Supporting the local church around the globe
Meet the international missionaries and church planters currently partnering with us.
Meet the international missionaries and church planters currently partnering with us.
B and C (identities hidden for security).
B and L (identities hidden for security) have three daughters who love to learn and climb big rocks. They were working with an unreached people group for several years before it became unsafe and they had to evacuate. They now live in a safer place a few hundred miles away and are continuing their ministry in a series of huge refugee camps by commuting regularly. They hope to move back to the camp soon to continue their work in disciple making and Bible translation.
Brandon was born in Canada and moved to the states in 2002. In 2008, God placed a desire for overseas missions in his heart. This led him to serve as an intern in Tallinn, Estonia, in 2011 and in Kharkiv, Ukraine, with Let’s Start Talking in 2012. Jessica was born in Texas and received confirmation from God to serve overseas in 2008. They were married in 2014 and are currently serving in Łódź, Poland, through the Mid-Term Missions Initiative. They meet with people through Let’s Start Talking and follow up with Discovery Bible Study with the vision of making disciples who make disciples.
Chad, Jennifer and their children Anika, Josiah, Caleb, Katia and Gideon are missionaries in Japan. They began mission work in 1998 in Osaka, the second largest city in Japan. They lived there for 13 years. During that time, in addition to learning the language and growing their family, they started a church (or a small network of churches) called Be One. The name Be One is taken from John 17:21, where Jesus prays for unity for His disciples that they will “Be One” as the Father and He are one, so that the world will know Him. They later moved to Ishinomaki to start a church after serving the survivors in the aftermath of the devastating 2011 tsunami. Their hope and calling is to: help people meet Jesus and see them become disciples; to truly “Be One” in Him; and to help form multiplying communities of disciples (churches) that begin to emerge throughout the country.
Dennis Okoth is a Kenyan missionary serving the Lord’s Church in Mbale, Uganda. He and his wife, Mary, have three grown children who are also involved in the development of God’s Kingdom. Perez and Moses Okoth are serving in Nairobi Church Growth; David Okoth is a PhD candidate at Virginia Tech University. Dennis and Mary have one grandson – Jesse Anyumba. Dennis has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Bethel University. He previously served as a lecturer at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as pulpit minister of the Lord’s Church at Komarock. Dennis later joined the Mbale Mission Team in Eastern Uganda as the principal of Messiah Theological Institute and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Livingstone International University. He is currently Co-Director of the Mbale Mission Team – serving as the Acting Regional Director of Good News Production International in Uganda.
Heath and Rebecca have been in Rwanda since 2008. They have three children – Pete, Jude and Lily. Prior to moving to Rwanda, they lived in Lubbock, Texas. Heath and Rebecca met in Rwanda on a previous mission experience and were married in Texas. They are in Rwanda to make disciples and disciple-makers with God’s help. They want people to read and understand the Bible themselves and to fall in love with God and to obey His commands within a community of believers. Heath and Rebecca pray God will rewrite the history of Rwanda – making it known as a place of God’s love instead of a place of hatred and genocide.
J and A (identities hidden for security)
J and J (identities hidden for security) are linguistically and culturally immersed in a creative-access country in East Asia. They’re busy trying to comprehend and communicate the Christian metanarrative from an honor/shame worldview orientation; instigate locally reproducible training for spiritual transformation, outreach and exegetical and hermeneutical basics; and remind their bilingual children that it’s fine to pick up the octopuses in the neighborhood market but not nice to stare at little boys in split-pants. Both received M.A.s in Missions from Abilene Christian University and work, serve and relate to locals exclusively in the local language. J and J have served in East Asia since 2012.
Jacob is married to Lerner and they have a daughter, Gloria. Other members of their household include – Precious, Bianca, Richmond, Victoria, James, Alvin and Kojack. Jacob oversees Heartspring Foundation Orphanage that houses and cares for boys and girls. Jacob also plants churches in Zambia through evangelism. After graduating from Africa Christian College in 1982 with a Diploma in theology, he was sent to teach Bible and was also responsible for the Bible Department at Kabanga Christian Secondary School. In 1984 he was accepted to go to South Africa to pursue a higher diploma in Theology at Southern Africa Bible College where he graduated in 1987. In 1988, Jacob started doing the Lord’s ministry in partnership with The Hills Church.
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Transki, South Africa
Johnson works in prison ministry and with released offenders who are now believers living in the Transkei region of South Africa. He seeks to reintroduce released offenders to their families and communities and help them start churches in their homes. Johnson and Zine were married in 2012; they are active in ministry together.
Phenom Penh, Cambodia
Kyle and Becca both spent their early years on the mission field with parents serving as missionaries. They have two children, Emma and Korben. Kyle and Becca have served in Southeast Asia since 2015 where they focus on making disciples who make disciples throughout the 10/40 Window. They currently work with two organizations that allow them to meet locals and share the gospel with them. One is an international school where Kyle teaches two days each week, the other is an organization that provides housing for students who come to the city (from the country) to pursue schooling. Kyle leads Bible studies with these students. The Hills Church partners with Highland Oaks Church to supply the Hoopers’ work funds.
Manuel and Pam have been working as missionaries with The Hills Church since 1984. They began in Lisbon, Portugal, and worked there until 1992; they later worked in Southern Africa with the Mozambican churches. In 2009, they felt called to go to Swaziland and teach at African Christian College. In 2011, they came to Fort Worth to translate the Old Testament into Portuguese – working with the World Bible Translation Center (now Bible League International). In 2014, they returned to Swaziland to continue teaching at African Christian College. Their work consists of training African leaders from many African countries and from many Christian backgrounds.
Cross River State, Nigeria
Monday is from a small Nigerian village in Ikono. After graduating from Bible College in 1972, he began work with Maroko Church of Christ in Lagos. Monday later moved to Ndiya and then to Ikot Edung, where he met his wife Grace. The couple relocated to Cross River in 1979. The Akpans are passionate about spreading the love of Jesus and believe God has specifically sent them to plant churches in the Northern Cross River State. Monday also serves in prison ministry – teaching the gospel to inmates in addition to having a Christian radio ministry. Monday and Grace have eight children.
Murama works with refugee communities in DFW.
For over 12 years, N and A (identities hidden for security) served the youth and families of a church in Oklahoma. Then, God began moving in their hearts calling them to a different mission. In 2013, their hearts were set on the unreached of the world while studying the perspectives of world Christian movement. N and A were challenged with fresh conviction and great urgency by the global purposes of God and His desire to be worshiped among all peoples. It’s now their family’s goal to make disciples and plant churches by the power of the Holy Spirit among unreached populations located in Europe and North Africa. Their dream is to one day witness glorious works of God among these peoples.
Ramon and Xiomara began working in Nicaragua in 1998 to develop a church with a missionary mentality. Their primary focus was the Atlantic coast. The Ayalas’ first job was to form a congregation that could serve as a center of coordination for future churches along the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. This became the congregation in the Primavera neighborhood of Managua. Over the past 15 years, Ramon and Xiomara have motivated three new churches along the Pacific, as well as five more on the Atlantic coast. Each congregation is equipped with a place of worship, preacher, furniture and equipment. Most recently, Ramon and Xiomara have been working to establish a church in Bonanza, Honduras.
Reid and Meriden’s vision for Concepcion is that Chileans would come to know and experience the grace of Jesus. Concepcion is a college town with many young families who are disenchanted with the church and don’t have an active faith in God. The Overalls seek to help Chileans discover Jesus for themselves and desire His transforming love to influence every aspect of their lives. They believe this is the key for the kingdom of God to take its place in Concepción – and throughout the country of Chile. Reid and Meriden were married in 2009 and began mission work in 2011. They have three daughters – Lucy, Finley and Emmy.
Hope Community Church
Our vision is to be an urban church proclaiming the gospel of Jesus – making multi-cultural disciples and equipping them for the Kingdom mission in Austin and beyond. Hope Community Church is an intentionally multi-ethnic and socio-economically diverse church plant in Central East Austin. With a multi-national church planter (Jamaican/English), our leadership hopes to embody a Revelation 7:9 vision of seeing “a crowd from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne.”
Lakota Peace Initiative
The SLO Project
We believe that every city needs new churches started / planted. We also believe that there are great churches in San Luis Obispo, California. It’s our desire to add to the goodness in the city – to build relationships with and reach disconnected and never connected people with the hope found in Jesus.
Calvin was born and raised in the U.K. as the son of a pastor and accepted Jesus at 13 years old. Calvin felt the call to go into ministry in High School, when he decided to move to the USA and attend Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, TN. Calvin is married to the love of his life, Tara. They met at Manchester Christian Church, while he was serving as the student pastor and Tara volunteered as the 6th grade girls youth leader. They have been married since 2015 and have a black lab rescue named Molly.
We know and believe that Jesus is the light of the world. We also believe that we are living in a very important time in the history of our world. The darkness in the world presents a great opportunity for Jesus’ light to shine even brighter. The church is the radiating, reflecting, shining, luminous light of Jesus. There is something reassuring about light shining in dark places, it brings hope & life. We are that shining city on a hill.
Fairfield County Project
From early ages, both Charlie and Leslie Welke have had hearts for helping people to know and follow Jesus. Charlie’s first transformative gospel experience happened as an eighth grader at a church plant. Leslie grew up in a church that helped to pioneer new ways to connect people who didn’t yet know the Christian story. For the past several years, Charlie served at Eastview Christian Church on the pastoral staff team, until Eastview’s leadership commissioned him and Leslie to lead a new church. As the Welkes began researching and discerning with Orchard Group and others, each conversation gradually led them to the decision to plant a new church in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Thrive Church is on mission to help the people of Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida, find and thrive in Jesus. We’re focused on reaching the next generation and seeing children and families transformed through the life-giving power of God. Thrive Church is devoted to helping our city become whole by meeting the overwhelming spiritual needs of such a diverse and growing community.
West Palm Beach Project
Jamie and Alex Snyder walked very different paths, but each one led to God — and, now, to the calling to plant a church in West Palm Beach, Florida. After a season of prayer and deep reflection, the Snyders said “Yes!” to planting a new church in the West Palm community with the vision of leading South Florida, one person at a time, to find and follow Jesus.
Hope Baltimore deeply desires to be a conduit of hope, to connect people to Jesus, and to help bridge the divides in the city. They hope to create a space of intersection where people with differences in age, race, gender, education, and socioeconomic status can grow together in Jesus’ name in a new church for Baltimore!
Icon Church is located in Seattle, Washington and we’re committed to the King, the Kingdom and the Common Good. We believe all humans are made in the image of God and are literal icons – sent to reflect the character and love of God (Genesis 1:26-28). We want to be a church where people are transformed by the only true icon, Jesus, to become who they are (Colossians 1:15).
Our vision is a Harlem where everyone is dignified and unified – because justice, love, and mercy are present. We envision The Gathering to be multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and yet unified around the reality that Jesus is Lord. This church will be for the gentrified and gentrifier, the block and the brownstone and we will care about the salvation of souls and bodies.
Why are we starting a church? Because we are everyday people who have experienced the good of being in God’s family. We want others to experience the same love, meaning, friendship, hope, patience and joy that we’ve experienced. Jesus is shaping our lives for the better – so we express His change in our lives by adding value to the community for its good. No strings attached. Generations Church is located in Salmon Creek, Washington (a suburb of Portland, Oregon).
A church for people who don’t go to church—where people can belong, even if they don’t believe. Community Church is big on being real and bringing questions, struggles, hang-ups, doubts, disappointments, and failures. Their mission is to help people find purpose, live the lives they were made to live, and navigate the difficulties, uncertainties, and curve balls that life throws. This is Community.
Delaware Christian Church
Wilmington, Delaware, is a thriving business hub. As a result, many professionals live and work in the city. Delaware Christian Church has made its home in the Trolley Square neighborhood – a vibrant and growing part of Wilmington with restored homes, eateries and specialty shops. Trolley Square is attractive to new residents – yet also within close proximity to the harsh realities of urban life – giving our church opportunities to serve the needs of the city.
We believe Jesus is for everyone. Jesus offers hope, grace and truth for each and every person in Santa Barbara, California. We will create a community that is for one another. We will fight for unity, relationships, and spiritual growth. We are for the good of the city. We want its people, families, and community organizations to thrive.
History Makers Church
South Florida is a beautifully diverse region filled with a diversity of people groups, which are important to God and important to us. In a diverse region where people divide themselves by their differences – our prayer is that people unite because of their differences. People all around the world are in pursuit of happiness, and true happiness is found in HIM. In His story – we find our story! We dream of a people not just coming to church but becoming the church. We see a people transforming their city, their home, their community and their family as they bring the life and love of Jesus into every sphere of society: We see this community reducing the rate of divorce, abuse, violence, loneliness, injustice, racism, sexism, abortion and anger! Replacing it all with JESUS who is: Holy, Healthy, Happy and brings Heaven to Earth. The Church we see: is His Church! – History Makers Church. – a church for the People of South Florida