Seth Barnes, Executive Director

Raised in a Christian home, Seth’s parents encouraged his involvement with missions at an early age. He went to Guatemala for two months as a junior in high school and the Andes Mountains of Peru the following year, where his passion for missions continued to grow. In 1976, he enrolled at Wheaton College near Chicago, Illinois. As a senior, he worked in a Cambodian refugee camp where many fled to because of the oppression of the Khmer Rouge.

Soon after graduation, Seth married Karen and they moved directly to Indonesia, where Seth worked in economic development, helping the poorest of the poor. In 1981, they moved to the Dominican Republic where he did similar work. Seth then attended the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and graduated with an MBA two years later.

Upon graduating, Seth was faced with a choice between two divergent paths: a secure life in corporate America that would support Karen and their kids, or a life of risk, starting a missions agency with a friend. Seth chose to obey God and helped successfully start a ministry. Two years later, in 1989, God planted a new seed in his heart: Seth obeyed and launched what is now Adventures in Missions.

Within a year, he was leading hundreds of people overseas on short-term mission trips. Today, that number has grown to thousands. AIM has taken over 100,000 people into the mission field and now has full-time ministry bases all over the world. Seth currently lives with Karen and two of their five children in Gainesville, Georgia.

Clint Bokelman, Director of Long Term Missions

After growing up in a Christian household and attending Bible school, Clint became a full-time youth minister at a church near Omaha, Nebraska. In 1995, his burden for the lost deepened on an Adventures mission trip to Tampico, Mexico. Two years later, he joined the organization, as part of a traveling mobilization team. He now oversees the new Long Term Missions initiative at Adventures.

Clint lives in Gainesville, Georgia with his wife Amie and their three kids: Sydney, Caden and Olivia.

Derrell Hunter, Chief Financial Officer

Derrell has been a CPA since 1973, working in all aspects of business finance, leadership and growth. He's a natural leader with a unique combination of strategic vision, focus, and innovative thinking, and often finds himself in the role of problem-solver.

Whether in his role as Partner for KPMG, CFO of a publicly traded staffing firm, or in-between, as founder and/or President of several start-up businesses, Derrell thrives in active, entrepreneurial environments. Having joined Adventures in 2010, he is more excited than ever about being devoted to an organization that also has Christian faith as its foundation and purpose.

Originally from South Carolina (avid SC gamecock), Derrell and Susan, his wife since 1968, live in Georgia near their daughter, son-in-law and 4 grandchildren.

 

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