Board of Directors

Lorna A. Buckland, Chair

Following several years of ministry in the inner city of London, Lorna co-founded Claybury International with her husband Colin in 1993 and served as Executive Director. Lorna was engaged full-time providing services for Claybury International in the UK and around the world for many years. Following the death of Colin, Lorna continued for some time working with Claybury but has since been busy serving on three non-profit boards. Lorna has four adult children who are busy expanding the Buckland clan.

Douglas H. Gent

Doug is an attorney with over 30 years experience practicing real estate law, estate planning and administration, nonprofit law, business law, and elder law. He is a trained Christian conciliator and has worked with Peacemaker Ministries for almost 20 years. He is a graduate of the National Litigation Academy of the Alliance Defense Fund focusing on First Amendment and related issues. Doug is married with two sons. He currently serves on the boards of several nonprofit ministries.

Steven W. Hippe

Steve is a CPA with 25 years of service with TWR, a global Christian media ministry. Steve has been TWR’s Chief Financial Officer since 2004. He began his professional career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and is a member of the AICPA. Steve lives in Raleigh, NC with his lovely wife Wendy and three wonderful children, Zachary, Jessica, and Ryan.

James H. DeVries

Jim graduated from the University of Michigan School of Engineering. He retired in 1997 from Medtronic Inc. as Vice President and a member of their Operating Committee. He founded the Medical Company DLP Inc. in 1979. The company developed and sold devices used in open-heart surgery worldwide. In the process he was granted numerous patents in the areas of open-heart surgery, blood cell separation, and kidney dialysis. He has received local and national awards for entrepreneurship as well contributions to the Medical field. The U of M School of Mechanical engineering awarded him the Alumni Merit Award for Mechanical Engineering in 2012.

Jim and his wife, Judy, founded Paraklesis Ministry with the objective of encouraging and educating clergy and missionaries. They were able to touch lives in the Americas and Europe. Jim has also served as the director of a parachurch ministry. He worked with several pastors on a personal basis and co-authored an article published in Leadership magazine on pastoral restoration. He worked in India training young entrepreneurs in Christ-centered leadership and has authored two books based on this experience. He served on the board of Cedarville University and several churches. Cornerstone Seminary (G.R) awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2005. He is also a sculptor seeking to convey scriptural truths through art and has sculpture on university campuses and hospitals.

Clyde R. Rauch

Clyde brings over 40 years of management and owner experience from his years in the construction and environmental industries. Clyde also served at one time as a worship minister in his church, volunteering this time for over 25 years. He currently serves as the Board Chair of Tuttle Services, Inc. and Allied Environmental, Inc. Tuttle provides professional construction services for industrial, education and health care clients in the Midwest. Allied Environmental specializes in remediation of hazardous materials along with environmental engineering. Clyde graduated from Taylor University with an MBA from Tiffin University. Clyde is a father to three and husband to one.

Felix Widmer

Together with Siny his wife, Felix has been working with TWR for almost 40 years, starting in Swaziland as a studio-technician, and, ending in February 2015 as International Director the European Region, including Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. As a Jesus lover, Felix is living in Switzerland and continues to have a deep interest in developing mass media content as conversation and not just as monologue. He tries to practice this first with his wife, his two children, seven grandchildren, and with Freedom to Lead.

H. Eugene Williams III

Eugene brings over 25 years of leadership, administration and operational experience to the FTL board both in industry and ministry. Currently he is the Global Director of Logistics for Electrolux a global appliance manufacturer. Previously he served internationally in a ministry leadership capacity with Trans World Radio. He has a Masters in Business Administration and a BA in Communications. Eugene and his wife Cynthia live in Stockholm, Sweden.

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