Our Leadership


DPierson Oct 12Dave grew up as a missionary and pastor’s kid in Brazil, Portugal and Fresno, California. After studying Economics at UC Davis, he earned a Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has served as a Presbyterian pastor and youth pastor in Alaska, North Carolina and San Diego.

Dave now serves as Executive Director of Alongside Ministries International, a ministry which partners with the European Church to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the mission fields of Europe and North America.

Dave and his wife, Nanette, live in Langley, Washington, where they home school their five children. Dave is an avid cyclist, and squeezes in time to ride between ministry and family commitments.

EUROPEAN DIRECTORS – Ian and Teri Rutter

RuttersIan and Teri Rutter have been serving in France for more than 30 years. They began on French university campuses where they saw a number of students place their trust in Christ. Today, many of these same people are in leadership positions in their churches and in society.

Through their partnership with Alongside Ministries International, Ian and Teri are mentoring younger missionaries, encouraging national leaders and reaching out to un-churched people in a variety of ways. They collaborate with churches and other Christian groups.

Locally, they work together with effective programs of outreach such as Trinity Forum International, the Alpha Course, the Alpha Marriage Course, Family Life and Community Bible Study International.

SECRETARY and TRUSTEE – Kathy Crosby

CROSBY.KathyKathy grew up in a Christian family and committed her life to the Lordship of Christ when she was 18.  She is a mother and grandmother who has taught high school English, started and run a small manufacturing business, and served in fulltime ministry as a Children and Women’s Ministry Pastor and Spiritual Formation Pastor.

After 18 years on the staff of a Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Kathy entered “retirement” and a new phase of ministry focused on her passion for spiritual direction, inner healing prayer ministry, and mentoring young parents.  She lives in the Seattle, Washington area where she has family and many long-term friends. 

Kathy has been a supporter of Alongside Ministries since its inception in the late 1970s. In 2012, she traveled to Albania with a small team to teach a Childrearing Seminar at the invitation of Alongsiders in Ersekë, Albania.

TRUSTEE – Fred Lupton

Fred LuptonFred came to Christ as an adult in his company car while working as a salesman for a large concrete company in Seattle. (Praise God for Christian Radio!) Fred has worked in various construction fields for 39 years including two years in the Army Corps of Engineers. Today, Fred owns and operates a general contracting firm in Seattle specializing in home renovations and maintenance.

Fred has been involved with Alongside since 2002. He and his son, Andrew, attended Alongside Discovery in Nogent Sur Marne, France that summer, introducing Ali Arhab and Shaf Shafir and their ministries to the assembled group. Fred remains active in ministry in France, Asia, North Africa and particularly Algeria, where he has many friends and contacts.

Fred and his wife, Ardi, have two sons and a granddaughter. They are members of University Presbyterian Church in Seattle.


Glen Martin 2Glen lives with his wife, Christine, and their four children in the Asheville, North Carolina area.  An ordained Baptist minister, he leads the Upper Room, a church meeting house-to-house in the Asheville area.  A former military officer, Glen graduated from the US Air Force Academy and earned an MBA from Colorado State University.  In the business community, he works in the area of personal finance.

A long-time friend of Executive Director David Pierson, Glen traveled with Alongside to Kosovo and Albania in 2013.  In addition to working on the Alongside team, he serves Global Leadership Dynamics and Asia Connect, mission organizations focused on Asia.

 TRUSTEE and Treasurer – Kavin Tubbs


Kavin Tubbs is a CPA with over 20 years of upper management experience working in both large public companies and private industries.  He is currently a Corporate Controller for an Oil and Gas company in Texas, but his true passion is helping to equip the body of Christ and the local church.  He continues to serve along with his wife Alicia in a leadership role at New Hope Christian Church in Wylie, Texas.  He is also involved with Growth Resourcing Group who provide leadership and spiritual oversight to churches, business, and non-profits.  Kavin and his wife have four children and live just north of Dallas, Texas.

TRUSTEE – Susan Waltar

Susan WaltarSusan Waltar and her husband, Doug, have served in church ministry since 1992 — first in Fairbanks, Alaska, and for the past 17 years in Post Falls, Idaho, where Doug pastored a Presbyterian congregation.

In the summer of 2014, they were called to come alongside the Ingalls Creek Enrichment Center, near Leavenworth, WA, where Doug serves as the Executive Director.  This retreat provides a ministry of hospitality to guest groups from all sorts of regional churches as well as exploring mentoring/ apprenticeship opportunities for young adults seeking to blend their faith and vocational calling.

Susan is excited to be supporting Alongside’s work in Europe, as well as learning from partners around the globe how to better help people vibrantly live their faith in the increasingly “post Christian” culture of the Pacific Northwest.

Susan and Doug have three daughters (Katie, Anna and Laura), a love of the beauty of the outdoors, and a passion for books and music!

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