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Jim Dau
President

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Jim Dau has served with The Voice of the Martyrs since 1999, when he joined the ministry as Chief Operations Officer. He was named President in 2006 and became Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Jim has traveled to approximately 40 countries to encourage and help our persecuted family.

Prior to joining VOM, Jim served in the United States Marine Corps and retired as a Colonel after 25 years. During his years of military service, Jim attended the Naval Flight School and flew many of the Marine Corps helicopters. He also attended the Naval War College and served on many high-level staffs.

Jim earned his bachelor of arts degree in education from Northwestern University, where he also played football on scholarship. Jim later earned a bachelor of science degree in photography from the Brooks Institute of Photography.

His personal interest and ongoing education in high-quality photography have been great benefits to the ministry. He is married to Peggy Dau. He and Peggy have three children and ten grandchildren.

Cole Richards
Executive Vice President

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Cole Richards serves as Executive Vice 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 I 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.

Todd Nettleton
Chief of Media Relations and Message Integration

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Todd Nettleton is the Chief of Media Relations and Message Integration for The Voice of the Martyrs and the host of The Voice of the Martyrs Radio. Todd serves as a voice for persecuted Christians, working with the media to tell people in the United States about the faithfulness of Christ’s followers in 60+ nations where they face persecution.

During 19 years serving at VOM, Todd has traveled to more than 20 nations to interview hundreds of Christians who have endured persecution. He has been interviewed more than 2,500 times by various media outlets, including CNN, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, the BBC, Moody Broadcast Network, Christian Broadcasting Network, Newsweek, The Voice of America, Mission Network News and Trinity Broadcasting Network.

In 2014 VOM launched a weekly radio program, which Todd hosts and produces. Guests have included Christians persecuted for their faith and family members of Christians martyred for following Christ. The show was named Radio Program of the Year in 2016 by the National Religious Broadcasters. It airs weekly on more than 700 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 www.VOMRadio.net.

Todd was part of the writing team for four VOM books, including the best-selling Extreme Devotion and 2007’s FOXE: Voices of the Martyrs. He was the principal writer for VOM’s 2009 book about the church in North Korea, RESTRICTED NATIONS: North Korea.

A former sportswriter, Todd is a graduate of Bartlesville Wesleyan College (now Oklahoma Wesleyan University). He has done postgraduate study at the University of Oklahoma.

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 recently welcomed their first daughter-in-law into the family. In his spare time, Todd enjoys reading, writing, music, travel and sports, including serving as commissioner of a fantasy football league. In 2015 he ran his first half-marathon.

Brooke Parks
Global Outreach & Strategy

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Brooke Parks serves as a voice for the persecuted church throughout the United States, sharing stories of persecuted believers to inspire others to a deeper commitment to Christ and His Great Commission. Brooke has served in many nations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America and the Middle East, meeting face to face with persecuted believers.

Brooke helps lead VOM’s ministry in the U.S of engaging believers in the United States with their persecuted family throughout the world. She frequently shares about the persecuted as a keynote speaker, specifically at universities and at conferences and events, and also writes for VOM. Brooke is the producer and leader of Exile Night, an interactive opportunity for students to identify with persecuted Christians by spending one night in “exile,” living as a refugee.

Brooke formerly served VOM as director of Voice Ministries, engaging believers with their persecuted family by overseeing conferences, special events and a volunteer speaker network of more than 300 people. Prior to that, Brooke was the youth and young adult coordinator for VOM, implementing new ways for young adults to become involved with persecuted believers through volunteer advocacy, an internship program and social media.

Brooke holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and missions as well as a master’s degree in business administration.