About Us

Our Purpose

Bright Springs Foundation was created to serve children, men and women by providing religious and educational materials to all those in need in the name of Jesus Christ, His love, and His redemptive power.

Bright Springs Foundation accomplishes its goals by providing, distributing and exhibiting works of religious and educational significance to individuals and organizations.

To enlighten and educate individuals, Bright Springs Foundation will provide audio, visual, and printed media product and technology and provide grants to other organizations to help promote Bright Spring’s charitable purpose. Bright Spring’s activities are carried out by volunteers and, when required, paid contractors.

Bright Springs Foundation provides grants and distributes funds to non-profit organizations, including schools, with the same goal of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, His love and His redemptive power. Grants to schools empower schools to participate in educational programs that are otherwise unavailable due to budgetary restrictions.

Bright Springs Foundation is recognized as a tax-exempt organization and a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Bright Springs Foundation are deductible under Section 170 of the Code. Bright Springs Foundation is also qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, transfers or gifts under sections 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Leadership

Tim Schierbeek

Tim Schierbeek - Chairman of the Board

Over the course of a 25-year business career, Tim has helped develop and lead companies in the Far East, Europe and the United States. Most recently, he has helped structure business and social enterprises that benefit the Myanmar refugee community in the United States and the oppressed in Myanmar. Tim's first career was in the US Foreign Service. He is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Shuji Kondo - Director

Shuji began his ministry as a missionary with Trans World Radio in Guam for four years. In addition to his preaching and teaching ministry to Japan through the radio, he started a ministry directed at Japanese locals which eventually became a church. His pastoral ministry at Hamadera Bible Church began in 1983. He was the senior pastor from 1992-2021 and is now involved in an international ministry of evangelism, discipleship, and counseling. He is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California.

Shuji Kondo
Kenneth H. Stephens

Kenneth H. Stephens - Managing Director

Before joining Bright Springs Foundation in 2019, Ken spent 10 years directing donor engagement for the world’s largest evangelistic association, The Gideons International. Previously, Ken served as the president of B&H Publishing Group and the Vice President of Trade Publishing for Lifeway for 12 years. Ken also served for 15 years at Thomas Nelson publishers in several roles including Sr. Vice President and publisher for the book division. He Served 6 years as a missionary in Latin America. Ken’s leadership and mentoring have been instrumental in raising up the next generation of Christ-centered Christian leaders. Ken graduated from Mars Hill University and attended Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.