Go into all the world

Assisting churches to take an active role in missions

Matthew Ellison

Matthew Ellison

President, Church Missions Coach

Matthew was rescued by Jesus when he was twenty-three. Shortly after, he found himself in Ghana, West Africa on the first of what would be many ventures to the mission field. That first trip, Matthew says, “ruined me for anything less than a life lived for God’s global purpose.” In 1993 he began serving at Calvary of Albuquerque, in New Mexico, where he attended and graduated from their School of Ministry. He worked as the missions pastor at Calvary for nine years, developing and launching a strategic church-wide missions ministry. There he founded an international short-term mission ministry called LifeLine Missions that gave thousands across the country the opportunity to experience the mission field firsthand. Through these ministry opportunities he became extensively involved in short and long-term mission endeavors in countries around the world. Now, he devotes his time to serving local churches across the country by coaching them in strategically focused missions and helping them to discover and use their unique gifts in partnership with others to make Christ known among all nations. Matthew is the Chief Ministry Officer and co-founder of Sixteen:Fifteen, and currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Renee, and their three children, Matthew, Caleigh and Landin.

David Jackett

David Jackett

Director of Mobilization & Operations

After spending 10 years as a professional Firefighter/EMT / Fire Inspector in Fort Worth, TX, David left the fire service for full-time vocational ministry. He served for the past 9 years with the Perspectives Study Program as the Texas Regional Director. During his time there he worked with more than 300 churches to help mobilize them to strategic engagement in God’s global mission.

David has led more than a dozen trips to Central America doing evangelism, medical and orphan care, firefighter training, and church planting. He has helped his church and others develop missionary training and equipping programs and he has spoken to thousands of students and adults across the US and Central America about God’s global mission with a great passion to mobilize the body of Christ to strategic engagement in God’s global purpose.

Renee Ellison

Renee Ellison

Public Relations

Tom Padilla

Tom Padilla

Media/IT

Growing up in church, Tom was saved at young age. He has been blessed to have a wonderful Christian heritage, with many in his family involved in ministry. Tom has served in ministry in many different ways. He was a pastoral assistant and youth pastor with his wife Melissa at Western Heights Church (aka Remedy Church), in Albuquerque for many years. Currently, Tom and his wife serve as Pastor of Western Heights Church. They have three wonderful sons: Chory, Taylor and Tommy. He has a heart for the lost and the fulfillment of the Great Commission. He is honored that God has allowed him to be a part of Sixteen:Fifteen, even though he is not on the “frontline” of ministry, He says, “It’s awesome to watch history unfold before my eyes — seeing churches unleashed to reach people groups all over the world!” (Revelation 7:9-10)

Ashley Maxwell

Ashley Maxwell

Communications Intern

Ashley was saved in 2014 in Raleigh, NC which radically shifted the trajectory of her life. Only months after she interned at The Summit Church where she gained a deeper understanding and passion for equipping the church to reach their neighbor and the world. In 2016 after taking the Perspectives course Ashley joined the Perspectives Southeast Region’s staff in 2018 and worked in a variety of roles helping to raise up local leaders, build partnerships, and equip staff. 

She is now working on a Communications degree since moving to Nashville in 2020. Since moving to Nashville, she has also been able to partner with a local team who intentionally live among Nashville’s Somali population. Her passion is to see the Body of Christ experience abundant life from having a deeper relationship with Christ as they see Him more clearly for the Global God that He is and partner with Him in bringing a people from every people to worship Himself.