 serving in our east coast ministries: Newark, NJ for 8 years where Brian was a teacher and an administrator, and at Harmony Heart Camp, in Northeast Pennsylvania, for 15 years where Brian was program director and camp director.
The Lukes have three children: Lydia, Rachel and Daniel. Lydia and her husband, Nate, live in San Diego, CA where they are missionaries with World Impact. Rachel and Daniel are students at Taylor University in Upland, IN.
Deputy Assistant to the Executive Director of Operations, Denise Luke
Denise joined The Urban Ministry Institute in April 2014, and is the Deputy Assistant to the Executive Dierctor of Operations. Denise is responsible for researching, reporting, and communicating with the Executive Director of Operations (Brian Luke) on all areas related to TUMI operations.Denise grew up in Manheim, PA and attended Taylor University. Denise and Brian met at Taylor and they married shortly after graduating in 1989. They joined World Impact in 1990 serving in our east coast ministries: Newark, NJ for 8 years, and at Harmony Heart Camp, in Northeast Pennsylvania, for 15 years. Denise assisted in the school and with community ministry in Newark and at Harmony Heart lead activities, cared for summer staff and for the last two years, directed food service and cooked, all while supporting Brian and raising their children.
Graphic Designer, Carolyn Hennings
Carolyn was raised in Philadelphia and nearby Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, and graduated with a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Eastern College. Carolyn began ministry with World Impact in Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1995 as a volunteer working with children in Bible clubs, reading clubs, and the Frederick Douglass Christian School. In December, 1996, she married Dan Hennings and became a full-time missionary. They worked in church planting until June of 1998, when they moved to Wichita to join the team at The Urban Ministry Institute.
As Graphic Designer, Carolyn is our lead creator in the layout of nearly all of TUMI's resources, including the areas of desktop publishing, curriculum design, and the majority of our image and graphic respresentations.
Distribution Manager, Bobby Gilmer
Bobby Gilmer joined World Impact in July 2012 to serve as our Distribution Manager. He came to us with training and experience in management and inventory control. Bobby also has an extensive background in sound engineering and audio technology with over a dozen years in the retail audio equipment industry. Bobby owns and operates a commercial recording studio.
As Distribution Manager, Bobby is responsible for all shipping and receiving of our products, customer service, vendor communications, and inventory management.
Bobby has also written produced and engineered multiply songs/remixes for TUMI Productions.
Bobby and his wife Monica have 3 children, Jacel, Genesis and Isaiah.
Media Specialist, Daniel Davis
The youngest son of Don and Beth Davis, Daniel was born in Wichita, KS and was raised in Wheaton, IL and Iowa City, IA until 1995 when his parents relocated to Wichita to begin work on the Institute. Daniel attended Wichita State University, studying English literature and Creative Writing, and he received a BA in both fields in 2007. Daniel attended the University of Iowa as a prospective Ph.D candidate in the English department as a Dean’s Fellow, and completed his master hours work before relocating to Lawrence, KS to work as a booking agent for independent musicians. Daniel has also spent time as an active member of the local DIY music community, organizing festivals, tours, concerts, venue calendars and community message boards in addition to keeping a regular schedule as a live musician.
Daniel joined TUMI in January 2012 and serves as our Social Media Specialist. He lends his skills in technology to develop, maintain, build various resources and structures on our website for use by our satellite partners, troubleshoots technical issues, and both leads and assists audio editing and production.
Daniel married Jennifer Elaine in August of 2012 and is dad to her 7 year old daughter, Nadia (whom he is seeking to adopt), and to Ellenora, born to Daniel and Jenn a little more than a year ago, "the cutest toddler on the face of the earth."
Incarceration Ministries Specialist, Cathy Allsman
Cathy joined World Impact in 1991 with her husband Don, after working for many years working in research and clinical practice as an Audiologist. Cathy has a B.A. in Communicative Disorders (California State University-Fresno, 1984) and an M.A. in Audiology (The Wichita State University, 1986), graduating summa cum laude.
Prior to joining TUMI staff, Cathy was World Impact’s Candidate Services Coordinator, reviewing missionary applications and counseling potential applicants about joining World Impact missionary staff.
Cathy and her husband Don, have been missionaries with World Impact since 1991.
They have two sons, Mark and Ryan, and daughter-in-law Janée.
Technology Director, Dan Hennings
Dan grew up in Minnesota and graduated with an Associates Degree from Northwestern College in St. Paul. In January of 1993 he became a missionary with World Impact in Chester, Pennsylvania, where he was involved in community ministry, youth and teen clubs, discipleship, and church planting. On December 28, 1996 he married Carolyn Yoder. In June of 1998 Dan and Carolyn moved to Wichita, Kansas and joined the team at The Urban Ministry Institute.
Dan's role as Technology Director includes web and graphic design, audio and video production, and technical troubleshooting.
Program Coordinator, Mary Flin
As Program Coordinator, Mary is establishing TUMI Satellites and SIAFU Chapters in the Northeastern region of Kansas. Mary also serves as Site Coordinator of a TUMI Satellite in Topeka, Ks, is involved in neighborhood ministry, is a Mentor Coordinator for the Shawnee County Jail Annex, coordinates a rotation of TUMI Students who lead and facilitate Sunday morning services for the Annex, and is helping develop SIAFU in Topeka.
Mary received her B.S. in Bible/Christian Education with Emphasis in Counseling from Manhattan Christian College in 1986. She was the wife of a pastor, co-owned a Christian Bookstore and curriculum business for 17 years, and presented training seminars, while serving youth and families through education, drama and music, mostly in rural communities.
After her husband’s death in 2003, God began moving Mary toward urban missions and she and her daughter started volunteering at the Topeka Rescue Mission. In 2007, Mary moved to Topeka. She worked in State Government for 8 years, gaining valuable skills and perspective.
Mary's daughter, Anna, and her husband also live in Topeka.
Illustrator and Graphic Designer, Tim Ladwig
Tim is a brilliant painter and accomplished illustrator. For seventeen years he served as a community ministry with World Impact, ministering in Wichita, Los Angeles, and a short time in Newark. Tim created the picture book Psalm Twenty-Three. More than fifteen books followed as well as a host of editorial, cover, advertising, and narrative illustrations.
Tim earned a degree in graphic design from Wichita State University and also studied painting and drawing for a semester in Rome, Italy. After school, he worked as an associate art director for an advertising design studio, then as art director/illustrator for a New York publshing company, followed by eight years of freelance illustrating.
Tim has been a member of the staff of The Urban Ministry Institute since 2004, serving as illustrator and graphic designer.
Tim is married to Leah and has three children, Briana, Makayla and David.
Facilities Manager and Host, Charles Esters
Charles joined World Impact in May 1974 serving in Wichita. Later he served in Los Angeles for several years and then returned back to Wichita. Charles ministered in the community and taught Bible clubs. He also served in the World Impact National office and at The Urban Ministry Institute.
March 1990 Charles married Linda Gordon, a fellow staff member and they continued to serve with World Impact until 1999. Linda went home to be with the Lord in March 2014.
In 2011 Charles returned to serve at TUMI as Facilities Manager and Host, keeping the TUMI facilities in excellent condition and making our guests feel welcome.
Inventory and Accounting Specialist, Peggy Latta (volunteer)
Peggy serves as our Inventory and Accounting specialist working with our Distribution Manager and warehouse team to track, record, measure, and adjust all our inventory. She also handles all accounting and reporting for our inventory purchases and sales.
Peggy is married to Ron Latta, and they have three adult daughters, Amy, Kathy and Jenny, two of whom are also in the accounting field.
Librarian, Julie Cornett (volunteer)
Julie and her husband Terry served for 23 years as World Impact missionaries before retiring in 2005. (Terry served as TUMI's Academic Dean, and now serves as its Dean Emeritus). During their tenure, Julie established TUMI’s Shalom Library and served as its first librarian. The library where she serves was recently renamed the Cornett Library, in honor of the many years of faithful, excellent service Terry and Julie provided at the Institute. Julie holds a B.G.S. degree from Wichita State University and has taken continuing education courses in Library and Information Science from the University of Utah and Emporia State University.
Julie has two grown children (Jenny and Wes). She and her husband are members of Church of the Resurrection Charismatic Episcopal Church in Wichita, Kansas.