Eight national Directors spread out over the United States govern the ministry of CMA. The purpose of a CMA Director is to provide spiritual vision and leadership for CMA. CMA Directors also work hard to direct the integrity of the CMA ministry in such a way as to make the organization a powerful spiritual influence in the secular motorcycling arena.
John Ogden Sr. is the CEO/Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Christian Motorcyclists Association. He and his wife, Rebecca, have been members of CMA since 1982, serving in various ministry and leadership roles and have been involved in evangelism for over 40 years. John served as one of the CMA National Directors prior to 2000 before he was appointed as the CEO/Chairman of the Board of Directors. John spent over thirty years in the corporate world as a leader and executive before God called him to his current position. Today, he leads CMA USA into being a more effective ministry and travels around the USA and the world, teaching leadership and teambuilding skills, seeking to encourage and grow CMA nationally and internationally.
Ray and Marian Burns have been long time members of CMA since 1983. The Burns have been very active in CMA over the years. Ray has served CMA in several capacities first as chapter officer, then as Kansas Area Rep, and for eleven years he faithfully served as Kansas State Coordinator. In 1991, Ray assumed the role of CMA Director. Ray and Marian are devoted to taking CMA to a level of better service not only for CMA members but also for those who need to hear the message of Salvation. Ray and Marian make their home in Silver Lake, Kansas.
Dan Gromko and his lovely wife, Lynn, recently appointed to the Board of Directors, hit the floor running. After Dan spent 30 years working for General Electric, he and Lynn retired to Florida in 2013. Since that time, they have spent two or three weeks at a time in Hatfield, on a dozen different occasions, volunteering in the Support Center, especially during Run for the Son. They have recently committed to being at the International Support Center for the entire year of 2016. They will be working on the new Global Web Portal project that will be a giant step forward in the functionality of CMA’s current website and give the ministry a much more effective presence on the internet. In Dan’s own words; “Both Lynn and I are extremely humbled by coming onto the Board of Directors of CMA. It is a great ministry and we really want to help the CMA membership to do what God is calling them to do. We have a heart for what CMA is doing and a heart for the people who are in CMA. We want to make them as powerful and effective as God has planned for them and that is our prayer and what we are going to work hard to see happen.”
Charles and Joann Hale have been long standing members of CMA since 1987. Charles has served as a CMA Director since 1993. Charles’ earliest active involvement in the ministry of CMA was, like the other Directors, that of chapter officer. Possessing a most personable personality, everyone who meets him enjoys his company. This particular characteristic has opened many doors for Charles among the secular biking crowds in his area. And yet, he enters the doors of the secular world without compromising his integrity. Today, Charles and Joann continue striving to break down barriers in the secular arena. They make their home in Atlanta, Texas.
Lyle and Peggy Herman have been members of CMA since 1982. During their many years of service to CMA, the Hermans have held chapter officer positions for many years and served as North Dakota State Coordinators for 10 years before becoming part of the Board of Directors in the fall of 2004. Lyle and Peggy are honored and ready to serve CMA anyway they can. They believe that God is raising an army within CMA to spread the Gospel to the utmost parts of the world. The Hermans make their home in Mandan, North Dakota. They believe that through the empowering and equipping of the Holy Spirit we can continue changing the world, one heart at a time.
Bob and Wanda Sandberg have been long-term members of CMA beginning in 1979. Over the course of the next two decades, Bob would serve in a variety of leadership positions both on the chapter and state level. Prior to Bob’s appointment as CMA Director in 2003, he served as the Northern California State Coordinator since 1989. The Sandberg’s bring with them the valued asset of having grown with CMA. They have seen the vision molded and shaped by God to take a fresh form over the past two decades. Bob and Wanda both see CMA as a big family, and they look forward to the opportunity to work with members by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to the lost. Their home is in Twain Harte, California.
Chet Upp and his wife, Eileen, have served CMA for many years. Since joining CMAin 1991, the Upps have actively served at the chapter, state, and national level. They joined the Board of Directors in the fall of 2004. They have delightful personalities and a heart for serving. Chet and Eileen have their heart set on serving God and His servants through CMA, changing the world, one heart at a time. The Upps make their home in Mena, Arkansas and look forward to planting seeds wherever the Spirit leads them.
In 2016, Roger and Rayleen Wilson are retiring from their position as National Evangelist of the North Central region, a position they have held since 2000; but take heart, as they won’t be leaving us altogether. Their ready smiles and infectious laughter will ring out from the conference table as they share their vast field experience and great love for the people of CMA and the whole world over as they serve on the Board of Directors. Over the last 16 years, we have all been touched by their genuine concern for people, unshakable faith in the face of many difficulties, and an absolutely joyful love of the Lord. Their unfailing love for each other has been an inspiration to the folks of their region and the entire ministry. If you never experienced them as mission trip leaders you definitely missed something undeniably special as they not only accomplished the assigned mission task, but always went above and beyond to plan activities that promoted spiritual growth and true camaraderie among their volunteers. Roger and Rayleen Wilson will undoubtedly bring a very valuable and unique perspective to the table.