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Friday, October 20 - Sunday, October 22
Dear Friends,

We are so thankful for your friendship and your support.

When I look back on the last 32 years of ministry, I am overwhelmed with gratitude—both for God’s unfailing faithfulness and support from people like you. It fills me with hope for the future of the ministry of Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF). I feel blessed and honored to be a part of what God is doing through the pastors and church volunteers we partner with around the world. I invite you to partner with us.

This invitation is open to you, whether you joined us at the 2023 Children’s Hunger Fund President’s Retreat or not. You can bring hope to children in need across the US and around the world.

Thank you for your desire to make a difference.

For the children we serve,


Dave Phillips

Founder & President

Our mission is to deliver hope to suffering children by equipping local churches for gospel-centered mercy ministry.
Since 1991, 96% of all revenue has directly supported programs that serve suffering children and families. CHF has Distribution Centers in Dallas, San Antonio, and at our headquarters in Los Angeles. At each center, bulk food is packed by volunteers into “Food Paks” (a box of nutritious food that can feed a family facing food insecurity).

Through CHF’s unique ministry model, local pastors and volunteers—from churches across the US and in 30 countries around the world—deliver Food Paks directly to the homes of families in need in their communities. These Food Paks open the door for relationships to be formed and for the gospel to be shared, meeting not only the family’s physical need for food but their spiritual need for Christ, as well.

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Pelsue Family 2
Aaron and Emily Pelsue

Aaron Pelsue is a singer-songwriter, artist, and worship leader based out of Raleigh, NC. After spending 15 years in full-time ministry at two mega-churches, Aaron and Emily began traveling and leading worship as “musicianaries.” They have produced and released a dozen worship albums and continue writing and recording today. Recently, Aaron began serving as a worship pastor at Hope Community Church, based in Raleigh, NC.

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Dave Phillips
Dave Phillips
Founder and President

As a young man, the devastating poverty Dave witnessed at a children’s hospital in Honduras changed him forever. With a united passion to impact the next generation and help local churches build relationships with poor children in their communities, Dave and his wife, Lynn, founded Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF).

Lynn Philips
Lynn Phillips
Co-founder and Relationship Development Ambassador

After helping her husband, Dave, establish Children’s Hunger Fund, Lynn transitioned from her job as a public teacher to homeschool their four sons. Lynn has always had a heart for children, and her desire to educate the next generation on a biblical response to global poverty led to her role as a Poverty Encounter facilitator. She now serves CHF as a Relationship Development Ambassador.

Michael Richards
Michael Richards
Senior Vice President

For nearly twenty years, Michael has served at Children’s Hunger Fund in a myriad of ways, from overseeing volunteer operations and international logistics, to opening the San Antonio and Dallas offices. As Senior Vice President, he is focusing on cultivating relationships with supporters, stewardship, ambassador program, executive leadership, and the growth of the Children’s Hunger Fund Legacy Foundation

Rick Davis
Executive Director, Relationship Development

Rick is a marketing, sales, development, and customer service veteran with life-changing experiences from both the corporate and non-profit worlds. While he has enjoyed them all, serving those less fortunate—especially children—holds a place close to his heart. Rick is excited to be working with a CHF team dedicated to releasing children from physical and spiritual poverty. He serves the Relationship Development team, which includes Development Officers as well as the Marketing, Communications, and Donor Care teams.

Mario Aguilar
Mario Aguilar
Interim Executive Director, Ministry Development

Mario was born in El Salvador and moved to the US in 1998. His greatest desire is to see impoverished communities treasure Jesus as the only One Who could satisfy the deepest need of their hearts. The Lord directed Mario’s vocational efforts to join the ministry of CHF in 2012. Combining his business training with his passion for the gospel, God has allowed Mario to equip churches worldwide towards a gospel-centered mercy ministry.

Peter J. Kasirivu
Pastor, Gaba Community Church

Peter J. Kasirivu is the founder and president of Africa Renewal Ministries. Kasirivu and Africa Renewal Ministries were instrumental in launching CHF’s first international Mercy Network, located in Uganda. He’s pastor of Gaba Community Church and founder and chancellor of Africa Renewal University, both in Uganda.

Viorel Cruceru
Pastor, Grace Baptist Church

Viorel Cruceru was born into a Christian family during the Communist Regime in the southern part of Romania. Since 1993, Viorel and his wife, Delia, have been working with Grace Baptist Church in Slatina. Grace Baptist is committed to raising leaders to start new churches in the southern part of Romania. He is the CHF Mercy Network Coordinator for Romania, overseeing churches that serve those in need in 53 different villages, towns, and cities throughout the southern part of Romania.

Anthony Kasper

Senior Director,
Relationship Development

Josh Premako
Josh Premako

Senior Director,
Communications and Marketing

Lauren Bradley
Lauren Bradley

Development Officer

Savannah Nix
Savannah Nix

Senior Executive Assistant,
Office of the President

Judy McClain
Judy McClain

Executive Assistant,
Office of the Sr. Vice President

Frankie Rodriguez
Frankie Rodriguez

Coordinator, Digital Media

Victoria Knickerson
Victoria Nickerson

Special Events

Contact Savannah Nix

[email protected]
818.979.7100 Ext. 2215

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