We are excited as we enter 2024 to add to the FVM directing team. In the past several years, Pastor Dan Stegeman and I have struck a wonderful friendship. In the past year Dan joined me as cohost to my Before You Quit podcast, and as we enter 2024, Dan will join me as a full time as Director of Pastoral Care.
Rev. Mitch A. Schultz (MA in Biblical Counseling)
Mitch A. Schultz has served for over thirty eight as a pastor, and for a decade has served as director of Fruitful Vine Ministry. He grew up in Indonesia where his parents worked as missionaries. He has lived and worked in England and in five states in America. He and his wife, Elaine, have three children, two grandchildren and currently live in Toccoa GA. Mitch is a licensed pilot and especially loves flying over the Smoky Mountains. He enjoys writing and has several published books, all available on Amazon. Check out his author page here. Mitch and Elaine met at Toccoa Falls College where Mitch received his BA degree in Cross Cultural Ministries. He later received his MA in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Seminary (Newburgh, IN). Mitch is the founder and director of FVM.
Rev. Daniel Stegeman (MA in Theological Studies, Doctor of Ministry)
DIRECTOR OF PASTORAL CARE
Daniel Stegeman grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada and was saved by God’s glorious grace in the year 2000. Daniel has been a pastor for over 15 years, serving churches in Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania. Daniel received a BA in Christian Ministry from Briercrest College (Caronport, SK), an MA in Theological Studies at Regent College (Vancouver, BC), and a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, MA). He is the author of “Help! I Want to be a Loving Husband” and has contributed to several online publications. Daniel is married to Stephane, and they have four children, Elizabeth, Anna, John, and Jeremiah. You can find his blogging at www.pastoral-theology.com
Dan and I are blessed to serve with a wonderful leadership team. Most of these guys have been with me from the start, and helped me hammer out the vision and mission of FVM.
Meet the FVM Leadership Team:
Rev. Curt Mackey (MA in Education)
Curt became a believer and a follower of Christ at 18 (1950). He earned a BA and MA in the field of education in 1956 and experienced God’s call to ministry in a meeting with Dr. Bill Bright, Co-Founder and President of Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru). Curt and his wife Lois helped to initiate campus ministries with Campus Crusade. For six years they served alongside Dr. Bright as his assistants at the international headquarters in California. Curt and Lois have served in the Philippines and have spent time in the USA overseeing the International Training/Development team, equipping staff world-wide. In the early 90′s Curt and Lois connected with the Jesus Film Project and served on the leadership team. Curt served for five years as director for CoMission, a consortium of 13 Mission Sending Agencies that recruited, trained and sent hundreds of short-term missionaries for one year or longer “stints” to the former Soviet Union. Curt serves now with an organization called International Partnerships, of which Curt serves as the board of directors. It is a nationally led ministry engaged in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting in several countries of the former Soviet Union. Following the passing of Lois several years ago, Curt now live in Brevard, NC. Curt serves as secretary for FVM.
Rev. Darryl Handy (Mdiv, Dmin)
Coming to faith in Jesus in 1990, Darryl sensed the calling to serve the people of God as a pastor in the late 90’s leading him to do his graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. During that time his wife, Anne, and he welcomed two boys into their lives, Joshua and Caleb. After a few years working in the non-church world, Darryl served in a church-planter residency program where he trained to serve as a lead-pastor in a church plant context. Darryl served in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago for two years and then moved to NC to join the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) and plant Blue Ridge Community Church (BRCC) with the Blue Ridge Church Planting Network and the South Atlantic District of the C&MA. He currently serves as pastor for BRCC and loves ministering for God and people. Having been broken in many ways, Darryl continues to learn that life and ministry are less about him and his experiences – good or bad – and more about the character and faithfulness of God.
Rev. Steve Kerhoulas (MA in Pastoral Counseling)
In 1970 the Holy Spirit drew Steve to the cross, and he became a Christian. After finishing college at Western Carolina University he was accepted into a one year program through New York Theological Seminary. That year was a turning point in his life. Upon its completion he began a journey that would lead him to be a group home parent with Youth For Christ, then off to Asbury Theological Seminary, and then to five churches as the senior pastor. Today Steve is serving a C&MA church plant in Cashiers, NC that he helped to start seven years ago. He is married to Candi and has four grown children.
Pastor John Makinson (Toccoa GA)
John is a wonderful friend, a fellow pilot and recently retired pastor from Franklin NC. He pastored the Franklin Covenant Church for over 20 years, and now is retired on the lake in Martin Ga. John is a passionate musician, a builder and an all around great guy. He is married to Cathy, and they have four grown children and more grandchildren than you can count.
Keith McElroy (Toccoa GA)
Keith is the most recent member to join the FVM leadership team. Keith is a retired fire chief, so the perfect guy to put out fires in the. FVM field. (That is of course just a joke)
Breanna Kowalski (FVM Accountant)
Breanna is my daughter and has been super helpful in managing the accounting of FVM. While she has officially stepped away from this role, she continues to serve on an interim basis as we look for someone else to fill this role.