Chip & Kathy


Chip & Kathy Carroll have been actively involved in missions for almost 30 years. Chip earned his Master of Divinity in 1999 and spent the next 12 years working in land development and cattle ranching. While they remained involved with missions, in 2011 the Carroll’s sold their ranch and business interests to focus their attention more fully on their passion to bring the Gospel to the unreached. Since then, the use of Live School (LS) to train indigenous missionaries has grown into all 24 countries of the West and Central Africa (WACA) region they oversee. Chip and Kathy serve as the WACA Regional Directors for World Missions Centre. Married in 1987, they have a growing family of 4 children, a daughter-in-law, and 3 grandsons.


SONRISE OFFICE

Mollie Eichman, Director of Marketing

Mollie is passionate about spreading the story of Sonrise International. Her focus is on marketing, communication and business development efforts of the ministry. She lives in Broken Arrow, OK with her husband and 3 children.

Gretchen Vanderpool, Office Manager

Missions is not new to Gretchen!  She has been on the front lines, taking the Gospel to the nations since 1997. She has also been instrumental in administratively serving ministries across the country. Gretchen plays a critical role within Sonrise by keeping the finances in order and creating & implementing processes to help the ministry run smoothly.


INTERNATIONAL TEAM

Justin and Maimouna Robaye

Justin married his wife, Maimouna in 1997 and is a Chadian national. They have four children. Justin oversees rollout of Live School (LS) across the Central African countries of the Live School West and Central Africa Project.

Virgile Nicaise Mahouton OUENDO

Virgile’s main job is with TransWorld Radio. He is also a pastor and professional translator. He also has been the coordinator for Live School in Benin and now is providing oversight of Live School activities in both Benin and Togo. He is married to Bridget, and they have two beautiful daughters and a son.

West and Central African Country Coordinators

God has raised up men and women in WACA to take the Gospel to their own.  We currently have coordinators in all 24 countires of WACA to help start Live Schools and plant churches.  This is allowing us to be more intentional about our work with Unreached People Groups (UPG) and Unengaged Unreached People Groups (UUPG).  Our team has caught the fire and because of that, schools and churches are being planted at record speeds.   These men and women are risking their lives daily to go into unsafe and unsettled areas to bring the Gospel to the lost and hurting.  We are grateful for our team and the work that they are doing throughout the region.

We would also like to acknowledge all the volunteers, churches, pastors, students, and graduates who are using the Live school tool to affect a huge change in Africa for the glory of God. They are an integral part of what we do. "For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function..." (Romans 12).


SONRISE BOARD

Rick Coltman, Board Member

Rick Coltman and his wife reside in Tulsa, OK where Rick is a Project Manager, overseeing the marketing promotions of faith-based movies.

Duane Erickson, Board Member

Duane Erickson is the Pastor at The Bridge Family Worship Center in Yulee, FL.

Bill Gulbrandsen, Board Member

Bill and his wife are co-founders and owners of Harvest Integrity Systems, a software, web and app development company.

Tim Schmidt, Board Member

Tim and his wife are pastors of Journey Church in Rochester, NY.

Joe Spann, Board Member

Joe currently performs Chaplain duties for various events at Hallett Raceway in Oklahoma as a member of Motor Racing Outreach Association.


REFERENCES

Willie Crew, World Mission Centre, Founder

It has been my joy to have Chip & Kathy involved with us over many years in World Mission Centre. First in a five-year project called Lake to Sea where we saw 101 churches planted in the most unreached provinces of Mozambique and in the last few years in the West and Central Africa (WACA) region.

Chip in the meantime registered a 501(c)3 organization called Sonrise International through which he is driving the vision of establishing Live School in WACA. Today, Sonrise has become one of our key partners in the work being done by the World Mission Centre across 95 countries of the world.

Chip & Kathy are first of all friends, part of our greater family, and leaders among leaders in the Lord’s Kingdom. We highly respect, honor, appreciate and love them and pray that as you read this message you will pray and find a way to come on board to join them in the great work they are doing in releasing workers into the harvest field of WACA.

Duane Erickson, The Bridge Family Worship Center, Pastor

If I were to describe what a missionary should be, it would be Chip and Kathy Carroll.  They are passionate about preaching the Gospel in all the world; a true love for people and the lost.Chip & Kathy are radical in their desire to help the local church as well as equipping pastors in fulfilling the Great Commission.  They desire to follow God first in all they do and have a deep desire to be obedient to God's calling on their lives.

In addition, they are fervent in their prayer life. Because of their commitment, they have developed a great team in West and Central Africa.  Live School is a game-changer in equipping and training Pastors.  I highly recommend this ministry.

Grant Dryden, Farming God's Way, Founder

I have known Chip for only a few years now but I have had the privilege of seeing his influence more than most at the coal face. He has traveled extensively throughout the West and Central (WACA) region in terrible conditions, with public transport which is at best the worst you would ever dream of, encountered enormous trials, opposition, and near-death experiences, all at great personal sacrifice for a man of his stature. However, he would never harp on these, counting them as nothing compared to the upward call of God on his life.

He has tirelessly worked through leadership platforms and churches, breaking down theological barriers and denominational divisions to establish a network of like-minded men of God who want to see the Kingdom of God advance throughout the nations that God has placed them into. This network is extensive and its influence is growing all the time – Sonrise has really mixed the leaven into the dough!!!

My involvement with Chip began when he heard about Farming God's Way and he immediately saw the Kingdom potential to bring transformation into the nations with both Word and deed. It has been a great joy and privilege to serve alongside such a dynamic and passionate team whose one desire is to see the fullness of God’s promised abundant life revealed throughout their areas of influence.  Grant Dryden – Farming God's Way.