Erik and Gina Butz

V.P. of Global Operations

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Photo by Guy Gerrard

Erik and Gina Butz began their staff career in the campus ministry at the University of Minnesota. In 1999, they responded to God’s call to move to East Asia. They served two years as campus directors before Erik was named Regional Operations Director. Amid a season of much expansion, he gave strong spiritual and organizational leadership to the region. During this time, they were blessed with two children, and Gina discovered a passion for personal and leadership development of women through coaching, speaking and writing.

From 2004-2008, Erik served as National Operations Director of Asia Impact, the campus ministry of East Asia. He formed a first-ever “National Operations Leadership Team” there, and empowered operations leaders to contribute to a number of projects global in scope. Most notably, his team contributed strongly to the development of the Global Measurement Application (GMA).

Erik was appointed Area Operations Team Leader for East Asia Orient from 2008-2012. He participated in the Operations Leadership Initiative (OLI) and helped this team to develop what is known as “Ops in a Box”—a global operations package for local and national teams that is in an ongoing process of being developed and rolled out.

In 2012, God called Erik and Gina to return to the U.S. and join the Global Operations team at our Global headquarters. Early in 2013, Erik was asked to serve as Vice President of Global Operations. He is passionate about developing operations staff that are both spiritual and skilled leaders, and building operations systems that allow for unhindered growth of the ministry. Erik’s spiritual leadership is evidenced by his success and by the respect of his peers with whom he has served. Erik’s vision for Operations has consistently attracted staff to critical roles of support. His leadership style is strong in coaching and training.

“Operations is about building the capacity needed to see spiritual movements everywhere. As God and His Holy Spirit makes possible, we want to continue to put the right systems and the right people in place. I’m excited to see operations become an even greater strategic partner in support of our field strategies so that all of our staff, disciples, and volunteers can be more fruitful.”

Gina continues to use her gifts of writing, speaking and coaching in various leadership development and women’s resource projects. She recently wrote a book that chronicled the first 25 years of student ministry in East Asia. Their family now lives in Orlando, Florida.