Kenyan Leadership Team

  • Willis Obunga : Ministry Coordinator

    Willis Obunga started serving at CGA in January 2017 as the Ministry Coordinator. He has been serving in ministry roles over the past 20+ years throughout Kenya. Willis earned his Diploma and Bachelor of Theology degree from Moffat Bible College and Kenya Methodist University. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Communications from Daystar University. Willis is married to Janet Otieno, and they are blessed with three daughters; Joy, Pam and Laila.

    During one of his firsts visits to CGA, Willis said: "Indeed the school is a gift to the children and their families in the community, and through it, God’s Kingdom is coming to Kenya."

  • Edwin Odhiambo : HeadTeacher

    Edwin first started at CGA as a teacher in 2012. He has taught many classes and many subjects, but his specialty is teaching English. He joined the Leadership Team in 2017 as the interim Headteacher and was promoted to full Headteacher in 2018. Edwin has also served as the Sports Manager for many years and especially enjoys coaching football (soccer).

  • Duncan were : Deputy HeadTeacher

    Duncan joined CGA in 2018 as the Deputy Headteacher. He also teaches Kiswahili and Science. Before joining CGA, Duncan taught in a private school in Naivasha, Nakuru county; about 300 kms away from Mbita. He is married and blessed with two young children.

  • Diana Odoyo :  nursery & Pre-Primary Head mistress

    Daina Odoyo was one of the original founding members of CGA. In 1997 when the school was starting, Daina left a good job to help with the pioneering effort of creating a school for orphans in Mbita. She was on the original planning committee and also became the first Nursery class  teacher (Pre-school). Today she is the Head Mistress for the Nursery and Pre-Primary section of CGA. Every young child who has entered CGA in the Nursery class has passed through her hands. Daina’s husband, Peter Odoyo, passed away from cancer in 2012 which left Daina as a widow caring for her 4 children; Beatrice, Benjamin, Perpetua and Miracle. Diana provides a motherly influence and cares for each and every child. Her patience and love make the new students (as young as 4 years old) feel comfortable and welcomed so that they learn to love coming to school.

  • Lillian Ombori : Student Care Office overseer

    Lilian Mukeni Ombori began volunteering at CGA in 2000 when she and her husband moved to Mbita to start a church. The first year she served the school by assisting with Bible classes, chapel and home visits for the orphans. In 2002 she became the Orphan Overseer which included monitoring the living situation, health care, academic and social progress of the orphans. Today she overseas the Student Care Department which ensures CGA students receive the proper physical, social and emotional support; both at school and at home. Lilian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Bible Theology. She is married to Ezekiel Ombori and they have 3 grown children of their own and have provided a home to a dozen (or more) orphans over the years.

Christ's Gift Academy employs approximately 40 Kenyan staff each year. These positions include : teachers, administrators, cooks, groundsmen, security guards, and farm managers & staff

USA Leadership Team

  • STeve & Judi Cochran : ministry overseers

    Judi served as a full-time missionary to CGA in Mbita 1999-2013.

    Steve served as a full-time missionary to CGA in Mbita 2003-2013.

    Since 2013, they have served part-time at CGA as ministry oversears, liaisons, teacher trainer and mentors to the Kenyan staff.

    Steve and Judi both currently serve on the U.S. Board of Trustees. They share their time serving in Kenya, South Sudan and the U.S.

  • Daneen Peterson : U.S. Administrator

    Served as U.S. Administrator since 2016

    Served as full-time missionary to CGA in Mbita: 2013-2014

    Glendive, MT

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  • Cliff Bennett : U.S. Board of trustees President

    Served on the CGA Board since 2010

    CGA Board President since 2014

    Visits to CGA in Mbita: 2

    Nashville, TN

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  • Brooks Duke : Sponsorship Coordinator

    Served on the CGA Board since 2016

    Visits to CGA in Mbita: 2

    Nashville, TN

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Board of Trustees

  • Mick Antanaitis

    Nashville, TN

    CGA BOARD SINCE : 2004


    * One Of The Founding Board Members

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  • Sally Bennett

    Nashville, TN

    CGA Board since : 2010

    Visits to CGA in Mbita : 2

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  • Paul Hansen

    Great Falls, MT

    CGA BOARD SINCE : 2012


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  • Gail MCglothlin

    Billings, MT

    CGA BOARD SINCE : 2015


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  • Joe Peterson

    GlenDive, MT

    CGA BOARD SINCE : 2004

    * Served as full-time missionary to CGA in Mbita 2003-2014

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