The ZZG Team
Dave Meyers, President/CEO
Dave is known for his love for people, all Chicago sports teams, anything barbecue, and hanging out with his family!
Traveling to 60 countries over the past 33 years has given Dave a unique perspective on cultures, communities and global mission causes. He has a passion for people groups without access to the Bible and for children worldwide to have a healthy, dynamic community in which to worship God.
After leading various ministries and teams over the years, Dave is focused on the vision of multiplying healthy churches among all peoples through children, youth, and families. As a founding partner with ZimZam Global, Dave is impassioned with casting vision; creating opportunities for leaders; and helping children, especially those with disabilities, come to know, love and serve Jesus.
Dave and his wife Carolyn met in college in TN and have been married since 1984. They have three adult children, one daughter-in-love and three precious granddaughters, one of which is in heaven. They make their home in the Valley of the Sun in Phoenix, AZ.
Tom Lotz, VP of Global Training
Tom currently serves as Associate Pastor at Independent Bible Church in Port Angeles, Washington, USA, as well as VP of Global Training for ZimZam Global.
Tom’s journey began on the banks of the Amazon River in Brazil, where his parents were missionaries. After graduating from Purarequara High School (Manaus, Brazil), he attended Bible college in Wisconsin, after which he transferred to Seattle Pacific University (SPU) where he earned his bachelor’s degree in English Education and then his master’s degree in school administration.
The next eight years found him married to Sue, who also graduated from SPU, teaching middle schoolers in Port Angeles, coaching high school girls’ volleyball, and co-creating and co-leading a missions program for high schoolers. Those eight years culminated in two significant events: the birth of his daughter and leaving his job, church, and community to follow God’s leading to the mission field—in Brazil!
Succeeding his ministry in Brazil as teacher, dorm parent, coach, and principal, God led Tom and his wife and daughter to Missouri, where he and Sue served for eleven years in various leadership capacities, including organizational department coordinator and director of their organization’s missionary training center.
For the past three years, Tom has collaborated with the leaders of the newly formed ZimZam Global to shape the training materials as well as to coordinate the ZZG training events in Africa.
Tom’s passion is to not only help others catch the vision to reach children, youth, and families with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but to see them actively take part to see this accomplished.
A favorite verse that Tom claims is Hebrews 11:6. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Tim Askew, VP of Church Planting
Tim was born in Wheaton, IL and as a boy moved to the Boston area, where his father accepted a professorship at a Christian college. Thus began Tim’s love of camping in the White Mountains, ice-skating on local ponds and rooting for Boston sports teams (sometimes to the disapproval of his ZZG colleagues).
In 1989, after a few stints of post-college employment in banking and sales, Tim packed his car and drove to San Diego where he could escape the cold winters and explore what he was sensing as a call into Christian service. Within a year came two events that would define his life: meeting his future bride (Diana) and enrolling into missionary training in Wisconsin (where, by some strange chance, Diana was also attending).
In 1995 Tim began full-time service with a cross-cultural church planting organization, his sights set on an unreached people group in Papua New Guinea. In June of 1996 he and his young family located in a remote location in Papua New Guinea among the Nakwi people. For the next 15 years Tim was involved in leading a church planting team, translating Scriptures, developing curriculum, and pastoring the small Nakwi church toward maturity. For many of those years he also filled the role of field consultant, providing support and oversight to many other tribal church planting works in the area.
Since returning to the U.S. in 2010 Tim has continued his passion for serving the church. Besides his ministry with ZimZam Global, he serves at his church on the missions committee as well as teaching 6th grade Sunday school. Tim, Diana and their three children (high-school and college-age) live in San Diego, CA. In his spare time Tim enjoys walks on the beach, coaching basketball, trying to keep his backyard grass green in a drought, and of course, following his beloved Boston sports teams.
Steve Howell, VP of Strategic Partnerships
Steve and Sherie Howell are praising God for 38 years of marriage. They have been blessed with five children and seventeen grandchildren. All five of their children are demonstrating a vibrant walk with the Lord and are involved in serving him. One son and wife are serving in a Pacific Rim country and his other son is pastoring a recent church plant in Mt. Prospect, IL.
Steve served over 25 years in pastoral ministry. His last pastoral position had a tenure of over 16 years in Maryland outside of Washington, D.C. He joined Dynamic Church Planting International in 2009 and was Vice President of Partnerships. He joined ZimZam Global in August of 2015 as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. Steve feels privileged to serve in this calling of equipping leaders, empowering children and transforming communities around through establishing new churches among all peoples.
Steve has a passion for seeing churches planted, discipleship and leadership development. One of his hobbies is to keep abreast of the expansion of the evangelical church around the globe.
Chris Centeio, VP of Operations
Chris was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. After high school he served in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years and then went on to college, graduating from the University of La Verne with a degree in Environmental Biology. Chris met his wife of 36 years, Colleen, while attending ULV. Chris and Colleen have 2 boys and 1 girl, Ben (married to Jenn) and they have 2 children, Maya and Isaac, Lucas, and Carly (married to Robert Rushton) and they have one child, Jacob. Chris and Colleen, as well as their children and grandchildren reside in California.
Chris worked in retail management for 21 years. In 2007 he began his career in missions and worked for an organization that trained church planters. While there he served as the Director of Global Training and later as the Vice President of Operations. In his new role with ZimZam Global Chris is looking forward to impacting church planting in new ways and working with the ZimZam Global team and partners to make Christ known throughout the nations.
Needed: VP of Partner Development
Brian Meyers, International Ambassador
As a life-long sports fan, Brian enjoys the Chicago Blackhawks above all others. He has a passion for people, a laugh that’s contagious, and a heart the size of Africa. His love for water draws him to places where he can swim, fish, and canoe, and he never turns down a rustic camping trip.
Having lived, loved and served people his entire life, Brian continues to make a global impact representing ZimZam Global as Ambassador. His friends in Africa, known for their vibrant worship, call him “The Jumper!” due to his exuberant worship together with them.
Facing a lifetime of disabilities himself, Brian is sensitive to children and adults who experience similar challenges. He has an inspiring love and a heartening respect for everyone he meets and excels as a mentor alongside his coworkers with special needs. Brian desires to see children reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to see leaders trained to reach those with disabilities believing they can be an important part of a thriving, healthy church!
Francis Kataka, Kenya Director
My name is Francis Kataka Kubondo, I come from Kenya and serves as the Kenya director for ZimZam global. I am married to Lilian Kataka and we are blessed with three daughters Lynn Kataka, Joy Kataka and Tina Kataka. We live in Nairobi and minister in one of the city informal settlements called Mukuru Kwa Njenga.
I studied Bible and theology at the Pan-Africa Christian College and graduated with the bachelors and I later proceeded with Masters of Arts in Leadership at the same university. This ignited my passion to develop, empower and release emerging leaders from underprivileged backgrounds in their different areas of calling so that they can become all that God called them to be.
My purpose in life is to reach out to the lost with the Gospel of Christ, and teach, equip and develop them to become all that God intended them to be within their area of influence. To execute this purpose God has granted me several opportunities to serve in his vineyard. I am pastor of Tumaini City Mission church and have been a manager with the Chosen Children of Promise, a Christian NGO that serves orphans and abandoned children. I am a part-time teacher at Pan-Africa Christian University (in the transformational church leaders development program) and Karen Christian College. I have also been the administrator of Mwangaza Tumaini Academy.
I have been ministering to children since the year 2000. My passion for serving children led me to be part of the Awana ministry team in Kenya in which we train children ministers through the Awana seed planters’ conferences. Subsequently, these conferences introduced me to ZimZam Global where we train pastors and Sunday school teachers to reach out and plant churches through the ministry of children.
My prayer is that God will use me to reach out to children, and through children God will bring many to His saving grace.