Our Team



Eric serves as the founder and president of Passion Center for Children, and his wife, Julie, is the office manager. Eric and Julie have been married for over 40 years, and they 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.




Pilira W. Chibwana is the National Director for Passion Center for Children in Malawi. Along with the founder, he helped start the Passion Center for Children in 2004.  

As National Director, Pilira oversees and executes all aspects of the Passion Center ministry in Malawi. This includes working closely with the President to execute the vision and mission of the Passion Center, providing guidance and leadership to the Executive Director, and serving on the Board of Directors to guide the overall ministry. He also serves as the Senior Pastor at Mulunguzi Community Church, where Passion Center for Children's first site is located. Pilira and his wife Omega have two sons, Caleb and Wati. 

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Saul Mateyu is the Executive Director for Passion Center for Children in Malawi. He joined the Passion Center staff in June 2016, first as the Assistant Passion Center for Pastors (PCP) Coordinator and Youth Pastor for Mulunguzi Community Church, where he continues to serve today alongside his role as our Executive Director.   

As Executive Director, Saul is responsible for the effective implementation and administration of all Passion Center operations. Saul and his wife Naomi have one daughter, Tsogolo Samantha. 



Billy Wood is the Passion Center for Pastors (PCP) Director for Passion Center for Children. He was first involved with the Passion Center as a ministry partner with Pastor Mark Trotter in 2015 and joined the Passion Center team in 2021. 

As Passion Center for Pastors (PCP) Director, Billy works closely with Abusa Pilira to oversee all aspects of the PCP ministry, including recruiting and leading the pastoral teaching teams, coordinating conferences, developing curriculum, and strengthening and expanding the PCP ministry. Billy is the lead pastor at ONE Baptist Church in Douglasville, GA, and has been in ministry since 1994. He and his wife Shannon have been married for over 30 years, and they have been blessed with 6 children and 8 grandchildren. 



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

As Communications and Sponsorship Coordinator, Kristin works to connect supporters to the work in Malawi through stories, ministry updates, and new opportunities using social media and other various means of communication. She also oversees our sponsor-sponsorships connections.