Get to Know Our People
Board of Directors
Brian R. Smith
Managing Director • S3 Ventures
Serving Since 2009
Brian serves as Board Chairman for Davar Partners International. With an extensive background in executive leadership, technology, and electrical engineering, Brian currently serves as the Managing Director of S3 Ventures, an early, expansion and growth stage venture capital firm focused on technology and medical device companies. Brian passionately desires to eradicate Bible poverty for oral learners worldwide and to see lives changed by the power of God’s Word. Brian and his family reside in Austin, Texas.
CEO • Davar Partners International
Serving Since 2016
Mark served on Davar’s Board of Directors for over two years and in 2018 was appointed CEO. With his business background and years of C-level leadership experience, Mark leads Davar forward in wisdom, stewardship, and efficiency. As CEO, Mark values collaboration and partnership at every stage of our process – from new relationships with translation partners, to stories of life change from engagement partners, Mark is enthusiastic about bringing the Body of Christ together in order to effectively finish the Great Commission task. Mark is a Partner with the Austin Stone Community Church. He and his wife reside in Austin, Texas.
Co-Owner • RiskScape
Serving Since 2009
John serves as a longstanding member of the Board of Directors at Davar Partners International. John is actively engaged in commercial business as Co-owner of RiskScape. He offers a wide variety of technical expertise in GPS technology and data solutions. As an entrepreneur and technology pioneer, John provides Davar with both knowledge and passion to make the Word of God freely and widely available to all people. John and his family reside in South Africa.
Executive Director • Ron Blue Institute
Serving Since 2019
Michael serves as the Executive Director and General Counsel of the Ron Blue Institute. He writes, speaks, teaches, and develops curriculum primarily in the areas of stewardship and generosity. He is the co-author of two books, Master Your Money and God Owns It All, and the author of a Bible study titled Financial Hope. Michael is married with three boys and lives in Austin, Texas. He is passionate about teaching God’s Word and regularly does so at his church, Southwest Bible Church, in Austin.
Lead Pastor • Austin Stone Community Church
Joined January 2020
Kevin Peck is the Lead Pastor of The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX. Kevin works to bring strategic leadership, strong teams and a passion for developing leaders to the local church. He also serves as the Vice President of Leadership Development for Acts 29 and coaches dozens of senior leaders every year through Strategic Leadership Communities with Lifeway Leadership. Kevin completed his doctoral work in Executive Leadership at Southern Seminary. He co-wrote “Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development”. He is married to Leslie and together they have 3 beautiful girls Ellie, Halle, and Ivey.
It is our mission to create opportunities for oral learners to fully experience the Bible in their home language.
Mark served on Davar’s Board of Directors for over two years and in 2018 was appointed CEO. With a robust business background and years of c-level leadership experience, Mark leads Davar forward in wisdom, stewardship, and efficiency. As CEO, Mark values collaboration and partnership at every stage of our process – from new relationships with translation partners, to stories of life change from engagement partners, Mark is enthusiastic about bringing the Body of Christ together in order to effectively finish the Great Commission task. Mark is a active member and elder at the Austin Stone Northwest campus, where he has attended, led, and served in various capacities for the past 30 years. Mark and his wife reside in Austin, Texas.
After many years and considerable history in corporate business, finance, and accounting, extensive experience consulting in the steel industry, and a background in non-profit management, Ehab felt compelled to join Davar to oversee the financial development and growth of the organization. Ehab offers a wealth of experience from the business sector, and he passionately desires to make God’s Word available to people of every tongue. Ehab and his family reside in Galilee, Israel.
Riaan de Lange
Riaan leads the Productions department, ensuring we are able to deliver high quality productions on time and within budget. He has been with Davar since 2013 and resides in Pretoria, South Africa.
Riaan has 22 years in project management, of which 12 years were in media production management.
Heidi works directly with the CFO to manage the finances and CRM. She joined Davar in 2019 and lives in Pretoria, South Africa. She has long been associated with Davar as her husband, John, has served on the board for more than 10 years.
Productions Technical Manager
Nathan is the Productions Technical Manager and resides in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a Qualified Sound Engineer with 20 Years of experience in Live Sound Reinforcement and Studio Recording.
He joined Davar in 2013 where he went on to do Bible recordings in countries such as USA, Mozambique and South Africa. Nathan’s passion is to share the word of God to the world through excellence.
He currently managers the technical aspects of Davar’s productions where he oversees the
recording, editing, mastering, quality control, audio distribution as well as providing training to the technicians at the studios.
His name is Mutsubi Ngwenya better known to family and friends as Rev.
Rev currently resides in the Capital City of South Africa, Tshwane in an area named “Pretoria East”, with his lovely wife and two wonderful children.
He has been with Davar for 6years, working alongside dedicated team members all around the world with one common goal “To create opportunities for oral learners to fully experience the Bible in their home language.”
Rev has always had a fascination for audio i.e. what is sound, how does sound behave in various environments, best methods of recording and reproducing various sounds for various platforms. It is for this reason that he studied “Sound Engineering”, and has been working as a Sound Engineer professionally for 11 years.
With access to the recorded Word of God, families, tribes and nations will live transformed for his glory.
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