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BMI Ministers List

Updated Aug. 2019

BMI California leaders who mave migrated
across the states and around the world

BM has four time markers: The Garage in 1997 (Fontana); The Basement in 1999 (Fontana on Seirra); Rialto in 2002 (on Riverside); and The Go Era starting in 2006. The last season is one of watching the "first crop" of BMI ministers take on life. It is amazing. What started as a simple Bible study grew, expanded, touched nations and has remained as an expression of true relationship with BMI family and friends around the world. Whether it is California, across America, the West Indies, Kenya, India, Philippines, Europe, etc. - it all comes back to a small group of people bound together y His great grace. There isn't enough room to picture or name each of them, but they live in our hearts. Our National Board, and friends who impact  us and the nations, are shown on the Global Friends page.  We salute you, oh beloved friends! - Jeff & Karie 

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Jeff Kirschbaum

BMI Co-Founder

"Just call me Jeff" is his most famous sermon. His heart for leaders and passion to see them follow their dreams has led him around the world. He is a man of few words, many hugs and a humble heart; a gentle 6'7 giant.

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Karie Kirschbaum

BMI Co-Founder

"You can go to heaven jacked up" is her most notorious sermon. With a bit of humor, Karie brings the simplicity of  a relationship with God to those who never thought it possible to be His friend, much less have a future that isn't just "good", but an adventure!

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Esther Pitts

California Network Leadership Link

Esther is a warrior/worshipper . She and her sister, Johanna Sharp, were born in the Netherlands "Dutch-Indo" and came to the states as children. They have been with BMI since it began in The Garage. Her passion for America and freedom of expression in dance and music inspires all who are with her.


Ken Gaston - Kenya

Kenya "Boots on the Ground" Link

Ken is a father to the fatherless. His heart and life have always been dedicated to the house of the Lord and to young men in need of a father. He is changing lives in Kenya and moved permanently there in 2015.

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Johanna Sharp

California Network Leadership Link

Johanna came to the USA when she was five from the Netherlands "Dutch Indo".  She started with two chords and a sister with BMI in The Garage in 1997. Her inspirational song writing and gift to develop young musicians is legendary. She is known as "the BMI Pastor of Worship" 

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Mando Rodarte

Missouri Network Leadership Link

Mando started with BMI in The Basement, Fontana, 2000. He is an inspirational speaker, prophetic voice and passionate worshipper of Jesus. His drumming has set people free to dance across the nation. One of his greatest gifts is to network like-hearted people with one another and activate them.

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Yolanda Espinoza

California Network Leadership Link

Yolanda is a mama. When everyone else gives up on you, she will stand, tears streaming down her face, and pray. There are few leaders like her. She has been with BMI since The Basement, Fontana, 2000.

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