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Founders & Directors

After traveling to Cambodia for the first time in 2013, Sam & Erin felt compelled to continue working with this beautiful country. God led them to start Mission 25 in 2017.  Sam has been working in design and marketing for over 20 years and is the owner of Detroit Custom Drum Company. Prior to starting Mission 25, Erin worked for an anti-human trafficking non-profit for 4 years and has owned EJO Photography for 10. In February of 2019, Erin came on as the first US Mission 25 staff member. Together Sam & Erin have 3 children. 



Board Member

Nathan Hlavin is the Vice President of Strategic Development.   He directs large accounts, runs various strategy and planning activities, and leads Innovation programs across the enterprise. 

He has over 16 years of executive experience with various roles including HR, Global Account Director, Director of Delivery, Sales leadership.  Nathan served a member of corporates Executive Leadership Teams, assisting in setting governance policy and major decisions across the enterprise. Additionally, he served as Country Manager for UK Operations.  He sits on several non-profit organizations and is a member of the Board of Regents for North Central University and has held positions with St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

He resides in the Detroit Metro area his remarkable wife and their five kids. 



Board Member

Pastor Joel is the Executive Vice President of our training partner, Global Training Network. , Joel was a pastor for 21 years - the majority of which were spent on staff at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, WA. Before his position at Overlake, Joel served as College Pastor at Northwest Community Church, in Phoenix, AZ, for five years. He is a graduate of Arizona Christian University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Missions and Bible. Joel has always had a heart to see the nations of the world reached with the Good News of Jesus Christ. He has traveled to 52 and encouraging pastors and leaders in 23. He and his wife Kathy attend Cascade Community Church in Monroe, WA where Joel volunteers as the Missions Pastor and serves as an elder. They have been married for 42 years and live close to their two married sons and five grandchildren.



Board Members

Phil and Emily Smith have been part of Mission 25 since the creation of it in 2017. Both have travelled to Cambodia and have a heart for that country and the people there. Phil is as a full time worship director and runs a school of worship. He has spent years traveling playing music and in the last 10 has focused solely on worship and teaching and mentoring in worship and leadership. Teaching worship / leadership conferences in Germany and Cambodia. 
Emily is a graphic designer and serves along side of Phil in the worship ministry. She has a heart to mentor and see people of all ages find their gifts and empower them in using their gifts for Gods kingdom. 
They have three kids and reside in Michigan. 




Board Members

Sarah worked in the corporate sector as an executive administrator for many years before becoming a full-time missionary with Abigayle Ministries. After traveling to Cambodia, Sarah became a passionate advocate for Mission 25 and currently sits on our board of directors. She also volunteers her time, assisting in the growth of M25!


Bora & Lisa Nao

Bora Nao started his ministry journey in 2002 as youth pastor at one of the
largest churches in Phnom Penh. God led Bora to plant a church and from
2007 to 2017, and he and his wife Lisa led Living Faith Community Church in Phnom Penh. The church provided a multitude of service to the community including a dormitory program, English classes, and various outreaches.
The entire time Bora and Lisa ministered, they also ran a successful
sewing and printing company, allowing them the opportunity to minister to
Cambodian business owners. In 2017 Bora joined Mission 25, as the
Community Development Director, while continuing to run his company. In this role Bora ministers to university students through the Dormitory
Program, connects with Pastors and leaders nationwide, organizes
outreaches, and assists in creating strategies and solutions for bringing the Gospel to the 25 provinces of Cambodia. Bora and his wife Lisa live in Phnom Penh with their 3 children.


Pū Phärk & Sotheary Khom

Khmer Staff

Phark & Sotheary are engaged and set to be married next year! Mission 25 has been working with Phark's family since 2013. His father, Pastor Andrew Sophun is one of our most active partners in Cambodia. Based in Pursat, Phark is a rare second-generation Christian in Cambodia.
They have been doing a phenomenal job at the school, teaching and leading the students and their families to understand Jesus.


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Pastor Tin Mith

Khmer Staff

Mission 25 became connected with Pastor Tin in 2017. Since then, we have drilled 12 water wells within his community, led conferences with local pastors, and sponsored outreaches. We fund Pastor Tin to teach English at his church & a local high school. We have seen incredible fruit from his ministry.
Tin holds a Bachelors Degree in English from Royal Phnom Penh University and a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies from Bethel College. Pastor Tin lives in Prey Veng, Cambodia with his wife and 3 children



Somatha Phun

Khmer Staff

Somatha assists Mission 25 manage the work that is done in Purssat in partnership with the school, Pastor Sophun and various other outreaches.

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