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 African missions - Board Vice Chairman
Jeff Bys is married and a family man. He and his wife Stephanie have 10 children and lived in the Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex. Jeff and Stephanie are now full time missionaries with AFM serving in Kenya with their 7 youngest children overseeing our Kenya Children's Home ministry and our discipleship ministries. He was prior a district manager of a food restaurant chain in the DFW Metroplex. He and Stephanie have big hearts for orphans, thus God led them to take his call for them in Africa. He has a gifting in pastoring the people of God. He has been a leader in his churches where he has served in children’s ministries, youth pastoring, and as lay preaching pastor. He led a small church for a time as lead pastor and is firmly grounded in Biblical reformed theology. Jeff knows the Lord and serves him with his whole heart. When God opened the door for Jeff to join AFM, he was more than eager seeing this as a way he can continue to provide for his family needs and still be deeply connected to missions. Jeff joined our team to assist David in 2014, Pray for him and for AFM as we learn together more how to best utilize our gifts and put them to maximum use for Christ’s kingdom work! Prior to Jeff's leaving for Africa, he and his family were members of First Baptist Church of Newark, TX. 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 “Sharing the Love of Jesus 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 works. 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