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✓ We are committed to doing short-term missions the right way.
✓ We are committed to seeing lives transformed – those we serve and those we send.
✓ We are advocates for children, communities and ministries around the world.
✓ We are dedicated to encouraging and supporting long-term missionaries.
✓ We are passionate about investing in and discipling team members.
✓ We are passionate about empowering and equipping team leaders.
✓ We are invested in pre-trip training that includes spiritual and cultural preparation.
✓ We are passionate about caring for orphans, widows, families, and communities.
✓ We are passionate about serving and loving anyone that God puts in our path.
✓ We are focused on building relationships and loving like Jesus.
✓ We seek to encourage and pour into missionaries and in-country staff.
✓ We work with orphanages as well as ministries that help keep families together.
✓ We have a heart for adoption and are passionate about supporting adoptive and foster families.
✓ We advocate to help find families for children who are available for adoption.
✓ We believe that short-term trips can have long-term positive impact.
✓ To see less children in institutions and more children in families.
✓ To let long-term missionaries know they are seen, known and loved.
✓ To enlist others to meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs of orphans, widows, and communities around the world.
✓ To develop relationships, provide comfort and to share the Gospel with those we visit.
✓ To meet tangible needs that improve the living conditions of the children and communities we visit.
✓ To invest in those we send by equipping, encouraging and discipling them.
✓ To advocate for and come alongside ministries around the world that are caring for the most vulnerable.
✓ The Bible is the inspired, only infallible, written word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16, Mark 13:31)
✓ There is one true God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
✓ Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died an atoning death, and was resurrected. (Luke 1:31-34, Acts 2:31)
✓ All are sinful and need justification by grace through faith and rebirth by the Holy Spirit for salvation. (Romans 5:1-5)
We believe that the Bible is the inspired, only infallible, written word of God. As established in God’s Word, He desires and gives us the ability to live pure and holy lives and defines this as visiting widows and orphans in their trouble and refraining from worldly desires. In living a pure and holy life, and refraining from worldly desires, God defines biblical relationships that glorify Him. In obedience to these biblical mandates, we do not team with individuals participating in behavior or lifestyles outside of these mandates.
Shelly Owens, Chief Executive Officer
She has over 15 years of non-profit fundraising and development experience, having previously served as both a Regional Director and National Director for the March of Dimes. In 2010, Shelly and her husband, Dan, founded SixtyFeet, an international juvenile justice ministry, with the mission of bringing hope and restoration to the imprisoned children of Africa, in Jesus’ name.
Shelly has organized and led countless short-term missions trips and has also served as a long-term missionary while living in Kampala, Uganda for a period of 18 months with her husband and children. She is grateful for the unique opportunity she and her family have had to experience missions work from both sides of the ocean, both as senders and goers.
Serving as the CEO for Go Be Love is truly a dream come true for Shelly. The role is a perfect way for her to combine her passion for missions, her love of mission teams, and her fundraising and other ministry leadership experience into one focused effort.
Shelly and Dan live in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with their 5 children, three biological and two adopted. When she’s not working for Go Be Love or driving kids around, Shelly enjoys trail running, hiking, and other activities that keep her outside, active, and close to the ground.
Autumn Kerr, Chief Operating Officer
Before coming on staff at Go Be Love, Autumn worked in the advertising agency world for 11 years. Her background is design and writing but her passion is to live out James 1:27. This passion came alive on a trip to the Philippines in 2007 where she went on a group tour with Compassion International to meet her sponsored child. This trip was truly life changing and Autumn returned home with a heart on fire for missions and doing more to help children around the world. She continues to sponsor children through Compassion and has been on mission trips to the Philippines, India, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, China, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, Ecuador, the Bahamas, and Haiti.
Serving on staff at Go Be Love is a huge answer to prayer and is truly fulfilling the desires of Autumn’s heart. She considers it a joy and privilege to be able to join hands with missionaries and ministries to help children and communities around the world.
Autumn currently lives in Sarasota, FL with her son Mihretu whom she adopted from Ethiopia in 2012. When she’s not working, you’ll find her enjoying the beach, the pool or Busch Gardens with her son.
Jean Ann Murphy, Executive Director
Jean Ann is very involved in her church and several local mission organizations. She is passionate about traveling and serving others. Jean Ann believes God is calling us to do the most loving thing in every scenario, and she believes it is our job as Christians to love our neighbors at home and around the world.
In her free time, you will find Jean Ann running, cycling, reading, watching UGA football and staying busy with her two active sons.
Casi Young, Missions Specialist
Casi lived in the Chicago area for most of her life and relocated to Nashville in 2011. In 2010, she felt God was preparing her for a transition in her life; she prayed seeking earnestly after God’s will and where He was leading her. In March of 2011, she pursued an opening with Go Be Love and felt complete peace about making the transition. Working for Go Be Love is a perfect fit for her passion to bring hope to the orphans also incorporated with her love for travel. She is so excited to work with the staff at Go Be Love, the mission teams, and the ministries and children that Go Be Love partners with. She is expectant for what God has in store for her and the lives she can influence by being a part of Go Be Love.
Casi lives in the Nashville area with her husband, Chad, and their daughter Emma Sue.
Frank Pass, Missions Specialist
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!”
Frank and his wife Robin live in Prattville, AL with their 5 children, Anne Louise, Katy, Ella Grace, Gabriel and Amelia. Ella Grace was adopted from China in 2005 and it was this experience that helped to develop his passion for orphan ministry. Gabriel and Amelia are biological siblings adopted through foster care. These last 2 adoptions have led Frank and Robin to become passionate advocates for children and families of children with special needs.
Frank came on staff at Go Be Love (then called Visiting Orphans) in Jan 2011 and is thrilled to be working with, coordinating and leading teams for Go Be Love. He says that when we send teams to visit these precious children we are showing them the love that God shows us. We remind them that there is hope and that they are loved and valued. It is like shining a light in the darkness.
Susan Zidlicky, Board President
Susan went on her first trip with Go Be Love to Uganda in the summer 2014. She has a passion for children, oversees missions and traveling the world.
Susan was born and raised in Austin, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas, with a degree in Corporate Communications, she moved to Chicago, IL. Just after being there three weeks, she met her husband Tom. Susan worked in the corporate world until 2007, when their first son was born.
Susan was following God’s call to go serve on her first mission trip in 2013. Once she returned, she knew this was her calling and wanted to serve more and more. Ever since, she and her family go and serve every spring break oversees and then again in the summer. She has a passion for Central America and loves to immerse herself in the cultural.
Susan joined the Go Be Love Board of Directors in 2018 and currently serves as Board President. Susan and Tom live in the suburbs of Chicago with their four sons. When she is not at the baseball field watching them play, she enjoys being outside, exercising and traveling.
Christy Grauley, Board Vice President
Christy Grauley serves on the Advisory Board and the Board of Directors as Vice President for Go Be Love International. Christy has traveled on Go Be Love mission trips to Uganda and Ethiopia and is passionate about missionary care.
Judson Crawford, Board Treasurer
Judson rejoined the Go Be Love Board of Directors in 2020 as Board Treasurer. Judson previously served as a board member from 2011 to 2015 when the ministry was called Visiting Orphans. Over the years, Judson and his wife Juliana have traveled on and led a number of mission trips with Go Be Love to Kenya and Uganda.
Judson graduated from Texas Tech University in 2002 and is a Certified Public Accountant and an Investment Advisor. He is currently a Partner and Financial Planner with Cain Watters and Associates in Plano, Texas.
He and his wife Juliana live in Dallas, Texas and have 3 daughters. In his free time Judson enjoys family time, running, cooking and cheering on his Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Jessica Riels, Board Secretary
Jessica followed God’s call to serve on her first mission trip with Go Be Love to El Salvador in the summer of 2019. She fell in love – with the people, the culture of community, and a great sense of the Divine at work all around. She quickly knew mission work was an inevitable part of her future.
After graduating from the University of Texas, with a bachelor degree in English and Government, she moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career in public service. She met her husband, Greg, while working on Capitol Hill. His naval career allowed them to live overseas in Italy before starting a family.
Jessica lives in Austin, TX and is mom to two girls. She stays busy volunteering at their school. She is an active member of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, Texas. On Sunday mornings you will usually find her in the Godly Play classroom, sharing bible stories with ages PreK – 5th grade. Jessica also leads a weekly bible study for young mothers.
In her professional life she works as a freelance event planner, and substitute teacher. Jessica also enjoys hiking, Pilates, conversational Spanish lessons, reading and traveling.
Jessica joined the Go Be Love Board of Directors in 2020 and serves as Board Secretary.
Millicent Kundrat, Board Member
Millicent took her first mission trip to Uganda with Go Be Love in August of 2017. She has a heart to serve others here and abroad. She is dedicated to helping spread the Word in the ways the Lord leads her.
Millicent enjoys spending time with her family, working out, attending country concerts, and keeping up with the latest fashions.
Katie Sims, Board Member
Katie and Brian both care a great deal about missionary care as Brian grew up on the mission field, in a remote village in Indonesia. There his parents worked as Bible translators. Katie understands the importance of meeting the needs of those on the field in order to make their lives and work sustainable and to further the gospel of Christ.
Katie and her family live on a small farm in Marietta, Georgia. Katie looks forward to one day traveling as a family to the place Brian grew up and being able to see firsthand the legacy his parents left on their village in this remote corner of our world.
Molly Holms, Board Member
Molly is the Owner and CEO of Glory Haus. Glory Haus is a faith-based, designer and manufacturer of home décor gifts with inspirational sentiments and whimsical designs sold nationally by retailers through a sales rep network and on the web.
Molly stepped out of her comfort zone with courage as she went to China to learn how to source her products. Later she would also help build a factory in India not only as a source for Glory Haus fabric products, but to follow her mission statement of “community transformation that glorifies the Lord and changes lives through our work, art and relationships.” The factory, Daughters of Hope, in India now employs 90 women who otherwise had been outcasts in society and had no hope for the future.
Molly and her husband live in Marietta, Georgia and have 3 sons, 2 of whom will be traveling with Go Be Love on the Catalyst Uganda trip in 2020!
Donnie Manis, Board Member
He spent 35 years as a volunteer leader with YoungLife, sharing the good news with teenagers through his life and through the message.
His family had a huge role in his commitment to reach out to the children in Africa, as he made his first trip at the urging of his 18-year-old niece in 2010. As he, his niece, and 28 other Go Be Love International (then Visiting Orphans) team members loved the children in Ethiopia, he knew he would never be the same.
Since then, Donnie has carried the children of Addis Ababa in his heart daily. He is excited about God’s call to go back each year and love them, share Jesus with them, and be an encouragement to those who are called to minister there year round. It is his prayer that God would use him not only to make a difference in the lives of children on the other side of the world, but also to encourage his fellow American believers to find ways to reach out to the children of the world.
Donnie joined the Board of Directors in September of 2015.
Gorden Fleming, Board Member
In late 2012, Gorden reluctantly went on his first mission trip ever – to Uganda. And everything changed. Since then, he has led six teams to Uganda, and one of his favorite things to do is to invite people to “come and see” (John 1:46). It was through these trips that God began to call Gorden back into full-time ministry, and in 2015 the Flemings moved to Raleigh, NC, to pastor Midtown Community Church. Gorden joined the Go Be Love International Board in January of 2017.
Gorden and Kelly have four kids: Ware (2005), Caroline Gray (2007), Hunt (2011) and Bess (2013). When he rarely has free-time he enjoys exercising and anything Ole Miss.
Becky Pracht, Board Member
Becky currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband and two cats.