President / CEO
Ron Houp has served with GO InterNational since 2007. He assumed the role of President in 2014. He loves to teach on finance, stewardship, and missions. His life was changed by a short-term mission trip and he loves to see others experience this change. He has traveled to more than 25 countries on four continents. Ron also serves as adjunct missions staff for Asbury University.
“I am honored and humbled to work in this great commission ministry. We have a great team and board. I believe the Lord is revealing some really exciting new partnerships and challenges for GO InterNational!”
Prior to assuming the Presidency of GO InterNational, Ron served as Senior Vice President of the ministry. He has served in several ministry leadership roles ranging from Executive Pastor of a fast growing church to the CFO of a major Christian publisher. He has also owned and operated several small businesses. He also loves woodworking and restoring old cars.
Ron graduated from Asbury University in 1987 with a degree in Accounting & Business Management. He enjoys learning the nuances of the not-for-profit world, especially how boards of directors function. He has served on the boards of numerous Christian ministries including Indian Springs Holiness Camp Meeting, the Ichthus Christian music festival, the Wilmore Community Service Center, the Malachi Network, and The World Our Parish. He also loves to see businesses prosper and has served on the boards of Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce and First Southern National Bank.
Ron and his wife Kathy have been married since 1987 and have four grown children: Will and his wife Dara, Sarah, Emily and Christopher.
fun fact about ron
One thing very few people know about me is that a few years ago, I was fishing at Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park in Montana when a 7 ft. tall young male grizzly bear loped up to figure out what I was doing.
My brother and I huddled together, knees shaking, sort of like cartoon characters. The bear was apparently not hungry or particularly interested, even though he came within about 10 yards and stood and sniffed the air and looked at directly at us for several minutes. He had a beautiful purple nose and huge claws. We eventually moved behind a few trees and then ran for our lives. My kids were very young at the time and all I could think about was what a sad story they would have to tell about what happened to their father.
We had dropped everything, so the bear tore open our backpack, tasted everything, chewed on our fishing poles, and moved on. We eventually went back and recovered our stuff . I still have a drink can that has huge holes in it from his teeth.
I am thankful the Lord spared me that day in Montana!