Pastor Ron Sallee has served with Village Missions since 1979. He founded Contenders Bible School in 1995 at Machias Community Church near Lake Stevens Washington. In 2014 Contenders Bible School went online as the tuition-free Contenders Discipleship Initiative. The CDI is being used around the world to equip the saints both within the church as lay ministers and as missionaries and pastors. Pastor Sallee is currently the CDI Director for Village Missions.