About COTN

Eric Nachtrieb

Vice President of Operations

Eric Nachtrieb began his role with Children of the Nations in August 2009, after hearing about the ministry during a presentation by Chris and Debbie Clark. Eric joined COTN to bring a background of strategic planning to our field activities in the US, focusing on the development of area offices that mobilize local churches, community groups, and businesses to partner with COTN.


COTNâ??USA I Love Baseball Coordinator

Coming soon.


Information Technologies (IT) Manager

As IT Manager, Mark Gsellman manages and supports COTN's technology infrastructure and plans ahead for growth and needs. On staff since 2009, Mark discovered Children of the Nations while looking for a new job in the classified ads of the local newspaper. “I get my news online,” he says. “I hadn’t read a real newspaper, let alone looked for work in one, for decades.”


COTNâ??USA Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Coming soon.


Senior Director â?? Partner Development

Doug Engberg is our Senior Director of Partner Development, and his passion is mobilizing people and resources to our mission. With a Bachelor in Theology from Ozark Christian College, Doug has been involved in nonprofit work for twenty years. In March 2007, while in Los Angeles, he met Chris Clark who began to share with him about Children of the Nations.

COTN Senior Management

Eric Nachtrieb, Vice President of Operations

Mark W. Costa, Senior Director – National Marketing and Community Development

Debbie Clark

Co-Founder and Sponsorship Director

Debbie Clark founded Children of the Nations with her husband, Chris Clark, in 1995. In addition to being the Co-Founder of a global movement of people passionate about serving children, she is also a wife and mother to three children. Debbie grew up in Edmonds, Washington, and graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. With her interests focused on special education, she eventually worked as a special education teacher in western Washington for eight years.

Chris Clark

Founder and International President

Chris Clark and his wife Debbie founded Children of the Nations in 1995. Chris is a fifth-generation missionary born in Japan and raised in Liberia, and the United States. In 1984, Chris graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Law and Justice. However, convinced God’s calling was for him to minister to children, he completed the ordination process and served as a youth pastor for five years. Later he pursued a career with Youth for Christ (YFC), where he worked as a Regional Director for ten years.


Chris and Debbie Clark founded Children of the Nations in 1995 in answer to a child's prayer.

Core Values and Operating Principles

Children of the Nations’ Core Values

These statements of belief drive our vision, mission, operating principles, and everything we do as an organization.
We believe in placing our trust in God for His salvation, provision, and direction. We are confident that a relationship with Jesus Christ is essential to genuine transformation. We are driven by an assuredness that does not rest solely on logical proof or material evidence.
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