2018 ICCM Americas Who We Are

//2018 ICCM Americas Who We Are
2018 ICCM Americas Who We Are2018-06-12T00:28:16+00:00
Carl Armstrong
Carl Armstrong has been a Virtualization/Microsoft expert for many years. Carl’s first presentation was at ICCM 2004. He has also helped many mission agencies with Virtualization and Microsoft challenges. Carl works for MTM Technologies as a Virtualization Architect.
Carl Daudt
Carl Daudt, employed as Systems Analyst with Taylor University, serves the ICCM 2018 Americas Conference as Platform Chair. He and his wife, Judy support missions through technology and technology related missions, adoption of college aged missionary kids, and commitment to long term relationships with missionaries and the mission community. Carl and Judy served for over eleven years as advisors for the Mu Kappa student organization at Taylor University, an organization for missionary kids in college. Carl is a geophysicist by training, and has maintained connections with international students since his graduate school days. Carl first attended ICCM in 2001 at the JAARS facility in Waxhaw, NC.
Caroline Francis
Caroline is currently working as a consultant for a company specializing in testing software. She’s worked on a variety of environments from the mainframe to mobile devices. This will be her 5th ICCM. She’s been assisting Tim with scheduling the speakers for the sessions.
Corey
Corey has a Ph.D. in cybersecurity and has had a career as a technology practitioner (network engineer and server administrator). He currently leads the security department for a large non-profit healthcare organization. In addition, he is the information security adviser for a multi-agency group that works in sensitive areas. Corey regularly gives security presentations to international audiences.
Courtney Hicks
Courtney Hicks is a graduate from the CyberWatch West headquarters, Whatcom Community College, and continued his education to get his bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems Security at Western Washington University. He is one of the first graduates of both these programs and came out with a rich knowledge in applied security controls. His favorite portion of security deals with proactive forensics and how to balance both security and confidentiality, integrity, and availability within a given situation. Some of Courtney’s favorite technology to work with is Linux, FreeBSD (learning other BSDs), filesystems, web applications, and a new interest in Python programming. He feels that the Lord has truly blessed him with many opportunities in his life to serve Him, in having the opportunity to serve working and serving with X31 Technologies, serving on the Serve & Equip board of directors with David Moore, and getting to be a part of this great community, working to the glory of God and serving His kingdom.
Darci Nurkkala
Building on previous software industry experience, Darci Nurkkala works at Taylor University with the Center for Missions Computing, the Computer Science and Engineering Department, and the Academic Enrichment Center. She holds a TESOL certification and is pursuing her master’s degree at City Vision University. Leading international missions computing trips with her husband, Tom Nurkkala, combines her passion for missions, students, computer science, and intercultural experiences. She enjoys reading, cooking, cycling, and spending time with family. 

Dorinda Beeley
Dorinda Beeley started serving in missions technology in 2002 and eventually met her husband, Greg, at the ICCM Conference. She now serves alongside Greg at LightSys Technology Services and chases their three small boys when not (or while) connecting techies with missions opportunities.
Greg Beeley
Greg Beeley is president and co-founder of LightSys Technology Services. He’s a Christian, a worshiper, a visionary, and a techie, ever seeking new and creative uses for his computer technology skills, particularly in software & networking systems and in computer security.
Jason Maas
Jason worked for IBM briefly as a software developer before becoming a Geek for God at DiscipleMakers college student ministry in Pennsylvania 15 years ago. He is a “jack of all trades, master of none” sysadmin, tech support provider, and amateur software developer. He loves Linux on servers, Apple end user devices, and seeing more disciples of Jesus being made. He has attended ICCM as often as possible over the past decade. Jason is married and has three children, two of them teenagers. He’s also an elder of his church.
Kevin Weaver
Kevin Weaver has more than seventeen years of prior experience as a Windows network engineer. He typically assists a few dozen ministries every year, some on site and some remotely. His key skills are with Windows Servers, Active Directory, Exchange Servers, server hardware and firewalls. He also has management experience via time in the Army and later leading a small IT team at the mission Crossworld. He has led sessions at almost every ICCM in the U.S. since 2006, including a two-day workshop on Windows Server. He also teaches the Bible and theology in various settings.
Leon Amstutz
Leon currently serves as a missionary radio broadcast consultant with SonSet Solutions (formerly HCJB Global Engineering Center) in Elkhart, IN. He has also served with Innovative Education International as a technology specialist, developing battery powered computer lab kits for schools in third world countries such as Liberia and Haiti.
Leon formerly served as a missionary engineer in Haiti with Radio Lumiere and has traveled back to Haiti annually as a volunteer engineering consultant for the past 30 years. (He is a survivor of the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince)
Leon worked as a telecommunication systems engineer and manager at Raytheon Company (formerly Magnavox and Hughes) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He then served as Academic Technology specialist and taught Computer Science and Engineering Physics at Taylor University for 15 years before retiring in 2015.
Throughout this time, Leon continued his own education, earning two Masters degrees and a Doctorate of Applied Science in Telecommunications Engineering.
He enjoys developing technical solutions to help advance the gospel worldwide.
Lonnie NelsonProfessor of Philosophy
Dr. Nelson has taught at Hannibal-LaGrange University since 2000 and says that what he enjoys the most about teaching university students is the chance to build relationships and mentor students outside of the classroom.

At HLGU, Nelson has served as the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees and serves on the Student Learning Improvement Leadership Team, along with numerous other committees. He also teaches in the Honors Program and advises student’s in the Liberal Studies program.
Nelson and his wife have two grown children. He is the pastor of Journey of Faith Fellowship in Kahoka, Missouri.

Mark MorgensternSenior Director – Grow2Serve and Director – CIT Next
Mark and his family spent 13 years in Russia and Ukraine working in church planting and people development. Following nine years serving as leader of ReachGlobal’s training team, EFCA EQUIP, in 2015 Mark reorganized Grow2Serve and it now functions as a platform for aiding missions organization with online learning support, publicizing of learning resources and instructional design consulting services. Mark also serves as the director of CIT Next, the distance learning branch of Center for Intercultural Training. All that Mark does is driven by his passion for workers being equipped and Christians coming together in partnering relationships for God’s glory and the fulfillment of His work. The Morgensterns currently reside in Apple Valley, Minnesota. You can learn more about Mark and his family here: www.grow2serve.com/morgenstern
Mark Polhamus
Mark has spent the majority of his career in Technology Management, as Consultant to Management and as a contract Project Manager. He loves the challenge of walking into a new engagement, learning about the challenges, and leading the teams to success. Mark’s graduate degree is in Software Engineering and he has functioned in many of the technology roles, from programmer through manger and into the C-suite. Mark is the father of three and the husband of one; the whole family is engaged in various outdoor activities and travel. Mark is passionate about the power and authority of the Word of God and enjoys mentoring activities centered around Scripture. In his spare time, he often teaches and lectures on technology, project management and faith topics.
Michelle Todd
Paul Federwitz
Over the last twenty years, Paul Federwitz has worked with small to medium organizations in both the US and West Africa, helping them to best utilize technology to accomplish their missions. He serves with Lutheran Bible Translators in Ghana, from where he handles their international IT needs and provides guidance to local partners. Along with supporting language technology, he has been implementing Office 365 for the last six years.
Ron
Ron has been with Mission Aviation Fellowship for 32 years and worked in sub-Saharan Africa for 18 years. He is a pilot with 5000 hours in Africa and also managed MAF’s email network in DRC and Mali. Recently he has been working at MAF headquarters as Field Advisor for Ministry Initiatives under the Technology Resources (IT) division of MAF. His focus is on using MAF’s technology for ministry in current programs as well as new areas.
Shawn Parrish
Shawn Parrish is a codemonkey/sysadmin for X31 Technologies. He works remotely from wherever he happens to be (usually Colorado) with his 7 homeschooled kids and very patient wife. Former missionary to Paraguay, South America. Also co-owner of NodePing uptime monitoring service.
T J Renninger
T J is 23 years old and work for DiscipleMakers in the systems department. He graduated from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania with a Software Engineering degree and is excited that he gets to use his passion both for programming and ministry on a daily basis.
Ted Esler
Dr. Ted Esler is the president of Missio Nexus, the largest network of Great Commission focused organizations and churches in North America. Ted travels internationally about 4-5 times a year, most often observing spiritual movements and the dynamics behind them. Ted is a part of The Living Room Orlando, a house church network in Orlando, FL.
Tim Young
Tim Young has been in missions IT for many years. As a field consultant with LightSys Technology Services, he has worked with over 100 ministries in 15 countries. Tim loves Linux, but does most of his work in a Windows world. He has been a part of ICCM for over eighteen years, and is currently helping head up the team planting the ICCM-Africa conference.
Tom Francis
Tom Francis is a software developer and consultant with over 20 years of experience in commercial and open source software, with particular interests on process and data security. Recently, Tom has been aiding a missions organization with one of their many software projects, and reviewing projects for LightSys sponsored Spring Break Code-a-Thons.
Tom Nurkkala
Tom Nurkkala spent the first 30 years of his career in industry as a software engineer and engineering manager. Since 2008, he has been Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Taylor University, where he also founded the Center for Missions Computing. He is passionate about the intersection of computing and global missions, particularly when involving his students in missions computing. He and his wife Darci have three adult children and will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary in August. When they’re not geeking out with students or missionaries, they are trying to bicycle 50 miles in each of the 50 states while in their 50’s.