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The ZimZam Team…

Formed of longterm, missions-experienced leaders, the ZimZam Global leadership team brings a collective 80+ years of diverse missions and church planting  experience to their roles.

The team is committed to listen to and learn from local leaders and to develop together contextualized strategies designed to serve local people with the mission of “multiplying healthy churches among all peoples.”  In time, several pilot projects will be launched in different regions globally.

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, and one grandson. They make their home in the Valley of the Sun in Phoenix, AZ.

Steve Howell, VP of Strategic Partnerships

Steve and Sherie Howell are praising God for 42 years of marriage.  They have been blessed with five children and eighteen 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 to establish new churches in communities across the globe through reaching children first.

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 38 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.

Matt Nash, Director of Global Training

Matt has been serving God in ministry to children, youth and families for almost 30 years. He holds a Bachelors in Christian Education from Multnomah University in Portland and a MDiv in Spiritual Formation from Rockbridge Seminary.  He has a passion to see leaders accomplish the vision God has given them and see the Kingdom of God expand to everywhere it is not. 

Matt and his family lived in Rwanda for many years as missionaries serving the African churches.  He also served as a professor of Bible and Theology at the Africa College of Theology in Rwanda.  He spent 20 years as a youth pastor and 3 years as an associate pastor.  Since 2017 he has been serving as the lead pastor of Grove Christian Fellowship in San Diego, CA where he lives.  Matt also served as the African world zone coordinator for a church planting training ministry for five years.  

He cheers for the Dodgers, Chargers and Michigan Wolverines but the love of his life is his wife of 16 years, Jeana and their teenage daughter Emma. Matt is very thrilled to be a part of the ZimZam Global team and his hope is to see every child and family be transformed by Jesus.

Francis Kataka, Kenya Director

Francis Kataka Kubondo, serves as the Kenya director for ZimZam global.  He is Kenyan, and is married to Lilian Kataka and are blessed with three daughters Lynn Kataka, Joy Kataka and Tina Kataka. Living in Nairobi they minister in one of the cities informal settlements called Mukuru Kwa Njenga.

Educationally, attended Bible and theology at the Pan-Africa Christian College and graduated with the bachelors and later proceeded with Masters of Arts in Leadership at the same university. The university experience ignited a 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.

Currently pastoring a new church planted in August 2019, Rhema Lifeway Mission, in the Lucky Summer Ward of Nairobi.  Previously pastored at Tumaini City Mission church and has been a manager with the Chosen Children of Promise, a Christian NGO that serves orphans and abandoned children, also a part-time teacher at Pan-Africa Christian University (in the transformational church leaders development program) and Karen Christian College. 

In 2000 began ministry to children. This passion for serving children led to partnering with the Awana ministry team in Kenya in which children ministers are trained through the Awana seed planters’ conferences. Subsequently, these conferences led to an introduction 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.

Tom Lotz, Global Training Consultant

Tom is passionate to see lives transformed by the power of the Gospel. He fervently champions the power of the Gospel’s reach to all generations through children and youth. As a founding member ZimZam Global, he continually exults in how God has shown favor on this organization to be a part of building His Church throughout the world.

Tom was born and raised on the Amazon River to missionary parents. He is a trained educator and administrator. In addition to his role as Global Training Consultant with ZZG, he serves as Associate Pastor at Independent Bible Church in Port Angeles, Washington. Previously, he has served as classroom teacher, school principal, volleyball coach, missionary training center director, and avid, recreational tennis player.

Tom’s wife, Sue, has served right alongside him since their marriage in 1986. She now serves as Co-director of IBC Kids, their church’s children’s ministry. They have one child: Kristie, 26, who is on mission in Memphis, TN, as a teacher. And…yes, they are crazy Seahawks fans!

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