FPM's Board and Lead Team Members
Rev. Joseph Mulongo
The Rev. Joseph Mulongo (FPM Program Director and Director of Connectional Ministries for the North Katanga and Tanganyika Conferences, The United Methodist Church) oversees FPM supported initiatives in DRC and has coordinated and led FPM's leadership development bicycle/boat tours since 2010. Prior to becoming the Conference DCM, Joseph served as the District Superintendent of Mulongo.
Joseph is married to Mary Kabamba, a nurse and teacher at the El Dorado Nursing School. Contact: Joseph@FriendlyPlanet Missiology.org
Rev. Dr. Taylor Denyer
Taylor (The Rev. Dr. Bishop Mande Muyombo's Executive Assistant for Strategic Partnership and Engagement for the North Katanga-Tanganyika-Tanzania Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church) acts as a communications bridge between friends and partners on both sides of the Atlantic. A pastor of the North Katanga Conference who holds graduate degrees in development and divinity, she wrote her ThD thesis, Decolonizing Mission Partnerships: Evolving Collaboration Between United Methodists in North Katanga and the United States of America via the University of South Africa. In 2019, the American Society of Missiology selected Taylor's thesis to be published in their monograph series. Copies are available through Wipf and Stock and other booksellers.
Taylor coaches church leaders as they navigate the challenges of serving in struggling communities. She is married to fellow global nomad Stuart Denyer, a U.S. diplomat. Contact: Taylor@FriendlyPlanetMissiology.org
Rev. Lana Robyne
Lana, a longtime FPM board member and friendship tour organizer, took a leap of faith in 2020 and became a full-time appointed missiologist in The UMC's Tanganyika Conference (DR Congo). An ordained elder in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference since 2001, Lana has both an M.Div. and MTS from Christian Theological Seminary, and in 2020 she completed an MA in History from Purdue University, where she researched colonial mission and human rights history in Congo while she was serving as Co-Director of Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry and Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Campus Ministry at First UMC in West Lafayette. In 2006, she was a visiting chaplain and lecturer at Africa University.
Lana is based in Kalemie, DR Congo and thanks to the miracle of platforms like Zoom is available for speaking events anywhere in the world. Contact: Lana@FriendlyPlanetMissiology.org. Tax deductible contributions to support her unfunded appointment can be made through FPM's donate page (earmark "for Lana").
In Loving Memory of Rev. Dr. Bob Walters, Co-founder of FPM
"Biking Bob," a Marine Corps helicopter pilot turned United Methodist pastor, regularly journeyed to DR Congo for speaking and deep listening tours from 1991-2017. Bob served as the Director of Connectional Ministries for the North Katanga Episcopal Area and was FPM's resident "Mad Man on a Bicycle." When Bob was not in the Congo he could be found in Indiana with his beloved wife Teri. Bob was the author of FPM's first publication, The Last Missionary.