Leadership

Mike and Diane Bickle

position

  • Director, International House of Prayer
  • Chancellor, International House of Prayer University
Mike Bickle is the director of the International House of Prayer, an evangelical missions organization based on 24/7 prayer with worship. He is also the founder of International House of Prayer University, which includes full-time ministry, music, and media schools. Mike is the author of several books, including Growing in Prayer, Passion for Jesus, Growing in the PropheticThe Pleasures of Loving God, After God’s Own Heart, and Prayers to Strengthen Your Inner Man. Mike’s teaching emphasizes growing in passion for Jesus through intimacy with God, doing evangelism and missions work from the place of night-and-day prayer, and the end times. Mike and his wife, Diane, have two married sons and five grandchildren.

Allen and Rachel Hood

position

  • Associate Director, International House of Prayer
  • President, International House of Prayer University
Allen Hood (MDiv, Asbury Theological Seminary) has served on the leadership team of the International House of Prayer since 2000. He currently serves as the associate director of IHOPKC and as the president of the International House of Prayer University. Allen is called to intercede for the fullness of God to be released in the Church and to labor for the strengthening of the global prayer and missions movement. Proclaiming the glorious splendor of Christ Jesus is his joy and preparing the Bride for the glorious return of Jesus is his burden. To this end, Allen is deeply committed to seeing unceasing corporate worship and intercession established in every tribe, tongue, and nation. Allen resides in Kansas City with his wife, Rachel, and their three sons.

Daniel and Levi Lim

position

  • CEO, International House of Prayer
  • Facilitator, Onething Global Leadership Summit
Daniel Lim trained at a Baptist seminary (MA in world missions) and served as a Baptist pastor in Southeast Asia. With a passion for the gospel of the kingdom of God and the glory of Jesus Christ, Daniel teaches at conferences, churches, universities, and seminaries across the nations. Daniel and his wife, Levi, live in Kansas City with their son, Samuel. Their daughter, Emmanuel, went home to be with the Lord in 2008 while they were ministering in Myanmar during a historic disaster relief effort after Cyclone Nargis.

Jono and Shari Hall

position

  • COO, International House of Prayer
Originally from the United Kingdom, Jono has served on the IHOPKC senior leadership team since 2003. Prior to moving to Kansas City, Jono worked with GOD TV for four years. At IHOPKC, Jono has served in many areas, but has principally been responsible for the media reach of IHOPKC, launching the broadcasting and creative media areas at IHOPKC. Jono has also been an instructor at IHOPU in subjects such as church history, basic christian beliefs, and media production. Jono is married to Shari, who also serves in leadership as the Director of Forerunner Media Institute at IHOPU, and they have four children.

Misty Edwards

position

  • Chief Singer, Global Prayer Room
Misty Edwards helped start the International House of Prayer in 1999 and has been a worship leader and songwriter here ever since. She serves on the senior leadership team and gives oversight to all our worship leaders, musicians, and singers who serve in the prayer room. Misty’s hunger for reality and encounter with Jesus fuels her worship leading, songwriting, and preaching. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, her music has impacted thousands. Misty desires that her worship would bring people into the place of encounter with the heart of the Lord. Her passion is to see singers and songwriters step into their role as forerunners who have a message concerning God’s personality and the return of His Son.

Lenny and Tracy La Guardia

position

  • Vice President of Ministries, International House of Prayer
  • Executive Director, Children's Equipping Center, International House of Prayer
For over three decades, Lenny and Tracy La Guardia have devoted their lives locally and internationally to equipping, empowering, and mobilizing young people, parents, and leaders with biblical truths and relevant strategies for ministering to children and youth today. Lenny and Tracy are the executive directors of the Children’s Equipping Center (CEC) at the International House of Prayer, where they lead a missionary staff that equips children from all over the world. Currently, CEC provides over 130 hours a week of children’s services. Lenny also serves as the senior vice president of IHOPKC's Ministries and Justice Divisions, giving oversight to vital ministries that mobilize the values and priorities of the IHOPKC Missions Base in Kansas City and abroad. Lenny started the Grandview, Missouri, Police Chaplains in 2007 and currently serves as a police chaplain. Lenny and Tracy have been married for 38 years and have five children: Leonard, Leatha, Andrea, Adrienne, and Shontavion.

    Nick and Maggie Syrett

    position

    • President, Forerunner Music
    Nick Syrett has been in full-time Christian work for more than 25 years, serving the body of Christ in a variety of roles: pioneer missions, missions relief work, worship evangelism, business development, event management, marketing and media management, music production, global prayer movement activities, and more. Both British by birth, Nick and his wife, Maggie, have lived in several countries around the world, serving various ministries.

    Nick and his family moved to Kansas City from their missions work in China in 1996 and, in 1999, helped Mike Bickle establish the International House of Prayer. Nick served as vice-president of the ministry for several years, setting up many of IHOPKC’s departments, including IHOPU, and the internship programs, as well as running all the ministry’s events for many years, including originating the annual Onething conference attended by 25,000 young adults each December. Nick also oversaw the legal and financial aspects of the ministry.

    He is also the founder and president of IHOPKC’s record label, Forerunner Music, which has produced more than 150 worship albums since its inception in 2001.

    Additionally, Nick is a board member of KidCity7, an outreach ministry to inner-city children, and also serves on the board of Mike Bickle's personal ministry organization, House of Prayer Ministries, and regularly returns to Jerusalem and the Middle East where he organizes prayer events.

      Eric and Desta Oppriecht

      position

      • Vice President, Corporate Services
      Eric and his family moved to Kansas City in 2004 to attend the Intro to IHOPKC internship. Afterwards, Eric and his wife, Desta, joined staff as intercessory missionaries and have served in several capacities over the years. Eric's unique combination of business and ministry experience has strengthened the missions base in the last decade. He currently gives leadership as the senior vice president of Corporate Services, helping to steward operations and finances at IHOPKC. Eric and Desta have been married for 25 years and have four children: Zion, Zoe, Zeke, and Zack.

        Stuart and Esther Greaves

        position

        • Vice President, Global Prayer Division
        At the International House of Prayer, Stuart serves on the senior leadership team and gives oversight to the prayer division, which serves the Global Prayer Room (GPR). For 16 years, he has served on the NightWatch, the hours from midnight to 6am in the GPR. With a vision to see Christ revealed by the Holy Spirit to the depths of peoples' hearts, Stuart travels nationally and internationally, teaching on the forerunner message, intercession, and the knowledge of God. He is married to Esther, his wife of 18 years, and resides in Kansas City.

        John and Fran Chisholm

        position

        • Vice President, Community Life
        • Director of Israel Mandate
        Originally from central Illinois, John moved to Kansas City in June 2013 to join IHOPKC. He pastored a Vineyard church from 1988 to 1996, and then worked as a management consultant for 18 years, mainly in accounting. At IHOPKC and Forerunner Christian Fellowship, John serves as executive director of Community Life, overseeing all the friendship groups and the pastoral support ministry. John and his wife, Fran, have six adult children.

          Murray and Deborah Hiebert

          position

          • Director, Forerunner Music Academy
          Murray and his wife, Deborah, have been a part of the International House of Prayer since its early years. After serving as a worship leader in Minneapolis, Murray moved to Kansas City with a dream in his heart for the nations of the earth to sings songs of love to Jesus. Murray led worship in the Global Prayer Room for years, while giving leadership to singers, musicians, and worship leaders. From 2009 to 2012, Murray and Deborah began and led a prayer room at Every Home for Christ in Colorado Springs. God has given Murray and Deborah four beautiful children.

          Luis and Jill Cataldo

          position

          • Director, Partner Relations
          Luis and Jill have served together in ministry throughout their 31 years of marriage. For 18 years, they were on staff at Young Life, a Christian outreach to high school students. Luis was the lead pastor of a church in Charlottesville, Virginia, from 2001 to 2004, before joining the IHOPKC senior leadership team in 2005. Luis and Jill currently serve as intercessory missionaries, contending in prayer for righteousness and justice in all sectors of society, primarily the church, the government, and Israel. Both Luis and Jill served on the board of The Zoe Foundation, resourcing adoptions as a positive alternative to abortion. They also served with Lou Engle and TheCall during two stadium solemn assemblies in 2008. In 2011, Luis was the director of The Response, a national solemn assembly modeled after Joel 2, which was initiated by Governor Perry of Texas. Luis and Jill live in Kansas City, Missouri, and have two daughters: Alex, 27, and Samantha, 24.

          Bob and Marci Sorge

          position

          • Senior Leader, International House of Prayer
          Marci Sorge is the senior ministry advisor at IHOPKC. After pastoring for 13 years with her husband, Bob, in upstate New York, she moved to Kansas City with her family in 1999, and has been with IHOPKC from its inception. She is a “spiritual mom” who is especially gifted at helping people find their best role in the Body of Christ. Most notably, however, she is grandmother to six of the most amazing grandchildren in the world.