Board of Directors – DOHI USA






Paul Haralan Popov is President/CEO of Door of Hope International. Born in Bulgaria, the son of Dr. Haralan I. Popov, Paul suffered as a child for the 13 years his father was imprisoned, not knowing if he would ever see his father again. After years of being black-listed as being the family of ‘an American spy,’ Paul’s family was forced to escape to his mother’s homeland, Sweden. Paul pursued an education in Political Science and Human Geography at the University of Stockholm. He later became a journalist. After 15 years of separation his father rejoined the family in Sweden. From Sweden, Paul and Haralan devoted their time to dangerous missionary work behind the Iron Curtain. They continued the work after emigrating to North American where they established ECL-Evangelism to Communist Lands, now called Door of Hope International. Through more than 50 years of ministry, Paul has travelled to more than 70 countries, including many hostile to the Gospel and hard to reach places.



Andy Lay studied at Welch College in Nashville, TN, and the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Andy served as a pastor for 17 years, followed by 30-plus years in resource development at Every Home for Christ, African Enterprise, Union Rescue Mission of Los Angeles, Fuller Theological Seminary and Icthus International. Andy served as the Director of the Eastern European Center for World Evangelism in the early 1990’s.



Bill Larson is an attorney admitted in California and Washington and works mainly with business development. He has previously served as a CEO mentor and chair with Convene. In the late 1990s he served as General Legal Counsel and Director of Legal Services at Azusa Pacific University.

Before working in higher education law, he was in private practice in Washington State and California, including a period of time when he served as president of the law firm of Larson and Casey. Mr. Larson earned the Juris Doctor Degree from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law in 1989, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Missions in 1975 from Bethany College of Missions in Minnesota. He has been involved in various mission activities over the years, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Door of Hope International, which carries on relief work, pastoral support, and publishing in Eastern Europe.



Kelly Bullis is a Certified Public Accountant, with Bullis and Company CPAs, LLC, in Nevada. In addition to public accounting and tax service, he is a business coach with CoachU; he is a startup company consultant, an information systems design, installation, training and support expert, and has served in CEO or CFO positions with various companies. A graduate of University of Nevada, Reno, Kelly has a long history as a supporter with DOHI, and serves on five Christian not for profit boards of directors.



Jon Torp is an educator and institutional marketing consultant who has served in administrative and teaching positions at several major universities, including The University of Redlands, Azusa Pacific and USC.  He received his undergraduate education at Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University) and attended graduate programs at Pepperdine University and The University of Southern California. He currently serves as a core instructor in the graduate program in Leadership and Organizational Studies at Azusa Pacific University



Lee Theodore is a founding member of the ministry. Having met Haralan Popov when he first arrived in America, Lee implored him to tell his story and helped Haralan begin the ministry in the USA. Retired from a college and university teaching career that spanned more than 40 years and included educational institutions in Michigan, California, Russia and Lebanon, Dr. Theodore taught in such schools as the American University of Beirut and Princeton Theological Seminary. His subjects have included biology, philosophy, psychology, world religions, and Bible, specifically New Testament Greek.  Lee is married to Grace and has three grown sons and four grandsons.