On March 29, 2016 , AmazonVida's Board of Directors elected Marty Davenport to replace Joshua Rolf as President of the Board of Directors. Furthermore, the Board voted to add Bryan Gibbs to the Board of Directors.
Thank you, Joshua Rolf
Joshua's tenure as President was a phenomenal one. He led AV through a foundational period in which we re-articulated our ministry's mission, core values, and direction. We couldn't be more thankful for Joshua's service to this ministry and we are thrilled that he will remain on the Board moving forward. He is getting married this month and needs to free up some time for this exciting step.
Joshua, congratulations to you and Maria on your marriage and thank you for your service to this ministry! We pray that you and Maria enjoy the blessing of God uniting you both as you work together for the advancement of God's kingdom.
Introducing Bryan Gibbs
Bryan has worked for the last 13 years at Capital Institutional Services in Dallas as First Vice President, Transition Management. He mainly helps plan sponsors, endowments, and foundations with their asset allocation restructurings by doing analysis, strategy formation, and trade implementation.
Bryan went on his first trip to the Amazon in November 2014 and was amazed by how much the Lord was able to work through the team to transform so many lives in the village in a 5 day period. He fell in love with the Luke 10 model of evangelism, which AmazonVida uses to focus not only on making followers of Christ but also on empowering them as leaders to take the work forward after the team leaves. He views it as enormously effective to train up the few to reach the many. That first trip also reshaped how he views evangelism in his hometown area of Dallas, TX. He went back to Brasil again in November 2015 and has two trips planned for 2016.
A Message from our new Board President, Marty Davenport
My wife, Christina, and I have had the opportunity to start our own business over 10 years ago. From the very beginning believed God has given us the business as our tool to serve HIM here and on the Amazon River.
With 16 trips under our belts we continue to marvel at how God is using the ministry of AmazonVida to reach and disciple the lost, and edify the saints on the river. I do not take my new position lightly and am elated that God has opened another door in which I can serve HIM.
We look forward to the opportunity to work under Marty's leadership and we know that AmazonVida will be blessed by his passion for this work.