Our Team


Paul Eshleman


Vice President of Networks and Partnerships for Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ International), and consults on major evangelism strategies. Paul founded The JESUS Film Project and served as its Director for 25 years. This 2-hour film on the life of Christ has been translated into over 1,200 languages. It has been shown in every country of the world and has been viewed or heard over 6 billion times, worldwide.

Paul led the nationwide “I Found it Campaign”, EXPLO 72, and recently headed the Strategy Working Committee for the Lausanne Movement. He also provides leadership to numerous coalitions and ministry networks. He is President of the Issachar Initiative, an advocacy network seeking to bring awareness through vision summits targeting ministry and marketplace leaders. He also serves as Director of the “Finishing the Task” Network, seeking to be obedient to the command of our Lord and encourage ministries and churches to send full-time workers to the thousands of Unengaged, Unreached People Groups throughout the world who have never heard the name of Jesus.

David Pope

Executive Director

Dr. David Pope is the Executive Director of the Issachar Initiative. David began his career as an accountant and administrator in the public utility industry, but in 1985 heard the call of God upon his life and soon entered full-time vocational Christian service. Since that time, David has served as the senior pastor for local churches in New York, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.

He has also served as an area church planting missionary for Central New York with the North American Mission Board (SBC) and an overseas missionary helping to foster people group engagement with the International Mission Board (SBC) in West Africa. Just prior to joining the Issachar team, he helped lead Reach the Rest, Inc. to expand and grow church planting operations across seven countries in West Africa while also providing financial oversight for their global operations.

David has been married to his wife Cindy since 1978 and they have two grown children and four grandchildren that currently reside in Pennsylvania.