Authors

Gary Edmonds is the President of Breakthrough Partners, a non-profit consulting firm working to equip leaders to transform their communities. He has served as executive director of Churches Together, the Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance and Associate International Director of Interdev, and Senior Associate Pastor of Mariners Church. He, his wife Tricia and their family lived in Europe for eighteen years, serving as Director of Christian Associates International and as senior pastor of Crossroads Evangelical Church in Geneva.

Gary Edmonds

Gary Edmonds

Gary has a passion for functional partnership of the Body of Christ and says the most significant lesson learned in Europe was that “a city, nation, or continent will only be impacted when the Body of Christ intentionally and functionally works together.”

Gary is an ordained minister and has a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Christian Associates Seminary. He and his wife Tricia have four grown children and seven grandchildren. They reside in Edmonds, Washington.

 

Tricia Edmonds has worked alongside Gary since 1973, church planting and pastoring in Europe and the U.S., as well as in worldwide missions endeavors. With Breakthrough Partners’ work in Africa, Tricia’s primary focus is to come alongside African leaders in churches and organizations that minister to women and children, bringing encouragement, Biblical instruction, connections to resources (both local and global), training and coaching.

Tricia Edmonds

Tricia Edmonds

During visits to Africa, much time is spent in the slums participating with African brothers and sisters in outreach to prostitutes, widows, AIDS sufferers, orphans, and street children.

Tricia grew up in California and Missouri and studied accounting at UCLA where she met Gary. She is the proud mother of four children and grandmother of seven.

 

 

David I. Adrianoff has worked with Breakthrough Partners since 2007 as Senior Partner, Asia Region. Prior to this he worked at the World Concern headquarters in Seattle, serving as Assistant to the President, Eurasia Area Director. He has also worked with World Concern in Malaysia and established their work in Laos from 1983 to 1992.

David Andrianoff

David Andrianoff

David also lived in Mongolia, where he established and served as the Executive Director for Joint Christian Services, International (JCS International), a consortium of fifteen Christian agencies.

David Adrianoff has a Masters of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Binghamton, and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Buffalo. He lives in Port Ludlow, Washington and is married to Jean Caskey Adrianoff. They have two married daughters.

 

Mark Mielbrecht’s first international summer missions trip in 1988 to a transitioning Soviet Union opened his eyes to a world of hurting, oppressed, and spiritually hungry people. Since then he has done missions work in over 10 countries and God continues to grow his heart for the poor and the powerless, the least and the lost. Soon after joining Campus Crusade Staff in 1994, his passion and pioneering spirit led him to help launch 18 campus ministry movements in Alaska, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Mark Mielbrecht

Mark Mielbrecht

As the Northwest Catalytic Director trying to reach the 300,000 students on 60 non-staffed college campuses, Mark spent six years learning and implementing strategies that developed and empowered the local student population to lead sustainable movements in their own campus ministry contexts. Mark believes this ministry approach of catalyzing people, resources and partnerships is one of the primary strategies for empowering indigenous leadership to accelerate their ability to solve the spiritual, social, and economic problems facing their communities.

Mark also has a passion for men’s ministry and has helped lead international and local conferences to help men regain their heart and passion for the Lord and the unique purposes of their lives. Mark completed his B.A. in Liberal Arts/International Studies at the University of Washington and earned his Master of Divinity from Mars Hill Graduate School. Mark’s other passions include hunting and fishing and exploring the great outdoors. He resides in Everett Washington with his wife Samantha of twenty years, and their three children Jordan, TJ, and Elianna.