OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., February 7, 2014 – The Board of Reaching Souls International, an evangelical Christian missions ministry headquartered in Oklahoma City, has named Dustin Manis as its new President. He replaces Ben Manis, who is stepping down as President and Chairman of the Board. Ben Manis will continue serving with the ministry as President Emeritus. Dennis Napier will become the new Chairman of the Board.
Ben Manis has served as a full time employee of the ministry since 1989 and has served as President since 2009. Over the past 20 years he has made 84 trips to Africa while helping create and develop Reaching Souls International’s unique and efficient ministry strategy.
Dustin Manis has been Reaching Souls International’s Chief Executive Officer since 2009, and has been an employee of the ministry since 1997. Since accepting the position of CEO, Dustin has been responsible for the formulation and implementation of the ministry’s philosophy, mission, strategy, annual objectives, and goals. Dustin holds a B.A. in Organizational Communication from the University of Oklahoma and a M.A. in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Under his leadership, Reaching Souls recently experienced its most fruitful year, seeing 5,074,367 people come to salvation in 2013.
Speaking upon accepting his new role as President and CEO, Dustin Manis said, “I am grateful to accept the role of President at a time when, because of God’s blessing and favor, we are in a position to expand and grow. It is a privilege to continue leading Reaching Souls forward as we multiply the work of training and equipping evangelists to reach their home nations all across the world.”
Reaching Souls International is an evangelical Christian ministry that identifies, trains, and supports indigenous evangelists (“National Missionaries”) in developing nations. Reaching Souls currently has 1,000 National Missionaries working in seven African nations as well as Cuba and India. Over the past 10 years, Reaching Souls has seen more than 26,500,000 people come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior while planting 16,381 churches. Reaching Souls was founded in 1986 by evangelist Jimmy Hodges.