Josh is the President of The Gathering, a learning community of philanthropists motivated by our Christian faith to give humbly and steward wisely all the resources God has entrusted to our care. Previously, he was a Co-Founder and Partner at Praxis, a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship whose mission is to build ventures, foster community, and create content for equipping Christian innovators, founders, and funders.
Previously, Josh served as the Director of International Giving for the David Weekley Family Foundation, where he divided his time between conducting due diligence on innovative social enterprises and helping portfolio organizations scale their impact. He worked as a journalist and was published in The San Jose Mercury News, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. He also co-founded and served on the board of directors for Abide, a mobile app for encouraging and enlivening the practice of prayer and meditation. He graduated from Harvard College and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He and his wife Jane are raising their two children near San Francisco.
Christine is the Vice President of The Gathering, leading our programs by turning good ideas into reality and improving our current offerings to greater effectiveness. For the past 15 years, Christine has been working to end human trafficking. She served as a Senior Advisor in the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, helping to shape policy priorities during an inflection point (20th anniversary of the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act). And she has served on the founding boards of Restavek Freedom and the Human Trafficking Institute. She also has extensive experience working as a consultant to a variety of organizations – federal and state governments, as well as faith-based nonprofits – and leading community-based programs.
She studied economics at Wellesley College and has a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Christine and her husband Ryan met through a Congressional Hunger Center fellowship, and they delight in spending time with their two teens in Falls Church, Virginia.
Christine Lee Buchholz
Christine Lee Buchholz
Maggie is the Events Director for The Gathering. She plans the logistics and designs the experience for the annual conference as well as trips, webcasts, and receptions throughout the year. She's also picked up a working knowledge of all the plumbing that goes into running The Gathering. Thanks to Maggie, everything works better.
Before joining The Gathering, Maggie managed weddings for a venue in Arkansas. Previously, she spent several years working for Pine Cove, a Christian camping ministry, as a Lead Instructor and School Relations Coordinator for the camp’s outdoor education program, the Institute of Wilderness Studies.
A graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in recreation, park, and tourism sciences, Maggie’s first job after college was writing podcast material for the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program. She and her husband, Coleson, live in Tyler, Texas, with their three children, Claire, Bennett, and Tucker.
Melanie is the GenNext Associate for The Gathering. She helps run the youth program during our annual conference. With three children of her own, plus nearly a decade of leading youth and young adult discipleship programs, Melanie has a trove of experience creating fun and meaningful adventures for kids. Your children and grandchildren in our GenNext program are in the very best hands with Melanie.
Most recently, Melanie was the Women's Director for a summer camp run by Pine Cove, a leading Christian camping ministry. She had previously led Pine Cove's efforts to train partner ministries in Latin America; coordinated Pine Cove's adaptation of the camping experience for city kids; and helped launch a new camping site in central Texas.
After working almost 10 years full time at Pine Cove, she left to raise her young children. She also works as a Senior Stylist for Stitch Fix helping people find clothing they love.
Melanie graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in interdisciplinary studies. She met her husband, Austin, while working at Pine Cove. They live in Texas with their three children, and they enjoy being outside and going on adventures.
Fred is the Founder of The Gathering, which he led for three decades through the end of 2018. Fred was also the Founder of Fourth Partner, a local foundation in Tyler, Texas, that was focused on philanthropy and community development within the East Texas area.
He previously joined Bob Buford in founding Leadership Network, where he served as President for 12 years. Fred spent several years as a teacher and administrator at Charlotte Christian School in North Carolina and The Stony Brook School in New York. He is a Navy veteran and a graduate of Denver University and Harvard Divinity School.
With a lifetime of accomplishment, Fred will tell you his true vocation is that of a Sunday School teacher. And it is this role for which he would most like to be remembered. Fred and his wife, Carol, have two grown daughters, a son-in-law, and four grandchildren.
Marc is a veterinarian and the owner of Brandywine Valley Veterinary Hospital in Pennsylvania. He graduated with a degree in biology from Union College in New York and played on both the hockey and soccer teams. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University, where he met Suzanne. Marc has volunteered in Haiti and Senegal with Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM), an organization that empowers veterinarians to share their skills and faith in the developing world. Marc serves on the board of the Pilgrim Foundation, enjoys beekeeping and gardening in his spare time, and is busy raising their four kids and caring for their numerous pets.
Suzanne is the President of the Pilgrim Foundation, which partners with more than 50 nonprofit organizations spanning countries in Africa, Haiti, China, and the U.S. Most recently, Suzanne has put a prominent focus on social impact investing, specifically in Haiti and Africa. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in animal science and the desire to become a veterinarian. She then earned a graduate degree in physiology at The Ohio State University, where she met Marc, who was working towards becoming a veterinarian. Once Suzanne saw the effort it took to complete veterinary school, she decided to pursue another route. She began working with her father on the charitable foundation he founded in 1997, and has strengthened the foundation’s grantmaking process, support for portfolio organizations, and impact through its investments. She also started a family and a lively household.
The Daniels have four kids, lots of pets, and live in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Marc and Suzanne Daniel
Marc and Suzanne Daniel
Bob is the President of Grace Management Group, a family-owned business founded in 1975. Grace Management Group operates a portfolio of brands and vertically integrated businesses within the fragrance industry, including Greenleaf, Votivo, Bridgewater Candle Company, The WillowBrook Company, BMC Manufacturing, and Aroma Creations. Bob is a graduate of Wheaton College, and serves on the Boards of the Greenleaf Foundation and the Grace Cares Foundation. His areas of interest include orphan care, foster care, human trafficking, and the potential that resides within a redemptive entrepreneurial perspective to foster human flourishing.
Sarah is a graduate of Wheaton College. She is mother to six children, three ducks, two dogs, one chameleon, and the occasional foster reptile. Through the journey of adopting two sons, Sarah is well aware of the joys, stresses, and struggles that foster care and adoption bring into a family; the very real impact of trauma on an individual; and the incredible need for great mental health providers. Sarah serves on the Boards of the Greenleaf Foundation and the Grace Cares Foundation. Her areas of interest include orphan care, foster care, human trafficking, mental health, and racial equity.
The Caldwells have six children and live in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Sarah and Bob Caldwell
Sarah and Bob Caldwell
Todd is the CEO and owner of T.H. Properties (THP), a residential homebuilding and development company that he co-founded in 1992. THP’s rapid growth placed them on the “Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America” list three years in a row in the late 1990s.
Before starting THP, Todd completed degrees in international business administration and economics at Temple University’s Fox School of Business in Philadelphia. Immediately after graduation, Todd and Karen traveled to 35 countries with OM Ships, distributing educational books around the globe. Todd has spent the majority of his time over the last 25 years ministering to business and government leaders, traveling to over 200 nations and territories, most frequently to Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Russia.
Todd enjoys bringing leaders from academia, business, faith communities, and government together to work on solving intractable problems. He also spends time encouraging business executives to get more involved in using their power to do good. A futurist and inspirational speaker, Todd also enjoys reading, politics, skiing, snorkeling, and of course, traveling off the beaten path.
Karen leads the Human Resources and Home Design divisions of THP, where she serves on the management team. She graduated from Temple with a degree in psychology, and together with Todd served for more than three years on board the MV Logos II with OM Ships. Karen is dedicated to ministries involved with women and children, especially related to fighting human trafficking. Locally, she is a supporter of low-income single mothers.
Using her expertise in hiring, developing, and retaining people, Karen has helped a number of ministries make key hires by training their HR teams in behavioral interviewing. She enjoys serving and supporting those surrounding her each day, with a desire to love her neighbor as an equal. Karen is an enthusiastic world traveler with adventures in over 100 countries and territories.
The Hendricks have a son and live near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Karen and Todd Hendricks
Karen and Todd Hendricks
Vinh was born in Vietnam. He was 3 years old when his family fled Vietnam as boat people. Vinh’s memoir Where the Wind Leads tells their dramatic and inspiring family story. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School.
Leisle was born in Korea, and her family story of moving to a small farm in Arkansas inspired the Oscar-nominated movie Minari, which was written and directed by her brother. Leisle graduated from Yale College and Harvard Business School.
Vinh and Leisle grew up in Arkansas and were high school sweethearts. They later combined their medical and business backgrounds to start and run a successful medical practice. They take joy in integrating their work with their mission. Their practice supports projects in Colorado, Cambodia, and Rwanda to help the most vulnerable children and families.
The Chungs have four children and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Vinh and Leisle Chung
Vinh and Leisle Chung
Todd is the Chairman of the board of directors for Pro Athletes Outreach and for the Young Life Foundation; the chairman emeritus of the Seed Company; and a board member of Passion Conferences and Passion City Church in Atlanta. He is a corporate director for AquaSmart Enterprises, Mashburn, and Rose Rock.
Todd was a placekicker in the National Football League for 13 years. During his career, he was named the Seattle Seahawks NFL True Value Man of the Year, and at his retirement, Todd was one of only 34 players to have scored more than 1,000 points, mostly with the Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, and the Atlanta Falcons. When he retired, Todd held two NFL records: he kicked the most 40+ yard field goals in a season and was the only player to make game-winning field goals for 5+ teams. He served six years on the NFL Players Association Board. In 2015, he was recognized by Athletes in Action as their 10th male inductee into the AIA Hall of Faith.
Todd played collegiate football and graduated from the University of Georgia, receiving his BBA in banking & finance. He was the team’s first Academic All-American in a decade and also initiated into Sphinx, the University's highest honor. His philanthropic interests focus on Scripture translation, sports ministry, youth and college ministry, and stewardship.
Susan is the CEO of Relish and Cabell’s Designs. Previously, she worked with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and then Young Life. Susan received her degree with distinction in banking & finance from the University of Georgia. She serves as a Trustee for Young Life, most recently as Vice Chair of the board of directors, and she is also a director of Pro Athletes Outreach. Her philanthropic areas of interest include Scripture translation, caring for the poor, micro enterprise, youth and college ministry, sports ministry, and discipling young women. Susan enjoys travel, gardening, cooking, hiking and reading.
The Petersons have two children and live near Atlanta, Georgia.
Susan and Todd Peterson
Susan and Todd Peterson
Ray is the owner of ArCon and TriCon design and construction companies in Ohio and Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in sociology. He serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Restavek Freedom; his hope is to one day see the end of child slavery in Haiti.
Joan leads all of the operations and programming for Restavek Freedom, and she splits her time between the U.S. and Haiti. She was a co-founding family of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. She also led Go Cincinnati for several years, coordinating 2,500 volunteers and 100 service projects citywide. Joan received her degree in education from Lee University and a graduate degree from the University of Cincinnati. Her greatest joy is spending time with her children and grandchildren.
The Conns have three children, a daughter-in-law, and a son-in-law along with four beloved grandchildren; they live in Cincinnati, OH and Chattanooga, TN.
Ray and Joan Conn
Ray and Joan Conn
Sam is a Founding Partner at Weatherford Capital. He has over 15 years of direct private equity investment experience, having led the execution of more than 40 direct investments. Prior to Weatherford Capital, Sam was a founding member of Schulze Global Investments, a private investment firm focused on the world’s most dynamic frontier markets, which was acquired by Cerberus Capital Management in 2018. His investment career has led him to live in China, where he developed proficiency in Chinese, and in Ethiopia. Sam serves on several boards, including CloudFactory, a global leader in tech-enabled managed workforce solutions for companies operating and developing artificial intelligence and machine learning tools. Additionally, Sam is a founding member of the Peterson Institute for International Economics’ Global Future Council, a leading economic and financial affairs think tank in North America. Sam is a board member of nonprofit organizations including Eckerd Connects and Abe Brown Ministries. He is a graduate of Fordham University.
Salime is the Founder of Reformadas, a ministry that addresses Biblical literacy among Latinas. Through Reformadas, she writes and publishes Bible studies to distribute for free. Salime describes herself as a follower of Jesus; wife of Sam; mom of Samuel, Peter, and Aliyah; Mexican. Salime has lived and worked in Beijing and Addis Ababa. She is studying for a Master of Divinity degree through Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
The Weatherfords reside in Dallas, Texas, with their three children.