Board of Directors

We are blessed to have some of the most incredible individuals on our Board of Directors. Their wisdom, passion, and experience on the mission field is vital to the success of our mission!

Chad C. Parker

Founder & Executive Director

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.

Sandi Knapp

Board Secretary

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

Board Member

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 Parker


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 Smith

Board Member

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.

Mark Lockett

Board Member

Mark Lockett is the Creative Director and President of Creative Sites Media, Inc., a Bloomington-based creative application development TV/film production company. His creative career began as a signed, touring musician with Christian band "The Normals" (ForeFront Records, Nashville TN), 1998-2002. During his touring career, Mark began CSM from the road.  The transition to creative development was a lateral move from the live production and recording industry, as both have similar structure for building and producing.  The development started with fellow artists/bands, then booking and management agencies, then record labels.  Today, CSM serves some of the largest companies in the world with ongoing creative application development, including AGCO, John Deere, Climate and Monsanto/Bayer.  In 2015, CSM had the opportunity to provide internet services to the REM school in Kenya through GOYA. After an impactful personal visit in person in the fall of 2017, Mark and his wife Dawn committed to serving on the GOYA Board. Aside from his early touring ministry and GOYA, Mark also serves on the worship team at Vale Church in Bloomington IL.