Our Leadership

Our Leadership

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!

US Leadership

Chad 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 Midwest Food Bank East Africa Division and serves on it's board of directors. He is working with the Food Bank 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 Eldership Team at Eastview Christian Church. He loves spending time with Roxy his wife, and his children Waverly and Brecken.

Aubrey Emerson

Executive Assistant

Aubrey has had a passion for missions, and specifically for Africa, since as far back as she can remember. As the previous Assistant Missions Director at her previous church in Springfield, IL, she coordinated short-term trips within the United States and 13 countries world-wide. She has had the privilege of personally leading several teams to South Africa, Guatemala, and Kenya, and has served along with her husband and daughter as a Missionary Associate to both South Africa and Guatemala. After returning from their assignment in Guatemala in 2015, they moved to Bloomington, IL where she became connected to GOYA Ministries.  She has been the volunteer Executive Assistant since 2016 and has loved watching the ministry grow and change thousands of lives! 

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 joined the GOYA Board of Directors in April of 2015. As the Pastor of Finance at Eastview Christian Church in Bloomington, IL, he brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom as we strive to be good stewards of our resources. He and his wife, Rita, have two sons, and outside of their involvement at Eastview and GOYA enjoy camping, playing games and gardening. One of Mark’s favorite guiding passages is Proverbs 3:4-5 because it constantly reminds him to rely on God for direction in all areas of his life.  

Mike Smith

Board Member

Mike has been a member of the GOYA Board of Directors since January 2014. He brings expertise and training to our Kenyan staff in charge of the cleaning and general maintenance of our buildings. He is inspired by his grandma’s unconditional love, quiet strength and perseverance through tough times without complaint. He prefers to be found outdoors doing anything from gardening to playing catch with his nephews, to grilling out. As long as he’s outside, he’s happy. His go to verse is Micah 6:8 “…to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

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.

Kenya

Bishop Shadrack Ogembo

Partnering Ministry Founder and Director

Violet Ogembo

Partner Ministry Founder

Mr. Samwel Okumu

REM Board Member

Mrs. Jennifer Aluoch

REM Board Member

Dr. Filigona Otieno

REM Board Member

Mr. Josiah Ruto

REM Board Member

Mrs. Alice Limo

REM Board Member

Mr. Yona Okidia

REM Board Member

Mr. Andrew Onguka

REM Board Member