Staff

Claude Hickman

Executive Director

After marrying his wife Rebecca they embarked on journey together in 2000, traveling ten months of the year, speaking to over two-hundred and fifty thousand students at universities, conferences, and churches, casting vision for the evangelization of the world. Claude is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary where he has spoken many times at chapels as well as the author of Live Life On Purpose. He now lives with his family in Southern California, and continues to travel, speak and awaken believers to God’s global purposes.

Todd Ahrend

International Director

Todd is a graduate of Northeastern State University and a former campus minister at Tulsa University. He has a Master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Jessica is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute. Todd is the founder of The Traveling Team. For seven years, he and his wife Jessica traveled around the nation mobilizing young adults to missions before living for a year in the Middle East. Todd has exposure in over sixty countries and is currently the International Director of The Traveling Team which seeks to use The Traveling Team's resources in countries outside of the U.S. They have three children, Camden, Brody, and Axel. Todd is the author of In This Generation: Looking to the Past to Reach the Present and The Abrahamic Revolution: God’s Mission in Motion.

Sean & Meredith

Sean has spent the last five years traveling 43 states casting mission vision with Traveling Team. Meredith joined him a year and half into that five. Sean graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Communication and Meredith from John Brown University with a degree in Graphic Design. Sean has spent time in India and Indonesia working with college students and has participated in a stateside summer training project in FL leading a small group. He has also taught courses for Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. Meredith has some missions experience in South and Central America. She has taken the Perspectives course and spent a year working for Perspectives as a Graphic Designer. In 2009 they were both IT Project graduates. In the summer of 2011 they lead the entire IT Project. They have a passion to see this generation mobilized to finish the Great Commission and believe college students are the most strategic place to labor.

Hudson & Jessie

Team Leaders

Hudson and Jessie married in May 2013 and are excited to spend this season of their lives challenging college students to give their lives to finish the Great Commission. Hudson graduated from the Univ. of Arkansas with a history degree in 2009 and has been on staff with The Traveling Team since then. For the last 4 years he has traveled across 33 states, casting world vision to college students. He also regularly teaches lessons for Perspectives on the World Christian Movement classes across the country, where he loves getting to share about his experiences reaching out to international students while in college and his time spent in China and the Middle East. Currently he is working on a Masters of Religion degree from the Global Campus of Reformed Theological Seminary. Jessie graduated from Truman St. Univ. with an English degree in 2009 and has taught 6th grade language arts at a culturally diverse middle school for the last 3 years. She speaks Spanish and has spent significant time across Latin America, including leading a 7-week missions trip of college students to Guatemala and Honduras in 2012.
 

Tanner

Traveler

Tanner is a native of Fayetteville, AR and a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations. During his college years, Tanner’s eyes were opened to God’s mission to reach all peoples and he quickly realized that there was nothing more worthy to devote his live to. Tanner has experience in Central and South America, but his real passion is for the Arabic-speaking world. Throughout college Tanner connected with many international students and loves to encourage college students around the U.S. to do the same. 

Laura

Office Staff

Laura has been interested in missions since childhood, but she didn't step into World Christianity until she left college. After hearing The Traveling Team speak at her church's missions conference, she attended the IT Project in 2009. She has since assisted in coordinating Perspectives in her hometown, Tulsa, Okla. She and her husband, Bear, love spending time with international students and hope to go overseas soon. 

Ty & Carrie

Team Leaders

Ty and Carrie joined staff with The Traveling Team in Summer 2012. They are from Ohio and have degrees from Ohio University, Ty in Journalism and Carrie in Physical Education. It was during their time at Ohio U. that God opened their eyes to his plan to reach the world with the gospel and that they, as Christians, had a part to play in it. Carrie is a 2009 IT Project graduate and has spent time in France sharing the gospel. Together, the Komjatis have spent time in Slovenia doing evangelism with college students. Ty and Carrie love college students and are excited to help them take hold of their responsibility in getting the gospel to the world's unreached.
 

Evan

Accounting Staff

Evan graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor's and master's degree in accounting. He is currently working on his CPA certification and hopes to be finished by mid-2013. He performs the accounting duties for both The Traveling Team and other parachurch organizations. He is very excited about the opportunity God has given him to use his degree to bring glory to God and serve the Traveling Team staff.

Rachel

Traveler

Rachel graduated from University of Arkansas in 2012 with a degree in Business marketing. She was involved in several stateside summer projects where God gave her a heart for evangelism and discipleship. At one of these summer projects, Rachel heard The Traveling Team speak and began growing a heart for the world.  Soon after, Rachel completed the Perspectives class and attended IT Project. Through this, she gained a heart to not only for reaching the nations with the Gospel, but mobilizing other college students to do the same. She hopes to one day use her degree to spread the Gospel internationally.

Rebecca

Traveler

Rebecca graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2013 with a degree in International Relations with an emphasis in European Studies. During college, she took the Perspectives course and then attended two summer discipleship projects. Through these opportunities, Rebecca gained a vision for missions and a heart for the unreached peoples of the world. As she saw the importance of mobilization, she began to cast world vision into the lives of girls on her campus. Rebecca is excited to have the opportunity to mobilize college students from around the country to also gain a heart for reaching the nations with the Gospel.
 

Kolbi

Traveler

Kolbi graduated from Kansas State University in 2013 with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. During Kolbi’s college years she began to gain a heart for the world as she learned about unreached people that had no access to the Gospel. In 2012 at the IT Project, she learned about the importance of mobilizing students to reach the nations and the key role it has played throughout the course of history. Kolbi is excited to have the opportunity to travel the country to speak to college students and mobilize them to be passionate about what God is doing to see His name be glorified in all the earth.

Sarah

Office Staff

Sarah graduated from Kansas State University in 2012 with a degree in Family Studies and Human Services. Throughout her college years she had the opportunity to attend two summer discipleship-training programs, and also took the Perspectives class. It was through both of those opportunities that she gained a vision for discipleship and heart for the lost. It wasn’t until her trip to India for 8 weeks in 2011 that God really opened her eyes to the needs of the world, and His desire to see people from every language and people group worship him. She would love eventually to return overseas to advance the gospel among the unreached.

Andrew

Team Leader

Andrew graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Biological Systems Engineering in 2013 It was in college that he gained a heart discipleship and missions. During college, he began to gain a heart for the unreached when he heard The Traveling Team speak at a missions conference during his first of three discipleship summer projects. Soon after he took Perspectives and mobilized fellow students for God’s global redemptive work while at K-State. After his time with The Traveling Team, Andrew hopes to use his Agriculture and Engineering skills to work among an unreached people group.

Aleksandra

Office Staff

Aleksandra is from Corona, CA and graduated from California Baptist University in May of 2013 with a BA in English and a minor in Christian Studies. She has a heart for the unreached people groups of the world and dreams of using her skills overseas someday to reach at least one of the unengaged people groups.
 

Hannah

Office Staff

Hannah attended Northeastern State University in Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education in 2013. As a freshman she befriended several international students from numerous countries and began to fall in love with the nations. After attending the IT Project in 2009 Hannah finally saw an intentional way to interact with the internationals on her campus. She served at the IT Project the following summer as a student leader where she had the opportunity to cast vision and mobilize college students to fulfill their role in the Great Commission. She has a passion to see the Bible translated in every language and would love to live overseas longterm following her time with The Traveling Team.
 

Jake

Traveler

Jake graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Animal Science. While still a student, he started to grow a heart for God and the world. He has been a leader at a stateside summer discipleship program, and spent the summer of 2014 in India. Jake wants to see all the nations reached in this generation---he is excited to join The Traveling Team in equipping and educating college students as they gain a heart for the world. Jake would also like to go overseas long-term.
 

Zac

Traveler

Zac graduated from Kansas State University in 2013 with a degree in Kinesiology. He first heard The Traveling Team speak at a summer discipleship project and was convinced that his life was meant to be used to help reach the most unreached parts of the world. This led to going to the IT Project the next summer as well as helping coordinate Perspectives in Manhattan, KS. Hearing The Traveling Team speak was a pivotal point in Zac’s life and he wants to be a part of seeing this happen in others. After the Traveling Team he plans on going to India.