Who We Are

Who We Are


To advance the effectiveness of the Great Commission community in North America in global mission.


To see missional leaders accelerating the fulfillment of the Great Commission in servant partnership with the church globally.


Missio Nexus engages people who serve within the Great Commission with ideas, events, and resources which propel the gospel around the world.

We seek to contribute value to our members through five distinct but related channels:


We are the largest association of Great Commission churches and organizations in North America. As a member of Missio Nexus, we desire that each member meets peers, colleagues and mentors who are working toward similar goals.

Shared Learning

Each member of Missio Nexus has something to offer to others. Together, we know much more than we do alone. Missio Nexus is a catalyst for broadly and generously sharing ideas about the Great Commission.

Ideas and Innovation

Through Missio Nexus you will be exposed to new ideas, out-of-the-box thought leaders, and unique solutions faced by others pursuing the Great Commission.

Great Commission Advocacy

The gathering of mission focused churches and organizations gives Missio Nexus a body of subject matter experts who can advocate within the North American Church for a proper emphasis on the Great Commission. Together we can do more in emphasizing God’s love for all peoples.

Collaborative Action

Unlike industry trade associations, Missio Nexus members are cooperative, not competitive. Missio Nexus creates opportunities for launching joint solutions to problems faced by our members who are often facing the same set of issues.

Our Team

Ted Esler, President

770.457.6677 • TEsler@MissioNexus.org

Serves our team and network by focusing on vision, innovation, strategic direction and execution.

Marv Newell, Sr. Vice President

630.682.9270 • MNewell@MissioNexus.org

Promotes missiological awareness throughout the network and provides oversight of learning initiatives.

Michael VanHuis ,  VP Strategic Initiatives

630.480.4085 • MVanHuis@MissioNexus.org

Serves organizations and churches in the network by facilitating collaborative action and mission effectiveness.

Eldon Porter, Consultant for Global Engagement

803.322.2823 • EPorter@MissioNexus.org

Facilitates effective missions in the global paradigm.

Annette Esler, Director of Event Services

321.307.8750 • AEsler@MissioNexus.org

Plans and executes the annual Mission Leaders Conference and other events.

Mary Kay Palguta, Membership/Administrative Services

678.392.4577 • MKPalguta@MissioNexus.org

Serves our network by providing support to membership issues, provides answers and expertise on  network activities and assists in office.

Kurtis Amundson, Director of Communications


Develops website and print publications and designs event identities.

Not pictured: Cherry Fields, Scott Holbrook, Ken Katayama, David Steverson 

Our Board

Executive Committee

Warren Janzen (Chair)
International Director, Send International

Susan Perlman (vice-chair)
Associate Executive Director, Jews for Jesus

David Steverson (Treasurer)

Gregg Bryce (Secretary)
The Peoples Church


Mauricio Alvarez
Ted Esler
Missio Nexus
Cherry Fields
Chief of Staff
Russ Hersman
Chief Operations Officer
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Scott Holbrook
Chief Executive Officer
Avant Ministries/Crossworld
Jennifer Holloran
Chief Human Resources Officer
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Ken Katayama
Kirk Ogden
Executive Director
South America Mission
Greg Parsons
Global Director
Frontier Ventures
Kärin (Butler) Primuth
Chief Executive Officer
Wes Taber
Executive Director
Life in Messiah


Missio Nexus is the largest and most inclusive expression of Great Commission oriented evangelicals in North America (US and Canada) that fosters shared learning, opportunities for collaborative action, and produces increased effectiveness through its many mission-orientated products, programs, and services.

The network is the result of the merger that took place in January 2012 of two long-standing mission associations. One was CrossGlobal Link (formerly the Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association) and the other was The Mission Exchange (formerly the Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies).

Founding of Two Associations

The Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association (IFMA) was founded in 1917 with the mission of strengthening Christian mission agencies by upholding standards of operation, assuring integrity and cooperative resourcing to spread the gospel.

At its founding meeting on September 29, 1917 at the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton, NJ, 14 mission leaders – 10 men and 4 women – were present. There were seven founding missions represented. From that small cluster of mission leaders gathered for that first time, over the next 95 years the IFMA expanded into a vast North American-wide mission association exclusively made up of “faith” or non-denominational mission agencies. Over time they jointly fielded over 15,500 missionaries annually around the globe. At one time it had over 100 mission agencies in membership.

The Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies (EFMA) was the outgrowth of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), and primarily denominationally orientated. A group of mission executives met during the 1945 NAE convention and a committee was appointed to draw up bylaws and a constitution for a new mission association. On September 19, 1945 the constitution was approved and the incorporation was completed by December. The first EFMA convention was held in Minneapolis, MN in April 1946. Fifteen mission agencies were received as charter members. Over time the EFMA comprised over 100 mission agencies that together annually fielded close to 20,000 missionaries globally.

In 2007 both associations up-dated their names. The EFMA changed its name to The Mission Exchange, while the IFMA changed theirs to CrossGlobal Link. Both associations kept these names until the time of the merger in 2012.

Merger of the Two Associations

In the fall of 2010, the boards of the two associations met to discuss the possibility of merging. Talks continued into 2011 and progress was made. In September the tri-annual joint Annual Conference of the two was held in Phoenix, AZ. At their separate membership meetings on the morning of October 1, the membership of both associations voted overwhelmingly to merge. An interim board was established to carry forward the details of the merger. At its December meeting that board agreed on adopting the new name of this new mission entity to be “Missio Nexus.” Legally and practically the merger went into affect on January 1, 2012, but its name remained unannounced to wait its official and public unveiling.

Subsequently, on February 6, 2012 at Tabernacle Church, in Salem, Massachusetts, at a Bi-Centennial Celebration of the commissioning of the first US missionaries sent out by a mission society, Missio Nexus was unveiled as the new name for the merged entity.

CrossGlobal Link and The Mission Exchange are now Missio Nexus—Connecting the Great Commission Community of North America.
Unlike industry trade associations, Missio Nexus members are cooperative, not competitive. Missio Nexus creates opportunities for launching joint solutions to problems faced by our members who are often facing the same set of issues.