Equip Team


Mark Cole


With over 20 years of leadership and team development experience and a pastoral foundation, Mark Cole has become a champion of the John C. Maxwell brand of leadership. His passion for leadership development, organizational growth and mobilizing the church make him uniquely qualified to add value to individual leaders and leadership teams. He has experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, and he has led companies through economic challenges, growth barriers, and disconnected team dynamics.

These talents have led to Mark’s integral role with the John Maxwell brand and his responsibility for stewarding John's assets in a variety of capacities. In addition to serving as CEO for EQUIP, Mark is CEO of The John Maxwell Company, the for-profit leadership arm that serves corporate, business and individual leadership growth. He joined the EQUIP team in 2008 working in development with Doug Carter. Mark was already a champion of EQUIP, having worked with two previous John Maxwell entities, INJOY/Maximum Impact and INJOY Stewardship Services. He lives his life to help others reach their God-given potential and he has long supported EQUIP’s mission to raise up Christian leaders and impact their world.

Mark has been teaching leadership around the world for more than seven years and with fellow trainers from The John Maxwell Company, is currently teaching Volume II in Cordoba, Argentina.

Mark joined the John Maxwell world in 1999 and spent his early career as a pastor. He also has his own consulting firm, The IRON League.

Mark and his incredible wife, Stephanie, have two daughters, Tori and Maci. When Mark is not leading he spends his time learning, golfing, and snow skiing.

If you are interested in involvement with EQUIP, please email Mark.


Terence Chatmon


Terence Chatmon joins EQUIP from Fellowship of Companies for Christ International (FCCI), where he was president and CEO for six years. FCCI provides tools, training and life-on-life experience to a fellowship of executive leaders of small, medium and large companies in 139 countries, equipping these leaders to integrate faith through their respective businesses. Prior to FCCI, Chatmon held a number of senior executive leadership roles in business including The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson and Citicorp.

Chatmon is an accomplished speaker, author, change agent and leader in business and faith-based communities. He has a track record of building sustainable communities and driving business essentials across diverse industries, resulting in organizational and personal transformation.

A Chicago native and graduate of the University of Illinois, Terence brings drive and ingenuity to every role he plays in life, as an elder at a prominent eight-thousand-member mega-church, a Bible study teacher, and most importantly a husband and father.


Doug Carter

Senior Vice President

Dr. Doug Carter is the Senior Vice President of EQUIP and continues to serve as the ministry's chief development officer. EQUIP, founded by John C. Maxwell, provides Biblical leadership training, resources and encouragement for Christian leaders worldwide. Doug and his wife, Winnie, served as missionaries to American Indians (Native Americans) for more than sixteen years. In 1980, Dr. Carter became president of Ohio Christian University (formerly Circleville Bible College) where he served nine years, helping prepare men and women for Christian service.

From 1989 until he joined EQUIP in 1996, Doug served as Vice President of World Gospel Mission, an interdenominational mission agency with 330 career missionaries sharing the gospel in twenty-eight nations. He is an outstanding communicator who has ministered in more than eighty nations worldwide.

Doug is the author of Big Picture People, published by Beacon Hill Press. This book is a vital resource for Christians who want to press beyond mediocrity and rise to excellence in their faith. His book, Raising More Than Money, published by Thomas Nelson, is a textbook on Biblical giving, ministry funding, and Kingdom partnership.

Doug represents EQUIP in churches and conferences across America and teaches in EQUIP leadership conferences around the world. He also serves on the board of directors of World Gospel Mission and several other organizations.

In February of 2012, Doug was inducted into the inaugural class of EQUIP’s Leadership Hall of Fame.

Doug and Winnie reside in Atlanta. They are the parents of three children - Angie, Eric and Jason – and the proud grandparents of four.

If you are interested in giving to the EQUIP ministry, please email Doug.


R.D. Saunders

Vice President of Advancement

Born in Central Ohio, R.D. Saunders’ first leadership experiences were in music and church ministry. After graduating from Ohio Christian University, R.D. spent 22 years as a pastor with churches in Ohio, Florida, and Georgia. These congregations often experienced dynamic growth under R.D.’s leadership.

In 2002, when R.D. began to serve as an Associate Trainer for EQUIP Leadership, he saw firsthand the needs of the global community.

In 2009, he was called upon to lead Network of Caring, a charitable organization dedicated to bringing hope and healing to the neediest people in the world. For 8 years he served as the Chief Significance Officer (President) of Network of Caring, managing operations in numerous world areas. In addition to his duties at Network of Caring, R.D. was the primary speaker for Leading With 20/20 Vision, teaching leadership and personal growth to thousands of business people around the world.

Now as the Vice President of Advancement for EQUIP Leadership, R.D. works closely with the many churches and business people who fund the global ministry of EQUIP and her founder, Dr. John C. Maxwell. R.D. is also a gifted communicator and creative thinker who brings passion and innovation to all he does. He loves college football, the Civil War, and BBQ. He has two sons and lives with his wife Shelli in Buford, GA.


Trey Sheneman

Director of Marketing

With over a decade of experience in leadership roles within pastoral ministry, private Christian education, and marketing agency operations, Trey Sheneman brings a diverse and storied expertise to the team at EQUIP. He focuses on managing the entirety of the global communications initiatives for EQUIP Leadership including all online and offline correspondence--from social media strategy & digital experiences to event marketing & print collateral management. Trey strives to tell the EQUIP story with clarity and conviction. His past work includes campaign execution for global brands like Coca-Cola, Hilton, and Marriott; prior to that he served as a minister in two churches, as well as Bible department chair for a large private school in metro Atlanta.

Trey is a graduate of Liberty University two times over with his highest confirmed degree being a Master of Arts in Religion--Christian Leadership. Trey lives with his wife, Jenni, in Dacula, GA, and they are actively involved in servant leadership at their local church. Trey's proudest accomplishment outside of marrying his beautiful wife is getting to be a dad to two of the world's most inspiring children, Bear and Hartley Grace.


Equip Staff


Melissa Linares

Executive Assistant to Terence Chatmon


Sharon Burcham

Director of Partner Relations


Karen Hartman

Executive Assistant for the Department of Advancement


Kay Waters

Coordinator of International Partnerships


Laura Wells

Staff Accountant


BEcky Gregory

Director of IT