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The staff members of FLM receive the majority of their income through their full time employment, thereby maximizing the impact of the financial support received through FLM.

William E. Wakefield is a co-founder of Front Line Ministries, a non-profit missions organization that provides team-building training to missions teams. Strong teams are essential in gaining maximum impact as we minister in the name of Jesus Christ throughout the world. Front Line Ministries is currently serving missions teams in Mexico, Russia and Africa. Bill holds a masters degree in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M at Commerce, Texas. He is a consultant and president of Leadership Development, Inc., and has worked for over ten years with a variety of businesses and organization in the capacity of solving people problems and maximizing team relationships. In addition, Bill has a private counseling practice focusing on marriage and family relationships in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Bill is a licensed professional counselor and a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Bill is married to Joyce and they have two young daughters, Sara and Maggie.

Joyce D. Wakefield is co-founder of Front Line Ministries. In addition to serving Front Line Ministries, Joyce provides counseling services in the Baton Rouge community. Joyce holds a master degree in Counseling from Louisiana State University , Baton Rouge. She has served as the the Director of Counseling at The Dunham School, an independent Christian school (K-12) where she coordinated the school counseling program and provided guidance for academic services and the Advisory program. In her work with Front Line Ministries, Joyce also draws on her ten years of leadership experience in various management and supervisory positions with American Airlines. In addition, she served on the staff of campus Crusade and Christ for three years. Joyce shares the same two lovely daughters with her husband, Bill.

Keith Boyer joins the staff of Front Line Ministries with a rich background in both counseling and pastoral ministry combined with an acknowledged ability as a speaker and preacher. He sensed the Lord calling him into full time ministry at an early age.

In 1984, Keith graduated with a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana. That year he received the Grace Seminary Expository Preaching Award in recognition of his homiletic skills. During the next year, he worked with Dr. Larry Crabb and Dr. Dan Allender as a Counseling Intern. In 1986, he received his Master of Divinity degree. In 1985, Keith and his family moved to the New Orleans area. Keith founded and directed Christian Counseling Ministries.

In February 1991, Keith, desiring to explore the potential of the local church to bring about substantial change in the lives of people, accepted the call to pastor Faith Bible Church in Slidell, Louisiana, where he continues to minister. Keith also serves as chaplain for the Slidell Fire Department, is a guest lecturer at the New Orleans Dental School in the area of ethic, and is director of the Coast Bible Conference. Presently, he is enrolled as a doctoral student in the Doctor of Ministries program at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Johnny Ervin comes to FLM after working for Entergy, a regional electric utility company, for 33 years. He retired from Entergy as the vice president of Customer Service Support where he managed a number of Entergy’s functions. Johnny’s decision to retire early was made after a substantial amount of prayer and searching for God’s direction with the conclusion that he had spent enough time in the corporate world and now is the time for him to invest in things with more of an eternal perspective.

Front Line Ministries is one of three ministries Johnny feels led to invest a portion of his time because of its mission to help those who are serving God. He is also working with two new church “plants”, one in Madison, Mississippi, (where he and his wife Sylvia live) and one in Gulfport, MS. There are many similarities in the needs of church planters and the needs of missionaries.

Johnny brings planning, organizational and administrative skills to FLM. He is involved in performing an assessment of FLM’s efforts to achieve its mission. He will also help develop a comprehensive missionary care model that FLM and mission agencies can use to work together to effectively deliver the services needed by missionaries. He also desires to help communicate Front Line Ministries’ efforts and successes to both supporters and mission agencies.

Tara Sedlacek has held a deep interest and love for missions since becoming a Christian in 1984. She has participated in several short-term mission trips and has hoped on more than one occasion that God was calling her to the mission field. Tara has spent the past 10 years in the corporate world fine-tuning skills that would now be called into service with Front Line Ministries. She has over 10 year of training/facilitating experience in business and academic environments. Her relevant skills and experience include presentation, facilitation, organizational, and leadership skills; instructional/graphic design and program development experience; project management experience; and creation of brochures, presentations, and other marketing-type pieces.

Tara will use her skills with FLM to help missionaries develop presentation materials to better tell their individual missions story. Our goal in providing these services is to reduce the amount of time missionaries spend raising funds and therefore increase their available time for the active ministry to which God has called them.

Ron Tyndall is the Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care at Parkview Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA. He has served with PBC since 1983. During this time, Ron has developed a Grief and Divorce Recovery ministry, which includes weekly education and support meetings and accompanying materials. This ministry has touched over 1800 participants. Ron has also established chemical dependency support groups, teaches and ministers with Singles 50 and up, and spends hours each week in pastoral counseling. Ron recently developed the Marriage Works workbook (see the Resources page), resourcing some of the prime books on marriage.

Doug White received his bachelor’s degree in General Studies from LSU in 1986. He spent eight years in health club management with a sideline personal fitness training business in Baton Rouge and Atlanta. Following his salvation experience in March of 1990, Doug began to sense God’s calling on his life to work with hurting people. While earning his master’s degree in recreational therapy from Southern University, Doug first volunteered with and then became employed by Baton Rouge Youth where he worked as an activity therapist with troubled and at-risk youth. He also has also worked on the inpatient acute and geriatric psychiatric units of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical center where he conducted groups and therapy sessions for the profoundly mentally ill. Doug then joined the team at Synergy Behavioral Health in 1999 where he is currently clinical director of recreational therapy.

Doug’s ministry experience includes working with youth, couples, as well as men’s support groups, specifically in the area of addiction issues: alcohol, drug, sex. Doug is on staff part-time with Istrouma Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA, where he leads Celebrate Recovery (a 12-step, Christ-centered recovery ministry). For the past 4 years, Doug has been working with Celebrate Recovery as a means of ministering to those with addiction issues. Not only has he helped start Celebrate Recovery at numerous churches, he also serves as a consultant to other CR ministries.

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1998: Front Line Ministries began formally operating in January after two and one-half years of careful research on the need for an organization that would provide support services to missions organizations and missionaries in foreign mission fields around the world. Front Line Ministries created and refined the models we now use to teach missionaries how to improve their effectiveness as teams of people working together for Christ.

1999: FLM used our team-building models with seven churches in the United States to help them strengthen their teams and work through a variety of issues. We also took our first two foreign mission trips to Moscow, Russia, and established a base at Hinkson Christian Academy (the missions school in Moscow) from which to meet the needs of English-speaking missionaries in Russia.

2000: The work of Front Line Ministries deepened in Russia and spread to Mexico. We took three trips to Russian and one trip to Mexico.

2001: FLM continued working with ministries in Russian and Mexico as well as expanding internationally to include ministry to Guatemala and Cameroon, Africa.

2002: Front Line Ministries worked extensively in a consulting role with several missions organizations whose headquarters are stateside. In addition, we focused on expanding our FLM staff team. Two new staff persons were added—both of whom fulfill multiple roles.

2003: FLM worked with a collection of churches in Kaluga, Russia, and with Hinkson Christian Academy in Moscow. In addition, FLM partnered in ministry with Central American Mission, International, in Mexico City and Queretaro, Mexico.

2004: FLM partnered with the Association of Christian Schools International at the International Educators Conference in Kijabe, Kenya. We partnered with Hinkson Christian Academy in Russia conducting trainings in team building, career counseling for the high school students and critical incident stress management. We also partnered with Hombres Fieles (Faithful Men) and CAM Int'l to conduct an addictions conference in Mexico City, Mexico.

2005: FLM partnered with the Association of Christian School International at their European Administrators Conference, Beatenberg, Switzerland, speaking on Maintaining a Healthy Marriage in Ministry. FLM also spoke at ACSI's African Administrators Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, speaking on Being Effective Team Leaders.

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 FLM Powerpoint Presentation (~1.4 MB)

 Doctrinal Statement (~25 KB)

 

Central American Missions International
Medical Centers of West Africa
Hinkson Christian Academy
AWANA Clubs International
Cutting Edge Foundation
Association of Christian Schools International