The ministry of Dr. van Rooyen has spanned over forty years and five continents. As an Apostolic Leader, he has served as a missionary, pastor, teacher, evangelist, church planter, and relief worker throughout the globe. Dr. Leon strives to promote a love for God, a loyalty to the Church, and a passion for souls.
As Founding President of GMR, Dr. Leon exemplifies that one can have a global vision without losing sight of the individual. Although reaching the masses is never far from his mind, specific and individual needs are undoubtedly close to his heart. As a result, much of his time is spent mentoring pastors, apostles, and developing leaders. In this case, he stands firm in his conviction that empowering these individuals through training is the greatest investment he can make. Every year, Dr. Leon travels to several nations to conduct leadership-training seminars in which he imparts powerful Biblical truths into thousands of eager spiritual leaders. Ultimately, he desires to foster maturity in these individuals and to see them reach their full potential by impacting their communities.
GLOBAL MINISTRIES AND RELIEF CEO AND GLOBAL MISSION DIRECTOR
Dorothyann (DA) has worked extensively with GMR for several years in many different capacities within the administration and leadership team. Most notably, Dorothyann continues to serve as Operations Director (or CEO), which has allowed her to oversee and interact with GMR affiliates on all levels of participation with the ministry. Both her enthusiasm and exceptional relationship skills foster an atmosphere of confidence and professionalism—in this case, DA’s responsibilities include training all GMR staff, as well as facilitating the registration of our online education and Degree students.
As a creative thinker, DA oversees the daily operations of the ministry and executes the overarching vision of GMR. Throughout her time with GMR, DA has organized and led short-term missions while also providing various supplies and medical necessities for humanitarian relief. DA has had the opportunity to dedicate several of the churches built by GMR and work closely with indigenous pastors, leaders, and believers. If nothing else, she is grateful for the grace and love of God, and desires to positively impact the lives of those around her.
Laurie Divine has worked with GMR for several years as both an editor and a short-term missionary. She has traveled to India with DA White to assist her in establishing GMR’s outreach to widows. She also helped establish a School of Ministry in Zambia, Africa, and assists with teaching when there. Laurie has a heart for Africa and is believing God for more opportunities to serve there in the future. She has a vision and passion to reach those who have never heard the name of Jesus, loves ministering in remote villages of the world – sharing Jesus one on one and in meetings, praying for the sick and demon possessed, and providing medical supplies and humanitarian aid. Her greatest passion is leading people into a personal relationship with Jesus, and assuring their discipleship, “…we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us; we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” (2 Cor. 5:20)
“For the love of Christ compels us…” (2 Cor. 5:14)
INDIA MISSION DIRECTOR
Dr. Don Fisher felt the strong call of God to join the vision of Global Ministries and Relief after 37 years of Pastoral Ministry in Central Illinois. The Apostle Paul said, “Now is the acceptable time. Now is the day of salvation.”
When most people are retiring, Don saw this time as the “favorable time” to launch into a new field, and territory. Due to the long friendship and association with Dr. Leon this was an easy decision. Since this transition, Don has worked alongside pastors and leaders in Canada, and the first School of Ministry was launched with the First Nations people. Although, this was only the beginning. In 2016, Don began to work among the people of India and has made a significant impact. This mammoth assignment focuses on reviving the churches, reaching the lost, discipling believers, opening Schools of Ministry, and building bridges within the community. He sensed a strong calling to the Nations and is committed to fulfilling the desire of God wherever He chooses to send him. Don has co-pastored the GMR India Missions Ministry with his wife Sharon, who he lost suddenly in April 2021.
INDIA MISSION DIRECTOR
MEMORIAL— In loving memory of a gentle and faithful friend!
It is with a heavy heart to share with you that our GMR India Director – Pastor Sharon Fisher has graduated to her heavenly home— April 18th, 2021. Sharon passed peacefully with her loving husband by her side. Sharon was a devoted follower of Jesus, a compassionate woman for the hurting, and a trail blazer to the nations, alongside her husband Dr. Don Fisher. Sharon will be remembered for her gentle spirit, faithful friendship, and her loyal commitment to the Call.
Sharon touched the lives of many while she sojourned this side of heaven, thank you for your loving example. She will be greatly missed by all of the GMR family, and friends throughout the nations.