WGO Leadership

WGO is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Serving under that Board are the officers of CEO, COO and CFO. Below is the current list of members of the Board of Directors.







Steve Schexnayder, M.D., Chairman
Chief, Critical Care Medicine, Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Elder, Fellowship Bible Church
Little Rock, Arkansas

Peggy Cooper de Vilorio
Pastor, Comunidad Cristiana el Hatillo
El Hatillo, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Mike Illenberger, Vice Chairman
Retired CEO, Magenta Corporation
Member, Concordia Lutheran Church
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  Patt Schiewitz
Retired Managing Director, JP Morgan
Member, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Naperville, Illinois
Linda Little, Secretary
Retired CFO, ACE Glass Company
Member, Fellowship Bible Church
Little Rock, Arkansas 


Scott Oakes
Managing Director, Harvest Capital Group
Member and adult leader, Valley Evangelical Free Church
West Des Moines, Iowa
Lynn Burling
Pastor, Christian Faith Church
President, From the Heart Ministries
Belleville, Texas

 Jim Phillips
Retired CPA, JPMS/Cox            
Elder, Fellowship Bible Church
Little Rock, Arkansas


Mike Ferguson
President & CEO, World Gospel Outreach
Member, Union Christian Church, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Home church, Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock, Arkansas
Dan Bruce
Director of Information Technology at Direct Energy
Member, Crosspoint Church
Pearland, Texas

Tom Brauer
CNA, Visiting Angels
Retired Principal 4240 Architecture Inc.
Member, Peace Lutheran Church
Lombard, Illinois
  President and CEO - Mike Ferguson
Mike was born in Little Rock, AR, and he and his wife, Lyn, live in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, serving the Lord with WGO. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1977 with a BS in engineering. He was a partner in a construction company prior to going into ministry and served for 11 years before that in executive management roles for a major regional energy company. His daughter’s interest in missions at an early age prompted him to get involved with the mission’s efforts of his home church, Fellowship Bible Church of Little Rock. Initially thinking he was preparing to release his daughter, Kelly, into the mission field he soon discovered God had a different plan. God’s call was actually not for Kelly but for him and Lyn to join WGO and the leadership team which they did in December of 1999. Mike has served as WGO President and on the board since 2002 and was named CEO in 2005. Mike and Lyn have two children, a daughter Kelly and a son Nicholas. Kelly is married to Chris Hotz and is mother to their five grandchildren, Catherine, Samuel, Mary, Esther and Jonathan. Mike enjoys playing piano, golf and water sports.
Chief Operations Officer - Robert Butts 
Robert Butts was named the chief operating officer (COO) in September of 2011. Robert brings an excellent blend of qualifications to this position. He came to WGO in 2004 and knows our ministry culture and our vision for Honduras. He is very familiar with our children’s ministry, having worked first as a teacher at the ranch and then as the Bridge House Manager. Robert speaks Spanish fluently and knows the Honduran culture well. He has a track record of being a good steward financially and has also worked in the area of finances for our CFO. He has a winsome personality and brings a spiritual maturity that is key to this role. Robert met his wife, Jennifer, during her early years of service with WGO. Jennifer has been with WGO since 1999, and holds all the same positive characteristics as Robert. They make a great team and it is hard to imagine how there could be a more suitable fit for this role.
Honduras Field Director -  Otniel Zavala
Otniel was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the youngest of three siblings. He had the blessing of being born into a Christian family where he was able to see and experience God’s faithfulness in many different ways. He graduated from high school at Academia Los Pinares, a Christian bilingual school, and later got a BS in Industrial Engineering from UNAH. For a little over 16 years he worked as an independent contractor providing simultaneous interpretation services for foreign and local government agencies, NGO’s, and international businesses. He also taught at and helped manage a non-profit Christian bilingual school for 9 years and served on the board of a Christian foundation in Honduras. 
"Growing up I remember seeing how hard my parents worked to give us better opportunities in life and that etched in me a desire to help others in need. Coming to WGO has been a blessing and an answer to prayer to find an opportunity to use my abilities to impact the lives of others in a meaningful way that glorifies God. I enjoy the outdoors and visiting my family’s coffee plantation. I also enjoy engaging in any type of activities and projects where I can challenge myself to use my mechanical abilities (I like to do a lot of “hands-on” things)."
Director of Donor Relations - Fred Steinbach
A native of Chicago’s western suburbs, Fred received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign. He worked in his family-owned TV and video sales and service business while remaining highly involved in his local church, Peace Lutheran of Lombard, IL, a congregation with a strong relationship with World Gospel Outreach.
 Following the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in October 1998, Fred helped organize Peace Lutheran’s effort to fill a shipping container with relief supplies to be sent to Honduras for use by World Gospel Outreach. In 2000, he traveled to Honduras with the team from his church, an experience that changed his life forever. As God spoke to him, Fred realized He was calling him out of his secular vocation and into full-time vocational mission work. Fred obediently closed the family business and began to work with Joni and Friends and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In 2005, he volunteered to help with the WGO Capital Campaign and soon received an invitation to join WGO’s staff full-time.
As Director of Donor Relations, Fred invites individuals and churches to get involved with what God is doing through World Gospel Outreach. His responsibilities include inviting churches to bring teams to serve, mentoring new team leaders and seeking resources to fund WGO.
Fred feels blessed to have a spouse, Mary, who loves WGO also.  Together they have three adult daughters, Sarah, Nancy and Susan who have all been to Honduras at least once. Fred and Mary enjoy golfing, attending sporting events together and playing with their grandchildren, Austin, Lillian, Lista, and Calvin.
 Human Resources Director- Mac Youngblood
Mac and Ashley along with their girls, Amelia and Addison, joined the ministry in July of 2015.  They hail from the town in Columbus, MS where Mac was in insurance sales and Ashley was a florist. They found the calling to join the mission field after two short term trips to Rancho Ebenezer.  With Mac’s business background, he found a great fit as the Director of Human Resources and Ashley found a role as a teacher at a local school near the Mission House. After fully putting their faith in God, He opened the doors fully to this new venture in their lives.