Office Team


Executive Missions Director
Russ Couwenhoven is currently the Executive Missions Director.  He is also the Superintendent of the North Central Conference of the Evangelical Church and resides in Minneapolis. He and his wife Ann have 11 children; five biological, five adopted, and one foster. Russ has been in pastoral ministry for 28 years and has a relentless passion for Christ to be seen and experienced as our soul sufficiency. Christ is more than a forgiver of sins and a ticket to heaven; He is the Great Savior who transforms us, satisfies our deepest desires, and lives his holy life through us.



General Superintendent
Dr. Jay Forseth is the General Superintendent of The Evangelical Church.   Jay provides support to our six US conferences.   Jay lives in Montana with his wife Lisa.   He has two children.


REv. Chris Cooper

Operations Manager
Rev. Chris Cooper is the Operations Manager of The Evangelical Church. His duties include assisting the General Superintendent and Executive Director of Missions in effectively and efficiently taking care of all of the administrative and business functions of the denominational office.  Chris is heavily involved in the day to day administrative and financial operations of Evangelical Church Missions.

Chris lives in Bethlehem, Georgia along with his wife Lisa. They have three children living at home, two grown children and three grandchildren.

Office: 503-342-3596

Amy Hartzler

Administrative Assistant
Amy Hartzler is the Administrative Assistant for the Evangelical Church and Mission.  Her duties include providing direct support to the General Superintendent, Executive Missions Director and the Operations Manager as well as general support and assistance to our missionaries, international ministries, and our mission partners.
Amy lives in Tucson, Arizona along with her husband Mark.  They have one son.
Office: 503-342-3594