Kim Reisman is an author, pastor, teacher, and theologian, focusing her work in the areas evangelism, spiritual formation, leadership development, and the intersection between faith and culture. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, she was appointed Executive Director of WME in 2014. She is a frequent speaker and has written numerous books, most recently, ”Embrace: Showing and Sharing the love of Jesus.” Also, ”Public Witness,” in E. Stanley Jones & Sharing the Good News in a Pluralistic Society (Wesley's Foundry Books, 2018), “Before all Else” in Holy Contradictions: What’s Next for the People Called United Methodists (Abingdon Press, 2018), and “The Church’s Global DNA,” in A Firm Foundation: Hope and Vision for a New Methodist Future (Seedbed, 2017).
Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Kim lived in California, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, and Connecticut before moving to Indiana in 1993. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Emory University, a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a PhD in theology from Durham University in the United Kingdom. Kim is a senior Harry Denman Fellow, a senior John Wesley Fellow, an Adjunct Professor at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington, and Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and a Visiting Fellow at St. John's College, Durham University in the UK.
In all her work, Kim seeks to serve God by awakening, strengthening and enlivening the faith commitment of individuals as well as empowering communities of faith to become visible witnesses to the love of Christ for the world. Kim lives with her husband, John in West Lafayette, Indiana where she enjoys music, sports, reading, and jewelry making. They have three adult children, Nathan, Maggie and Hannah.
Cheryl Hagen joined World Methodist Evangelism in 2020 as Financial Manager. She has a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of North Dakota and has worked in financial positions for a number of different businesses and nonprofits including Arthur Anderson, the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics, Concordia College and various churches. Cheryl has a passion for travel and encouraging others to do so and has so far visited all 50 states and 21 countries. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, music, good food, volunteering and reading. She is married to her high school sweetheart with whom she shares three adult daughters, a son-in-law and one very special granddaughter. Cheryl resides in Peachtree City, GA.
Rev. Dr. Robert Haynes
Director of Education & Leadership
Rob Haynes is an author, speaker, teacher, pastor, theologian, and missiologist. His work focuses on local and global mission and evangelism, forming disciples for missional service, leadership development in new and existing church communities, and fostering new spaces for conversations on faith and culture. He is a seasoned mission leader and continues to research new ways of engaging in evangelism and mission.
Born in Paducah, Kentucky, Rob lived in both Ohio and Kentucky until moving to the Alabama Gulf Coast in 1991. He completed a BSci in education at the University of South Alabama, an MA in biblical and theological studies at the University of Mobile. After seminary training at Asbury Theological Seminary, Rob received a PhD in theology from Durham University in Durham, England. He is a senior John Wesley Fellow, senior Harry Denman Fellow, and a visiting fellow at St. John’s College, Durham University. Rob's publications include Consuming Mission: Towards a Theology of Short-Term Mission and Pilgrimage (Wipf and Stock, 2018), and “‘Come in the Right Way’: Effective Evangelism in Pluralistic Cultures” in E. Stanley Jones & Sharing the Good News in a Pluralistic Society (Wesley’s Foundery Books, 2018).
Rob’s passion is to help individuals and churches join discipleship with witness, mission with evangelism, and personal holiness with social holiness. He is a fan of reading, fishing, football, basketball, and gadgets. Rob and his wife, Beth have two teenage children, Joshua and Megan.
Director of Development
Bonnie Hollabaugh joined World Methodist Evangelism in October 2017 in the newly established role of Director of Development.
Prior to joining World Methodist Evangelism, Bonnie served as the Director of Development for Christ Community Health Services in Memphis, TN. She has also held the positions of Major Gifts Officer and Director of Annual Giving at Hutchison School, Vice President of Development at Girls Incorporated of Memphis, and Development Director at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis.
She served a two-year term as president of the Memphis Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves as a Board member of the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence.
During her years of membership at Christ Church in Memphis, Bonnie has served on the Executive Committee as well as volunteering as a Sunday School liaison, a Lenten Study facilitator, and a small group leader. She has had the joy of touring the Holy Land and has participated in mission trips to Zambia and Guatemala. Bonnie enjoys travel, biking, cooking, and hosting dinner parties with friends.
Coordinator for Emerging Leadership
Paulo Lopes is originally from Brazil and he believed his calling was to become a diplomat. He and God just disagreed on what kind of diplomat he would become.
He and his wife Juliana came to the US shortly after marrying in 2007. They now have three Brazilian-American daughters, Carolina, Sofia, and Olivia.
Outside of WME, Paulo has been on staff in the local church and denominational levels, most recently as Director of Next Generation Ministries for the Virginia Conference (UMC). Additionally, he currently serves as a leadership coach through Spiritual Leadership, Inc (SLI). Paulo is passionate about helping people and ministries become clearer and better at what they do, and he loves getting to preach or teach.
Stewardship & Education Coordinator
Libby Wyatt joined World Methodist Evangelism in June 2018 as Stewardship and Education Coordinator. With ten years of experience in higher education, Libby has worked with alumni at both Rhodes College and University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN, along with various non-profit organizations, focusing her expertise in the area of development, event planning, and volunteer management.
Libby received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Middle Tennessee State University and Master of Science of Social Work from University of Tennessee. She actively serves in her local church in a variety of areas and has provided leadership in the Memphis chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Libby also volunteers extensively with organizations serving families with children who have medical illnesses or special needs. Libby and her husband Wes live in Memphis, TN and have 3 young children.