Institute in Basic Life Principles

Giving the World a "New" Approach to Life!

Board of Directors

A Board of Directors was appointed in 1961 when the Institute was incorporated. The first chairman was Dr. G. A. Hemwall, a physician in Oak Park, Illinois, who served on the Board for 37 years until his homegoing in November of 1998.

The diversity of backgrounds and strengths, combined with a shared passion for God and commitment to Him, make this group of men a dynamic team. They are able to provide accountability and wise counsel for the direction of the IBLP ministry.

Board of Directors

Dr. Stephen Paine

Dr. Paine is a practicing physician and the father of ten outstanding sons and daughters. He received his medical training at Indiana Wesleyan University and the graduate school of Indiana University School of Medicine. With his family he served this ministry for several years at the Indianapolis Training Center and then came to Headquarters for further ministry. He not only served the medical needs of the staff but did valuable research on the book being written at that time, How to Resolve Seven Deadly Stresses.

Dr. Paine is currently a physician for 1,400 male offenders at the prison affiliated with the Correctional Corporation of America in Oklahoma. He also gives sessions at our Stress Resolution Seminars. Three of his older sons and a daughter have served or are serving on the Headquarters staff.

Pastor David York

David York first attended a Basic Seminar in Chicago in 1969. This gave him a foundation for further training, which he received at the University of Michigan and at Dallas Theological Seminary and Trinity Divinity School. In 1984 his family was one of the original 102 families of the Advanced Training Institute. At that time, he was associate pastor of a church in Wisconsin. 

He is married to his high school sweetheart, Brenda, and they have eight children and fourteen grandchildren. Their last four children are reversal babies. Pastor York has been faithfully serving his church (now as the lead pastor) since 1992. The success in the marriages of his older children and his success in ministry bring to the Board an important aspect of counsel and guidance. 

Anthony Burrus

Anthony Burrus has an amazing life history. When he was a young boy in Oklahoma the laws did not allow him to attend a white school, and his parents were too poor to buy his clothes and shoes so that he could attend a segregated school. His father was falsely accused and put into prison. When his mother moved the family to California, they were forced to live in a neighborhood in which most of the children spoke other languages, including Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese. Anthony learned these languages and shocked his college language teachers with his abilities. He graduated with honors in the National Foreign Language Honor Society. He has studied 32 languages.

Anthony attended his first Basic Seminar in the late 1960s. He went with our team to Russia and taught in the public schools of Moscow. Then he went with us to New Zealand and thrilled the Maori attendees by speaking to them in their own language (which he learned while traveling there on the plane). He and his wife, Lula, were a part of our ministry team to Mexico and also Peru. The spiritual insight and practical wisdom that Anthony has brought to the Board is extremely valuable. It is significant that the state that barred Anthony from the white public schools as a boy later recognized his achievements by designating him as an honorary Lieutenant Governor of the State of Oklahoma. 

Gil Bates

International recognition has recently been given to Gil and Kelly Bates for their success in a family with 19 children. The special TV program titled “The United Bates of America” demonstrated the principles that they have learned from applying Biblical truth to their lives, marriage, and family. They are close friends with the Jim Bob Duggar family, and when they get together there are 38 outstanding sons and daughters among their two families!

Not only does Gil bring to the Board a wealth of practical wisdom on marriage and training up sons and daughters, but he also has a marvelous testimony about combining prayer, initiative, diligence, creativity, and patience in providing for his family. This has included a large home, a tree-trimming business with special equipment, and family transportation—all without a steady income and no debt! Gil and Kelly have taught their children how to be each other’s best friends, love family responsibilities, and maintain a grateful spirit. Over the years, they have taken their financial needs to the Lord and watched God provide opportunities for work. This has taught their children to have great faith in the Lord.

Dr. John Stancil

Dr. Stancil is the owner and manager of the largest privately owned bus company in Nashville. His goal with his expanding fleet of buses is to give $1,000 each day to the hundreds of missionaries whom he personally supports around the world. At the age of 14, John began serving the Lord in his church. He worked his way up to be the church bus captain, expanding that ministry from a fleet of 4 buses to 52 buses with an average of approximately 1,800 people riding them each week to church.

John first attended a Basic Seminar in 1972 and was instrumental not only in bringing the Seminar ministry to Nashville but also in introducing us to the Madison Memorial Hospital, which has become our Nashville Training Center. John brings to the Board a wealth of ministry experience and financial wisdom. John’s wife, Yulie, has a beautiful singing voice and uses it to promote Godly music.

Dr. Tim Levendusky

Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Tim Levendusky learned about Christ as a graduate student at Slippery Rock University. There in his dorm room he gave his life to the Lord. Tim continued his studies at the University of Toledo, where his spiritual growth also continued through friendships with Christians who were serious about applying God’s Word to their lives. They introduced Tim to the IBLP ministry during that time, and in 1985, he traveled from Toledo to Detroit to attend his first Basic Seminar.

Later, as a Physical Education professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tim began volunteering at the local Dallas IBLP office. During this time he sensed the Lord leading him to devote his time to strengthening families through the Word of God. Since that time, Tim has served in IBLP offices in Texas and New Jersey, as well as Training Centers in Dallas and Oklahoma City. He has also spent time assisting the IBLP work in the countries of Australia, Mongolia, Romania, Taiwan, and most recently, South Korea.

Tim’s stated life purpose is “to build the Word of God into my life, and into the lives of others around me, so that we can be salt and light to a needy world.” Tim and his wife Angie have one son, Josiah, and they currently reside at the IBLP Headquarters where Tim is serving as Interim President.