Kenny Ortiz is the Director of Lead Venture, overseeing all operations of the program as well as serving as the primary instructor. He also serves as the Director of Short-Term Missions for Bethany Gateways. Kenny is a dynamic communicator, gifted Bible teacher, and published author. He has a strong track record of mentoring young adults and he has extensive leadership experience in local church ministry, para-church ministry, and business. Kenny has been a youth pastor, conference speaker, school administrator, and successful entrepreneur. He is also the host of a popular podcast, “Theology for the Rest of Us.” Kenny has earned an undergraduate degree in Organizational Psychology and is currently pursuing a graduate degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kenny is an avid reader, theology nerd, history buff, Disney enthusiast, and coffee addict.
Jozua is the Director of Media for Bethany International. He mentors and instructs all Lead Venture participants in the media track, training those media track participants in film production, digital video editing, and graphic design. Jozua has extensive experience in film production, media, broadcasting, marketing, and leadership in para-church ministries. His media projects have included internationally acclaimed short films, documentaries, music videos, and a variety of promotional pieces. He has worked on projects for Hillsong, CBN, GodTV, and Jentezen Franklin. His silent short film “Unjust Ruler” won the Best Picture Award at KSM Mini Oscars short film festival. Jozua also helped produce the documentary “Victory in Christ” which won best documentary film at the “168 Film Festival” in Los Angeles. Jozua is passionate about training media missionaries and film producers that will use media projects to help take the Gospel to the ends of the Earth. Jozua is married with three children. See Jozua’s IMDB profile.
Eric is the Prayer & Worship Coordinator for Bethany International and the Director of the “Furnace Prayer Room” located on the campus of Bethany Global University. Eric mentors and trains all Lead Venture participants in the Prayer & Worship track. Eric earned a Christian Ministry Diploma in House of Prayer Leadership from the International House of Prayer University in Kansas City, MO and then later served as an intercessory missionary and worship leader at the International House of Prayer for more than four years. He also served two years as the Youth Department Worship Director at Hillsong Phoenix. Eric has a passion and a calling to raise up this generation to seek the face of Jesus in prayer and worship. He loves reading, camping, hockey, and enjoying time with his wife and three beautiful children.
Kenneth is the Dean of Work Education for Bethany Global University. He manages a variety of essential initiatives related to academic accreditation, campus life, student industries, curriculum development, and practical training development. Kenneth was the founder of the Lead Venture program, and he still serves as one of the instructors for the program as well as serving in a strategic advisory role. Kenneth has earned a B.S. in Biblical Studies from Liberty University and M.Div. from Regent University. Kenneth has many years of experience with leadership development and has trained 500+ men and women in leadership and apologetics. Kenneth is married with one daughter.
Bethany serves as the Dean of Women for Bethany Global University. She oversees the mentorship and discipleship of all of the young women on Bethany International campus, both for Bethany Global University and for Lead Venture. She teaches a variety of Biblical studies courses, she is the curriculum manager for the college, she serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Bethany International, and she serves as one of the instructors for Lead Venture. She has earned a B.S. in Religion from Liberty University and an M.A. in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. She is married to Kenneth; they have one daughter.
David is the Executive Vice President of Bethany International and the Director of Educational Program Operations for Bethany Global University. He serves as one of the instructors for Lead Venture. David has earned a B.S. in Education from Oral Roberts University and M.A. in Intercultural Leadership from Bethany Global University. He has more than 25 years of experience leading, teaching, coaching young people, and has ministered cross-culturally in 25 countries while serving in leadership on short-term mission trips.
Derek is one of the Deans for Bethany Global University and serves as one of the instructors for Lead Venture. Derek has extensive experience teaching inductive Bible study methods, leading worship, mentoring young adults, and leading missions teams. He has earned a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Biola University and is a graduate of YWAM University of the Nations, completing both the Discipleship Training School and the School of Biblical Studies. Currently Derek is pursuing a graduate degree in New Testament Studies from Johnson University.
Amy is the Activities Coordinator for Bethany Global University and also serves as one of the instructors for Lead Venture. In addition, she also helps to manage a variety of elements of the campus life for BGU, she manages “The Oasis” coffee shop on BGU campus, and she oversees babysitting for Bethany International staff and married students. Amy has earned a B.A. in Ministry with a concentration in Intercultural Studies and a minor in Psychology. Amy is married with two kids.