Chad Parker is the Founder & Executive Director of GOYA Ministries. After traveling to Kenya in April of 2006 and working with Shadrack in the slum of Mitumba, he returned to the US and founded GOYA Ministries. Today, Chad provides strategic vision for the organization and oversees project coordination and solution implementation.
Through a partnership between GOYA Ministries and the Midwest Food Bank, Chad co-founded the East African Food Bank (EAFB) and serves on it's board of directors. He is working with the EAFB to establish a crocodile slaughterhouse and an enormous soybean farming operation to improve protein intake in the diets of the people we serve in Kenya.
Chad is also the President and CEO of Cybernautic, Inc, a web design company with offices throughout the state of Illinois. He received the 40 leaders under 40 and 20 leaders under 40 award. Under his guidance, Cybernautic earned the Small Business Excellence Award. Chad also serves on the International Missions Team at Eastview Christian Church. He loves spending time with Roxy his wife, his children Waverly and Brecken.
I was drawn to GOYA because of the passion and energy I witnessed the first time I talked with Chad Parker. I felt that this was something God was going to bless and that he was calling me to jump on the bus. I have been drawn to Kenya since I was 8 years old and some missionary nuns came to my church and gave a presentation on their work in Kenya. The most important thing GOYA is doing is making a difference in a very dark place by helping children with healthcare and education and giving them the lifesaving message of the Gospel. My goal as a board member is to be an encourager and cheerleader and to share my international experience in a way that benefits the ministry. As I've said, Kenya is a big part of my heart; along with that is Russia. I never intended to fall in love with Russia, but God had other ideas in mind. I have lived and traveled extensively overseas, mostly with a goal of sharing the Gospel with others.
Mark Zimmerman serves as the Pastor of Finance at Eastview Christian Church. We are blessed to have him on our board as we strive to be good stewards of our resources.
Peggy has a heart dedicated to missions both here in the US and abroad. She has been to Russia, Romania, the Dominican Republic, and has led multiple trips to Kenya. Her passion is to help mothers and children see the potential they have in working for God's kingdom and then helping them achieve it. Peggy has been involved behind the scenes with GOYA from its conception. From helping arrange speaking engagements to aiding with fundraising, her assistance has helped develop large scale change. Encouraging and supportive, she has challenged GOYA to chase after its dreams, even those as big as cargo planes.
Mike has a true servants' heart and we value his input as he challenges us spiritually to keep our eyes on the cross and make sure our aim is true.