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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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. Linda is a Ruling Elder and member of First Presbyterian Church , Franklin, TN. She is also a trustee of the Board of Pensions. 

 

Marilyn Borst

Associate Director for Partnership Development

Marilyn Borst is Associate Director for Partnership Development. She works with churches around the United States to help them discern God’s call to global engagement while connecting them to that work alongside the Global Church in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East – a particular area of specialty for her. She travels extensively, nurturing relationships with church leaders, assessing ministry initiatives and leading short-term vision teams. Just within the past five years, her journeys have taken her to Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Oman, Israel/Palestine, Cuba, Pakistan, Russia, Mozambique, Kenya, Rwanda and Malawi. Prior to joining The Outreach Foundation staff, 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 PC(USA)’s largest congregation in over 33 countries. Marilyn holds a B.A. in Classical Studies from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), an M.A. in Art History from Michigan State University, and an M.A. in Theology from St. Thomas University in Houston. She has participated in four archaeological digs in Jordan and Egypt and taught as adjunct faculty at the University of Houston for 20 years. She is an elder at North Avenue Presbyterian 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 sales and marketing organizations in hospitals and healthcare services, with strong experience in planning, communications and training,  

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

 
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Rev. Juan J. Sarmiento

Associate Director for Mission

Juan resources congregations in their missional renewal and builds networks for participation in God’s mission. He served as Evangelism Catalyst at the Presbyterian Mission Agency and U.S. Director of PM Internacional, an organization that ministers holistically in several Muslim majority countries. Juan has been a pastor in English, Portuguese and Spanish speaking congregations and very active as a trainer and speaker in the areas of church planting, leadership development and cross cultural outreach. His formal education for ministry includes Columbia, Louisville, San Francisco and Fuller Theological Seminaries. He is a member of the American Society of Missiology.

 
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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.