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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

Derek Collard is a holy mischief maker. Former missionary to the Kingdom of Wonder (Cambodia), he moved back to America to bring a little fire for justice to the American church. Self proclaimed unofficial pastor of the misfits, he is convinced solely in the power of LOVE to change the world. He is on the Board of Mission 25 to share his experiences of living and serving overseas and to be a part of a ministry that seeks to empower Cambodian people to love and serve their own nation!



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

Community Development Directors

Bora & Lisa have been serving the Lord for the last 20 years. They wear many hats at Mission 25, including administrating the dormitory program, building pastoral partnerships, managing the water well program, and organizing team trips.



Khmer Staff

Kong Kea & SreyPheak have been teaching at the first Mission 25 school since its opening in 2017. They helped open the school, setting up all of the curriculum registering the students. In addition to teaching, they lead church services every Sunday and they tutor older student throughout the year. Kong Kea and Srey Pheak are the heart of the school and the community it has been placed in!

Prior to Mission 25 SreyPheak taught at a large NGO school in Phnom Penh and Kong Kea was trained as a metal worker. He also assisted at the NGO school. 

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