OUR TEAM

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Mike Smith

PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Prior to taking his current position with Partners Global Network, Mike was the executive director of Missio International Romania. Mike served for 24 years as Pastor of Missions, and Adult Team Leader, for Highlands Community Church in Renton, WA.  In the 10-year period from 1978 to 1988, he administered the International Training Curriculum for Campus Crusade for Christ, as city director in San Bernardino, CA, and Seattle, WA. He has travelled extensively over the past 35-plus years, living and/or conducting ministry in 24 countries. Mike attended Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, and the International Christian University, School of Theology, San Bernardino, CA.  Mike was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel in 1998. He and wife Barbara have two daughters, and one granddaughter. When not traveling or speaking, Mike enjoys cycling.

Paul Weaver

BOARD CHAIRMAN

Paul has worked in the corporate world for 30 years, at a large aerospace company.  Throughout his career, Paul has served in leadership positions in Finance and Procurement. Paul’s passion is to serve in missions and he has participated in several short-term mission trips to Eastern Europe, and served on various committees. Paul and Linda met in college and have been married for over 30 years.  They have two children, one granddaughter and a granddog.

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Ludmila Viesse

DIRECTOR

From Moldova, Ludmila has been involved in ministry through the church her father pastored. After relocating to US, she continued being ginvolved in various minstries at her church. She is a graduate of Northwest University in Kirkland, WA and has been working for a multinational technology corporation for the past 15 years. Ludmila is married and has one son.

Michael Newman

DIRECTOR

Originally from San Diego, CA, he is married to Elese, and together they have two daughters and two granddaughters.  Michael came to Christ at  the age of 32 and got active in church by helping in homeless ministries and soup kitchens, Vistians Rock ( a community revitalization effort ), and with Operation Hope family shelter.

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Pavel Belev

Pavel Belev

DIRECTOR

Pavel is Pastor and Leader of English Service in “Spring Of Life” Church (Mukilteo, WA). He studied Biblical theology at Universitatea Divitia Gratiae (Chisinau, MD). He is married, has son and two girls. Since 2019, Pavel is one of the directors of PGN.

Olga Dron

Administrative assistant

My name is Olga, I am from Moldova and have been in USA for the last 9 years. I grew up in a Christian family and accepted Christ as my savior when I was 11. I’m married for 8 years, and have one daughter. I love God and I’ve always liked to serve in church through music (worship). For the last 3 years I have been involved in serving PGN as an administrative assistant and I love to do that, it’s a great experience!

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Alex Midrigan

DIRECTOR

Alex and his family are from Moldova where he served in the music ministry since 1996. Alex is a gifted leader with leadership experience serving the Moldovian churches until 2007. In 2007, he and his family moved to the United States became a US citizen then he served at Jesus the Savior Moldovan Baptist Church and Highlands Community Church both in Renton, WA. Alex is currently employed at Lyon Technical Services as Senior Network Administrator as he is very passionate about technology and helps PGN with all IT needs.  He is married to Ariza in 1999 and they have five wonderful kids; Cris, Marc, Camelia, Alexandra, and Sophia. He likes technology, spending time with family, and camping.

Jim Kassebaum

DIRECTOR

Jim participated on a short-term mission while in college reaching out to Turkish immigrants in Germany and has actively support mission efforts since.  He has been happily married to Jennifer over 30 years and has enjoyed ministering together in adult education including co-teaching parenting skills.  They have six children, including two boys adopted from China, and a son-in-law.  Jim has worked in the corporate world over three decades, at a large aerospace company, contributing his engineering talent to multiple new airplane programs and has served in multiple Engineering leadership positions over the past dozen years. Jim is now interested in giving time to support world evangelism and education through partnership with nationals.

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Wes Mitchell

DIRECTOR

Wes transitioned from a larger “small business “ in 2003 to a ministry calling  in Mexico where he and his wife of 49 years, Barb, have been intimately involved—both as directors of the ministry’s Board of Directors, Wes As Board Secretary/Treasurer and Barb as Director.   Additionally, Barb has been heavily involved in teaching women’s Bible studies as well as children’s colonia (neighborhood) ministries while Wes has functioned as Mission Administrator/Executive.  Wes and Barb have two daughters and four grandchildren and while missing them accurately during their long Mexican stays, realize how profoundly blessed they have been to be used in God’s Kingdom.  Both Wes and Barb’s greatest wish is that they continue “Actively” to be “used” by Him.

Odil Ermatov

DIRECTOR OF MEDIA

Since 2009, Odil has served in the youth and music departments of the central Baptist church in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Since 2011, he received a call from God to serve the church through preaching and teaching, which motivated him to go to study at the Christian University of “DIVITIA GRATIAE” (Moldova), and then at the “TCM” (Austria). Odil with his wife Corina, were the first partners with whom PGN began to work (in 2015). Since the beginning of 2019, Odil has accepted the position of media director at PGN and he is responsible for the photo/video and PGN website.

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