After growing up in Alaska (Ron) and Nebraska (Wanda) where we both became Christians, we met during university in a Christian band. Along the way, we were shaped by mentors and teachers from our families, churches, and the schools we attended. God has blessed us with two great kids and their spouses, and Jon/Charvonne and Amy/Greg, along with two beautiful teenage granddaughters who love Jesus, Mia and Cheree. We love living by them in this season of life here in Maryland.
Our passion and joy since university days has been intentional and strategic “hang-out,” passing it on with leaders and those on a journey toward Jesus. Sometimes it has been under a tree, sometimes over coffee, sometimes in a boardroom, sometimes in a car, with educated/uneducated, with animists/Muslims/Hindus/Sikhs, and those of no religion – just sharing about life and leadership.
We have learned recipes of life and leadership, and we do not want to die with the recipes – our passion is to keep passing them on to the next generation.
THE SOMMERS’ SAFARI
Our life has not been boring! We love developing church and business leaders to have better character, sharper skills, productive teams, and greater influence. It was our joy to start 3 churches and lead 4 others in 6 different countries. We’ve trained, mentored, and coached on 5 continents through life-sharing, leadership seminars, teaching, and directing Bible colleges along with a leadership coaching business in India. Writing for leaders has also been part of our journey, including a book on Managing Conflict.
Throughout all these experiences, believers, churches, and
leaders have matured and multiplied to pass it on. We love being a Barnabas to others, pouring ourselves into them. These incredible people have gone on to do greater things than we ever could.
OUR GLOBAL FOOTPRINTS
Left 27 churches - 1985
Now 400 churches
West Kenya Bible School: left men who became church planters and leaders
Far North Bible College:
Left indigenous pillars of
International Christian Centre:
Left 2,000 discipled believers. 2019: 8,000 influencers are changing the nation
left effective leaders with a strong voice to their Hindu nation
Left leaders who are now
Caribbean & West Indies
Left leaders in 7 nations
trained in practical leadership
and Managing Conflict
Left a new int'l church, a community of world-changers especially touching students from Central Asia
Left African students and Filipino leaders trained in how to do Church
THANKS to the many who helped us leave footprints of
Godly leaders around the world!
As you access our training, mentoring, and coaching resources along with Wanda’s My Swing blog, our prayer is that you too will go on to do greater things in your life, family, work, and church!