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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chairman - Ryan Schinneller

Ryan Schinneller was born in Jacksonville, Florida and has made it his home ever since. At the age of 10, Ryan accepted Jesus in his life. Ryan currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and on the Board Advancement Committee.

In 1993, Ryan became aware of a need for missionaries in the former Soviet-Union, so he immediately began planning to spend a summer there through Calvary International. Ever since that first mission trip, Ryan has been a supporter of Go To Nations in both prayer and finances, supporting both the ministry headquarters and individual missionaries and projects.

Ryan married Tina Wells in 1995 and graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Florida. After graduation, Ryan took a position at American Technical Ceramics as a photolithographer and was tasked with creating a photolithography lab. After two years, he was transferred to the laser department where he became the lead laser technician working on thin-film hybrid microcircuitry.

After 10 years with America Technical Ceramics, Ryan took a job at Christ the Redeemer Church as a graphics designer, web designer, and videographer, where he served for 20 years. Ryan is currently serving as the Associate Pastor at Grace Church of Avondale and owns a production company called Image Media Resource. Tina serves at Christian Healing Ministries. Ryan and Tina have a passion for missions.

 

Vice Chairman - Dr. Keith Gaston

Keith studied at the University of North Florida and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 2004, Master of Public Administration in 2006, and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership in 2018. He is an Adjunct Professor at St. Johns River State College teaching on Public Safety Law & Policy, Police Administration, Grant Administration, Public Sector Budgeting & Accounting, and Labor Relations.

Keith has served with the Florida Highway Patrol since 1997. He was Captain and District Commander of the Jacksonville Regional Communication Center (JRCC) until 2015. He was responsible for overseeing 60 civilian employees coordinating communications between Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies and officials. He was also responsible for strategic planning, goal setting, coordination of resources, policy, and program implementation.

In 2015 he was promoted to Major as Communication Commander for the implementation and operation of seven regional communications centers across the state of Florida, overseeing hundreds of personnel, increasing hiring diversity, and career advancement opportunities resulting in increased morale. Keith serves as the lead instructor for the leadership development program, Security Manager for State Law Enforcement Radio System operations, and is the statewide coordinator for all evidence and property held by the Florida Highway Patrol. 

Keith serves on multiple boards and committees and joined the Board of Directors for Go To Nations as Vice Chairman in 2019.

 

PRESIDENT - Dr. Jerry Williamson

Jerry is well-known for his zeal for missions and his ability to articulate missions vision with clarity, and he interfaces with leaders around the world to help create national Great Commission movements. He travels extensively overseas helping missionaries and national leaders maximize their missions' efforts by providing Bible teaching and preaching, ministry planning, leadership training, Global Pathway, and other ministry tools, and counseling. 

Jerry was ordained in 1982 and served as a Go To Nations missionary in Ecuador in 1985. He was appointed President in June of 2000 to oversee the Executive Leadership of the ministry and to be the voice of Go To Nations. In his flagship book, The Pulse of a Nation, he challenges the status quo for believers everywhere as he confronts America's growing post-Christian culture. He is highly respected as a missionary statesman and is appreciated for his help in the global advancement of missions organizations around the world.

His role on the Board of Directors is to assure board development, ministry accountability, ministry reporting, and board committee participation. He serves board members, missionaries, and friends of the ministry unselfishly and fully live their lives for God's glory exemplifying faith, hope, and love.

Secretary / Treasurer - Gene Jones

Gene has been in the real estate business for over 40 years. He started in real estate in 1977 and took over his family's business in 2003, after the passing of his father. His father, Dan Jones, started the family business, Era Dan Jones & Associates, in 1970. Era Dan Jones & Associates was a full-service real estate company including residential sales, new home sales, commercial sales and leasing, property management and CAM/HOA (community association management/homeowner association).

During his career, Gene served as President of the Northeast Florida Multiple Listing Service, (NEFMLS). He has served on several committees within the Association of Realtors, including NEFAR, the Board of Directors of the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, and the Florida Realtors. Gene merged his company with Watson Realty in 2015, which has allowed him to enjoy what he does best, working with buyers and sellers on a personal basis. Gene is now proud to be leading the commercial real estate division of ERA Davis & Linn. 

Gene enjoys camping and playing golf. He and his wife are involved with their local church where they teach classes on gifts, talents, and personalities. 

Chaplain - Pastor Wendell Shaw

Wendell Shaw was born in Northern Maine in 1938 and graduated from Aroostook Central Institute in 1965. Served in the U.S. Army in 1961 and 1962. During that time he became affiliated with the Assemblies of God and was ordained as a minister 1963. In 1964, he returned to Florida where he became pastor of the Orange Park Assembly of God and served from 1965-1985.

In 1991, he became pastor of the Bethel Assembly of God in Lawton, Oklahoma where he stayed until 1993. In 1994, he founded the Christian Faith Center in Orange Park/Middleburg areas. He earned a BS Degree in Business from Jones College in Jacksonville, Florida and he earned a Masters Degree in Ministry from the Jacksonville Seminary. He presently serves with the International Ministerial Fellowship headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has three grown children.

Pastor Shaw was accepted as a board member of Go To Nations in April 2009 and currently serves as board Chaplain.

Member - Connie Cenac

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of West Florida, Connie Cenac pursued a career as a Medicare auditor. Eventually, she serviced hospitals and home health agencies throughout the country as a Medicare consultant. She and her husband Dwight, founders of the Homecare Association of America, worked for years with government officials to protect the interest of America’s elderly population.

Connie is the founder and President of Seacoast Christian Academy - a fully accredited school by the Association of Christian Schools International for grades k-1 through 12. She is also the President of Welcome Homecare, a Medicare-certified home health agency with offices in Duval, Clay, Baker, Nassau, and St. Johns counties in northeast Florida. In addition to their business responsibilities, she and Dwight, her husband of 35 years, are the Senior Pastors of Sanctuary – The House of the Lord.

Connie is the author of two books, From Trials to Triumph and From Rags to Royalty. She is also a speaker for marriage and singles conferences, women’s retreats, and workshops for those who need healing and restoration from past relationships. Connie was accepted as a member of the Go To Nations Board of Directors in 2007.

 

Member - Pastor Rob Goyette

Pastor Rob Goyette and his wife Christie have pastored Living Waters World Outreach Center for the past 23 years. He was responsible for founding Faith Christian Academy 21 years ago and served as its board president for 19 years. The school annually represents over 23 churches in Nassau County in their student body and staff. 

In his international travels, he has ministered in India, Indonesia, Israel, Honduras, Ukraine, Cuba, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe South Africa, the Philippines, and Guatemala.

For 8 years he was a weekly columnist in the Fernandina Beach News-Leader and authored the book Joining Jesus in His Ministry – a guide to helping people find their ministry calling.

He currently serves as Board President for Living Waters World Outreach Center and is focused on building the congregation around Jesus’ five-fold ministry.

Member - Jessica Carter O'Brien

Jessica Carter O'Brien is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at First Coast Therapy Group in Ponte Vedra Beach and is the Operations and Finance Coordinator for her church - Awaken Church. She and her husband, Kelly, live in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jessica was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and accepted Jesus as her savior at five years old. She graduated from St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park. Then attended the University of Central Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2006. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Florida in 2008.

Jessica has been involved with the Junior League of Jacksonville since 2011 and has been involved with Go To Nations since 2005 when she took her first of three mission trips to the Sonshine Center in Iloilo, Philippines, traveling with her husband for the most recent trip. She worked at the World Headquarters as the Reporting Assistant while in graduate school and has served on the Governance Committee since 2015.

She is following in the footsteps of her father, Dr. Grady L. Carter, with anticipation of becoming a second-generation Go To Nations board member.

Member - Brenda Wright

Brenda is a native of Jacksonville and happily married to a wonderful Christian man named Donnie, with 2 children - D.J. and Alyssa. Brenda is the marketing representative for First Coast Medical Center and has been with the company for 26 years. She also holds a real estate sales license and a real estate appraisal license.

She and her husband Donnie own North Florida Appraisals - a local appraisal company in Jacksonville. Brenda attends church at The Bridge Family Worship Center in Yulee, Florida, along with her family. She is very active in the church and enjoys serving the Lord. Christ has been a very important part of her family’s everyday life and Brenda strives to continually grow in her spiritual walk. She considers it an honor to serve and contribute to the advancing of the Kingdom. Brenda’s spiritual gifts are faith, giving, teaching, and discernment. Because she has a heart for the nations, she is very happy to serve as the Advancement Committee Chair at Go To Nations. She loves being a part of such a wonderful organization.

Member - David Eure

David is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He and his wife, Karen, have three children and two granddaughters. David was in the food industry for 25 years selling 'private label' meat items such as turkeys, baking hens, chickens, ground beef, as well as other items to major grocery chains like Winn Dixie. 

David enjoyed his time traveling the southeast region of the United States dealing with people who had become his friends. While not necessarily evangelizing, he tried to show Christ to the business world during his travels. He was blessed many times to be called when one of his business friends needed more than the world had to offer.  While David enjoyed the life he had, he knew God had something more planned for him.

David was asked to consult with a private school during this time and his initial reaction was a hard "No!".  God reminded David that He just opened a door and David’s job was simply to take a step through it. David knew God had opened the door when the business David had been with, Winn Dixie, would disappear as it went through bankruptcy and changed everything he had known for so long. During his time consulting for the school, he saw an opportunity to bring Jesus in. After a series of events that can only be described as God-led, David started Lighthouse Christian School. Lighthouse Christian School has grown to become the largest Christian school for students who learn differently in Northeast Florida, with eight locations around the area.

Member - Commander Willie Brown

Commander Brown was born in Lafayette, LA but grew-up in Baytown, TX. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University in 1991 and his Masters degree in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University in 1999. He joined the United States Navy in 1987 and served as a minister aboard aircraft carriers USS Independence and USS John F. Kennedy where he witnessed hundreds of souls saved during deployments. 

Willie pastored Courtney McTureous Gospel Fellowship located in Okinawa, Japan from 2004 to 2006 and served as an assistant pastor from 2008 to 2010 at Living Word Worship Center while stationed in Sydney, Australia. He served a one-year tour in Baghdad, Iraq where he preached regularly in two different International Zone gospel fellowships and assisted the Iraqi military in building their first military healthcare system which now supports Iraqi service members and their families. He completed 67 missions in the “Red Zone” during his deployment and received the “Bronze Star Medal” for his meritorious contributions during the war. 

From 2010 to 2013, he served as Comptroller and Director of Resource Management at Naval Hospital Pensacola. From 2013 to 2016, he served as the Director for Administration at Naval Hospital Beaufort. In 2017, he was ordained at Love House Ministries. Willie now serves as a Healthcare Administrator Professor with Bellevue University and as a pastor at New Covenant Ministries in Jacksonville, FL. Having visited 70+ countries around the world, Commander Brown is an itinerant teacher and preacher.  He and his wife, Franziska, have two sons, Jordan and Isaiah. 

 

MEMBER - NATHAN FLORES

Nathan Flores was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico and grew up in Augusta, Georgia. While living in Georgia, Nathan grew up attending church and at a young age, gave his heart to the Lord. Throughout his time in Augusta, Nathan graduated high school, attended college, and served as a youth leader at his church.  Eventually, he moved to Knoxville, Tennessee to help start a Vineyard Church. 

Professionally, Nathan became nationally licensed and certified to become a Chemotherapy Technician. He helped run multiple oncology locations throughout Tennessee.  After several years, Nathan moved to Jacksonville, Florida where he married local native, April Phillips, and worked at the Mayo Clinic serving as a Lead Chemotherapy Technician. Together, they decided to join a start-up church called Jacksonville Worship Center. Nathan eventually became an Associate Pastor and April helped lead the Women’s and Children’s Ministry. Unfortunately, the church closed down after five years due to financial hardship.

While looking for a new church, Nathan went back to school and decided to change his career path to Digital Media. He then worked as a Digital Marketing Manager for Integrated Webworks for a couple years and then moved to James Michael Howard Interior Designs as an E-Commerce | Media | Manager.  Now, Nathan and April attend Awaken Church where Nathan serves in the AV department helping the church with their live stream services and video content.

 

 

Chairman Emeritus- Dr. Grady Carter

Dr. Carter is a Chiropractor physician, practicing in Jacksonville since 1977 and has three offices: north of downtown Jacksonville, near the Jax International Airport, and in Orange Park.  He has a wife, Betty, and six children, Jennifer, Grady, Jessica, Jassen, Joshua, and Jonathan, as well as 5 grandchildren.  He has been active in the Jacksonville community service organizations including Jaycees, Lion Clubs, Health Systems Agency, Northside Rotary Club, Northside Businessmen’s Association, and the Springfield Businessman’s Association.  

Dr. Carter was a Calvary International Board Member 2005-2019.

 

Founder & President Emeritus - Daniel Williams

Daniel and Sharon Williams founded Go To Nations (originally named Calvary International) in 1981 and served as field missionaries in Costa Rica and Ecuador. Daniel served as President for 19 years and in a consulting role for an additional two years. He still serves as President Emeritus and Sharon continues to work with GTN field missionaries and ministries around the world.


Sharon co-founded and directs Act4 THE NATIONS which provides spiritual and material support where it is most needed by partnering with veteran frontline servants. Daniel is the Apostolic Delegate to Israel for the Christian Communion International and its parent communion, the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches. He also currently serves as Executive Director of the Israel Allies Foundation. Daniel and Sharon Williams have been married since 1973 and have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.