OUR Leadership

Jim Showers

Executive Director /  President

Jim oversees and directs all aspects of The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry. He leads bi-annual tours to Israel, serves as a conference teacher, and leads the overall strategic vision for the ministry. He earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Baptist Bible Seminary. Since 2002, he has served with FOI—first as the director of finance, treasurer, and chief financial officer. In 2012, he became executive director of this historic Jewish ministry. Jim is motivated by his love for the Jewish people and desire to effectively share the truth of God’s Word about the Messiah and His plan for Israel.

Steve H. Conover

Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer / Vice President of Media Ministries

Steve serves alongside Jim in facilitating FOI’s major developments and processes. He also directs the Media Ministries department and serves as executive producer and co-host of The Friends of Israel Today radio program. Steve is a graduate of The Friends of Israel’s Institute of Biblical Studies, has a bachelor’s degree in Bible with a minor in communication from Lancaster Bible College, and earned his master’s degree in Leadership Studies through Capital Seminary. Steve seeks to glorify God by serving others through strategic planning, encouraging team goals, and ongoing growth opportunities.

John Wilcox

Vice President of Finance / Chief Financial Officer

John oversees the Accounting, Finance, and Human Resources departments and serves as treasurer of the board of trustees. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Rutgers University, his bachelor’s in music from Glassboro State College, and his Master of Business Administration degree in finance from LaSalle University. Since 2012, John has sought to innovate and improve FOI’s financial efficiency to the glory of God.

Tom Geoghan

Vice President for Ministry Advancement

Tom leads FOI’s Advancement team and establishes lasting relationships with our donors. He is a graduate of The Friends of Israel’s Institute of Biblical Studies and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from American University. He was instrumental in raising funds for FOI’s medical clinic in Argentina and for the Jerusalem Assembly in Israel. Tom desires to see FOI become the most trusted resource for Christians regarding Israel while building fruitful relationships with donors to meet the needs of our ministry.

Steve Herzig

Vice President of North American Ministries

Steve leads FOI’s ministry in the United States and Canada. He is an author and conference speaker with bachelor’s degrees from Kent State University and Cairn University. He has organized our ministry staff and leadership throughout North America, created opportunities for support raising, and strengthened our relationships with Jewish communities. Steve’s goal is to serve and reach the Jewish people while equipping future leadership to serve in North American Ministries.

Mike Stallard

Vice President of International Ministries

Mike represents FOI throughout the world and works to expand the ministry into more countries. He teaches in churches, schools, and other forums about God’s Word concerning Israel and the Jewish people. He has earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama Huntsville, Master of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Seminary, and his Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Philosophy from Dallas Theological Seminary. Mike seeks to expand FOI’s International Ministry throughout the world while growing his personal outreach to the Jewish people God places in his life.

Chris Katulka

Director of North American Ministries / FOI Today Radio Host

Chris joined The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry in 2004 and currently serves as Director of North American Ministries. After graduating from the Institute of Jewish Studies, he received his B.S. in Bible from Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University) and a Master’s of Theology in Old Testament studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Lisa Small

Director of Publications / Assistant Director of Media Ministries

Lisa manages the production and distribution of FOI literature and print materials while leading the Ministry Services and Shipping department teams. She graduated from the ministry’s Institute of Jewish Studies (formerly known as the Institute of Biblical Studies). She produces content that assists people in a better understanding of God and His Word. Lisa’s desire is for Christians to be firmly grounded in Scripture to live a life pleasing to the Lord.

Daniel Pearson

Director of Information Services

Dan handles FOI’s networking, telephony, and computer hardware and software selection and support. He gained his bachelor’s degree in Bible and communication from Miami Christian College and his master’s degree in communication from the University of Miami. He has managed network migration and advanced FOI into cloud-based systems. Dan strives to implement the best technology solutions to accomplish our ministry’s goals.

Karen Katulka

Director of Marketing and Communication

Karen fosters the brand and voice of FOI by creating compelling content and promotions. She is a published author with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in Christian education from Dallas Theological Seminary. She implements marketing campaigns that highlight the ministry’s important work worldwide. Karen hopes to reach a new generation of believers by connecting FOI to those who love God’s Word and His promised plan for Israel.

Tom Gallione

Director of Video and Web Experience

Tom manages FOI’s online web presence while serving as associate producer of The Friends of Israel Today radio program. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in Bible and music from Cairn University and graduated from The Friends of Israel’s Institute of Biblical Studies. He strategically identifies and implements digital, video, and web-related solutions throughout the Media department. Tom aims to discover new ways to bring the truth of God’s Word and the mission of FOI to more people with both beauty and creativity.

Amy Hansen

Director of Ministry Support

Amy engages new donors, encourages current donors, and leads fundraising strategies for FOI’s outreaches. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Akron. She has developed FOI’s donor acquisition campaigns and email series, created annual reports for global ministry, and built relationships with Jewish organizations. Amy hopes to support the Lord’s plan for our ministry by developing lasting relationships with our supporters.


On April 7, 2020 The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry lost a revered colleague and friend, James P. MacLean.
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“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Genesis 12:2–3

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