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Zack Guthrie, P.E.

President/Executive Director

Zack Guthrie is a gifted speaker, trainer, mentor, and facilitator, and motivates leaders wherever he goes. Whether coaching executives, leading teams of 12 – 18 in problem-solving, or in professional training environments, he continually challenges others to implement good change. “Don’t plateau” – is often his advice for leaders at all points in their professional careers. His experience, versatility, and insight provide value to our clients at various stages in their lean journey. From strategic policy deployment, developing training plans for leaders & belts, conducting assessments, Zack is experienced in manufacturing, equipment reliability, and transactional environments. Zack has worked in a multitude of industries across the U.S. and abroad over the past twenty years. Aerospace, banking, chemicals, construction, consumer apparel, oil and gas, printing, plastics, pulp and paper, and railroad to mention a brief subset. He has received his Industrial Engineering and Master’s degrees from NC State. Zack is also a certified professional engineer (P.E.) in North Carolina. On an international trip to India Zack said “I returned from India with renewed purpose.” The purpose of GOW is to vigorously fulfill the role of kinsman-redeemer by defending, rescuing, and restoring orphans and widows in their distress, and equipping others to do the same.

In his spare time, Zack enjoys flying, water skiing, fishing, and anything that involves his children. He is a devoted practitioner of Leader Standard Work and is a member of C12 and F3. He has a “bema jar” that sits on his desk as a constant reminder of living with purpose with every passing week.

Essence Barrett

Summer Intern

Essence is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is pursuing a major in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Consumer and Retail Studies. She will be graduating in May 2022 and aspires to run her own real estate business in the future along with a small non-profit for homeless people and abandoned children. She is originally from Wilmington, North Carolina, where she worked many years with children and doing outreach for the homeless with her family. She has a passion for helping and seeing homeless individuals brought out of their conditions. She believes that God has called her to be an advocate and voice for individuals facing poverty or homelessness no matter the reason.

She helps people and can be called the giver and helper in many of her relationships. Her passion to see people whole and become disciples of Jesus Christ is strong. She has been a follower of Jesus Christ for all her life and can remember days as a child when she was at her home church all the time. She currently attends a local church that she is actively a part of. Essence's goal is to share the love of God in her everyday life and to see people outside of the church saved. She lives her life by the fact that God saves and will and can save anyone.

She really enjoys reading books by Bob Goff, David Tripp, and many other authors in her free time. She loves to explore new places around Greensboro since she is fairly new here. She loves children and helps out with kid's ministry at church. She also will help out with nannying local families in Greensboro. She loves meeting new people, volunteering, working, and traveling.

Lynn Everswick

Board Member

Global Ministry is part of Pastor Lynn Everswick’s DNA. His parents were Pioneer Missionaries to Zimbabwe, Africa where he was born and raised. Lynn has ministered in church planting and served as a pastor for 14 years in Zimbabwe. He was then asked to be an administrator in the International Headquarters of TEAM where he was given oversight of the ministry in Africa, South West Asia, and the Middle East for the next 14 years.

In 1998, Lynn joined the Westover Church staff in Greensboro, NC. There he began developing a 10-year vision in Global Ministries focusing on the least reached people of the world. Many short-term mission teams and full-time workers have gone out as a result of this initiative. A subsequent 10-year vision, based on Isaiah 61:1-3 was initiated in 2011.

Lynn retired in 2017 and moved to Austin TX where he is living near family. Lynn now serves on the Global Team at The Lakeway Church in TX. His heart and strong conviction is that the healthy local church needs to continue to share the gospel and have a heart for local and global outreach.

Robert Pittard

Board Member

Before coming to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 2009 Robert did independent global consulting specializing in turnarounds and mergers. Previously, Robert had a lengthy career in Textiles as Vice President of Global Operations for Burlington House and its entire suite of businesses. Robert pioneered many management innovations and strategies, participated in business turnaround activities from the United States to China and managed supply chains from Mexico to Turkey to India and other global locations.

Mr. Pittard’s primary calling is to serve the less fortunate as evidenced by the mission activities he has led in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico for Mayan Indians, Taiwan, South Korea (where he spent time with the founder of Yung Nak Presbyterian Church and its many outreach ministries), Indonesia, UK (ministry to Southeast Asians) and especially India where Mr. Pittard has been involved in outreach to rail station orphans in Northern India.

Bob Young, C.P.C.U.

Board Member

Bob graduated with a BA in Religion and a Masters of Divinity degree. He spent five years as an associate pastor in Pennsylvania and two years as senior pastor in New Jersey.

For eleven years Bob served on the board of directors for Child Care Ministry, a foster care agency in Greensboro. While on the board he and his wife Lou were foster parents of several children. Bob also served on the short term missionary leadership team at Westover Church. During this time he traveled on numerous mission trips, including Cuba, China, and Vancouver Island, Canada.

His passion is to see National missionaries being trained and equipped to take the gospel to people in their own country. Bob enjoys working, skiing, biking, and traveling with his wife.

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