Steve served as Executive Director from SALT’s beginning in 1996 until the end of June, 2020. In June, 2020, Steve passed on the baton of leadership to an experienced and motivated national staff team. After relocating to the US, he served as a consultant, and assisted with development and organizational fundraising until his retirement at the end of April, 2023. The Torgersons now make their home in MN.
SALT works with a team of bi-vocational pastors to provide curriculum and strategic support towards the goal of equipping local church leaders to train others. SALT is committed to empowering nationals to do as much of the ministry as possible, from teaching courses to creating them.
The Curriculum Team has authored, edited, and/or revised 30 courses, all designed specifically for pastors with low levels of education and little access to formal Biblical education. Current curriculum efforts have turned toward applying recent methods and standards to older courses written ten years ago.
SALT is blessed with a strong team of administrative personnel to keep track of finances, donors, training schedules, visas, communication, and generally keep ministry operations running smoothly. This tri-lingual team is all from Asia, but have adapted well to working with a multi-cultural office environment.
As a co-founder of SALT, Steve served in a variety of roles within the organization. He and his wife Juniata relocated to the United States in August 2018 where he is semi-retired and pastors the Christ Center Chinese Alliance Church in South Florida.
He is also a life coach and has developed an accountability growth tool on his website, keepthechange.me.
He and Juniata have four daughters, three sons-in-law and three grand daughters. They live in Boca Raton, Florida. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Nearly every one of SALT’s 30 courses has Cary’s influence, and he is the primary author of more than 12 courses. Cary served as the Curriculum Director from 1996 to 2014, pioneering ways to help low-literacy pastors author courses for believers in their home country.
He also served as Director of Field Operations in East Asia from 2014 to 2017, assisting trainers with pedagogy and strategy.
Cary and Reny joined MAP Global in 2019. You can read more about their new ministry here.