African Enterprise USA Board of Directors

John Reynolds – Chair

John Reynolds, PhD, provides leadership to Los Angeles Pacific University, an online Christian university in California, USA. LAPU provides an alternate affordable and flexible pathway to academic undergraduate and graduate degrees, and professional certificates specifically for the adult working student. Reynolds earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science and information systems in South Africa, and a PhD in Higher Education Leadership at Azusa Pacific University. In addition to his administrative role he serves as an adjunct professor, teaching in his research interests of leadership, board governance, organizational behavior/psychology, and strategic thinking.

Previous to his last two decades working in higher education, Reynolds has worked as a strategy executive in the mining industry and as global Chief Information Officer (CIO) for World Vision International, a large international relief organization (1991–2000). Reynolds serves on several profit, nonprofit, and educational boards, including LCC International University (Lithuania), API Educational Foundation (South Africa), African Enterprise (USA), African Enterprise (Canada), African Enterprise (International), Brewer Direct Inc., Tabor College (Australia) and LCC International Fund (USA).

Wayne Herman – Treasurer

Wayne Herman grew up in Seattle, Washington, and holds a B.A. in Comparative History from the University of Washington, an M.Div. from Western Seminary in Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in California.

He lived in South Africa for 16 years and, while there, served as Chief Academic Officer at Cornerstone Institute in Cape Town. 
While teaching and providing academic leadership there, he enjoyed the opportunity to build friendships with students who had worked with African Enterprise and through them developed a deep appreciation for the mission’s work. Herman‘s travels have taken him to 11 countries in South, East, and West Africa, deepening his love for the rich diversity of the African continent.
Wayne was named Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Los Angeles Pacific University (LAPU) in July 2018, and also serves as the university’s accreditation liaison officer. 
Dave Carpenter – Secretary
Rev Dave Carpenter attended Tufts University in Boston and Eastern College in Philadelphia before obtaining his M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1991. During Seminary, David was very involved in Young Life and spent a life-transforming year on internship in Cape Town, South Africa. Arriving the day after the Botha/De Klerk elections in the fall of 1989, David was serving in South Africa when F.W. De Klerk came into power, Nelson Mandela was released from prison and as all of the Apartheid laws were dismantled. Since graduating seminary David has served as the Associate Pastor for Youth, Children and Family Ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village, California, the Pastor of Singles and Church Life Ministries at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas, senior pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Morristown, NJ and has been serving as senior pastor at Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles since 2009. Married in 2002, David and his wife, Yvette, fled the country for a 16-month honeymoon/fact finding/backpacking trip around the world visiting 45 countries, exploring the globe and meeting with various churches, missionaries and mission organizations. They have 2 children, Ryan and Clay, who are currently 13 and 10 years old.

Dena Goodman

Dena Goodman grew up in the the small Los Angeles foothill city of Monrovia. She met her husband Teddy right after graduating high school and has been married for more than 20 years, with four children. She owns and operates Calgard Insurance agency in Monrovia, near her home church, First Presbyterian of Monrovia. Dena and Teddy came to Christ, baptized their family and have raised their children through this church and also learned about African Enterprise through this community of faith.


Remi Lawanson

Remi Lawanson grew up in Nigeria where he worked for sixteen years in investment banking, consulting, and actuarial services. He earned his Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary with research interest in organizational leadership. He served on the 2010 Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization Curriculum and Program Team. Prior to these, he served as the pioneer executive director for the World Evangelical Alliance’s regional Stewardship & Accountability Commission promoting, through training, a culture of biblical stewardship and transparent accountability among evangelical churches, seminaries, and mission agencies in forty-seven nations. He is a member of the Academy of Management serving as one of its reviewers since 2006. He now serves as a professor at Life Pacific University in the Los Angeles area. Remi is married to Ruth and God has blessed them with four adult children.

Jenn Graffius

Rev Jenn Graffius is the Director of Mentoring and Formation in the Center for Vocational Ministry at Azusa Pacific University (APU) in Azusa, California. Jenn is the chaplain to Azusa Pacific Seminary students and teaches in the Practical Theology Department in the APU School of Theology. Jenn is ordained in the ECO Presbyterian denomination and has pastoral leadership experience in church ministry and campus ministry, having served on staff at Glenkirk Church in Glendora, California and at Fuller Theological Seminary as the Director of Chapel and Staff Spiritual Formation. Jenn is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv) and recently completed her Doctor of Ministry at the Divinity School at Duke University. Jenn is passionate about mentoring and the development of flourishing leaders.