Laura Calys

City ESL Director

Laura is 3rd Generation Japanese American that served on staff with First Free Church in St. Louis for 25 years. Laura specializes in English as Second language as a trainer and practitioner and loves all people and the city of St Louis. Laura has 2 adult children.

Rev. Rick Burke

Reach Global UPG Director

After graduating from Missouri State in Springfield, Rick served for 10 years as Cru Director in Kansas and Missouri. He then managed his family sign business for 10 years. Rick helped plant First Free and Wellspring EFCA Churches in St. Louis before leaving for Europe with Reach Global. For 30 years Rick served with Reach Global as International Director of Church Planting in Europe, Russia, and Latin America. Rick and his wife just celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Rev. Raymond Gharabeyghi

City Pastor Iranian Church Catalyst

Ray was born and raised in Iran of Armenian descent. Ray played professional soccer player in Iran. He and his wife arrived in the US in 2008 as a religious refugee. Ray served as the the pastor of the Iranian church of St. Louis for 15 years and is co-director of St. Louis Cup of Nations.

Rev. Dr. Lal Nun 'George' Tluanga

Myanmar Burmese Pastor Catalyst

George was born in Myanmar. He served as the President of The Evangelical Free Church of Myanmar for six years before coming to the United States in December 2022. George serves as the Senior Pastor of Columbia Mission Church (EFCA) in Columbia Missouri.