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Meet The Staff

Christ In Action is a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.  All our staff are privately-supported missionaries that receive designated contributions through Christ In Action.  If you would like to help us continue to bring Hope to America's Families, please consider making a tax-deductible gift today!

Christ In Action Staff

From the Left:  Chris Zitzmann, Director of Operations; Bethany Zitzmann, Deputy Director; Diane Kilmer, Cook & Support Staff; Denny Nissley, Executive Director; Earl Stinson, Special Projects; Rachel Gibson, CCP Administrator; Sandy Nissley, Administrative Director; Miles Carlson, Project Supervisor with wife Teresa.

Dr. Denny & Sandy Nissley

Dr. Denny Nissley, founder and executive director of Christ In Action (CIA), a faith based nonprofit 501-(C)(3) organization founded in January of 1982. Dr. Nissley is a published author. Dr. Nissley and his wife, Sandy, have been married for 31 years and are Certified Marriage Specialists (CMS) through the National Association of Marriage Enhancement (NAME). They have completed two levels of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training: Assisting Individuals in Crisis (AIC) and Pastoral Crisis Intervention (PCI) through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). The Nissleys also have Diplomas of Practical Theology from Christ for the Nations Institute (CFNI), Dallas, TX.

Denny & Sandy sit on the Roundtable for the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives for Disaster Response. They have led teams of volunteers in response to numerous disasters providing relief through practical acts of service and hope through the message of the Gospel.

The Nissleys also participate with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) Bi-Annual Chaplain trainings, and Denny helped with the training at Ft. McNair in 2008.

The Nissleys have 11 children and currently reside in Northern Virginia.

The Nissley Family

L to R:  Daniel, Deborah, Naomi, Rachel, Grace, Sandy, Priscilla, Nicholas, Leah,
Denny, Bethany, Tabitha, Melody, Amos, Vic & Elizabeth


Bethany, has been full-time with CIA since 2001. Her responsibilities include: administration, bookkeeping, facilitation and oversight of equipment set-up and maintenance, site coordination and on-site mobilization of volunteers on deployment. She is a commissioned Chaplain through CIA.



Rachel, works full-time with CIA as their Events Coordinator. Some of her responsibilities include: coordinating and organizing special events, working with CIA’s Chaplains Commissioning Program (CCP),  assisting with the FBFR conferences and coordinating volunteers. She is a commissioned Chaplain through CIA.



Diane, is full-time staff with CIA. Her responsibilities include working in the offices as an administrative assistant. During deployment she leads  CIA’s feeding program for volunteers and residents, as well as leading worship during our chapel services. She is a commissioned Chaplain through CIA.



Chris, (formerly Director of Information Technology) serves with CIA as the Director of Operations, some of his responsibilities have included: website maintenance, photography/videographer, and providing behind-the-scenes technical assistance to others of the CIA staff.


David & Jackie Beaulieu

David & Jackie

David & Jackie, moved from Montana to work with Christ In Action in September of 2012, shortly before our deployment to New Jersey. David has taken over maintenance and repair on our equipment while Jackie works in the office and has been working with our Hope Marriage Center hotline.




Renice moved from Chicago to work with Christ In Action in March of 2013. She has come on as Bookkeeper for CIA as well as office support staff. Renice deployed with us after Hurricane Katrina as well as Hurricane Sandy before joining our staff.


David & Ellen

David & Ellen, work with our Faith Based First Responders program. They are certified marriage specialists through the National Association of Marriage Enhancement (NAME) with CIA. They serve the fire fighters & their families in Chesterfield county/Richmond VA.



Earl, worked with our Homes for Haiti program. Now he assists in maintenance and upkeep of CIA equipment and equipment development/construction.


Miles & Terry

Miles & Terry, volunteer part-time with CIA. Miles  was the site supervisor for the Homes for Haiti project in Bealeton and continues assisting in several smaller projects.


Dan & Leorena

Dan & Leorena, members of Mountain View Community Church for nineteen years in Ramona, CA, the location of CIA's base of operations, "Camp Hope" during the Wildfires. Dan owns an excavating company, worked almost everyday for three months together with Denny & the CIA team and they became great friends. Dan says, ”I was blessed to work alongside some of the greatest people I have ever met." “I know it will be exciting working with CIA. I have been able to see the hand of God at work more than ever before, I am not the guy who can hang around at church all the time, I've found the place God wants me to be, somewhere in "Action"!”  He now serves as CIA's West Coast Operations Director. The Woodruffs continue working with fire survivors today.


John & Cathi

John & Cathi, also met Denny & Sandy during the 2007 Wildfires in Ramona, California.  John an Executive Chef (California Culinary Academy, San Francisco) was just closing out an emergency services post and Christ in Action had just come to town.  It was definitely a work of the Lord timing-wise! CIA invited him to cook and there was no looking back!  John has been blessed with the ability to turn just about anything into a delicious meal, and he loves to serve people…a perfect complement to his position with Christ in Action. The survivors of Hurricane Ike have since tasted of his culinary expertise as John deployed with us to set up our food service. Most recently he provided a marvelous morning meal for a CIA fundraiser in Ramona January 2011.


Martin & Rachel

Rev. Martin Durham has been the director of Kerygma180 since it was established in May 2001. Presently serves on the leadership team for the BGEA (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association) 'Emerging Evangelists Institute', and is the European Director of the 'International Leadership Institute' Martin is ordained as a Baptist Minister (Evangelist) by the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Martin and his wife, Rachel, along with their two daughters, Annie & Eliza live in London, where they are members of South Hanwell Baptist Church.


David & Eleanor

David is based in Central Scotland and has been involved with Christ in Action Europe, (K180) for over 4 years. After serving as a police officer in Scotland for almost 5 years, he left the police to become a church youth worker in Falkirk, Scotland.  This led to studying youth work and theology at degree level whilst working with various Christian organizations in Scotland, predominantly as an evangelist, reaching out to young people. David spent 3 years leading an evangelistic late night street team in Glasgow, with input from K180 Director, Rev. Martin Durham.  In 2009, David joined with K180 and Christ in Action on their outreach to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  During this time, David met Dr. Denny Nissley who, amongst other things, informed him of the Disaster Response side of Christ in Action and invited him to take the FBFR training courses.  After consideration, David felt that with his background in the Police, his work with young people, and his interest in this area, the FBFR training was something that he wanted to pursue.  In May 2011, having completed the FBFR and Chaplaincy training, David was certified/commissioned as a CISM Chaplain through Christ in Action. Over the past few years, David has worked closely with Dr. Denny Nissley to get to the point where David can develop the chaplaincy work in Scotland, particularly in schools, under the banner of Christ in Action Scotland, whilst being an outlet for others to be trained to deploy to future relief efforts with Christ in Action.