Advisory Board

Advisory Board
Advisory Board Member

Patrick Clowes

Advisory Board Member Patrick Clowes is a licensed attorney and a Real Estate Broker. Patrick has served as a senior executive in several corporations and non-profits. He served as Vice President of Human Resources and Administration for Promise Keepers. He has a B.S. in Business Administration and a J.D. from the University Of Colorado School Of Law. He has taught college courses in Negotiations, Conflict Management, Business Ethics, and Business Law. His early career was in urban missions. “My experiences working with Samaritan Aviation in the US and in Papua New Guinea have been some of the most rewarding I’ve ever known.” Patrick has been a Board Member since 2010.

Advisory Board Member

Jason Kendall

Jason is the CEO for Kendall Farms.  Kendall Farms began in 1987 when Jason’s father David Kendall purchased the first 50 acres of what is now a 500 acre farm in hills outside of Fallbrook, CA. When David passed away in 2004, Jason along with other family members and friends poured passion and dedication into what David started and have grown this farm into an award winning company producing some of the most beautiful and exotic flowers in North America.

Jason and his family have been close friends with the Palm’s for years sharing like interests in aviation, surfing but especially the mission work Samaritan Aviation is doing in Papua New Guinea.

Jason is family man. He and his wife, Danielle, met at Point Loma Nazarene University, and they now have two children, a son and a daughter.

Advisory Board Member

Michael Bantz

Mike Bantz is a civil engineer working as the Pacific Area Manager for CDM Constructors Inc., which is an engineering and construction company that designs and builds water and wastewater treatment plants throughout the world.  Mike has been working in the construction industry for 20 years and his area performs over $100 Million in business per year.  Mike was first inspired by the Samaritan Aviation dream in 2005 and has been involved with the ministry ever since.  Most recently, he was able to visit Wewak in November 2013 to evaluate the suitability of land for building our compound.   He was amazed at how powerfully God is working through Samaritan Aviation in Papua New Guinea.  Mike lives in San Diego with his wife, Lynda, and three wonderful children.  Mike and Lynda have been shaped by short-term missions work in their early years and feel very blessed to be a part of Samaritan Aviation now.  Mike received a B.S. from the University of Colorado in 1994 and is a Professional Engineer.

Advisory Board Member

John Davis

John Davis is the Executive Vice-President of BASE Productions. In his role, Davis provides strategic leadership, direction and oversight to the operations, creative, production and post divisions of BASE. Davis manages production on all BASE projects, such as: ESPN’s Sport Science, Nat Geo’s Do or Die! and Syfy’s Fact or Faked; and oversees legal, network relationships, staff, 26 edit-bay post facility, music licensing, animation/grfx, 27,000 sq ft soundstage and extending projects to multiple platforms. Davis also played a key role in the development, producing and delivery of the company’s first competition series, Car Warriors, which spanned two seasonsDavis first came to BASE as a freelance EIC on Jesse James is a Dead Man, where he successfully delivered the complicated series that had been shut down prior to his arrival. In his 5 years with BASE, Davis is most proud of the pivotal role he played in seeing it sold for a reported $75M USD to Tinopolis Ltd. Davis’s television career spans over 17 years, from his start in post-production, rising to the executive ranks. Prior to coming to BASE, he served as a freelance EIC on several successful programs, including the FOX hit, Kitchen Nightmares. Davis also is an industry leader when it comes to stunt-related programs, starting when he spent two years with CBS Eye Too Productions as the Executive in Charge and Line Producer on Discovery Channel’s hit series Stunt Junkies.   Personally, John has been married to his wife Julie for 16 years, they have three kids, and enjoy an active lifestyle as a family living in Southern California. He graduated from Southern Nazarene University in 1996, with a BS in Business Management.

Advisory Board Member

Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson has been serving with Samaritan Aviation as an Aviation Advisory Board Member since 2006.  He has been a strategic voice and help for our organization providing flight training, aircraft equipment consultation and participating with his wife Bonnie in Samaritan’s program launch in Papua New Guinea. He and his wife Bonnie have spent many years engaged in mission and aviation ministries. Bruce has served aviation ministry participating in strategic program planning, aircraft acquisition, flight training and program fund raising.  He has developed seaplane flight-training programs and trained pilots for African Inland Mission and Samaritan Purse in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, East Africa. In 2007 he served as member of the Strategic Planning Group for Evangelism and Mission Aviation, Amazon Basin, Brazil and has also served in missions in Mexico and Ecuador.  Bruce was very involved in the early formation of Quest Aircraft Company and served on the board from (2003-04). Bruce is currently a team member with World Mission / Dolsys participating in efforts to set up seaplane operations servicing the church and Island people of Lake Victoria as well as providing aviation support to Vine Trust hospital ship operations in Tanzania.

Bruce has forty years of aviation experience flying experience in Alaska (1973-2013) with over 10,000 hours of seaplane flight time).  His aviation background includes Commercial Instrument, Single Engine, Multi Engine Sea, Kenmore Air Harbor, Kurtzer Flying Service Seattle, Wa. His education includes AAS Sciences degree from Washington State.  Bruce served two tours in the Navy and participated on the Apollo 10 and 11 recovery efforts in the South Pacific as well as Riverboat duty while in Vietnam.  Bruce and Bonnie’s home Church is First Christian at Sandpoint, Idaho.  He and Bonnie serve as Husband/Wife Mission Team Committee Members. Bruce was born in Seattle and married his lovely wife Bonnie and they have two children, Jessica and Megan.

Advisory Board Member

Rick Merritt

Born and raised in Louisiana, Dr. Rick Merritt has southern wit and charm along with a dedicated drive for excellence. He has been married thirty-three years to his wife Judith Merritt. They have three children and nine grandchildren. Rick is the founder and president of Heart and Soul Family Counseling Services.

He served eight years in the military before resigning to civilian life and devoting himself to full time ministry in Yuma, AZ. It was there in Yuma that he got involved in mission work to Kenya, Africa, and has lead multiple mission teams to Kenya over the years. His pastorate experience began as the Associated Pastor in his mother’s church in 1990; which lead to his personal calling and ministry three years later and has been in the ministry ever since.
Rick is currently the lead pastor at 180 Faith Ministries in Vista, CA. reaching the Tri-City North County and San Diego area as well as having significant influence with the troops at Camp Pendleton and Miramar since 1996.
Dr. Merritt is currently partnering through his private practice Heart & Soul Family Counseling Services with the Chaplin’s Association at both Camp Pendleton and Miramar Bases to help service members, their marriages, and family heal after being ravaged by ten plus years of war. This partnership has allowed him to participate in their “Marriage Family & Parenting” Expos held at Camp Pendleton and Miramar for the last several years.
Educated with his Ph.D. in Pastoral Care and Clinical Counseling from Minnesota Graduate School of Theology; he is a certified MFT (Marriage Family Therapist), and belongs to the American Academy of Clinical Family Therapists Association, along with other certifications from Light University and the American Association of Christian Counselors in; Addiction & Recovery with the 12 step program form Celebrate Recovery; Premarital & Marital Coaching, Acute Stress Grief and Trauma Care, Crisis and First Responder Training, along with PTSD & Combat Stress Coaching. He has been on the ground floor working with the U.S. Veteran’s Department as a clinical psychologist in their pilot program “The Aspire Center” located in San Diego, CA. Dr. Merritt is heavily engaged with this initiative and also leads assessments for service members with PTSD and Readjustment challenges that helps them integrate back into civilian life.
Rick said this about his Advisory Board Member role with Samaritan Aviation, “The opportunity to serve on the Samaritan Aviation advisory board is a privilege and honor that culminates all of my mission efforts thus far. I’ve been informed of the efforts and ministry involvements of Samaritan Aviation through Bryan Yeager the COO, a friend of over twenty years. I look forward to being a part of God’s plans for the future of Samaritan Aviation and the opportunity to serve with such an excellent ministry.”

Advisory Board Member

Tim Askew

Tim was born in Wheaton, IL and as a boy moved to the Boston area, where his father accepted a professorship at a Christian college. Thus  began Tim’s love of camping in the White Mountains, ice-skating on local ponds and rooting for Boston sports teams. In 1989, after a few stints of post-college employment in banking and sales, Tim packed his car and drove to San Diego where he could escape the cold winters and explore what he was sensing as a call into Christian service. Within a year came two events that would define his life: meeting his future bride (Diana) and enrolling into missionary training in Wisconsin (where, by some strange chance, Diana was also attending).

In 1995 Tim began full-time service with a cross-cultural church planting organization, his sights set on an unreached people group in Papua New Guinea. In June of 1996 he and his young family located among a remote tribal group in PNG called the Nakwi. For the next 15 years Tim was involved in pioneering this church planting initiative, translating Scriptures, developing curriculum, teaching literacy and pastoring the small Nakwi church toward maturity. For many of those years he also served on leadership teams and as a field consultant, providing support and oversight to other tribal church planting works in the area.

Since returning to the U.S. in 2010 Tim has continued his passion for serving the church. He is currently VP of Church Planting with ZimZam Global, an organization that equips leaders to plant churches by focusing on children and youth as a growth trigger. At his home church he serves on the missions committee as well as teaching 6th grade Sunday school. Tim, Diana and their three children (high-school and college-age) live in San Diego, CA. In his spare time Tim enjoys walks on the beach, coaching basketball, hiking in the mountains, and of course, cheering on his beloved Boston sports teams.

Advisory Board Member

Lisa Mueller

Lisa Mueller is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and the HR Director at Gilbert Christian Schools. She served as the HR Director for thirteen years at Central Christian Church where she became accqainted with Samaritan Aviation. She loves working with people and seeing them grow and develop into the role that God has called them. Lisa was born in Minnesota and moved to Arizona at the age of fourteen; she and her husband Jody have been married for thirty-one years, they have two adult children and five grandchildren. Lisa loves spending time with her family as well as fishing, boating and traveling.