E4 Project is a non-profit organization founded by Eric and Brynn Schmidt. The Schmidts have supported social and medical ministries in Gabon for the past 18 years through the National CM&A church in Libreville, Gabon. Eric spent a summer in Gabon in 1991 and became close friends with a Bible student named Jacob Mouele. Jacob went on to become a pastor and leader in medical ministries several years later, and the Schmidts have engaged with his ministries ever since. Over seven years ago, Eric and Brynn traveled to Gabon with their two young boys with funds to build a medical clinic in Libreville. The vision of the church leaders in Gabon was much bigger than just a clinic, and this led to the founding of E4 Project within a few months of their return to the States. E4 Project received 501c3 status in March, 2011.
Eric Schmidt brings a strong business sense to our non-profit through his experience over the last several years in running a company. He is currently a Technology Director for a design firm and also manages the account with their largest client. He has been involved in management, web technology and design for over 15 years. He has a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary and has led many ministries throughout the years. He has served in leadership for small groups ministries, young couples ministry and also on his church’s finance leadership team. Brynn has been involved in advocating against global poverty and injustice for many years. She served on the Missions Leadership Team at Flatirons Community Church (FCC) for four years and also led the Neighborhood Transformation team at FCC, serving the poorest school in Boulder County. She was a board member for the Sanchez Foundation, serving the school as well. Brynn also has written blog posts for various authors on the subjects of justice, poverty and immigration and last year joined Young Life’s leadership committee for their area. The Schmidt family attends Rocky Mountain Christian Church in Niwot, CO.
Dan Lewan – Staff – Partnerships Director
Dan joined our team in November, 2014. He previously worked in sales and before that lived in Gabon with his wife Alicia. He and his wife managed the guest house at Bongolo hospital in the southern part of the country. Dan had been involved with E4 Project since 2011 and already knew many of our partners in both Gabon and DR Congo, and came to our team with a complete understanding of E4 Project’s vision, mission and operating principles prior to his hire. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan with their 2 dogs. He is also the brother of Sarah Lewan, who founded our Project Sunset Program. Contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Schultz – Staff – Partnerships Coordinator
Paul joined our team in April, 2017. Paul and his wife Amy served in Chad, Africa for 13 years as linguists, Bible translators and church planters. Most recently, Paul served as pastor of a church in the Detroit area for five years. Now he looks forward to using what he has learned in Africa and in the States in pursuit of E4’s mission to defend the cause of the poor and needy. Paul and Amy live in the Grand Rapids area with their five children, ten rabbits, two cats, and one dog. Paul enjoys walks in the woods, camping, computers, theology, missions, and ping-pong when he gets a chance. Contact Paul at email@example.com.
Greg Bronkema – Board Member
Greg and his wife Teresa have three children and have been married for over 30 years. He has traveled to Gabon the past few years with various teams from his home church of Faith Alliance in New Bremen, Ohio. He serves on the worship team, governing board, and as a small group leader. For the past decade, Greg has been a business partner with Signature4 / Forty Nine Degrees based out of Coldwater, Ohio. He provides leadership vision, branding development and general graphic design direction to the company. Loves to run (slow), bike (faster), and not swim.
Don Hendricks – Board Member
Don Hendricks has over twenty years experience in Organizational Development and Human Resources in business and has also worked with educational institutions. Don’s international ministry experience includes serving on the board of directors for Christian & Missions Charitable Trust in Chennai, India and working with global missions at his home church. He has traveled extensively internationally. Don has used his business expertise to offer free consulting to many faith-based non-profits and foundations in the Southern California area. He also serves on the board of directors for a non-profit organization, A Step Beyond. Don and his wife Mary live in Newport Beach, CA and have been involved with Mariners Church there for over 35 years.
Tim Quellhorst – Board Member
Tim and his wife Vicki have three children and have been married for over 35 years. He grew up in a Christian home and accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior while in Junior High. Tim and Vicki were drawn to E4 and it’s mission when they had the opportunity to host Pastor Jacob for a week while he visited the Quellhorst’s home church, Faith Alliance in New Bremen, Ohio. Since then, he has supported Vicki’s involvement with E4’s Sewing Ministry and has made one missions trip to Libreville in August of 2014. Tim also serves on the Foundation Board for the local hospital, JTDMH in Saint Marys, Ohio. Since 1988, Tim has been employed by Crown Equipment Corporation and is the Senior Vice President responsible for Global Engineering, Design and Technology Business Development. He also represents Crown on the Executive Committee of the Industrial Truck Association. An avid aviator, Tim also enjoys golf, snow skiing, family time and running (not so much).
Todd Wilklow – Board Member
Todd is passionate about working with and serving the underserved. After receiving his BS in business administration from Winthrop University, he has devoted over 25 years to working in the non-profit/ministry field. He worked 10 years with the Greenville County Disability and Special Needs Board in various capacities. The past 15 years were spent as the founder/executive director of Diligent Hands Gracious Hearts (DHGH), a ministry that provided free lawn/home care and fellowship to the elderly and handicapped in his community. DHGH mobilized, equipped and utilized volunteer groups from all across the country to support the mission. His wife Debbie has been blessed with the gifts of help and mercy and shares in his zeal for caring for the poor and needy. Todd and Debbie live in Greenville, South Carolina and have 4 children; Mace, Clay Erich and Jay. Todd and his family are active members of Earle Street Baptist Church.
Sarah Lewan – Founder of E4’s Project Sunset Program
Sarah is a college student about to graduate with her nursing degree who created Project Sunset and sold shirts on her campus to raise funds for mosquito nets. She traveled with one of our summer 2012 teams to Gabon and was able to participate in distribution of the nets she had purchased to villagers in need throughout Gabon. After her trip, E4 Project and Project Sunset collaborated to integrate the program with E4 Project. Sarah and Project Sunset have been a great addition to our team and over 2000 mosquito nets have been distributed for families in Gabon and DRC so far. She has traveled to Gabon 4 times since 2012 and continues with the distribution program. Her program has expanded to include successful malaria education programs in both the DRC, the capital of Gabon and soon villages throughout Gabon. Sarah’s home church is Bridge Community Church in Troy, MI.
Ryan Schmidt – Founder of E4’s Animals of Opportunity Program
Ryan is a high school senior at Niwot High School in Niwot, Colorado. He founded this program in his sophomore year as he was recovering from a five-year battle with Lyme Disease. The impact that this sickness had on him along with a trip to Africa in 2010 with his parents, led his to take his compassion to the next level and create a program that would help those in extreme poverty in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The program’s purpose is to raise funds through the sale of t-shirts and donations to fund an innovate micro-lending program in DRC. Though this program, livestock that was 99% killed through a bacterial epidemic are being replaced by pigs. So far, Ryan has raised over $8,000 which has gone toward paying for education for project leaders, crops, pens and approximately 70 pigs in the first batch to distribute for the program to now trained locals.