John became president of MAI in 1998 after more than 20 years’ experience as an editor and journalist. He worked 10 years as editor of the award-winning Latin America Evangelist magazine, published by Latin America Mission. He also spent four years in Peru as a missionary journalist. And he was assistant news editor of Christianity Today magazine and editor of a small-town Indiana weekly newspaper.
John has authored three books related to the church in Latin America: Cities of Change, research and insights on 10 Latin cities; Peace and Hope in the Corner of the Dead, an on-site account of the evangelical relief effort to help victims of terrorist violence in Peru; and New Song in the Andes, story of the amazing church growth among Ecuador’s Quichua people.
Ramon Rocha III
Director of Publisher Development
Ramon oversees MAI’s training programs to equip Christian publishers in underserved areas of the world. He joined the staff in MAI’s headquarters in 2012 with 15 years’ experience in Christian publishing and international training.
As former CEO of OMF Literature, Inc, in the Philippines, Ramon led it to become the nation’s largest Christian publishing house during his leadership from 1997 to 2008. He was the founding chair of MAI-Asia. Ramon volunteered for 12 years with MAI, offering training and consultation to publishing leaders and authors in 11 countries, including China, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and others. He authored The Christian Publisher: Strong in the Storm in the Expand Your LittWorld series (MAI).
Laurie Nichols oversees the production of MAI’s print and e-publications, videos and brochures, and manages the website, blog, and social media. Prior to MAI, Laurie was Director of Communications and Marketing at the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center, overseeing communications as well as creating curriculum and other resources. Laurie served as Managing Editor/Publisher for Evangelical Missions Quarterly and assisted with the Lausanne North America initiative. Laurie is a freelance writer, editor, and designer through Common Good Communications and founder of the Heromakers Movement, through which she hosts the weekly Heromakers Podcast.
Bonnie handles MAI’s book orders and bookkeeping. She is also the receptionist at the MAI office, giving a gracious welcome to visitors and callers.