Meet Our Team
Dr. Ed Frampton
Brother Ed Frampton serves as President and General Director of International Board of Jewish Missions (IBJM) located in Hixson, Tennessee.
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 while serving for seven years as the assistant pastor and administrator of Victory Baptist Church and Christian School in Sylva, North Carolina.
In 1997, Brother Frampton and his family began preparing for mission work with IBJM in Johannesburg, South Africa where they served until he assumed 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 Orchards. These churches are now pastored by faithful South African national pastors and continue a vibrant ministry among both Jews and Gentiles.
Brother Ed and his wife, Mary, have been married for 32 years and are blessed with five children and three grandchildren.
Director of Ministries
John 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.
Jennifer Bennecke is the administrative assistant to our General Director and the Director of Ministries.
Brad Blanton is an administrative assistant to our General Director and Director of Ministries. He also helps plan ministry trips and trips to Israel and assists in the museum.
Donna Magnussen is our receptionist. She answers the phone, oversees the Gift Shop, and prepares prayer letters for distribution.
Phillip Harris is the head of our accounting department. He helps to keep the accounting straight for both IBJM and our missionaries.
Sarah Plessinger processes donations for IBJM and its missionaries. She also maintains our donor database, takes part in donor relations and correspondence, and assists with other accounting related tasks.
Ila Gaskin assists with donations, works with accounts payable, and assists missionaries with mailed communication.
Marie Drost records donations for humanitarian aid in Israel, communicates with donors, and is a liaison with those in Israel working to distribute aid.
Joe Reed is in charge of maintaining our facilities and handles general repairs as well as serving as coordinator for any contract labor necessary.
David maintains our database servers, our website, designs IBJM and missionary media presentations and keeps our computer stations at IBJM up and running.
Literature & Mailing
Neil Magnussen supervises the Literature Department, handles mailing, shipping of orders, and the magazine mail-outs.
Support the Ministry
The ultimate purpose of IBJM is to bring the Jewish people in direct contact with the truth of the gospel. Help IBJM fulfill our purpose by supporting the ministry financially.
IBJM was founded in 1949 by Dr. Jacob Gartenhaus. Brought up in an Orthodox Jewish home in Austria, he moved to New York City in his early twenties where he trusted Jesus as Messiah and Savior after reading Isaiah 53.
Persecuted and beaten by friends and forsaken by his family, the young Gartenhaus was led by God to become an ambassador to his own people, establishing the IBJM ministry.
Phone: (423) 876-8150
Fax: (423) 876-8156
Monday-Friday: 9:00am to 4:30pm
Physical Address (Museum & Events)
5106 Genesis Lane
Hixson, TN 37343
PO Box 1386
Hixson, TN 37343
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Ministry Partner: Shepherd's Bethel
Shepherd's Bethel provides missionary lodging, up to three years for those on deputation, one year for those on furlough, and their units are also available for short stays of just one night up to several weeks for missionaries who are traveling. Contact Director Michael Weiss at (812) 936-9648. Consult their website, shepherdsbethel.org, for additional details.