The contributors

The Beauty of Partnership Study Guide features the following contributors and authors


Werner Mischke joined Mission ONE in 1992 after fifteen years in the graphic design and advertising field, and currently serves as Executive Vice President. He oversees communications, and is especially involved in Mission ONE’s partnership in the Middle East. Werner is the producer of Operation WorldView, an introductory DVD missions curriculum based in part on the Perspectives course. Operation WorldView has helped mobilize believers in more than 700 churches in North America and around the world for world missions. Since 2005, Werner has served as Chairman or Co-Chairman of COSIM (Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries) a fellowship of evangelical organizations with a common interest in the support and development of majority-world ministries. Werner has a passion for taking complex subjects and making them clear—combining excellent communications with proven learning methods—so that average Christians can understand and apply what they have learned to the work of Christian world missions.

Werner is the designer/editor of The Beauty of Partnership Study Guide. The research for The Beauty of Partnership was completed in 2008 as part of a four-credit independent study course which Werner did at Phoenix Seminary under Dr. Malcolm Hartnell. The design and editing for the study was largely done in 2009 and 2010. In addition to designing and writing the curriculum, Werner is featured in the introductory video for each of the six sets of learning lessons. Werner also contributed to the writing of two articles contained in this study.

  • To Catch the Wind: A New Metaphor for Cross-Cultural Partnership, co-authored with Alex Araujo and Mary Lederleitner.
  • A Multi-Dimensional Approach to the Powerboat/Sailboat Metaphor, co-authored with Jon Lewis.

    Bob Schindler is Founder and President/CEO of Mission ONE, a leading agency in promoting partnership with nationals as a key strategy for world evangelization. Founded in 1991, Mission ONE is focused primarily on planting churches among unreached peoples, those who have little or no access to the gospel of Christ. In addition to serving as CEO, Bob serves Mission ONE as a conference speaker and in the areas of development and overseas partnerships. He has traveled extensively in Africa and Asia and often leads short-term vision trips for pastors and mission leaders.

    Beginning in 1978, Bob, along with his late wife Diana, served for many years in the Bob Schindler Evangelistic Association. In the context of his revival and evangelistic ministry, Bob was invited to Kenya, East Africa in 1988. It was through Bob’s experiences in Kenya that a ministry of partnership with national missionaries was envisioned, which led to the establishment of Mission ONE.

    In the fall of 2005, Bob came up with the idea for a resource to serve the Body of Christ called The Beauty of Partnership. The purpose was to help thousands of individuals and local churches in North America and around the world to learn how to engage in healthy cross-cultural partnerships. Bob is featured in two of the videos in this series:

    • “Listening Well: Beginning of a Healthy Partnership” … Bob tells the “founder’s story” and describes the vital role of listening in the DNA of Mission ONE.
    • “Accountability Principles and Team Support Practices” … Bob’s role in this video is to describe Mission ONE’s philosphy of accountibility.

    Alan Heller founded Walk & Talk (with his wife Pauly) in 1990 to help connect people with God and each other. They connected with each other when they joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ's Athletes in Action Gymnastics Team in 1974, and married a year later. Alan became a biblical counselor in 1981, and was an associate pastor at Living Streams Church in Phoenix, Arizona, from 1993 to 2000. He received his M.A. in Counseling and Family from Phoenix Seminary. He is an author and an entertaining speaker … and facilitates life-changing, small-group communication workshops and marriage enrichment seminars for couples.

    Alan and Pauly Heller are featured in a 14-minute video in Part 2: Listening. It is entitled “Alan & Pauly Heller—On Listening”—and is the third video on the page.


    “To Catch the Wind: 
A New Metaphor for Cross-Cultural Partnerships” was written primarily by Alex Araujo, with assistance from Mary Lederleitner and Werner Mischke 

    Alex Araujo is Senior Partnership Consultant to Partners International. He was a founding member of Interdev Partnership Associates and served as its International Coordinator 2003-2007. Born and raised in Brazil, Alex served as missionary with the GBUP (IFES) in Portugal, and with COMIBAM in Brazil, and helped form the Ibero-American missions movement in the 1980s. He has traveled to 45 countries in his capacity as Director of International Operations for Partners International. He has written several articles for EMQ and contributed chapters to various mission publications. 

    Mary Lederleitner is an author, researcher, trainer and consultant for Wycliffe Bible Translators International. Her focus is best practices and issues related to cross-cultural ministry and partnerships. She is also actively engaged in creating adult church mission curriculum to better equip and empower people for cross-cultural ministry. She is pursuing a Ph.D. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, and she holds a Masters Degree in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College. She also serves on the steering committee of COSIM (Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries). Mary is the author of Cross-Cultural Partnership: Navigating the Complexities of Money and Mission, published in 2010 by InterVarsity Press. 

    “A Multi-Dimensional Interpretation 
of the Sailboat-Powerboat Metaphor” was written primarily by Jon Lewis with assistance from Werner Mischke 

    Jon Lewis is the President/CEO of Partners International, a position he took in August 2003 after 26 years with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). Jon served as a line pilot in Zaire and then Program Director for that country. He later became MAF’s Regional Manager for all of Africa. Later, his roles included VP of Research and Strategic Planning. It was flying to and serving the remote, isolated communities of Central Africa that stirred up in Jon a passion for enabling indigenous church leaders often unknown or forgotten by others. Now, as President/CEO of Partners International, he is seeing his dream fulfilled by carrying out the organization’s mission of bringing networks of God’s people together in fruitful partnerships for the advancement of God’s Kingdom. Jon and his wife Anita live in Spokane, Washington.


    An excerpt from Cross-Cultural Servanthood: 
Serving the World in Christlike Humility by Duane Elmer 

    Duane Elmer is the G.W. Aldeen Professor of International Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. In addition to traveling and teaching in over seventy-five countries, he has provided cross-cultural training to people from Fortune 500 companies, relief and development agencies, mission organizations, churches, and educational institutions. He has also conducted peace and reconciliation efforts in several countries. He is the author of Cross-Cultural Conflict and Cross-Cultural Connections. 

    An excerpt from The Speed of Trust: 
The One Thing that Changes Everything by Stephen M.R. Covey 

    Stephen M.R. Covey is cofounder and CEO of CoveyLink Worldwide. 
A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker, author, and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance, Covey addresses audiences around the world. A Harvard MBA, he is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which under his stewardship became the largest leadership development company in the world. Covey resides with his wife and children in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.

    An excerpt from Cultural Intelligence: A Guide 
to Working with People from Other Cultures by Brooks Peterson 

    Brooks Peterson is founder of Across Cultures, LLC, an international consulting firm serving global leaders. An experienced cross-cultural trainer, researcher, and graduate level educator, he has lived and traveled extensively around the world and now lives and works in Minneapolis. He is the creator of a variety of tools and resources for internationally focused professionals, including the widely-used Peterson Cultural Style Indicator,™ available online at

    An excerpt from Making Your Partnership Work by Daniel P. Rickett 

    Daniel Rickett is executive vice president of Sisters In Service. Previously he directed research for Geneva Global, served on the faculty of Eastern University, and held leadership roles in Partners International. Dr. Rickett has three decades of international experience working with ministries in organizational and ministry effectiveness. He is also the author of Building Strategic Relationships (2008) and co-editor of Supporting Indigenous Ministries (1997). 

    An excerpt from Walking With The Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development by Bryant L. Myers 

    Bryant L. Myers is a lifelong activist dedicated to Christian relief and development work around the world. 
As vice president for Development and Food Resources at World Vision International, he is responsible for the strategic development of World Vision’s ministries of transformational development, food aid, church relations and Christian witness, and gender and development. He is a published author on poverty and transformational development, humanitarian aid, and world mission. His other works include Exploring World Mission: Context and Challenges and Working with the Poor: Insights and Learnings from Development Practitioners.