The vision of NAMS, simply put, is to “make disciples by raising disciple-making leaders who plant disciple-making churches.” At the root of this vision is the imperative, “make disciples” which came first from the lips of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20, who made this the overarching task for his church for all places and all times. It pervades and informs all we do, and the future we believe God is calling us to equip and assist his global church into.
The first Global Bishop Guardian of NAMS, the former Anglican Archbishop of South-East Asia, Moses Tay, gave us what we call the NAMS Charge:
“Preach and teach ‘Jesus Christ and Him crucified’
plant new churches wherever God opens the door
always obey the Holy Spirit;
and never break the Word of God.”
As NAMS Companions we are called by Jesus Christ to be an “order of Church Planters” charged to “preach and teach ‘Jesus Christ and Him crucified’; to plant new churches wherever God opens the door; always to obey the Holy Spirit; and never to break the Word of God.”
Born into the Christian Hope and raised in the church, Jon Shuler was called to full time ministry at 22. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, he completed his theological training at the University of Durham, Durham, England. He was ordained there while pursuing a graduate degree in Church History. In 1994 he helped found NAMS and continues to serve as the Servant General. He is married to the artist Cynthia Hoppin Shuler.
Rev. Prince Thomas
Regional Strategic Coordinator - Asia and the Pacific
God called Prince to ministry in North India in 1995. Prince is a pioneering church planter with a wider vision for India and beyond.
For the past 24 years, his ministry of preaching, mentoring, teaching, broadcasting, and servant leadership has blessed countless people in India and other nations. So far, he has helped established 300 village churches in the unreached areas of North India.
He completed his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees and proceeds with his Doctor in Ministry (D.Min) program. Prince and his wife Gigi have 2 grown children and they reside in North India
Regional Strategic Coordinator - Europe, Africa and the Middle East
The Regional Coordinator is part of the Global Leadership Team. He works to focus the work of NAMS, in his assigned region, on the one mission (Mt 28:18-20) by mobilizing resources to plant disciple making churches. He has a strong cultural connection to the region he oversees. He has a strong network of relationships to draw on for the work within the region.
Rev. Andrés E. Casanueva
Regional Strategic Coordinator - The Americas
Andrés is an Anglican pastor and Professor of History. He has studied Anthropology at University of Mexico; English at the University of Dallas, and Management and development in Mission at Summer Institute Of Linguistics.
He has been a teacher preparing local leaders in indigenous communities in several Latin American countries.
In addition to his work for NAMS; he is currently Director for Latin America South with Faith Comes By Hearing in its Orality programs; Missionary and Researcher with CTEN ; Member of the Board of Directors of the Chilean Bible Society; Coordinator of the Team of Mentors in SIM Latin America; Director of the International Lausanne Movement, Chile.
Andrés is married to Stella Campos and has three children. They live in south Chile.
Global Strategic Coordinator
Joel has been assisting NAMS for nearly 30 years. In 2021 he became the fulltime Global Strategic Development Officer and is now the Global Strategic Coordinator. He works with the Regional Strategic Coordinators to ensures that the work of all Companions are aligned with the strategic vision God has given to NAMS. He has a background in IT/Technical support as well as graphic Design. He is married to Rachel who is a gifted jewelry maker.
Dean of GAP
Isaac, is originally from Colchester, England but has been serving with NAMS in Bangkok, Thailand for the past seven years. He is married to Patchara and they are blessed to have a son called Samuel. Alongside his GAP Role, he is also responsible for leading the Bangkok Base Community, All Nations Church Bangkok and work among university students in the city.
Global Women's Discipleship Coordinator
Mary has a passion for teaching and relationship ministry and has been working with NAMS for the past 8 years. While serving in Chile as a NAMS intern from 2014-2016, she met her husband Ivan, and together they have had various ministry adventures around the globe. Currently, Mary, Ivan, and their daughter live in Inverness, Florida, but their sights are set to move to Spain in the coming year to continue intercultural disciple-making ministry.
Global Prayer and Intercession Coordinator
Rev. Dave Kulchar Grew up in the Anglican church, having fully committed to following Jesus in 1976 while at university. He began full time ministry in 1981 and was ordained in 1989. In 2005 he joined AMIA and helped plant 2 ACNA congregations. He is fully committed to a life of prayer and discipleship beginning at home and extending to the ends of the earth.