We have a BIG vision

To be part of a movement that brings the good news of Jesus Christ to the nearly 20 million South Sudanese and Sudanese who have never heard His name.

What Does Empower One Do?

When you combine the American and African Empower One team, we do the following:

Train church Planters

In March 2007, we started a church-planter training bible school. Students go through a two-year program with heavy practical, disciple-making aspect.

Send Indigenous Missionaries

We send indigenous missionaries to unreached or under-reached areas to make disciples and plant churches.

Start Primary Schools

We start primary schools alongside church plants, after the missionary has established the church.


Our team has two parts – the Americans (who reside stateside) and the Africans (who live in or around South Sudan).

Our hyper commitment to empowerment, is what makes our American team unique. We believe our African partners are far more effective disciple makers, church planters, bible school teachers, missionaries and elementary school teachers than we would be in Africa.


  • Push the vision and encourage like crazy
  • Remove barriers for the African team
  • Introduce new training materials and methods
  • Bring short-term teams that are part of our local partners’ strategy
  • Raise resources


  • Plant churches
  • Train leaders
  • Set in-country strategy
  • Create the program/field ministry budget
  • Make in-country personnel decisions

these are our people

These are the primary leaders for our team in Africa and America.

David Kaya

National Director

Mike Congrove

Executive Director

Edward dima

NEATS President

Brian Bain

NEATS Director

Timm Sasser

Director of Development

Joyce Muraa

Women’s Director &
Executive Assistant to the National Director

Steve Grote

Director of Field Operations

Tolbert Alochi

Evangelism Director

Michael Yemba

Director of Strategic Leadership Opportunities

Scott Heider

Chief Strategy Officer

John Monychol

Upper Nile Director of Ministries

Diana Spann

Director of Trauma and Orality Ministries

Clement Nyumbo

NEATS Extension Center Director

Board of Directors

Alfie Pino, Chairman
Physician and Managing Partner, Allied Anesthesia Associates
Owner, Gatewood Vineyard and Winery

Missy WilliamsSecretary
Co-founder, Seed Effect


David Williams, Treasurer
President, Williams Financial Group
Co-Founder, Seed Effect

Mike Congrove
Executive Director, Empower One

Doug Sullivan

Bob Funk
Owner, Prodigal


M.L. Nelson
Owner, Noonday Pictures


Bo Ward
Managing Director, 
Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors

we train local leaders to transform communities.

We help find, develop, train, and empower local leaders. Leaders who can make disciples of Jesus, start new churches, then look around in their communities and ask God, “What can we do to bless these people?”

We believe that Jesus transforms hearts. Transformed hearts change families who strengthen churches. Churches should transform their communities, and maybe, just maybe, change nations.


We’ve empowered our partners through:

Church Plants


These are our core values


We have a total commitment to the advancement of the Gospel.

Truth Telling

We tell each other the truth, even–especially–if it’s unpleasant.


We trust that we think the best of one another first, and we trust one another to work as if for the Lord.


We don’t live in South Sudan for a reason: They can do it better. Our job is to empower others.

Prayer and Surrender

We live in a state of surrender to the Lord. We talk to Him and listen to Him and obey Him, even if that obedience is immediate, extreme, and costly.

Elephant Hunters

We don’t allow elephants in the corner. They must be discussed openly.


Get work done where and how you see fit, but get the work done. Roll with change and unplanned successes and failures both here and abroad.

Funds are for the Field

As much as possible, the resources we raise are for the field, not for our comfort in America.

God’s Word

Our authority and ultimate decision maker is the Bible.


We cooperate; we don’t work in silos.


Mission trumps title, role and ego every time. No one is too good to clean up after dinner.


Ministry is tough. It has up and downs. We don’t quit.

We empower local leaders in East Africa to know how to make a disciple of Jesus, who can start a church that can then transform its community.

© 2017 Empower One.  All RIghts Reserved.


P.O. Box 551755
Dallas, TX 75355