Board of DirectorsThese dedicated Christian leaders help lead our unique ministry.
Chairman of the Board
Chairman Jeremy has been a major part of Growth Ministries Int. since its founding in 2013. He and his family are active in the North Point Community Church, along with other Christian ministries. Jeremy is currently enrolled in a Masters Degree program in Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth. He has also completed a Missional Coaches training program with Dr. Bob Whitesel of the Biblical Leadership ministry. [read more]
Dr Melvin Schell
President and CEO
Mel is a nationally known Church consultant called into the ministry from a career with IBM. His PhD is in Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth, and he studied Church Growth in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Fuller School of World Mission. He was mentored by world renowned missiologists like Donald McGavran, C. Peter Wagner and Ralph Winter. [read more]
Linda serves as the Treasurer of Growth Ministries International. In addition to her work as Treasurer, she works with Pat Hammond to enlist prayer partners and supporters for the amazing ministries. Linda has served as a staff member for a Prayer and Care ministry at a very large Baptist church. She now brings the same passion to GMI. [read more]
Joe is a Bible teacher who has taught many different Bible studies in numerous churches throughout the nation. He has also led international mission trips, served as an elder and in other local church ministries. His passion for mission work is influenced by his 52 year career as an IBM executive. He and his family not only lived in Japan, he visited more than 40 nations as as a representative of IBM. [read more]
Pat Hammond serves as a Special Assistant to the president and is very involved in the numerous booklets and training materials available from GMI. She and her husband Lyman live in Gainesville, Georgia and are members of Lakewood Baptist Church and the Wisdom Seekers Sunday School class in Gainesville, Georgia. [read more]
Allan and his wife Tracy live in Cleveland, Georgia along with their son Allan Jr. and daughter Maggie. Allan has been an important part of Growth Ministries Int. since it’s beginning. He and his family are active in the Cleveland Worship Center. Prior to moving to Cleveland, they lived in Atlanta and attended the Perimeter Church in Atlanta.
Allan is a very successful entrepreneur who brings a great deal understanding to the worldwide ministry of GMI. [read more]
Mark has also been involved with GMI from its inception. He lives in Hoschton, Georgia along with his wife Lidia, his daughter Hannah and Lidia’s son Brandon. They are all active in the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Mark was previously active with the 12 Stone Church in Atlanta where he participated in producing and acting in some outstanding Christian video productions that were widely used. [read more]