MEET THE TEAM

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NATHAN SMITH

CEO & FOUNDER

 Nathan led his first team to Kenya in 2007, where he spoke at Rift Valley Academy and CURE Hospital. Thus began Love Africa Mission. Since that time Nathan has recruited, equipped, and sent hundreds of student and adult teams to the continent of Africa, confident that Jesus would break their hearts for the nations just as his heart was broken. Nathan is passionate about changing the lives of students. For over 20 years Nathan has taught the message of Christ, partnering with ministries like Compassion International, YWAM, Youth For Christ, Young Life, FCA, Africa Inland Mission, and countless other organizations & churches. Nathan’s love for people translates throughout all the avenues of his ministries, as he continues to point everyone he meets to Jesus. If you close your eyes while he speaks in his African accent, you might mistake him for a native.

HANNAH BAUGH

DIRECTOR OF TEAM DEVELOPMENT

Hannah is originally from Arkansas but Kenya very much has a sense of home for her. Having spent the better part of 2016 and 2017 living in Kenya and working alongside a couple ministries, Kenya and her beautiful people hold a special place in her heart. Realizing her need to be better equipped for the work of ministry, Hannah moved to Louisville, KY in 2018 were she pursued a degree in Biblical Counseling from Boyce College. Hannah now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, playing a pivotal role in what LAM does on a day to day basis. Hearing other’s stories and connecting them to the bigger Story which we are all apart of is one of the many places Hannah finds joy. She cannot wait to connect you to a place and people she loves dearly.

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BRAYDEN WARD

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS

Brayden, originally from Kentucky, can be found all across the globe. Leading multiple teams for Love Africa Mission over a 3 month period, he began to realize this was more than a short-term mission trip; it was becoming a way of life. Brayden's passion for Christ and recruitment-oriented skill set make him an asset in the world of full-time ministry, and that's why he now leads the charge as Director of Development Operations. Brayden leads teams to Africa, supports our ministry partners, and plans logistics for all Love Africa Teams. 

NICK MCCULLOCK

DIRECTOR OF MEDIA AND MARKETING

Nick has been a youth pastor, cinematographer, and student ministry aficionado for a combined 9+ years now, which makes him an asset for an organization that deals primarily in the High School and College age bracket. He also owns and operates McCullock Media Company, working on movie sets, commercials, and other camera-centric job sites. Nick handles all website design, cinematography, and social media for Nathan Smith Ministries, but his favorite job will always be on that which takes place on the ground with team members in Africa. Nick has a passion for the unreached people groups in our world and is currently consolidating resources to launch our first-ever trip to reach those who've never heard the Gospel. 

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