Donald J. Schreier
Donald J. Schreier believes everything rises and falls on leadership. Therefore, he travels the world to encourage and equip men and women to be the best leaders they can be. He specializes in church leadership and Christian ministry, having served the past thirty-five years as a pastor, prison chaplain, school teacher and missionary. In 2012 he and Karen, his wife of 44 years, founded Truth Connect, a ministry dedicated to training leaders where they live with a focus on developing countries. They accomplish this through Leadership Training Conferences and mentoring leaders one-on-one.
Don earned a Bachelor of Science in Bible and Christian Education from Lancaster Bible College, a Master of Divinity from Capital Bible Seminary and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In addition to his theological training, he has been mentored by one of the world’s foremost management and leadership gurus, Dr. John C. Maxwell. Don is certified and licensed by The John Maxwell TEAM as a leadership trainer, coach and speaker.
Dr. and Mrs. Schreier have a special heart for the poor and unfortunate. In 1988 they created Servants Quest, a local church ministry to feed and cloth people living on the streets of Washington D.C and Baltimore, Maryland. This ministry is still in operation today. In 2000, the Schreiers founded HOLD the children, a child advocacy organization. For more than fifteen years Don and Karen led short-term mission teams to Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere. They were deeply touched by the negative impact of extreme poverty on the children. Compelled by love to act, they created HOLD the children to help impoverished children go to school, have a regular meal and live safely at HOLD the children Home, an orphanage in northern Haiti. Today HOLD the children houses 46 children in its orphanage and serves over 2,500 children in Haiti, Jamaica, Guatemala, Uganda, and Kenya. To God be the glory!
The Schreiers live in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Peggy has served on the board of Mission Discovery since 2013. She lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee and has been a social worker for 26 years. Currently, she serves as the Upper School Student Counselor at Davidson Academy, a private Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee.
Peggy and her family attend Community Church of Hendersonville where her husband, Kirk, serves as a shepherd and Peggy serves in women’s and student ministries. She has been married to Kirk for 26 years. Kirk is vice president and director of Marketing for Nashville Dental, Inc. They have two children, now grown: Colton, 23 (recent University of Tennessee graduate) who works and lives in Nashville, and Anna, 20 who is a current student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Anna has served on several Mission Discovery trips as an intern.
Peggy and her family are huge fans of the Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators, Auburn Tigers, water sports and time together. Peggy has served on missions in Jamaica, Haiti, Guatemala, and Swaziland. Mission Discovery holds a special place in her heart and she and her family have a passion to serve whenever they get a chance.
Cheryl Milnes has served with Mission Discovery since 2003 when she led a Mexico mission trip for the middle-school students of her church. She has been on many Mission Discovery trips to Mexico, South Dakota, Jamaica and Haiti. She has served on the board since 2009.
She met her husband, Dana, at Penn State University where she majored in Accounting and became a CPA. She uses her CPA skills in helping small businesses and start-ups grow as well as advising non-profit companies. She and her husband have served their church in the children, middle school, new member and adult ministries through the past 37 years of their marriage.
Cheryl and Dana currently live in Brookfield Wisconsin and are parents to 4 adult children and grandparents to three (soon to be four) grandchildren. They enjoy traveling all across the nation visiting their children and their families.