In December of 2012, ServeNow was launched to serve people in need by caring for orphans, widows, underprivileged children and youth as well as equipping the Church for greater fulfillment of its ministry and providing humanitarian assistance where needed.
The people of this world are still in desperate need of the Good News – whether in word or in deed – and ServeNow is committed to making a difference, one life at a time.
Here is our mission statement:
Sharing Christ’s passion for the world by serving the most vulnerable through national churches and leaders.
ServeNow was started in December 2012 by Lars Dunberg and his daughter Maria Sturt. Their mission was to serve those most in need around the world. ServeNow’s first project was the rebuilding of a toilet facility in Uganda where children were attending school. Since then the ministry has grown significantly, serving over 3 million people in our first five years throughout Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Muslim World. We are equipping the local church and coming alongside them to reach their communities for Christ … and we are just getting started!
Chris came to understand Jesus Christ as Lord and the necessity of discipleship in a dorm room Navigator Bible Study at Michigan State University. After a successful career in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Chris arrived at a “halftime” invitation to serve with Partners International in reaching the unreached with the Gospel. Recognizing the incredible value of working alongside national churches and leaders, Chris continues that calling with the mission of ServeNow to promote both knowledge of the ministry opportunity and to encourage Kingdom generosity in the Southwest USA.
Chris is an adopted son of Texas. He and his wife, Julie, live in Dallas.
Renee is a Colorado Springs native, growing up in the neighborhood next to the ServeNow office! Her career path led her to Data Processing for Credit Unions where she learned her bookkeeping skills. When her husband started his own business those bookkeeping skills were honed even more. While she applied for part-time work in the ServeNow Finance Department, she likes to say she serves “Where the Need is Greatest” in the office, stuffing envelopes, running errands, and printing documents.
Melany is a Midwest girl, born and raised in Illinois. She has been involved in vocational ministry for most of her adult life, serving 8 years in Christian radio, 15 years doing transitional worship and evangelism for churches, and 9 years of poverty/compassion ministry. This included launching and growing a new ministry for our friends without an address called C-U at Home and authoring a memoir about this experience, titled More Than Enough. She earned her Master of Divinity from Midwestern Seminary in 2008 and moved to Colorado Springs in 2017. She enjoys leading a motorcycle ministry and regular lap swimming. Melany followed God’s call to join the ServeNow team as Assistant to the President in 2022 and loves helping Ben expand his executive bandwidth. Her life verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:24 – The One who has called you is completely dependable. If He said it, He’ll do it!
Lydia Munene serves as Vice President, Africa for Biblica – The International Bible Society where she provides oversight of Biblica work in Africa. She is married to Rev Jotham Munene who serves as a Pastor with Christ is the Answer Ministries (CITAM) and they have two daughters aged 20 and 15. Lydia and her family currently live in Mombasa, Kenya, having relocated from Nairobi in 2019 to start a new church plant – CITAM Mombasa. Lydia is passionate about discipleship, particularly for Africa’s children and youth and is involved in School outreaches and Sunday School ministry.
Michael Romero joined the ServeNow board in January of 2022. He currently serves as the President of Heritage Trust and lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Laura and their four children. Mike came to Heritage from the Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma, where he served as vice president, trust counsel from 2001 until 2016, when he was promoted to senior vice president, chief development officer. Mike also frequently speaks to groups on the topics of estate planning and charitable planned giving. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he teaches courses in estate planning and administration, and business law. In addition, he is an active member of Council Road Baptist Church. Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma Baptist University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. In his free time, he enjoys watching his kids play sports, reading a good book or exploring the Oklahoma terrain on a hike.
Our accountability to our donors is one of our highest priorities. Our goal is to use the funds entrusted to us as wise stewards. To do this requires continued monitoring and annual audits of our fund distribution. ServeNow is also a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), Guide Star and Excellence in Giving (EIG).