i-61 is an effort to mobilize churches into Justice and Compassion ministry worldwide.  Jesus references Isaiah 61: as His commission to care for the broken, the oppressed, the captive and the extreme poor under the promised anointing of the Holy Spirit.  It is an organized effort to mobilize, train, and send authentic disciples to those Jesus referred to as “the least of these”.  Click here to learn more about         The Voice, The Training, and The Network of i-61 ministries.

At i-61, we are mobilizing churches to minister into seven areas of world crisis:

  1. World hunger
  2. Environmental decline
  3. Poor health & disease
  4. Educational inequalities
  5. Human injustice
  6. Spiritual confusion
  7. Undeveloped leadership



Ben Homan

Wednesday, Sept. 18 @ 6:30-9:00 pm, & Thursday, Sept. 19 @ 6:30-9:00 pm (MST)


Dr. Homan is the President of Langham Partnership USA (formerly John Stott Ministries www.langham.org), a ministry focused on raising up a new generation of Bible teachers. As the past President of Food for the Hungry (2001-2010), Homan led assessment teams to Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, tsunami-stricken Indonesia–and other hard places. Homan also chaired the U.S. Government’s USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and served as a 2006-2008 White House appointee to a Congressionally-mandated commission on the reform of foreign assistance.  In the educational sector, Homan served for 13 years on the staff Covenant Theological Seminary and the Francis Schaeffer Institute (St. Louis), also having served as a trainer and board member for the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. He now serves on the board of Phoenix Seminary.  An alumnus of Biola University, the University of Nebraska, Shanghai Normal University and Washington University, he has developed and nurtured partnerships with schools throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America.  He and his wife, Annette, decided many years ago to help their children face toward the world by traveling globally alongside their dad.  Currently, their college-junior daughter studies in Spain in connection to Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.  This year, she fulfilled a 9 month ASU internship with Gannett’s Arizona Republic and Channel 12 News.  Their eldest son is an Eagle Scout, and in May 2013 became an Arizona 800-meter state champion.  He now runs for Boston University as a freshman economics major.  Their youngest son, age 13, is an avid reader with a “gift for gab” and an interest inThe Lord of the Rings.  He is active in the Civil Air Patrol.

Dave Evans

Tuesday, Sept. 24 @ 6:30-9:00 pm & Wednesday, Sept. 25 @ 6:30-9:00 pm (MST)

  • WORLD HUNGER: Dave Evans, Food for the Hungry CEO
David Evans is US President and Global Executive Officer for Food for the Hungry (FH) and is based in FH’s Washington, D.C. office.  In his current role, he serves on a four-person global executive leadership team that oversees and directs the worldwide operations of Food for the Hungry.  His specific areas of responsibility include all international programs implemented by FH, grant funding from the US and other Northern governments, private resource development in the US and abroad, and US strategic partnerships.  On September 30, 2013, David will transition out of Food for the Hungry and will move back to Africa to work in the country of Zimbabwe as World Vision’s Chief of Party for a large food security program.David has over twenty-eight years of experience in international relief and development leadership, management, implementation and training in the United States, Africa, Latin America and Asia.  During that period, he lived and worked for ten years in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Bolivia.  In addition to his responsibilities in FH, David is former Chair of the Alliance for Global Food Security and serves on the Boards of Adonai Partners, Integral Alliance, Millennium Water Alliance, and the US Congressional Hunger Center’s Leland Policy Advisory.  He is also the Senior Editor of the book “Biblical Holism and Agriculture:  Cultivating our Roots”, a co-editor and contributing author to the book “Truth and Community Transformation”, and he has organized conferences on these themes in the US and Africa.  His educational background includes an MS in Agricultural Economics from Penn State University and a BA in International Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He is married with two teenage children.For more information about FH, please visit http://fh.org/.

Mark Fields

Tuesday, Oct. 8 @ 6:30-9:00 pm & Wednesday, Oct. 9 @ 6:30-9:00 pm (MST)

  • SPIRITUAL CONFUSION: Mark Fields, Director of Vineyard USA Global & Intercultural Ministry
Mark currently serves as the Director of Global and Intercultural Ministry for Vineyard USA. Prior to assuming his current position, he was the Senior Pastor of the Vineyard Community Church in Pomona, California for more than twenty years. Mark is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with degrees in Theology (MA) and missiology (PhD), and did postgraduate research in New Testament at the London School of Theology. He has traveled extensively and ministered in more than eighty nations. Working with Vineyard churches in the United States, he has helped facilitate the planting of hundreds of churches in over sixty countries.

Alexei Laushkin

Tuesday, Oct. 22 @ 6:30-9:00 pm & Wednesday, Oct. 23 @ 6:30-9:00 pm (MST)

  • ENVIRONMENTAL DECLINE: Alexei N. Laushkin, Senior Director Communications; Editor, Creation Care Magazine/ Evangelical Environmental Network
Alexei Laushkin is the Senior Director of Communications & Editor of Creation Care Magazine for the Evangelical Environmental Network.  He speaks across the country on “The Biblical Case for Creation Care” and is the anchor for the Creation Care Podcast which is available every Tuesday on http://creationcare.org or on iTunes.

mitch hescox

Tuesday, Oct. 22 @ 6:30-9:00 pm & Wednesday, Oct. 23 @ 6:30-9:00 pm (MST)

  • ENVIRONMENTAL DECLINE: Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox, President/CEO Evangelical Environmental Network 
Rev. Hescox is the President of the Evangelical Environmental Network(EEN).  He speaks nationally on creation care as a matter of life, the environmental life threatening impacts on the poor and defenseless. Mitch has published numerous articles and contributed to Sacred Acts: How Churches are working together to Protect Earth’s Climate by New Society Publishers. Mitch testified before Congress, appeared on CNN, NPR, PRI and regularly interviewed by the press. Named one of the ten Environmental Religious Saints in the Huffington Post, Mitch lead the 300 mile Creation Care Walk from West Virginia to Washington, DC  and the 80 mile Gulf Coast Prayer Walk during the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill. Prior to EEN, Mitch pastored a local church for 18 years, and before ordained ministry served the coal industry as Director, Fuel Systems for Allis Mineral Systems. Rev. Hescox is married to Claire Hescox and resides in New Freedom, PA. For more information on EEN, please visit: www.creationcare.org.

Rory Anderson

Tuesday, Oct. 29 @ 6:30-9:00 pm & Wednesday, Oct. 30 @ 6:30-9:00 pm (MST)

  • CORRUPT LEADERSHIP: Rory Anderson, Director, External Relations Child Fund International
Rory E. Anderson, ChildFund International’s Director for External Relations advocates for better policies and programs around international child protection, with a focus on developing countries.Dedicated to promoting increased U.S. engagement in the regional conflicts in northern Uganda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Anderson co-authored “Pawns of Politics: Children, Conflict, and Peace in Northern Uganda” (PDF). The report summarizes the history and devastating impact of Uganda’s 20-year civil war, which includes tens of thousands of children who have been abducted and forcefully conscripted into the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army. More than 1.3 million civilians have been forced from their homes. The report also sets forth recommendations for pursing peace.Between 2001 and 2002, Rory Anderson helped to initiate a multi-agency advocacy campaign to end the trade of “conflict diamonds” that fund wars in several parts of Africa. As part of those efforts, Ms. Anderson played a lead advisory role in drafting and enacting the Clean Diamond Trade Act of 2003 and the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, which regulates the international diamond trade.Ms. Anderson also pressed for 10 percent of global AIDS funding to be dedicated to the care of orphans and children made vulnerable by this disease, as stated in the Global AIDS, TB and Malaria Act. With partner agencies, she also promoted the passage of the Sudan Peace Act.Before joining Child Fund Internaitonal, Rory Anderson served as a project manager for Abt Associates, a government and business research and consulting firm, where she managed multi-million dollar development assistance projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, and consulted as an Export Marketing Specialist in Egypt, designing and implementing business export plans.Ms. Anderson holds a Bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University, and was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to the United Kingdom, where she earned a Master of Arts in International Development from the University of Leeds, U.K.  For more information about Childfund, please visit http://www.childfund.org/.

Michael Nyenhuis

Tuesday, Nov. 5 @ 6:30-9:00 pm & Wednesday, Nov. 6 @ 6:30-9:00 pm (MST)

  • POOR HEALTH AND DISEASE: Michael Nyenhuis, MAP International CEO
MAP International is a global Christian health organization that partners with people living in conditions of poverty to save lives and develop healthier families and communities. Recognized for our 98% efficiency rating, MAP respond to the needs of those they serve by providing medicines, preventing disease, and promoting health to create real hope and lasting change.Michael has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of MAP International since 2000. In particular, he provides overall strategic direction and leadership to a worldwide effort to bring health and hope to people living in poverty. He oversees staff in 10 countries and partnerships reaching around the globe. Previously, Michael held positions as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Information Services at MAP. A native of Minnesota, Mr. Nyenhuis earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and studied in the graduate school at the University of Florida. Nyenhuis has recently graduated with his executive MBA at Emory University Goizueta Business School. He worked as a journalist and educator prior to joining MAP.For more information about MAP, please visit http://www.map.org/.

rob morris

Thursday, Nov. 21 @ 6:30-9:00 pm & Friday, Nov. 22 @ 6:30-9:00 pm (MST)

  • INJUSTICE: Rob Morris, President and co-founder of Love 146
Rob Morris is the President and Co-founder of Love146, an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation. In 2002, the co-founders of Love146 traveled to Southeast Asia on an exploratory trip to determine how they could serve in the fight against child sex trafficking. In one experience, a couple of their co-founders (including Rob) joined undercover investigators at a brothel where they witnessed children being sold for sex. Because they went in as part of an ongoing, undercover investigation on this particular brothel, they were unable to immediately respond. However, they collected evidence that allowed law enforcement to raid the brothel and rescue the children.  Justice ultimately prevailed.  Unfortunately, the girl who wore #146 was no longer there. The co-founders do not know what happened to her, but they will never forget her. She changed their lives forever.Love146 has taken her number so they remember why this all started–they must tell her story. It is a number that was pinned to one girl but that represents the millions enslaved. Members of Love146 wear her number with honor, with sorrow, and with a growing hope. Her story can be a different one for so many more. Love is the foundation of our name because it is our motivating drive to end the trafficking and exploitation of children. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.” The organization holds that to be true. For more information about Love146, please visithttp://www.love146.org/.

Tri Robinson

Wednesday, Sept. 11 @ 6:30-7:30 pm (MST)

  • INTRODUCTION: Tri Robinson, Vineyard Boise Missions Pastor and i-61 Ministries Director

Tuesday, Nov. 26 @ 6:30-9:00 pm (MST)

  • CONCLUSION: Tri Robinson, Vineyard Boise Missions Pastor and i-61 Ministries Director
Tri Robinson and his wife, Nancy, planted the Vineyard Boise church in 1989. For 23 years, they served faithfully as the Lead Pastors, challenging the church to love the world in radical and real ways, to be authentic disciples of Jesus, not only in word but in deed. “Discipleship is a verb,” Tri has said, “it’s gotta show action.” In 2005, Tri and Nancy felt God speak to them that it was time to begin a seven year transition of the Lead Pastor role to a younger couple rooted in Vineyard Boise–Trevor and Andrea Estes. In 2012, that transition completed. Tri and Nancy, not ready to retire, now serve under Trevor as ambassadors to the larger Vineyard movement, and the Body of Christ as a whole–giving the same challenge they have from the beginning, to show the love of Christ to the broken, desolate and downtrodden in real, practical ways.Currently, Tri serves as the Justice and Compassion Coordinator for Vineyard USA Missions.  One of his first actions was to implement the i-61 Ministry, which has the goal to mobilize the church for justice and compassion ministry both locally and globally. Isaiah 61:1-11 commissions us to take care of the broken, the oppressed, the captive and the extreme poor under the promised anointing of the Holy Spirit.  The heart of this ministry is to train and send mature, spirit-filled, reproducible, authentic disciples to those Jesus referred to as, “The least of these.”  Specifically, the i-61 Ministry seeks to address seven areas of world crisis, including: World Hunger, Environmental Decline, Poor Health & Disease, Educational Inequalities, Human Injustice, Spiritual Confusion, and Underdeveloped Leadership.