John Maisel

Founder and Chairman Emeritus

John Maisel has a diverse background in various business and investment activities since being honorably discharged as a captain from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1967. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart as a result of his tour in Vietnam.

While in Europe on business in 1979 he began to team with friends who were traveling behind the Iron Curtain. His travels for ministry in this restricted access area of the world eventually led to the establishment of East-West Ministries International in 1993. Today East-West focuses on church planting in closed countries and restricted assess nations. Maisel is married to Susie and has a grown daughter and two grandchildren.

  

Kurt Nelson

President & CEO

As President and Chief Executive Officer of East-West, Donald “Kurt” Nelson provides leadership and oversight to all worldwide ministry endeavors in the nearly 50 countries in which East-West currently operates. After serving with East-West for 15 years, Nelson became President and CEO in June 2010. Prior to East-West, he served as Vice President of Global Missions Fellowship (GMF, now E3 Partners).

He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, a Master’s degree of Theology in World Missions from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Missions Leadership from Columbia International University.

  

Executive Vice President of Field Ministries

Due to the nature of where East-West serves, this individual's identity is withheld for security reasons.

The Executive Vice President of Field Ministries directs and coordinates all mission-wide field ministries and oversees the health, resourcing, and development of all field employees. Additionally, they work with our field leadership to strategize and implement new ministries as well as evaluate and align all ministry endeavors toward church planting movements.

  

Executive Vice President of Operations

Due to the nature of where East-West serves, this individual's identity is withheld for security reasons.

The Executive Vice President of Operations manages the Financial Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, Member Care, Security, Facilities, and Legal functions for East-West. Additionally, they serve on our Executive Leadership Team and Crisis Management Team.

  

Kristen Shuler

Executive Vice President of Development

In her eighth year of service with East-West, Kristen Shuler provides oversight and strategic direction to East-West’s development, marketing and communications initiatives, including campaign strategy, institutional giving, planned giving, events, direct response marketing, online strategies, and all marketing/communications collateral.

Prior to joining East-West, Kristen served alongside the International Mission Board on the mission field across South America, primarily focusing on evangelism and church planting strategies. Kristen continues to fulfill her calling and passion for missions through her role at East-West. 

  

Vice President of Mobilization

Due to the nature of where East-West serves, this individual's identity is withheld for security reasons.

The Vice President of Mobilization takes primary responsibility for developing and executing strategies to mobilize the Body of Christ through prayer partners, church partnerships, missionary mobilization, and short-term mission trips as well as operational hiring. Additionally, they provide leadership to the Mobilization Department and help identify potential mobilization partners. 

  

Vice President of Evangelism

Due to the nature of where East-West serves, this individual's identity is withheld for security reasons.

The Vice President of Evangelism spearheads the meeting of East-West's organization-wide evangelism goals and champions the evangelism training of missionaries and national partners across all fields. They works closely with relevant field leadership, national leadership, and ministry partners to implement and execute evangelism strategies across East-West fields. 

  
Vice President of Equipping

Due to the nature of where East-West serves, this individual's identity is withheld for security reasons.

The Vice President of Equipping manages the staff in the Equipping Department, engages with regional and field leadership in strategic planning for training efforts, and identifies potential equipping partners to implement collaborative efforts. Additionally, they develop equipping strategies and methodologies to effectively spread the gospel in the spiritually darkest places, building church planting movement capabilities within the organization and among national leaders.

  

Steve Smith

Vice President of Multiplication

Steve Smith helps facilitate the global church to get to No Place Left for the gospel to be proclaimed (Rom. 15:23) through kingdom movements. He has been personally involved with and also coached multiple church planting movements (CPM) globally over the last two decades. His focus is multiplying disciples, churches, leaders, and movements. Prior to working with East-West, Steve held various leadership positions with the International Mission Board for 18 years facilitating CPMs.

Steve's aspiration is to rally all of God’s people globally to finish the Matthew 24:14 race with revived hearts and reproducing processes, and perhaps be the generation that welcomes the return of the King. Steve not only serves on the leadership staff with East-West, but also with Beyond, a sister organization that exists to facilitate movements among the unreached.

Steve received his undergraduate degree at Baylor in New Testament Greek, his Master of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Th.M and Th.D. in Missiology from the University of South Africa. Steve is the author of multiple books (T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution with Ying Kai; No Place Left: Hastening; No Place Left: Rebirth) and has a regular column in Mission Frontiers magazine.