Le Pont – A Bridge to Africa

Partnering with
Africans since 1976

Our Story

Our story is captured in the book, Le Foyer – An African Love Story of Faith, Friendship, Family, and FIRE Available at amazon.com. It explains why we owe such a debt of love to our African brothers and sisters. You can read the chapter that captures the essence of our story:

Children sponsored
Living Wells
Pastors' Churches supported
Women Sponsored
Prisca Peace Project

Our Team - Togo

Dr. John laba

Executive Director of African Operations

John Laba is a pastor, church planter, and missions strategist. John studied Sociology of Communication at the Université de Lomé, received his Master of Divinity at Nairobi Evangelical Seminary and received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. He worked in leadership roles at Compassion International for 13 years, including Director of West Africa. John brings a rich background of development and ministry skills to his role.

Tete Nani

Director of Enterprises

Tete Nani is a pastor and business leader in Togo. Pastor Nani did his studies at the Baptist West Africa School of Theology in Lomé. He worked for the American Embassy for 20 years. He owns and operates a drivers school in Lomé training young men and women in his kingdom minded business. Nani brings strong spiritual leadership and entrepreneurial skills to our team.

Ben Sessou

Director of Evangelism

Beni Ben Sessou-Adisseh has worked with SIL-Wycliff as a national director and as a local church pastor. He received degrees from the Université de Lomé in Togo including a Masters in Business Administration. Ben works with churches and pastors, as well as government and business leaders in Togo and West Africa equipping them to disciple people and nations. Ben brings a strong entrepreneurial and ministry background to LPI.

Joseph Adedayo Adeola

Director of Finance and Administration

Joseph is a Graduate of the Université de Lomé with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He worked as Financial Administrator at Sanlam Insurance Togo. He assists John Laba in his role as CFO. Joseph brings strong financial management and organizational skills to LPI.

Our Team - USA

Rex and Sherry Holt

Co-founders and Executive Director

Rex and Sherry lived in Togo, West Africa from 1976 to 1984. Although they have been pastoring in Arkansas, California, and Texas these past 35 years, their passion is to work alongside Africans and Americans to disciple nations through evangelistic, educational, and entrepreneurial partnerships. Rex and Sherry have been married for 56 years. Their life long purpose is to know Christ and to make Him known.

John Mawuli Holt

Co-Founder and Board President

John is co-founder of Bridge Capital Partners in Ft. Worth, Texas and Vasa Capital, a real estate firm based in Dallas, Texas. John also serves as the Strategic Investment Advisor for the Sub Saharan Opportunity Fund, a private credit fund focused on financing small to medium businesses in Sub Saharan Africa. Anne is a home executive and stay-at-home mom with their three children, Madeline Delali, William Wyatt, and Sophie Elyse.

Tracy Beattie

Board Vice-President

Tracy grew up on a 1600 acre farm in Saskatchewan, Canada, but currently lives in southern California. He and his wife run a commercial lighting specialist company called Renovise. They are also State Inspectors for the California Energy Commission’s Title 24 program as lighting and lighting controls experts. Tracy has entered into a season of significance and ‘giving back’ by encouraging business people to challenge their limits by finding their true God-given identity.

Rebekah Mawumenyo Acker

Executive Assistant

Rebekah and her husband Nick along with their 3 children live in Ventura, California. Rebekah was given her middle name Mawumenyo by the Togolese when she was born. It means God is good! Her passion is holistic humanitarian work, sharing the love of Christ to all the nations, and she loves having the opportunity to connect and work along side her brothers and sisters in Togo.

Jake Trousdale

Board Treasurer

Alina Banuelos

Child Sponsorship Coordinator

Alina is from Ventura County and currently lives in Oxnard, CA. She has achieved her dream of becoming a veterinarian and practices Emergency Medicine locally. Although she had a desire to pursue medicine from a young age, she simultaneously had a passion for missions abroad. Her heart is to see “faith expressing itself through love” by simply being the hands and feet of Jesus in the world.

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