Bruce Swanson
Bruce SwansonFounder/Director
Bruce worked with WorldVenture in Portugal from 1983 to 1993, focusing on church startups and leadership development. During those years, Bruce also created a community-based approach to drug prevention and treatment.

In 1993, Bruce joined WorldVenture’s leadership team and was responsible for training, contingency planning, crisis response, team development, and other services for 550 missionaries in 60+ areas of the world. In 2002, Bruce shifted to Organizational Development and led WorldVenture through a re-organization of worldwide strategic planning and in the creation of new strategies and services.

In 2006, he shifted his focus to complex new partnerships for WorldVenture and in 2008, to Business as Mission. During this time, Bruce completed master’s degrees in New Testament and Counseling Psychology, as well as some course work in management and organizational leadership.

Bruce likes to mountain bike, backpack, hang out with his wife, keep up with their three grown kids and four grandchildren, and volunteer at his church.

Melissa Schaap
Melissa SchaapProject Manager
Originally from Michigan, Melissa earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Communications from Calvin College. She then earned her masters of education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University.

Her background includes living and teaching in Japan, backpacking through more than 40 countries, administering international service-learning programs at the University of Denver for nine years, co-facilitating Shop for a Cause for five years, and operating a home-based business.

In 2013 Melissa joined Transformational Ventures after serving on The 1010 Project’s board for five years and as its executive director for two. Melissa offers consulting services centered on Business as Mission. She passionately mobilizes people and churches around the globe to strategically use their skills and resources to transform lives and communities.

Always celebrating Jesus’ invitation to live “life to the fullest,” Melissa loves spending quality time with her husband and two daughters, volunteering at her daughters’ school, growing spiritually with her church family at Highline Community, sipping coffee with friends, and training for triathlons.