Meet The Team
Thai Lam — Executive Director
Thai Lam is part of the leadership team of the International House of Prayer Missions Base of Kansas City and serves as the executive director of Luke18 Project. Luke18’s mission is to instill in the next generation a culture of prayer and fasting to contend for revival on college campuses. Thai also serves as facilitator for the Collegiate Day of Prayer, America’s oldest concert of prayer for college campuses. Thai is committed to calling a generation to wholehearted love, allegiance, and pursuit of Jesus and to a Daniel lifestyle of consecration, fasting, and prayer. Thai has pioneered and led campus ministries for 20 years at UC Berkeley, Stanford, San Jose State, UCLA, KU, and UMKC. Thai came to faith in Jesus as a freshman at UC Berkeley, graduated in Religious Studies, and then studied Cross-Cultural Missions at Fuller Seminary. Thai and his wife Angela reside in Kansas City with their 3 children, Noah, Cohen, and Selah.
Andrea is from Columbia, MO, and has been on staff with Luke18 since Fall of 2019. She formerly worked with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) for 5 years and loves how Luke18 partners with Cru, as well as other ministries, locally and abroad. She has a heart for discipleship, evangelism, fun, joym freedom, hope, prayer, counseling, unity among Christians, the beauty of racial diversity, and building spiritual family within Christian communities. She loves to sing, dance, play sports, attempt to rap, and be outdoors. She also loves eating out, drinking bubble tea, watching movies, going to trampoline parks and has a deep affection for her adorable dog, Winnie. Last but not least, Andrea is so grateful to only be 2 hours away from home, so she can see her family often. She treasures time with family, friends, and seeking Jesus in the secret place.
Anna has been a part of Luke18 Project since 2011, when she was a sophomore in college. She now works as a professor at Avila University. She oversees much of our efforts on campus and has been praying for revival on campus faithfully for over 10 years. Her heart is to see students grow in love for Jesus and desire to contend for His Kingdom on their campus.
Estian Reynolds – Director of Operations
Estian serves as Luke18’s director of operations and has been a part of Luke18 since 2016. Estian was born in South Africa and raised in Ohio. He is a graduate of the International House of Prayer University and has served at the International House of Prayer Missions Base in several areas, including worship teams and prophetic ministry. He helps disciple and equip young adults into a lifestyle of prayer and fasting and has a heart to see college students thrive in their faith instead of turning away from the Lord during their college years. Estian lives in Kansas City with his wife Carol and their two sons Jeremy and Axios.
Denice Ross-Hanes – Director of Strategic Operations
Dr. Denice serves on the management team with Luke18 and in the recently created role of director of strategic partnerships. Coming to saving faith in college herself, Denice has over 35 years in college student ministry and understands the importance of sowing into the spiritual development of students during their college years. Her first formal role in campus ministry was as the Founding National Advisor of Elogeme Adolphi Christian Sorority while working as an admissions counselor at Bradley University. A graduate of Northwestern University, Illinois State, and Iowa State, she has held several leadership roles in Student Affairs Administration and has also taught at the undergraduate and graduate level. Denice enjoys teaching, writing music, and swimming and is a serious student of the word of God. She also loves exploring and sharing the many dimensions of God’s love with others.
Jasmin has served with Luke18 since 2015 and gives leadership to our worship and local community life initiatives. Born into a Christian family in New York City, she’s always carried a unique mix of passion for Jesus and the Church with a love for the arts and culture. Her fascination with performing arts, the music industry, and a deep desire to minister through Christian music and media led her to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry at Connecticut’s University of New Haven. She was an active student leader in her campus ministry serving in worship, prayer, discipleship, and preaching throughout her undergraduate studies. It was during those years that her passion to invest in the spiritual growth of young adults was forged, and the calling to ministry she sensed at age fifteen was further confirmed. As she approached graduation, God highlighted an emphasis on worship and prayer that would forever mark her ministry. Following that call, she completed the Onething Internship at the International House of Prayer in 2014, quickly afterward joined staff with IHOPKC, and began serving with Luke18 Project. Jasmin is also a blogger and singer-songwriter with a passion to help both seekers and believers discover and grow a genuine relationship with Jesus. To that end, she runs her own blog, Living Authentic Christianity, serves as a staff writer at NewReleaseToday and Marked Ministry Magazine, and released her debut EP, All For You, to music streaming services in June 2021.
Jo serves as an intercessory and campus missionary with Luke18 Project. Jo rededicated her life to Christ as an incoming college first year during our annual Summer Leadership Program (SLP). She often references that summer as the defining moment she started to pursue breakthrough for herself, her family, and her campus fueled by revelation of the Father’s relentless love. She graduated Wellesley College with a degree in English and Education and joined Luke18 as an intern in the spring of 2021. She officially joined the team as a full-time staff in October of 2021 and now serves in operations, prophetic ministry, and local campus discipleship.
Josh serves as a Luke18 ambassador, teacher, and coach and has been a part of Luke18 since 2011. Josh, his wife Landri, and their two children have been at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City since 2009. Josh travels across the nation calling believers into their identity in Christ, equipping believers to impact their campuses and cities through prayer, fasting, and evangelism. It is his desire that college campuses would see who Jesus really is through His people.
Machaela serves as an intercessory missionary with IHOPKC and Luke18 Project. She wants to see cities transformed through intercession and worship. She encountered the Lord in college while studying at the University of Texas in Austin, where she received her bachelor’s in Studio Art. She has been a part of IHOPKC since 2018, and has been on staff since 2021. She has a passion for artists to fulfill their calling in the earth and to make art their worship.