Kadesh Foundation is currently entirely volunteer-run.
President and Founder
Matthew was born and raised in North Platte, NE. He has enjoyed a successful business and marketing career. He has been the president of Energy Place Inc. National Sales Coordinator NSA and Executive Diamond Director, Lume International, and the founder of the 20-year-old company, Concrete Saw and Core Inc. He is the founder and president of Samone Property Management Inc. and ASONP LLC. He is a partner in North Platte Berean Church and has been involved in various men’s ministries.
Tom has been active as a Bible teacher and elder in the Berean Church for 30 years. He owns and operates his own civil engineering company since 1983, serving over 20 communities. He is the City Engineer for North Platte, Nebraska. He was a member of Youth For Christ Board for 10 years. Tom attended Iliff School of Theology, the University of Nebraska, and Purdue University from which he received his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. He has held positions in city, county, state and Federal government. He volunteers daily at a local grade school, reading books to a 5th grade class which he has done for the past four years.
Craig began with Kadesh as an IT consultant and his involvement grew over the first few months to a board member working to educate the community about the problem of human trafficking. Craig has input into Kadesh’s website, app, and road show educational presentations.
Pete Johnson has been interested in sex-related issues since he earned his Ph.D. and began to teach at the University of Illinois in 1970. He has since picked up a second master’s degree in counseling from Lincoln Christian Seminary and became a licensed counselor in NE in 2000. He teaches psychology at Mid-Plains Community College, NE. He has specialized in sex-addiction treatments including EMDR, cognitive-behavioral techniques, and positive psychology. He helps to strengthen clients’ Christian walk. His interest in sex-related issues and the sin associated with them is his primary reason for being involved in Kadesh.
Ted Olsen was born and grew up in Africa as the son of missionaries. He met his wife, Judy, in Cape Town, South Africa, went to university there and worked for several years in the local news media. He was also the South Africa correspondent for the ABC radio news network’s 300-plus radio stations in the U.S. He and Judy felt God’s call into full-time missions in 1981, where they have served ever since. They are working internationally in India, Nepal, Myanmar, and Kenya. There focus is on people groups unreached with the Gospel. Ted and Judy also serve as advisors to New Light Nepal.
Judy and her husband Ted serve with Global Fellowship. They equip pastors and lay people to reach the unengaged and unreached peoples. Their main focus countries are Nepal, India and Lake Victoria islands in Kenya.
One of the tools they use is orality. Judy does training in preparing and presenting Bible stories using inductive Bible discussion – all oral style.
This training is used ( but not limited to) evangelism, discipleship, church planting, local church ministry and short term mission trips
Gary born and raised in Nebraska, has been active in the Berean Church for several years. He leads the Mission Team for the Berean Church. Gary, along with his wife Judy, started their business in 1982 in North Platte Nebraska. Over the years it has grown to a business that employees up to 30 employees. Gary has 3 grandchildren that he enjoys teaching them to ride horses.
Originally both from the Colorado Springs area, Anthony and his birde, Laura, met while working at Maranatha Bible Camp in Maxwell, NE. Anthony also met our president, Matt at the same camp. He now works for and with Matt in the storage business and volunteering for Kadesh Foundation. Anthony fills operations roles, such as bookeeping, design, development, and research. Anthony and Laura are expecting their first baby in the fall of 2017.