Important message about the COVID-19 Coronavirus

In an effort to care for all of our personnel, families, and mission around the world, EMI has been taking a number of steps in response to the progress of COVID-19.

Location-specific Crisis Management Teams remain in place to monitor COVID developments, inform, and care for EMI personnel. Decisions about official EMI travel (including project travel) domestically and internationally are being made on a case-by-case basis by Office Directors in locations concerned. EMI’s worldwide offices remain in varying states of closure with personnel working remotely or from home.

We continue to actively monitor the situation and will respond to new information affecting our worldwide ministry and teams. We view the COVID-19 Coronavirus as an opportunity to live out the gospel and our faith in Jesus through the ministry of EMI.

John Breitenstein

Human Resources Director - Global Office
EMI Global
Joined EMI: July 2011
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Professional Training & Experience

  • B.S. Biblical Studies with a minor in Psychology, John Brown University
  • Graduate Studies, Reformed Theological Seminary
  • Senior Professional Human Resources
  • Trained Mediator and Conciliation Coach 

John has spent over 20 years in church and parachurch ministry, with professional emphasis in people development (training, coaching, member/pastoral care, discipleship, and conciliation) and strategic management.   

Ministry Experience

  • Youth/Church Ministry '98 - 2004 
  • FamilyLife Minitries, CRU 2004 - 2011
  • EMI Uganda 2012 - 2017
  • EMI Global 2017 - present

John has spent most of his adult life working in Church and parachute ministry - youth ministry, marriage and family ministry, and foriegn missions.   Through this time John has gained passion, experience, and training in biblical conflict resolution, human resources and management, and pastoral/member care.  

in early 2012, John, along with his wife, Janel and their four kids, made the transition to Uganda to serve with EMI.   While certainly a challenge, that time proved to be an great joy and invaluable, expanding so much of how they perceive God, see the world around them, and engage in helping others.  

Today, that experience along with so many others, helps to inform the way John serves the staff of EMI worldwide through his role in the Global Office.


John and Janel met and married in university and in many ways have grown into ministry and adult life together.   They have four imaginative children who are now "third culture kids" growing up for more than 5 years of their early development in Uganda.