meet our staff
Pastor Mark Cares,
I grew up in Monroe, Michigan, a town south of Detroit. This meant growing up as a fan of the Detroit sports teams. I count this a blessing since it has taught me that the things of this world do not give satisfaction.
I inherited a “teasing” gene from my mother. You can ask my staff, but a day rarely goes by without me saying something tongue-in-cheek to somebody.
I attended college and seminary in Wisconsin, the hotbed of Packer fans. This was my first taste of living in a foreign culture. More importantly, it is where I met my wife, Bonnie.
My steps in ministry came by planting a church in Boulder, Colorado. Over 30 years ago, we moved to Idaho to pastor a church in Nampa, where we were introduced to the Mormon culture. From this experience, God gave me the burning desire to share Jesus with Mormons.
All along the way, the Lord has wonderfully blessed me: with a wonderful, growing family; with supportive fellow-Christians; with an incredible dedicated board; and with fellow workers who are a tremendous joy to work with.
Mark@TILM.org | 208-502-0972
Pastor Jon Leach, Vice President
I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This means you might hear me speaking a different language as I refer to things like ‘soda’ or a ‘bubbler.’ In college, I asked where the nearest ‘TYME machine’ was (a brand for ATMs in Milwaukee at the time); you can imagine the strange looks.
My wife, Liz, and I are high school sweethearts. We have 4 active boys who keep us busy. We enjoy fishing, camping and exploring God’s beautiful creation together.
I began ministry at a mission church in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, where I worked alongside Christians committed to reaching out in their community. I served in a Christian high school where I shared God’s grace with over 400 International students from 27 different countries and helped others experience the joy of sharing their faith through mission trips.
I attended a mission trip with Truth in Love Ministry many years ago. This instilled in me a passion to reach the lost and an awe at the power of God’s Word to change hearts. My prayer is that even more Christians would experience that joy as God uses them to reach those who don’t yet know him.
JonLeach@TILM.org | 208-899-4100
I only came for the donuts! Well, that was my plan when attending a Bible study, but God had His own idea. He worked His way into my heart and since then I have worked in ministries reaching out to the lost. What better job in the world?
A few interesting facts about me:
· Logistics and lists are my friends
· I can’t imagine life without coffee
· Mom to 2 grown boys and 2 wiener dogs
· I love crime books, shows, podcasts
· I usually have 3-5 projects going-quilting, crocheting, painting my house, etc. The list goes on and on.
Did you notice the lists?
Danee@TILM.org | 208-481-4718
Director of Mission Advancement
I've adopted the philosophy to bloom where you are planted. Having lived around the country, that means I’ve been a fan of the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Arizona Cardinals.
My dad was my inspiration to become a Christian teacher, which launched a 32-year journey that’s allowed me to serve as an elementary school principal, college admissions director, high school development director, high school president, and now Director of Mission Advancement for Truth in Love Ministry.
You can find all the nitty-gritty details on my LinkedIn page. For the past 18 years, my ministry focus has been fundraising and mission advancement work, which gives me the chance to help people make a difference by getting involved in causes they are passionate about. In 2012, I earned a master’s degree in Philanthropy and Development.
My wife, Kristi, and I are celebrating a 26 year long honeymoon. Our current residence is Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, where we live in a small, two-bedroom apartment. We’re blessed with three wonderful children—all in their early 20s. I’m a sunshine and espresso addict. God has wired me with the unique ability to find coffee shops without asking for directions. I love hiking, audio books, and the Beach Boys. My favorite item of clothing is my wedding ring. Most of all, I’m a firm believer in the miracle of God’s grace and his ability to change hearts and lives.
John@TILM.org | 602-686-0287
I taught Mark everything he knows! Not really but I did teach him how to go witnessing door to door. We both had volunteered for work in inner-city Detroit and since I had some previous experience and he had none, I was assigned to be his coach.
We have been blessed with five kids. I loved raising them and now helping out with the grandkids. I enjoy my time spent with the ministry: doing shipping, writing letters, proofreading, and especially giving Mark advice!
Mission Advancement Assistant
Run, run, run. I am always on the run.
At Truth in Love Ministry, I manage (“run”) the donor database program. I also run really hard to keep our team one step ahead of the production schedule—not an easy task!
As a wife to a pastor here in Nampa, there are numerous church activities to run to, and I run my fingers over the organ keys every Sunday for worship.
As a mom to four boys, I seem to be running after groceries more times than I care to count. And, the running to all their athletic and band activities never ends.
When I finally take a break, I love to run my eyes through the pages of a book, run through a deck of cards in a game of Solitaire, or run a needle through fabric doing counted cross-stitch.
But the greatest race of all is the one described by St. Paul in Philippians 3:13-14, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” It is my prayer that God blesses all of our efforts to bring more and more people to the banquet he has prepared at the finish line!
Christy@TILM.org | 208-310-7974
Gina Zimpelmann, Communication Coordinator
It still astounds me that I get to combine my love for connecting with people, my excitement to share Jesus and the blessing of personally growing in God’s Word! I am often energized after a day of connecting with others – whether it be on one of our social media accounts, connecting with others over email, phone or in person, or planning with our team. It is amazing to see God working in hearts and through others.
Outside of Truth in Love Ministry, you will often find me with my family. My husband, Matt, and I love love playing board games, watching movies and getting outside with our three kids. Volunteering at church in our children's and women's ministries gives me opportunities to continually connect with others and with God's Word. Other than that, you'll likely find me in one of my "happy" places: cooking, curled up with a good book, or enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend.
When I graduated from college with a degree in elementary education and two weeks later married my then seminary student husband, I could not have imagined how the Lord would plot our course. That we would end up in Idaho where he is a pastor and that God would lead me to be a part of this amazing ministry and sharing his good news of salvation with the lost, makes me grateful that my plans are not always his!
Gina@TILM.org | 208-505-4599
Tasha Dick, Social Media Assistant
With my dad being the head honcho here, you can imagine the things I’ve witnessed. I’ve witnessed the years he spent writing his book, the hours and hours he spent studying Mormonism, and the countless times we had missionaries over.
Now I’m out of the house with a family of my own and I’ve witnessed the births and baptisms of our three beautiful children. I used to be a surgical tech and witnessed thousands of people having cataract surgery. I’ve also witnessed my father-in-law take his last breath as he entered the kingdom of heaven.
Every day, through this ministry, I am able to witness my faith to others as well as witness others’ faith (and not to mention, witness my dad’s ruthless sense of humor). So, I guess you can say I was born to be a witness, but weren’t we all?
Tasha@TILM.org | 855-770-3700 Ext. 107
Mike & Delila Byars, Thank You Calls
Delila grew up LDS but became inactive when the pressure of trying to be perfect became too strong. She fondly remembers her baptism at a Christian church. “It felt like a huge weight was lifted off me.” She remains so grateful knowing that Jesus was perfect for her. Each week, Delila & Mike take turns calling our supporters and thanking them. They make a great team together and we're blessed to have them on our team!