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Our Board

Ray Sanford

Ray Sanford - President

Donnell “Ray” Sanford Jr. is Vice President of organizational development at One Challenge. Ray worked in management with AT&T before serving in France for twelve years with OC. He has formal education as an electrical engineer, in business administration, and in missions.

Pam Lisle

Pam Smith - Secretary

Pam is a strategic business leader in the retained executive search industry, building high performing leadership teams for a variety of industries. She is passionate about helping people reach their full potential professionally and in their walk with Christ. She has served in children's ministries and missions and mentors high school and college students.

Joy Axelson

Joy Axelson - Treasurer

At age 16, Joy became serious about her Christian faith and decided to become a missionary in a French-speaking country. She holds an M.A. in French. She serves with the EFCA as a part-time missionary from her home in Illinois. She is delighted to use her passion for French and French-speaking people as a member of the SF board.

Lynn Lockwood

Lynn Lockwood

As a child, Lynn lived in Belgium and France where she knew the founders of SF. She holds B.A. degrees in elementary ed. and French (Wheaton College) and a Graduate Certificate in Bible (Multnomah University). After teaching in the U.S., Lynn served in France for eight years with One Challenge. Lynn is nanny for two preschoolers, grows a Moms in Prayer group, and serves in her church.

Amy Lynelle

Amy Lynelle - Vice President

Amy graduated with a Ph.D. in French language and literature (University of Pittsburgh) in 2008. She has been involved in ministry for over twenty years and has taught French since 1997. She founded an organization called Parents Francophones in 2014. Amy is delighted that SF combines her love of French literature and of missions.

Ghislain G. Yambongbe - Advisor to the Board

For the past fifteen years, Ghislain G. Yamongbe has been a pastor, a school, university, prison, and hospital chaplain, as well as a board member of University Bible Groups and Hospital Bible Groups. He also founded a publishing house and is a volunteer at Youth for Christ, a writer, and an editor. Originally from Benin, he lives in Minnesota, where he serves at Cornerstone Church and is establishing a local spiritual community called The Church on Mission USA (Empowered to Witness). With an M.A. in community development project management and a heart for Guinea and Haiti, he is studying to become a registered nurse as a way to spread the Gospel on the mission field. Learn more about his online ministry on social media @Pastor Gee Guezo.

Rachel DeWitt

Rachel DeWitt attends the University of Arizona, where she is double majoring in physics and French. She is also part of a campus ministry group called Navigators. She is excited to use the language she’s been studying since middle school to further the Lord’s kingdom. She also hopes to help people her age come to the Lord and grow in their faith.