Board Members

STEVE PETTIT

PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER

Steve is a church planter and leadership mentor in Lynchburg, VA. He and his wife, Sherrie, own businesses in York and Lancaster PA. He attended Capital Bible Seminary in Washington, D.C., before pastoring a church in Rockville, Maryland for 21 years and served as a global strategist for 7 years in the Lynchburg area. Steve serves as a volunteer with Sports Outreach Institute, Freedom 4/24 and Proven Men Ministries. He and his wife of 35 years, have four children and nine grandchildren.

It’s my honor to serve with a competent board of directors for Big World Project. My earnest desire is to advance the goals of Big World Project through humble leadership and a visionary spirit. God has given me 30 years of global experience initiating and establishing ministries in over 32 countries. I deeply believe in the strategy and scope of BWP and hope to resource many Christ-centered ministries that are in the trenches rescuing women and children who are suffering from the devastating effects of injustice, poverty and homelessness.”

RYAN PETTIT

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Ryan is the owner of a Landscaping company in Lynchburg, VA. He graduated from Liberty University with a degree in business finance. Ryan had the privilege of serving as vice president of Freedom424 and Run for Their Lives for 2 years. During his time serving with F424 and Run for Their Lives he helped to expand the reach of this organization outside the borders of Thailand into India and Kenya, as well as securing a partnership with the International Justice Mission. Ryan and his wife Sarah have 3 children.

I am so excited for the opportunity to offer my assistance to Big World Project. I hope to use my experience in small business startup and logistics to move orphanages and safe houses to become self-sustaining.”

EVAN BARNHART

Evan is currently teaching history overseas with his wife Alicia. He went to college in Tennessee, and received a degree in history education. He also received a masters in education from Liberty University and a masters in history from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He has been teaching history at the high school level for six years, in Virginia and China.

I am excited to serve as a board member for Big World Project because of the global efforts and outreach it will accomplish. I strongly desire to see Christ proclaimed around the world and believe that through Big World Project, many will see an example of Christ’s love as we follow his command to love one another. “

OMID ROKNI

Omid is a national sales director for an information services company headquartered in Washington D.C. Over the past 10 years he has gained experience as a results-driven business development executive with a proven track record of building, managing, and influencing profitable and sustainable sales cycles. He has a degree in Marketing Information Systems from James Madison University. He and his wife, Jennie, live in Northern Virginia with their three children.


It’s truly an honor and a privilege to serve on the board of directors for Big World Project. I’m excited to work with an incredible team to support the world-wide challenges of children living on streets, orphans, and sexually exploited women. Our freedom, privileged resources, and time are precious God given gifts that can help change the lives of others for generations to come.”

JUSTIN SNYDER

Justin is a filmmaker, songwriter, and entrepreneur that looks for new ways to tell old stories. A natural-born storyteller, he has worked since 2007 as a director with his production company Abandon Films. In 2013 he returned to his first love and recorded a debut EP, The Ordinary Things. Justin’s heart pours forth through his storytelling in lyric and film.


In a sense there is nothing big about Big World Project. It is simply a small group of people seeking to obey the scriptures and help those who cannot help themselves. In another sense, this group of people, with their heart, vision, and love for these children, make me wonder if this isn’t an absolute EPIC from the viewpoint of heaven. This is an organization I am extremely proud to be a part of.”

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RENE MURRAY

Rene was born and raised in York County, PA. She and her husband, Nate, have been married for 15 years and have 2 children, Noah and Alyssa. She has a degree in accounting from University of Phoenix and spent 13 years working full-time in the accounting field. Three years ago she joined Nate in helping with his graphic design business and now home schools their children. Rene’ spent time serving with F424 and Run 4 Their Lives as a Regional Race Director and had the opportunity to travel to Thailand to work with one of their partner organizations. She currently serves as the Be Rich Coordinator for her church, LCBC, which helps to meet the needs of organizations within the community.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve with Big World Project. It is an honor to be a part of an organization that is making a difference in the lives of women and children. I hope that the passion I have for serving others will help to further the mission of this amazing organization.”

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