Pilots for Christ International Officers & BoD's
Pilots for Christ International is managed (daily) as an organization by an (unpaid) President, and directed by (12) (unpaid) Board of Director Members, with the President receiving assistance  by (3) additional  (unpaid) Officers (Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer), who are also members of the BoD.  Please meet each individual below, along with their contact information.
International President Tim Layne
Tim Layne President PCI
Tim Layne
Tim is a private instrument pilot, and a member of AOPA.  He is retired from the Postal Service where he served as a Senior Manager (EAS-25), from 1992 until 2009, in Post Office Operations.  He retired with 36 years of Federal Service, with 33 yrs in management. He is a Vietnam Army Veteran, having served near Bear Cat, in 1969. He & Lori own a Mooney and live in Michigan, near Grand Rapids.  Lori and Tim have (6) children and (11) grandchildren, and love Jesus with all their hearts. They fly missions and conduct auto-pilot missions in their area and in partnership with other chapters.  They both belong to the Michigan Chapter. As President of Pilots for Christ International, he is responsible for the day to day operations, and makes decisions that enhance the PCI organization and bring glory to Our Lord Jesus.

Contact Info
(616) 884-6241 (Office)
(616) 884-6079 (Fax)
(616) 636-5523 (Home)
(616) 570-2768  (Cell)
International Vice President-Dr. Bob Lehton PSY.D-President Florida Space Coast
Dr. Bob Lehton Vice-President
Bob Lehton, warmly known as “Dr. Bob” is the Vice President of Pilots for Christ, International.  Dr. Bob has been an integral part of the board since 2001.  He is the Founder and President of Servant Air Ministries (PCI Florida Space Coast Chapter), which serves air transport to the Bahamas since 1993.  Dr. Bob is a member of AOPA, NAFI and Seeds of Abraham.  Dr. Bob has flown countless hours and given many hours of instruction and assistance to grow God’s love.  He is a Minister of Music and an Ordained Minister.    His occupation is a Clinical Child Psychologist and founder of the Family Pediatric Clinic.

Contact Info
(321) 783-1837 (Home)
(321) 749-1644 (cell)
International Secretary-Diane Frome-Loeb-Texas Chapter WACO
Dr. Diane Loeb Secretary

Contact Info
(785)-312-1906 (Cell)

Diane is a professor at the Baylor University with a doctorate degree, and has a daughter Natalise, and twins, Aletha and Alexander.  She is credited withing helping form the Kansas "Sunflower" Chapter and works tirelessly for Christ.  She has volunteered and witnessed at Sun N Fun, Oshkosh and other events for Pilots for Christ International. Diane's responsibility is to take minutes during BoD and President's meetings and she is very experienced at organization and presentations.  She is an author and has written several books.  She and Lori Layne wrote and edited the book "30 Years of Pilots for Christ", newly published this year and available at our PCI Gift shop.
Diane married Tom McKernan in 2017 and Tom is a PCI member too!  They started the WACO TEXAS chapter in 2018.
International Treasurer-Lori Layne-VP Michigan
Lori Layne Treasurer / President Michigan
Lori has been a member of Pilots for Christ since 2005. She is VP of the Michigan Chapter and a pilot.  Lori has been involved with Christian Dog Mushing and wrote a Children’s book called, “If I Only had an Angel”.  She has been married to Tim since 1993. They have 6 Grown children and 11 grandchildren.  Lori is retired from the US Postal Service, having served in many positions of management.
Her bible verse is:
Romans 5: 3-5  Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy spirit, whom he has given us.

Contact Info

890  22 Mile Rd
Sand Lake, MI 49343
(616) 884-6241(Office)
(616) 570-2767 (Cell)
Board of Directors- Member-at-Large, Mark LeRoy-President Virginia
Mark LeRoy BoD / President Virginia

 Married - Janette Kay LeRoy
 Ministry with Pilots for Christ International:
  • Pilots for Christ Member 1996 to present (Life Member)
    Board of Directors
    - Pilots for Christ , National 1997 to Present
  • Vice President- Virginia Chapter – 1996 to 2009
  • President- Virginia Chapter - 2009-Present
  • Pilots for Christ Member 1996 to present  Life Member
 OccupationRetired from, City of Manassas Government – 20 years. Prior to City, was self-employed as Public Accountant over 20 Years.
Other Areas of Ministry:
  • Manassas Assembly of God                       
  • Christian Motorcyclists Association - 2004 to Present (Bonnie too)
 Other Stuff Mark:
            Served in U.S. Army Active Duty ’68-‘71. One Tour and 3 campaigns in Tay Ninh, Vietnam ’69-70.  Awarded Bronze Star and other decorations.
            Former Volunteer Fireman (20 Years) and Chief Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad (‘78-’86).    

Contact Info
9611 Cloverhill Rd.
Manassas, VA  20110
(703) 369-6394
Board of Directors Member (Ameritus)-Lee DeArmond (Past International President PCI) / North Carolina
Lee DeArmond Former Pres PCI / BoD

Lee DeArmond joined Pilots for Christ in 1995.  In 2002, Lee was elected to the National Board of Directors and served as the Vice President until he became the President in 2005.  Lee served as President of Pilots for Christ for six years, stepping down in August, 2011.  He is currently a member of the North Carolina Chapter and works tirelessly in that organization..  Lee is a retired Army Reserve Officer and a retired Federal Civil Servant having served more than 32 years.  He holds a multiengine instrument rating and flies a Cherokee Six.  He and his wife Shirley live in Granite Falls, NC.

Contact Info

5464 Backshore Drive
Granite Falls, NC 28630  
Board of Directors Member at Large-Dennis Estel-Former President Cincinnati Tri-State Chapter
Dennis Estell (R) BoD Cincinnati Tri-State Chapter
Dennis Estell (R)
Joined PCI in 2006, Chapter President 2010, until December of 2013. He is a licensed pilot since 1978 and has 1500 hours logged and two to three hundred has been public benefit flying, first into Mexico in the 80's and then in the Midwest.
He has loved airplanes and flying since childhood and started lessons in 1965 but was unable to finish for about 10 years. He was born again in 1972 and asked God to enable me to have the means to fly. When he did he was very happy renting aircraft, but when He gave him a beautiful North America Navion in 1980, he vowed to use it for spreading the Gospel in some way and the best and happiest time aloft have been and will continue to be the time he flies for Him!! He prays that at the age of 69 He will allow another 10-15 years of flying.

Contact Info
640 Quail Run
Cincinnati, OH 45244
(513) 831-2611 (Home)
(513) 479-2564 (Mobile)
Board of Directors-Member-at-Large-Paul Pankratz-President Minnesota
Paul Pankratz BoD / President Minnesota

Paul Pankratz has been a member of Pilot’s For Christ, International since about 2004 and has been the PCI – Minnesota chapter president since 2005.  He holds a commercial pilot’s certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings.  Paul owns a 1968 Cessna C-177 Cardinal which he uses for PCI missions and for flying EAA Young Eagles, having flown 340 kids since joining the program in November 2000. 


Paul is employed by a twin cities based global provider of cleaning, sanitizing and infection protection products and services for the Institutional, Industrial, Food Service and Healthcare markets. 


After graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering Paul held multiple assignments for his employer which led him to live in various parts of the U.S. including Joliet, Illinois, Woodbridge, New Jersey and Dallas Texas.  A special engineering project gave him international exposure taking him to Brussels, Europe in 1998.  Paul is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and currently works in the R&D business sector of his original employer.


Paul is a musician and vocalist in the choir at his local church and for the past 7 years has volunteered as a team member for the RCIA process, the Right of Christian Initiation of Adults where he has also served as parish sponsor for adults seeking to enter the faith.


Paul is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin and even though he has resided in Lakeville, Minnesota for the past 21 years he is a staunch Green Bay “Packer Backer”.  His hobbies include flying (of course), biking and tennis.

Contact Info
16138 Jacquara Avenue
Lakeville, MN 55044
952-892-3954 (home)
(651) 795-5889 (work)
Board of Directors Member at Large-Tom Tracy/ JT Rice-North Dakota Chapter
Tom Tracy BoD / JT Rice-North Dakota

Hobbies: Flying and working so I can afford flying!!

Motto: Why would I walk when God will let me fly!!


Received Pilot certificate Nov. 26, 2008

Total hours 508

Hold:     Private Pilot Cert.

            Complex endorsement

            High Performance endorsement

            Instrument rating

            Working on commercial rating

Aircraft owned with partners: Cessna C182B; STC’d with 275 horse PPonk conversion scheduled this January; new paint scheduled this January; Instrument certified with WAAS enabled Apollo GNS 480; new       interior 2008 (beautiful); and to think God is sooooo good he lets me fly it!!

Contact Info
Po Box 1459
Newtown, ND 58763
(206)-499-9951 (Cell)
(701)-627-3415 (Work)
(701)-627-3509 (Fax)
Board of Directors Member at Large-Lance Winn-President Arkansas
Lance Winn BoD / President Arkansas
Saved at age 14
Married to Chris for 38 years
Two grown daughters, Mandy and Ashley
Five grandchildren
Member of East Side Baptist Church in Paragould AR
Worked in customer service and production scheduling in a manufacturing facility for 28 years
Also spent 26 years in the youth and music ministry (bi-vocational)
Love all kinds of music, currently a member of Doc's Friends, a Bluegrass Gospel group and have traveled to Hungary 3 times and once to Canada
Member of PCI since 2003
Arkansas chapter president since 2007

Contact Info
204 S 7th St
Paragould, AR 72450
(870) 236-3809 (Home)
(870) 240-4490 (Cell)
Board of Director-Member at Large-Steve Barbour-President Wyoming Chapter
Steve Barbour BoD / President Wyoming
Steve is the past president of the Wyoming Chapter and is extremely involved and cares about Pilots for Christ.  Please contact him with any questions or concerns.

Contact Info:
9406 North Highway 14-16
Gillette, WY 82716
307-682-3031 (home)
307-680-0204 (cell)

Board of Directors Member at Large-Dick Blondin-Executive Director-Florida Spacecoast Chapter
Dick Blondin BoD / Exec Dir Florida
Dick is a dedicated individual and pilot who will work with the Southeast area for Pilots for Christ. He has many talents and Cecilia, his wife makes beautiful thank you cards to the Glory of Christ, as part of her ministry.  Dick is assisting with the following areas:  AR, LA, MS,TN, AL, GA, NC, SC, FL 

Contact Info
Board of Directors Member at Large-Alan Harper-Member of Virginia Chapter
Alan is very excited about serving Christ through this position.  Some of you may know Alan from Oshkosh, as he's been the Chief electrician for many years during Air Venture.  Wishing Alan many blessings as he works through his role on the Board

Alan Harper
708 Dry Hill Rd
Beckley, WV 25801