Frank Khalil, Executive Director, Influencers of Tulsa
Born in the Paraiba Valley of Brazil, South America, this Brazilian boy named Frank Khalil came from a third world country that, in the 1970’s, gave no young boy a chance to succeed in life. After moving to the USA as a young boy and spending his elementary and middle school years growing up in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, this poster child, immigrant, Brazilian boy found himself at age 14 back in his home country of Brazil. Frank had to move back with his parents and younger siblings and was having a very difficult time adapting. Frank decided to go to a church camp with one of his aunts and it was during that week of camp in the rural jungles of Brazil that he surrendered his life to Jesus.
In the next few months, Frank Khalil was on a mission. He began to convince his parents that even though he was only fourteen years old, he was sure that God had called him on a mission. His mission was to come back to the United States to live with one of his older brothers who was going to school here in Tulsa. After almost a year of pestering his parents to put him on the plane alone, they did. His father made the decision that Frank says he would never make today, but he fully understands why his daddy did it then. Turns out it was the best thing that could have ever happened to him. His father, who had challenged Frank to take his first job at age 12, told him that he’d purchased Frank a one-way ticket to the US and that he was to make his way, on his own, to the final destination.
It was summer of 1990 and little did Frank Khalil know, that Tulsa, Oklahoma was the place God had ordained for him to become the missionary that he’s called to be today.
The mission became clear, after pursuing a career in Law Enforcement for nearly 15 years, that he was being called to become a fisher of men. Frank’s faith was so radically transformed by Influencers and The Journey process that in the fall of 2012 God called on him to walk away from his career and simply GO. As of March 2013, Frank Khalil has begun a new chapter of life with his precious wife and two children. Frank has stepped into the model of leading the “Journey” movement as the regional director for Influencers Tulsa.
As Frank would say to anyone he meets today, “God was preparing me for 37 years to do what I now know and understand is truly what I was created for…to be an Influencer for Christ.