AFM Ministry (formerly About-Face Missions) is currently all volunteer staff since we are a small non-profit ministry trying to do the most for the Lord with the resources God has given us. Through AFM we have Jeff and Stephanie Bys family living in Kenya overseeing our East African ministries now called Mercy Ministries- AFM Africa. Below are some brief bio's of our staff and board. (Learn more about the above on Our Ministries pages)
David Shelton - AFM Founder - President-Director - Board Chairman
David is employed in the health care industry and gives his free time to oversee our ministry and reach more people for Christ. His professional experiences have been primarily in technical services and small business operation. David's passion has always been evangelism and discipleship which led him to foreign mission fields where he travels frequently working with ministers helping equip, encourage and spur them on in evangelism and discipleship. He served on evangelism teams with ministries such as Bill Glass Prison ministries, Needhim ministries, I am Second, and Global Media Outreach (GMO), as team leader and on-line missionary that focused on using the internet to reach and disciple people for Christ. His time in GMO was the crucible that led to the discipling a young man from Uganda and the genesis of this ministry today. He served on difficult theological questions and Muslim outreach groups within GMO also.
David began following Christ at a young age, being discipled and trained in the Bible early in life. He heard God's call into ministry during his teen years and has always had a gifting in evangelism and disciple making. He led and discipled many to Christ throughout his life. A passion for missions has always been a large part of his life. David will tell you he came to understand that missions starts at home wherever God plants you, but that we must focus more on reaching those who never heard the Gospel truths all around the world. Around 2009 God emphasized his call on David’s life to reach the harvest fields internationally where the needs are so great and the Spirit is moving in power. Thus began the journey that has led him to originally help begin About-Face Missions (later incorporated as AFM Ministry) with another GMO fellow missionary, Jim Ball.
Today along with responsibilities of family life and work and ministry, he and his wife Angie serve as members at Watermark Community Church in Dallas. David serves on their Believe (testimony) team and small group leader. David can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dshelton5
Jeff Bys - AFM VP - Director of Mercy Ministries-AFM Africa and AFM Board Vice Chairman
Stephanie Bys - AFM Missionary - Co-Director of Mercy Children's Home and Co-Director of Mercy Christian Academy
Before Stephanie was a missionary she was a full-time, homeschooling Mom. As a child Stephanie always dreamed of being a Mom. However, she never dreamed God would bless her with so many to love. Over the years Steph served alongside Jeff in children's ministry and youth ministry. Steph's main focus in Kenya is anything to do with children; the children that live inside her home and those outside. Steph's prayer is that God would continue to change her heart to be more like His, and in doing so that would influence others in the way children are to be loved and cared for.
Jeff and Stephanie Bys have been married for 16 years and they have 10 children and 1 Granddaughter. They are originally from the Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex. Jeff and Stephanie are now full time missionaries with AFM, serving with their 7 youngest children in rural Western Kenya. They are overseeing Mercy Ministries-AFM Africa and the various ministries that fall under that. Jeff and Steph have big hearts for orphans and fully believe that God led them to take His call for them in Africa.
Jeff Bys – AFM Vice President, Director of African Missions and Board Vice Chairman, Co-Director of Mercy Children's Home, Co-Director of Mercy Christian Academy, Pastor/Elder of Mercy Baptist Church-Kaya, Director of Mercy Ministries Discipleship Classes
Prior to being a missionary Jeff was a district manager of restaurants for 18 years. He is gifted in pastoring the people of God. He has been a leader in churches where he has served in children’s ministries, youth pastoring, and as a lay preaching pastor. He led a small church in the Dallas, TX area for a time and is firmly grounded in Biblical reformed theology. Jeff is currently enrolled at The North American Reformed Seminary where he is in the Bachelor of Divinity program. One of Jeff's main focuses in Kenya is teaching the Gospel and training and teaching pastors. Jeff's prayer is to one day be able to reach unreached people groups in Kenya and East Africa with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Stephanie Bys – Co-Director of Mercy Children's Home, Co-Director of Mercy Christian Academy
Before Stephanie was a missionary she was a full-time, homeschooling Mom. As a child Stephanie always dreamed of being a Mom. However, she never dreamed God would bless her with so many to love. Over the years Steph served alongside Jeff in children's ministry and youth ministry. Steph's main focus in Kenya is anything to do with children; the children that live inside her home and those outside. Steph's prayer is that God would continue to change her heart to be more like His, and in doing so that would influence others in the way children are to be loved and cared for. She has a passion for God and to see other women likewise give their lives serving Christ and others through biblically sound living.
Jeff can be contacted via email Jeff@afm.ngo or through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jeffreybys
Jeremy B. Strang - Public Relations Director - Board Member
Jeremy describes himself on his blog post site “I am simply a Christian, a husband, and a father. I am merely a man seeking to further know and continue walking with my great and mighty God. I am literally a story of a stone in the making.” Read more of my story below* , “Grace Upon Grace.”
But we have come to know him as that and much more. Jeremy is also employed in the healthcare industry, but volunteers his time and talents to help this mission grow and thrive. Jeremy has a great passion for the Lord and a heart for missions. He has a passion for Kenya and seeing that the perverse false prosperity Gospel be stomped out through faithful reformed Bible preaching, teaching and discipleship by solid Bible education and Bible study and seeing God in prayer. He is a promoter of Biblical missions and has worked before as an agent for Voice of the Martyrs and sees God’s role in his life to connect like-minded Believers who want to serve Christ in pure Gospel missions. Jeremy came to know us through another ministry and has become a great advocate and partner in mission with AFM Ministry and wants to see us grow even more so that we together can build up the Church to Glorify the Lord and make his Bride ready for the coming of our Savior and God, Jesus Christ! Jeremy loves to write and speak about the glories of our God and is willing to take the missions God lays on our hearts to the Churches and groups of Christians in America to encourage them and help them join with us in “Proclaiming Christ in Africa and around the world”! Contact Jeremy if you want to set up a speaking engagement or a mission fair with your small groups, Churches or Christian gatherings to learn more about AFM Ministry and how we all can work together to accomplish the mission Christ set our before us! Contact Jeremy via email at email@example.com
Connect with him online on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jbstrang
*Jeremy’s personal blog site Eye on Christ https://eyeonchrist.com/
Jim Clark - Discipleship Director - Board member
Jim Clark is retired scientist but a lover of Jesus and the Gospel! He and his wife Donna have a long history of love for Bible study. Jim has taken many of these lifelong Bible study lessons and created an on-line school for the poor called 'Sharon Bible School' which is now part AFM ministry and we are operating it in Kenya as Mercy Ministries Discipleship Classes under Jeff’s direction. Through his passion to see people go out and evangelize and make disciples, Jim also developed a tract ministry to help get Bible tracts in the hands of the poor indigenous pastors around the world at very low cost through internet download. Jim and AFM partnered to work with our various ministers over the years and it only made sense to merge our efforts and unite under one umbrella ministry. So we invited and Jim accepted the position of AFM Director of Discipleship. Jim is continuing his work of developing and translating much of their Bible study lessons into local languages for our various pastors as well as his Gospel tracts and are continuing the Sharon Bible School a branch ministry of AFM under Jim’s leadership. Making Disciples of Christ is our primary goal, and so Jim and the Sharon Bible School and evangelism tract ministry are a perfect fit! Jim is also now on our board of Directors and helps give us direction and oversight. We thank the Lord for this Brother and service to the Lord. If you want to be part of helping us in our ministry we could use more willing hands to assist Jim in preparing documents for uploading and translating. Contact Jim via email. firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Jim.Clark.Scientist
Joel Toland - Financial Administration - Board member
Joel Toland is mature in his faith, and leader in the Church and one who has a heart for making disciples for Christ. He is employed for a major airline company as a systems architectural engineer and is a active member of Watermark Community Church and co-leads community group with David. Joel is disciplined in his faith and in his life and leads others in both word and deed. He is both a sacrificial giver of his time and money helping AFM manage it's books and a current consultant on the board of directors. Joel is married to his wonderful wife and theologian Holly Toland and lives in the Dallas metroplex. Joel and Christina below help David on daily basis be the engine that keeps this ministry ship plowing along! He is a great asset to our work. Joel can be contacted via email email@example.com or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joel.toland
James Kinsella, MD - AFM Advisor, Board Member and Pastor of Revival Church of Fall Creek, WI
James Kinsella is married to Elissa Kinsella and together have been blessed to parent 7 children. James is the Pastor and Elder of Revival Church of Fall Creek, Wisconsin. In addition to his family and church duties, he has recently come on the AFM Ministry board and has a deep passion for the glory of God and for people to come to the knowledge of the truth as found in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. James also works full-time as a Radiologist with Marshfield Clinic in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. You can learn more about Revival Church and listen to their messages on their website at this location https://www.revivalfc.org
Devin and Rachel Kinsella - Media Project Managers
Devin and Rachel are a young married couple who are also the son and daughter-in-law of James and Elissa. Devin and Rachel are also now veteran mid-term missionaries who spent some time in the field serving alongside the Bys Family in Kenya. Their time serving in the field with Jeff and Stephanie gave them a deeper appreciation for foreign missions and the role and value that we all play in making these good deeds turn into reality. Upon their return to the States, they wanted to continue serving with us in a capacity in which they felt they could be of use. So they have committed to volunteer their time and talents in helping AFM redesign, organize and build out our website to help us better tell the narratives of what God is doing in Kenya and get others connected to the ministry. They are a great asset to our growing team of volunteers and we value them greatly!