Josh Kwan is the President of The Gathering, a learning community of philanthropists motivated by their Christian faith to give humbly and steward wisely all the resources God has entrusted to their care. Previously, he was a Co-Founder and Partner at Praxis, a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship whose mission is to build ventures, foster community, and create content for equipping Christian innovators, founders, and funders.
Josh served as the Director of International Giving for the David Weekley Family Foundation, where he divided his time between conducting due diligence on innovative social enterprises and helping portfolio organizations scale their impact. He worked as a journalist and was published in The San Jose Mercury News, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. He also co-founded Abide, a mobile app for encouraging and enlivening the practice of prayer and meditation. He has an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He lives with his family near San Francisco.
Fred Smith is the Founder of The Gathering, which he led for three decades through the end of 2018. As well, Fred was the Founder of Fourth Partner, a local foundation in Tyler that was focused on philanthropy and community development within the East Texas area. He previously joined Bob Buford in founding Leadership Network, where he served as President for 12 years. Fred spent several years as a teacher and administrator at Charlotte Christian School in North Carolina and The Stony Brook School in New York. He is a Navy veteran and a graduate of Denver University and Harvard Divinity School.
Despite a lifetime of accomplishment, Fred will tell you his true vocation is that of a Sunday School teacher and it is this role for which he would most like to be remembered. Fred and his wife, Carol, have two grown daughters and a son-in-law. They also have three well-loved grandchildren.
Fred is the author of “The Edge of the Inside”.
Maggie Lechner is the Events Director of The Gathering. She plans the logistics for the annual conference as well as trips and receptions throughout the year. Maggie managed weddings for a venue in Arkansas before joining The Gathering. Previously, she spent several years working for Pine Cove, a Christian camping ministry, as a Lead Instructor and School Relations Coordinator for the camp’s outdoor education program, the Institute of Wilderness Studies.
A graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences, Maggie’s first job after college was writing podcast material for the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program. She and her husband, Coleson, live in Tyler, TX with their children, Claire and Bennett.
Hannah Carter is the GenNext Director for The Gathering. She runs the youth program, for ages 3 to 18, during our annual conference. Hannah also works for Pine Cove, a Christian ministry with 12 camps for children and families in Texas and South Carolina, since 2008. While she was managing Pine Cove’s mobile day camp, Hannah started directing the GenNext program for The Gathering.
Hannah graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with degrees in Elementary and Special Education. In college, Hannah worked as a private behavior therapist for students with autism. She met her husband, Caleb, during one of her summer stints as a camp counselor at Pine Cove. They are raising their daughters, Austyn and Anderson, in Tyler, TX.
Melanie Langemeier is the GenNext Associate for The Gathering. She helps run the youth program during our annual conference. After working almost 10 years full time at Pine Cove, she left to raise her young children. She also works as a Senior Stylist for Stitch Fix helping people find clothing they love.
Melanie graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She met her husband, Austin, while working at Pine Cove and they were married in March 2017. Together in Texas with their children, Knox and Loxley, they enjoy being outside and going on adventures.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bob and Sarah Caldwell
Vinh and Leisle Chung
Colorado Springs, CO
Raymond and Joan Conn
Marc and Suzanne Daniel
West Chester, PA
Todd and Karen Hendricks
Todd and Susan Peterson
Peachtree Corners, GA