Our Directors come from a wide variety of backgrounds including church, parachurch and business world experiences. They are passionate about reaching people with the message of Christ and understand the key role that church planting plays in that process.
Dr. George Johnson, Executive Director
Passionate about church planting, George has served church planting projects in the US and internationally in the Dominican Republic, Far East Russia, the Philippines, Liberia, Mongolia and Canada. A self-described visioneer, George became the Executive Director of the CEA in 2002. He and his wife Dottie have six children and 9 grandchildren. When he isn’t working he enjoys fly-fishing, kayaking and snowshoeing.
Bruce Sanders, Board Chairman
Derek Dickinson, Director
Derek lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he planted Journey Christian Church in 2004. Journey is a church that is very much a part of the community, participating in events such as the State Fair, Midnight Sun Festival and Golden Days. Derek currently serves as a volunteer hospital chaplain and chaplain of the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. Married to Dellie, a mental health counselor, and the father of five children—Joe, Jack, Maria, Tony and Henry – Derek has two degrees from Cincinnati Bible Seminary (one in theology and one in education) and has a passion to see a church planting movement succeed in North America.
Jeff Duke, Director
Jeff is a new member to the CEA board. He and his wife Kathy have lived in Snohomish for 31 years and have been involved in various leadership roles in the local church. They were a part of a CEA plant core group in the early 1990’s. They have traveled on short term mission trips to Mongolia, Nicaragua, Kenya, and India over the last 15 years. They currently are developing a discipling house ministry for young adults in Snohomish. Jeff is anxious to provide whatever resources and insight possible to encourage the efforts in church planting in the Northwest.
Mark Herwick, Director
Graduating from Northwest Christian College and Emmanuel School of Religion, Mark has been an advocate of church planting and a supporter of CEA since 1988. Currently working at World Vision he has previously served as pastor or associate pastor of churches in Oregon, Virginia and Washington.
Sendy Jimenez, Director
Sendy is the chair of the Board of Elders at the Filipino-American Christian Church (FACC). Prior to serving at FACC, he was an elder at Greenwood Christian Church, where he and his family served for 15 years, until 1996, when, with the help of Greenwood church and CEA, he and his leadership started the Filipino-American Christian Church. Sendy is also the present chairman of the Filipino and American Christian Convention and was a member of the continuation committee of the North American Christian Convention (NACC) from 2007 – 2010. He is an engineer by profession working for King County. Sendy is married to Connie and they have a lovely daughter Alula and son-in-law Alex.
Chuck Wilkinson, Director
Born in Portland, Oregon, Chuck has lived most of his life in the Pacific NW. Coming to Christ as an adult, he has served the Lord in many roles over the years: Deacon, Trustee and Elder. Chuck’s professional career was more pragmatic. He studied accounting at both Washington State University and Seattle University. He ultimately became an internal auditor for such firms as Family Life Insurance Company, Merrill Lynch and International House of Pancakes. He has served on the Board of the CEA for several years. In his own words, “I feel that planting churches continues to be the most effective way to lead people to Christ and I am dedicated to that cause.”
Neal Zimmerman, Treasurer
Tony Nelson, Regional Director
Tony has started and/or served churches in Nebraska, Arizona and Sandpoint, ID, where he recently concluded a 22 year ministry. Together with his wife Disa, they share a passion for encouraging and mentoring leaders. When not “fishing” for men, Tony loves fishing for bass – or anything else that will take the hook.
Bill McGee, Regional Director
Dottie Johnson, Executive Assistant
Growing up in Colorado Springs, CO, Dottie has served with her husband George in both a local ministry – where they “daughtered” two new churches – and now with CEA. In addition to her 9 grandchildren and her 6 children, she loves football and baseball and is an avid fan of the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners.