Louis was appointed with Missions Door in 2012 as the Dean of Education for CB Matrix, a distance-learning program to train lay church leaders and planters. The ultimate purpose of CB Matrix is to provide both biblical and practical training to establish churches built upon personal evangelism, discipleship, and shepherding within communities that are unreached or minimally reached by the traditional American church.
The program, which is entirely free, consists of a two-year continuum to help individuals enrich their church leadership skills, become church planters, or become members of a church-planting team. CB Matrix connects instructors from around the country with local trainer/mentors who culturally and linguistically meet the needs of the participants.
Louis’ 40 years of experience in Christian education has equipped him to assume the challenges of putting together and overseeing this program that rapidly sends harvesters into the harvest fields of this generation, as well as reaching various cultures within the U.S. and around the world.
Louis and Ruth Ann were brought up in Christian homes, and both accepted Christ as their Savior and were baptized while still in elementary school. They were active in church, Sunday school, and youth groups while growing up. In his junior high and high school years, Louis’ family was involved in a church plant ministry in rural Ohio where his father was a lay elder.
Louis and Ruth Ann attended Bob Jones University and there felt the ministry call into Christian education where they could openly share their faith with their students. Louis felt God’s hand of direction in school administration and attended Grace Theological Seminary, receiving his MA in Christian School Administration in 1978. In 1982, Louis was ordained to the Gospel ministry.
Over the years, Louis has had the privilege of seeing many of his former students respond to God’s call to ministry in their own lives as church leaders, pastors and missionaries.
Ruth Ann received an MA in Library Information Science from San Jose State University and is well qualified to assist CB Matrix through research support, curriculum development and registrar.
Louis and Ruth Ann were married in 1968 and have seven daughters and two sons. Eight of their children are married and have blessed the Mann’s with 18 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Louis: M.A. in Christian School Administration from Grace Theological Seminary
Ruth Ann: M.A. in Library Information Science from San Jose State University