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John Darby MBA, CAE

Executive Director


John Darby has served last 20 years working in non-profit management and achieved the prestigious Certified Association Executive awarded by the American Society of Association Executives and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management

He was honored by the Business Examiner’s inaugural “40 Under 40” Emerging Leaders list and by The Olympian’s “Leader’s for the 21st Century".


He earned his Master in Business Administration from Concordia University and is a 1997 graduate of the University of Washington.  He was nominated to the Austin Business Journal’s “Best Non-Profit CEOs” in 2016. 

John is licensed minister with the United Pentecostal Church International.  He serves as the Global Missions Sectional Director for the South Central Texas District.  John and his wife of twenty years, Liz, serve on the leadership team at New Life Austin under Senior Pastor Rodney Shaw & Bishop David Bernard.  They lead NLA’s Hyphen ministry and Small Group Ministry as well as work in Discipleship, Men’s Ministry, Guest Services and Prison Ministry.

Dr. Eugene Wilson

Director of Education

Dr. Eugene Wilson has over thirty years of pastoral ministry, including senior pastor. He presently serves as the executive pastor of The Pentecostals of Katy, located in Katy, Texas.

Dr. Wilson is the founder Equipping Leaders, a leadership coaching and consulting non-profit organization that focuses on the development of Christian leaders within the church and workplace, at home and abroad.

He is also an adjunct professor at Urshan College and Urshan Graduate School of Theology. He earned a Doctor of Strategic Leadership at Regent University’s School of Business and Global Leadership, a Master of Arts in Human Relations from Liberty University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Jackson College of Ministries.

The author of Realign, Seventy, and Leading Growth, he has been published in multiple languages. He and his wife, Kerri, have two children.

Brenda Orffer, CAE

Director of Events

Brenda is also Mayor for the City of McCleary, Washington, where she and her family live and attend church at Olympic Christian Center (OCC).


At OCC, Brenda serves as music director and supports several departments. She volunteers at the church’s school, Olympic Christian Academy, and she also volunteers at community and civic events.

Brenda is a graduate of Kent Christian College where she and her husband of 25 years, Colin, met. Together, they have served in district roles including Ladies Ministries Committee, Youth Committee, and Brenda is currently the Junior Bible Quizzing Coordinator and Content and Design Editor for the district newsletter, The Washington Word.

In her free time, Brenda enjoys traveling, reading, running—she completed two half marathons in 2018—spending time with her family, and doing random acts of kindness.


Seth Frances

Marketing Director

Seth currently attends McNeese State University, and plans to graduate in 2021 with his bachelors in Marketing management. At McNeese he spends his time working both in and out of class while still being apart of the CMI that is on campus. When he is back home from college he spends time working within ministry at New Life Austin. At New Life he is  heavily involved with children's ministry and youth ministry.

For fun Seth is currently working on a Sunday school curriculum project for daughter work churches in the Austin area, and plays softball with the church team. Other things he enjoys are Hyphen events, baseball, golf, and spending time with family and friends.