Lincoln Murdoch – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lincoln is a fifth generation pastor who graduated from Asbury College in 1979 and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1982 in Wilmore, Kentucky. He served on the pastoral staff of Trinity Interdenominational Church in Omaha, Nebraska from 1982 – 2000, eight years as Trinity’s youth pastor and 10 years leading Trinity’s global outreach as Missions Pastor.
He served as President of Antioch Network in Phoenix from 2000 – 2007, planting a church through this network in 2004 named All Nations Church Phoenix. He also helped to plant All Nations Church Omaha in 2008 and served as the Lead Pastor there until 2014.
Lincoln is the author of Launching the Great Go-Mission and accompanying resource manual by the same title. The book was designed to assist local churches in recruiting, training, and sending, their own members on short term mission teams with a strong discipleship focus during the whole process. He also authored See You At The Finish, outlining eight principles of spiritual endurance.
Lincoln has been married to his college sweetheart, Jennifer, for 42 years. Lincoln and Jennifer have two adult children, Kyle & Kristi, who make their homes in Omaha. A rescue border collie and rescue flat coated retriever complete their hectic home.
Lincoln is an accomplished endurance athlete and has competed for 40+ years in marathons and triathlons. He has finished three 140 mile Ironman triathlons including the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. In 2013 he finished 6th in the world in his age group at the Triathlon Championships in London, racing for Team USA. He has won Three National Championships. He’s a 14 time USA Triathlon All American. Lincoln often speaks on the subject of spiritual endurance based on the lessons he’s learned from these events.
He is passionate about Jesus being lifted up in the local church and throughout the nations, particularly in the areas of the world’s least reached or totally unreached people groups. He helped found the P.A.N. network in 1995 which is a network of churches, missions organizations and individuals who have targeted one particular unreached people group in Central Asia.
Lincoln’s life is dedicated to seeing the local church envisioned and mobilized that it might rise up to full maturity and embrace its God given mandate to fulfill the Great Commission.
Jeff Saxton – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Jeff has over 20 years of full-time Christian ministry experience in churches and parachurch ministries. He’s a published author, film producer and communications and media expert. He was on staff at Trinity Church with both Pastor Elmer Murdoch and Lincoln Murdoch. Jeff has a beautiful gift of creativity that is a blessing to all who are impacted by it.
Jeff is married to his beautiful bride, Sylvie, who is from Poland.
Jeff’s Personal Story
At the age of 18, Jeff was truly transformed by the Gospel in an amazing way. After a night of partying and heavy drinking with his friends, Jeff saw a Bible sitting on a desk. Drunk and laying on the floor, Jeff heard the voice of God, and immediately was sober. Jeff got up immediately and went home and told his dad everything he had been doing that year.
That fall, Jeff found a church that was alive and full of others who had been through similar changes. He was then called into youth ministry through an amazing series of Spirit-led events.
Jeff was mentored by some incredible youth ministers including his Roseville Assembly of God youth pastor – Mark Taylor, then a dynamic fellow youth ministry student named Chuck Kish, and then in his first paid youth ministry position working for the amazing Chuck and Joy Apple at Willmar Assembly of God in Willmar, Minnesota.
Jeff’s 1st Introduction to SUTL
While in Bible college one day, a fellow NCBC student named Mike Darr handed Jeff a booklet called “Step Up To Life” by E. H. Murdoch.
This booklet was one of the best explanations of the message of Jesus that Jeff had ever read – especially the use of a simple 5 Step illustration to show that we do indeed have to make decisions to follow Jesus.
In 1990, Jeff got a call from the new youth pastor from a large megachurch in Omaha, Nebraska – Trinity Church Interdenominational – Ty Schenzel called Jeff through his connection to Mike and Julie (Schenzel) Darr.
Jeff and Ty hit it off immediately.
It was obvious to all that Jeff was destined to be mentored by two amazing men of God (Pastor Ty Schenzel and Pastor Elmer Murdoch). Jeff became one of Pastor Elmer’s staff pastors, and Ty Schenzel’s Assistant November 1, 1990.
Jennifer Murdoch – EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Jennifer met Lincoln in Asbury College in Wilmore, KY. They have been together ever since. Jennifer keeps Lincoln, Jeff and the other staff organized and administratively sound. In other words she basically runs the office and SUTL events!
Jefferson Gathu – SUTL Hub Director
Rev. Jefferson Gathu is an ordained minister with Africa Inland Church. Jefferson is the executive director of Cistern Ministries, an organization reaching out to African nations through the publishing of Christian literature. He serves as the African Coordinator of Step Up To Life ministries based in Nairobi, Kenya.