Our Board

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Eric serves as the founder and president of the Passion Center, and his wife, Julie is the office manager. Eric and Julie have been married for 42 years and have been blessed with 7 children and 5 grandchildren. They committed their lives to Christ while serving in the military, and since then the Lord has allowed them to serve Him as missionaries and church planters on three continents! Their hearts’ desire is to continue to be used by God to bring Him glory and to expand His Kingdom.



Gabriel lives and serves at Mile High Pines Christian Camp in the San Bernardino National Forest in Angelus Oaks, CA. He got involved with the Passion Center through a mutual friend of Eric Sythoff four years ago, and has been going to Malawi ever since. He loves getting to be apart of watching God rescue and redeem orphans, and seeing firsthand the process of restoring of children and their communities. He strongly believes that it is important to be involved in missions both locally and internationally. He challenges those reading saying this, “If you are looking to eternally invest beyond your borders and want to do more than change your perspective but rather change your life, pray, support, and go to the Passion Center. You will never be the same!”



Mark Trotter is the Executive Director for the Passion Center for Children in Malawi. He joined the Passion Center staff in June 2016, first as the Assistant Passion Center for Pastor's (PCP) Coordinator and Youth Pastor for Mulunguzi Community Church.   

As the Executive Director, Saul is responsible for the effective implementation and administration of all Passion Center operations. Saul married his wife, Naomi, in October 2019. 



Kristin Sommerville is the Communications & Stateside Sponsorship Coordinator for the Passion Center for Children. She began volunteering for the organization in 2014 and officially joined the Passion Center staff in September 2019.

As the Communications and Sponsorship Coordinator, Kristin works to connect supporters to new ministry opportunities, updates, and incredible stories through social media and other various means of communication, as well as overseeing our sponsor-sponsorships connections.