Buddy felt a call to missions at age 16 and made his first short-term mission trip to Mexico at age 19. He graduated from the Spanish Language School of Guadalajara, Mexico and received his theological training from the El Calvario Internacional Bible College in Guatemala, C.A. He has planted churches, served as senior pastor for 26 years and is now devoted full time to his passion of "making ripples in new ponds".
Developing strategic alliances, equipping and mobilizing leaders with a vision for church planting movements is the focus of Buddy's ministry.
From 2002 to 2012, Buddy organized and led hundreds of high school and college age students on short term mission trips into Latin America, the Carribean Islands and Africa. Seeing the impact on their lives and worldview led to a vision of starting the Empower School to offer students an extended and more intensive opportunity to find their place in God's Global Purpose.
Robb Elmatti has a vision to see people develop their full potential through discipleship training, while empowering them to find and live out their calling,
Robb has a diverse background in working with young people in various role in the Boys & Girls Clubs in Lake County Florida including Chief Operations Officer & Unit Director. He has spent four years in New Zealand as a part of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) serving as Outdoor Coordinator for a missions training school and as Discipleship Training staff. He also has serves as Program Director for the Pilgrim’s Survival Journey, an outdoor challenge and personal development program. He has led outreach teams in China, Fiji, Samoa, Costa Rica, and Honduras. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Palm Beach Atlantic University, completed a YWAM Family Ministry School, and is an ordained minister.
Robb met his amazing wife Heather while working together with YWAM in New Zealand. Besides assisting with teaching at Empower School of Discipleship she also works as an Assistant Professor at Lake-Sumter State College teaching courses in speech communication, team building, and world religions.
Together they have 3 children Faith Ann, Hopeful, and Ian.
Sam and Jessica Hollis
Samuel and Jessica Hollis are Alumni from the Empower School of Discipleship who are living in Kenya.
They completed the program in the spring of 2014, worked as staff for over a year, and then moved to Kenya as an extension of the school. They are now looking to host International Internships for students entering the program.