Who We Are
Founder and President
Dave is a devoted follower of Jesus who serves as the founder and president of Lionshare. Over the last four decades, he has served as a missionary, pastor and leader, using his gifts to teach and model the ways of God. Dave has a lifetime commitment to making disciple makers, shaping leaders and equipping the Church. He’s the author of Welcome to the Kingdom, A Discipleship Journey, The Jesus Blueprint and his latest, The Great Opportunity: Making Disciples of Jesus in Every Vocation. He and his wife Cheryl reside in Franklin, Tennessee.
Darren serves as the executive director of Lionshare He worked for more than 20 years in government and politics on Capitol Hill, at the White House, at the U.S. Department of Energy, and also for state parties in his home state of Minnesota, as well as Ohio. He also worked at the bipartisan Campaign to Fix the Debt and an energy trade association.
Faithful, steady, sweet and wise – that is how people who know Cheryl describe her. Following her years as a missionary in Hawaii and Thailand with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), Cheryl has given herself to her work as a wife, mother and grandmother. She invests in discipling young women and leader’s wives. Cheryl is also a gifted artist who enjoys coffee painting. You can see her work at konacoffeeartist.com
BETTY JO BLANTON
Betty Jo has spent a lifetime investing in people and pointing them to Jesus through various roles like youth and worship pastor, aunt, family caregiver, friend, and piano teacher. She has been known to make friends easily and light up a room upon entering. Laughter is never far from her lips. She enjoys exploring the outdoors, tending her flowers, and having fun at game nights. Having spent most of her life as a single woman, Betty Jo offers encouragement and insight to women of all ages. She is now married to the love of her life, Jeremy. When they are not traveling, they reside in northern Illinois.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
After serving more than two decades as a pastor in the local church, Kent stepped out in 2019 to become the chaplain of the Pittsburgh Steelers through the ministry of Athletes in Action. He is a Pittsburgh native, a graduate of Geneva College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He continues to serve North Way Christian Community on their teaching term and is passionate about equipping believers to be disciple makers. Kent and his wife, Erica, have three daughters, who all wear black and gold when cheering for their city’s sports teams.
Laurie is an entrepreneur and live entertainment executive who produces and general manages U.S. residencies and international tours of David Copperfield, VeggieTales Live, Blue Man Group, and Tape Face. She is also the co-creator of the musical, Unbeatable, and the author of Unbeatable: The Whole Story. Her passion is getting things done for Kingdom purposes with joy and laughter.
Sean is the founder and senior pastor of the Epicenter of Worship in Lansing, Michigan. The church began as an outgrowth of a student organization at Michigan State University. The church has partnered with key missions organizations around the world. Sean left a corporate job to work full-time in ministry. He dedicates his time to mentor youth and advocates for the poor, refugees and the Black community. He is the director of transformational leadership at One Love Global. He also works as a social and emotional learning specialist for Purpose Prep, which trains teachers and students how to manage basic emotions and develop them as leaders driven by character. Sean and his wife Tayana have four children.
Chet is one of the pastors at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and has served there for over a decade. Prior to pastoring, he was on staff with Youth With A Mission for 12 years, discipling, teaching and leading worship. His passion for intentional discipleship has grown over the years, and it’s his greatest ambition to help others know God, His ways and to participate in God’s mission. Chet is married to his wife Lindsey and has two children.
George has spent his professional career in sales and marketing. Prior to starting his own business in the food industry, he held key management positions with several national companies. George is an active member of his church, serving as a leader in guest services and men’s discipleship. Besides leading A Discipleship Journey small groups for men, George helps facilitate d4 conferences, assists with Lionshare’s leadership intensive called A Leadership Journey, and is an active participant at every National Disciple Making Forum. He and his wife Debbie live in Wexford, Pennsylvania.
A man after God’s own heart, Mel Mills is a communications strategist and designer who serves and consults ministries, entrepreneurs, and professionals. He has served as a communications director for multiple ministries, leading digital communication and evangelistic strategy to engage believers and non-believers alike. Mel enjoys working with youth as a mentor, minister, and teacher. Mel co-founded a radio station in Flint, Michigan and worked as a talk radio host. He is a graduate of Wayne State University where he now leads digital communications for the college full-time. Mel is a passionate fitness advocate, movie critic, wrestling fan, motivational speaker and co-owner of the God Be Goddin’ apparel brand whose mission is to declare who God is to our world.
Nancy has had a storied career as a teacher, manager, consultant and trainer. She oversaw the MBA Next Level Leadership Development Program for Lipscomb University. Her career includes service as senior vice president for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee and national management consultant and trainer for YMCA of the USA. Nancy was the first woman elected as board chair for the Association of YMCA Professionals in its 130-year history. She also served as an executive coach and leadership consultant with the Human Capital Group, Inc. for 10 years. Nancy has served on the board of International Christian Ministries, ThriftSmart, the Brentwood Cool Springs Chamber, and as chair of the board of Mercy Community Healthcare. She and her husband Bill reside in Franklin, Tennessee.
Heather is a native Alabamian, who invested her parents’ money and six years of her life at Louisiana State University earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological engineering. She finally left Cajun country to apply her newly acquired skills as a consultant at an environmental engineering firm and later as a policy adviser in the United States Senate. She now engineers environments that foster community and spiritual growth as the discipleship pastor at National Community Church in Washington, DC. Heather and her amazing husband Ryan can be found on Capitol Hill enjoying theater (from the audience or the stage) and settling arguments with Webster’s Dictionary.