Simon Gounder is the Executive Director of Global AIM and is devoted to reaching Asian Indians with the love of Christ. He is a highly sought-after guest speaker on missions, revival, and outreach. Simon has been a lead pastor both in his homeland of Fiji and the United States. Simon is also an Intercultural Executive Presbyter for the So Cal Network, serves on the National US Missions Board of the Assemblies of God, and is the President of Vista Monterey Homeowners Association.
Simon is a rare combination of pastor and evangelist. Simon is passionate about saving the lost and is dedicated to helping others grow in their relationship with their Savior through prayer and personal coaching. He has created Indian fellowships in several cities in the United States, including California, Texas, Georgia, and Wisconsin.
Simon lives in Orange County, California, with his wife, friend, and teammate Anjana. Simon and Anjana are ordained ministers with the Assemblies of God and serve as missionaries with the US Missions. Their son, Sylvanas (Sal), is a master’s student at BIOLA University after graduating from Vanguard University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Finance. Sal is also the Young Adults Pastor and Worship Leader at Orange Hills Assembly of God, along with his wife, Jessica. Sal and Jessica are fully involved in the Global AIM ministry, participating in outreaches and mission trips and leading worship at fellowship meetings.
Anjana Gounder is a native of the Fiji Islands in the South Pacific. A former Hindu, Anjana accepted the call of Jesus in her life when she was a teenager. Anjana was a schoolteacher for 15 years before she began ministry with her husband Simon in Fiji. In 2002 the Lord called Anjana and her husband to the United States. They are both now US Missionaries with the Assemblies of God in Southern California
SAnjana is an ordained minister and was the first Asian Indian woman to be ordained by the Assemblies of God in the United States. She co-founded and is an executive board member of Global AIM. She has also served as the Finance Manager of Southern California AG.
Anjana’s life is a miracle. She is a three-time cancer survivor and is an example of God’s grace and mercy. Her faith in the Lord is evident through her uplifting smile and incredible strength during medical challenges. Anjana has a passion for reaching and saving the lost and is dedicated to helping others grow in their faith through genuine encouragement and strengthening through teaching God’s word.
Anjana lives in Orange County with her husband, friend, and teammate Simon. She enjoys reading devotional books, participating in women’s ministries, cooking, and spending time with her family..
Dave Freeman is Chief of Current Operations and SUAS (Small Unmanned Aerial Systems) Instructor for Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force at Edwards AFB in the Mojave Desert. Dave has served several terms as Deacon on his church Board, participated in a pastoral search committee, taught Sunday school classes, hosted small groups, and has even pinch-hit for the pastor delivering the message on Sunday morning.
Dave has a heart for missions and is passionate about studying God’s Word.
Dave has been involved with Global AIM since 2009, when he and his wife Shelly first met the Gounders. He has served in various support and advisory capacities, including Advisory Board member, outreach efforts, leadership development, and overseas trips.
Dave is an avid golfer and all-around sports fan. He “grew up with a baseball glove on his hand” and still enjoys playing on a men’s city league softball team.
Dave resides in Lancaster, California, with his wife Shelly and their three daughters, Madison, Meghan, and Melody. He is attending Journey Church, where he enjoys serving as an usher for the greeter’s ministry and cameraman for Tech Crew.
Pastor Chuck Atherton
Pastor Charles “Chuck” Atherton is the lead Pastor of Tulare First Assembly of God Church in Tulare, CA. He pastored Lakewood Life Center for 28years before that. He has been ordained with the Assemblies of God since 1975
He has been married to Ruth (a licensed minister) for 47 years. They have three sons, all involved in church ministries. Chuck and Ruth are the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren. Pastor Chuck has served the Southern California District Council of the Assemblies of God as an Executive Presbyter, General Council Presbyter Pastor for Southern California, a member of the Board of Vanguard University, and the chair of various committees and specialized teams.
“Building people to build people” is Pastor Chuck’s heart and vision for ministry. Not only is he a committed student of the word of God, but also is a gifted communicator of its truths, with practical application for our lives today..
Pastor Dennis Schreiber
He is ordained with the Assemblies of God and a graduate of Vanguard University. Born in Texas, and raised in Las Vegas, NV, most of his ministry has been in Southern California.
He’s been happily married to his wife Connie for over 33 years, has three children, two of which are serving in pastoral ministry, and at present count, four amazing grandchildren. While his ministry focuses primarily on discipleship, worship, and vision administration, he is a pastor with a great heart for missions.
Jennifer Stephens served 38 years supporting the US military and, in particular, the US Navy and Air Force as Vice President of Government Contracts and Export Control Officer for NavCom Defense Electronics, Inc.
Jennifer has a strong Christian faith and was raised in a Christian home. She lives in Lake Elsinore and is a member of Lake Elsinore First Assembly of God Church. She is a Connect (small group) leader and is in leadership in the Thrive Women’s Ministry, and has even played piano on the worship team.
In her free time, Jennifer shows her Registered American Quarter Horse, Sheldon, and she loves hanging out with her three Siberian Huskies, Buddy, Saddie, and Daisy. She also enjoys reading.
Dr. Benjamin M. Kaufman
Founder and director of Leadership Development Ministries, a coaching and leadership training ministry based in San Juan Capistrano, California. In thirty-two years of full-time ministry, he has served in various ministry positions, including youth pastor, lead pastor, consultant, and missionary. Ben has provided leadership training in 37 countries. He is inspired by the words spoken of the Old Testament patriarch, Job, of whom it was said, “Your words have put men on their feet.” (Job 4:4). Through his coaching, training, and writing, Ben strives to help men and women persevere and remain engaged in effective ministry.
Pearline Aruldhas (Pearl)
Pearl works with Global AIM as the Executive Administrator. She is a creative young woman, a diary writer, and a Civil Engineer who turned into God’s disciple. She was born into a traditional Christian family but had no personal relationship with God until she turned 21. During her youth, she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and dedicated her life to Christ. She was chosen and called by God for His ministry, but her parents never showed interest in it since she was a girl. Like every Indian parent, she was compelled to join engineering after schooling. It took a year of her employment with a real estate company to make her parents realize that engineering was not her cup of tea.
She was an active Sunday School teacher and a teen leader at her home church and various other churches. She has also worked as a life skills trainer in multiple schools, where she had to train the students in emotional, social, and thinking skills. As a life skills trainer, she got the opportunity to work with schools of varied backgrounds. She worked with some of the schools in the villages of India where the parents were so narrow-minded, and so were their children. In contrast, she also had to work in schools where the parents of each child were from the film fraternity, whose children had a different lifestyle. This opened her mind to a new perspective on how each child is different because of their culture, family background, education, and so many other reasons. This gave her a sense of responsibility in dealing with each child she met in her day-to-day life. This also helped her realize her calling and make a difference in others’ lives.
Pearl is now involved in ministry with her husband, Anish Raja, who takes care of his father’s church in a small village in Tirunelveli, India. She is also pursuing her School of Ministry along with her husband.
Pearl is a wife, content writer, teen counselor, youth leader, storyteller, and preacher. She creates success stories and loves what she does because she does what she loves to do! She finds great joy and accomplishment in making a difference and being a difference in others’ life. She believes Leadership is in leading thyself. She is focused on helping people realize their worth and positively influencing others to craft, cherish and constitute a “God-loving life.”
Dave and Chris Taylor
(Outreach coordinator, Kingsburg, CA)
Dave and Chris were married in 1973. They have three sons; John, James, and Jason. John and his wife, Kim, made their home in Paradise, California, and are now resettling in Chico.
James and his wife, Jacqueline, live in Alhambra and are worship and youth pastors of Bethany Church of Alhambra. Jason and his wife Jackie live in Bakersfield. Jason is a missionary associate with Assemblies of God U.S. Missions and works with the Global AIM Friendship and Resource Center in Bakersfield.
Dave and Chris have more than 40 years of ministerial experience. They’ve served as youth pastors at Bethel Christian Center in Fresno, youth and associate pastor at Pacific Coast Community Church of Huntington Beach, and youth pastor at Full Gospel Church of King City.
Dave and Chris have also served for seven years as pastor of Full Gospel Church, 11 years as pastor of Skyway Assembly of God in Paradise, California, and three years as the pastor of the Country Church of Centerville, and pastor of New Life Assembly of God in Wofford Heights for ten years. Dave retired from pastoral ministry in 2015 but has actively engaged in ministry as Outreach Director for Global AIM.
Randy and Donna Moon
Randy is an ordained Assemblies of God minister who has pastoral experience. Also, Randy is a certified school teacher in the state of California. He taught adult education in public elementary schools and the state prison system. Randy earned his bachelor’s degree from Bethany Bible College and a master’s degree from National University. Randy earned a Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development Certificate (CLAD). Randy developed the basic Global AIM ESL material while teaching ESL in the prison system for fifteen years. The Global AIM ESL material is based upon ESL theory and the practical application of teaching the material in the daily routine of the classroom with adult students who were in the process of learning to communicate in English, both spoken and written.
Tony and Zorina Lopac
(Missionary Associates, Wisconsin)
Zorina, a fourth-generation Indian, was born on the Island of Trinidad and Tobago into a diverse family where her parents were from different religions.
Zorina was seeking peace and the truth about God when she came across Joyce Meyer’s testimony and received the Lord through one of Joyce’s TV programs. Tony has been involved in reaching out to families and children for the past 25 years.
Tony and Zorina have been married for the past three years and have an intense desire to reach the Asian Indian community in Wisconsin with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jason and Jackie Taylor
Jason and Jackie have been married since June 2009. They previously worked for five years with Youth With a Mission at Gleanings for the Hungry in Dinuba, California. They have been with Global AIM since 2015, serving as missionaries and ESL teachers.
Jackie is a writer, editor, and writing coach, started her own business in 2019. Jason has earned his Certificate of Ministry with the So Cal Network Assemblies of God and is working towards becoming a Licensed Minister. He has become the main missionary leader at the Bakersfield center.
Both Jason and Jackie were born in California and raised in Christian environments. Jason was a child of a pastor and grew up in multiple places in California. Jackie was raised in Kern County in the mountains at Lake Isabella.
Midhun and Ancy Raj
(Ministry Partners, Vista, CA)
Midhun and Ancy are a God-loving family sharing God’s love for all nations with passion, love, and care. They were born and raised in the southern part of India in a state called Kerala, also known as “God’s own country.” Midhun and Ancy accepted and began following Jesus’ love as teenagers in India. They learned and experienced Christian beliefs working among youth and children. Midhun and Ancy are both professionally educated and experienced in engineering backgrounds. They have been serving with Global AIM through evangelical ministries and technical media/engineering support since 2013. Midhun and Ancy are now serving communities and families in Vista with a mission guided by God to “Love one another.”
Chacko & Alice Thomas
(Pastors, Grace Global Church, Bakersfield)
Chacko and Alice Thomas are recent immigrants to the US from India. They came to the US seeking employment and a better life. Upon relocating to Bakersfield to live with family, Chacko was introduced to Simon Gounder, and a friendship quickly ensued. Chacko was also a pastor in India.Chacko’s desire to continue ministry in America. The connection with Simon was no coincidence! Chacko became involved with Global AIM at the Friendship Center in Bakersfield, first helping with interpreting in Hindi for the ESL students and later starting his own fellowship group. The fellowship group has grown to become Grace Global Church, a Global AIM Church Plant.Chacko and Alice have two children, Nancy and Joshua. Nancy is enrolled in college and Joshua is in high school. Both children serve at Grace Global Church as worship leaders in Hindi and English.
(Missionary, Turlock, CA)
Shellini was born in the Fiji Islands and moved to Turlock, CA, in 1980. She has been married for 29 years to Sandeep Singh and has a daughter and a granddaughter. She was born into a Sikh family and had an arranged marriage to a Hindu man. It was after her marriage she found Jesus as her personal Savior. And about sixteen and a half years later, her husband accepted Christ as his savior too. She has been in several positions in the church – Children’s Director, Sunday School teacher, greeter, and even janitorial. She was willing to do anything to serve God and to give Him the glory.
Currently, She is pursuing her School of Ministry with SoCal School of Ministry. She has always been known as a young believer and called for God’s ministry to serve others. She loves her community and is passionate about bringing people together to show others the love and compassion of Christ through her hospitality. Her heart is to see Asian Indians find Jesus through the gospel of Christ and to set them free from religious bondage.
When she is not involved in the ministry, she takes care of her farm, animals, and garden, do the cooking, art, camping, traveling, kayaking, and spends time with her family, especially with her new granddaughter.