Making energy missional
EFM exists to empower mission among the most vulnerable through promoting energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy creation in local churches.
While energy is part of our expertise, we pursue partnership in any initiative – whether microfinance in Kenya, training church planters in Myanmar, or peacebuilding in Congo – that empowers transformative mission and development among the most vulnerable through the local church.
All our work will promote spiritual, social, and environmental wellbeing among the most vulnerable.
EFM founder Colby May visited the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2013. He experienced the devastation brought by years of civil war, but also witnessed the transformative, healing power of the local Congolese church.
With years of experience in the field of energy management, Colby and his wife Amanda felt God’s call to steward their expertise for the work of God’s kingdom around the world.
Since EFM’s founding, we have provided hundreds of energy studies to American churches and freed up over a million dollars for transformative mission endeavors.
We have also worked together with global partners to pioneer holistic mission and development projects in South Asia, the US, Myanmar, Congo, Kenya, Uganda, and Colombia.
Colby May – CEM, MAET
More about Colby
Colby May is a Certified Energy Manager, specializing in energy efficiency for the past 15 years. He has performed energy audits at over 2,000 commercial-sized facilities across the nation, including churches, seminaries, state universities, k-12 schools and more. He has consulted with the State Energy Conservation Office of TX for over 10 years, performing energy management services at facilities across hundreds of school districts. He has consulted with large denominations, seminaries, and non-profits in the area of sustainability. Colby has also presented at a number of mission and energy management workshops across the US.
Colby has a master’s degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the area of Ethics & Society (Integral Mission) and a BA from Texas Tech University (International Business/Spanish). He spent time in DR Congo, during the Kivu Conflict, focusing his studies on the local church’s response in times of conflict. Colby is passionate about empowering the church and sees energy sustainability as a means to change.
He has been married to Amanda May since 2001, and is the proud father of two sons, Carter and Coen.
Jim Brown – PE
More About Jim
Jim Brown is a professional engineer who has specialized in the field of energy efficiency for the past 40 years. He has conducted energy analyses and designs of energy efficient installations for over 600 facilities in the United States and abroad. In addition, he has provided energy auditing consultation for six different U.S. State Energy Agencies, and assisted in development of three engineering firms established in China for the express purpose of inserting energy efficiency into commercial and industrial design projects.
Jim has presented Energy Management Training Seminars for commercial business, public school districts and public hospitals in nine states and six different nations. He has also developed and presented five energy related seminars for the Association of Energy Engineers focused on the topics of Investment Grade Energy Audits and Retro-Commissioning. He is currently a member of AEE boards governing the Master’s Level courses on Investment Grade Energy Audits and Master’s Level Commissioning. He has also coauthored two books, Investment Grade Energy Audit: Making Smart Energy Choices, and the Sustainability Management Handbook, and has been a contributing author for the annually updated Handbook of Energy Audits (Fairmont Press).
In September 2013, Jim was inducted into the Association of Energy Engineers Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement in promoting the practices and principles of energy management. Jim has also been an elder in his church for over 40 years. He recently helped oversee holistic mission partnerships in poverty-stricken areas of Kenya, Uganda, & Cambodia, including the launching of 50 small businesses in the most vulnerable communities. Jim has been married to Debra Brown for over 50 years, has two beautiful daughters, and four adventurous grandkids.
More about amanda
Amanda served as the founding director of Energy for Mission and now provides program and administrative support for EFM’s many initiatives. Amanda is a native Texan and has her BA in child development from the University of Texas (Austin) and her MA in physical therapy. Amanda is a pediatric physical therapist who specializes in neuro-developmental treatment and is on staff at Mosaic Church (Austin) serving as a worship leader and director.
Amanda has served with EFM in the US, India, Myanmar and Thailand, and supported projects in Uganda and Guatemala. She is married to Colby May, and their passion for empowering transformative mission throughout God’s world is a legacy the Mays strive to pass onto their two amazing boys, Carter and Coen.
Marcel Serubungo – MA
Director of EFM – Congo
More about Marcel
Marcel Serubungo is a pastor in the Democratic Republic of Congo and director of EFM’s Tuungane Project in Congo’s Kivu region. He worked with World Relief for 18 years in DR Congo, Sudan and South Sudan bringing divided communities together in the role of Regional Peace Building Technical Advisor.
Marcel holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Peace and Conflict Management. With EFM-Congo, he holds workshops with Congolese churches to promote the spiritual restoration of pastors devastated by decades of conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region. He also mobilizes local churches to bring peace and reconciliation to conflicting groups, aiming toward holistic community transformation, healing and development.
Marcel has been featured on CNN and served as the keynote speaker at The Justice Conference.
Tyler Lenocker – PhD, MDiv
More about Tyler
Tyler joined EFM as our executive director in 2020. He has served in ministry roles in the US and overseas, and recently completed his PhD at Boston University, School of Theology in mission studies and World Christianity. He has his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he met EFM founders Colby and Amanda May.
Tyler brings his expertise and passion for the promotion of holistic mission to our organization. He has published articles and book chapters on World Christianity and mission and taught global development and mission classes at seminaries and his home church. He is also a Visiting Researcher at Boston University, School of Theology in the Center for Global Christianity and Mission. Tyler lives with his wife Julie and his daughters – Ellia, Samantha, and Joy – on the North Shore of Boston. While their family has lived in New England for over a decade, Tyler grew up in Northern California, with much of his free time spent exploring the mountains of the West.
His early immersion in the beauty of God’s creation combined with his experiences in cross-cultural ministry have instilled in him a passion to see mission and environmental sustainability more deeply integrated in the ministry of the global Church.
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