“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 an undergraduate degree in Russian and German at Florida State University, and graduate degrees in International Relations at the University of Southern California, and 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 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. In 2016, Al became a founding member of B’ney Yosef North America, which he now serves as Executive Director. He is also a contributor to a number of other ministries and organizations, including the Nations’ 9th of Av, Fostering the Family, and Founded in Truth Congregation.
Al is the 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 Give Me A Place Where I May Dwell: An Ephraimite Affirmation. As an internet radio broadcaster, Al has had the pleasure of co-hosting The Remnant Road, the Monday morning show on Hebrew Nation Radio, as well as Reunion Roadmap, a production of B’ney Yosef North America, which airs on Hebraic Heritage Radio every Saturday and Sunday evening.
Al and Charlayne live in Charlotte, North Carolina, along with their dog, Blue.
ALEXANDER DAVID ALTMAN
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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 the 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.
RON AND CANDI RUNYON
STRATEGIC PRAYER DIRECTORS
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 ’90s, 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. Since attending the first B’ney Yosef Congress in Ariel, Israel, in 2015, they have been actively participating in B’ney Yosef North America.
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. He currently applies his engineering mind to running his home appliance repair business. Homebody Candi worked for 12 years as office manager for an audiology office but now enjoys puttering around the house and garden, writing and supporting Ron in the business. They have a pact: if he will fix her technology, she will fix his meals.
Marcus Bowman is a lifelong follower of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He and his wonderful wife Michelle were married in May 2005 and have been walking in the Torah since 2007. Together, they have five children (Asher, Havah, Seth, Malachi, & Rinnah).
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 for the next four years, he led CLA’s Central Washington 30-40 person outsourced accounting practice. In June 2021, Marcus & his family moved to Nashville, TN, where he is now helping to establish CLA’s new office and leading the outsourced accounting practice there.
In 2009, Marcus helped to establish Fellowship of the Vine, a Messianic congregation based in Ellensburg/Kittitas, Washington. He, Michelle, and their children were active in the congregation until their departure from Ellensburg in June 2021, and Marcus shared regular teaching and leadership responsibilities there. They now attend Mosaic Life Fellowship in Middle TN, and are active in leading worship there on a regular basis.
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.
TOMMY AND DOROTHY WILSON
FAMILY REUNION GATHERING DIRECTORS
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 for four years; both are located in Summerville, South Carolina. Since December 2015 they have hosted nine 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. They have been blessed with one daughter, son-in-love, and one grandchild.