Our Leadership


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Gary Gillespie is a pastor at Copper Hills Church in Peoria, Arizona serving their weekend programming, missions, and community arts ministries.  He graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Music and worked in the entertainment and broadcast markets before entering full time ministry.  Gary also serves on the Board of Directors for School Connect, a nonprofit collaborative community initiative supporting education.  He has a master’s degree in Christian Leadership from Hope International University and has two daughters, both of whom are active in social justice and community service.


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Kyle is a principal at Marketplace One, an impact investing firm, where he provides oversight in private equity and real estate investments. He is also managing director of The Department, a premier collaborative workspace in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Through both of these roles, Kyle is committed to cultivating a relational investment ecosystem in Phoenix that produces profitable opportunities for business leaders, social entrepreneurs, and investors. A graduate of Biola University, Kyle is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a background in public accounting and financial consulting. He lives with his wife and three children in Gilbert, Arizona, and they attend Grace Bible Church in Tempe.


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Right out of college, Jason fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a professional firefighter. During this time he also started Trinity Landscape, which became one of the fastest growing landscape companies in Arizona. Trinity later merged with Sun State Landscape Management where Jason currently serves as partner.

In 2008, at the age of 25, Jason left his career as a firefighter and started 1MISSION, a community development organization giving people in poverty the opportunity to earn a house by serving their community.

In 2012 Jason co-founded Mission Create, where he currently leads the overall mission and vision.

He is a sought after speaker on important subjects such as poverty alleviation, social innovation, nonprofits, and entrepreneurship. He currently serves on the board of The Global CHE Network, representing 500+ agencies in 112 countries serving the physical and spiritual needs of people.

Jason and his wife Tina live in Phoenix with their three children. You see what he’s up to @_jasonlaw.


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Tina grew up in Tom’s River, New Jersey and studied at Monmouth University, where she earned a BS in Business Administration. During college, she began to work in commercial real estate, doing business in New Jersey and New York. After moving to Arizona in 2003, she obtained commercial real estate and broker licenses and co-founded TAG Commercial.

Feeling a desire to connect her work with a greater sense of purpose, in 2010 Tina joined the Global Outreach department at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, Arizona, where she served for five years. A co-founder of 1MISSION, a community development organization with work in Mexico, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, Tina has also been involved with Mission Create since the beginning. She loves working with social entrepreneurs, helping to bring their ideas to life by bridging the gap between the often distinct worlds of church and business.

Tina lives in northwest Phoenix with her husband, Jason, and their three kids.


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An entrepreneur at heart, Cathy serves the for-profit and nonprofit sectors in a number of different capacities. As Founder and CEO of Midas Capital Management, Desert Gardens Properties and other businesses for more than 30 years, she oversees the operations of these companies. In addition, she is currently Executive Director for the Christine Ostwinkle Foundation for Lupus, Executive Director for the Oliva Family Foundation for Education, Executive Advisor for Shannon Hoffpauir Ministries, Board Member for the Peoria Education Foundation. She is a longtime resident of Glendale, Arizona, and community and family is important to her. She and her husband René have been together for over 33 years, having been married for more than 26 of them. They also have 3 wonderful children together, Alec, Samantha, and Madison.


Board of Directors Emeritus 

Larrie is the Lead Global Outreach Director at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, Arizona. He believes that the work and activity of global and local outreach wins people to Jesus Christ because it extends the Church into other nations and the knowledge of Jesus Christ through the work of our partners.

Larrie’s heart for justice is seen through his volunteer work. He is the founder and past President of Stop Child Rape for Profit, Inc. DBA; Streetlight, Founder and current President of CCV Youth Sports, Inc., and Founder of Mission Create. He also serves on several international outreach boards that focus on improving community health and economic development.

Larrie had previously worked as an executive of Intel Corporation for 19 years. He had also served 8 years in the US Army during the Vietnam Nam era.

He has been married for 47 years to Sheila and has two daughters and seven grandchildren.


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Bob has spent 40 years serving government, higher education and the broader nonprofit sector. He has been a consultant/trainer/coach for more than 500 nonprofit CEOs and boards over the past 30 years, mainly in the faith-based community. Bob has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Higher Education from Michigan State University. His publications include: Nonprofit Board Answer Book, Presidential Transitions in Private Colleges, Good Governance for Nonprofits, a chapter in Turnaround: Leading Stressed Colleges and Universities to Excellence, and more than a dozen other published chapters, articles, and commentaries.


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Bob holds a degree in Admin. Sciences from Yale College and a J.D. from the University of Wyoming Law School where he served as a senior editor on its law review. A shareholder at Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., Bob is the Coordinator of the Church & Ministry Law Practice Group serving churches, para-church organizations, ministries and secular charities nationwide. His interaction with such groups has extended to personal time in Board of Director positions at: Scottsdale Christian Academy, Solid Rock Foundation, the Christian Education Legacy Fund, and much more. Bob and his wife, Kathy, have two sons.


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Tami Heim has been the president and CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance, headquartered in San Clemente, CA, since January 2012. Her professional career includes executive leadership experience in the technology, marketing, publishing and retail industries. She has experience serving on the nonprofit boards of EQUIP, Lead Like Jesus, Christian Alliance for Orphans, Growing Leaders. Christianity Today, and Christian Leadership Alliance.


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Jonathan Roe is the Area Director for Mission Increase Foundation Arizona. Jonathan has served over 25 years in Christian ministry as an administrator, fundraiser, lead pastor and consultant in the Washington, D.C., Columbus, Ohio, and Phoenix, Arizona, areas. Jonathan has an M.Div. degree from Wesley Theological Seminary (1996) and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary (2007). Jonathan’s doctoral work focused in leadership and management and how to effectively lead change in organizations. His desire is to help organizations raise their level of effectiveness, resulting in greater Kingdom impact.