Leadership Team

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Rev. Dr. Rob Weingartner

Executive Director

Rob Weingartner was called as Executive Director in 2002 following pastorates in Indiana and Ohio. A graduate of Pittsburgh (M.Div.) and Princeton (D.Min.) seminaries, he served as a member of the General Assembly Council and the Worldwide Ministries Division committee. Rob has also served on the boards of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Presbyterians for Renewal, New Wilmington Mission Conference and Presbyterian Global Fellowship.

 

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Rev. Dr. Jeff Ritchie

Associate Director for Mission

Rev. Dr. Jeff Ritchie has been in mission service for over 30 years. He was a Presbyterian mission co-worker in South Korea from 1980-89. From there he joined the General Assembly staff in the Office of International Evangelism for eight years. He has been on the staff of The Outreach Foundation since 1998. Jeff is married to the Rev. Megan Knox Ritchie. 

 

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Linda Patrick

Associate Director for Administration and Finance

Linda Patrick joined our staff in 1996 after a career as a partner in an international accounting firm. She serves The Outreach Foundation as the Associate Director of Finance and Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

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Rev. Steve Bryant

Booth Leadership Initiative

Since January of 2014, Steve has served as the Executive Director of the Booth Leadership Initiative. BLI partners with Christian denominations in Sub-Saharan Africa to provide leadership and sustainability training for African pastors and evangelists in thirteen countries including Burundi, the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. BLI also provides our partners with funding for low cost church construction in the rapidly growing African context. In 2015, BLI graduated approximately 750 pastors and constructed 217 churches. Prior to directing BLI, Steve served as a pastor for 25 years with churches in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Florida. 
    
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Steve served as a first responder to survivors. Working with churches and Law Enforcement agencies in Jackson, Hancock and Harrison Counties of Mississippi, Steve helped create an ongoing ministry of recovery and rebuilding. 

Steve is a member of the Presbytery of Mississippi and a graduate of The University of Mississippi (’86), and Columbia Theological Seminary (’90). Steve and his wife, Betsy, make their home in Madison County, Mississippi.

 

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Marilyn Borst

Associate Director for Partnership Development

In August 2009, Marilyn Borst joined the staff of The Outreach Foundation. As Associate Director for Partnership Development, Marilyn focuses upon relationships in the Middle East, implementing new strategies for engaging small churches in global mission and in creating new avenues along which women may use their unique gifts in global engagement. Prior to this, Marilyn served for over six years as Director of Global Ministry at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, where she oversaw the international partnerships of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s largest congregation in over 33 countries. She has traveled extensively, nurturing relationships with church leaders, assessing ministry initiatives, and leading short-term mission teams. Over the past few years, her journeys have taken her to China, Pakistan, North Korea, Costa Rica, Cuba, Barbados, Jamaica, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel/Palestinian territories. Before moving to Atlanta in late 2002, she spent two years as the Executive Director of Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding, a national network of Christian individuals and institutions which promotes dialogue, fellowship, partnership, and mutual understanding between North America and the Middle East. She was ordained in Houston as both deacon and elder and has recently been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Johnson C. Smith Presbyterian Seminary in Atlanta. 

 

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Tom Widmer

Director of Development

Tom Widmer began work as the Director of Development in November 2011.

An elder and member of Third Church in Richmond, Virginia, Tom fell in love with God’s mission in the world while an elder at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church near Chattanooga, in part, through a trip to Kenya with The Outreach Foundation. 

Professionally, Tom’s work has focused on developing successful sales and marketing organizations in hospitals and healthcare services.  With strong experience in planning, communications and training, Tom’s background lends itself to his role in the funds development ministry.  His winsome faith and enthusiasm for The Outreach Foundation’s mission – engaging Presbyterians and global partners in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ – are contagious.

Tom works from an office in Richmond, collaborating with Outreach staff, trustees and supporters from across the country.

 

Rev. Dr. John W. Coker, Jr.

Mission Advocate

Rev. Dr. John Wright Coker, Jr. is presently Mission Advocate for The Outreach Foundation. His calling is to bring new and exciting ways for congregations, church leaders, and individuals to share in Christ’s mission throughout the world.  

Jay Coker is a native of North Carolina, growing up in the Brunswick County community of Leland. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His Master of Divinity was received from the Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi. In 1989, he received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. Coker was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister in 1979. He served as Associate Pastor of the Forest Lake Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina, and then, of the Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis, Tennessee. In 1985, Dr. Coker was called as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Pascagoula, Mississippi, where he served until his move to the historic First Presbyterian Church of Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1994.  In August 2015, Dr. Coker began a new “chapter” in his ministry, beginning his work with The Outreach Foundation.  

Dr. Coker is married to Sharon Beasley, of Houston, Mississippi.  The Cokers have  three grown children; John, a Certified Public Accountant, who lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with his wife Megan and their son Matthew Himes Coker; Joseph, a manufacturer’s representative, who lives in Fayetteville; and Margaret Ann, a marketing consultant, who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, Dr. David Kleisch.