Dan and Jan Taylor, founders of 5 Rivers, have been in ministry most of their married life, 30 years and counting. Dan began as a Youth Pastor on Chicago’s northwest side, then God intervened and called him into the inner city housing projects, first 3 years in Cabrini Green, then 10 years at the Robert Taylor Homes on Chicago’s south side. Jan’s job moved them to Arizona in 2009, and again God intervened and Dan found he had a new call from the Lord to minister to the nations through relationships built during short-term missions trips, with the immediate focus being Asia, especially northern India. He now leads teams several times a year, and is deeply involved in partnering with those on the front lines of ministry in their nation. Jan works alongside Dan with administration gifts to help him fulfill this call, and takes care of things on the home front as he travels to the nations. She “sends” and she “prays.” Dan and Jan have 3 grown children.
Mark and Ellie Geppert are committed to changing lives through prayer, channeling resources into humanitarian projects, raising up prayer teams which will penetrate unreached people groups in the nations and nurturing new ministries through affiliation all over the world. The four platforms of the ministry are: Parenting, Education, Health, and Economics.
Mark has taught Prayer Walking Seminars, Businessmen’s Micro-Economic Kingdom Principles, and Team Building Seminars to leaders in Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, and throughout the United States of America. His radio and television experience has made him noted as a “master communicator.” Mark has over 35 years of international experience in over thirty countries and has authored four books. The first, The Attack Lambs, has over fifty thousand copies in print and has been translated into several languages. Mark is ordained through Elim Fellowship of Rochester, New York, has served on the staff of several churches in the United States, and has established and pastored the English speaking congregation of the Church of Singapore (Bukit Timah). He is currently teaching, networking, overseeing, and inspiring existing projects and new avenues for sustainability and evangelization.
Ellie has a degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University of PA, a Reading Specialist Degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Christian Worker’s Certificate in Theology from Dayspring Christian Center. She has taught elementary grades in public, private and International schools as well as directed Children’s Ministries and Education in several churches. Establishing women’s ministry has been a passion for her over the years as well; Proverbs 31, Women’s Aglow in Guatemala, and Women mentoring Women in Singapore. Ellie currently works alongside her husband, Mark, in the South East Asia Prayer Center (SEAPC) in administration and supervision. Writing the Kid’s Page for the newsletter is a favorite job for Ellie. She established “Coins for Kid’s” to raise funds for urgent children’s needs as they come to their attention.
Traveling and teaching nationally and internationally is a constant role for Mark and Ellie. They have two sons and two grandsons and come and go from their home in Oakmont, PA. They love to see new ministries spring up and to serve them in getting established. Mark and Ellie together serve six missions boards.
Gregg and Conni Ingallina are long-time Phoenix, Arizona residents that have been engaged in Christian ministry in many ways over the years, including mission trips, church leadership, home fellowships, children’s programs and praise and worship. They have been involved with 5 Rivers for years and are excited about the future of this missions-minded ministry. Gregg travels to India as part of the team as often as he can. The Ingallina’s have been married for over 30 years and have 5 children.
Simon Pillai was born and raised in India. His father was a Hindu and mother a Christian, although he was raised secular. He accepted the Lord in 1994 and attended Bible College shortly after. Simon worked with Bombay Teen Challenge for two years, then with International Justice Mission, rescuing girls from sex trafficking. Simon and his family moved to Arizona in 2006 and he currently works as a multilingual interpreter for five South Asian languages serving the legal and medical community, and is involved with ministry to the homeless. He shares the vision of 5 Rivers for his homeland, joining the team as one of the missionaries. He and his wife, Bindu have been married for over 15 years and they have two school-age children. Bindu is currently involved as a women’s prayer coordinator with their church and also part of Moms in Prayer fellowship. She has been gifted with excellent qualities of support, motivation and hospitality. She works as a critical care nurse in ICU at a hospital.
Vicki Carroll joined the Board at 5 Rivers because she has seen first hand what God is doing through this organization. Vicki was a part of the June 2015 mission team that traveled on a 16 day prayer journey to Sikh, Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist areas in Northern India.
5 Rivers has touched not only Vicki, but also her entire family. Her youngest son, Bronston (right in photo), went on the March 2015 mission trip that focused on ministering at pastor conferences and house visits in Northern India. Tannon, her oldest son, who is an interventional cardiologist (left in photo), and his wife have caught the vision by financially supporting missionary teams and Indian businesses connected with local churches. Though they have been unable to personally travel with 5 Rivers they have supported their cause by being senders of others. Vicki’s passion as a board member is to see other families ignited to partner with God in what He is doing in North India through 5 Rivers.
Vicki has been a believer of Christ since a small child. Her focus has always been local until she met Dan and Jan Taylor, founders of 5 Rivers. She caught the vision by being a regular attendee of 5 Rivers’ prayer meetings, which are held before and after sending off missionary teams. While praying for others, God knitted her heart to India and the work 5 Rivers is doing.
Vicki has had her own consultant business for over 20 years. She worked with non-profit organizations to develop and enhance volunteer programs, staff retreats, organizational processes, executive coaching, and fundraising. Micah’s Children Foundation, Katy Christian Ministries, and Pregnancy Help Center are among some of the non-profit organizations she has worked with. Vicki also serves on the Board of Destined to Live, a non-profit organization that provides resources including food, shelter, medicine and school supplies to women and children in Africa.