Our Leadership

TEL's direction and focus is set by our international director, with full support of our board of directors and a high degree of input from field leaders.

Organizational Leadership

Rev. Roy & Phyllis Robertson, Founder
Roy was the first Navigator missionary, having been sent to Shanghai, China, in 1948. He married Phyllis in 1960, and she became the prayer power behind their ministry. They began TEL in 1970 as a project under the Navigators, then led it full-time after retiring from the Navigators in 1978. Roy served throughout Asia for 60 years until his promotion to Heaven on May 8, 2008. Phyllis preceded him into Heaven on November 26, 2007.

Dr. Sean Collins, International Director
Email: director@telintl.org
Sean's first exposure to missions was when his college Navigator bible study leader brought him to visit a Navigator missionary in the Philippines. That missionary was Roy Robertson who was with the Navigators and serving the Billy Graham Crusade in Manila as head of follow-up. At the same time, he was also starting TEL-Philippines. After college, Sean joined the Navigators serving for 3 years overseas and in Illinois. Later he earned a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona. He now works as a full-time engineer. Sean and his wife, Leslie, were trained in the Robertson home and have served in various capacities with TEL since 2000. They have 4 children and live in Austin, Texas.

Lillie McWhinney, Financial Manager
Email: finance@telintl.org
Lillie has been working with TEL for more than 20 years, initially volunteering with her parents-in-law to help Roy and Phyllis mail out TELGRAMs and Roy's "Ropeholder" letters. She started keeping the ministry's books in 1989 on TEL's first computer. Her husband Don joined the board and she managed the receipts with a program designed by her son, Jimmy--who later served TEL in Shanghai. Lillie is a crucial part of the TEL team, calling staff "my missionaries" from the early days. She says she loves the work and hopes to keep serving TEL for the rest of her life.

Carrie Barton, Assistant to Financial Manager

Board of Directors

Don McWhinney

Barry Bruff, Chairman

Susan Bruff

Dr. Noel Funderburk

Rev. Mark Lewis

Lee Allison, Secretary/Treasurer

Janet Lewis