Dr. Jim Burbank - International Missions Director, VP

B.S., M.A.B.S., Ph.D.
Jim was saved in the midst of the Jesus People movement in the early 1970's. But it was not until an encounter with the Holy Spirit a few years later did his life radically change. At that time Jim was called into the ministry. So in the fall of 1975 preparation for ministry began in Minneapolis. During this time Jim met Nancy and four years later they were married. After both received their degrees and taught school for a couple years they went back to school for more training.

From there Jim moved back to New Hampshire where he grew up to help out in a young church until an opportunity came up to teach a Bible study at a near-by town. That study grew into a vibrant church called Household of Faith. Jim and Nancy pastored there for the next twenty years. Jim and Nancy are both gifted in teaching the Word. At the same time they helped several other churches get started.

Throughout those years of pastoring, a passion for the world kept growing. So, in 2001 he turned his church over to his associate pastor to be able to pursue his passion for world missions. Jim has gone to over twenty countries, on over thirty mission trips. Some of the places he has been to are Nepal, England, Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Haiti, Guatemala plus many others. His heart is to see the local church become intimate with the Lord and to build and activate vision in church leaders. The emphasis of his trips has been teaching in Bible colleges, building up the missionaries and the local church. Now, after a couple years off from pastoring, Jim and Nancy and their family have moved to Tennessee in order to devote themselves to the foreign field, specifically helping Dr. Nelson accomplish Vision 5000 in the continent of Africa. They have two grown daughters, Anna and Alissa and one grandson, Henry


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Norma McCarroll - Executive Assistant & Office Manager

She has been working with Dr. and Mrs. Nelson since 1988. She started working with Dr. Nelson as the church secretary for Agape Life Christian Fellowship where she continues to function as Office Manager, as well as working with Dr. Nelson at AGM. Norma has a heart to be part of the foundation of AGM to be able to send others out to do the work that God has called them to. She resides in Church Hill, Tennessee. She is so blessed to have four wonderful sons and their four spouses and a precious daughter and her spouse, as well as eight grandchildren(plus five spouses) and one great-grandchild.


Dr. Sylvia Joyce Nelson, B.A., MEd., Ph.D.
Senior Vice President 

Sylvia Joyce Nelson is the co-founder of Agape Global Missions Inc. She has traveled with her husband, Larry to many nations of the world, sharing her teaching gift with small groups, churches, and women's conferences. She and her husband pastored for over 35 years. Joyce is now the Senior Vice President of AGM.

She and her husband have been married since 1969 and have three grown children and four grandchildren. Joyce especially enjoys the time she spends with her grandchildren. She is known as "Mama Jo" all over the world. Her greatest desire is to see the Word of God being made manifest in the lives of those she teaches. She spends much time in helping others find their spiritual connection as sons and daughters. Joyce is co-laboring with her husband to see 5000 new churches raised up throughout the world and equipped with faithful people, as well as the many other projects AGM has in progress around the world.


Sandra N. Darnell, Vice President -- Chief Operations Officer 

B.S. Business Management, Masters Christian Education

Sandra (Sandi) Darnell joined AGM to work with her father, Dr. Larry Nelson in December of 2009.  She has more than twenty years of leadership and management experience. She was part of the first mission team that was launched from AGM in 1990 and has traveled to Haiti and Mexico.  Her heart is for the children of the nations and to see them reach the potential that they have in Christ.  She is a worshipper and loves to see others enter into the presence of the Lord through praise and worship.  She has seen the faces of the children who want nothing more to be loved and her heart is for their salvation.

She is currently one of the worship leaders for Harvest Christian Fellowship in Bristol, Tn.  Along with her husband Jon, they were the youth group coordinators for two years and she worked with the Children's Church ministry for more than twenty years at Agape Life Christian Fellowship. She was also the women’s ministry coordinator and teacher for three years. 

She and her husband Jon have been married since 1991 and reside in Kingsport, Tennessee with their dog King.


Dr. Larry K. Nelson, Th.B., M.Min., D.Min. Ph.D.
CEO, President & Founder

Dr. Larry K. Nelson and his wife, Joyce, have been in ministry since 1976. In 1982 he founded and pastored Agape Life Christian Fellowship in Kingsport, Tennessee. Dr. Nelson also founded Agape Global Missions, Inc. in 1992. He resigned as pastor of Agape Life in 2013 so he could devote his life full time to world missions. 
His vision of establishing 500 new churches and equipping them with trained, faithful men by the end of the decade was fulfilled in 1999, exceeding that vision with a total of 506 churches established around the world. To date, AGM has established over 1440 churches, with more than 2.5 million new souls having come into the Kingdom of God.

Dr. Nelson has been invited to over 150 nations of the world. He has made 104 mission trips to 62 nations and has spoken to more than 60 million people. Dr. Nelson has started three Bible schools, and had his own radio and television programs.  He is a member of the Board of Regents of Rhema University.
Today, Dr. Nelson spends much of his time mentoring sons in the ministry, and overseeing mission projects around the world, including a project to raise up 5000 new churches around the world. He has also made himself available to travel within the United States to strengthen the church in America and to awaken those called to world missions.

Dr. Nelson with his wife Joyce have three grown children and four grandchildren.


Dr. Lynn Darnell - Public Relations and North America & Pacific Regional Manager

A.A.S./Acct., A.A.S./BMGT., B.B./AOMGT., Dr. of Ministry

Dr. Lynn and her husband, Dr. Jon Darnell, have pastored Harvest Christian Fellowship for 22 years.  They work as a team to train others to find their purpose in Christ. Dr. Lynn handles the administrative and counseling at the church.

Her call has also lead her more into the community. She has been an officer and is still an active member on the Board of Directors for AGM, the Bristol Crisis Center, and the Bristol Area Ministerial Alliance. She is the current President of Unity In The Community and she leads a monthly intercession over the city. Bringing the body of Christ together is a major issue of her heart. As a result of overcoming 3 fatal diseases in her own life, Lynn has a strong anointing for healing, both physical and emotional.

Mission work is a priority with Dr. Lynn. She began her mission work with AGM's inception and has continued through the years, taking her to many different nations. Experiencing the hunger for the Word and the quick application of the Word overseas has ignited a passion in Dr. Lynn to see that hunger here at home. Visiting other nations has opened her eyes to how blessed we truly are.

Together, Dr. Jon and Dr. Lynn have 4 children, 13 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.  They reside in Bluff City, Tennessee.