2015 was a year of completion and new beginnings! The Foursquare Foundation has completely fulfilled its past grant obligations and continues to prepare for the future. Our board remains prayerfully inspired about the future, discerning the voice of the Spirit not just for the Foursquare Foundation as an organization, but also as to how it should serve the cause and mission of The Foursquare Church.
The domestic work of the Foursquare Foundation through the US Foursquare Church has resulted in multiple churches planted through the Global City Strategy; students at Life Pacific College, The King's University, and New Hope Christian College have been supported in being trained and prepared to serve the Lord through the Risser Endowment; graduates from Life Pacific have been placed and supported to serve in local churches through the Foursquare Residency program; Foursquare Education with the new online Canvas training tool has been funded to provide a platform providing access to shared training resources; and significant support has been given to Ignite which continues to train and deploy leaders into Foursquare work. We also currently subsidize many retirees in-need through the work of the Foursquare Senior Living teams. The Foursquare Solar Lending Program was launched with a profound purpose and simple goal of eliminating electric utility expenses through the of green technology.
In partnership with missions giving from the US Church, the Global work of the Foursquare Foundation continues to financially bulwark Foursquare Missions International and the work of the Global Council, who are working hand in glove to train leaders and share mission globally with over half of our annual allocation ($3.4M). The idea of nations working with nations to reach nations has become part of the work that functional global regions working synergistically with FMI can provide. Our Area Missionaries serve as a team that carries with it the apostolic call upon the US Foursquare Church to reach the world. Through their work, nations continue to grow and work together. New nations are opening and we have grown to 75,000 of churches worldwide. We know that God blesses unity, and are humbled at the grace of God that the Foursquare Foundation is able to see financial resources catalyze global work.
We are ever grateful for the wisdom, experience, and raw hours of our Investment Committee who continue to give of themselves to serve. They are a perfect example of how "The Whole Church" must mobilize to take the "whole Gospel, to the whole World." The Foursquare Foundation Investment Committee continues to manage our corpus investments prayerfully and fruitfully. May the grace of God continue to undergird Jeff Stewart, chairman of our Investment Committee and his team both personally and professionally in the coming year. Thank you all for your everlasting efforts.
In 2016, we are pursuing further articulation of our alignment with the mission of the Foursquare Church (Stake 3). In addition to its current purpose of accelerating worldwide, interdenominational evangelism, the Foundation has been commissioned by the ICFG Board to become overseer of Foursquare Church assets. This partnership has been created with the intent to maximize resources to fund kingdom expansion here and around the world. This "broadening" of the Foundation's capacity will include the creation of entrepreneurial income streams and provide oversight to the management of Aligned Businesses.
A special thanks is in order for President Glenn Burris, CFO Ron Thigpenn, Foundation Board Chairman, Burt Smith, and our entire board of directors who serve with integrity, believing that the high calling of unity and alignment will result in God's favor and blessings. And MOST especially, THANK YOU, Foursquare Church of the United States and Global Foursquare leaders for faithfully ministering, overcoming cultural pressures and persecutions, fighting the right battles spiritually and faithfully, living righteously, and loving Jesus in your context, being faithful to the Word of God. "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." You are heroic. You are a light in the darkness. You are a sign of the reality of our Savior, Healer, Baptizer with the Holy Spirit, and Soon Coming King to the world!
Interim CEO, Foursquare Foundation
By the Numbers
Board & Team
Our Board of Directors is currently composed of nine voting members, including the President of The Foursquare Church. Additionally there are four nonvoting directors, and three nonvoting officers, including the Interim CEO of the Foursquare Foundation.
Foursquare Foundation Board of Directors bring a vast range of knowledge and experience to the task of governing the foundation. Over the years, our directors have hailed from different regions of the world, and they have extensive experience in ministry efforts throughout the globe.
This year, our board of directors gathered for conference call to review the efficacy and fruitfulness of the FF allocations, the status of our corpus with a spend policy review, and Foursquare Foundation operations. Our board retreat was held in Glendale, California in September. This retreat received full reports on all FF allocations and expenditures, as well as processed initial requests from the ICFG Board regarding the FF's future trajectory. All in all, the Spirit of the Lord has been attending our way as we pray and seek the Lord for the greatest service we can provide toward accelerating worldwide, interdenominational evangelism.
Burt Smith is chairman of the Foursquare Foundation board. Burt and his wife, Jan, have been in the ministry for more than 30 years. They served as senior pastors of Church of Living Water in Olympia, Washington, since June of 1991.
The Smiths also pioneered and pastored Little Country Church in Redding, CA, which grew from seven families to 5,900 members over a period of 13 years. The church also built a Christian day school and high school.
Burt served as a divisional superintendent, later as the supervisor of the Evergreen District of Foursquare Churches. Currently he is a member of the Foursquare cabinet and board of directors.
Burt is a true father in the faith. He is esteemed for his availability to pastors and emerging leaders by encouraging and challenging them to achieve the high destiny that God has for each one. Burt’s practical understanding of the Word, together with his sincerity and authenticity, make him a favored speaker at retreats and conferences. Burt and Jan have been married for more than 40 years. They have three married daughters and six grandchildren.
Doug Andersen pastors The Church On The Way Santa Clarita in Southern California. He received his ministerial training at LIFE Bible College before serving in several various roles at The Church On The Way in Van Nuys. He fulfilled the position of executive pastor in Van Nuys before assuming the role of senior pastor at The Church On The Way Santa Clarita in 2008.
Doug has been a contributing writer for the Spirit-Filled Life Bible and Pastors of Promise. He is passionate about seeing all believers open to an understanding of what God wants to do in and through their lives.
His partner in ministry is his wife, Christa, also an ordained minister. Doug and Christa married in 1987 and have served the Lord together in every capacity. They have three children Brandt, Emma, and Carl.
Glenn Burris Jr. graduated from Mount Vernon Bible College in 1976. He served as youth pastor in Concord, North Carolina, for a year and, in 1977, became a senior pastor in Macon, Georgia. He later pastored the Foursquare church in Cornelius, NC, and has served as a divisional superintendent, a member of the cabinet, and a member of the board of directors where he currently serves on the Building Committee, Bylaw Committee, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Governance Committee, and the Pastoral Formation, Education, and Nurture Committee.
In 1992, Glenn was appointed district supervisor of the Southeast District. In 2002, he was appointed general supervisor of the U.S. national church.
In 2009, Glenn began leading The Foursquare Church as interim president for a 13-month term. He was then appointed president by the convention voting body, and began serving a five year term on October 1,2010.
His passions are planting churches and caring for pastors.
Ken Swett is vice chairman of the Foursquare Foundation board, as well as senior pastor of the Foursquare Church in Modesto, CA.
Pastor Ken has been married for 35 years to Wanda. They have three married daughters and four grandchildren. Ken’s family has been active in Foursquare for four generations; his parents were pastors, his maternal grandmother was a charter member of the Crescent City, California, Foursquare Church, and his daughter, Rachel, serves with her husband at the Gilroy, CA Foursquare Church.
He graduated from Foursquare’s Life Pacific College (also known as LIFE Bible College) in 1979. In his 33 years of ministry in The Foursquare Church, Pastor Ken has had experience serving as a youth pastor at congregations in San Jose and Santa Fe Springs, CA. He has served as senior pastor at congregations in Sacramento (5 years) and Modesto, CA (now 22 years). Ken is highly esteemed for his shepherd’s heart, diligence, and humble spirit.
From 1992–2003 he served as divisional superintendent for the historic Western District. He also has been a member of the district’s License and Ethics Committee, a board member (14 years) and later chairman of the Old Oak Ranch Camp Board (7 years), a district missions representative, an elected member of the board of directors representing the Western Region (6 years), and was appointed to serve as chairman of the Foursquare board of directors 2009-2012. Ken served on several committees while a director including the Audit and Finance committees, and he continues to serve on the Investment and Governance committees.
More locally, he feels honored to help as part of the district council of the Central Pacific District. Serving with a global heart and perspective, Ken has had the privilege of visiting Foursquare works in the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia, Costa Rica, and Mexico.
Leslie Keegel is the National Leader of Foursquare Sri Lanka. He graduated from the Foursquare Bible College in the Philippines in 1981. It was there that he met his wife, Belen, and they were married in June 1981. Leslie and Belen have three daughters: Blessie, Julie, and Rosie.
In 1983, Leslie became the national leader of Foursquare Sri Lanka and began a unique discipleship program. Since that time the number of Foursquare churches has grown from two in 1983 to more than 1,600 meeting places and churches.
Under Pastor Leslie’s leadership, the Church of the Foursquare Gospel in Sri Lanka is now a missionary-sending organization having missionaries in India, the Middle East, New Zealand, Australia, Britain, and Germany.
Leslie is the founder and president of LIFE Bible Institute in Colombo, which has over 1,000 students in training through its satellites. Leslie and Belen recently founded the Agapao Foundation in the state of California to do humanitarian work in Sri Lanka, South Asia, and other emerging nations. Presently, Leslie and Belen continue to senior pastor Living Way Church, Colombo, which is the headquarters of the Foursquare Church in Sri Lanka.
He received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from ICFG in 2001 and graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, WA in June 2011.
Marion Ingegneri is an ordained Foursquare minister and is the founding pastor of Grace North Church in Phoenix, AZ. Marion is currently planting extension campuses of this ministry.
She also is the author, director and presenter of a DVD series titled “Unlocking the Gifts in You.”
Marion began working with Foursquare Women International in 1990 and served 20 years in a variety of roles including a short time as director. She also was an advisory member, leadership development coordinator, and national field leader for women in ministry leadership. Following the call to serve women in ministry further, she traveled with the Dare to Dream team, presenting a message to women of empowerment and release.
Marion is a broker and the owner of a real estate firm. She says her understanding of business negotiations and contracts has played a huge part in her role as senior pastor during the acquisition of properties for Grace North Church.
Her leadership in the church has branched out internationally, with ministry travels to Australia, South Africa, Brazil, and Canada.
Marion and her husband, Joe, who is also in ministry, have been married since 1972. She calls him “one of my greatest encouragers in ministry.” The Ingegneris have three grown children and eight grandchildren.
Raul Irigoyen, a native of Panama, is married to Ana, with whom he has two sons, Tony and Rene.
After earning his degree in BSEE/BSME in January 1975 at the University of Panama, he taught for six years in the Politechnical Institute of the University of Panama and served in the U.S. Army Engineer Corps for 25 years, where he finished his career as the head of resources management. He also ran his own engineering consulting firm for 11 years.
After accepting Jesus as his Savior at the age of eight, he grew in his faith and served in his local church as Sunday school teacher. In 1973, he joined the local Bible institute. In 1982 he took over as pastor of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Diablo Heights (Panama Canal Area) where he served as senior pastor through 2005.
He served twice as president of the board of Foursquare Panama, as teacher and advisor to the Foursquare Panama Bible Institute, and as facilitator for the Foursquare Panama Continuous Education program.
In the interdenominational arena, he served as president of the Panama Chapter of Haggai Institute Alumni Association, vice president of the Panamanian Association of Evangelical Churches, secretary of the board of the Panama Bible Society, and as consultant, teacher, translator, and project coordinator for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for their crusades and TV projects in Latin America and Spain.
For six and a half years, he served Foursquare Missions International in various roles, including that of global relations coordinator, dealing with national leaders around the world and with FMI area missionaries.
Non-Voting Board Members
Adam Davidson serves as The Foursquare Church’s vice president of operations, chief operating officer (COO). The COO plays a key leadership role in aligning and orchestrating the efforts of the organization to achieve its vision and mission through effective, efficient and ethical management of the central office operations.
A member of The Foursquare Church since 1975, Adam has served in many leadership roles, including church planter, district administrator, camp director, national church administrator, executive pastor and, most recently, director of operations. Adam has served as a Foursquare minister since 1994, when he completed his bachelor’s degree in business at Ball State University. His background in sales, marketing, business development, finance, human resources and operations management gives him a unique business-minded perspective within The Foursquare Church. He also holds a master’s degree from Life Pacific College (also known as LIFE Bible College).
Adam and his wife, Rose Mary, live in Santa Clarita, CA, with their four children, and attend The Church On The Way Santa Clarita, where they enjoy serving in the young adults ministry.
FMI Director James C. Scott Jr., and his wife, Melinda, are well known throughout The Foursquare Church for their involvement with and love for missions. The Scotts have effectively led congregations in the U.S. as senior pastors and associate pastors in the Southwest District. They have influenced thousands of leaders as supervisors in the Northeast, New England, and Southern California districts.
In addition, Jim has served as chief operations officer (COO) of The Foursquare Church; assistant general supervisor of the Foursquare National Church and as vice president of regional operations; as advisor to Foursquare Church Multiplication; and as regional supervisor of the Southern California/Southwest region. He was a member of the Foursquare board of directors and has served on numerous Foursquare committees.
Jim is a 1975 graduate of California State University at Fresno (B.S. in criminology, minor sociology), a 1981 graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA (M.A. in theology), and a 2008 graduate of Bakke Graduate University in Seattle, WA (D.Min. in church multiplication and leadership development).
Jim’s doctoral dissertation is titled Aimee Semple McPherson and Spanish-Speaking Ministry in Los Angeles: Lessons for the 21st-Century Foursquare Church. The Foursquare Church, through Foursquare Media, has published an adaptation of the dissertation as a book in Spanish titled Aimee—La Gente Hispana Estaba en Su Corazón.
Tammy Dunahoo, general supervisor, has served The Foursquare Church as district supervisor of Arkansas, vice president of Women in Ministry Leadership and director of Foursquare Women International. During her pastoral ministry, she also served as a member of the Church Health team, National Church Council and Foursquare cabinet. In her current role, she serves on the Foursquare board of directors, cabinet, numerous committees and the board of trustees of Life Pacific College (also known as Life Bible College).
Tammy’s passion is sponsoring the next generation and multiplying healthy leaders and churches throughout the U.S. until there is a candle in every community.
Tammy has been married to her best friend and ministry partner, Gary, for more than 35 years. The Dunahoos have enjoyed ministry assignments as lead pastors, church-planters, life and marriage coaches and conference speakers. They have two adult children and one grandson and enjoy life with their family, playing golf and watching sunsets at the beach.
Ted Vail serves as the associate director of Foursquare Missions International. Under this role he oversees the North America Region of Foursquare Churches, Global Disaster Relief, US Missions, and Urban and Multicultural Ministries in the USA.
He has been with Foursquare Missions as a regional coordinator and area missionary since 2001 and has been involved in world missions since 1988 when he spent a season in Japan, followed by a number of years in Central Mexico. He has also served as a senior pastor and regional leader of Hispanic churches in Colorado.
Ted holds a Master of Arts in global leadership and a doctorate of intercultural studies from Fuller Seminary, and regularly shares on Global Missions.
Ted was raised in Seattle, WA and came to know Christ as a teenager. He and his wife, Dawn, a fellow missionary, have three children: Grace, Mercy, and Daniel. They are based in Longmont, CO. As a family, they love to laugh and reach out to people and serve at Hope Boulder Foursquare Church.
Joseph Wainer is from Jacksonville, FL, and moved to Los Angeles to attend The King’s University. Prior to serving at the Foursquare Foundation, he worked in the hospitality/hotel industry for over 6 years, as well as 3 years in education administration at The King’s University. His first missions experience was in Calcutta, India, where he led a team, serving Mother Teresa homes in the city. He has also led the college ministry at The Church On The Way (Van Nuys, CA) under Pastor Scott Bauer, and is currently an ordained Foursquare minister. At present, he is an MBA candidate at George Fox University.
Joseph has faithfully served the Foursquare Foundation as grant coordinator, grant manager, and currently as President / iCEO (since 2013) and firmly believes that financial resources and mission are hand in glove tools to see the Kingdom come. He and his wife, Elizabeth, currently live in Portland, Oregon, with their two children.
Chief Financial Officer Ron Thigpenn has significant experience in the area of finance. He was a CPA for seven years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, spent 10 years as CFO/COO for two financial institutions in the Los Angeles area, and served nearly five years in the corporate finance department of WellPoint Health Networks. Ron served as the Foursquare Loan Fund manager for seven years prior to his appointment as CFO in January 2010. Ron graduated from California State University, Northridge, in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration (accounting) and a Master of Divinity degree from The King’s College and Seminary in 2004.
Ron is an ordained Foursquare pastor, having served for four years as a senior pastor and for five years as an associate pastor in two local Foursquare churches prior to his current appointment. He is now an associate pastor serving with his wife, Judy, who is the lead pastor at a local Foursquare church. Ron currently serves on the Foursquare board of directors as a member of the Executive Committee, Finance Committee (chairman) and Investment Committee.
Sterling Brackett currently serves The Foursquare Church as the corporate secretary and vice president of corporate administrative operations. Sterling also undertakes special projects for the president and serves on the board of directors as chairperson of the Executive Committee and Agenda Committee. He is a member of the Finance, Governance, Investment (observer) and Bylaw committees.
In addition to his corporate roles, Sterling pastors an Arabic-speaking church, Family Fellowship Foursquare Church, in Santa Fe Springs, CA.
During his more than 40 years in ministry, Sterling has served in a variety of roles. Just prior to assuming his responsibilities at the central offices of the The Foursquare Church, he served for 10 years as president of Life Bible College East in Christiansburg, VA. During his tenure there, he planted and pastored the campus church, which became one of the largest churches in Christiansburg.
Sterling lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Wanda. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Dan Cho is originally from Chicago, IL, and moved to Southern California during his teenage years. After encountering and giving his life to Christ in college, Dan went on to pursue an education in philosophy and biblical languages.
Over the past 20 years, he has served as youth and college pastor, worship-arts director, and executive pastor in a number of local Foursquare Churches in Southern California. As well, Dan has worked with several nonprofit organizations to advance the gospel and fight poverty and social/political injustices in the U.S. and Asia.
From 2005 to 2010, Dan served at the Foursquare Central Office as the supervisor in Information Technologies Department. Following that appointment in 2010, Dan transitioned into the role as the Asia/South Pacific grant coordinator for the Foursquare Foundation. He now serves as the international program coordinator for the Foursquare Foundation and is excited to be a part of the continuing advancement of the Christ’s message of hope and love throughout the world.
Dan and his wife, Shannon, currently live in the South Bay area of Southern California with their two children, Connor and Charis.
Sharon Lee serves as the executive assistant to the Foursquare Foundation director, Joseph Wainer.
In 2007, she graduated from Life Pacific College with a bachelor’s degree in leadership and ministry. Sharon has been serving in pastoral ministry for over 10 years with the Foursquare Church.
Sharon and her husband, Tim, co-pastor a church in Lancaster, CA, where they live with their two daughters, Hannah and Selah.
Tim Gale grew up in Portland, OR and moved to Southern California to attend LIFE Bible College.
After graduating, Tim served in several local church ministry assignments before branching out into different workplace roles. Through his management positions in various fields such as commercial real estate due diligence, professional audio/video consulting, retail and sales, Tim has grown into his deeper calling to help people discover the gifts God has placed within and connect them to His purpose for their life.
Additionally, as a certified leadership coach through Lifeforming Leadership Coaching, Tim has increased his ability to assist with life formation and goal facilitation for individuals in professional and ministry roles.
Tim serves as the U.S. Project Manager for the Foursquare Foundation and has a passion to help facilitate the connection of people and resources with the work God has already established within each local community.
Since 2008, Tim and his wife, Katie, have been part of the founding team of The Gathering, a vibrant sending community of faith and Foursquare Simple Church Network in Santa Clarita, CA. Tim and Katie, along with their two children, Madeline and Noah, reside in Canyon Country, CA.
Josh received his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law. He began his legal career at Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP in Oxnard, CA, where he became a partner at age 30. His primary practice areas included corporate/business law and real estate law, but also included providing litigation management strategy to his business clients and working with his partners in the areas of intellectual property, estate planning and employment law.
In July 2012, Josh left his full-time career as an attorney to serve as the director of operations for LightHouse Church (Newbury Park Foursquare Church) in Newbury Park, CA, where he and his family have attended since 2005. He has a passion for using administration and organizational clarity to coordinate church staff and members to carry out the vision given to the LightHouse pastoral staff. While working at LightHouse, Josh maintained his legal practice.
Josh and his wife, Jana, have two daughters, the pride and joy of their lives: Kaylee and Makenna.