About Us

The Timothy Initiative

is an international church planting organization which was established with the purpose to train and equip “Timothys” (Pastors/Church Planters).

We specifically target church planters lacking the means and/or availability to receive a balanced Biblical and theological training throughout Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Each church planter trained is expected to plant at least on multiplying and reproducing church in their region.

What We Believe


“There is one Body and one Spirit…one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…”

Ephesians 4:4-6


The Essentials We Believe:


The following is a list of what TTI considers to be the essential beliefs.  Removing any one of these items will lead towards false doctrine and teaching.  They are all essential, foundational and necessary!


There is one God, co-existent, co-equal and co-eternal in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4). Christianity teaches that God is Triune (Trinity), which means, God is one and in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This view of God is different than any other view of God in the world. No other religion teaches that their god is one and exists in three persons. Because God is Triune, He can be the foundation for all things. God experiences within the Trinity perfect love, joy, relationship, communication, etc.



The first person of the Trinity orders and directs all things according to His own purpose and pleasure. He authored, created, and sustains all things in the universe without any means other than His own pure nature and power. By His grace, He involves Himself in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all that come to Him through Jesus Christ. Mt. 6:9, Eph. 1:3, John. 5:19.



He existed eternally as the second person of the Trinity. By His virgin birth He came to Earth as fully God and fully man, living a sinless life. He authored, created, and sustains all things in the universe without any means other than His own pure power. His death on the cross, paid the penalty for man’s sin, evidenced by His bodily resurrection from the dead. He physically ascended to the right hand of God the Father, and He will return in power and glory. John. 1:14, Col. 2:9, Act. 2:33, Col. 1:16.



He existed eternally as the third person of the Trinity. He convicts men of sin, regenerates, baptizes, indwells, instructs, and sets apart believers unto a holy life. We encourage all believers to seek a life of obedience to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We believe this step is essential for empowering believers for victorious living and ministry through the gifts given by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God. Tit. 3:5, Act. 1:8, 1 Cor. 3:16.



The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the complete, inerrant (without error) in the original manuscripts, divinely inspired, infallible (trustworthy) Word of God. The Bible is the supreme authority and guide for our Christian faith and living. (2 Pet. 1:20, Heb. 4:12). There are many ways we are to interact with God’s Word: Hear (2 Tim. 4:2), Read (2 Tim. 3:16-17), Study (2 Tim. 2:15), Memorize (Psa. 119:11), Apply (Ezr. 7:10) and Meditate (Psa. 119). Obey (Jn. 4:17).



Mankind was directly created in God’s image. He voluntarily fell into sin by personal disobedience to the will of God; as a result, all people are spiritually dead apart from Jesus Christ. The fall of humanity was a once-for-all historical fact. Its effect spread to all men, each of whom is born with a sinful nature and is in need of salvation. Eph. 2:1, Rom. 3:10, Rom. 3:23-24.



Salvation (justification) is by grace, a gift of God apart from works. Salvation (justification) includes repentance, a turning from one’s own way to God’s way. All who receive Jesus Christ are born-again, regenerated (made new) by the Holy Spirit, and become the children of God. Our relationship with Christ is secure not by our actions but by the sustaining power and love of God.  A changed life follows the work of God in a person’s salvation (sanctification).  (Tit. 2:11, 1 John. 1:9, 1 Pet. 2:2).



The church is the body of believers consisting of all born-again persons without respect to race, culture, age or background. Directed by Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, the church is taking the Good News of salvation to the whole world. Our fellowship is inclusive rather than exclusive and stresses love for God and one another, the unity of all believers, and obedience to the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 2:19-21, Eph. 3:10)



People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (John. 3:16; 14:17; Rom. 6:23; 8:17-18; Rev.20:15; 1 Cor. 2:7-9).



“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”

Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22


“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”

1 Corinthians 13:2

Our Leadership


Dr. David Nelms

Founder and President


David serves as Founder & President of TTI. He casts vision and gives direction to TTI as we impact the world for Christ. David is a former senior pastor and had success in growing three different churches in Maryland, Iowa and Florida. He has been a trustee on the board of Luther Rice Seminary and has taught all over the world. David received a Master of Arts degree from Moody Bible Institute, a Master of Divinity from Luther Rice University and his Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice University. David is married to his lovely wife Loretta. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.


Jared Nelms (Photo)

Rev. Jared Nelms

International Networks


Jared serves as International Director of TTI. He establishes infrastructure, personnel and operations overseas. Jared is an experienced missionary in both Asia and Africa. He and his family spent five years living abroad as Jared helped TTI move into more than 30 countries. Jared has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Florida State University and a Masters of Divinity from Liberty University. He served as co-author and Executive Editor for TTI’s Ten Book Curriculum. Jared is committed to serving Jesus and leading his family after Christ. Jared is married to his lovely wife, Amber. They have two children: a son, Moses and a daughter, Grace.



Rev. Philip Dvorak

Chief Operating Officer


Philip serves as the Chief Operating Officer of TTI. He oversees all the operations of the ministry. He comes to TTI with significant business and ministry experience. Philip holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He is an ordained minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He has authored a number of curriculums; his most recent work is a 30 day devotional “Be Strong and Surrender.” Philip is passionate about seeing people surrender to Jesus and live full, abundant lives. Philip is a devoted husband, father, and servant leader. He and his wife Sara have four children:two sons, Judah and Tobyn, and two daughters, Mabel and Aybri.



Fregy John

Asian Continental Director


Fregy serves as TTI’s Asia Continent Director overseeing national leaders and TTI operations in the region. Prior to joining TTI, he served as National Director for Leadership Development & Training at Operation Agape, a leading church planting organization. Fregy earned a Master of Arts in Public Administration and a Master of Theology from Asian Christian Academy. He received a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Fregy started his teaching ministry in 1992 as Faculty at Grace Bible College & Seminary and later served as Registrar Cum Academic Dean until 2001. He loves his wife, Shiji and their daughter, Arpita.



Koudjoga M. Nenonene

West Africa Director


Koudjo serves as TTI’s West Africa Director overseeing and developing leaders in the region. Koudjo is Founder & President of the Association La Bible Parle in Benin and Former Director of the Bible Institute of Tsevie in Togo. He graduated from Lome Bible Institute in Togo. Koudjo has 30+ years of experience as a pastor, speaker and trainer. His passion is planting Jesus in remote villages. Koudjo is fluent in many languages including French, English and many West African local languages. Koudjo is married to his precious and lovely wife, Pierrette. They have three children Roland, Benaya and a daughter, Laura.


Andre Harriott

East Africa Director


Andre serves as TTI’s East Africa Director and oversees leaders in that region. Prior to joining TTI, Andre served as a Project Manager in the construction industry. He studied Management and Marketing at Florida Atlantic University and earned a Masters Degree in Construction Management at Florida International University. Andre also serves on the Advisory Board for Joshua Blahyi Ministries, a powerful discipling ministry in Liberia. Andre and his wife Coline are eternally thankful to God for allowing them the opportunity to work with dedicated national leaders in East Africa.





Jennifer Reelitz

Regional Director of Donor Development


Jen serves as Regional Director of Donor Development for TTI.  Jen graduated from Gordon College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies and Communications. She interned on Capitol Hill for Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC). Jen has a passion for community involvement and serves on the board of her church, Vintage Church, as well as Real Life Children’s Ranch, a group of Christian foster care homes in Okeechobee, FL.  She is married to her kindergarten classmate, Jared. On 12/13/14, Jen gave birth to their first son, Lincoln Edward. They’re deep in the throes of early parenthood and loving it.


Charity Jackson

Executive Assistant


Charity serves as executive assistant to David, and also assists with office admin, as well as travel and logistics for TTI.  She graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University, with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology.  Charity spends most of her time with the two loves of her life, her sons, Justus and Jaden.


Brandon Cyboron - Information Technology Specialist

Brandon Cyboron

Information Technology Specialist


Brandon serves as the Information Technologies Specialist for TTI. He comes to TTI with over a decade of cross cultural missions experience. He and his wife led a church planting team in Southeast Asia and trained church planters to minister in the 10/40 Window.  Brandon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Intercultural Studies, a Certificate in Computer Programming, and is currently enrolled in the Computer Science program at Florida Atlantic University. Brandon is thrilled to use his skill set to assist TTI in their mission to advance Christ’s Kingdom throughout the world. He is married to his wife, Annemarie. They have two sons, Oliver and Theo.



Annemarie Cyboron

Communications and Events Specialist


Annemarie serves as the Communications and Events Specialist for TTI. She comes to TTI with a background in Public Relations and Special Events, and has over a decade of cross cultural missions and church planting experience. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Intercultural Studies. She and her husband, Brandon, share a love for church planting and ice cream. They have two rambunctious sons, Oliver and Theo.


Nolan McKenna

Project Specialist


Nolan serves as a Project Specialist with TTI. He works with leaders in the U.S. offices as well as the International offices managing projects such as orphan and widow outreach, the End-to-End project, the UUPG initiative, and more. Before joining TTI, Nolan led youth and college ministry teams in West Palm Beach, Florida. He holds a Bachelor Degrees from Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, where he studied Philosophy. He is passionate about loving his wife, serving his church, ministering to families, and finding a good cup of coffee.


Lanie McKenna

Social Media Specialist


Lanie serves as the Social Media Specialist for TTI. She uses her talents to engage ministry partners through social media platforms, design marketing material, and gather photographs and stories of life change. Before joining TTI, Lanie worked at Starbucks and Scripps Research Institute in the Neuroscience Department. She loves to travel and serve as a light to everyone she meets.


Donna Dearden

Donna Dearden

Office Assistant / Prayer Coordinator


Donna Dearden is a Disciple of Jesus Christ, the wife of John for 33 years, mother to 3 grown sons – Michael, Matt and Mark; 2 great daughters in laws, and is the grandmother to the cutest 17-month-old little boy, Jack, who makes her heart sing.

Donna is very active at Journey Church in Raleigh, leading the Prayer Team, as well as participating in First Impressions, and Healing Transitions, a homeless shelter for men. Donna brings with her more than 20 years of administrative experience in a variety of corporate settings. Donna lives in Raleigh, North Carolina but is a native of Georgia, where much of her family still resides.

Donna considers it a blessing to work with TTI and is excited about what God is going to do through this ministry.

Board Members
Dan Brindley

Mel Brindley

Jimmy Carroll

David Cortner

Dan de Liege

Truman Herring

Jeff Johnson

Mark Koch

Larry Lamberth

Jeff Maclurg

Victor Manoharan

Tom Messer

David Nelms

Jared Nelms

Richard Payne

Doug Randlett

Chris Rhodenhiser

Doug Ripley

Eric Stitts

Phil Sura

Ivan Veldhuizen

Robert Williams

Financial Accountability

TTI is committed to maintaining the highest standards of stewardship. We are accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and annually submit financial statements for audit and review.




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