Ministry Initiatives

Ministry Essentials staff live and serve globally,
formationally developing current and future leaders. 


Our Ministry Initiatives focus on three areas: Global Workers, Third Culture Kids, and National Christian Leaders. Our staff serve them as Spiritual Companions, which encompasses many expressions of spiritual and emotional care. Click on the photo of a staff member to learn more about how they provide care using their particular areas of expertise.

“I just wanted to say THANK YOU again for coming…and being available to help families like ours. We feel very blessed to have better insight into [our son]! It feels so much better to have a lot of ideas to work with rather than feeling totally in the dark as to what’s different about [our son].”


 – Global Worker family living in Thailand

Global Worker Initiatives

Scott Cuidon, MA
Dr. Jayne Cuidon

Barnabas Zentrum Retreat Ministry, Pastoral Care, Spiritual Companion, Teaching

Eric & Staci Frey

Eric Frey, PhD
Staci Frey
(Global, Associate Staff)

Counseling, Pastoral Care, Spiritual Companion

Dr. Chris Gibson
Debbie Gibson

Counseling, Coaching, Mentoring, Teaching

Jez Heasman
Jaqui Heasman

Silent Retreat Ministry, Pastoral Care, Spiritual Companion

Cormack and Sarah McKinney

Cormack McKinney, PsyD
Sarah McKinney

Counseling, Mentoring, Spiritual Companion

Jeff Merry, MACE
Karen Merry, MAPC

Certified Spiritual Director (Jeff), Certified Trauma Professional (Karen), Counseling, Pastoral Care


Greg Moser
Rebecca Moser

Rothem House Directors, Leadership Training, Pastoral Care

Joanna Robbins

Pastoral Care, Spiritual Companion, Teaching

David Shepherd, MA, ThM, DMin
Jeanni Shepherd, MA


Ministry Essentials Director (Dave), The Budapest Garden House Director (Jeanni), Counseling, Spiritual Companion, Teaching

Zach Slagel, MDiv
Noelle Slagel, LPC, ADC

Counseling, Pastoral Care, Spiritual Companion, Teaching 

Jeanie Stirling, MA

Counseling, Pastoral Care, Spiritual Companion 

James Wartian, ThM
Melody Wartian


Operations Director, Pastoral Care, Spiritual Companion, Teaching

The Budapest Garden House

Retreats, Workshops, Community Development (Facebook Page)

Third Culture Kid Initiatives

Todd Corbin
Liana Corbin

Counseling, Mentoring, Spiritual Companion, Teaching

Tom Miyakawa
Robin Miyakawa
(USA, Associate Staff)

Mentoring, Spiritual Companion, Teaching

Brad Trottman
Joyce Trottman

Psychoeducational Assessment of Children (International School Psychologist), Career Assesment, Pastoral Care, Spiritual Companion

National Worker Initiatives

Trip Moore
Judy Moore
(Canada, Associate Staff)

Counseling, Pastoral Care, Spiritual Companion


Spiritual Companion, Teaching

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Step By Step in Switzerland

Step by Step in Switzerland is an adventure for women seeking to challenge themselves following a significant life change. Taking different modes of transportation to trailheads for moderately paced hikes will allow each woman to experience the beauty of Switzerland. The slower-paced rhythm of walking will allow time for self-reflection--time to look at herself, others, […]

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