WGO LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE
 

 

WGO Leadership

WGO is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Serving under that Board are the officers of CEO, and CFO. Below is the current list of members of the Board of Directors.

 

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Mike Illenberger, Vice Chairman
Retired CEO, Magenta Corporation
Member, Concordia Lutheran Church
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
 
 

Peggy Cooper de Vilorio
Pastor, Comunidad Cristiana el Hatillo
El Hatillo, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Linda Little, Secretary
Retired CFO, ACE Glass Company
Member, Fellowship Bible Church
Little Rock, Arkansas 

  Patt Schiewitz
Retired Managing Director, JP Morgan
Member, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Naperville, Illinois

Lynn Burling
Pastor, Christian Faith Church 
President, From the Heart Ministries
Belleville, Texas 

           

 
Scott Oakes
Managing Director, Harvest Capital Group
Member and adult leader, Valley Evangelical Free Church
West Des Moines, Iowa
 

Mike Ferguson
Executive Chairman or the Board, World Gospel Outreach
Member, Union Christian Church, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Home church, Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock, Arkansas

 

Jim Phillips
Retired CPA, JPMS/Cox            
Elder, Fellowship Bible Church
Little Rock, Arkansas

 

Tom Brauer
CNA, Visiting Angels
Retired Principal 4240 Architecture Inc.
Member, Peace Lutheran Church
Lombard, Illinois

 

 
Dan Bruce
Director of Information Technology at Direct Energy
Member, Crosspoint Church
Pearland, Texas
Fred Steinbach
Retired, Director of Development, WGO
Member Peace Lutheran Church
Lombard, Illinois
 
 
Kathy Hassell, M.D.
Adult Hematologist, Professor of Medicine University of Colorado
Lutheran Church of the Cross
Evergreen, Colorado
Steve Schexnayder, M.D.
Chief, Critical Care Medicine, Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Elder, Fellowship Bible Church
Little Rock, Arkansas
   
  
President and CEO Abel Peña

Abel is a Texas native. His heart for the nations of the world has brightly shined from his first international assignment at age 18 and has continued as he humbly accepted the call to serve God's people in nearly 80 countries through efforts focused on evangelism, economic development, discipleship, and the transformation of lives. Since completing his Bachelor's degree in International Business at Northwood University and Masters Degree in International Development at Eastern University, Abel's professional endeavors have spanned teaching, pastoring, managing and directing development in the corporate, non-profit, and financial sector's. As an encourager of the living and active Word of God, Abel is passionate about helping people live out their God-given dreams and desires. He and his wife call Dallas, Texas their home base. 

 

Executive Chairman of the Board - Mike Ferguson  
 
Mike was born in Little Rock, AR, and he and his wife, Lyn, lived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, serving the Lord with WGO for 20 years. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1977 with a BS in engineering. He was a partner in a construction company prior to going into ministry and served for 11 years before that in executive management roles for a major regional energy company. His daughter’s interest in missions at an early age prompted him to get involved with the mission’s efforts of his home church, Fellowship Bible Church of Little Rock. Initially thinking he was preparing to release his daughter, Kelly, into the mission field he soon discovered God had a different plan. God’s call was actually not for Kelly but for him and Lyn to join WGO and the leadership team which they did in December of 1999. Mike has served as WGO President and on the board since 2002 and was named CEO in 2005. In April of 2020 Mike transitioned to Executive Chairman of the WGO Board. Mike and Lyn have two children, a daughter Kelly and a son Nicholas. Kelly is married to Chris Hotz and is mother to their five grandchildren, Catherine, Samuel, Mary, Esther, and David and live in Austin, TX. Nicholas and his wife, Caitlin, live in Seattle, WA.  Mike enjoys playing piano, golf and water sports.

CFO - Tony Dunaway
 
Tony joined WGO as Chief Financial Officer in June 2017. His early professional experience was in the corporate world as a CPA, followed by nearly two decades of serving Christian non-profit organizations in the areas of financial management and integrity, leadership development and compassionate care ministry. It was a conversation with a close friend and CEO that encouraged and affirmed Tony’s call to serve those in need. That conversation went something like, “Tony, it is obvious that God has given you a big heart for compassionate care ministry … God-like compassion and CPAs don’t normally go together… you need to explore that.” Most recently Tony served with an orphan care ministry in Zambia, Africa and now brings his collective ministry experiences to further the purposes of WGO. Tony loves… making a difference; empowering others to lead; international travel; a bold cup of coffee; an unlimited supply of chocolate; Sunday naps; ocean, beach and palm trees. Tony currently resides in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. 
 

Honduras Field Director -  Otniel Zavala

Otniel was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the youngest of three siblings. He had the blessing of being born into a Christian family where he was able to see and experience God’s faithfulness in many different ways. He graduated from high school at Academia Los Pinares, a Christian bilingual school, and later got a BS in Industrial Engineering from UNAH. For a little over 16 years he worked as an independent contractor providing simultaneous interpretation services for foreign and local government agencies, NGO’s, and international businesses. He also taught at and helped manage a non-profit Christian bilingual school for 9 years and served on the board of a Christian foundation in Honduras.  

"Growing up I remember seeing how hard my parents worked to give us better opportunities in life and that etched in me a desire to help others in need. Coming to WGO has been a blessing and an answer to prayer to find an opportunity to use my abilities to impact the lives of others in a meaningful way that glorifies God. I enjoy the outdoors and visiting my family’s coffee plantation. I also enjoy engaging in any type of activities and projects where I can challenge myself to use my mechanical abilities (I like to do a lot of “hands-on” things)."
 
 
Belize Field Director - David Hardin  
 
David was born in Mississippi and he and his wife, Lynda, split their time between Belmopan Belize and Laurel, MS.  David & Lynda met at Millsaps College and were married in 1980.  David has a MS in geology and worked in the oil business and environmental field before being called into full time ministry with Pinelake Church mostly as a Missions Pastor.  Lynda is a Nurse Practitioner who worked in an uninsured, low-income clinic in inner city Jackson.  They have been involved in missions for 30 years and became involved with WGO first with a mission team at the Ranch.  Later, they served as volunteer workers in Belize before becoming Field Director in 2020.  They have a daughter, Jessica, who with husband, Lucas, has 2 girls, Lilly and Penelope.  They also have a son, Barrett, who with wife, Kate, have 2 boys, Arthur and Edmund.  They enjoy golf, gardening, wood working, hiking and camping and water activities.
 

Human Resources Director - Mac Youngblood

Mac and Ashley along with their girls, Amelia and Addison, joined the ministry in July of 2015.  They hail from the town in Columbus, MS where Mac was in insurance sales and Ashley was a florist. They found the calling to join the mission field after two short term trips to Rancho Ebenezer.  With Mac’s business background, he found a great fit as the Director of Human Resources and Ashley found a role as a teacher at a local school near the Mission House. After fully putting their faith in God, He opened the doors fully to this new venture in their lives.