Who We Are

Training Leaders International trains pastors and leaders around the world, partnering with local leaders who have invited us to provide the theological training pastors and leaders desperately need. We meet this need through modular training, teaching in formal schools, planting schools and leading international churches.


Our staff serve in a variety of roles to provide theological training around the world. We have chosen not to list staff and global partners due to the sensitive nature of our work. To request that one of our staff members come speak at your event or at your church, please contact us.

Darren Carlson

Darren Carlson, President

Darren Carlson is the President of TLI, which he founded in 2009, and now serves with a staff of over 50 people serving around the world, providing theological training in underserved and undertrained areas. Darren holds two masters from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a PhD from the London School of Theology. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter. If you would like him to come to speak at your church or upcoming event, you can fill out the request form here

Board Of Directors

Our board members value theological education, wish to mentor the next generation of leaders and hope to see thoughtful engagement cross-culturally. The voting board meets twice a year and are actively involved in helping the President implement the vision of Training Leaders International.

Board Members

Monnie Brewer

East-West Ministries International

Tim Cave

ITG Travel

Greg Deckert

Deckert & Van Loh P.A.

Dave Deuel

Joni and Friends

Jonathon Jordan

Walkner Condon Financial Advisors LLC

Reed Larson

CED1 Investments

Eric Ness

Anoka Ramsey Dental

Stephen Rodriguez

One Defense

Tom Steller

Bethlehem College and Seminary

Mark Stone

Texas A&M

Ken Stone

Gray Reed & McGraw LLP

Dan Westin

QA Wealth Management

Nathan Winters

Westshore Free Church

Advisory Members

Don Carson

The Gospel Coalition

Hutz Hertzberg

Christian Heritage Academy

David Livermore

Global Learning Center

Michael Oh


John Piper

Desiring God

Justin Taylor


Robert Yarbrough

Covenant Seminary

Don Whitney

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary