Gary and Robin Alward, Thailand
Gary & Robin Alward have been in Thailand since 1997 evangelizing and establishing Thai college students. They have worked on campus in Bangkok for seven years, in Khon Kaen for eight years and are now leading a new expansion team to Chiang Mai.
Ray & Michele Call, Uruguay
Ray and Michele will be working with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) mission in Montevideo, Uruguay under a cooperative agreement with Mission to the World (MTW). Ray is an ordained minister of the gospel in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and serves as a church planter. Ray and Michele desire God to bring many people to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, to establish His Church among the nations and to bring about changed lives that will affect all facets of society for His glory!
Ronnie & Heather Barnes
Ronnie & Heather serve with United World Mission, US. Ronnie is the Southeast mobilizer for work in Africa and Asia. Before serving in this role, Ronnie & Heather were missionaries in Thailand for 16 years.
Cusco Medical Team, Peru
La Fuente (translated “the fountain”) Medical Clinic and its staff of believing physicians, is committed to showing mercy, sharing the love of Christ and the good news of the gospel through general medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, physical therapy, psychology, and ophthalmology. The patients are mainly indigenous Quechua people, among the poorest in the world. In addition, their team of doctors and nurses is pursuing relationships with medical students in the city - to share the gospel with these future doctors and leaders & disciple them. Their hope is that God will use that program to raise up the next generation of doctors who will heal in Jesus’ name and practice their profession for His glory. The director is Nathan Wilson, MD.
Paul & Laura Chinchen, Malawi
Paul and Laura Chinchen have been missionaries with African Bible College in Malawi and Uganda for 25 years.
Paul is the President of African Bible Colleges, Inc. (2008). He is also the Chancellor for all three Universities located in Malawi, Uganda and Liberia. Dr. Chinchen is the founder of two ministries associated with African Bible College – the ABC Community Clinic (1999) and the ABC Christian Academy (1998). Other ministries of African Bible College are Radio ABC which operates FM stations in Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Kampala, Uganda and Yekepa, Liberia and ABC TV Malawi.
Laura is the Vice Principal and Curriculum Coordinator of the ABC Christian Academy. Paul and Laura have five children. Ashley married in January 2013 in Malawi to Brandon Cozzolino from Seveirville Tennessee is pursuing a Masters in Mass Communication – TV Production at Mississippi College in Clinton Mississippi. Annabelle is studying Intercultural Studies at Biola University in California. Levi, Bess and Vanndel are still at home and in school in Malawi.
Chris & Cary Drinkard, Philippines
Chris and Cary Drinkard have been working with Campus Outreach since 1998. Cary grew up in the church and Chis became a Christian through the ministry of Campus Outreach as a college student. They served as campus staff in Augusta and Statesboro before Chris became the Regional Director in 2008. In 2013, Christ transitioned to a new role as CO STINT Director and in July, the Drinkards moved to Manila, Philippines. Chris’ responsibilities are to give oversight and direction to CO STINT teams in SE Asia, develop a long-term model for CO STINT, network with churches and ministry partners in SE Asia, and do evangelism and discipleship among Filipino students. Chris and Cary have three children: Susanna (9), Daniel (7), and Mary Beth(5).
Bradley & Sara Cordell
The Cordell's have been serving with MTW (Mission to The World) in L'viv, Ukraine with a church planting team. L'viv has about 1.5 million people and there is no reformed evangelical church in the city. It is the largest and most influential city in all of Western Ukraine. The goal of their team is to plant a church planting church that will serve as the hub of church planting for the entire western region of Ukraine. Bradley serves as the team's executive administrator.
John & Jessica Cropsey, Burundi
After 10 months of French language study in Albertville, France, John & Jessica moved to Burundi in August 2013 where they are working at Kibuye Hope Hospital as clinical medical professors for Hope Africa University. John and Jessica are serving as the team leaders for the Kibuye-Burundi team and have established an eye care center at Kibuye Hospital that provides medical and surgical care for the visually impaired.
Mike & Stephanie Fennema
Mike & Stephanie are former members of Redeemer. Mike served as an Associate/Youth Pastor at Redeemer for 5 years before becoming the Senior Pastor at Trinity Fellowship in AK. Mike and Stephanie are now beginning a new church plant with Mission to North America in Springhill, TN.
The International Link serves international visitors who come to Augusta area campuses for study, research, and military training. The International Link exists as a non-profit, interdenominational Christian organization working through volunteers from local churches to serve international guests in the Central Savannah River Area. The International Link is the only organization of its kind in the CSRA.
During any week, over 40 volunteers and the staff are involved in English classes for international visitors, Bible studies, and times of mentoring new believers, as well as coordinating the outreach to internationals in the area. The ministry of “Link” continues thanks to a number of Christian volunteers helping with English classes, Bible studies, rides to events, hosting dinners, delivering furniture and serving in many other ways.
In 2012, there were over 125 internationals in the English classes. Bible studies are held each week for women, men and older monolingual speakers. The international visitors include atheists, Hindus, Muslims and others from 55 nations. Someday those from “every nation, tribe, people and language” will be standing before the throne of God worshiping Him alone.
Coby & Pamela McGinty, South Africa
Coby and Pamela McGinty are serving in Cape Town, South Africa, at the Student YMCA, a Christian organization on the campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Combining their passion for student ministry and their love of the African Continent, God called them to serve at this world renowned university which lies at the tip of Africa.
Their ministry centers around teaching the Bible, discipling students, and evangelism on campus. The entire family is involved in extending hospitality to these students, who have come from 98 different nations to this campus of 20,000. The McGinty's desire to offer a home-away-from-home for students, an inviting place where they might share their lives with them while offering up sound Biblical teaching on a variety of issues. These students are the future leaders of nations, businesses, hospitals, law firms, churches and families. They pray their influence might help them to become bright lights for Christ in a sometimes dark world.
Mo & Git Montenegro, Thailand
Moe and Git Montenegro have been ministering in Thailand with Campus Outreach. Moe is a Filipino-American that grew up in the United States and became a Christian while attending Augusta State University on a baseball scholarship. Git is a Thai national who came to know Jesus in 1992 while a student in Bangkok. They were married in May of 2001. Moe is the Resource Director for Campus Outreach, KhonKaen directing the administrative part of the ministry. Git is teaching the Thai language in their team’s co-op homeschool program.
Their primary ministry has been among college students at Khon Kaen University; however, they have helped in planting a church in Khon Kaen and have been working with community outreach and discipleship through the church. They have recently had opportunities to expand the ministry through teaching English in the elementary schools and even to some adults in the community. Recently, they have had 14 students (7 males and 7 female) profess faith in Christ and are working with some older men who could be candidates for Elder and Deacon in the Church.
Doug & Amy Nunziato, US, Native People Groups
The Nunziato’s are transitioning from ministry in Spain to serving the Lord in aviation ministry. Missionaries serving in remote areas rely daily on the skills of a missionary pilot to help them bring the Gospel, physically and spiritually, to the unreached.
Flying on the mission field is such a unique (and dangerous) form of flying that it requires unique preparations to be ready to serve in this way. Mission Aviation Training Academy (MATA) serves on the front end of a “budding” missionary pilot’s training, preparing him or her technically and spiritually for this unique and very much needed Kingdom service.
The work at MATA will include: Flight Instructor and Mechanic, mentoring and discipling students, promoting mission aviation at conferences and events, mission trips to Alaska reaching native tribes (Inuits, Athabaskan, etc.) with the Gospel, and summer aviation camps which introduce teens to aviation and give them a vision for missions using mission aviation as a means to reach the nations.
Michael & Amy Parks, Tasmania
Michael and Amy met through Campus Crusade for Christ at Clemson University and were married in 2003. Michael has worked in the landscape architecture industry for 12 years while serving the church body with his whole heart. Amy is a homemaker who is passionate about sharing the love of Christ with women, particularly young mothers, through evangelistic small groups.
Michael has had a life-long interest in cross-cultural missions, but waited very patiently until Amy was similarly called in 2011. Both are deeply thankful that God has given them a love and a passion for the people of Hobart, Tasmania.
The Parks are excited to join the team in Tasmania and use their gifts of hospitality and mercy, gathering for the purpose of sharing the gospel in the highly relational culture and showing Christ’s love to the brokenhearted. They will help to strengthen the existing church in Tasmania by nurturing believers as they grow in the faith through discipleship.
Mark & Melissa Peach
Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis with a Master of Divinity, he was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America. Prior to his current role of planting City Presbyterian which began in 2012, Mark served as Assistant Pastor at New Song Presbyterian in Salt Lake City from 2009 to 2012. Mark is married to Melissa who is also a Utah native. Mark and Melissa have two children, Noelle (5) and Luke (2) and are expecting their third child in May.
Mark’s role as a church planter has also opened up opportunities for him to connect with others and serve alongside many leaders in Salt Lake City. He currently serves on the advisory group for Downtown Salt Lake City’s Master Plan and is very involved in the Central Ninth neighborhood where City Pres meets, including the Central Ninth neighborhood business leaders group.
David and Erin Pervis, Greece
David grew up in Georgia, and as a child placed his faith in Christ. He received his B.S. in chemical engineering at Auburn University and later received CELTA certification for English language teaching. While participating in evangelism teams in Eastern Europe, he sensed God’s call to missionary service there. Erin, also from Georgia, came to know the Lord in middle school. She graduated from Duke University with a degree in Middle East studies and later earned a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language. In 1984 she joined Arab World Ministries and worked among Arab Muslims in England, France, and the Middle East before marrying David in 1996.
From 1999 to 2012, David and Erin served on the MTW church-planting team in Sofia, Bulgaria, establishing a multifaceted English program as an avenue for evangelism and assisting a Bulgarian church planter. From 2012 to 2017, they served on the MTW church-planting team in Kyiv, Ukraine, teaching ESL, leading evangelistic English clubs for two church plants, and discipling new believers. As of 2018, they are a part of the MTW church-planting team in Athens, Greece, using English instruction as a means for evangelism among Greeks and refugees from the Middle East and Asia.
Richard Pratt, Worldwide
Third Millennium Ministries is a non-profit Evangelical Christian ministry in the Protestant tradition. They are recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) corporation. They depend on the generous, tax-deductible contributions of churches, foundations, businesses and individuals. Their mission is to equip church leaders in their own lands by creating a multimedia seminary curriculum in five major languages.
Their goal is to provide Christian education to hundreds of thousands of pastors around the world who lack sufficient training for ministry. They are meeting this goal by publishing and globally distributing a free multilingual, multimedia, digital seminary curriculum in English, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Russian and Spanish.
In order to accomplish their production goals, they have developed a highly cost-effective method of producing high-quality multimedia video lessons. They strive to maintain quality not only in production, but also in content. All of their instructors are seminary professors, and their writers and editors are theologically trained educators. All of their translators are theologically astute native speakers of their target languages.
Debbie Richards, Japan
In 1995, Debbie went to Chiba, Japan short-term with the MTW IMPACT program and ministered for three years with the Tokyo/Chiba church-planting team through its English Outreach program. Impressed by the tremendous spiritual need of the Japanese people, Debbie returned to Chiba in 2001 for long-term missionary service with MTW. In addition to teaching English classes, her ministry activities include serving as pianist for two of the church plants and participating in the music ministry (church choir) at Honda Chapel.
The spread of the gospel in Japan faces many obstacles, and the Japanese response is typically slow. However, the Tokyo/Chiba team is encouraged by every person who turns to Christ and by the spiritual growth among believers. In reliance upon God, the team is praying for and striving toward the goal of seeing a church-planting movement take hold in the country of Japan.
David and Eowyn Stoddard, Germany
David, son of a PCA church-planter, was raised in Louisiana and Tennessee. Christ captured his heart in high school while he was participating in short-term mission trips, and David has felt called to missions ever since. At King College in Tennessee, he majored in political science and modern foreign languages, earned a master of divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) in California, and a Th.M. from WTS in Philadelphia. David serves as the international director for Europe, overseeing MTW’s vision, values, and personnel in Europe. David and Eowyn joined MTW’s church-planting movement in eastern Berlin in 2001. Over the past 20 years, Team Berlin has been involved in planting five churches and a campus of Martin Bucer Seminary. Eowyn is the daughter of MTW missionaries who served in France. She came to faith at a young age and sensed a call to missions in her late teens. She majored in German language and literature at Wellesley College and obtained a master’s in biblical studies from Westminster Seminary, where she met David. They married in December of 1997. Eowyn assists David in his role and supports church-planting through evangelism, teaching, and outreach to refugees. What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention.
Dr. Andy Sanders, Augusta GA
Dr. Andrew Sanders graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1981. His residency in internal medicine was done at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In 1984 he and his young family moved to Madigan Army Medical Center where he served on the teaching staff until he left active military service in 1988. Dr. Sanders and his family then moved to Augusta, Georgia to begin a private practice career. Shortly after arriving in Augusta, Dr. Sanders helped begin a Bible Study Fellowship for men in Augusta. He served as the teaching leader for that ministry for its initial 11 years. In 1998, the Dr. Sanders left full time medical practice to begin CMDA Augusta, a ministry to physicians, dentists, and students.
Richard and Rachel Sharpe, Operation Mobilization
Richard has served as a missionary in India and in leadership aboard 3 of Operation Mobilization's (OM) international ministry ships and preached the gospel in nearly 100 countries. This Englishman, while onboard, met Rachel, from Colorado who assists him and has a ministry of prayer, encouragement and hospitality. They have 2 grown sons, Simon and Jonathan, and are based in Tyrone, Georgia, with OM USA. Richard has a Master of Divinity and has served on church leadership teams in England, Canada and the USA. His passion is to go around the world with 'One Wish' - an approach he has developed, to equip God's people to help others begin and grow in friendship with God.
Linda Tuccirone, Augusta GA
In 2000, a small group of people began to dream about starting an inner city Christian school for the children who need it the most and whose parents could afford it the least. They discovered that the children in urban Augusta were not unlike the children in all urban school districts in America, living in poverty (1 in 3) and undereducated. The schools in the district were some of the worst in the state. Recognizing that under-education and social counter productivity are as closely correlated as smoking and lung cancer, they set about doing the research and raising the money to start a school with an intentional mission to the children from low-income families. Heritage Academy creates a culture of learning with high expectations for academic, character and spiritual development. The curriculum is rigorous. Children may participate in a Suzuki violin program at no cost. All students participate in our weekly chapel program. The students have consistently out performed both national and county averages on standardized tests. Heritage Academy is an independent school offering a quality Christ-centered education to children of diverse economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds, empowering them to become a positive influence for Christ in this community and around the world.
Aaron & Sara Toombs, Senegal
Aaron & Sara Toombs are church planters with United World Mission in Senegal, Africa. Their primary vehicle of evangelism is farming and agriculture training. They work in an area known as the Beersheba project. Since 80% of the people are farmers, this type of ministry is vital to the people of Senegal. Aaron is mostly involved in training and discipling Senegalese farmers. They try to get as many Senegalese pastors as possible to be involved in the teaching as well. We touch on subjects like, “What does it look like to be a Christian Senegalese farmer? How do I treat my wife, children, animals, the land and the environment?” All of these are real issues because of the fact that 95% of our interns are coming out of a Muslim background situation. They have no examples in their lives of how to live as a Christian. It is truly amazing to see how the lives of the students are slowly transformed as they read through the Scriptures. One of the tools they use is a program called “Farming God’s Way”
Susan Swanson, Augusta GA
The Augusta Care Pregnancy Center is a non-profit Christian ministry created to share the gospel with all whom they come in contact. They also strive to raise a standard showing God’s concern for the mother and her unborn baby, both who were created in the image of God.
The Center offers a variety of services to women who may be facing the results of unexpected pregnancies, who are in need of temporary financial support, or who desire confirmation of a wanted pregnancy. Specific services offered include the following: The Nurturing Place (Parenting class), Tues. 10AM and 6pm, Wounded Hearts (Bible Study) for women affected by emotional/physical abuse, Post Abortion Counseling, Abstinence Outreach, and Sonograms.
Luke & Leanne Turk, Central African Republic
Luke and Leanne are involved in medical and agricultural ministry. Luke is helping introduce animal traction and shallow water wells, helps with the hospital maintenance and repairs, and works with the local evangelism team. Leanne directs and teaches at the nursing school and is involved in women’s ministry. They have three sons, Benjamin (18), Bobby (15), and Timoté (12). Benjamin and Bobby attend Rain Forest International School away from home in Cameroon. Luke and Leanne have been serving since 2000.
Wycliffe Bible Translators - In Harms Way, Africa
Redeemer partners with Wycliffe Bible Translators in an area in Africa that is "In Harms Way". Because of their location, the name are withheld from all of our print and digital media. We are extremely exited about this partnership with Wycliffe, which begins in January of 2016.
Rafik is currently receiving training in the US for ministry in the 10/40 window. He is hoping to complete his training soon so that he can return to his home country.
Dan & Carol Iverson
Dan Iverson is a church planting pastor, mission team leader, and country director in Japan with Mission to the World (PCA). His wife Carol is the headmaster at Covenant Community School International. The Iversons have served in Japan since 1986. Learn more at http://www.iversonjapan.com.
Doug & Kelly McNutt, USA/Africa
Doug and Kelly McNutt are currently working on reaching people throughout East Africa. Doug is splitting his time between his home in the USA and Africa as he works with Trinity Center for World Mission. Doug and Kelly are blessed with five fun kids: Moses (8), Makenna (7), Mia (6), Vivi (4) and Judah (1).