Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Mark and Julia McDowell

The genesis of Demonstrate Love dates back to a 2015 trip to Malawi, where Mark and Julia McDowell helped with the construction of a small brick home through Habitat for Humanity's Orphans and Vulnerable Children project. The recipient family and others in the area made a big impact on the McDowells and they found themselves returning to Malawi in 2016 with Habitat for Humanity. They then returned in July, 2017 leading their own team to build two more homes. Meeting with various local leaders, they saw tremendous need and felt called to put their faith into action and formed Demonstrate Love.


Residents of Northern California, Julia is an attorney and Mark is a sales manager for a global manufacturing company. They both like to travel and have been to all seven continents together.

Bruce Chantry

Bruce was born in South Africa and moved to the United States when he was 12. In 2002, he was pleased to return with his wife to the country he loves for work. While living in South Africa, Bruce and his wife adopted their 2 children before returning to the US in 2008.


Bruce’s travels throughout Africa exposed him to many rural communities lacking the most basic needs that many take for granted. He and his wife’s heart were touched by so many while they were in South Africa. Being a part of Demonstrate Love was a logical way for them to continue to help those in need.


Bruce is a business unit manager for a global manufacturing company.

John Ralston

John grew up in Ohio where he met and married his wife Chris in 1981.  He is a South Carolina CPA, and for many years has been a financial executive for a global tire manufacturer.  After over 20 years in the Charlotte, North Carolina area where they attended Central Church, Chris and John now make their home in South Bend, Indiana.  They share a keen interest in making a direct and meaningful impact in the lives they come in contact with, to demonstrate the love of Jesus. 

John and Chris have been on several international missions trips and have worked with the McDowells on two Habitat for Humanity builds in Africa.

Eric Bergen

Since Eric donated his allowance to buy a bicycle for a missionary in Africa over 50 years ago, he has been involved in and supported international missions.  Eric has participated in missions trips in Tanzania, Honduras, Mexico and various locations in the USA.  In his role as Executive Pastor at Rolling Hills Church, he has been responsible for the missions and compassion ministries of the church, which got him connected with Demonstrate Love.  He has also been friends with Mark and Julia for many years - and loves their heart for the people of Malawi!    


Eric's previous careers include executive leadership at a Fortune 50 healthcare company and serving as the US CEO of an international business coaching firm.  Eric and his wife, Debbie, live in the Sacramento area and have four grown children living all over the country.