Kent Parks is a globally connected mission leader and speaker, and he has led Beyond (previously named Mission to Unreached Peoples) since 2008. He and his wife Erika, (Beyond’s Director of Training), served 20 years as missionaries in Southeast Asia, where they focused on reaching whole Muslim Unreached People Groups (UPGs).

He also serves as Co-Facilitator for the Ethne Global UPG Initiative (; as Catalyst for Least Evangelized Peoples on the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization. Prior to mission service, Kent served as a pastor for 7 years and as a seminary professor, and he has a Ph.D. in mission strategy.

Kent and Erika have two grown daughters who love and serve Jesus.