2017 Board Nominees



Randy MacFarland

Dr. Randy MacFarland

Re-Elect as Board Chair

Parker, Colorado
Randy is recommended for a sixth 1-year term as Chair of the WorldVenture Board of Directors. He has provided excellent leadership as Board Vice-Chair and a Member-at-Large for the last five and a half years. He leads the Board in their engagement with setting the future direction of the mission and enjoys serving God in this leadership role. Randy served as a church planter and pastor (CBHMS), and was part of the faculty and administration of the New England Center of Seminary of the East before his appointment as VP of Training & Mentoring at Denver Seminary in 1997. Randy is currently the Chief Academic Officer & Chief Administrative Officer at the seminary, and is known for his expertise in mentoring, theological education and the application of theology to daily life. Randy and his wife, Karen, live in Parker, Colorado and attend Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church.


Maggi Garrison

Mrs. Maggi Garrison

Re-Elect as Board Vice-Chair

Phoenix, Arizona
Maggi is recommended for a fifth 1-year term as Vice-Chair of the WorldVenture Board of Directors. She has served faithfully as Vice-Chair and a Member-at-Large for the past four and a half years, and brings an exceptional knowledge and understanding of missions and the local church to our Board. Maggi is the Mission Coordinator and the Women’s Ministry Director at Palmcroft Church, and believes that the challenges of doing missions in our world today make this an exciting time to serve. It is her desire to see the Lord glorified through the obedience of the body of Christ to the Great Commission and the formation of partnerships with vital global ministries. Maggi and her husband, Brent, live in Phoenix, Arizona.


Andy Spohrer

Rev. Andy Spohrer

Re-Elect as Board Secretary

Newburgh, Maine
Andy is recommended for a fifth 1-year term as Secretary of the WorldVenture Board of Directors. He has served faithfully in this capacity for the past four and a half years. Most recently, Andy served as Interim Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Brewer, Maine. He also served in several capacities with WorldVenture including being a church planter in Ireland and the East Regional Ministries Director. Having given much of his life to WorldVenture ministries, Andy brings a deep understanding of the workings of the Mission to our Board. He has built valuable relationships with our U.S. supporting churches. Andy and his wife, Nancy, live in Newburgh, Maine.


Susan Seto

Mrs. Susan Seto

Re-Elect as Member-At-Large

Oakland Gardens, New York
Susan is recommended for a third 3-year term as a Member-at-Large on the WorldVenture Board of Directors. She has been a member of FBC, Flushing for over 35 years, during which time she served as a member of the Missions Committee, and helped her church develop their short-term missions program. She currently serves as the Prayer Coordinator for her church. Professionally, Susan is a Medicare Insurance Specialist who helps seniors find the most suitable Medicare plans for the lowest cost to meet their needs. She is committed to serving the Lord both locally and globally and is an excellent member of the Board. Susan and her husband, Shek, live in Oakland Gardens, New York.


Byron Spradlin

Dr. Byron Spradlin

Re-Elect as Member-At-Large

Franklin, Tennessee
Byron is recommended for a second 3-year term as a Member-at-Large on the WorldVenture Board of Directors. He is the Founder and President of Artists in Christian Testimony Intl, a ministry and missions sending board for artistic and innovative ministries and missionaries. Past ministries include Campus Crusade for Christ, the Continental Singers, youth and music pastor at First Baptist Church, Richmond, California, and Jews for Jesus. Byron will help WorldVenture increase its sensitivity to and embrace of artistic missionary staff, and their gifting for kingdom service. Byron’s passion is to assist the church worldwide to worship God, by proclaiming Christ in the appropriate language and cultural style. Byron and his wife, Pam, live in Franklin, Tennessee and attend Grace Chapel, Leipers Fork Campus.


Pat Cottrell

Rev. Pat Cottrell

Elect as Member-At-Large

Huntington Beach, California
Pat is recommended for his first 3-year term as a Member-At-Large on the WorldVenture Board of Directors. He has had the joyful privilege of serving as pastor of Calvary Baptist in Huntington Beach CA for the past 27 years.  During the early years of pastoral ministry, his heart became intertwined with several WorldVenture missionaries.  As these relationships were cultivated, long-term partnerships between Calvary Baptist, missionaries and WorldVenture have developed with Ephesians 3:20-21 being our experience.  Pat lives convinced that everything God has done sets us up to be a part of even more glorious works of His – locally and around the world.  Pat with his wife, Camilla, live in Huntington Beach, CA.   


Stephen Raffaele

Mr. Stephen C. Raffaele

Elect as Member-At-Large

Frisco, Texas
Stephen is recommended for his first 3-year term as a Member-At-Large on the WorldVenture Board of Directors. He is a longtime and well-known Texas Banker. He currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of American Bank, N.A. with executive offices in Austin and Corpus Christi, Texas. His previous experience includes serving as CFO, COO, Chief Strategy & Corporate Development Officer, and Treasurer at various banks in Texas. Stephen has a BA in Business from Baylor University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He believes that his success in business is merely a means to more directly integrate his faith in a way that impacts more people for Christ. He and his wife, Catherine, have been married for 30 years and have three adult children. They are members of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where they are actively involved in missions and small groups. Steve has also served as an Elder, men’s group leader, discipleship program and class leader, and mentor.