Meet the Staff

International Board of Jewish Missions is headquartered in Hixson, Tennessee where our dedicated staff manages all aspects of the ministry. Below is a list of the current staff members and a description of who they are and what they do to contribute to the mission of IBJM.

Meet the President

Dr. Ed FramptonDr. Ed Frampton serves as President and General Director of IBJM.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Brother Frampton was saved at the age of seventeen. He earned a B.A. degree in Business Management / Administration from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. After seventeen years in textile management, he attended Bob Jones University and Seminary where he earned a Master of Ministry degree. During this time he was a deacon at Tabernacle Baptist in Greenville, and later served for seven years as the assistant pastor and administrator of Victory Christian School in Sylva, North Carolina. In 1997, Brother Frampton and family began preparing for mission work with IBJM in Johannesburg, where they served until assuming his present position with IBJM in 2006.

While in Johannesburg, the Framptons’ ministry among the Gentile and Jewish communities included the founding of two churches, Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lombardy East and New Covenant Baptist Church in Sandringham. These churches are now pastored by faithful South African national pastors and continue a vibrant ministry among both Jews and Gentiles.

Pastors may reach Brother Frampton by calling IBJM at (423) 876-8150, via our contact form, or by mail to International Board of Jewish Missions, P.O. Box 1386, Hixson, TN 37343.

Meet Our Administrative Assistants

Sheila Wharram, center, was born in Portsmouth, England. She served as secretary to Dr. and Mrs. Jacob Gartenhaus, our founders, and was secretary to Dr. Orman Norwood, our President Emeritus. She has served faithfully with IBJM for 40 years.

Jennifer Bennecke, left, is secretary to our General Director and the Director of Ministries, and also helps with the planning of overseas trips.

Glenda McGuirt, right, is our receptionist. She answers the phone, oversees the Gift Shop, and prepares prayer letters for distribution.

Meet Our Director of Ministries

John and Marylin LawrenceJohn and Marilyn Lawrence are veteran missionaries, having served as full-time workers in France from 1987-2002. During this time, John was the administrator of a Bible Institute about 45 miles from Paris. His wife, Marilyn, worked beside him preparing meals for the students and staff, among other duties. He pastored and served as assistant pastor for several churches in France. John also teaches French at Chattanooga State Community College.

John serves as Director of Ministries and as Administrator of the Gartenhaus Training Center. He can arrange a Christ in the Passover demonstration for your church.

Meet Our Financial Department Workers


The accounting department is led by John Tucker (not pictured).

The bookkeepers who serve in this department are Ila Gaskin and Francine Williams.

Ila GaskinFrancine Williams


Meet Our Graphic DesignerChris Ratliff

Chris Ratliff does photography and design work for IBJM, as well as being the layout artist/typesetter for "The Everlasting Nation" magazine. He holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of TN in Chattanooga and has 28 years experience in the graphic arts and print industry fields.

Meet Our Network AdministratorDavid Ringheimer

David Ringheimer is our Network Administrator at the Mission.

David maintains our database servers, our website, designs IBJM and missionary media presentations and keeps our computer stations at IBJM up and running.


Meet Our Literature & Mailing Department
Mitch Johnson
The LIterature Department turns out thousands of gospel tracts for Jewish people and prints prayer letters and cards for missionaries, plus much more.

Mitch Johnson has been with IBJM for twenty two years and supervises the Literature Department, handles mailing, shipping of orders, the magazine mail-outs, and represents IBJM in meetings.


Meet Our Maintenance Department

Joe Reed is in charge of maintaining our facilities and handles general repairs as well as serving as coordinator for any contract labor necessary.