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


“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 & 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.



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

Communications Director


Jen serves as Communications Director of TTI. She manages office administration, branding and public relations. Jen came to TTI with seven years of experience in the corporate world. 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, Travel & Logistics


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 & Annemarie Cyboron



Brandon and Annemarie Cyboron have worked with TTI since 2014. Prior to joining TTI, they served for twelve years as missionaries in Southeast Asia. They have a passion for church planting and are thrilled to be working with TTI. They both hold a Bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Studies. Their two sons, Oliver and Theo, keep them on their toes and are daily reminders of God’s goodness and love.



Nolan & Lanie McKenna



Nolan and Lanie McKenna serve as missionaries for TTI. Nolan 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. Lanie serves as a valuable member of the Media Team, taking photographs, gathering stories of life-change, managing social media, and more. Both Lanie and Nolan hold a Bachelor Degrees from Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, where Lanie studied Neuro-Biology, and Nolan studied Philosophy. They got married in January of 2016, and are having an amazing time being newlyweds as they serve God in different cultures. Both Lanie and Nolan have a passion for children, disciple-making, and encouraging the Church to care for the disinherited around the world.


Donna Dearden


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