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kevin harney

President and Founder

 

Kevin Harney is the President and Founder of Organic Outreach International®. He also serves as the Lead Pastor at Shoreline Church in Monterey, California. Through writing, speaking, and coaching, Kevin loves to serve denominations, Christian movements, and local churches both nationally and internationally. Kevin and Sherry have written the Organic Outreach® series of books. They have also published many other books and small group studies in partnership with other Christian leaders. These resources can be found on his website at kevingharney.com. Kevin and Sherry have been married for nearly 40 years and have three adult sons and three daughters-in-law: Zach & Christine, Josh & Taylor, and Nate & Brynne. They also have five grandchildren. Kevin is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University (B.A.), Fuller Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity), and Western Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). In warm weather, he loves to unwind by walking on the golf course with friends. When he can get near snow and a decent hill, Kevin loves to snowboard.

walt bennett

Executive Director

Walt Bennett is the Executive Director of Organic Outreach International®. Walt has enjoyed a broad career path including roles as a chef, submariner, woodworker, physics teacher, insurance company executive, and a nationally certified EMT. He left the corporate world to launch Organic Outreach International in 2016. Walt received a B.S. in Math, Engineering, Physics, and Psychology from Regents College and an MA in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University. He feels blessed to be in a position where he can bring all of his past experiences to bear in growing God’s kingdom. In his free time, Walt enjoys golf, kayaking, cooking for friends and family, and crossword puzzles. Walt and his wife Liz have three children: Will attends Georgia Tech, Hannah lives and works in Seattle, and Stefan lives in Seattle with his wife Katie.

sherry Harney

Co-Founder

Sherry Harney is the co-founder of Organic Outreach International and does teaching and training in the U.S. and internationally. She teaches and trains in all aspects of Organic Outreach® and has a deep passion for evangelism in and through the family. Sherry helped develop the content for the Organic Outreach® series of books and co-wrote Organic Outreach® for Families and Organic Disciples. She also serves as the Director of Spiritual Development at Shoreline Church. Sherry graduated from Calvin College with a degree in education and special education. She received a Masters of Theology with an emphasis in Christian Formation and Discipleship from Fuller Theological Seminary. She speaks for local, national, and international women’s groups and events. In addition, she has a writing ministry in partnership with Zondervan, Baker, and Thomas Nelson Publishing. Sherry has written or co-written many small group study guides. She and Kevin have been married for nearly 40 years and have three adult sons and three daughters-in-law: Zach & Christine, Josh & Taylor, and Nate & Brynne. They also have five grandchildren. Sherry loves to hike, read, cook, and spend time with family and friends. More about Sherry can be found at sherryharney.com.

robin maguire

Director of Communications and Teacher

Robin Maguire is the Director of Communications and a teacher for Organic Outreach International®. Prior to joining the Organic Outreach International® team, Robin enjoyed a career in marketing communications before serving as a Regional Developer for MOPS International and Area Coordinator for Operation Christmas Child. Robin holds a degree in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University. In her role on the Organic Outreach International® team, Robin develops and facilitates OOI’s communication and marketing strategies, oversees the administration of the OOI online learning platform, and manages the logistics coordination for OOI’s conferences and training events. Robin and her husband Ken have three sons, two daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandbabies.

blake kelly

Director of Development
and Partner Relations

Blake Kelly is the Director of Development and Partner Relations for Organic Outreach International®.  Blake directs and facilitates OOI’s participation, partnerships, and involvement with individuals, churches, denominations, movements, and para-church ministries in order to help them infuse the DNA of their ministries with a passion for natural evangelism.  Blake earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from WTAMU in 2018. In addition to his love for the outdoors and adventure sports such as climbing or backpacking, Blake has a passion for Biblical literacy and teaching. With his background in business administration and relationship management, he supports the Organic Outreach mission to reach the Church around the globe with the culture changing dynamics of natural evangelism training. Blake and his sweet wife, Lora, live in Canyon, Texas and are expecting their first child! 

Erika Atkins

Administrative Assistant

Erika Atkins is the Administrative Assistant for Organic Outreach International®. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Language and Education from Universidade do Grande Rio, in Brazil, and has continued her studies in the UK and Ireland.  She has served in a variety of administrative roles, most notably as a bilingual executive assistant to corporate presidents. Erika was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She lived in four different countries in Europe before moving to the United States. Erika was ten years old when she first heard about Jesus and God’s boundless love for us and fell absolutely in love with her Heavenly Father. She has the benefit of having a childlike heart, which makes the spreading of God’s love flow naturally.

Tom Green

Trainer and Coach

Tom Green is a trainer and coach for Organic Outreach International®, primarily working with Outreach Influence Leaders all over the world. He is also a pastor at Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California. He has experience in church planting, has led high school ministry, and previously served as a young adult pastor. Tom infuses the vision of reaching outside of the church walls by using the Organic Outreach® strategy to make sure that God’s heart for reaching the lost is part of everything we do as a church. He and his wife Jill have been married for 45 years and have sought to bring the love of Jesus to many parts of the world. With extensive ministry in India, they have started an orphanage in the city of Agra and Tom has traveled to the Northern part of the country on 15 occasions. They have also done ministry in parts of Europe, Africa, Mexico, the Republic of Georgia, and Ukraine. Their two children, Robby and Rebekah, are both married and have joined them in missions. Tom and Jill very much enjoy time with their kids and their 6 grandchildren and the family enjoys mountain biking, motocross, and just being together.

Lisa Marie Griggs

Prayer and Encouragement Team Leader

Lisa Marie Griggs is the Prayer and Encouragement Team Leader for Organic Outreach International®.  Lisa has loved growing in the Word and mentoring women through various women’s ministries. She has a deep appreciation for drawing closer to God through prayer. She has started or served on various prayer teams and currently also leads a parent prayer group at her daughters’ school.  

Born and raised in Southern California, Lisa has called Monterey, CA, home since 2005. She and her husband, Ken, enjoy raising (and being continually entertained by) their two daughters, Viviana and Angelina. Her favorite activities are reading, sharing what she has learned in scripture to anyone who will stop and listen, singing, hiking, and spending time with her family exploring new shops, restaurants (especially Italian food), and parks on day trips.

Loriana Sekarski

Advisor on Leadership Strategies and Training

Loriana Sekarski is an advisor on leadership strategies and training for Organic Outreach International®. She is also founder and president of BONSAI, a coaching and consulting company that helps leaders and organizations bear their best fruit. As a leadership coach, Loriana teaches her clients how to use their God-given strengths to lead and cultivate engaged teams. Her interest in workplace engagement and sustaining cultural changes began in her thesis work at MIT, and she has spent 30 years working with leaders in many businesses and universities. She now focuses more on working with leaders in churches and ministries.

Loriana loves helping people lead and live with authenticity, in alignment with their Gallup strengths, spiritual gifts, and calling — whether they are in ministry or business. Loriana enjoys the outdoors and staying active, especially cycling, hiking, writing, painting, and exploring Iowa, their home state since 2020. She and her husband, Patrick, worship at Third Church in Pella, Iowa. To connect with Loriana, email her at Loriana.Sekarski@GrowWithBONSAI.com.

Patrick Sekarksi

Chief Solutions Officer and
Advisor on Leadership Strategies

Patrick Sekarksi provides insights for solution development for Organic Outreach International®. He is the Chief Solutions Officer and a leadership coach for BONSAI, a coaching and consulting company that helps leaders and organizations bear their best fruit. Patrick is a Gallup-certified coach who provides a faith-based perspective in his coaching sessions with new leaders and mid-level supervisors. Prior to BONSAI, he was a clinical pharmacist for 30 years, where he spent much of this time developing and coaching medical students, residents, and administrators while also pursuing his passion to serve veterans.

Patrick is passionate about the church’s role in culture and helping individuals align their lives with Biblical priorities. He and his wife, Loriana, are active at Third Church in Pella, Iowa. Patrick spends his downtime reading, fishing, golfing, and looking forward to the Iowa State Fair. To connect with Patrick, email him at Patrick.Sekarski@GrowWithBONSAI.com.

Sudhir Mekala

National Leader and Trainer

Sudhir Mekala is the national Organic Outreach® leader and trainer for Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. He is also an adjunct member of the Organic Outreach® Intensive Training Team in India, and is a certified Organic Outreach® Cohort Leader.

He has been a pastor and a church planter for close to two decades. He has served as the Lead Pastor of Spirit of Christ Community Church in the outskirts of the city of Visakhapatnam, in India for twelve years. He also is the president for the non-profit Charitas Foundation, which serves orphaned and destitute children, by housing, feeding, clothing and providing them with quality Christian centered education.

His ministry focus is the unreached places in the rural and tribal regions of India. Started his ministry in the year 2002 as a church planter in the Eastern Mountain Ghats (Ranges), the home for 99 tribal groups, where He still works collaborating with pastors that have come out of his church plants. He is an energized and outreach-focused person. He and his wife Usha are parents of two daughters (Amy & Anna). They serve together in ministry, along with Sudhir’s older brother Subhakar and his family, continuing the ministry started by their parents Devadas & Sarojini Mekala.

Sudhir cherishes helping pastors get better equipped in the art of Pastoral Ministry. He also enjoys Cricket & team sports. His other interests include reading, photography, and learning new skills.

Sudhir’s inspiration draws from the book of Romans 15:20-21 in which Paul says, “Accordingly I set a goal to preach the Gospel, not where Christ’s name was already known, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation; but [instead I would act on this goal] as it is written [in Scripture], “They who had no news of Him shall see, And they who have not heard [of Him] shall understand.”” (Amplified)

If you would like to support our work in India, or specifically, Pastor Mekala’s ministry with their school and orphanage (Charitas), you can donate here.

Jayakumar Garnipudi

National Leader and Trainer

Jayakumar Garnipudi is the national Organic Outreach® leader and trainer for Hyderabad, Telangana, India.  He is also an adjunct member of the Organic Outreach® Intensive Training team in India.

He has been a pastor for 25 years and currently leads Real India Church in Hyderabad, along with his wife and two children who serve with him in ministry.  Jayakumar is also the CEO for Real India Ministries in Hyderabad.  Real India Ministries works inter-denominationally with other churches and Christian organizations who share a heart for the people of India.  By ministering to their physical needs and showing love to the people in rural areas, they are also able to share the Gospel with them. Now these individuals can share their love for God with others in their community!

If you would like to support our work in India, or specifically, Pastor Jayakumar’s ministry with their school, you can donate here. 

Che ko

National Leader

Che Ko is the national Organic Outreach® leader for Myanmar, is an adjunct member of the Organic Outreach® Intensive Training Team, and is a certified Organic Outreach® Cohort Leader.  

He is the Associate Pastor of People’s Evangelical Church, Yangon, Myanmar. He is also a member of the Board of Church Planting Institute, as well as a faculty member, and Bible School Teacher. Che Ko is mostly focused on directing missions, and church planting among the Buddhist community.

Currently, he has been supervising over ten regional church planters. His passion is exploring the many ways that God’s word may be heard and reached to unbelievers (particularly Buddhists). His heart is to impact all Christians to involve them in the Great Commission of our Lord Christ Jesus.

Che Ko is from a very small village in northern part of Myanmar. God called him at the age 20 to move to the Yangon Region, in the southern part of Myanmar where most of the people are Buddhists. He, his wife, and their two children have been reaching their community for Christ Jesus since 2008.

If you would like to support our work in Myanmar, or specifically, Pastor Che Ko’s ministry, you can donate here.

steve murray

National Leader and Trainer

Steve Murray has been a pastor for close to two decades and he been the Lead Pastor of Lifezone Church in the city of Tauranga, in New Zealand for seven years. He leads main and breakout sessions at the annual Organic Outreach® Conferences, is an adjunct member of the Organic Outreach® Intensive Training Team, and is a certified Organic Outreach® Cohort Leader.

Lifezone is an energized and outreach-focused congregation. He is the national Organic Outreach® leader and trainer for the country of New Zealand and leads intensive training in Organic Outreach® for congregations around the country. He is also on the board of Pathways Bible College. Steve has a contagious enthusiasm for life and faith. He and his wife Carlene are parents of three daughters and one son. They serve together in ministry in the church and in their community.

Steve enjoys Mountain Biking, Surfing, and an occasional run. His other interests include reading and he is a bit of a wannabe barista.

Steve says, “My heartbeat for the church is that we would not forget the lost. I would love to be able to join the Apostle Paul in Acts 20:24 where he said ‘But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus-the work of telling others the good news about the wonderful grace of God.'”

If you would like to support our work in New Zealand, or specifically, Pastor Steve’s ministry, you can donate here.

Bishop Peter Simwa

Coordinator in Kenya

Bishop Peter Simwa is the Organic Outreach® Coordinator in Kenya, leading and organizing training events in the region. He also leads three Organic Outreach® cohorts in Soy and Eldoret. Peter is the lead pastor of Higher Vision Church in Eldoret, Kenya.  He loves to coordinate leadership conferences, training, and outreach missions, especially in Muslim-dominated areas.  Peter and his wife Caroline have been married for 23 years, have 4 children, and 30 adopted children who live at their children’s home.  Peter is passionate about outreach and discipleship.  He loves soccer and Gospel music.

If you would like to support our work in East Africa, or specifically, Bishop Simwa’s ministry, you can donate here. 

Bishop Andrew Mutengu

Coordinator in Uganda

Bishop Andrew Mutengu is the Organic Outreach® Coordinator in Uganda.  He is the founder of Word of Faith ministries and an international speaker and teacher.  He holds a Master’s in Divinity and is the former resident pastor for Living Water Ministries.  Bishop Mutengu serves as Chairperson of the Pastors’ Fellowship in Mbale and as a mediator in the Uganda High Court Mbale branch, where he is also the department head.  He and his wife, Judith, have five sons: Isaac, Joshua, Joel, Ian, and Aaron.

If you would like to support our work in East Africa, or specifically, Bishop Mutengu’s ministry, you can donate here.