Board Member Brief Bios

Pete Evans

He graduated from Austin College with a B.A. in Communications in 1978.  While attending A.C., and working with the late Ole Anthony, Pete Evans studied and compiled a report in 1977 on religious broadcasting which involved using Arbitron ratings and listening to various religious broadcasts.

Evans began investigating televangelists in the early 1990s by dumpster diving, which yielded many interesting clues about the financial operations of America’s wealthiest preachers. In 1993, Evans worked undercover inside a printing factory for 3 weeks, collecting hidden camera footage for a major TV network and in 1994, Pete went undercover in a cult collecting hidden camera footage for Inside Edition. His experiences are reported in chapter three of the book Broken Faith: Inside the Word of Faith Fellowship, One of America’s Most Dangerous Cults. In 1996 and 1997, Pete worked undercover in two large media ministries.

During a US Senate Finance Committee investigation into possible misuse of donor money by six TV ministries led by Senator Charles Grassley, Pete Evans prepared reports for the United States Senate describing how leaders of more than 20 ministries lived extravagantly off donor funds.

He continues to lead investigations into religious fraud and excess, to provide reports to the exempt organization division of the IRS, and to assist interested journalists.  Following the death of Ole Anthony, founder of Trinity Foundation, Pete became president of Trinity Foundation in May 2021.

Brian Kelcher

Prior to forming his company Providentia Investigations in 2017, Brian Kelcher was an investigator with Kroll Inc., one of the most respected investigative firms in the world.

With Kroll, Brian conducted investigations on individuals and companies for more than 11 years. He has handled pre-investment due diligence matters, litigation support cases, executive reputational due diligence, competitive intelligence, asset searches, counterfeiting investigations and more.

Before joining Kroll in 2006, Brian assisted the Trinity Foundation in many televangelist investigations.

Monique Bell

Ms. Monique R. Bell is the CEO of Samaritan Hospitality LLC.  Ms. Bell has over 25 years’ experience in hardware and software engineering.  She is currently designing a new software for her Airbnb Management company.  She holds over 25 years of technology and management experience. Ms. Bell currently serves as a Board Member of several Short-Term Rental Associations including the Scottsdale Short Term Rental Association and the Arizonians for Responsible Tourism Recovery.

Ms. Bell served as President and CEO for HKC Computer Networking Co. formerly located in Long Branch New Jersey. Ms. Bell has the distinction of being the one of the youngest CEO’s in a network/technology company in New Jersey (1998). Ms. Bell experience includes marketing, fundraising, development, and communications in the non-profit, banking and engineering fields. Ms. Bell is a Certified Microsoft Products Engineer and Trainer. Ms. Bell’s real estate experience is in property management acquired through ownership and management of family-owned properties over the last 20 years. Ms. Bell is currently working on a law degree through Liberty University.  Ms. Bell is the mother of a beautiful grown daughter.

Mike Renfro

Mike Renfro is a writer and 38-year veteran of the advertising industry. From 1984 to 2011, he worked for Dallas Agency, The Richards Group. He served as the writer on hundreds of campaigns, including some of the best known in the world—including the Motel 6 radio campaign, Corona Beer and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, among others.

He is the author of three books, Under the X in Texas (1995), Shine on, the history of Shiner Beer (2009) and Thinking Small, the story of Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, (2013).

He was a commentator for five years on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday—Mike being referred to by them as their “Texas Foreign Correspondent.”

He also works as a voiceover talent, having worked for a number of national and regional clients.

He currently runs his own freelance enterprise—1 Riot 1 Ranger from his ranch on the Brazos River in Palo Pinto County Texas, west of Fort Worth.

Mike earned his Bachelor of Journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1983.

Thomas Ternan

Thomas Ternan was a summer intern with Trinity Foundation in 2005, where he assisted in creating Trinity Foundations’s reports to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee—the same reports that eventually reached the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, which sparked Senator Grassley’s investigation.

The following summer, he was Trinity Foundation’s liaison to Trevor Glass, director of the documentary Suffer the Children about religious fraud and abuse. Trinity Foundation still uses aerial photos taken by Mr. Ternan and Mr. Glass of several televangelist mansions.

He has remained a friend of the foundation ever since. Thomas is currently Director of Financial Operations at Kognitiv, Inc., a multinational software consulting firm.

Glenn Evans

After graduating from Highland Park High School, Glenn Evans attended Menlo College and SMU in the late 80’s. Glenn’s involvement with Trinity Foundation began in the mid-90’s and is going on 26 years.

In the early 2000’s Glenn helped the foundation with our investigations—he went on a number of “trash runs” with our investigators and helped monitor and take notes of videos of televangelist programming for the better part of a year.

Glenn Bracken Evans has been in the oil and gas business with Bracken Oil Company from 2000 until the present time.  Between 2011 and 2014, Glenn worked with Victory Films to help produce a number of films, including “When Wall-Street Took Over”; “Undefeated”—a two-hour political documentary on Sarah Palin which included her time as Presidential Candidate John McCain’s running mate; “The Conservatives”, and “Unmasked”.