November 10, 2011

Board of Directors


 

Michael Reynolds (Chairman)
Michael "Mike" Reynolds has a strong passion for discipling and has been serving as a chairman of Second Level Ministry Board of Directors. He is president of Carefree Clearwater Ltd, which he founded in 1986.
He is the founder of Atlanta Japanese Christian Fellowship (AJCF) and helped establish the Atlanta VIP Club and the Cumberland Christian Business Men's Committee.
Mike serves on Technical Education Advisory Committee for the Cobb County, Georgia, school system, and is an advisor to the Atlanta VIP Club (Japanese Christian businessmen). He served as Director on the JCFN (Japanese Christian Fellowship Network) Board of Directors for about ten years.
For eight years he lived in Asia and Europe, and has lived in 25 percent of the states. Mike divides his time between personal ministry and business responsibilities, using his business as a platform for ministry in the "tentmaker" tradition of serving. Mike has been serving in ministry to Japanese for 26 years.
Mayumi Pohl (President)
Mayumi was born and raised in Osaka.
She accepted Christ as her own savior during college. Since then, she has involved in evangelism and discipleship in local churches and participated in various ministries. Her experiences in teaching Japanese as a foreign language, Bible studies, and piano, have convinced her that the biggest burden and calling is to teach the Scripture above anything else.
She's been married to the best life partner, Chris, since 2003.
She has served as the president of Second Level Ministry since 2006. The ministry has been expanded by God's guidance, with the vision of raising "disciples" of Christ.
She and her husband became involved in a church plant that began in 2011.
The Lord has blessed her with 4 children.
Published books: "Meal Time Prayer" and "Morning Prayer", which she dedicated to her children.
"Christian Today" article
Keishi Kasuya
Keishi Kasuya was born in Hyogo, Japan and graduated from Ritsumeikan University with a degree in business.
His career with IBM spans widely over 35 years from engineering to marketing and sales and business strategy to global operations.
Keishi established and began leading the VIP International Club Atlanta chapter since 2005.
He became a member of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, GA in 2001 and was ordained in January 2010, serving as a deacon as well as leading JFBC's outreach ministry to Japan. He is currently pursuing a masters in Missiology at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
He is married to Andrea and has 2 adult children: Chris and Mari. His hobbies include: golfing, traveling and reading.
Gary Baughman
Mr. Baughman was born and raised in central Kansas.
He received a Congressional Appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in 1958.
He graduated from the Academy in 1962 as a Second Lieutenant. He completed USAF Pilot training in
1963 and was assigned to Strategic Air Command at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, flying KC-135 aerial tankers. He flew missions worldwide including 154 combat missions in support of Southeast Asian operations.

In 1970, Mr. Baughman left the Air Force and went into the real estate business in Colorado. He held various sales and management positions with a large regional real estate firm headquartered in Denver.
He moved to Atlanta in 1987 and continued work in the real estate field. He retired from real estate brokerage in 2005.
In 2005 Mr. Baughman began work as a professional fine artist. His paintings have won acclaim in exhibitions across the United States. He is in demand as a public speaker, teacher, and demonstrator of various art disciplines. The name of his business is Gary Baughman Fine Art. His website is www.garybaughmanstudio.com.

Gary and Jennie are the members of First Baptist Church of Atlanta.
4 children and seven grandchildren. His spiritual gift is mentorship and encouragement to young people.
"All that I have ever done or hope to do will be to His Glory and to His Honor. May it be pleasing in His sight."
Richard Yancy
Richard Yancey is an attorney with a practice in North Georgia.
He and Maryellen have been married 32 years and live in Marietta, Georgia. Richard teaches Bible to about 25 adults.
The Yanceys have been members of Eastside Baptist Church in Marietta for 17 years. Richard and Maryellen have served as host family to Japanese college students in an evangelistic homestay ministry.
Chris Pohl
Professed faith at the age of five and was fortunate to be trained in a Christian home in Milledgeville, GA. He graduated from Covenant College in 1993 with a degree in business and sociology. After college he was called to be a missionary in Japan with Mission to the World for four years. While there, he taught missionary children at an international school, English to Japanese, and helped start a college ministry at Chiba University. Upon returning to the states, Chris attended Covenant Seminary, where he received a Master of Arts in Theology. He also graduated from Mercer University with a Masters in Teaching.
Chris is in his sixteenth year teaching 3rd grade at Intown Community School. He came to love the Japanese people and the culture. Chris married Mayumi Ishimoto from Osaka. They have two boys and two daughters: Joshua Makoto, Nathan Kazuki, Hannah Emika, and Grace Ayune.
Alaska 49 States and four continents traveled to 19 countries together. Time spent abroad is heavily into his life and given new view diversity and vastness of God's creatures.
Soichi Fujiwara
Soichi was born in Osaka in 1977 and graduated from Kansai University's Department of Economics in March 2000. When enrolled in school, he gave his life to Christ in 1997 as the result of an MTJ homestay program and Campus Crusade missionary team. He mainly experienced the Bible and Christian life through American Christians, and as he was troubled by the spiritual and cultural gaps with the Christianity of Japanese culture.
He returned to Japan as a Christian, and he learned the history of church and its doctrine, and confirmed his own spiritual leadership to serve the Lord with peace of mind.
In 2007, as a member of the Japaneese Four Square Organization Osaka Chapel church plant, he was blessed to be involved in the start of Jesus Cafe House.
He is blessed with his beloved wife and four daughters
Emeritus : Wayne Smith (Founder)
Born in Gainesville, Florida.
Born again at the age of 8 years and raised in a Christian family.
Married 1971 Sheila B. Smith.
Completed BS degree at Texas Wesleyan University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Served in different ministries on staff and non-staff positions.
Owned and operated a private business for 5 years. Currently a private investor in the stock market. In
1988, my wife and I started hosting Japanese students in a homestay program. As we hosted through the years, it was revealed to me that there was need for an online Internet Japanese Christian growth ministry to help new Japanese Christians grow in their faith. The ultimate founder of Second Level Ministry is God, who exposed a need to me and put the burden on my heart to deal with it. He showed me that new, young Japanese Christians felt disconnected and had few or no options to grow in Christ. Second Level was founded to deal with that purpose.