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Our Directors

David Irby

David Irby

  • CEO, Surge International
  • US Soccer "A" Coaching License; M.A.T. - University of La Verne (CA)
  • Salem, Oregon
  • A native of Southern California, Dave played soccer on the first team at Azusa Pacific University. At the age of twenty-three he became the Cougars Head Coach, twice being named Coach of the Year, while playing on the first Athletes-in-Action soccer team. A pioneer of soccer ministry he has literally crisscrossed the global as a soccer coach, player and missionary. He was the first coach for the Sports Life Ministry team (WA) and the original full-time staff member, and founder of the Seahorse soccer team for Missionary Athletes International (CA); before going on to found Surge International (formerly Vanguard Ministries). Dave and Christian soccer team's he has led have traveled to over thirty countries of the world, bringing hope to those they meet. He is the CEO of Surge Int’l and oversees the Global Player Initiative which primarily sends players to the Surge’s European HQ in Vienna, Austria. Currently he resides in Salem, Oregon with his wife Susan and splits time between the Northwest, Southern California and Vienna. Dave and Susie have three grown children: Nathan and Ryan who live in San Diego and daughter Hayley who attends Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Below is a list of Surge's Directors.
Allen Lotz

Allen Lotz

  • Senior Vice President
  • B.A. in Liberal Studies and a M.S. in Christian Education
  • Rome, Georgia
  • Allen represents Surge International from Atlanta, Georgia. Allen has been a career missionary in MK education in the context of cross cultural church planting. Al played soccer at Azusa Pacific University (CA) and also with one of the first soccer ministry teams before entering the world of MK education overseas. As teacher, coach and administrator in three different countries on two continents, he brings expertise in organizational leadership, multicultural settings and member care. Using soccer as a tool for outreach has been a common thread in these endeavors. More recently Al has travelled extensively as a consultant for MK education which has provided a broad range of international experience and networking that will prove beneficial to expanding the impact of Surge International.