Larry Stockstill

Founder & Executive Director

Pastor Larry served as senior pastor of Bethany World Prayer Center for 28 years growing the church to 7,000 members and giving $63 million to missions.  In 2001, Pastor Larry launched the Surge Project with the desire to see churches planted more effectively.  More about Larry Stockstill.

Global Leaders

Our regional directors are the men who oversee the different regions of the world.
They are responsible for training, discipling and sending out new pastors.

Gregory Bangura // West Africa

Many of Gregory’s new churches start through purchasing motorcycles for his newly trained pastors who are able to travel from village to village evangelizing the people and training new pastors.

Donald Matheny // East Africa

Donald has been a missionary to Africa for over 43 years. In 1975, he settled in Kenya where he and his family now live. He began spiritually developing men and women who would take the responsibility of seeing Africa won to Christ. His focus is set on 25 nations in Africa.

Philip Murdoch // Brazil

Philip has been a missionary to Brazil for over 15 years where he was born in Rio de Janeiro. In the year 2000, he started Light to the Nations which is church planting ministry partnering with Surge to start new churches in Brazil.

Werner Kniesel // Europe

Werner was a missionary in Argentina for fifteen years. And for over 25 years, he has served as Lead Pastor of Christian Center of Buchegg in Switzerland while starting new churches in Europe by partnering with Surge.

Kim Samseong // Central Asia

Kim has dedicated his life to starting new church plants in Central Asia, which is predominantly Islam.

Chady El Aouad // Middle East

Chady has dedicated to see churches planted in the Middle East. This area is highly volatile due to the persecution of Christians on a daily basis. He has been a missionary to this area for over 15 years.

James Pursifull // Central America

James was born in Mexico to missionary parents. He and his wife, Jessica, were missionaries in Mexico and Central America for 7 years. In addition to serving as the Regional Directors of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, they have fostered 45 children and adopted 7. Currently, they have 11 kids.

Peter Kovalenko // Russia

Peter has been leading the way with church planting in our Russia zone for over 20 years. He is the pastor for Kharkiv Christian Center in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Also, he is the author to the “Bible in One Year” and the television programs “Sector of Life” and Eternal Truths”.

Confidential // China

Timothy has been a missionary for over 25 years and over 19 of those years have been in China. Many new churches are started each year in this area of the world because this man has risked his own life and chosen to live his life to see the Kingdom of God advanced.

Jack Hanes // Far East

Jack oversees church planting in the Far East zone of the world. He is also the senior pastor of ImagineNations Church in Sydney, Australia. Originally from the USA, Ps Jack has pastored and lived in Penrith, Australia for over 30 years.

Rick Zachary // South Asia

Rick has been involved in missions for over 25 years, starting as a missionary to Haiti and then Nigeria; and also, he has served as Bethany Church’s missions pastor. Now, he is starting new church plants in South Asia, which he has been doing for over 14 years.

Steven Finke // South America

Steven is our most recent Surge leader to join the team for South America. He has committed to overseeing this area of church planting that has seen over 8,000 new churches started and is continuing to train new church planters.

Local Team

Ben Debayle
Managing Director
Crystal Landry
Finance Director
Carl Everett
Communications Administrator
Mike Ware
Partnerships Director

The History

There has been a massive paradigm shift began to take place in global mission’s strategy due to the steadfast work of thousands of foreign missionaries and organizations. This new era is centered around empowering qualified native workers to be sent out into their own nation to spread the gospel. A native speaks the language, understands the culture and lives comfortably in the same conditions as the people to whom they minister.

Many established Western missionaries have begun to recognize the value of the native worker, and have now focused their mission’s efforts on investing in these humble and hardworking leaders. Surge has partnered with many well-established, reputable, and powerful apostolic leaders around the world who are constantly seeing new native workers trained and raised up as leaders of integrity who are ready to be sent out into the harvest fields of their nation.

Pastor Larry Stockstill of Bethany Church in Baton Rouge, LA, launched the Surge Project in 2000 by dividing the world into 12 regions each with a regional director. The vision is to provide a year’s living expense for these workers raised up under our network of apostolic leaders. Surge Project began pioneering what may be the most cost-effective and fruitful means of spreading the gospel to all nations.