Billy Meek was born on a farm in North Carolina and lived there during his childhood. As a teenager he worked at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia. While there he was saved in a Baptist Church. Soon after he applied and was accepted as a student at Moody Bible Institute. While a student at Moody he went home with a friend who was a member at Ganson Street Baptist. Thereafter, every chance he got, he visited Ganson Street. "The church sort of adopted me, because I had no home. It was true love. They were such wonderful people," says Billy. Billy Meek Bio Return to World Map Return to Billy Meek Home Page
While at Moody he had another close friend who was from Kentucky. The need for missionaries was so great that his friend asked him to go to Kentucky to help. Ganson Street commissioned him to go. For two years he labored alone without much real success. By that time he saw his need of a help mate. He made several trips back to Michigan where he courted his future wife, Mary. Billy and Mary established a church that Billy pastored for many years. Mary went home to be with the Lord in 2002. Billy continues to help with Youth Haven Bible Camp in Kentucky and in nursing home ministries around Wendover, Kentucky. Billy Meek Bio Return to World Map Return to Billy Meek Home Page
Return to World Map Return to Billy Meek Home Page Billy Meek Bio Fast Faqs: Field: Kentucky Address: Box 17 Wendover, KY 41775 Phone: 606-672-2473 Birthday: March 7 Family: Adult children: Richard and Cheryl Both active in Lord's work Education: Moody Bible Institute Left for Mission Field: 1950 Mission Board: Kentucky Mountain Mission
David Knapp graduated from Calvary Bible College with a BA in missions. He did graduate studies at Calvary seminary and Peniel Baptist Seminary. He has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Peniel Baptist Seminary. Judith attended Berean Bible College in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and graduated from New Tribes Bible Institute in Jackson, Michigan. David pastored the Berean Fundamental Church in St. Joseph, Missouri, for two years before joining New Tribes Mission (NTW) in 1972. Over the next 25 years, he served as interim pastor for three churches and taught adult Sunday School classes for more than 15 years. He has also been a writer for Union Gospel Press. Return to World Map Return to Knapps Home Page The Knapps Bio
In 1972, the Knapps received their candidate training with NTW. They then served for seven and a half years at the missions institute at Rochester, Pennsylvania, as teacher and chairman. In 1981, they were transferred to the New Tribes Bible Institute in Jackson, Michigan. The next 14 years found David serving there as full-time teacher and president. Four years prior to being assigned as regional representative with NTM, the Knapps served at Frontier School of the Bible in Lagrange, Wyoming, where David taught full time and filled the dean of students position. David and Judith have blended family. Their first spouses died of cancer. In 1992, they blended eight teenagers. Today they've been blessed with ten grandchildren. Return to World Map The Knapps Bio Return to Knapps Home Page
Return to World Map Fast Faqs: Field: Regional Representative Address: 4475 Pioneer Drive Greeley, CO 80634 Phone: 970-378-8916 Family: 8 Children, 10 Grandchildren Education: New Tribes Bible Institute Left for Mission Field:1999 Mission Board: New Tribes Missions The Knapps Bio Return to Knapps Home Page
Return to Lytles Home Page The Lytles Bio Terry received Christ in 1934 at White Spot Tavern/Mission. He began studying at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago in 1945. On September 10, 1948 Terry was ordained to gospel ministry under Dr. Howard Sugden at Ganson Street Baptist Church. In 1950, he began pastoring the West Rome Baptist Church and Manitou Community Church in Lenawee County, Michigan. He formed and organized Drive-In Churches, Inc., mission organization now known as Drive-In Ministries which first operated in North America, but now is an international ministry. Olive was brought up in a pastor's home, lived most of her life in Phoenix, Arizona. She accepted Christ under the guidance of her godly parents at the age of 9.
Return to World Map Return to Lytles Home Page The Lytles Bio She entered Moody to prepare for full-time ministry anywhere the Lord would direct her. While at Moody she ministered in the ladies Pilot Quartette as contralto, on radio, various church assignments, and during Founders week for some years. Terry and Olive began 3 months of Evangelistic ministry in the north eastern section of the U.S. Many ministers encouraged them to pray for God's leading in their ministry as they believed they had the gift of evangelism. In December of 1950, desiring to reach more people around the Devil's Lake area, God led them to form and organize the Drive-In ministry, now serving 30 states plus Canada, Mexico, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, Nigeria, El Salvador and Honduras.
Return to World Map Return to Lytles Home Page The Lytles Bio Fast Faqs: Field: Administrator of Drive-In Ministries Address: 6035 113 Avenue North Pinellas Park, FL 33782 Birthdays: Terry- Oct. 1 Olive- Oct. 15 Family: 3 Adult Children Left for Mission Field: December 1950 Mission Board: Drive-In Ministries
The Kavgians Bio Matt Kavgian’s grandparents, Ed and Vera Coats were stalwart members of Ganson Street for many years. His mother, Suzanne (Coats) Kavgian grew up in the church. All of his childhood memories of holidays and family gatherings revolve around Ganson and the persons within. Matt and Anne-Coleman Kavgian met while both attending Wheaton College in Illinois. They were married in May of 2000. That September, they began their work in the ministry. Matt worked as the personal assistant to the Founder and President of Campus Crusade, Dr. Bill Brighton, who has since gone home to be with the Lord. Return to Kavgians Home Page
Return to World Map The Kavgians Bio Since that time he has been serving with the CrossRoads ministry of Campus Crusade, also based in Orlando, Florida. CrossRoads employs character education and evangelism to address social needs like HIV/AIDS, drug addiction, and violence in over 60 countries around the world. Specifically, he directs our work in Eastern Europe and Russia. In addition, this year he produced a documentary film called, “Hope Positive: Surviving the Sentence of HIV/AIDS” and is currently co-authoring a book on the subject. Anne-Coleman (it goes together, like the first name Anne Marie) works with Campus Crusade’s high school student ministry, Student Venture, at a large local high school. She coaches girls volleyball and has a tremendous platform into the lives of students and parents alike. Return to Kavgians Home Page
Return to World Map The Kavgians Bio Fast Faqs: Field: Administrator of Missions Office of Campus Crusade for Christ Address: 14480 Chinese Elm Drive Orlando, FL 32828 Anniversary: May 27 th Left for Mission Field: September of 2000 Mission Board: Campus Crusade for Christ Return to Kavgians Home Page
The Lemmons Bio Since joining Mission Aviation Fellowship, John and Sherry Lemmon have lived in both Shell and Quito, Ecuador. John served as e-mail administrator and pilot/mechanic for the MAF Ecuador program. For the past 10 years, he has been the Regional Chief Pilot for the Latin American Regional Office in Quito. As Chief Pilot, he was responsible for promoting safety in the Ecuador, Venezuela, and Haiti programs as well as with the MAF affiliates in Mexico and Suriname. John says, "This meant confirming that each country was visited each year by the safety department or me, as well as performing check rides, safety inspections, and technical meetings." After 21 years in Ecuador, John has accepted an assignment as MAF recruiter for the Midwest region of the United States. "This is a new position with lots of unknowns," shares John. Return to Lemmons Home Page
Return to World Map The Lickings Bio "The highlight of our time in Ecuador was the blessing of becoming friends with people from many countries," says Sherry. During her last year in Ecuador, Sherry was in charge of organizing hospitality. She also learned more about in-depth Bible study from leadership training courses she took for Precepts Bible Ministries. "It’s good to be reminded that no matter where I am or what I am going through, I don’t need to fear, because God is right here with me seeing me through," comments Sherry. John and Sherry both grew up in Michigan. Sherry and John were married in 1977. Return to Lemmons Home Page
Return to World Map The Lickings Bio Fast Faqs: Field: Recruiting for MAF Family: 3 Adult children- David Jonathan Crystal Education: John-B.S. from Moody, Commercial Pilot’s, Airframe, and Power Plant Mechanics Licenses Sherry-B.A. and Teaching Certificate from Alma College Mission Board: Mission Aviation Fellowship Return to Lemmons Home Page
The Nakaokas Bio Bob was raised in a Christian home in Denver, Colorado. He accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior while in junior high school. He became involved with a group called Campus Ambassadors while in pharmacy school at Colorado University. He learned much about sharing his faith and Christian growth during this time. He wanted to use his pharmacy skills for the Lord in some way, so he applied to go out as a short-term worker with CBFMS. He ministered for 18 months in Ivory Coast, Africa. The need and desire for more Biblical training led him to Denver Seminary in 1979. After serving in a church planting ministry for 2 years, he and Karen went to Ivory Coast as church development and medical missionaries with CBFMS. They transferred to Mission to the Americas to minister to international and Mormon students through Campus Ambassadors in 1993. Return to Nakaokas Home Page
Return to World Map The Nakaokas Bio Karen, was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. She became a Christian during a missions conference at her Baptist church at age 10. While at Ohio State University, she was active in a Baptist Church and Navigators. She had been interested in missions for a long time, such that, upon her arrival in Denver to engage in research at a local hospital, she also completed her nursing degree. Bob and Karen met in a singles class at church and were married in 1986. Working with internationals came naturally for them, as they constantly hosted foreign students in their home and through church activities. In the summer of 2004, the Nakaokas changed ministry focus to start working with a local congregation in the Ogden, Utah area that is heavily Mormon. Return to Nakaokas Home Page
Return to World Map The Nakaokas Bio Fast Faqs: Field: Christian Training in a Highly Mormon Field Address: Mission To The Americas P.O. Box 828 Wheaton, IL 60189-0828 Birthdays: Bob May 27 Karen Oct. 14 Family: Joshua- Oct. 1 Jessica- July 1 Left for Mission Field: 1986 Mission Board: Mission To The Americas Return to Nakaokas Home Page
The Mains Bio Reuben grew up in Grenada as a missionary kid. When he was 14, his family went to Jackson County to settle in the U.S. He graduated from both Northwest High School and Spring Arbor College. While pursuing his Th.M. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, he did a pastoral internship at Ganson Street Baptist Church under Pastor Lloyd Johnson. The Lord called him to missionary service during the summer of 1976, which he spent in Grenada as a summer missionary. He teaches Bible Institute classes for the eight Berean Bible Churches in Grenada. He is also principal and main teacher for the secondary grades of the Berean Christian Academy. Rueben also serves as an elder in the church that his father helped to start, and is active in a prison ministry in Grenada as well. Susan and her family went to the mission field when she was 11. Return to Mains Home Page
Return to World Map The Mains Bio She spent her teen years in Grenada, and was the first Graduate of Berean Christian Academy. She went on to Cedarville College to earn her B.A. degree. She earned her M.C.E. and D.C.E. degrees through Freedom University while on the mission field. She is the director of the in-service teacher training division of the Bible Institute. She also teaches art at B.C.A. and serves as computer consultant for the Christian Bookstore. She is one of the leading artists in Grenada. Reuben and Susan met in Grenada. They had a long distance courtship and were married in 1979. After spending their first year of marriage at seminary, they were appointed by Berean Missions to the field of Dominica, where they served for almost ten years before moving back to Grenada. They have been ministering in Grenada since 1992. Return to Mains Home Page
Return to World Map The Mains Bio Fast Faqs: Field: Training, Teaching, and Consulting for Eight Grenada Churches and Various Schools. Birthdays: Reuben- July 31 Susan- January 8 Family: Two College Age Sons Stephen- May 31 Asher- July 6 Left for Mission Field: 1982 Mission Board: Berean Mission Return to Mains Home Page
The Walshs Bio Bob and Susan Walsh are a Missions Team to Sao Paulo, Brazil. They are currently under the direction of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism Mission Board. Bob is a Pastor who is currently working as a Church Planter. Susan Home schooled their four children. Return to Walsh Home Page
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Return to World Map The Walshs Bio Fast Faqs: Field: Church Planting and Pastoring in Sao Paulo, Brazil Birthdays: Bob- April 4 Lois- April 29 Family: Four Children Andy- Nov. 1, 1977 Ben- Oct. 24, 1981 Linda- Nov. 6, 1983 John- Feb. 6, 1986 Mission Board: Association of Baptists for World Evangelism Return to Walsh Home Page
The Tomans Bio Serina made her decision for Christ as a young child during VBS at Bethel Baptist Church. She remembered understanding the significance of the gospel and accepting the gift of salvation then; however, it was not until high school and college that her faith matured to a point of commitment and mature action. She sensed that being raised in a Christian home and being a life-long church attendee has made her journey to Christ more of a continual learning process (rather than a single life-changing event). Jason made a decision to follow Christ as an elementary school student at Trinity Lutheran School, although he would say that it was at a later date that he understood that God demanded him to follow Him with his whole being. The transition point was at a youth gathering in San Antonio where he gave his life to God the summer before he started college. Return to Tomans Home Page
Return to World Map The Tomans Bio They met through InterVarsity (I.V.). Jason was at his parent's home in August getting ready to go back to school when he heard that the worship leader for the I.V. chapter had left WMU and they needed a replacement. They asked if he would consider co- leading the musical worship with a sophomore girl who had a gift for music. After he got that girl's number, he called her and they decided to co-lead. That girl was Serina. They became great friends as they got to know each other through serving together. They shared each others joys and struggles. The following school year, Serina had been chosen to fill the role of Large Group Coordinator for the weekly mass I.V. meetings, and Jason was chosen to be chapter president. After just a couple of months, Jason realized that she meant more to him than just “friend.” They served together as leaders that school year and got married on August 13, 2000. Return to Tomans Home Page
Return to World Map The Tomans Bio Fast Faqs: Field: Christian Training on College Campuses in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania Address: 6581 Edgefield St. Portage, MI 49024 Birthdays: Jason- October 9 Serina- October 20 Family: Maya- Ocotber 23, 2002 Baby girl due in March of 2005! Mission Board: InterVarsity Return to Tomans Home Page
The Shaws Bio Return to World Map Return to Shaw Home Page Marty and Denise Shaw have served with World Venture (Formerly CBI) for 20 years. They were appointed to serve in a camp ministry, but for the past 10 years Marty has been involved in church planting and field coordinating for Japan. He has led CBI missionaries in developing their gifts to reach Japanese, worked alongside Japanese churches in strategizing, and led missionaries in evaluating their goals and objectives. Denise has been involved with a Bible quilt/Bible study class for Japanese women. Many of these ladies also attend a church that meets weekly in the Shaws’ home. They have grown in faith and in understanding of God’s desires for their lives. She has also been involved in planning women’s retreats, as well as doing one-on- one discipleship.
Return to World Map The Shaws Bio Since August 2002, Marty has been the coordinator of World Venture’s Global Strategies, exploring new and innovative ways for the churches around the world to step into missions together. This position involves working with missionaries on various fields and national church leadership to cast a vision for what part they can play in God’s growing kingdom around the world. Churches both old and new, big and small, rich and poor are catching the Great Commission vision. Marty’s vision is to see CBI be a leader in encouraging and supporting further growth in this area. Primary Ministry Focus-Co-ordinator of Global Strategies, developing global strategies and partnerships with churches and mission agencies around the world. Major Challenges- Sharing the gospel of Christ with Japanese and maintaining relationships with converts while developing strategies to reach the world. Return to Shaw Home Page
The Shaws Bio Return to World Map Fast Faqs: Field:Asia Birthdays: Marty- January 12 Denise- December 2 Anniversary: June 10 Family:Alison- February 18 Aaron- October 19 Left for Mission Field:Appointed in 1983 Mission Board:World Venture ( Formerly CBI) Return to Shaw Home Page
The Reeds Bio Return to World Map Return to Reed Home Page Having served several decades in Indonesia, Carl and Cindy Reed feel privileged to be teamed with the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Indonesia (ETSI). ETSI has set for itself the ambitious goal of reaching Indonesia for Christ in one generation, by planting a church in every one of its 55,000 villages. To do this, every seminary student studying at each of the 17 branch seminaries is required to win at least 15 people to Christ and to begin a new church or group before graduating. In the 20 years since the seminary began, the number of churches in Indonesia has doubled from 20,000 to 40,000. ETSI has had a part in this amazing growth. The Reeds find their teaching and counseling challenging because their students come from a great many islands, each with its own cultural identity.
Return to World Map The Reeds Bio Carl and Cindy also work with Indonesian church planters serving in the Jogjakarta area. World Venture (Formerly CBI) also has workers serving among several of the least evangelized people (LEP) groups of Indonesia. Indonesian LEP workers differ from church planters in that they must work in a much lower profile, often in dangerous situations. Although Indonesia’s Muslim population is the largest in the world, a significant number of people have become Christians in recent years. Primary Ministry Focus- Equipping Indonesians to reach Indonesia for Christ in this generation. The People- Seminary and Christian university students come from all over Indonesia. Each island has its own cultural distinctives, so the students are a colorful group. Return to Reed Home Page
The Reeds Bio Return to World Map Fast Faqs: Field:Indonesia Birthdays: Carl- December 25 Cindy- July 11 Anniversary: June 10 Family:Two Adult Children Christy and Collin Left for Mission Field:Carl-1976 (Short Term) 1979 (Full-Time) Cindy- 1968 (Full-Time) Mission Board:World Venture (Formerly CBI) Return to Reed Home Page
The Eadelmans Bio Return to World Map Return to Eadelman Home Page In September 2002, CBInternational evacuated all its workers from Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) due to fighting between rebel and government forces. At that time Ernie and Janice Eadelman were publishing material in over 30 tribal languages. When the rebellion removed the Eadelmans from this ministry, the national staff continued it for a time, but then were forced to close the facility. As Ernie and Janice faced the necessity of finding a new place to work they discovered a missionary family about to leave their ministry just across the border in southern Mali. This was not far from their former area. From that village they would be able to continue helping the Ivorians who were continuing the ministries without missionary help.
Return to World Map The Eadelmans Bio When they moved into the village of Kadiolo in Mali, they found a young church with a Malian pastor hungry for direction. Ernie mentors and encourages the pastor who also oversees the small groups of believers in outlying areas. Using his business training Ernie has been able to mentor the staff of the award-winning Christian radio station which is also in Kadiolo. While still in Côte d'Ivoire, Janice and Ernie also worked with the Senufo translation team to ready the entire Cebaara Bible for publication, a project that has taken more than 30 years to complete. After moving to Kadiolo, Mali, they were able to continue working with the Senufo translation team preparing the Bible for printing. Primary Ministry Focus- Training nationals in communication skills and getting the Word of God out through Christian radio. Return to Eadelman Home Page
The Eadelmans Bio Return to World Map Fast Faqs: Field:Mali Birthdays: Ernie- October 10 Janice- June 30 Anniversary: May 15 Family:No further immediate family Bible Education:Moody Bible Institute Left for Mission Field:January 1987 Mission Board:World Venture (Formerly CBI) Return to Eadelman Home Page
The Boeses Bio Return to World Map Return to Boese Home Page For many years Glenn and Linnea (Linn) Boese have been involved in a wide variety of ministries, but their main ministry focus was reaching the Nyarafolo people, a least-evangelized people group in northern Ivory Coast. Glenn worked part time as director of the laboratory and assisted with the computer services at the Baptist Mission Hospital. He managed the business and computers for the Nyarafolo Translation Project (NTP). Church planting in Nyarafolo villages, mentoring leaders and counseling Nyarafolos were some of his other responsibilities. Linn was director of the NTP, which included a team of five Nyarafolos. She helped exegete the Old Testament section, and has been working with a Nyarafolo lay preacher on translating Genesis. The group has also aired a weekly radio program, the only Nyarafolo broadcast in existence, attracting many listeners.
Return to World Map The Boeses Bio A group of Nyarafolo believers committed to reaching their people met weekly in the Boeses’ courtyard. Glenn and Linn partnered with them in prayer, evangelism and training. A major emphasis of the group has been to create and record Christian songs in their own indigenous music form, including Scripture- based music on the life of Christ and the Genesis stories. Three groups of believers have been meeting to the east of Ferkessédougou. Glenn helped train the Nyarafolo lay leaders from these groups. There has been increasing responsiveness to the gospel, with several other villages asking for training. People have also walked long distances to attend services. Primary Ministry Focus- Reaching the Nyarafolo people through church planting and Bible translation. Most Nyarafolo are farmers with a strong animist traditions. Return to Boese Home Page
The Boeses Bio Return to World Map Fast Faqs: Field:The Nyarafolo of Ivory Coast Birthdays: Glenn- June 12 Linn- June 13 Anniversary: June 9 Family:Three children, 2 Adults (Marisa Ross and Ariane Boese) 1 Teen (Bryn-October 28) Left for Mission Field:January 1977 Mission Board:World Venture (Formerly CBI) Return to Boese Home Page
The Greens Bio Return to World Map Return to Green Home Page Since 1998 Mike and Agnieszka Green have ministered in Krakow, Poland, establishing churches. In March 2002 the Second Baptist Church of Krakow became a legally registered church with Polish government. To legally exist in the country a church must have at least 25 members and at the time it was registered, Second Baptist had 26. It was the first church planted in that region of Poland since World War II. Mike has an evangelistic Bible study with a Polish motorcycle dealer three times a week. Mike also plays the drums for the gospel choir "Joyful Voice." The choir is primarily made up of Roman Catholics. Because of this, they often have the unprecedented opportunity to sing in Roman Catholic churches. At each concert the gospel is preached.
Return to World Map The Greens Bio Agnieszka teaches a cooking class for women. The class is usually centered on a theme, i.e., "Brazilian night" or "Italian night." During the class one woman shares and demonstrates a recipe and another woman shares a Bible devotional. Usually about 15 women attend with half of those women being nonbelievers. Agnieszka also leads a women’s Bible study class and is planning a women’s conference. Primary Ministry Focus- Planting and establishing churches that will begin new daughter churches The Greens minister to people who are in their late 20s to late 40s, most of whom are college educated. People outside of their church are usually Roman Catholic, and in most cases only nominal in their faith. Return to Green Home Page
The Greens Bio Return to World Map Fast Faqs: Field:Poland Birthdays: Mike- October 11 Agnieszka- August 29 Anniversary: April 29 Family:No Further Immediate Family Bible Education:Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Left for Mission Field:January 1996 Mission Board:Conservative Baptist International Return to Green Home Page
The Fords Bio Return to World Map Return to Ford Home Page Jon, a Preacher’s son, moved several times before moving to Lansing, MI. He had always been involved in the ministry through various programs. It was at Taylor University that Jon began to take his relationship with Christ seriously. After participating in a short-term missions trip, he accepted God’s call into full-time ministry. Stacy grew up in Parma, MI, and is the daughter of Dick and Leota Watterson. She accepted Jesus as her Savior at age five, and her relationship with Christ developed through her parent’s example, youth programs at church, and summer camps at Camp Barakel. Her first short-term missions trips were to Honduras and Panama. After high school, she counseled at Camp Barakel. God continued to provide people with experiences to cause Stacy to stretch and grow regarding her relationship with Christ.
Return to World Map The Fords Bio Jon and Stacy both attended Taylor University, graduated, married, and moved to Ft. Wayne, IN. Jon worked at Taylor University, and Stacy taught 3 rd grade at Ft. Wayne Christian School in 1993. From there, they went to Camp Barakel, and are on full-time staff there. Jon is overseer and program coordinator, as well as doing many other jobs at camp. Stacy is a homemaker and also helps other women in the kitchen and camp cleaning. She is also registrar for the Handicap Camp held the first week in July. In the summer, she and Jon are Young Adult Program Staff coordinators, overseers of camp programs, and have Bible studies in their home. Return to Ford Home Page
The Fords Bio Return to World Map Fast Faqs: Field:Camp Barakel, Michigan Address:PO Box 159 Fairview, MI 48621 Birthdays: Jon- July 16 Stacy- September 30 Family:Hannah- July 20 Natalie- November 8 Katherine- August 16 Bible Education:Both are graduates of Taylor University Left for Mission Field:January 1995 Return to Ford Home Page
Jane Martz Bio Return to World Map Return to Martz Home Page Dick was born in Jackson, MI and spent his childhood helping his father at East Jackson School where he worked. As an adult, he went to work for the same school and worked there for 38 years. When he retired, he took a more active part in CEF by helping in Special Party Clubs and at the Jackson County Fair Ministry. Jane was born in Jackson, MI and still lives in the house in which she spent her childhood. She received the Lord Jesus as a child and felt God calling her to hield her life to Jesus as a teenager. Jane taught children’s church and a Sunday evening children’s class. In 1966, Jane began building a Good News Club and was burdened to reach children who do not attend church. In 1970, she attended CEF Leadership Training Institute and became the Home Missionary Director for CEF in Jackson County.
Return to World Map Jane Martz Bio As Home Missionary Director, Jane co-ordinates the CEF Ministries in Jackson County, such as Good News Clubs®, Special Party Clubs, 5-Day Clubs®, Fair Ministry, Bible Correspondence Ministry, and teaches training classes/seminars for churches and special events. As a child evangelist, her greatest joy is to teach the Gospel and see children come to the Lord Jesus and receive new life in Him. Dick and Jane met in high school in the ninth grade and knew they would get married. Soon after meeting, Dick received the Lord Jesus as Savior and they began attending church together. After graduating, they married and had 2 daughters and started teaching Sunday School. Dick has now gone home to be with the Lord. Return to Martz Home Page
Jane Martz Bio Return to World Map Fast Faqs: Field:CEF Ministry in Jackson County Address:PO Box 295 Jackson, MI 48204 Birthdays: Dick- March 30 Jane- June 19 Family:Two Adult Children Three Grandchildren Bible Education:Children’s Ministry Institute, CEF Left for Mission Field:January 1970 Mission Board:Child Evangelism Fellowship Return to Martz Home Page
The Greens Bio Return to World Map Return to Green Home Page Jim is the son of a Wheaton College Bio-Chem professor and teacher mom. He accepted Christ at age 7 with his parents. He had a good Christian education and experiences, but he lived whit a great fear regarding witnessing. He lived in Cairo at age 12, and the moved to London when he was 17. He was led to join Campus Crusade with a desire to be an effective witness as a future teacher and coach. Nan is the daughter of a Murray and Mary Hess of Brooklyn, MI. She accepted Christ at a Brooklyn Baptist revival and grew up in the church and Jackson CYC. She had a great desire to witness, but was never taught how to do it. She later taught 1 st grade and visited with the Michigan State University (MSU) campus ministry.
Return to World Map The Green Bio Jim and Nan were married in 1963 and worked at MSU. Together, they started a Campus Crusade for Christ ministry at both the University of Wisconsin and the Big Ten Regional Director Headquarters They also helped begin the Black campus ministry. Later, they took a month of cross culture training in Nairobi, and were called to Kenya in 1975 They were led to study French in France, and then spent a 1 ½ years in ministry in Zaire. They then moved to Mali, where they helped to assist and train Rev. Kassoune Keita, who soon became the country and regional director. They built a training center for Keita, and then moved to a national leadership role in 1993-1996 before turning it over to a colleague. In March of 1997, the moved to San Clemente, CA to assist Paul Eshleman as director of the Jesus Project. Nan is working part time in Donor Relations, calling and writing thank you letters. Return to Green Home Page
The Greens Bio Return to World Map Fast Faqs: Field:World Ministry, particularly the Continent of Africa Birthdays: Jim- November 30 Nan- July 13 Family:Three Adult Children Shari, Laurel, and Anne Bible Education:Wheaton College Left for Mission Field:Jim- 1962 Nan- 1963 Mission Board:Campus Crusade for Christ, International Return to Green Home Page
The Patricks Bio Return to World Map David grew up in the Church of Christ of Ann Arbor and came to the Lord after having been convicted by a stirring Hell, Fire, and Brimstone message. Marjory came to know the Lord as her personal Savior at the Bible Baptist Church in Kalamazoo. The call to the Ministry for Marjory came at age 14. In 1990, after a missionary conference, David read a pamphlet by Pastor David Hill entitled: “Hearing the Call of God.” It was after talking with Pastor Hill and understanding the “Seven Steps in Hearing the Call of God” that he responded to his call for his family to go to South Africa. God used Philippians 2:13 to confirm his call on their lives. “For it is God that worketh in you both to will, and to do of his good pleasure.” Several members of their church also confirmed His call on their lives. Return to Patrick Home Page
Return to World Map The Patricks Bio Return to Patrick Home Page The Patricks have supported missionaries to South Africa with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) since 1993. The are currently serving together as promotional directors and lecturers, Choir Master (David), and Registrar and Vice-President (Marjory) at the Union Bible Institute in South Africa. They serve their local church ministry, City Harvest International Fellowship, as Support Ministers, Lecturers, Choir Director, Editor of Church Publications, and Board Member of Operation Moses (an AIDS orphan ministry). It is interesting that the Lord not only gave them the same birthday, but they were also born again in the same month. This was one of the attractions that drew them together as they met in 1973 in another area of love in their lives- the Music Department at Eastern Michigan University. They are in the center of His Will and cannot be happier doing what He’s called them to do.
The Patricks Bio Return to World Map Fast Faqs: Field:South Africa Birthdays: David- February 23 Marjory- February 23 Anniversary: August 23 Family:5 Adult Children Bible Education:The Evangelical Bible College, Cape Town, South Africa Left for Mission Field:1993 Mission Board:The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) Return to Patrick Home Page
The Kurowickis Bio Return to World Map Return to Kurowicki Home Page David grew up in a home where his dad followed the teaching of a cult and his mother attended a Baptist church. This left him very confused about God and what salvation really was. He spent his late teens and early twenties living a very worldly lifestyle. At age 23 he started to attend church with Wendy and started reading the Bible. Through reading the Bible and the things he had learned as a child attending the Baptist church with his mother, David finally understood that Christ paid had it all, and that all he had to do was accept His gift of salvation. Wendy came to know the Lord in 1980. She had been attending church and had been watching the “A Thief in the Night” series. She asked Jesus into her life one morning after a visit from the Kurowicki’s current pastor.
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The Kurowickis Bio Return to World Map Fast Faqs: Field:Michigan Birthdays: David- June 21 Wendy- February 17 Family:Monica- January 16 Cassandra- March 2 Crystal- May 26 Courney- August 8 Anniversary:March 8 Return to Kurowicki Home Page
The Valenzuelas Bio Return to World Map Return to Valenzuela Home Page Doug grew up in a military family, which helped him see many different countries and cultures even before he came to know Christ. Living for three years in Italy, he attended various Catholic churches and developed a greater awareness of the actual plight of many Italians living without Christ today. He came to Christ in Europe and lived his first Christian years in Italy, which proved to be a benefit years later as he returned to develop a ministry of reaching Italians for Christ. Dee received a diploma from Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada. She also studied for a year at Mulnomah.
Return to World Map The Valenzuelas Bio Doug and Dee arrived in Naples in 1978 and were introduced to a small group of believers. They sensed this group desired to grow and develop into a vital, moving church. From the onset, with a love for the people and a willingness to trust God in all situations, they began to see a change in the hears of different families that once resisted the gospel. The Casoria church, which once counted only a handful of people, is now an explosive testimony in the city. Over 400 people attend on Sundays, and often times the building cannot hold the hundreds that come to special meetings. Because of its unique inner-city outreach, many drug-addicts, homosexuals, Mafia members, and young people from all walks of life have come to a saving knowledge of Christ Return to Valenzuela Home Page
The Valenzuelas Bio Return to World Map Fast Faqs: Field:Pastors church in Naples, Italy Family:Armeno, Elisa, and Dominique Bible Education:Doug- Mulnomah School of the Bible, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary Dee- Prairie Bible Inst., One year at Mulnomah School of the Bible Left for Mission Field:1978 Mission Board:CBFMS Return to Valenzuela Home Page
The Pepes Bio Return to World Map Return to Pepe Home Page Tony grew up in a broken home. His father was an alcoholic and left his mom when Tony was quite young. Tony and his mom were poor and lived in an inner-city area. God was someone non-existent in his family until his mother became a believer when Tony was 12-years- old. Three years later, he accepted Christ into his heart and life. When he was 17, he sensed the Holy Spirit leading him into ministry and especially into missions. This burden was laid upon his heart by God as he read the Bible and prayed regularly. He later graduated from Prairie Bible College in Alberta, Canada, and Cedarville College in Ohio. Intermingled with his college education he also spent about 1 ½ years in short-term missions work. Kathy was raised in a Christian home by parents who were committed to the Lord. She accepted Christ as her Savior at age six because of Sunday School.
Return to World Map The Pepes Bio Return to Pepe Home Page At age 15, Kathy attended a WOL camp in Schroon Lake, New York, and was chollenged to commit her ways to the Lord; to be completely available to be used by Him, wherever that might be. After they were married and finished college, Tony and Kathy were led to serve Him. They went to language school in France, and then to Mali. They served the Lord in a pioneer ministry among the Maures in Tombouctou for two years when, as a result of civil strife, they had to leave the field. Since then, they have been involved in two different church planting ministries in France. They are currently in Bar-Sur- Seine; a town of about 5,000 people located about two hours away from Paris. They are involved in church- planting and building relationships with people in the community and sharing the gospel as the Lord opens doors and leads them to people who are searching.
The Pepes Bio Return to World Map Fast Faqs: Field:France Birthdays:Tony- December 19 Kathy- February 12 Family:Karie- August 14 Kristina- December 17 Andrew- October 16 Bible Education:Tony- Cedarville College, Prairie Bible College Kathy- Grace College Left for Mission Field:1988 Mission Board:Evangelical Baptist Missions Return to Pepe Home Page
The Bonhams Bio Return to World Map Although Mark was born in Alma, MI, his family moved shortly thereafter and settled in Gladwin. His Christian parents encouraged him to attend church and summer youth camp, where he committed his life to Christ in 1960. He met the Navigators at Central Michigan University as a freshman and became actively involved in this ministry. After graduation, he continued his training and ministry with the Navigators while on staff at Western Michigan University (WMU). In 1981, he was ordained with the North American Baptists, and in 1983, he attended the University of Connecticut. Mary was born in Midland, MI, and grew up in Coleman. She came to Christ in 1960, through the influence of Christian neighbors. She attended Central Michigan University, and became involved with the Navigators there. She continued her involvement at Michigan State University until 1976, when she married Mark. Return to Bonham Home Page
Return to World Map The Bonhams Bio Mark and Mary had a fruitful ministry at WMU for nearly six years. Then, they expanded their outreach to other countries, teaching in Romania and Yugoslavia. They pioneered a ministry in Hungary, where they worked for 13 ½ years. Their focus has been unchurched secular people in Hungary, and business and professional people in the Transylvanian region of Romania. In Hungary, the fruit of their ministry has formed a foundation called “Salt and Light”, and is led by Hungarians who have come to Christ and want to reach out to others. In Romania, a business association called the Transylvanian Business Forum has also been formed. This association helps Christian business people develop their businesses with biblical principles, and enables them to minister to others. Mark has also been the chairman of the board for Habitat for Humanity in Hungary. They continue to represent the Navigators in southern Michigan. Return to Bonham Home Page
The Bonhams Bio Return to World Map Fast Faqs: Field:Evangelism and Discipleship Training to Christian Business People in Hungary, Romania, and Budapest Birthdays:Mark- May 31 Mary- May 31 Family:Marci and Matthew Left for Mission Field:1984 Mission Board:The Navigators Return to Bonham Home Page
The McGuires Bio Return to World Map Return to McGuire Home Page Dick was converted at the age of 18 while living in Chicago. He joined the Air Force in 1951 and was shipped to Tokyo. He worked with missionaries, Christian G.I.’s, and Japanese Christians in evangelistic work on weekends in and around Tokyo. He dedicated his life to the Lord for missionary work in Japan shortly after arriving as a G.I. He returned to Tokyo as a missionary in 1956, after having been honorably discharged in 1955. He helped in street evangelism, church planting, tent evangelism, children’s ministry, and literature distribution. He met Winnie in 1961. Winnie was born in Ferndale, MI and moved to Brooklyn at the age of nine along with her parents and three siblings. Their neighbors invited them to church and that winter she accepted the Lord. Winnie went to Maranatha Bible Conference the following summer, where she heard about missionaries.
Return to World Map The McGuires Bio Winnie and the other young people there where challenged to dedicate their lives to the Lord. She did. She went to Bible college, and, after graduating, went to Japan. Dick and Winnie met in Tokyo, and were engaged two weeks later. Four months after that, they were married in Japan. In 1963, they joined the Japan Evangelical Mission. They lived and worked in church planting, teaching English classes and cooking classes, as well as various other ministries. In 1974, they joined TEAM and moved to the Tokyo area, where Dick was involved in the film and video ministries for 17 ½ years. They continued church planting, and Dick also taught Bible studies, English classes, and spoke in retirement homes on a regular basis. Winnie also taught various English classes and helped in the church wherever needed. They are now retired, after 44 ½ years in Japan. Return to McGuire Home Page
The McGuires Bio Return to World Map Fast Faqs: Field:Japan-Retired* Birthdays: Dick- October 12 Winnie- June 19 Family:Rick, Brent, Paul, and Brian Four Grandchildren Left for Mission Field:1951 Mission Board:TEAM *The church bylaws have a “Grandfathering Clause” that allows us to give reduced support to missionaries who went into the field before 1970. Those missionaries normally didn’t have a retirement plan when they entered the field. Return to McGuire Home Page
Kristi Schutter Bio Return to World Map Kristi Schutter was raised in a Christian home, and was a member of Ganson Street Baptist Church from birth until 2002. Her current mission activities place her in Bangkok, Thailand, where she teaches children of multiple nationalities in the 6 th Grade. Kristi is an instructor for the International Community School of Bangkok (www.icsbangkok.com). ICS has over 500 students, ranging from PreK-12th grade, from over 20 nations. The teachers are allowed to speak freely about Christ to their students. Kristi teaches in English to students, although English is a secondary language for many of the students. The student body is composed mostly of Thais, Americans, Indians, and Koreans, although there are several other nationalities represented in the classrooms. Return to Schutter Home Page
Return to World Map Kristi Schutter Bio Kristi currently teaches three sections of Reading/Language Arts and three sections of Bible from a New Tribes curriculum. Kristi reports that much of the support given to her by her home churches helped her to purchase Revolve and Refuel youth Bibles for her students, contemporary Christian C.D.’s that are to be used during listening excises, and helped her to pay for her Masters program at Philadelphia Biblical University. When Kristi is not working at the school or actively evangelizing, she enjoys jogging in the King’s Park, riding her bike (especially to school), learning Thai, and simply enjoying time around town (Bangkok is a modernized city of 7 million). Return to Schutter Home Page
Kristi Schutter Bio Return to World Map Fast Faqs: Field:Bangkok, Thailand Family:Single Left for Mission Field:January 2003 Mission Board:Although she does not report directly to an official Mission’s Board, Kristi isheld accountable by the International Community School of Bangkok Return to Schutter Home Page
The Darlands Bio Return to World Map Return to Darland Home Page Field: Chris is the Director of the Evangelism program and teaches classes at the New Tribes Bible Institute in Jackson. Denise is an Evangelism Secretary and also works part time in the library. Anniversary: August 2, 1997 Family: Timothy - 3/26/99 Karis - 7/31/01 Nathaniel - 12/31/03 Education: Both Chris and Denise went to New Tribes Bible Institute and New Tribes Missions Institute. Date of Mission: 1997
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The Greenmans Bio Dave was born of missionary parents in Argentina, where he stayed until he was 13. He was saved at the age of 5. He spent high school and college ears in Michigan, where he met Nancy. While in college at Kalamazoo, he helped start a church among Latin American immigrants and witnessed in the apple orchards to Mexican apple pickers. Nancy’s parents were immigrants from Lithuania, and settled in the Grand Rapids area of Michigan, where Nancy was born. After a bout with severe illness, she accepted Christ at 13, in a small bible Church. She was headed for Africa as a missionary until Dave interested her in Latin America. Return to Greenmans Home Page
Return to World Map Dave and Nancy were married in 1974, and after one year of short terms service in Argentina, headed for Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary. God gave them a vision to return to Argentina. After much prayer and soul-searching, they answered God’s call to be church planters and developers as well as directing the camping program for which Dave serves as camp administrator. The People -The people in Jujuy are primarily from Bolivian Indian descent, many working in construction, as school teachers, in small industry or as government office workers. Major Challenges- Local churches still lack spiritually mature and strong leaders. The main focus is to teach and train them toward faithfulness to Christ and with a responsible, evangelistic and missionary vision. The Greenmans Bio Return to Greenmans Home Page
Return to World Map Fast Faqs: Field: Directing Camp Program Church Development Bible Studies & Counseling Birthdays: Dave- June 26 Nancy- November 26 Anniversary: January 26, 1974 Family: Sarah- June 29 Joshua- August 24 Left for Mission Field: 1981 Mission Board: World Venture The Greenmans Bio Return to Greenmans Home Page
The Fords Bio Jon and Stacy Ford have been at Camp Barakel for over 11 years, first arriving in their mission field in May of 1995. Jon's present responsibilities include work with the West Side Program in the summer, Chapel Leader in the winter, Dining Hall Host (announcements), Bus Driver, Y.A.P.S. Coordinator, Bible Studies Leader, and Waterfront Coordinator. Stacy is on her "year off" with Samuel. In January, she will be back on the ladies schedule of 2 mornings of kitchen work and a cleaning assignment in camp each week. Jon and Stacy are continually seeking God's guidance for their future, not wanting to be at camp just because it's "comfortable and a great place to live". So far, however, this is where He is calling them. Return to Fords Home Page
Return to World Map The Fords Bio Jon also has started some seminary coursework via the Internet in order to become better grounded in God's Word. Currently, the Fords are homeschooling their children. Return to Fords Home Page
Return to World Map The Fords Bio Fast Faqs: Field: Camp Barakel Jon- Chapel Leader and Group Coordinator Stacy- General Staff Left for Mission Field: May 1995 Mission Board: Camp Barakel Return to Fords Home Page
The Luptons Bio Dan and Nancy Lupton are pioneer missionary evangelists in the Czech Republic, the most atheistic nation in Eastern Europe. Despite this fact, they have invitations and access into the high schools, colleges, and public forums to teach the Gospel of Jesus through English classes, and to invite seekers to in-depth Bible classes. Their plan is to win souls for Jesus and disciple them in the faith, with the goal to plant a church in Svitavy, the city famous for “Schindler’s List.” This task is not new to the Luptons. They have a history of mentoring Czech pastors and church leaders. Dan is also Director of Member Care to the missionary staff of First Love International Ministries, which means he is the pastor to missionaries in Kenya, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, S. Korea and Eastern Europe. Return to Luptons Home Page
Return to World Map The Luptons Bio Dan and Nancy are seasoned veterans. Their training, passion, experience and love for the lost has prepared them for this missionary crescendo. Dan’s mission training began in his youth. For nearly six decades, he always participated in or led a church that was growing with true kingdom vision. His Bible education in church and in scholastic settings has given him a life long passion for God’s Word. God has gifted him in preaching and teaching the Word. Their early married life involved raising support, going into a town 98% Mormon and praying up a church that is still thriving today. They’ve been through many mission boot camps and training programs for short term missions. Return to Luptons Home Page
Return to World Map The Luptons Bio Fast Faqs: Field: Svitavy, Czech Republic Birthdays: Dan-6/8/46 Nancy-10/4/46 Family: Larry, Amy, Gini (Adults) 3 Grandchildren Left for Mission Field: June 2006 Mission Board: First Love International Return to Luptons Home Page