Gary and Lisa Black are writers, speakers, and mentors who laugh at the craziness of life in a large blended family, and weep with anyone who has experienced loss. As passionate lovers of everyday life, the Blacks believe in being real, being truthful, and helping others to find their voice and purpose.
Gary Black is an entrepreneur and speaker who is passionate about setting the next generation free. Lisa Black is a writer, speaker and an advocate for the vulnerable. Gary and Lisa spend the majority of their time mentoring and discipling young people through the World Race, an 11-month mission trip to 11 different countries and G42 Leadership Academy, a leadership school in the Spanish village they call home. Together, they have given their lives to building up a generation of leaders committed to relieving oppression and revealing the Kingdom of God.
Meet the team
The team behide GaryandLisaBlack.com
Gary and Lisa Black
Writer, Speaker, Advocate for the hurting and the vulnerable
Gary and Lisa Black are writers, speakers, and mentors who laugh at the craziness of life in a large blended family, and weep with anyone who has experienced loss. As passionate lovers of everyday life, the Blacks believe in being real, being truthful, and helping others to find their voice and purpose. Gary and Lisa have survived many losses, including the sudden death of their 19 year old son in April of 2013, but the message burning within them is stronger than ever. As World Race coaches and G42 Leadership Academy mentors, Gary and Lisa truly believe in the next generation and have committed their lives to encouraging and building up leaders who know who they are and are willing to spend their lives loving and serving the world around them.
Chef, Team Leading & Discipleship
Myles Willman is our chef extraordinaire! When he’s not cooking, he is leading our teams and discipling the many people who pass through our village. He worked as a chef in Jacksonville, FL for many years before going on the World Race in 2014. After spending eleven months on the field with the World Race, he was asked to return as an alumni squad leader. Over the past two years he has served at four World Race training camps training participants and he is now a recent graduate of G42 Leadership Academy. Myles is passionate about using his skills as a chef combined with his love for discipleship to pour into participants on the World Race and other Adventures In Missions programs to reveal God’s Kingdom.
Teaching & Discipleship
Emily Halverson is a southern belle born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Emily has a creative soul with many visions and God-given dreams and has a prophetic gifting as an intercessor and prayer warrior behind the scenes. Emily has a love for art and poetry and is in the midst of creating children’s books to teach others valuable lessons and ultimately share God’s love. Emily studied Elementary Education and has a passion for teaching children and discipling her peers. Emily went on the World Race and was also an intern at G42 Leadership Academy before moving to Spain. She is currently a teacher at the English after school program that G42 created as an outreach to the Spanish community. Emily is excited to continue teaching and discipling others with the team here in Spain!
Zach and Megan Ripley
Hostel Manager & Discipleship
Zach and Meaghan met on The World Race and started dating at G42 Leadership Academy in Spain. Gary officiated their marriage in October 2016 and they currently live in Madison, WI next to a zoo. With degrees in Biology and Environmental Science, they are truly scientists turned missionaries. Meaghan loves art, coffee and cats while Zach loves woodworking and carpentry. Together, they are passionate about cooking and discipleship over a good meal and glass of wine. In the near future, the two of them will move to Spain to run and manage the new hostel while discipling those who pass through.
Hospitality & Discipleship
Lynne has been serving Jesus since 1975 and can only say her life has never been the same. She’s worked mainly in Africa with various Ministry Organizations, going into the unseen places and uplifting people who struggle to get help. During this time, she started an NPO called CARE which built pre-schools and orphan homes for vulnerable children in South Africa and Mozambique. Lynne has worked alongside her pastor in doing outreaches with teams to assist with projects and to spread the gospel. The last few years have been spent learning the prophetic and teaching others and recently, Lynne took a trip to Taiwan to run a prophetic school. Lynne’s desire to go into all the world to bind up the broken hearted and set the captives free by mentoring and loving on people has grown stronger over the years and her call to work with G42 in any capacity of service is an exciting new adventure.
Major and Brittany Stepp
Marketing, Discipleship & Short-Term Team Leading
Major and Brittany met on the World Race in 2014, and married just a few months following. They are inspired by simplistic living and practicing the ways of Jesus; celebrating around the table, living among community, and delving into more of our inheritance through relational health and welcoming others in. They are excited to serve the Black’s with their photography, marketing and discipleship skills.
Web Developer, Marketing & Discipleship
Daniel Bisgrove is a self-employed web developer, working for agencies and companies worldwide but located in Spain. He was born and raised in a little town in England where he taught himself to code. He soon became a lead developer of a team who created an auction web app which changed the way UK citizens bid and sell online through auctions houses. At the peak of his success God called him away to become an intern at G42 where Daniel learned to combine his skills with code and God’s mission into one, creating a clear vision to start his own web company and pour into his brothers and sisters around him to help reveal God’s Kingdom. Daniel has a creative soul with many visions and God-given dreams and has a prophetic gifting as an intercessor and prayer warrior. He is very passionate about loving people, especially those who feel unloved, rejected, and misused.
MOP & Networking
Patrick did the World Race in 2013 (2nd Gen. Q-Squad). He loves to hike, and has hiked in the major mountain ranges of every continent, except Antarctica (coming soon, he hopes). Currently, Patrick is the Regional Director of a majority of the Arab world for Adventures in Missions and couldn’t imagine working with ministries in any other region. Patrick works with Gary on networking ‘Men of Peace’ and Church Planters globally. Patrick is passionate about partnerships, and getting people to work together for one common goal, and loves to get people to work together for the Kingdom. Mix in some pie and coffee, and he’s in heaven on earth.
Business Executive & Evangelist
Guillermo Morillas is originally from Argentina but now living in Mijas, Spain. He moved to the village to be surrounded by the community that was formed through G42 Leadership Academy. Guillermo is passionate about his business but more importantly about people. Guillermo has an anointing for healing and delivering. He is passionate for the presence of God and because of this, Guillermo has been able to establish a solid real estate company in Mijas Pueblo. His passion for people is expressed in the way he brings Kingdom through his business and services. Gui is a translator for the Black’s and travels with Gary as often as he can. He is always willing to partner with God in whatever he is doing on earth.