Meet our Team
Dennis and Robin Nonnemacher
Founder and President
Our ministry began with a trip in 1985 to Belize, CA, to build a school. We were the directors of the mission committee for a church and led a team to a small rural village to build a one-story elementary school. After that trip, we spent the next 11 years organizing and leading teams annually to various countries to build churches and schools and do children's outreaches.
In 1996, we left our secular occupations, business and nursing to work full-time in ministry. In 2002, we became full-time missionaries with Pathfinders International and in 2007, began Going Global Inc. to focus on ministering to orphans, widows, children and pastors of small rural churches.
We partner with several indigenous ministries overseas in order to help them accomplish their vision.
Southeast Asia Regional Director
Chad Chism is a native of Indiana, grew up in a farming family, and has always had the nations in his heart. Chad is a graduate of Purdue University, majoring in Communication and Agricultural Economics. In 2006, he took a mission trip that would change his life forever. It was there that he met his wife! Chad, and his wife Hang, lived in Vietnam for 3 years teaching English, building fresh water wells, keeping kids in school, and ministering to children, the poor, and leaders in remote areas. They built a network of trusted relationships. Chad and Hang have helped to plant nearly 10 church communities, bring healing to minority people groups, financial aid to the poor, and hope to the oppressed in Vietnam. Chad and Hang live and work in Lafayette, Indiana and have 2 daughters: Lauren and Rachel.
Director of Growth and Finance
My connection to Going Global began in 2014 when my wife was diagnosed with cancer. I was prompted to connect with Peter and Rebecca at Love Children's Home in Myanmar to pray for our family. We have seen God do miracles in our family and look forward to all that He's got in store for us. To this day, hundreds of orphans, widows, and pastors continue to trust God for healing and grace in our lives. This divine connection has developed into a deep love for what God's doing around the world with Going Global Inc.
Africa Regional Director
Esther has been involved with global missions for 25 years in over 20 countries. She is excited to share her gifting and experiences to mobilize the Church, stateside and abroad, to do the work of the ministry. As the African Regional Director, Esther will continue to spearhead ministry partnerships and development in the areas of training rural pastors, children's ministry projects including orphans, and building vital ministry links to encourage families including widows and women.
Director of Education
Shea Kerkhoff is the Director of Education for Going Global, Inc. Her responsibilities include all the nations where we are currently partnering with ministry leaders. Because education is a huge part of a child's life, if a child is in school from 8am - 3pm, daycare from 3pm - 5pm, with the family 5pm - 8pm, and sleeping 8pm - 7am, then that child is spending most of their conscious hours in school. This is true in the U.S. and all over the world. If we want to minister to children around the world, and children spend most of their time in school, then we can impact them most by reaching them at school. Shea is also hoping to be able to use her new role to connect teachers and their U.S. classes with classes in our partners' communities so that children in American classrooms can talk with children in Myanmar, Kenya, India, and visa versa. These budding relationships can do enormous work for the Kingdom.
Raja and Sheeba
Since the tsunami in 2004, Raja and Sheeba have seen God's grace and provision of their ministry to the Andaman Islands. They oversee: an orphanage, pastors' conferences, outreaches to widows and children, Christmas outreaches, a weekly television program, and a bible school that was started in 2020 to meet the need of church planters in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Paul and Vawana
Paul and Vawana spend most of their time caring for the needs of street kids. Thousands live on the streets in Nepal. Paul and Vawana show love towards them regardless of the location or conditions. They feed, clothe, and educate the children. When medicine is available, they treat their wounds. Paul also teaches and encourages pastors in remote areas of Nepal.
Jervis and Melissa
Jervis and Melissa arrived in Belize in 2008, and officially opened our doors at Laugh Out Loud in 2013. Today, LOL enters a new chapter of growth and development, building on top of the foundation that God has helped to establish over the last decade.
As an orphanage, one might assume that we work to keep abandoned children alive. While that endeavor in and of itself is noble, it is incomplete in our view. We believe that Father God’s heart longs to see His children walk through restoration so that they might know that in His Kingdom and in His family, each of them has a place to belong. From the moment they arrive at LOL, we fight for them. We want to see them discover who they are, develop their character, launch into their dreams, and create a legacy of love and revival.
Ca and Nga
Ca and her sister, Nga, are pastors of a network of churches in the northern and southern parts of Vietnam. Nga functions as an overseer of the churches while Ca pastors the northern most church. Both preach the Gospel, reach out to the poor, the sick, and the elderly widows and widowers. Persecution is very real where they minister and often the ministry is interrupted by the authorities. Pastors Nga and Ca have a strong desire to see children, adults, and the broken in Vietnam experience God’s comforting and healing presence and to break the poverty mindset so rampant in their areas.
Sukhen and Puspa
Sukhen and Puspa lead Generation Bangladesh in the mega city of Dhaka. Here they are leading the local church community with evangelism, children and youth conferences, rescue from human trafficking, an orphanage, and leadership development for children's ministry and youth leaders.