Team

 

Randy Reese (1962-2016)
Founder


Below you will hear the heart of VP3’s founder who went to be with the Lord on August 11, 2016 … unexpectedly for us, knowingly for God. We strive to keep this vision and calling alive and thriving as we hear the stories of life-change through the VP3 processes and the influence Randy’s way of life had on so many.
 
Watch Randy’s Celebration of Life Service Randy’s Life Legacy
 
“I experience a deep joy when I see people deepened and empowered to live more fully into who God has made them to be and what God has called them to do.  I play that out at VP3 by helping to ensure that collectively we as a team and as an organization are providing resources and processes to help people discover who God is, who they are, and what God desires to do through their lives. Susan is my wife, soul mate and friend…Liam is our son in whom we are simply amazed.  I am originally from Canada where my vocational work was that of a journeyman electrician.  When I married Susan, I began another educational journey in preparation for the ministries I am a part of today…undergraduate at University of Sioux Falls (BA), masters at Sioux Falls Seminary (MDiv), and then doctoral work at Fuller Seminary (DMiss). I co-authored with Keith Anderson the book, Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Seeking and Giving Direction (IVP, 1999) and Deep Mentoring: Guiding Others on Their Leadership Journey (IVP, 2012) with Rob Loane.”
 
 


Rob Loane
Interim President and Educational Design


I find myself drawn to the work of finding simple and creative ways to deepen people’s spiritual conversations with one another. Some of my current joys and responsibilities at Vantagepoint3 include guiding spiritual formation retreats putting my mind and heart to the ongoing development of VP3’s discipleship & leadership development processes. I graduated from Albright College (Reading, PA) and Talbot School of Theology at Biola University (La Mirada, CA). Before joining the VP3 team in 2004 I worked at Biola University in a number of capacities including resident director and faculty instructor. Having grown up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and then working the bulk of my adult life in Southern California, I now live with my wife, Sarah, son Elliott, and daughter Rosie in Sioux Falls, SD. I co-authored with Randy Reese the book Deep Mentoring: Guiding Others on Their Leadership Journey (IVP, 2012).
 
Reading List: Spiritual Formation Reading List
Email: rob@vantagepoint3.org
 
 


Emily Decker
Operations


I have been married to Dave J. Decker, Jr. since December of 1994 and we have three children named Kenna, Davy, and Reese.  When not at work I can be found taking care of my family and home, having lunch with friends or high school girls who allow me to speak into their lives.  We love being with family and find it even a great treat when that time together is spent in God’s creation.  You might even find me working on my homework for one of the three VP3 processes that I have the privilege to be a part of at my church, Trinity Baptist here in Sioux Falls. I can also be found helping my husband in the non-profit ministry we started called LightsOut. LightsOut finds the whole Decker family traveling to several Christian music festivals throughout the summer as we minister to bands and artists.  Throughout the year, we pray for and send Dave out to continue that ministry.
 
I came to work for VantagePoint3 in March of 2009 while the youngest of my three children was finishing her last year of preschool.  In August of that same year, as all three kids went back to school, I increased my part time hours as the Office Assistant at VP3.  I find it a privilege to work for a company whose processes has meant so much to me in my own spiritual life and pray for those who are currently going through the same journey and those who themselves are praying about starting the journey.  Take the first step; it’s a walk you won’t soon forget.
 
Email: emily@vantagepoint3.org
 
 


 

Pam Edwards
Adult Learning & Growth


I support the ministry of VP3 by thinking about best practices for Adult Learning and Growth, with a particular eye on those who facilitate our processes in the local church. I believe in the capacity of adults to find answers, uncover mysteries, and work together for the greater good in all things near and dear to their heart, mind, and soul. I have lived exclusively in the nation’s heartland…Iowa. My BA and Masters degrees are from The University of Northern Iowa in a mixture of Communication, Marketing and Journalism. My doctoral work was completed at Iowa State University in Adult Education (Ph.d). I have been inside many different organizations as a consultant. The most recent decade I have been on staff in the local church leading Adult Spiritual Formation and implementing the VP3 processes. My husband Terry and I have three adult children and four grandchildren. In the ministry of VP3 we focus a lot on Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  It took me more than a fair share of time to be able to clearly identify the good work God made me to do. But He has been faithful to prepare me, and reveal it simply…. listen, encourage, teach. Listen, encourage, teach.
 
Email: pam@vantagepoint3.org
 
 


 

Kay Hodges
Operations


I serve in the area of operations for VantagePoint3. Some of my responsibilities include communication, coordination of the day-to-day activities of the organization, financials and other duties as assigned. Before joining VantagePoint3 in April of 2005, I served on the Ministry Staff of Central Baptist Church, Sioux Falls, for nine years in administration. At Central, I was instrumental in administering a leadership program very similar to the The Journey. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the people in each class and leading the adventure camps. I have two grown children Caitlin and Seth and currently reside in St. Louis, MO.
 
Email: kay@vantagepoint3.org
 

Mary Bechler
Sioux City IA

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After spending 38 years in medical administration, I retired from my CEO position at CNOS in early 2006.  I continue to stay connected to orthopaedics by serving as the Executive Director for both the Iowa and South Dakota Orthopaedic Societies.
 
I am a member of Sunnybrook Community Church, Sioux City and am currently serving on the Board of Elders/Consistory.  I am going on my third year as the Onsite Event Manager for the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit at Sunnybrook.  I am active in the West Sioux Classis and serve as the Leadership Development Chair.  I also serve on the Board of Western Theological Seminary and Hope Ministries – a local mission organization.
 
I have been involved with VP3 for the past three years.  I have been a student and facilitator of The [Emerging] Journey and then functioned as both facilitator and “student” of The Equipping Experience.  The “journey” has had a phenomenal impact on my life and the transformation I have seen in so many other lives has been nothing short of miraculous.  I count it a privilege to serve on the Board – and certainly wonder what God may have in store for my “next steps!” My husband Joe and I spent 51+ happy years together until God called him home in October, 2012.  We have no children but I have a close knit extended family and a multitude of friends that continue to reach out to me.  Although I miss Joe, I am not lonely.  God is extremely good to me – every day!!!
 
Email: mbechler@cableone.net
 
 


 

Vic Gordon 

Wichita KS

 
I have pastored, preached and taught the Word of God for over 40 years. The theme of my ministry has long been “speaking the truth in love” (Eph 4:15). I have been blessed with excellent training (A.B., Stanford University; M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary; Ph.D. at Fuller in New Testament Theology under Dr. George Ladd) and continue this training as a life-long learner. I served as the Campus Pastor and Professor of Bible and Theology at both Sioux Falls College (now the University of Sioux Falls) and Wheaton College (1978-88) and as the Senior Pastor in three churches (Kansas, California, and Ohio; 1988-2013). A highlight of my calling has been the privilege to serve in Haiti for 25 years as a theologian for the Church. Sensing a calling from the Lord to a more at-large and specialized ministry of being “a Theologian for the Church,” I am currently in the process of founding a new ministry called “Gospel Depth.” Through teaching, preaching, mentoring, consulting and writing, I will work to help congregations, organizations, pastors, leaders and lay ministers to strengthen their Biblical theology for the cause of building and renewing Christʼs Church. God has given me the gracious gift of family in which I find special joy. Sue and I have been married 40 years, and I delight in our four children (fireman/ businessman, investment banker, pastor and teacher, each of whom is walking with the Lord) and their families. I love to read, travel and play handball.
 
Email:  vicrgordon@gmail.com

 
 


 

Rich Heemstra
DeMotte IN


I have been married to my wife Tabetha for 28 years. She deserves some special reward for that! We have two children, our daughter Bailey and our son, Devin. I have been involved in the solid waste business for most of my adult life. I currently own a portable sanitation business. I serve as an elder at First Reformed Church in De Motte, IN. I have been through three years of the VP3 processes and am still amazed at the positive impact it has had on my life! I had the luxury of growing up in a Christian home and was provided with much “spiritual information.” VP3 provides “spiritual transformation.” My desire is to communicate the effectiveness of VP3 with anyone willing to listen and encourage them to go through our processes.
 
Email: richheemstra@gmail.com
 
 


 

Doug Kempton
Detroit MI


Since 2006 I have served as executive pastor at Grace Community Church on Detroit’s east side. I am also the founding director and a board member of Eagle Children’s Charities, a thriving non-profit organization that serves over 2000 children a year.  Eagle Children’s Charities embodies my passion for justice.  Eagle Children’s Charities mission is to build life-changing relationships with children from the city of Detroit and their families through sports, camps and after-school tutoring.
 
Prior to becoming involved in ministry, I was employed by the global chain in my senior year at Western Michigan University, Kinko’s Copies as a customer service representative and eventually was invited to come on board as one of the company’s founding partners, opening multiple stores in Detroit. I have been married to my wife, Meg for 26 years. We have four children: Chad, Robert, Catherine and Jacob.
 
Email: kemptondg@aol.com
 
 


 

Curt Patterson
Cedar Falls IA


God gave the gift of Brenda to me for my spouse, and me to her as a lifetime project. Brenda and I have 4 children and 9 grandchildren as of May 2015.
 
Since 1981 I have been in the financial industry which has given me the ability to use my strength of strategy with all those I walk with. As a financial strategy specialist it gives me a chance to bring Biblical money principles along with strategies to those I walk with. Sharing with all who listen, there is no amount of money that God won’t give to the man who isn’t selfish or doesn’t allow it to stay in his account.
 
And maybe unfortunately, I may be known for my lack of mercy that plays itself out with firmness, firm voice, harsh tone, directness, almost blasting like, although I am just more than likely really passionate or wanting to be clear about something needing to happen to move closer to a kingdom experience here on earth.
 
Email: coachclp@cfu.net
 
 


 

Shane Pearsall
Calgary AB

In 2009, I was introduced to Vantage Point 3. Since then in have participated, facilitated and becomePearsall a VP3 Board member. I believe the processes can enable people to become better disciples and leaders in the missional church.
 
I was born and raised north of the USA/Canada border and live in Calgary, Alberta where I am semi-retired from the Oil and Gas Industry. I am married to my wife, of 34 years. We have 3 sons, 2 daughters (in-law), and 2 grandchildren. My hobbies include participating in triathlons, golf and various volunteer roles.
 
Emailshane.vp3@gmail.com
 
 
 


Scott Shaum
Woodland Park CO

Scott served with his wife Beth as church planters amongst Cantonese speaking blue-collar workers in Hong Kong and as a pastor at a church in Detroit.  Currently he is Director of Staff Care and Development and also serves as a spiritual guide, shepherd, coach, debriefer, and trainer to field leaders and workers in cross-cultural ministries in numerous contexts with Barnabas International. Scott regularly speaks on spiritual vitality, a theology of suffering, and various leadership topics. Scott and Beth have been married 32 years. They have three adult sons and one daughter-in-law.
 
Email: sshaum@barnabas.org
 
 


 

John Sikkink
Eagan MN

I spent 32 years with Wells Fargo in management of technology, operations, and electronic banking.   Always involved in church leadership.  After ‘retiring,’ the next 20 years has been spent in a second career working in the Synod of the Heartland, Reformed Church in America (10 midwest states) in church multiplication, church revitalization, leadership development, and as synod executive.  I am married, father of 4 and grandfather of 11, and great-grandfather of 1.   I function as an equipper and vision caster.  Golf and watching grandchildren participate in activities are my passion.
 
Email: sikkink@aol.com