MEET THE team
DAVID VANDERPOOL, MD
Founder & CEO
Dr. Vanderpool is a trauma surgeon by trade who specializes in tropical medicine for the developing world. He received his bachelor's from Abilene Christian University, graduated from medical school from Texas Tech University School of Medicine, and completed his surgical residency from Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
Dedicated to using his talents for the benefit of the poor, established his medical practice, Lave MD, to fund LiveBeyond and his work to provide medical relief in disasters around the world. In May of 2013, he retired his practice and he and Laurie moved full time to the LiveBeyond base in Thomazeau, Haiti.
He is married to Laurie Vanderpool and is the father of David, John Mark, and Jacklyn.
Co-Founder & CFO
Laurie is the loving wife of David. Her dream is to help those around her learn to live beyond... themselves and learn to walk in the Way that Lord Jesus walked.
Laurie is a sought after teacher/speaker for Women's Retreats and Bible Studies and frequently speaks for Down Syndrome organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Abilene Christian University.
Laurie and David Vanderpool have been married since 1981 and have three children.
U.S. Operations Director
Jack provides leadership and development of the ministry in the United States and is an operational liaison with the base in Thomazeau. A man of integrity, he keeps things moving in the right direction, and is liked and respected by all who know him.
Jack has a B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Cathy, have one daughter, Elizabeth.
Bruce has spent his adult life involved in international missions. He is enthusiastic about taking care of our ministry partners with the same passion that we take care of our ministry recipients in Haiti. Bruce is a strong believer in Biblical fundraising and his development philosophy is much like his evangelism philosophy: They cannot say “yes” unless you ask! He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Dallas Theological Seminary. Bruce and his wife Catherine have four sons and live in Dallas, Texas.
JOHN MARK VANDERPOOL
John Mark is passionate about serving God and implementing excellence in everything LiveBeyond does. He is responsible for all of LiveBeyond’s Haitian programs. His mission is to improve the systems and practices and to increase the LiveBeyond’s impact in Haiti. He is married to Lauren Vanderpool and currently lives in South Carolina.
Lauren is a world traveler and a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University. She has served in various parts of Central and South America, as well as, Sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania, and South East Asia. She is married to the Vanderpool’s second son, John Mark, and her passion is to see the people of Thomazeau turn away from Voodoo and receive Christ as their King. Fun fact: Lauren and John Mark received a goat as a wedding gift from their close friend, Stevenson, in Haiti.
EVANGELISM & Discipleship Training Director
Jacklyn graduate with a B.A. from Texas A&M University in the spring of 2016 (Whoop!). She has had a heart for missions since 2006, when she took her first mission trip to Mozambique, Africa. Her desire is for all Haitians to know and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. She works alongside Pastor Sargesse preaching the gospel in villages in Thomazeau, as well as teaching a discipleship training class to LiveBeyond's Haitian staff. She made the leap and moved to Thomazeau full-time in May 2016.
TRIP COORDINATOR & BASE MANAGER
David Johnston was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. David received his bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Tennessee where he studied physical, social, and cultural geography. He also studied environmental science from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. He is an avid outdoors photographer and hiker.
David first experienced everything Live Beyond had to offer in September of 2013 and was immediately hooked. He and his wife Tayler moved to Haiti to work for LiveBeyond in April 2017.
MSN, CNM, WHNP
MATERNAL HEALTH DIRECTOR
Tayler is originally from Jackson, Tenn. She and her husband Dave met at University of Tennessee Knoxville. She then transferred and received her bachelor's in Nursing at Cumberland University. Tayler completed her masters in nursing with a specialty in nurse-midwifery at Frontier Nursing University, as well as a post-masters certificate with a specialty in women's health. She is now a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner.
The Johnston's first trip to LiveBeyond was September 2013 and within a few months they were planning to move down. Tayler went back to school, and they moved to work for LiveBeyond as soon as she finished. Tayler's goal is that no woman in Thomazeau (or throughout Haiti) will have to give birth at home alone, and that mothers and babies will not die of preventable causes.
Chelsea grew up in the Texas panhandle. After graduating from Abilene Christian University in 2010 with a bachelor and master degree in Accounting, she moved to the Fort Worth to work for a public accounting firm. In 2015, she served on her first LiveBeyond mission trip and fell in love. She has always had a passion for missions, but was unsure how her spiritual gifts and type-A personality would be useful there. A few months later, God orchestrated an opportunity for her to be LiveBeyond's accountant. It's the dream job she didn't know existed.
Chelsea is the mother to two precious puppies, Constance and Journey.
Caleb is a passionate and caring person who has a heart for the Lord and His work. He has been on missions all over the world, but his calling was solidified after his first mission to Haiti in November of 2014. The opportunity to leave the business world and pursue a LiveBeyond lifestyle was an answer to many prayers and a dream come true. He joined LiveBeyond in January 2016 and couldn't be more excited to help further the Kingdom of God through this worthy cause.
He has been married to his wife, Tara, since 2007. They live in Katy, Texas with their two wonderful children, Adalyn and Brittan.