about becoming an instructor in the Chinese Leadership Development Program, contact Ian Vickers of GPiH, .

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Meet the Chinese Leadership Development Program Team


Ian Vickers
Chief Executive Officer, Global Partners in Hope

Education M.A. Leadership; B.S., International Studies, Crown College

A global thinker connected with at least one person on every continent, Mr. Vickers is committed to developing faith-based leaders who will make a difference in the world. He started Global Partners in Hope in 2008, after innovating several other non-profit organizations in the United States and Europe. From 1992 to 2001 Mr. Vickers was based in Paris, France, where he led a team focused on training and equipping European pastors.

He’s worked with non-profit organizations for more than 25 years, bringing basic medical access to developing counties, coordinating humanitarian assistance, conducting leadership development in France and the U.S., and personally leading teams into West Africa, Brazil, Cuba, Asia, China and Europe.


Donald O. Young, D.D.
Vice President of International Operations,
Global Partners in Hope

Education Toccoa Falls College

Over his long career involving international leadership, Mr. Young has served in more than 35 countries around the world. In addition, he’s served as a missionary with the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA) in Ivory Coast, Africa, for 15 years; and pastored churches in Alabama and Wyoming for 14 years. Mr. Young served the C&MA as the Director of Missionary Candidates, and is on the Board of Managers. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Don led the C&MA’s recovery efforts in Waveland, Mississippi. In addition to working with GPiH, Mr. Young is a board member of the Kairos Foundation, and the Regional Director for the College of Prayer in Asia.


Jay Steele, Ph.D.
Professor of Business Administration, Chair of Crown's Business Department

Education Ph.D., University of Minnesota; M.Div., Ashland Theological Seminary; M.B.A., Baldwin-Wallace College; B.S. Physics, Baldwin-Wallace College

As the former pastor of King Road Alliance in Ashland, Ohio, and as a former systems and sales support analyst for Nixdorf Computer, Cleveland, Dr. Steele is perfectly suited to teaching accounting, finance and economics from a faith-based perspective. His definition of academic excellence is not only mastery of a discipline, but also the integration of faith into that discipline. He intentionally incorporates ethics into all his curricula, which sets his teaching apart from that of other business professors. A professor at Crown since 1986, Dr. Steele says students’ greatest takeaways from his classes are: learning to appreciate a solid biblical foundation throughout all coursework; and the tools to enter a broad spectrum of business opportunities. Dr. Steele is a member of the American Accounting Association.


Jim Nichols, D.B.A.
Associate Professor of Business Administration

Education D.B.A., Anderson University; M.B.A., University of Dallas; B.S., Iowa State University

After working in the corporate sector for more than 30 years, with experience in domestic and international sales and marketing, small business ownership and corporate planning, Dr. Nichols began teaching undergraduate business course. He joined Crown College in 2001, in order to integrate the Word into his course curriculum so business and ministry co-exist for students dedicated to making a difference in the world. He teaches a range of business courses and is actively involved in business-as-mission at the college, church and denominational levels. For Dr. Nichols, the hallmark of academic excellence is teaching students to think critically about a problem and strategize potential solutions. He’s is a member of the American Management Association and the Christian Business Faculty Association.