Don & Darlene Allen
Man in the Mirror
Reach The World
The Bible says we should share the message of God’s great grace to those in our home town, across our country, and around the world. At Grace, we support dozens of missionaries serving in far off lands as well as others serving here in the United States. In addition to supporting these wonderful servants of God with our prayers and financial resources, we plan a number of overseas missions trips for all ages.
The most important thing to know is that YOU can be a part of this miraculous outreach. Here are just a few ways to connect in world wide missions:
- Be a part of a short-term missions trip yourself!
- Volunteer to help with events like the Global Impact Celebration.
- Support our missionaries by giving above and beyond your tithe with funds earmarked for missions.
- Encourage our missionaries with emails, personal notes, or even a video chat.
- Spend time learning about our missionaries by scrolling through the different missionaries and organizations listed below, or by visiting the hallway near the front entrance.
If you have questions or would like to volunteer or support world missions, please fill out this form.
Don & Darlene Allen
Don and Darlene are proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through helping Central Illinois churches create an environment where the Holy Spirit inspires men to engage in Life on Life discipleship. Don is using the proven strategy of the No Man Left Behind 3D - Man in the Mirror model. And he is helping churches create value, capture momentum, and sustain change, which is all a part of creating a discipleship atmosphere.
Eli & Marcia Beltran
Youth for Christ International
Eli’s title is Ambassador at Large for Youth for Christ International/Americas. He focuses on pastoring, mentoring, and resourcing the national directors and staff in Latin America. This also includes being a liaison between the Hispanic communities throughout the Americas and representing the international team whenever needed.
Mark & Deb Borland
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Mark and Deb serve in Orlando, Florida, at Wycliffe USA’s Mobilization Center. Mark is a Partnership Development Coach/Trainer and Technology Consultant. Deb is the Senior Director of Development/Orientation/Training. Together they enjoy training and encouraging Wycliffe colleagues who are serving all over the world.
Norman & Gwen Bowman
Global Outreach International
Norman and Gwen have served in Barcelona, Spain, since 1982. They have led and taught worship, music, and prayer at Bible colleges, youth retreats, and leadership seminars in Spain, Ukraine, and Romania. They mentor leaders who plant churches, start youth ministries, and lead restoration ministries and prayer initiatives. The Bowmans reach out to the poor of their community and regularly care for immigrants of other faiths. Their gifting, calling, and passion is to communicate the gospel effectively to the postmodern and multicultural peoples of Spain.
Carl & Becky Chaplin
Mission to the World (PCA)
Carl is developing new global initiatives for missionary service. One is developing new leaders by an international Fellows Ministry, (thefellowsinitiative.org) and a second is developing a means for people to serve as bi-vocational missionaries with MTW. Becky trains people in churches to teach English to internationals and helps churches start English as a Second Language (ESL) ministries. This is done with the PCA Mission to North America’s ESL ministry.
Greater Europe Mission
Bev is the member care facilitator for the GEM missionaries in Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Kosovo, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Italy. Her role includes helping to plan spiritual retreats for women. She continues to teach an English class and stays involved with the House of Hope project for girls and seniors. Bev completed her Masters of Arts in Missionary Care from Columbia International University in August of last year.
Child Evangelism Fellowship of Illinois
Sasha is working with Child Evangelism Fellowship as the Ministry Assistant, assisting the local director in teaching and administrative preparations for summer 5–Day Clubs, after-school Good News Clubs, Party Clubs, and Teacher Trainings.
Brian & Karen Cordes
Child Evangelism Fellowship — Camp Good News
Brian is working with CEF Camp Good News as the camp’s Facilities Manager. He is part of the full-time missionary staff that welcomes summer campers and year-round retreat groups to enjoy meeting their Creator in a natural setting. Over the years hundreds of kids have found Jesus as their Savior and grown in Him through the ministry of Camp Good News.
Bill & Jan Craig
Bill proclaims the gospel in an intellectually credible way on university campuses, both in the U.S. and abroad through lectures and debates. He also trains Christians in the art of defending their faith. Bill’s ministry also aims to produce first-rate literature (in the form of books and articles) defending the Christian worldview on both a scholarly and a popular level. Through his website ReasonableFaith.org and YouTube channels, Bill’s materials are made available to a worldwide audience of literally millions.
Josh & Alissa Crooks
Josh and Alissa are serving missionaries at the Black Forest Academy in Germany by providing a healthy, Christ-centered environment, and excellent education for their children. Josh's tasks in the Advancement Department include helping with staff recruitment, student enrollment, partnerships, and alumni relations through web content creation and photo/video production. He also is an assistant teacher in the Yearbook class.
Mark & Kris Crooks
The Evangelical Alliance Mission
Mark and Kris have been church planters in Venezuela and Italy and are now leading TEAM’s missionary work in North America (NAMA). NAMA was born to help the Church bring gospel transformation to the ever increasing diverse and post-Christian culture that we live in. Currently there are 15 missionary families working across the U.S. and Canada that Mark is overseeing. Kris serves the missionary ladies in NAMA and is involved in our local church's ESL outreach to Muslim refugee ladies.
Mel & Amy Ellenwood
Josiah Venture’s mission is to equip young leaders to fulfill Christ’s commission through the local church in central and Eastern Europe. Mel serves as executive vice president of JV. He and Amy work alongside over 300 leaders in thirteen central and eastern European countries to shepherd, train, and give direction as this movement takes on momentum. They train and disciple young leaders, and they teach and coach the leadership teams in each of the countries where Josiah Venture is serving.
Noah & Jill Ellenwood
Josiah Venture’s mission is to equip young leaders to fulfill Christ’s commission through the local church in Central and Eastern Europe. Noah and Jill serve in the capital city of Montenegro, a country with only 4 registered Evangelical Christian churches, and less than 150 national believers in Jesus. They are engaging full-time in contact ministry, street evangelism, language learning, and building relationships with local churches. They are seeking to make disciples of Jesus in Montenegro who are trained, equipped, and sent out into their communities to make more disciples of Him. They are praying to see God transform this small nation through this next generation of spiritual leaders!
Paul & Nanci Erkert
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Paul and Nanci serve at the Wycliffe-JAARS center in North Carolina. Paul is a media resource developer, creating multi-media translation aids for national Bible translators. Nanci is a counselor in Wycliffe’s counseling department, helping people at the Wycliffe-JAARS center and around the world by Skype. She also supervises interns from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary who are counseling incarcerated women.
Mike & Janet Flinn
Man in the Mirror
Mike is the Area Director for the Central Illinois Coalition for Men’s Discipleship. To fulfill his vision for “Every Church to Disciple Every Man,” Mike works with regional church ministry-to-men leadership teams and pastors to create an environment where the Holy Spirit can inspire men to engage in life-on-life missional discipleship. Only one in twenty central Illinois men are engaged today in discipleship through local churches. Mike’s mission is to help churches reach and serve the other 19 men.
Kermit & Katrina Forseth
Child Evangelism Fellowship of Illinois
Katrina is the state director of Child Evangelism Fellowship of Illinois. Her responsibilities include the supervision of all CEF staff, six local chapter committees, Camp Good News, and the volunteers who make the ministry to children possible. She is also involved in pioneering new areas in Illinois helping to establish additional CEF local chapters and missionaries serving in the field of Illinois. CEF ministries include after-school Good News Clubs, summer 5-Day Clubs, and several other children’s ministry outreaches held throughout the state reaching over 8,000 children annually with the gospel here in Illinois. Katrina is also the host of CEF’s new weekly radio program called, “Telling Future Generations,” on Sunday mornings on WPEO AM 1020. The purpose of CEF is always threefold: to evangelize boys and girls with the gospel message, to disciple them in God’s Word, and to establish them in a local, Bible-believing church for further Christian growth and spiritual living.
Nate & Roxy Frantz
Nate and Roxy have moved from Monmouth to Kankakee, where Nate’s new role is serving as the college pastor at Redeeming Grace Chapel. Roxy and Nate spend most of their time evangelizing and discipling students at Olivet Nazarene University.
Hannah works with Christian Missionary Fellowship International – Globalscope campus ministry, El Pozo, in Puebla, Mexico, as a college campus minister. Campus ministers spread Jesus’ message of love and hope through activities held at the ministry’s campus houses, service projects in their communities, and through one-on-one relationships, focusing on students in key universities in major international cities. The campus houses are places where everyone is welcomed to enjoy fun, food, and friendship while seeing God’s love lived out in genuine ways. Hannah was called to El Pozo long term, after visiting twice on short-term mission trips with her college campus ministry at Illinois State University. Her passion to bring Christ to college students is shown through spreading God’s love by building relationships. Hannah, along with others on staff, prepare a meal each week before their time of worship with the students. During that time, they share music, testimonies, and biblically-based talks with around 90 students weekly. Hannah is in charge of the finances for her team, co-leads the student leadership group, and mentors students, as well as leads students to volunteer at an orphanage.
Pablo & Rosa Gallego
Partners in Evangelism International
Since 2015, the Gallegos have been dedicated to the ministry of planting a new church in the north central part of the city of Malaga, Spain, where there are no evangelical churches. They have prayer meetings and Bible studies in their home with members of a congregation that is supporting them in planting the new church. Much of their ministry is connected to the school families of their children, so they try to develop friendships and good relationships to be salt and light to them, sharing their faith and the gospel. They are also serving and loving their community by participating on the school board and by organizing family activities for the school.
Jamie & Jackie Gildard
Mission to the World (PCA)
France lies in the heart of spiritually barren Western Europe. Centuries of persecution and ridicule have left the 60 million people with less than one percent evangelical Christian witness. Yet God will call His people from every nation (Rev. 5:9). There is searching among the French and a void in their hearts that only Christ can fill. The Gildards are part of a church-planting team in the growing aerospace technology corridor west of Toulouse, France. They are building relationships, sharing the good news of Christ, and encouraging evangelism and leadership among French Christians.
Luke & Jenny Herrin
Africa Inland Mission
Luke is the international director of AIM (Africa Inland Mission). Important aspects of his job include vision casting, leading the leaders, and coordination of the mobilizing (recruiting) and receiving (field) offices. Jenny facilitates the PrayAfrica website and consults for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) teachers.
Tom & Lisa Horn
Tom and Lisa serve with The Navigators, and are based in Denver, Colorado, although they spend much of the year in the Asia/Pacific region. NavMissions: Together they are Regional Representatives (pastoral care function) for 38 staff that serve in 8 countries: Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, Cambodia, Nepal and India. Nations Within: Tom supervises staff in Texas who work with immigrants. Discipling for Development: Lisa is an International Mentor working with the staff in Atlanta, GA, (working with refugees) and the staff in the Philippines (working among the poor).
Chase & Alisha Johnson
Chase and Ailisha (Sha) lead a team of six that works alongside several indigenous ministries/projects based in the university town of Cluj, Romania. These include a university student ministry, a publishing house, a mission to addicts, a local adaptation of Serge’s Sonship discipleship course, and a Montessori elementary and middle school. Chase and Sha also assist local believers working among students and professionals within the Cluj theatre community.
Ben & Sheri Johnston
Ben and Sheri Johnston were sent out from Grace Presbyterian Church in October 2012 to pastor Subiaco Church in Perth, Australia. Western Australia is a needy mission field for the gospel and offers many opportunities for evangelism, discipleship, and church growth. As lead pastor, Ben works with a great young staff to make disciples. With members from approximately 40 nations, Subiaco Church is in the unique position of influencing a new generation of international leaders. You can view a video stream of Ben’s sermons on the church’s website at www.subiacochurch.com.
Jason & Abbie Keel
CRU — Bridges International
The Keels are on staff with Bridges International and Cru City in the Atlanta area. Bridges International is the international student ministry of Cru. Abbie is MPD (Ministry Partner Development) Director for all of Bridges International in the U.S. She trains and coaches new staff nationally to be fully funded Christ-centered laborers, and she leads the team of MPD coaches for Bridges. Jason is on staff with Cru City, the arm of Cru that reaches out to communities outside of the campus. He serves churches helping them mobilize their people for outreach and discipleship in order to strengthen churches to grow and plant new churches. He is especially passionate about mobilizing churches to reach immigrants the Lord is sending to the U.S. from all over the world to hear the Gospel from people like you.
Jay & Nancy Klopfenstein
Jay serves as president of T-Net International, which seeks to train and equip pastors and leaders around the world to finish the Great Commission. Currently T-Net is in 28 countries and has about 30 staff in North America, Africa, and SE Asia. There are nearly 6,000 pastors in training and hundreds of training centers globally. Unique features of T-Net are the ability to offer accredited bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees and the establishing of indigenous led and funded organizations in each of the countries where it ministers. Jay leads the staff, sets vision, raises institutional funds, teaches and trains, coaches, and explores new countries for service.
Scott & Rachel Kramer
Hands of Love Ministry
Scott and Rachel minister through Hands of Love Ministry, based in Central Illinois, whose outreach includes RiverLife Gospel cruises aboard the Spirit of Peoria riverboat, as well as music and speaking ministry throughout the United States and internationally. Rachel leads a local women’s community Bible study. Scott produces and co-hosts the ministry’s weekly syndicated radio program and produces the ministry's CD and DVD projects.
Stephen & Courtney Lawrence
Presbytery of Northern Illinois
Stephen is the pastor of the PCA church plant effort in Springfield, Illinois, that is backed by the Presbytery of Northern Illinois, with Grace Presbyterian serving as the lead church. Stephen joined the Grace staff as a pastoral intern in May 2018. He previously served for seven years as a campus minister with Campus Outreach at Bradley University. He recently finished up his theological degree at Covenant Theological Seminary and has been serving the church through missional outreach in the community. Stephen is passionate about equipping the saints for the work of the ministry and seeing gospel multiplication occur. He is married to Courtney and they have a three-year-old daughter, Layla, and a baby boy, Dane. They have transitioned onto the mission field this past summer and have begun the pioneering efforts of starting a church.
Dan & Carol Learned
Youth for Christ — Peoria Area
Youth For Christ/USA was in 123,955 authentic Christ-sharing relationships (ACSR’s) with lost teens last year! In Central Illinois they were in 556 ACSR’s (Do you remember what an ACSR is?). They want to grow that number significantly this year. Dan leads the Central Illinois team of 187 leaders toward lost teens as they build partnerships with schools and other places where teens gather, so that they can display the truth of Jesus Christ.
Campus Outreach Central Illinois
Jasmine works with a team at Bradley University to reach college students with the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Most days she spends time on campus, building friendships, leading Bible studies, planning evangelistic events for students, and seeking out opportunities to tell girls at Bradley about Jesus.
Jon & Cassie Mahan
Jon and Cassie serve with Campus Outreach in Guadalajara, Mexico. They are seeking to evangelize and disciple college students from various places in Mexico who come to Guadalajara to study. They also desire to enfold them into the local church, called “Cristo Redentor,” and to develop them as future leaders for the next generation.
Bob & Disha Moreau
Bob and Disha live in Chicago and are serving immigrants and refugees through teaching English, helping with adjustments to American culture, and developing organic relationships. They also serve in their home church with the audio-visual technical team and prison ministry. Bob has completed a Radio and TV Production course at Illinois Media School. Disha is directing the ESL ministry at The Moody Church.
Ron & Pam Morton
Word of Life Fellowship
Ron and Pam have been with Word of Life International since 1982. Since 1997 Ron has been the international ministries project coordinator. He provides strategic assistance by helping mobilize short-term work teams and procuring much-needed equipment and resources. He also supervises some of these teams in traveling to mission areas to do construction projects.
Ben & Lindsey Newton
Ben and Lindsey serve with InnerCHANGE, a Christian order among the poor. A few years ago they moved to a megacity outside the USA, where they started a leadership development business, sowing seeds of the gospel in a closed country. After a pivot in the U.S. to retool professionally, heal as a family from a tough assignment, and build organizational capacity, the Newtons redeployed internationally in 2019, where they joined the InnerCHANGE team in East London, England, to engage community development and evangelism among South Asian Muslim immigrants.
Wachira & Glenda Ngamau
Pan African Christian Exchange
Wachira serves as the Executive Director of Pace Ministries. His work incorporates visionary leadership style, capacity building among staff, financial accountability to the board and the local government, fund raising, partnership development, recruiting of teams, and spiritual development of those in the PACE community. Glenda serves as the coordinator of community outreach.
Jeremy & Christy Otten
Jeremy and Christy are newly appointed with World Venture, preparing for overseas service in theological education and counseling ministries. Currently, Jeremy is completing his doctorate at Wheaton College while working on the pastoral staff at College Church in Wheaton. Christy is working as a counselor at a local practice, and is finding many opportunities to work with missionaries on furlough.
Josh & Julie Parr
The Navigators — Collegiate Mission
Josh and Julie Parr serve on staff with the Collegiate Navigators at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. They help direct student outreach among a diverse student body. The calling of The Navigators is “To advance the gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost.” Their desire is to spread the gospel of Jesus among the nations through developing laborers on the college campus.
Jews for Jesus
Susan is one of the founders of the largest Jewish mission agency in the world. With mission centers in 13 countries and 25 cities, Jews for Jesus makes the messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to Jews worldwide. Susan is not only trained as a missionary, but provides oversight for the communications aspects of Jews for Jesus including publications, evangelistic literature, multimedia, evangelistic ads, and interviews in the secular media. She also serves as the second in charge to their executive director, David Brickner. She also put together an adult coloring book, The Glory of the Messiah, with Bethany House Publishers. It focuses on messianic prophecy (Old Testament verses with New Testament fulfillment).
Ted & Ann Powers
Mission to North America (PCA)
Ted is the church planting coordinator for Mission to North America (PCA), and also the denomination’s Midwest regional coordinator. He assists in planting and vitalizing churches. In the Midwest Region he serves in a resourcing, recruiting, and training capacity. Ted and his staff sponsor training events and conferences on topics of interest for church planters, as well as serve as a resource to them in a variety of areas. He also oversees the assessment process and coaching for church planters.
Michael & Leslie Rebholz
CRU — Athletes in Action
Athletes In Action’s dream is to see Christ-followers on every team, every sport, and in every nation. It has been a year full of new opportunities they never imagined! Mike and Leslie will serve in Leadership Development and Human Resources – Mike has stepped up to be the Co-Interim Director. Leslie has taken the role of New Staff Ministry Partnership Development Coordinator in addition to being a support coach.
Geordon and Marilyn Rendle
Youth For Christ United Arab Emirates
Welcome our new GPC global partner family, Geordon and Marilyn Rendle. We have enjoyed hearing him at our Global Impact Celebration a few times, and now Geordon and Marilyn get to be a part of our Grace family of global partners. We're thrilled to welcome them. Here is a description of their ministry, straight from them: "Our ministry is multi-faceted and GLOCAL (global and local). As the National Director for YFC UAE, Marilyn seeks to partner with the body of Christ, empower teenagers, and serve the community/country, reaching more than 600,000 teens of this nation with the message of hope in Christ. A significant strategy for activating this plan is uniting youth leaders. Once a month, we gather leaders via Zoom for prayer, training and fellowship. Geordon's ministry includes speaking, teaching, and coaching both in Christian and government settings. Both of us spend significant time counseling and mentoring missionary families and leaders, helping them with personal concerns, as well as with challenges such as engaging with ministry partners, schools, pastors, etc. The ultimate objective in every one of these outputs is that teens and their families would find salvation in Christ and that communities would be transformed through the Gospel."
Jim & Linda Rinella
Jim helps to direct training for young staff on campuses across the nation for The Navigators. He is also the Campus Director for the Navs at Colorado State University. The Rinellas share the gospel with college students and help young Christians grow through Bible studies and one-on-one discipling. Jim also enjoys speaking at conferences for college students.
Steve and Katie Ringelspaugh
We would like to introduce you to one of our newest supported global partners, Steve and Katie (son of Geri Ringelspaugh, who has been a faithful part of our Grace family for many, many years). Here is a description of their ministry straight from them: "At Beautiful Redemption, in the state of Colorado, we connect kids in crisis to a faith community that cares. We partner with dozens of child welfare agencies and nonprofit organizations that work with children in crisis situations. We support them by allowing them to input needs for their kids (beds, car seats, diapers, food, rent assistance, etc.)
Those requests from the agency workers are sent out to all of our 65+ local partnering churches using an online platform called CarePortal. These faithful individuals see the requests in their own neighborhoods and click "Respond" to get in touch with the case workers and serve the families. We found there were so many amazing believers who wanted to help but didn't know how. We are the bridge that connects churches to the needs of the community. This gives them an incredible window of opportunity to serve families in need, pray for individuals, invite them to church, and love them the way Christ calls us to love the "least of these."
James 1:27 talks about TRUE religion as serving the orphan and the widow in distress. That is what we aim to do. Many churches use this as a discipleship tool to activate their members in the community, as we know that discipleship is not based on how much we know, but how well we love. Other churches see it as part of their local mission objective to be a metaphorical "well" within their community. Everything we do is based on the activation of the local church. We want to see children served but it will all be for nothing if faith-filled believers are not at the heart of care."
Jeff & Jean Ringenberg
Youth for Christ — Peoria
Jeff serves in a COO (Chief Operating Officer), legacy giving and ministry expansion role at YFC. YFC is pursuing hundreds of lost teens and is seeing dozens of kids coming to trust Christ! More than 125 ministry volunteer leaders are mobilized in mission and they believe God has more in mind for YFC to do! He also serves locally as chaplain to the Peoria Rivermen hockey team (it's a dark / lost mission field), and he loves pursuing men's hearts through fall and spring retreats. Two to three days of his week are spent in Bloomington putting effort to launching outreaches in Bloomington/Normal (BLONO). Some promising things are happening with ministry begun at the McLean Co Juvenile Detention Center and hopefully ministry outreach at Bloomington High School.
Gary & Judy Roseboom
Rural Home Missionary Association
As Associate Director (Gary) and Bookkeeper (Judy), they work at the Morton, Illinois, home office to help oversee and coordinate various ministries such as literature, seminars, and consultations, as well as regional conferences geared specifically to small-town ministry. They are also involved in the day-to-day care of the missionary family. RHMA missionaries go into small towns and rural areas across America to plant new churches and restart dying ones.
Martin & Dana Smith
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Martin is area director for InterVarsity in western and central Illinois. He oversees the IV chapters at seven campuses: Millikin University and Richland Community College in Decatur, Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan Universities in Bloomington, Bradley University in Peoria, Knox College in Galesburg, and Augustana College in Rock Island. He is also the supervisor for five staff and many volunteers.
Joel & Stephanie Swanson
Mission to the World (PCA)
Joel is currently interning with a French pastor in the small town of Le Vigan in the Cevenes mountains to grow in his understanding of their partner denomination and to improve his French. He serves the church in evangelism, discipleship, prayer meetings, a Bible study, and in creating a website. He is also continuing his weekly French class. Stephanie handles much of the English-language part of their ministry, freeing Joel to focus on working in French. They enjoy loving and raising their growing one-year-old Pascal. They have moved to Toulouse to help their team plant a church in concert with French pastors, and to revitalize the existing downtown church.
Bill & Sue Tell
Bill now serves as national staff development specialist, his dream job of mentoring the next generation of leaders in the New Testament-helping them understand it right so they can live it right, and then pass it on to the next generation right. Sue now serves with the Encore mission of The Navs. She writes a weekly devotional blog to encourage women along their faith journeys: Echoes of Grace. She also enjoys facilitating Sabbath-Living retreats that help women listen well to God. Bill and Sue both write regular blogs encouraging their readers to live in the freedom of the gospel. Bill's Laying It Down, can be found at billtell.com. Sue's Echoes of Grace, is at suetell.com. In the next 2-3 years, Bill will travel eight different times to Europe, Africa, Singapore, and Indonesia to bring the message of grace to the leadership of Trans World Radio. Sue partners with Trueface ministries serving as adjunct faculty for the High Trust Leadership program, leading small groups of women through this online course on living out the gospel of grace.
Mike & Kathy Uno
CRU City (A Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ)
Mike and Kathy have joined Cru City, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ which is focused on reaching cities both here as well as internationally. They are currently working in the Greater Peoria area focusing on reaching internationals, immigrants, and refugees. Their desire is to reach out into these target groups through events and activities that both meet their physical needs as well as lead to conversations about the gospel of Jesus Christ and to help develop disciples from these three groups who can continue to have an impact into their specific cultural group. They are also directing the new ESL ministry at Grace.
Alejandro & Holly (Sauder) Vargas
Alejandro and Holly serve Campus Outreach on the ITESO Universidad campus in Guadalajara, Mexico. Campus Outreach’s vision is to glorify God by “building laborers on the campus for the lost world.” They hope to accomplish this vision by building friendships with students on ITESO’s campus, sharing the gospel with them, and developing them as disciples of Christ who, after graduation, are willing and able to share their faith with the lost world. Holly also helps the ITESO team with administrative tasks and their resourcing needs.
Tomas & Melody (Walker) Vidal
Tomas and Melody serve at the Matthew Training Center in Guadalajara, Mexico, which hosts discipleship programs that serve as transcultural experiences living in community, making disciples as Jesus did. It also serves as a retreat center for church events. Tomas now preaches online for churches and youth groups, and is learning the ropes of becoming the director at MTC.
Mission to the World (PCA)
Nelly works with a Protestant Reformed Evangelical denomination in France as the Coordinator of Evangelism through the Arts. She will be visiting most of the 30 churches and encourage them to be more pro-active in terms of reaching out to the French people, and specifically through the talents God has equipped them with. She is hoping to be very active in the six churches in Marseille and Aix-en-Provence, helping in organizing concerts, photography exhibits, paint shows, and conducting creative workshops in relation with social justice and ethics.
Dean & Kim Waldenmaier
Dean and Kim minister at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dean leads and trains a team to evangelize and disciple international undergrads, especially Chinese students, while also discipling a group of young college guys. Kim leads a college women’s Bible study and assists with personal development for staff moms in their five-state region.
Gordon & Linda Warriner
Black Buffalo Global Missions, Inc.
Gordon Warriner now serves as the BBGM President and Director. Gordon is Black Buffalo’s son-in-law, married to their oldest daughter, Linda. They have been pastors for 46 years and are currently serving in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada. He is now overseeing all aspects of this international ministry both here and in several other countries. Gordon is responsible for carrying out the vision of the organization and is a liaison with all foreign and domestic ministers and missionaries, training pastors and workers, building ministry teams, and leading Mission Adventure Trips. BBGM has begun supporting a new children’s home in Uganda. They have provided a new well and filtering system, a school for the children, and a feeding program.
Luke & Tiffany Wessler
After four years of serving in various contexts in Zambia, Luke and Tiffany are now using those experiences to help equip new missionaries to serve overseas. Working from SIM’s U.S. office, Luke is the integration team leader. He develops and facilitates the training events for their new missionaries, and walks with and mentors them from when they first get their placement through their first years on the field. The Wesslers often host groups of new missionaries for meals and open their home as a place of respite for missionary friends coming to debrief at the SIM office between terms of service overseas.
Randy & Sandy Weyeneth
Randy and Sandy serve with the National Collegiate Office serving collegiate missionaries. They are involved with a personal discipling ministry and biblically counsel people who want to walk in holiness and obedience to Christ. Randy also enjoys evangelism. Sandy continues a long and very difficult recovery journey from severe burnout/exhaustion with a host of complex physical therapy issues.
John & Karen Winkelman
CRU — FamilyLife
As part of the training team within FamilyLife, John develops Ministry Operations staff in their ministry roles. He is currently developing and executing online webinars and live training events. Karen serves in human resources as a New Staff evaluator, walking alongside potential staff couples. Together, they serve as Prayer Directors for the Love Like You Mean It Cruises.
Bill & Jackie Wright
Bill serves the Lord using his electrical engineering background and experience to assist the missionary hospitals around the world. He formulates designs, sources equipment and then installs appropriate technology and cost-effective systems such as medical imaging units, medical gas systems, solar power systems, and electrical power solutions that protect hospital equipment from national grid fluctuations. Jackie is a registered occupational therapist and often travels with Bill, assisting with the needs of physically challenged patients in a culturally sensitive way and seeks additional ways to serve the hospital community.
Siddhant & Beulah Yogi
Originally from India, the Yogis have been church planters in Trinidad among unreached people groups of south Asian origin since 1980, having been instrumental in starting five churches. He also trains, mentors, counsels, and disciples nationals. Beulah continues to facilitate women’s Bible studies, through which many have come to know the Lord. After six years of prayer and networking, they have started a new church in Corinth Hills in Trinidad.