Meet Our Team

Coaches & Associates

Coach Affiliates intentionally share in active coaching, training, and teaching with Five Stones Global while maintaining a separate ministry and financial identity.

Five Stones Global Associates have greatly contributed to the ministry of our organization throughout the years. Associates are individuals who have served Five Stones Global in various roles. We are grateful for their service.

Five Stones Global, Jean Johnson

Jean Johnson

Executive Director

Jean Johnson joined the Five Stones Global team in 2011. With over 31 years of ministry experience, Jean serves as a missionary and coach as well as Five Stones Global’s Director. She is the author of We Are Not the Hero: A Missionary’s Guide to Sharing Christ, Not a Culture of Dependency. Jean holds a B.A. in cross-cultural communications from North Central University, Minneapolis, MN, where she also taught as a missionary-in-residence from 2009-2012.

Upon completing her education, Jean worked as a church planter for six years living and serving among Cambodians in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Consecutively, Jean continued her work serving as a career missionary in Cambodia for sixteen years (1992-2009). Jean trained Cambodians through modeling and facilitating how to plant churches that have the vision, God-given authority, and capacity to plant others churches. Her vision for and practice of church planting is encompassed in the Cambodian proverb, “Enter a river where it bends; enter a country by its customs.”

Jean’s current role at Five Stones Global reflects her tenured missionary experience. Jean teaches, coaches, and trains US and international missionaries, pastors, church planters, churches, organizations, and teams on how to intentionally build-in sustainability, indigeneity, and multiplication in missions and disciple-making efforts throughout the world.

Drawing from her unique life experiences serving Cambodians both stateside and internationally, Jean invites you on a learning journey to discover ways to contribute to self-sustaining and reproducing church planting movements that are biblically rooted and culturally relevant. Presently, Jean makes her home in Minneapolis where she enjoys reading, writing, spending time with family and friends, walks in nature, biking, and ice cream.


Dan Carl, Five Stones Global Coach

Dan Carl

Coach Affiliate, Co-Founder of International Living Stone Ministries

Dan and Liz Carl are co-founders of International Living Stone Ministries, an evangelism and leadership training ministry working with pastors, youth and children’s leaders. In 2012, thanks to the Lord and coaching from Five Stones Global, the Carl’s turned their work over to Haitian National leaders who formed their own indigenous organization. Currently, Dan and Liz serve as the pastors of Port-Au-Prince Fellowship, a Church ministering to the Expat and Haitian English-Speaking community. The Carl’s have ministered in Haiti since 2002 and have a teenage son named Joey.

As a Coach Affiliate, Dan seeks to develop dialogue with missionaries and national leaders centered around the question, “How can we share Christ in Haiti without sharing a culture of dependency?” Along with helping new and existing mission organizations take intentional steps towards becoming locally sustainable, Dan hopes to help influence a movement towards local sustainability and multiplication within the indigenous church of Haiti.


Dan Carl, Five Stones Global Coach

Maria Gilbertson

Certified Coach

Maria Gilbertson was born and raised in Germany. She and her husband Jeff worked in different locations around Europe and later in Central Asia for 30 years in global missions.

Maria currently serves as a certified coach with an emphasis on coaching for personal development and cultural intelligence. Maria especially desires to coach missionaries who experience strategic loneliness or need ‘staying power’ as they implement paradigms of mission that create a culture of dignity, sustainability, and multiplication.