Meet the BWP Board of Directors

Steve Pettit
President and Founder
Steve is a pastor, global strategist and leadership mentor. Steve and his wife Sherrie own businesses in York and Lancaster PA. He attended Capital Bible Seminary in Washington, D.C., before pastoring Derwood Bible Church in Rockville, Maryland for 21 years.  Steve served as a global strategist for 7 years in the Lynchburg area and presently serves on the board of directors with Proven Men Ministries. He and his wife of 40 years, have four children and thirteen 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 40 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
Ryan is the owner of Affinity Lawn and Landscaping in Lynchburg, VA. He graduated from Liberty University with a degree in business finance. Ryan had the privilege of serving as vice president of Freedom 424 and Run for Their Lives for 2 years. During his time serving with Freedom 424 and Run for Their Lives he helped to expand the reach of this organization outside the borders of Thailand into India and Uganda, as well as securing a partnership with the International Justice Mission. Ryan and his wife, Sarah, have 5 children, successfully adopting two orphaned boys from Uganda in 2018. 
 
“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 help orphanages and safe houses become increasingly self-sustaining.  My experiences in adopting two orphaned boys have given
me much wisdom in the issues facing non-profits in developing countries confronting the incredible challenges arising from intense poverty and injustice toward the poor.”
Evan Barnhart
Evan attended Tennessee Temple University for his undergraduate studies receiving a degree in history education. He earned a Masters in Education from Liberty University and a Masters in History from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and is about to complete his doctorate from Walden University.  Evan taught history at the high school level for six years, in Virginia and then China.  His experience in overseas ministry is extensive and his present work at Redwood Christian Schools in California as Director of Global/International Students Program is exponentially increasing his global knowledge.  Evan and his wife, Alicia, have two children and reside in San Francisco.       
 
“I am excited to serve as a board member for Big World Project because of the global efforts and outreach it is and will be accomplishing. 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 15 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 four 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.”
Rene Murray
Rene was born and raised in York County, PA. She and her husband, Nate, have been married for 18 years and have 2 children, Noah and Alyssa. Rene has a degree in accounting from University of Phoenix and spent 15 years working full-time in the accounting field. Three years ago she joined Nate in helping with his graphic design business. Rene’ served with Freedom 424 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, Lancaster County Bible Church, 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.”
Dr. David Vorp
David lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife, Allison, and son, Justin. He is Associate Dean for Research for the Swanson School of Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering and Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his BS and PhD degrees. He co-founded Neograft Technologies, which is developing a vascular graft technology developed in his laboratory. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, Biomedical Engineering Society and other professional societies. David and Allison are members of North Way Christian Community. There they serve on the hospitality team and the leadership team for a marriage ministry, Marriage Matters. In his free time, David enjoys traveling with his family, running, fishing and watching sporting events. He is committed to helping young men recover from wound-based sin and find the redemptive and healing power of Jesus.
 
“I believe that traumatic experiences in youth help fuel a cycle of destruction that continues into adulthood. I am excited to serve on the Board of Directors for an organization that intervenes with the love of Jesus in children at risk to help break this cycle and lead to improved lives. (Ephesians 2:10)”
Dakota Blanks
Dakota Blanks began his career working for a wholesale nursery. He studied horticulture and owned a turf management business while working for the Lynchburg Fire Department for nearly 10 years. Dakota now invests the bulk of his time developing his cattle and ranching operation Windy Acres Farm.  Dakota renovates homes in the Lynchburg and surrounding area.  He and his wife Ruth of 11 years are in the process of adopting their first child from India.

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Lynchburg, VA 24503