For nearly two decades, Michael has worked to develop, empower, and equip leaders. Prior to joining BILD, Michael rose through the ranks of an industry-leading precision agriculture company, leading the development of a nation-wide dealer network. During this period, Michael established two thriving businesses, raising livestock and growing corn and soybeans in the Central Iowa heartland. Throughout these years, Michael also applied his developmental skills to church leadership, chairing his church’s board of administration, preaching sermons, and teaching adult education courses. Michael is building a global network that identifies, trains, and equips leaders at every level, to impact their communities for the gospel. Michael also directs the development of leaders nationally and in the context of the CityChurch of Ames-Des Moines.
Jeff is the founder of BILD International, which is committed to promoting comprehensive church-based theological education worldwide, in the way of Christ and His Apostles. He has taught church-based theological education seminars throughout the United States and in over sixty countries and helped establish leadership training programs in those countries, identifying, developing, and empowering strategic leaders in 9 civilizations and in a 600 Shadow City Initiative, launching the C-BTE Network. In addition, Jeff helped found Ontario Bible Church (now the CityChurch of Ames-Des Moines) and its Ministry Apprenticeship Training located in Ames, Iowa, and has served since 1972 on the pastoral team, currently as Senior Pastor. He is the author of BILD's Leadership Series, a comprehensive 25-course theological education, leadership-training curriculum and 7-course General Education curriculum; The Encyclicals and The Paradigm Papers: New Paradigms for the Postmodern Church; The First Principles Series and The Story; and several life development resources. His current writing project is The Mastering the Scriptures Series. Jeff and his wife Nancy have two adult children, Anna and Jonathan.
Keith worked as a systems manager for the HyVee Food Chain and owned and operated Cyclone Printers for a number of years. He and his wife Carol, a missionary’s daughter from India, have been a part of the CityChurch of Ames-Des Moines since 1987. Through their introduction, Indian pastors requested BILD training on the sub-continent, helping to establish BILD as an international ministry. Keith currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Elders of the CityChurch of Ames-Des Moines as well. He has a double degree from Grace University in education and missions. Keith and Carol have two children, Max and Jordan.
Don has been involved in the development of BILD since 1974 and has been on the BILD board since its incorporation in 1986. He graduated from Prairie Bible Institute in Canada and holds an Agricultural Business degree from Iowa State University. He currently helps with the printing, assembling and shipping of BILD resources. Don and his wife Lilian have two adult children, Lynnay and Darren. They have six grandchildren.
Jay is employed at Iowa State University as the 4-H Youth Stakeholder & Partnership Development Manager and Associate Director of Iowa Space Grant Consortium. He holds a bachelors degree in zoology from Buena Vista University and a masters in science education from Iowa State University. In his work to improve science learning for youth he also works on a team and does professional development for educators and authors books that focus on learning using literacy and science principles embedded in argument-based inquiry. Staker has been involved with the ministry of the CityChurch of Ames-Des Moines and BILD since the 70’s, being eager to follow the New Testament model for church life. He and his wife Dea have two children, Jennifer Schill (Sam Schill) and Megan Stagg (Josh Stagg) and 7 grandchildren.