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Diane Deans

Interim Director

Diane has been in ministry with young people for over forty years, formerly with Worldwide Discipleship Association. She served together with her husband of 40 years, Jon, before he was called home to be with his Lord on August 7, 2022. After discovering an open door for ministry with young people through The Great Exchange, in 2013 the Board of Directors asked Jon and Diane to give direction to this movement. The two of them joyfully directed The Great Exchange together until Jon’s Home-going. Jon was filled with wonder and joy that came from his love of the Gospel, and he lived a full life to the very end of his appointed time here with us. After Jon’s passing, the Board of Directors asked Diane to step into the role of Interim Director of The Great Exchange. Diane’s desire is to keep the culture and vision that she and Jon had for the ministry together. She loves going out on campus to have conversations with young people about Jesus and train others how to have these conversations with their peers. Diane has five adult children and eleven grandchildren. She resides in Watkinsville, Ga.

Kelsey Flowers

Associate Director

Kelsey loves talking about Jesus with others and supporting fellow Christians in evangelism. She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism from The University of Georgia and a BA in Business Administration, Accounting, from New England College. Before joining The Great Exchange team, Kelsey worked in the non-profit industry for almost nine years in various roles within the Finance & Accounting and Human Resources departments. Kelsey is very excited about being a part of The Great Exchange team. The aspects of her life that bring her the most joy are her relationship with Jesus and being a wife and mother. She and her husband Chris live in Alpharetta, Ga., with their daughter Claire and a very lively Golden Retriever named Lincoln. 

Nathaniel and Eden Caouette

Staff/Regional Coordinator

Nathaniel and Eden were both saved by God’s grace while younger through the faithful testimony of their parents. The Lord brought them together in marriage in 2008 as a result of their common heart for ministry. Now they have seven children and have been blessed to serve Christ together in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. They are excited to be part of what the Lord is accomplishing through the ongoing ministry of The Great Exchange!

Benjamin Beard

Staff/Project Leader

Benjamin gave his life to Christ while in Middle School through the influence of his parents, Bentley and Celene, and youth minister. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with degrees in Accounting and Finance. While attending UT Martin, Benjamin served on the campus’s Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) leadership team and was the Vice President his senior year. Through the BCM, Benjamin volunteered with The Great Exchange and felt called to pursue a leadership role with The Great Exchange from prayer and the mentorship and friendship of Jon Deans. Benjamin lives in Union City, TN, where he was raised along with his two younger siblings, Andrew and Ainsley, and older brother, Thomas. He also serves at Lake Road Baptist Church as the Music Leader and is an active member. Benjamin works with his father at Discovery Partners Investment Center, the family investment advisory firm.

Tom and Deborah Bohannon

Staff/Project Leaders

Tom is a retired software professional, entrepreneur and investor. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from The University of Georgia, an M.B.A. in Managerial Leadership from Piedmont College, and is an Instrument-rated General Aviation Private Pilot. Deborah holds a Master’s in Nursing from Augusta University and is an RN/CEN in the Emergency Department at Piedmont Athens Regional hospital. Tom and Deborah enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren in addition to trout fishing, hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities. Tom and Deborah are active members at Prince Avenue Baptist Church where they serve in the Children’s Ministry and various other outreach programs.

Ed and Linda Caouette

Staff/Project Leaders

Ed has been saved in Jesus since 1974, when he was brought from darkness to the light by God’s grace. He and his wife Linda have been married since 1979 and have four children and eight grandchildren. Upon graduation from the University of Connecticut, Ed went on to earn an M. Div. from Biblical Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Ed then served as an elder in several churches in New England. His military experience includes six years in the US Navy submarine service and eighteen years as an infantry officer in the US Army Reserves. Ed’s work experience includes sales and management in the floor covering, electrical and electronics industries. He is presently retired from both military and civilian work, serves as an Elder in his church, and teaches NT Greek.

Joey Hill

Staff/Project Leader

Joey Hill was born in Bainbridge, GA, and attended the First Baptist Church of Bainbridge where he became a Christian at the age of 12. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism in 1975. After serving in the Marine Corps, he graduated from UGA again in 1982 with a degree in Physical Education and in 1986 with a Masters in Education. He retired after a 30 year teaching career. He has been a faithful member of Nations Church for almost 40 years, and he is also a Gideon. Joey has three daughters and two grandsons.

Felix and Samantha Moncada

Staff/Project Leaders

Felix was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. At the age of 17, he gave his life to Christ and at the age of 20 followed God’s call to leave his home and family in California and move to Georgia where he studied and graduated from the Southern Latin Theological Institute in May 2016. Felix has always had a passion and a drive to evangelize. For years, Felix went door to door sharing the Gospel with people in and around his community with other believers. In 2018, Felix met his wife, Samantha, who just so happened to be starting an evangelism ministry in a trailer park community. After getting married in May 2020, Felix and Samantha have recently begun a new ministry leading groups of believers in street evangelism. Felix and Samantha are dedicated to empowering the body of Christ to move outside the four walls of the church and are excited to serve with The Great Exchange. 

Derek and Christie Sill

Staff/Project Leaders

Derek owned several real estate and construction businesses that operated throughout South Carolina. Derek came to Christ late in life, fall of 2012, after a very colorful lifestyle that started just before graduating from the University of South Carolina. After hitting a “rough patch”, being completely broken and surrendered, God saved Derek and his family. Derek has since completed his coursework for his master’s in Clinical Pastoral Counseling and is completing his thesis now. He is the founder and president of a pastoral counseling center with a focus on young people. He also teaches Bible classes to young people in a public school via Released Time. By the grace of God Derek and Christie have been married for 22 years and have been blessed with three boys.

Matheus and Camille Silva

Staff/Project Leaders

Matheus is from Brasilia, Brazil, where he studied International Relations at Universidade Catolica de Brasilia. He first participated in The Great Exchange in 2014 during our first trip to Brazil; Matheus has remained involved ever since. He lived in Athens for one year where he served full-time with TGE. He then returned to Brazil for a time and has been developing TGE’s ministry there. Matheus and his wife Camille now reside in Florida and have one daughter. Matheus loves missions and international relations and is excited to further the gospel through The Great Exchange.

Joni McNeely

Managing Editor of Communications

Joni graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology: Sports Medicine, and from Augusta University with a Masters in Teaching. She lives with her husband, Matthew, and their three kids in Swainsboro. Joni homeschools their kids, Charlie, Kellan, & Piper, and loves the time with her family. She enjoys teaching the preschool Sunday school, and helping Matthew with his youth ministry at Hawhammock Baptist Church. 

Abby Bryant

Special Projects and Events Coordinator

Abby Bryant earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Georgia College and State University. She is an Athens native and works full-time at the University of Georgia in the Division of Development and Alumni Relations. Abby has a heart for missions, both locally and internationally. She has been a part of The Great Exchange team since 2017 and works as the ministry’s Special Projects and Events Coordinator.

Join the Movement!

The Great Exchange is looking for more churches and ministries with which to partner. If you are interested in hosting The Great Exchange on your campus, in your community, or if you are interested in joining us on campus one day, let us know!