David Dunn is a born again Christian and a served as a Deacon at South Haven Baptist Church in Springfield Missouri. David loves the Lord and like many of you he started his martial arts ministry at his local church. He started his Karate for Christ Ministry in 2001. The ministry has touched the lives of hundreds in Springfield Missouri. God has used this ministry to bring several kids into a personal relationship with Christ.
Mr. Dunn continues to encourage Christian martial artists to engage in the KFCI mission, using martial arts as a vehicle for evangelism. Each one of us has a mission field in our own backyard and by engaging in martial arts ministry we can fulfill Mark 16:15
Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
David has put together a board of good Christian men to be his council. These men will help guide and assist in the operations and administration Karate for Christ International. Many of them are pastors and all are Christian martial artists. Our board members love Jesus and believe in the mission of Karate for Christ International. The board already has new ideas for membership. Also we are working on ways we can assist and equip members as they start their ministries.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
David teaches Shinsei Hapkido and is a board member of the Shinsei Hapkido Federation. Currently ranked 5th degree black belt under Doju Nim Joseph Lumpkin.
Pastor Chris Stewart
Chris Stewart currently serves as Pastor at OC4 - Morningstar Congregation in Cypress, Ca. Married to his wife Christie since 2004 a devoted martial artist and father. Chris began training in martial arts in 1993, he is currently ranked as a 4th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate. Mr. Stewart describes his ministry as “Using the martial arts to reach people with the Gospel, one by one”, just as Jesus clearly stated his mission in Luke 19:10 “To seek and to save that which was lost”.
Mr. Stewart describes his testimony: “I feel like the apostle Paul, he stated that he was the chief of sinners, and that was true for me. I grew up in the church, but never ‘belonged’, I rebelled as a young teen and got into pornography and lying. Jesus was desperately trying to get a hold of me and, one night during a church winter camp I heard his call clearly. Jesus had been trying to reach me but I wasn’t listening. That night after chapel I gave my life to Jesus and I haven’t looked back. I am always looking for new ways to serve him because I understand that I am a sinner who needs a savior. “For whoever is forgiven much, loves much” Luke 7:47 NIV.
Mr. Stewart joined Karate for Christ in 2004 when beginning a church based martial arts ministry. “Karate for Christ helped me gather ideas and resources to be able to start my ministry effectively”. He continues that ministry today and credits God working through KFCI for the growth. In 2007 Mr. Stewart was appointed the California State Representative for KFCI, and in 2010 he was appointed the Pacific District Representative. In 2011 he was asked to serve on the advisory board of KFCI. Mr. Stewart sees his role expanding and looks forward to working with others beginning their own KFCI ministries at Churches, parks, recreation centers, or wherever God is leading. “My prayer is for all who endeavor to serve God, that they do it with excellence and a pure heart, then and only then can God receive the glory. I want to be able to rejoice with you when many come to know Jesus through your ministries!”
Pastor Philip B. Guthrie
Phillip B. Guthrie
Married to Kimberly (Chapman) Guthrie.
Education: Southwest Baptist University, B.A. in Biblical Studies, and Covington Theological Seminary, Th.M. (Master of Theology Degree).
Phillip (Phil) Guthrie yielded his life to the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord in July of 1974 at the age of 14. He surrendered to preach in 1976 and was licensed into the Gospel ministry in 1978. Phil was Ordained in 1982 during his senior year in Bible College while serving as pastor in a small Ozarks Baptist Church.
Phil was introduced to martial arts training in the eight grade, when he took an after school Judo class. He later studied Shotokan and Kodokan while at college, in Bolivar, Missouri. He has served the Lord in a variety of ministries, including Para-Church Youth Evangelism, Music Director, Gospel Quartets, Short Term Missions, Youth Pastor, Interim Pastor and Senior Pastor in several Churches in Kansas and Missouri. He currently holds the rank of 3rd Dan in Shinsei Hapkido, under Sensei David Dunn and Soke Joseph Lumpkin. Phil was introduced to KFCI in the fall of 2005 when he and two of his sons joined a class under David Dunn, Springfield Shinsei Kwan. Phil and his two sons Justin and Jeremy also 3rd Degree Black belts are instructors at the Springfield Shinsei Kwan and have started a Karate for Christ ministry at Parkcrest Baptist church in Springfield Missouri, Karate for Christ 1st Baptist Stratford, MO and Karate for Christ Pleasant Hope Baptist, Pleasant Hope Missouri. Phil’s vision is to use the martial arts as a tool to reach children, youth and adults with the good news of salvation that is found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to help them grow in their faith.
Evangelist Bobby Teague
Bobby Teague loves the Lord and received Jesus as his Savior and Lord on January 18, 1989. In June of 1989 the Lord called him to ministry. Bobby has been called to be an evangelist and was ordained in 2008. Karate for Christ International is blessed to have Bobby on the board and as an active leader in his church and community. When Bobby taught at the 2011 Homecoming Seminar we got a taste of his evangelism. One of the things we heard about his 3 foot rule. That is, if anyone get within 3 feet of Bobby they are going to heard about Jesus.
Bobby Teague started his ministry, Karate for Christ Arkansas, in 2008. Bobby is the chief instructor, 4th Degree Black Belt that teaches Taekwondo and Jiu Jitsu. Bobby has earned recognition as a two time National Champ, and one time World Champ. Bobby was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Black Belt of the Year 2012.
Bobby is the father of three children. He has a daughter Samantha, who is a black belt in Taekwondo, and working on Jiu Jitsu. He also has a son, Jimmy, who will be a black belt someday. Bobby’s wife Becky is a very important part of their martial arts school. Bobby says she is the most supportive wife a man could ask for. They spend 5 days a week at their church, and sometimes 6. Becky is their church music leader. Here is a quote from Bobby “I love God, and the fact that he has given me a job teaching martial arts is such a blessing. I love my job!”
We are honored to have Kevin Hughes on the Board of Advisors. Kevin is an excellent martial artist and gifted instructor. Kevin is ranked 7th Dan in Okinawa Shorin Ryu, he also teaches Kobudo and Jujitsu. Koryu Bugei Hozon Kenkyukai is Kevin’s organization. It is dedicated to the preservation and research of the old school martial arts as they were taught and practiced before sportification.
Profile: Buddy Duke began martial arts training in 1969. He trained in Shotokan Karate from 1969 – 1973, but specializes in Korean Martial Arts. He is a 6th Degree Master Level Taekwondo Instructor, who began Taekwondo training in 1992 under 7th Degree Sr. Master Marv Conway in Beaumont, Texas.
Mr. Duke has had the privilege of being trained by some of the world’s best martial artists: 9th Degree Grand Master Craig Kollars, 9th Degree Grand Master Bert Kollars, 9th Degree Grand Master Art Monroe, 8th Degree Grand Master James Bailey, 8th Degree Grand Master Rick Hall, 7th Degree Senior Master Ron Allman, 7th Degree Senior Master Tom Matthews, 7th Degree Senior Master Wayne Matthews, and 6th Degree Master Austin McElroy. He has also trained in Hanmudo & Native Korean Sword under Dr. He-Young Kimm 9th Degree Grand Master. He has had personal safety training with Tom Patire the world’s number one personal safety expert.
He and his wife owned and operated Tyler Taekwondo Plus for thirteen years, which was the largest Martial Arts Training Center in Tyler, Texas. During this time they helped struggling churches by pastoring and receiving little or no income from the churches.
Mr. Duke has over thirty years in the ministry, over forty years of Martial Arts training, and over twenty years of martial arts teaching. After much prayer, he left the commercial martial arts world and uses his ministry and martial arts training to reach the lost and help other Christian Martial Artist. He is a 6th Degree Black Belt, Board member of Karate for Christ International and Founder of the Christian TaeKwonDo Alliance, a branch of Karate for Christ International that develops curriculum and issues TaeKwonDo rank. He has an enormous concern for the youth nationwide, as well as in local communities. He believes that, due to the lack of positive role models in society today and a lack of structured programs with the ability to teach life-skills and personal development, our communities are faced with a huge void which will have a negative effect on our youth and future generations. This encompasses much more than traditional martial arts instruction can offer, therefore to address these issues, Mr. Duke has dedicated himself to go beyond the normal outreaches of the Church and work with other leaders in Karate for Christ International to reach our world for Jesus. Mr. Duke has many goals in life, but his main motivation is to hear these words, “Well done my good and faithful servant enter into the joy of your Lord”.