ElizabethExecutive Director

Home State: South Carolina
Favorite Destination: I can’t decide between Ecuador and Myanmar
Favorite Starbucks Drink: I’ll usually the try the latest new flavor at least once.
My desk always looks like: black Pottery Barn-style desk decorated with mission team photo books and international Starbucks mugs. I’d like to say it’s always perfectly organized, but I’ll settle for it looking like someone productive works there.
Me in 12 Words or Less: Adventure in overdrive. Life in a carry-on suitcase.

About Elizabeth:

I got started in missions by planning to lead just one mission trip. That was 2003 and instead of ending there, I fell in love with missions and changed jobs. I am currently the executive director of Global Encounters. So far I’ve led mission teams in Romania, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, returning to some of those countries multiple times. My favorite activity on any mission trip is leading a camp. I love having relaxed time with the kids to teach them, play games together, have fun, build relationships, and lead them to Christ.

My ministry experience before the missions adventures began included children’s ministry since 1993 and family and teen ministry since 2000. At home I enjoy interior decorating, coffee, volleyball, Krav Maga, and Thai food. If I happen to be in SC on a weekend you will probably find me painting, remodeling, or redecorating something around my house.

What I Do:

I primarily oversee international relations and logistics, as well as managing general operations:

  • Communication with international hosts
  • Trip schedules
  • Scouting new destinations
  • Emergency on-call for teams
  • Team leader training
  • Curriculum development
  • Donor relations
  • Quarterly updates for the GE board of directors
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