Vision · Passion · Integrity
Meet the dedicated men and women who serve as our advisory and governmental leaders.
Chairman - Dr. Grady Carter
Dr. Carter is a Chiropractor physician, practicing in Jacksonville since 1977 and has three offices, north of downtown Jacksonville, near the Jax International Airport and in Orange Park. He has a wife, Betty, and six children, Jennifer, Grady, Jessica, Jassen, Joshua, and Jonathan, as well as 5 grandchildren. He has been active in the Jacksonville Community Services organizations to include Jaycees, Lion Clubs, Health Systems Agency, Northside Rotary Club, Northside Businessmen’s Association and the Springfield Businessman’s Association.
Dr. Carter was accepted as a Calvary International Board Member in 2005 and is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Vice-Chairman - Ryan Schinneller
Ryan Schinneller was born in Jacksonville, and has made it his home since. At the age of 10, Ryan accepted Jesus in his life. Ryan currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and on the Board Advancement Committee.
In 1993, Ryan became aware of a need for missionaries in the former Soviet-Union, so he immediately began planning for a summer through Calvary International. Ever since that first missions trip, Ryan has been a supporter of Go To Nations in both prayer and finances, supporting both the ministry headquarters and individual missionaries and projects.
Ryan married Tina Wells in 1995. Also, in 1995, Ryan graduated suma cum laude from the University of North Florida. After graduation, Ryan took a position at American Technical Ceramics as a photolithographist and was tasked with creating a photolithography lab. After two years, he was transferred to the laser department where he became the lead laser technician working on thin-film hybrid microcircuitry.
After 10 years with America Technical Ceramics, Ryan took a job at Christ the Redeemer Church as a graphics designer, web designer, and videographer, where he served for 20 years. Ryan is currently serving as the Media Director for Grace Church of Avondale and owns Image Media Resource, a production company. Tina serves at Christian Healing Ministries. Ryan and Tina have a passion for missions.
President of Go To Nations - Dr. Jerry Williamson
Jerry is well-known for his zeal for missions and his ability to articulate missions vision with clarity, and he interfaces with leaders around the world to help create national Great Commission movements. He travels extensively overseas helping missionaries and national leaders maximize their missions' efforts by providing Bible teaching and preaching, ministry planning, leadership training, Global Pathway and other ministry tools, and counseling. Jerry was ordained in 1982 and served as a Go To Nations missionary in Ecuador in 1985. He was appointed President in June of 2000 to oversee the Executive Leadership of the ministry and to be the voice of Go To Nations. In his flagship book, The Pulse of a Nation, he challenges the status quo for believers everywhere as he confronts America's growing post-Christian culture. He is highly respected as a missionary statesman and is appreciated for his help in the global advancement of missions organizations around the world. His role on the Board of Directors is to assure board development, ministry accountability, ministry reporting, and board committee participation. He serves board members, missionaries, and friends of the ministry unselfishly and fully live their lives for God's glory exemplifying faith, hope and love.
Founder and President Emeritus - Daniel Williams
Daniel and Sharon Williams founded Go To Nations (originally named Calvary International) in 1981 and served as field missionaries in Costa Rica and Ecuador. Daniel served as President for 19 years and in a consulting role for an additional 2 yrs. He still serves as President Emeritus and Sharon continues to work with GTN field missionaries and ministries around the world.
Sharon co-founded and directs Act4 THE NATIONS which provides spiritual and material support where it is most needed by partnering with veteran frontline servants.
Daniel is the Apostolic Delegate to Israel for the Christian Communion International and its parent communion, the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches. He also currently serves as Executive Director of the Israel Allies Foundation.
Daniel and Sharon Williams have been married since 1973 and have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.
Secretary/Treasurer - William "Ted" Ade
Ted grew up in Jacksonville and graduated from Riverside Presbyterian Day School and Jacksonville, Episcopal High School. He attended Vanderbilt University where he graduated in 1984 with a BA in economics and in 1985 with an MBA. After working as a financial analyst for a manufacturing firm in Virginia, he was called to the Ukraine where he lived and worked for three years.
In Ukraine, Ted worked with CoMission. CoMission was an alliance of organizations of which Calvary International participated. While in the Ukraine, Ted met Temple Miller, who was also working in the Ukraine. After returning to the states, they became engaged and married. In 1997, Ted returned to Jacksonville, began working as a financial planner, and earned his Certified Financial Planner designation.
Ted and Temple have two young children and are active members of Christ Church in Mandarin.
Ted was accepted as a board member of Go To Nations in 2005 where he currently serves as Secretary and Treasurer.
Chaplain - Wendell Shaw
Wendell Shaw was born in Northern Maine in 1938, and graduated from Aroostook Central Institute in 1965. Served in the U.S. Army in 1961and 1962. During that time he became affiliated with the Assemblies of God and was Ordained as a minister 1963 and in 1964 returned to Florida where he became pastor of the Orange Park Assembly of God and served there from 1965-1985.
After several years in business, in 1991 he became pastor of the Bethel Assembly of God in Lawton, Oklahoma where he stayed until 1993. In 1994 he founded and presently pastors the Christian Faith Center in Orange Park/Middleburg areas.
He earned a BS Degree in Business from Jones College, Jacksonville, Florida and he also has a Masters Degree in Ministry from the Jacksonville Seminary. He presently serves with the International Ministerial Fellowship headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has three grown children.
Pastor Shaw was accepted as a board member of GoToNations in April 2009 and current serves as board Chaplain.
Chairman Emeritus - James L. Ade
Jim Ade is an attorney who has practiced in Jacksonville since 1959, specializing in business and tax law, estate planning, probate and trust law, and administrative law. Jim has been married to his wife Mary Ann for more than 51 years and they have three children, Leanne, Ted and Beth.
Ted currently serves as a Board member of Calvary International. Jim has served as an Elder in his church and many other religious and prestigious charitable and civic organizations. He was accepted as a Calvary International Board Member in 1992.
Jim served as Chairman for several years and currently serves under the status of Chairman Emeritus.
Member - Pastor Rob Goyette
Pastor Rob Goyette and his wife Christie have pastored Living Waters World Outreach Center for the past 23 years. He was responsible for founding Faith Christian Academy 21 years ago and served as its board president for 19 years. The school annually represents over 23 churches in Nassau County in their student body and staff.
In his international travels he has ministered in such places as India, Indonesia, Israel, Honduras, Ukraine, Cuba, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe South Africa, the Philippines, and Guatemala.
For 8 years he was a weekly columnist in the Fernandina Beach News Leader and authored the book “Joining Jesus in His Ministry” – a guide to helping people find their ministry calling.
He currently serves as Board President for Living Waters World Outreach Center and is focused on building the congregation around Jesus’ 5-fold ministry.
Member - Connie Cenac
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of West Florida, Connie Cenac pursued a career as a Medicare auditor and eventually serviced hospitals and home health agencies throughout the country as a Medicare consultant. She and her husband Dwight, founders of the Homecare Association of America, worked for years with government officials to protect the interest of America’s elderly population.
Connie is the founder and President of Seacoast Christian Academy, a fully accredited school by the Association of Christian Schools International for grades k-1 through twelve. She is also the President of Welcome Homecare, a Medicare-certified home health agency with offices in Duval, Clay, Baker, Nassau, and St. Johns counties in northeast Florida. In addition to their business responsibilities, she and Dwight, her husband of 35 years, are the Senior Pastors of Sanctuary – The House of the Lord.
Connie, is the author of two books, From Trials to Triumph and From Rags to Royalty. She is also a speaker for marriage and singles conferences, women’s retreats, and workshops for those who are in need of healing and restoration from past relationships.
Connie was accepted as a member of Go To Nations Board of Directors in 2007.
Member - John Gabbert
John is the CEO of Red River Health Care Systems, Inc. a Texas home health company which serves northeast Texas and southeast Oklahoma and is headquartered in Paris, Texas, with branch offices in Denison, Texas and Durant, Oklahoma. The company was founded in 1975 by John's mother, Mary Jo Gabbert, RN. John began his home care career in 1983 with RRHCS.
A 1964 graduate of Texas A&M University, John served in the US Army before coming to RRHCS. John and his wife of 33 years Nancy "Jack" Gabbert, live in Paris, Texas. They have five children, ten grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. They have served in East Paris Baptist Church in Paris for more than 20 years.
John has been serving on the board of directors since 2012.
Member - Mark Goode
Mark moved to Big Sky, MT in 2001 from Knoxville Tennessee. He was planning to retire from the Semiconductor Industry, but still commutes to work in North Carolina. Mark has a daughter attending college in Tennessee and two high school age sons in Big Sky. Mark has made multiple mission trips to the Ukraine and Russia where he has played with Russian worship teams. Mark plays keyboards on the Big Sky Christian Fellowship worship team, maintains the accounting system at the church, and works on several non-profit enterprises in the community.
Mark graduated from University of Miami, Florida in 1983 with a Bachelors Degree in Music. He worked in Manhattan, New York as a recording engineer working on about 40% of the top 100 for almost 7 years. During that time, he had completed a Masters degree in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He moved to Knoxville, Tennessee where he worked on Graphic User Interfaces for digital recording consoles with a company called Audio Animation. He taught himself how to design semiconductors while he was there, and the VP of Engineering and he started ASIC International, Inc. in 1993. We grew that company to about 45 engineers and sold it to Flextronics in 2001. He tried to retire but it isn't his style. Instead, he went to Wharton (University of Pennsylvania) from 2004 to 2006 and received a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on finance.
Mark started working with Triad Semiconductor, Inc. in 2007 playing a dual role with Triad as CFO and its sister company ViASIC as CEO. In 2010 the two companies merged and he retained his position as CFO in Triad Semiconductor, Inc.
Member - Jessica Carter O'Brien
Jessica Carter O'Brien is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at First Coast Therapy Group in Ponte Vedra Beach, and is the Operations and Finance Coordinator for her church, Awaken Church. She has been married to her husband, Kelly, for 7 years and they live in Jacksonville, Florida.
Jessica was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida and accepted Jesus as her savior at 5 years old. She graduated from St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park and then attended the University of Central Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2006. She then earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Florida in 2008.
Jessica has been involved with the Junior League of Jacksonville since 2011 and has been involved with Go To Nations since 2005 when she took her first of three mission trips to the Sonshine Center in Iloilo, Philippines, traveling with her husband for the most recent trip. She worked at the World Headquarters as Director of Reporting while in graduate school and has served on the Governance Committee since 2015. She is following in the footsteps of her father, Dr. Grady L. Carter, in anticipation of becoming a second generation Go To Nations board member.
Member - Jim Wagner
Jim Wagner was born and raised in Michigan up to middle school and then the family was relocated to central Ohio. Upon graduation from high school he immediately went to college and graduated four years later with a bachelor’s degree in business/communications.
In Jim’s senior year the Director of Campus Crusade For Christ shared the Four Spiritual Laws with him and he received Christ as his personal Savior
After graduation, the formative years of his early career was in medical sales consisting of various medical implants and capital equipment for the operating room. He took a one year sabbatical and went on a DTS with YWAM in Colorado.
Upon returning to Florida, he re-entered the medical sales field as a medical franchise owner. During this period he was introduced to the business world of network marketing which dramatically altered his future business interests. He began an extensive training process of how to move goods and services into the market through a home based business approach and began getting mentored on how to effectively train and empower leaders to be effective in business.
For just over two decades he has been a student of this industry and have been trained by the best in developing systems, motivating the masses and strategically positioning key leaders in targeted markets for maximum impact nationally and internationally. His area of interest and pursuit is in nutriseuticals and is currently a top leader with a young North American company that is gearing up to open world markets with patent protected, scientifically validated botanical breakthroughs destined to impact the masses with greater physical health and extend a financial life line in a hurting economy.
He has been wonderfully blessed with a beautiful wife of nearly twenty four years and four precious children.
Jim was nominated as a board member in 2009.
Member - Brenda Wright
Brenda is a native of Jacksonville, and happily married to a wonderful Christian man named Donnie, with 2 children - D.J. and Alyssa. Brenda is the marketing representative for First Coast Medical Center and has been with the company for 26 years. She also holds a real estate sales license and a real estate appraisal license. She and her husband Donnie own North Florida Appraisals, a local appraisal company in Jacksonville. Brenda attends church at The Bridge Family Worship Center in Yulee, Florida along with her family. She is very active in the church and enjoys serving the Lord. Christ has been a very important part of her family’s everyday life and she strives to continually grow in her spiritual walk. She considers it an honor to serve and contribute to advancing the Kingdom. Brenda’s spiritual gifts are faith, giving, teaching and discernment. She has a heart for the nations and is very happy to also serve as the Advancement Committee Chair at Go To Nations, believing it is a wonderful organization to be a part of.