The Team

Who We Are

Chris Irwin

Director

is the Director for EnterMission and a life-long missionary. Originally from Kentucky, upon completion of college, he went straight to Ecuador where he and his wife served as Team Expansion church planters for almost 20 years. They would later move to Spain where he would serve as the team leader for another church planting team. Chris has his masters degree from Wheaton College, is finishing his PhD from Johnson University and is the co-author of Missions In Focus and Hidden Treasures From an Urban Jungle.  He is married to Nicia, and has four children, and two cats: one of which he loves and the other he tolerates.

 

Fun Facts

  1. Absolutely loves Mixed Martial Arts (as a spectator!).

  2. Absolutely loves learning and deep conversations (really bad at small talk).

  3. Is an introvert who realizes it’s not an excuse to avoid and not love people.

Nicia Irwin

Mentor & financial admin

is the Administrative Assistant for EnterMission and grew up as an MK in Zimbabwe and Brazil. She loves people and making even the most mundane tasks fun. She enjoys hearing people’s stories and asking lots of questions ... just ask her kids! She does have a degree in Elementary Education, but only used it to torture her children while attempting to homeschool.

 

Fun Facts

  1. She can make a yummy meal when there is supposedly nothing left in the fridge.

  2. She loves making crafts, reading and cooking, but hates cleaning!

  3. Is an extrovert, but dislikes being up front preferring to be behind the scenes.

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Danny Wright

Teacher & US Tour Manager

used to lead backpacking trips, but currently serves as a missionary-in-residence at New Paradigm Christian Church in the Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis. He has also been serving as the Chaplain and Internship Director at The Ark Christian Ministries and as a Chaplain at three Indianapolis area Midas stores. He recently finished his Master’s Degree at Cincinnati Christian University. His life was changed when he encountered the spiritual disciplines and the writings of Mike Yaconelli, Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton and others. He loves traveling and spending time with people, listening to their stories and helping them find the author behind their lives. He also loves serving as a gastronomic positioning system for himself, and others. He searches for the holy in the ordinary, and believes that we are to be well-versed in Scripture and culture. He is married to Melissa, and they have two daughters.

 

Fun Facts

  1. Danny talks about popular culture at: www.zke247.com

  2. Danny has some crazy photos on Instagram: @yetimonk

  3. Danny served as a documentary film reviewer for the Heartland International Film Festival.

Anna Larue

Staff Coach

is a Coach for EnterMission, which means she lives and works for the students under the leadership of Chris and Nicia. Her parents were missionaries in Russia, having lived there until she was six, and are currently part of a mission located stateside. In May 2020, she graduated from Johnson University with a Bachelors in Teaching English as a Second Language. She enjoys meeting people from all over the world and seeing how God manifests himself in all the peoples on the earth.

 

Fun Facts

​   1. Has written a novel that she plans to publish.
   2. Hopes to one day live overseas, teaching English to those who wish to learn it.
   3. Wants a cat (as she finds much in common with them) but sadly is allergic. That             fact may not stop her.​

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Steve Love

Staff apprentice

is an apprentice with EnterMission.  David grew up in Angola---Indiana!  He lived and worked at Lake James Christian Camp as both his father and grandfather have managed there through the years.  He has a passion for travel and has driven all over the US and Canada.  He also loves to learn and has an interest in nuclear physics.  When he was approached by EnterMission about the opportunity to learn with and lead young adults, he was quick to jump on board!

Fun Facts

  1. Stephen is well known for his chili which is mythical in his church family. 

  2.  A common mistake is caused by spelling Stephen with a “v”. He doesn’t mind but wonders if he is destined to be a vigilante. 

  3. He has developed a strong taste for water and can be extremely picky on how his water tastes. Going as far as to buy bottled water even though he has a vendetta against plastic.

Tori Strong

Staff apprentice

is an apprentice with EnterMission. She works with and for the students under the care of Chris, Nicia, and Danny.   Tori grew up in central Ohio and recently  graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor's degree in Music and Women's  Leadership.  She is often inspired by the writings of men and women who were so passionate about the gospel that they lived their lives and died their deaths for it.  Tori has always been passionate about missions, whether in the local or global context and is hoping to explore what it truly means to live life on the gospel mission. She hopes to create a welcoming environment where believers and nonbelievers can explore the gospel in all facets of their lives in community with one another.

Fun Facts

  1.  Favorite Movie: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

  2.  Love roller skating, crocheting, painting, puzzles--just about anything!

  3.  I'm an ESFP-- those of you who know, know ;)

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Alex & Erin POPOV

missionaries in residence

Alex grew up in Kazakhstan until he and his mother moved to Los Angeles with hopes of a better life. He struggled to find identity and community, and was quickly was swept away by the chaos and intrigue of LA night life and gang culture. After ten years as an active gang member and experiencing the good, the bad, and the ugly of everything that life had to offer, Alex had an encounter with Jesus at a rehab center at 27 years old. He realized his life was a miracle, and he has devoted his life to using his story and experiences to serve and help the people around him. Alex is pursuing a career in counseling and therapy and excited to help guide and encourage Entermission students.

 

Erin grew up in small town America in a Christian home. She had a strong foundation in faith, but wanted to grow and understand her faith on a deeper level, so she enrolled in Bible college. She graduated from The Master's College at the top of her class, but found herself with more questions than answers when it came to her faith. After a few years of struggling with these questions, Erin realized that knowledge about God and knowledge of God are two completely different things. She shifted her focus to knowing God more personally and letting go of the need for a stable list of doctrines. Answers are easy, but faith is more difficult. Erin is passionate about learning and sharing knowledge, and she works as a freelance editor, with hopes of working in publishing and writing her own books to help guide people through difficult parts of life and faith.