Awana (an acronym for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, from 2 Timothy 2:15), is an international evangelical nonprofit organization founded in 1950, headquartered in Streamwood, Illinois. The organization supplies local churches with weekly clubs, programs and Bible training for students in preschool through high school. The goal of Awana is that these students would come to know, love and serve Jesus Christ as Lord
Awana was founded as a youth program at the North Side Gospel Center in Chicago, Illinois, by Pastor Lance Latham and Art Rorheim. Their goal was to develop a program that would appeal to young people, reach them with the gospel and train them in the Lord�s work. Other churches heard about the success of the Awana program and asked if they could use it. By 1960, Awana had grown to 900 churches. Today, more than 12,000 U.S. churches have Awana programs and can be found in all 50 states. Outside the United States, Awana can also be found in more than 5,100 churches in 109 countries and six continents.
Art Rorheim, Co-founder and President Emeritus
Dr. Jack Eggar (Louisiana Baptist University; M.A. 1979, Ph.D. 2006) is the current President and CEO.
Other ACI officers include:
Sue Unverricht, Chief Financial Officer
Lyn Loven, Operations
Daniel Nott, Ministry Resources
Richard Yandle, U.S. Ministries
Brian Rhodes, Awana International
Larry Fowler, Training
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