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Cole Richards serves as President of The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM). In this role, he leads VOM’s global ministry work, which includes significant outreach both in the U.S. and abroad. VOM ministers internationally by serving, and serving with, Christians who are severely persecuted for their faith. This is accomplished through a multinational team of 51 missions leaders from 22 nationalities, based in 23 countries. VOM accomplishes more than 1,600 projects annually in 68 hostile and restricted nations by responding to persecution and advancing God’s eternal Kingdom on the world’s most difficult missions frontiers.
In VOM’s U.S. ministry endeavors, Cole acts as executive editor/producer of VOM’s media and events. This includes VOM Radio, the VOM Advance Conferences and VOM’s monthly newsletter — an award-winning full-color ministry magazine that goes out to an average of 800,000 homes and churches each month. It also includes significant books and films such as Am N: Inspiring Stories of Christians Facing Islamic Extremists. All of these ministry tools and channels serve as a voice for persecuted Christians, bring American Christians into fellowship with their persecuted brothers and sisters, and allow believers in the U.S. to be inspired by the example of their joyful, bold and suffering family members.
Cole came on staff with VOM in 2006 after living and ministering in a least-reached and restricted nation in the Middle East where he, with his wife and children, reached out to Muslims and supported persecuted Christian house church networks. He has since worked in more than 40 hostile and restricted nations and is a close ministry associate and personal friend of indigenous Christian leaders in places like Iran, Syria, Nigeria, Sudan, Egypt and Burma.
Before entering into full-time ministry, Cole served as a military officer, with his military career focused almost entirely on the rise of Islamic terror groups in the Middle East. His life calling and passion is to see the Body of Christ unified to fulfill the Great Commission no matter the cost. His bachelor’s degree is in civil engineering, and he holds two master's degrees: missiology, with a focus on evangelism in the Muslim world, and business administration (MBA) in the context of organizational leadership.
Petr JašekGlobal Ambassador
Since 2002, Petr Jašek has worked with The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) to help aid and assist persecuted Christians in hostile areas and restricted nations. His background in hospital administration was beneficial in his role overseeing VOM’s efforts to provide medical care to Christians injured by Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria. As Petr traveled to meet with persecuted believers, he encouraged them with stories from his own experience growing up as the son of a pastor who was persecuted in communist Czechoslovakia.
In December 2015, Petr’s life changed dramatically when he was arrested at the airport in Khartoum, Sudan, after meeting with Christians there to evaluate how VOM could best serve them. Instead of continuing his work with imprisoned Christians and their families, Petr became a prisoner himself. Instead of delivering VOM aid to families of persecuted Christians, Petr needed VOM to help and support his own family.
Petr was convicted of espionage and sentenced to life imprisonment, before the Czech government negotiated his release in February 2017. Petr had times of discouragement, but he also found God’s faithfulness to be real and true in prison. He turned his imprisonment into an opportunity to grow in Christ, sharing his faith with others and encouraging the Christians imprisoned with him.
Throughout Petr’s 445 days in prison, VOM and Christians around the world stood with his family through prayer and other means of support. When Petr was released from prison, he returned to his wife, Wanda, and two grown children in the Czech Republic.
Petr continues to work with VOM, traveling around the world to speak about his time in prison and to encourage believers to stand with our persecuted brothers and sisters in prayer and action.
Todd NettletonChief of Media Relations and Message IntegrationHost, The Voice of the Martyrs Radio
Todd Nettleton is Chief of Media Relations and Message Integration for The Voice of the Martyrs and hosts The Voice of the Martyrs Radio. Todd serves as a voice for persecuted Christians through writing, speaking and working with the media to tell people in the United States about the faithfulness of Christ’s followers in 70+ nations where they face persecution.
Todd’s newest book, When Faith Is Forbidden: 40 Days on the Frontlines with Persecuted Christians, was published by Moody Publishers in 2021. In the book, Todd invites readers to travel with him and hear 40 powerful stories from persecuted Christians.
In his more than two decades of service with VOM, Todd has traveled to more than 20 nations to interview hundreds of Christians who have endured persecution. He has been interviewed more than 3,000 times by various media outlets, including CNN, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, the BBC, Moody Broadcast Network, Christian Broadcasting Network, The Voice of America, Mission Network News and Trinity Broadcasting Network.
In 2014, VOM launched a weekly radio program that Todd hosts and produces. Guests have included Christians persecuted for their faith as well as family members of Christians martyred for following Christ. The show was named Program of the Year in 2016 by the National Religious Broadcasters. It airs weekly on more than 1,050 radio stations, and the podcast version reached #1 on iTunes’ “Religion and Spirituality” podcast chart. You can find a broadcast station carrying VOM Radio and listen to all episodes online at VOMRadio.net.
Todd was also part of the writing team for four VOM books, including the bestselling Extreme Devotion and 2007’s FOXE: Voices of the Martyrs.
A former sportswriter, Todd is a graduate of Bartlesville Wesleyan College (now Oklahoma Wesleyan University) and has done postgraduate study at the University of Oklahoma. As the son of missionary parents, Todd spent part of his youth in Papua New Guinea and the rest in Southern California.
Todd and his wife, Charlotte, have two grown sons and two daughters-in-law. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, music, travel and sports, including serving as commissioner of a fantasy football league.
Pastor David RobbinsDirector, VOM Church Leader Network
Pastor David Robbins is the encouraging voice and resource provider for the members of VOM’s Church Leader Network. He also serves as VOM’s lead for development of resources for use by church staff and volunteer leaders.
Serving Christ through the local church since 1984, Pastor David has served in a variety of both bi-vocational and vocational pastoral roles — including Sr. Pastor, Adult Ministry Pastor, Student Pastor and Discipleship Pastor — in churches ranging in size from 100 to 8,000 attendees. He has served in church plants, growing churches, plateauing/declining churches and in an Outreach Magazine “Top 100 Fastest Growing Church.” His experience is well suited for equipping pastors and ministry leaders to set ministry direction, shepherd people and communicate truth.
Pastor David is passionate about helping God’s servants lead others in advancing the Great Commission, and he understands the context of those who live as bold and faithful witnesses in hostile areas and restricted nations. In 2003, he co-founded a missions organization that equips and encourages indigenous church leaders in Asia. This ministry, which was entrusted to an indigenous leadership team in 2010, helps ensure that local church leaders receive the biblical training they so desperately need. In addition, as a church missions pastor, he helped establish and coach the leaders of a thriving discipleship ministry in the Middle East. He has served churches and church leaders in 14 nations on five continents.
Pastor David and his wife, Shannon, are blessed with two grown sons, three grandchildren, four dogs and 60 chickens.