MINISTRY STAFF

Diane Deans

Executive 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 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 twelve grandchildren. She resides in Watkinsville, Ga.

Kelsey Flowers

Director of Operations

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 Peachtree Corners, Ga., with their two daughters and golden retriever. 

Felix and Samantha Moncada

Staff/Coordinator & 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. 

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 at Northeast Georgia Health System. 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 18 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 the Deacon of Evangelism at his church, and teaches NT Greek.

Tyler and Casslyn Eanes

Staff/Project Leaders

Tyler was born and raised in Burlington, North Carolina. Growing up in a broken home gave Tyler a unique perspective on life, and he struggled with love and acceptance for a long time. In 2012, at a youth summer camp, Tyler gave his life to Jesus after years of thinking he was right with God. In 2013, God called him to pastoral ministry. He attended Truett McConnell University where he received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theological studies. He married his high school sweetheart, Casslyn, in 2016. From an early age, she felt called to be a pastor’s wife and the Lord guided her in incredible ways. Tyler has served as a college pastor in Gainesville, GA, and since 2020 he has been serving as student pastor in the Panhandle of Florida. He is currently working on his doctorate degree in Pastoral Care at Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary. Tyler and Casslyn have two beautiful children, Aletheia and Micah. Tyler is passionate for souls to be saved and people to grow in their relationship with Jesus. He is a huge Duke fan and loves basketball, reading, and art.

Joey Hill

Staff/Project Leader

Joey 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 Master’s in Education. He retired after a 30-year teaching career. He has been a faithful member of Nations Church for over 40 years, and he is also a Gideon. Joey has three daughters and three grandchildren.

Matthew and Joni McNeely

Staff/Project Leaders & Managing Editor of Communications

Matthew and Joni currently serve at Hawhammock Baptist Church in Swainsboro, Georgia, where Matthew is the Student Pastor. He has worked as a student pastor full time for 15 years. Matthew received a BS in Finance from the University of Georgia, and a M.Div. in Youth Ministry from Southern Seminary. One of the highlights of his ministry is watching students grow spiritually and then guide their friends into a relationship with Christ. Joni graduated from Georgia Southern with a BS in Kinesiology: Exercise Science & Sports Medicine. She then graduated from Augusta University with a Master’s in Teaching: Kinesiology. She currently homeschools their three children Charlie, Kellan, and Piper. Doing ministry as a family is one of their favorite things!

Abby Bryant

Financial Assistant

Abby Bryant holds the degree Master of Education in Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development from the University of Georgia. She also 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 Financial Assistant.

Join The Movement!

The Great Exchange is looking for more people to join our team as Project Leaders! If you are interested in becoming a staff member who facilitates The Great Exchange in your area, let us know!