Andy Blakeslee

PRESIDENT & CEO

In 2010, the Lord impressed on Andy’s heart a passion to equip pastors in the poorest countries of the world.  Andy grew up as a missionary kid in the Amazon Jungle of Ecuador. He caught piranhas, shot blowguns, swung machetes through the jungle, and played with pet monkeys and birds!  After declaring that he would never be a missionary, Andy spent 15 years in Corporate America working in Finance with EDS and Accenture (a global technology consulting firm). In 2004, Andy answered a very clear call from God to leave the corporate world and join Crown Financial Ministries.  He served hundreds of churches in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex as the North Texas Director.  In 2011, Andy co-founded a discipleship ministry called Bible Media 28:19.  Along with his co-founder, they created the LAMP program.  LAMP is an oral-based methodology for small group Bible Study.  In 2012, he joined Here’s Life Africa as the Chief Operating Officer.  Immediately, the LAMP program was implemented.  Today, more than 2,500 weekly Bible study groups are launched each year through the ministry.  In 2014, Andy became the President/CEO.  Andy is passionate to fulfill the Great Commission and has set a goal to equip 100,000 pastors so they can more effectively carry out the call God has put on their lives to go and make disciples of all nations. 

Andy and his wife Kristy are members at Gateway Church and reside in Little Elm, TX.  They have eight children (5 girls and 3 boys) and two grandchildren.


Stanley Hotey

DIRECTOR

Stanley is the Director of Here’s Life Africa based in Arusha,Tanzania (East Africa.) 
Over the past 18  years, Stanley has helped build the ministry by recruiting, training, and serving the staff.  In 2012, he was appointed as one of the youngest Bishops in the Anglican Church.  He is the Bishop of the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro (DMK). 

Stanley Hotay grew up in a village near Karatu in Northern Tanzania.  As a young adult, he was an evangelist who traveled from village to village and church to church winning people to Christ and encouraging church leaders.  Stanley’s educational background is extensive.  He studied abroad and graduated from Exeter University (England) and he also earned a BA in theology from Gloucestershire University (also in England).  Additionally, Stanley completed training at the Haggai Leadership Institute in Hawaii where he was one of the youngest leaders ever admitted to this prestigious leadership institute. 

Stanley’s wife, Agnes, serves as the Tanzania Country Director for Compassion International with responsibility for more than 80,000 children.  Stanley and Agnes are extraordinary people who are impacting the lives of millions to further God's Kingdom.  They have three children, Hannah, Joshua, and Caleb.


Mike Clunie

VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT

Mike Clunie’s career spans more than 40 years in marketing, advertising and public relations with major Texas advertising and marketing firms including Tracy-Locke, Bozell & Jacobs, and Clunie & Ciaccio Advertising. His client experience includes Dole Bananas International, Popeye’s Fried Chicken, Church's Fried Chicken, Space Center Houston, State Fair of Texas, Texas Instruments, Frost Bank, San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, Baptist General Convention of Texas, American College of Emergency Physicians, John Osteen Ministries, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and others.

He has taught marketing courses at the University of North Texas, University of Dallas, and Collin County Community College. He has also served as vice president of public relations for the Air Force Association of Texas. For the past 34 years Mike has been an active member of Grace Outreach Center, a 5,000 member interdenominational church in Plano, Texas. He has served on the board of directors and as an associate pastor over the Senior Outreach Ministry and the Prime Time Plus Life Group.  Mike and his wife Kathleen have been married for 49 years. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.


Butch Daughtry

CHAIRMAN

Butch is a native Texan from San Antonio. After graduating from The University of Texas as a business major, he embarked on a business career that began with sales jobs at two fortune 500 companies and then as Executive VP of a start-up medical computer software firm.  During those first 10 years, he learned the lessons that would prepare him for future entrepreneurial endeavors. Business start-ups included instant printing, construction and a chain of convenience stores that pioneered the concept of fast food and self-service gasoline. That led to formation of a branded wholesale motor fuel operation.  But the common denominator in all these ventures was commercial real estate either as a tenant, developer or landlord.  By the mid-nineties, the business operations had all been sold. Self-storage real estate development and ranching interests became the primary focus for what is now the Daughtry family partnership interests.

Butch and wife, Kaye, have twin sons, four grandchildren and are long-time members of the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio where they are active in various ministries.


John Parker

VICE-CHAIRMAN

John Parker was born in Atlanta, GA. John is the Vice-Chairman of the board of Here’s Life Africa and is one of the co-founders of Here’s Life Africa.  John has led more than 8 ministry trips to Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi.  He and his wife May Moss, are founding members of Eastern Shore Presbyterian Church.

John received his BS-Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; and, his Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. John served in the U.S. Army, Fort Jackson, SC and Fort Sam Houston, TX . His professional background includes: M. L. Lakes Inc. High Point, NC, design & construction of industrial HVAC systems; Alabama Power Co. varied engineering and management assignments associated with generation and distribution of electric energy & nuclear electric power; and, Crown Financial Ministries - Gulf Coast Area Director. He served as Chapter President for the American Society of Heating & Refrigeration Engineers, Hillsdale College President’s Club, and Alabama Policy Institute.


Dr. John Binkley

DIRECTOR

Dr. Binkley is the CEO/Chairman of Generational Equity, LLC, which he founded in 1987. Dr. Binkley has a Masters and Doctorate Degree in Ministry from Phoenix University of Theology and was among the first class to earn a Doctorate in Ministry from Phoenix University of Theology.

He formerly served as Chancellor of Phoenix University of Theology and Dean of the Institute of Christian Maturity. He has served on the Boards of various corporations and non-profit corporations. In his travel to 66 countries. Dr. Binkley lectures and conducts leadership and business related seminars worldwide.

His book, “Character is King” has been certified for credit through the Accrediting Association for Theological Studies. The book provides the text for the Dominion Commission course offered in Masters and Doctoral degree programs through the Phoenix University of Theology.


Kent Meier

SECRETARY

Kent traveled extensively in his youth.  He spent his summers over seas in the Middle East – Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and Greece.   After graduating college, he spent 10 years doing classified computer work for the government in the Washington DC area.

He spent over 20 years doing youth work (Jr High and High School) with various Churches.  He has served on a Christian School Board. Kent has a heart for youth and seeing people get saved, and begin fulfilling the plans God has for them.  Over the last 15 years, Kent helped several Organizations and Schools raise significant funds through creative fundraising.

Kent and his wife have been with Premier Designs for 29 years where they serve as Senior Leaders.  Kent and his wife travel around the country training and motivating leaders.  Premier is a God honoring company, that supports over 120 missionaries in over 50 countries around the world!

Kent and his wife Pauline live in Colleyville TX, and have been married 30 years.  They have a son William, a daughter Emily, and a son-in-law Bryant.  Kent and Pauline both serve in leadership roles at their Church – Gateway Church in Southlake.  Kent has a Finance degree from Baylor University, class of 1983.


Kay Van Skiver

DIRECTOR

Kay Van Skiver graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. After teaching fourth grade on Standing Pine Choctaw Reservation she entered the fencing business and then the highway construction industry. Atwood Fence Company began in 1971 and is now one of the top Guardrail and Interstate Sign installation companies in the south.   

Kay has served on many boards; most recently she served as president of the Mississippi Road Builders Association, the first woman to serve in that position. She has been active in Washington, D.C. promoting the Highway Industry and women in the industry. Kay has a heart for children and was instrumental in bringing a program to Mississippi that introduced thousands of children to job opportunities in the Highway Construction Industry.  She is the past Chairman of the Jobs for Mississippi Graduates Board of Directors.

Kay is a member of Galloway United Methodist Church. She is married to Ward Van Skiver and together they have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. She and her husband live in Madison, Mississippi.


John Christopher Hardimon

DIRECTOR

John is native Texan (Fort Worth) with southern roots (Houston) and northern address (Dallas).  Graduated 1989 from Texas A & M in Economics only to fall to the dark side, and graduate from the University of Texas, School of Law in Austin in 1992. 

After a short stint of 5 years practicing law in Dallas, John embarked on his mortgage financing career – while starting an insurance company, building a few housesand engaging in various other real estate endeavors – also spendingsome time on Sunday afternoons as a radio personality for a Dallas-area Christian radio station.

John came to the Lord at 27 with no prior religious background. He has since served on staff at four different churches in various capacities.   He loves to teach and lead worship – and generally has an opinion on just about everything (except politics and religion: because one never contains truth, and the other only contains truth – no opinions necessary).  He currently teaches at Prestonwood and Brookhaven Churches in the Dallas area.

He has been married to Leia Annette for 16 years, has two daughters and three dogs and one guinea pig who are all sources of joy for him.  

John happily serves on the board of Here’s Life Africa, as it has afforded John the opportunity for himself and others to “credit their accounts” in a more permanent place by taking which will not last, and investing in that which will never stop producing returns.