The Degler Family
Jonathan and Amanda knew since their teen years that they were called to serve and share their faith overseas. After serving on a number of short-term teams, working in their local church, and completing their degrees. The Deglers knew they were ready to serve internationally and both felt drawn to Thaliand.
Right after graduating, the Deglers moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand to work for ZOE International. For four years, they worked at ZOE teaching, counseling, and caring for orphans and victims of child trafficking. During this time, the Deglers saw their family grow in 2014 through the adoption of their daughter, Olive, and in 2016 with the birth of their son, Desmond.
After finishing their term with ZOE, the Deglers felt led to start up HighRise Ministries and pioneer an outreach in Bangkok, Thailand. They served in Bangkok for two years leading a campus outreach, counseling refugees, and doing leadership training and coaching.
After spending some time on sabbatical, the Degler family believed it was time for them to return to Chiang Mai. This has been a great decision for their family and ministry. Read more about their current work here.
Board of Directors
David currently serves at A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (ACMNP) as the Director of Program & Leadership. Originally from the mid-west, David holds a Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Great Lakes Christian College and a Master of Divinity from Emmanuel Christian Seminary.
In 28 years of ordained ministry, he has served as pastor with a mega-church in Indianapolis and a Denver church, led over 20 cross-cultural mission trips, was a campus pastor at East Tennessee State University, and started Campus Christian Fellowship at Appalachian State University. He enjoys bow hunting for elk, skiing, gardening, writing, reading, and exploring the Colorado wilderness. David and his wife, Dawn, have two grown sons, Jonathan and Alex.
Amy Imboden became passionate about Campus Ministry during her years at Purdue University and has a heart for cross-cultural outreach in both the US and abroad . Amy and her husband, Marc, reside in an old farm house in Indiana which they are restoring amidst raising five kids, writing songs and homeschooling. They lead worship together at a church plant in Carmel, Indiana. Amy is beyond excited to be on the Board for HighRise.
Mitch Woods has worked in the financial services industry for over ten years. He moved to Indianapolis after graduating from Georgetown College with a degree in International Business and in French.
Mitch has served in various roles in different ministries. He plays keyboard for a worship band and also volunteers with a high school youth group. He has participated in mission trips to Brazil, Zimbabwe, Haiti, and Nicaragua. He currently attends Soma Church in Indianapolis.
Jonathan grew up in Tennessee, Indiana, and Colorado. After spending time serving various non-profits in Northern Africa, Uganda, and Northern Thailand, Jonathan felt led to begin a ministry to stand with the oppressed and share the hope that he has found in Christ.
Jonathan graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Education. Along with this, he obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Since his ordination in 2012, Jonathan has been able to minister in a wide range of areas including youth, young adults, and international vocational training.