“Oh give ear Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock, you who are enthroned above cherubim, shine forth.” (Psalm 80:1)
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.
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY JULIA JOHNSON
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 AKPENE TORKU
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 and Administrative Council, before moving to the position of Community Development Director.
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.
FINANCE DIRECTOR MARCUS BOWMAN
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.
FAMILY REUNION GATHERING DIRECTORS TOMMY AND DOROTHY WILSON
Tommy and Dorothy Wilson have been with BYNA since its inception as Prayer Directors for two years before taking time off to help care for Dorothy’s ailing parents. They have been part of the leadership team of Vine Community Church for two years and previously at Adat Shalom Congregation four years; both located in Summerville, South Carolina. Since December 2015 they have hosted seven National Shabbat gatherings in South Carolina.
Tommy was a Marine Sheet Metal Mechanic for 25 years, and after a career change in 2004 worked as a Gastroenterology Endoscopy Technician. He holds a B.S. In Workforce Education and Development. He began his Torah walk in 2009 and prior to that served in a number of servant-leadership roles in congregational settings for over 20 years. Dorothy has over 22 years as an office administrator and finance specialist. For six years she advised homeless and low-income people in an addiction recovery program. Dorothy began walking in Torah in 1995, has taught Davidic Dance for over 15 years and has been an active intercessor for Israel and the lives of the unborn. She has one daughter and son-in-law who are worship leaders.
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