“Oh give ear Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock, you who are enthroned above cherubim, shine forth.” (Psalm 80:1)
ALBERT J. MCCARN
Al McCarn is a lifelong disciple of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ). He has been a Bible scholar, writer, and teacher ever since. He is blessed to be the husband of Charlayne Barry McCarn, a pastor’s daughter and former professional educator. Together they have raised two daughters, Shannon-Rachael McCarn Pulley, a behavioral technician serving children with autism, and Kathryn McCarn, a gifted dancer and marketing professional.
For nearly 30 years, Al served as a Military Intelligence officer with the United States Army, retiring in 2012. Along the way he earned his undergraduate degree in Russian and German at Florida State University, and graduate degrees in International Relations at the University of Southern California, and in History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Since 2008 he has provided commentary on the Middle East to inform the prayers of intercessors connected with the Saturday morning national conference call hosted by Prayer Surge NOW. In 2012-13 he served on staff with Healing Tree International, coordinating the ministry’s international work in the Middle East, and from 2013-15 served the public as a history interpreter at the Alamo, one of America’s most recognizable landmarks. He is author of The Barking Fox (www.thebarkingfox.com), a blog in which he examines Scripture and current events from a Hebraic perspective. He is also the author of two books – Give Me A Place Where I My Dwell: An Ephraimite Affirmation; and, with co-author Pete Rambo, Ten Parts in the King: The Prophesied Reconciliation of God’s Two Witnesses. Al is a broadcaster with Hebrew Nation Radio, co-hosting the Monday morning show, The Remnant Road, and the Friday morning news commentary show, Drive Time Friday.
Al and Charlayne, live in Charlotte, North Carolina, along with their dog, Blue.
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
ALEXANDER DAVID ALTMAN
David Altman is a Bible scholar and student of Hebrew from Palatka, Florida. He studied History at St. Johns River State College and at the University of Florida, where he earned academic honors as a student athlete and a place in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. His professional endeavors include work as an information technician for Robert Altman, P.A., contributing his computer forensics expertise to multimillion dollar fraud investigation cases. As son of a Jewish father and Baptist mother, David acquired at an early age an interest in the connection of Jews and Christians in the Commonwealth of Israel. Since May 2014 he has pursued that interest in his position as Administrator for the Alliance of Redeemed Israel (ARI). David’s duties include overseeing the operations of ARI, the Messianic Israel Alliance, and Key of David Publishing. In May 2015 he represented ARI at the First B’ney Yosef National Congress in Israel, and since then has served as a speaker, facilitator, and coordinator for the emerging North American Ephraimite (B’ney Yosef) community.
Julia Johnson joins the B’Ney Yosef North America team bringing with her a wide variety of leadership, organizational, and administrative skills. Prior to walking the Torah lifestyle she taught various Sunday School classes and bible studies for women and managed women’s conferences. She has experience in bookkeeping from her five years with Vineyard Ministries International in Anaheim, California; publishing and organizational skills from five years working in the school district office in Toledo, Washington; and most recently administrative skills as she directed a community college non-profit for twenty years in Centralia, Washington. Julia received her Bachelor’s degree with a focus on Non Profit Management from The Evergreen State College in Washington state. Julia’s heart is to see Abba in every situation, to rest in His promises, and to move confidently through life remembering His faithfulness. Julia has been blessed with two daughters (and son-in-laws) and seven grandchildren.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
The daughter of immigrants from Ghana, Akpene Torku is a dedicated follower of Messiah Yeshua committed to seeing His Kingdom established on earth. She gained her professional qualifications through years of administrative and supervisory experience, particularly as Executive Coordinator and Director of Human Resources at Campus Renewal Ministries. After earning a BA in Spanish and French from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000, Akpene entered a career of service, beginning as a volunteer with Mercy Ships and Youth With A Mission across 10+ nations, and moving on to positions in office administration and early childhood education. Her association with Campus Renewal began in 2009, where she has served as the right hand for the president and founder. Since Sukkot in October 2015, Akpene has worked tirelessly in the establishment of B’ney Yosef Region 35, contributing her administrative, organizational, and coordination skills and her extensive knowledge of event planning. She has continued these indispensable contributions in her role as Executive Secretary for the B’ney Yosef North America Interim Executive Committee.
STRATEGIC PRAYER DIRECTORS
RON AND CANDI RUNYON
Married in 1975, in Ron’s childhood Church of the Nazarene, Ron and Candi made their way to Sacramento, CA, when in 1989, the Lord wooed them through the doors of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship. Finding their home and settling in, they participated in various intercessory prayer and prophetic groups. Beginning in the late 90’s, the Lord began to open the scriptures to reveal who they were as Israel, and in 2004, opened their eyes to understand that the Torah was for them. They’ve had the pleasure of traveling to Scotland and Mexico to participate with the Lord in support of local assemblies. Running their own business for 13 years gave them the opportunity to interact with other business leaders and learn valuable life lessons. They have a passion for the restoration of the House of Ephraim and reconciliation with our brothers and sisters of Judah. In 2006, the Lord moved them to the Pacific Northwest where they participate in a local home-based fellowship. Ron, the only son wedged between 4 sisters, is the social one with a penchant for technology and audio engineering, and applies his engineering mind as a home appliance technician. Homebody Candi enjoys puttering around the house and garden and works part time for an audiologist. Since attending the first B’ney Yosef Congress in Ariel, they have been actively participating in B’ney Yosef North America.
TZEFANYAH BEN YOCHANON
Tzefanyah ben Yochanon of Georgia has embraced a Torah lifestyle as a believer in Yeshua since 1997. He is an ardent Zionist and loves the Land and people of Israel. He has a gift for identifying talent and building cohesion among diverse groups of people. Living in the Republic of South Africa from 1998 to 2003, he organized the first Restoration of Israel Conferences in 2002 and 2003 in Cape Town. These two conference teams successfully lit a fire of Hebrew Roots throughout South Africa. Since attending the First Zionist Congress for B’ney Yosef in Ariel, Israel, Tzefanyah saw a need to build B’ney Yosef by bringing local congregations and individuals together to establish B’ney Yosef as a people once again. Thus began the B’ney Yosef National Shabbat which originated in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains of North Georgia. Tzefanyah holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He and his wife Reyyna have been married 15 years (last day of Hanukkah 2003). Reyyna has a degree in Radiologic Technology and has been a Medical Imaging Technologist for 37 years with the last 29 years working as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist. In 2009, Tzefanyah and Reyyna made their first trip to Israel after 6 years of marriage. It was a life-changing trip for both of them. Since then standing with Israel has been the hallmark of their married lives. They have 2 adult children and 1 grandchild.
Marcus Bowman is a lifelong follower of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He and his wonderful wife Michelle have been walking in the Torah since 2007. Together, they have four children (Asher, Havah, Seth, and Malachi) and as of this writing are expecting a fifth child.
Marcus earned an accounting degree from Indiana University and began his public accounting career in north central Indiana, where he practiced as a CPA for four years before moving to Ellensburg, Washington State to found an accounting practice there. In late 2016, Marcus sold his practice to CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP (CLA), and is now based in their Yakima, Washington office, where he leads the BizOps service line for their nine Central Washington offices. Marcus holds an active CPA license in the State of Washington.
In 2009, Marcus helped to establish Fellowship of the Vine, a Messianic congregation based in Ellensburg/Kittitas, Washington. He, Michelle, and their children continue to be active in the congregation. He shares in regular teaching and leadership responsibilities there.
Marcus and Michelle visited Israel in 2006 (about a year after they were married) and took their children back to the land with them to serve with HaYovel in 2016. On those trips and over the years since, they have enjoyed cultivating relationships with those who share their passion for the coming kingdom of the Messiah Yeshua. They long to see Jerusalem established as a praise in the earth and yearn for the restoration of all things as foretold by the prophets. They are excited to participate in the uniting of God’s family that will accompany that restoration and feel blessed to participate in BYNA’s contributions toward that work of the Father..
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