Leadership


Jeff Denlinger

Jeff Denlinger

President

Dr. Jeff Denlinger serves as President/CEO of WorldVenture, providing excellent leadership as we refocus our ethos and efforts on reaching the last, the least, and the lost. He came to WorldVenture in 1988 as a mid-term missionary working in the Philippines. In 1990, Jeff and his wife, Christine, became career missionaries with WorldVenture in Venezuela. Jeff was asked to become a member of the leadership team at the home office in 2002 to provide oversight to the development of teams and the implementation and achievement of strategic priorities of WorldVenture ministries around the world. Jeff and Christine have two grown children and two grandchildren.


Jim Bull

Jim Bull

Vice President of Advancement

Dr. Jim Bull leads WorldVenture’s Advancement strategy, bringing together individuals, churches, and other partners to share resources, expertise, and passion for making disciples throughout the globe. Jim brings decades of ministry experience in various capacities. Jim served on WorldVenture’s Board of Directors and spent several years in Italy as a missionary. He has more recently served as senior pastor, overseeing the significant growth and expansion of churches and missions ministries. Jim is married to his lovely wife, Selma.


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Dennis Vogan

Vice President of Organizational Solutions

Since 1995, Dr. Dennis Vogan has served on the leadership team at WorldVenture. He is currently the Vice President of Organizational Solutions. His responsibilities include leadership in establishing an effective and productive work environment in the achievement of our Ends by providing oversight and coaching across WorldVenture to develop and execute corporate solutions. In 1976-1978, Dennis and his wife, Linda, served with CBFMS in the Philippines at Faith Academy, an international school for children of missionaries. Following graduate work, they were appointed in 1981 to return to the Philippines with WorldVenture, where Dennis served as Superintendent of Faith Academy from 1984 to 1995. Dennis and Linda have been married 44 years and have four grown children and two grandchildren.


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Marty Shaw

Vice President of International Ministries

Dr. Marty Shaw joined WorldVenture’s executive leadership in 2013. Marty has served with WorldVenture since 1983 when he was appointed to Japan as a missionary. From there he became the Coordinator of Global Strategies and the International Ministries Director for Asia and the Pacific Region. Marty has strengthened WorldVenture by implementing mission strategies like the 360° approach, while bringing missiological insights and Kingdom-development experience. While leading the Asia and Pacific region, Marty opened nine fields. He and his wife Denise have two children.


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John Benza

Vice President of Finance & Administration

John Benza has served on WorldVenture’s executive leadership team since 2011, where he oversees the Corporate Finance, I/T, Global HR, Global Medical and Facilities management. Before coming to WorldVenture, John served 12 years as the Director of Administration for Bridges Community Church in California. Prior to that, John was an executive leader with IBM for 20 years. Concurrent with those full-time responsibilities, John was a consultant for Altos Technical Support, co-founder of an advanced web analytics firm, and co-owner of an online retail distribution firm. He brings both technical and managerial expertise to WorldVenture in strategic leadership and advanced operations. John has been instrumental in WorldVenture’s modernization efforts. John has been married to his wife, Debbie, for almost 40 years. They have one son, Jesse, a Johns Hopkins graduate with a Master’s degree in Public Health Administration.


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Dougg Custer

Vice President of Mobilization Ministries

Dr. Dougg Custer joined WorldVenture’s executive leadership team in 2014. Before that, he served for 11 years as the International Ministries Director for Europe and the Middle East, providing leadership and direction for all the mission fields. He joined WorldVenture in 1979 when he and his wife, LeAnn, became church planters in Austria. During Dougg’s leadership in Austria, other WorldVenture fields and mission organizations regarded the Austrian field as a respected model of prayer, unity, and member care. Dougg and LeAnn have three children and five grandchildren.