Sarah Sumner, President
Sarah's mission is to build integrity in the Church.
Dr. Sarah Sumner is an entrepreneurial theologian who firmly believes that God wants to be known by us. God wants us to understand everything from the perspective of the truth who God is. Because God loves us, God commands us to choose life, prosperity, and the blessing--not death, adversity, and the curse (Deuteronomy 30:15-20). Since the way to choose life is to love the Lord your God, we all need to prioritize learning how to do that, no matter where we are. We learn by renewing our minds. So when Sarah founded Right On Mission, she did so to teach believers to think Christianly. She established a brand new business model, assembled a top-tier team, and developed a Culture Chart to encode the DNA of Right On Mission.
Sarah Sumner is a woman of repentance who cannot urge others enough to bet on God because God just loves to help those who honestly surrender to Him. Having served for 17 years as a seminary dean (A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary), chair of ministry (Azusa Pacific University) and church staff (Willow Creek Community Church; New Song Church), and having walked with the Lord since age 3, she has a long history of drinking deep draughts of God’s grace. Grace upon grace is the overriding theme of her life.
Jim Sumner, Business Manager
Jim's mission is to feed God's truth to the hungry.
Jim wears multiple hats at Right On Mission: He's the Business Manager, a member of the Speaking Team and Consulting Team. His expertise includes preaching, administration, children's ministry, facilities management, and analytical thinking.
Jim has a B.S. from Illinois State University, an M.A. from Azusa Pacific University, and an M.A. from A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary.
Jim's primary background as a non-Christian was in professional entertainment. After he came to Christ, he worked on church staff, then later became an adjunct faculty member at Simpson University and a Bible Study Fellowship leader.
Jim and Sarah live in Redding, CA.
Pakou Vang, Operations Manager & Executive Assistant to the President
Pakou's mission is to find redemptive solutions for people.
Pakou manages the operations at Right On Mission, provides structure and artistry for our website, and also runs our virtual office. She has expertise in structural development, academic services, administrative organization, process management, infrastructure development, and executive assistance. Pakou also serves as the Executive Assistant to Dr. Sarah Sumner.
Her education includes a B.A. from Simpson University and an M.Div. from A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary.
Pakou and her husband live in Minnesota.
Kelci Saruwatari, Assistant Operations Manager
Kelci’s mission is to draw others to trust in God’s design.
Kelci manages operations for Higher Learning and Strategic Futuring and is the point person for students and clients of these services. She also oversees ROM's social media.
Kelci is a recent graduate from Hope International University and has earned a B.A. in Human Communication.
She currently lives in Southern California.
Lisa Orimoto, Senior Associate
Lisa’s mission is to persuade people to dare to develop their creative potential.
Lisa Orimoto, Ph.D., is a mission statement writer, faculty member, consultant, and promoter for Right On Mission in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. She is a formally trained scientist whose expertise includes human development, communication, strategic planning, and relational dynamics.
Dr. Lisa's education includes a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Studies from the University of Hawaii. She holds an associates coaching credential (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation and is a certified Birkman consultant.
Lisa is a clinical psychologist and executive coach who co-founded Higher Ground International, a roundtable and coaching organization for Christian business leaders. She lives in Honolulu with her husband.
Matthew Sayovitz, IT Expert
Matthew's mission is to enhance the work of those who are building God's Kingdom.
Matthew's role is to oversee the technology at Right On Mission and serve as a faculty member in our Seminary. He has a broad diversity of experience and expertise in software development and implementation in the non-profit, education, online learning, financial and HRIS sectors. He has also worked on campus with college students.
Matthew's education includes a BA and MBA from Azusa Pacific University.
Matthew does extensive volunteer service for his local church, para-church ministries, and also for community enterprises. He lives with his growing family in Southern California.