Missions

Personalized and Strategic World Missions

It is both the responsibility and privilege of the entire Church Body to be both personally and strategically involved in world missions. We accomplish this through:

  • Faith Commitment Giving
  • Short-Term Missions Projects
  • Church Planting
  • World Impact Conference
  • 2nd Harvest Food Giveaways

Our primary missions partnership is with Anchored in Truth, the missions arm of Grace Life Church of the Shoals.

Meet some of our missionaries and Church Planters below.

Some of Our Mission Fields

Austria

Scotland

Zambia

Philippines

South Africa

Meet Our Missionaries

Jody Anderson

Grace Covenant Baptist Church
Arab, Alabama

Where they are serving:
- Arab is a small town with a population of 8,200
- The congregation is made up of 35 families at this time with multiple visitors

Prayer Requests:
- We have just purchased land adjoining our property and are planning to add on to our building. Please pray for wisdom for our elders and for God’s provision as we seek to glorify Him in this process.
- We are in the process of adding more deacons. Please pray for the men that God will place in these positions of serving our body.
- Please pray that we will continue to be faithful to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ here in Arab, and that God would be pleased to save lost souls and add them to our number. Pray for our evangelistic efforts, both the formal events we plan and the work we are all called to do daily as we go. Pray that God will guard and protect the unity of this body in Christ.

Luke Baker

Grace Life Hispanic Church

Where he is serving:
- Grace Life Church of the Shoals
- Hispanic community and congregation

Prayer Requests:
- That the Holy Spirit would work powerfully through the preaching of the Word by saving the lost and establishing believers in the truth
- That obedient disciples would be raised up among the Hispanic community of the Shoals
- That God would bring in and raise up leaders among the Hispanic believers

Email: luke_a_baker@msn.com

David Brown

Christ Baptist Church
Rutherford County, Tennessee

Brown Family: (L to R) Anna, David, Lisa and Austin

Prayer Requests:

Health -- I have been having a lot of pain with my back and right leg for several years, and this past year has been especially difficult. I have had two procedures since 2015, and I am no better. I am currently seeking more medical direction.

Wisdom -- CBC will hopefully be starting small groups this fall, but I am in need of more qualified teachers. We are seeing lots of visitors, but many of them do not stick around for more than one or two weeks because we are not offering the ministries they are looking for. We are also expanding our worship service to include more musicians.

Evangelism/Outreach -- While we have had better than average success at our blitzes, the best prospects that CBC comes in contact with are friends of people already attending CBC. Many of these are lost, and it amazes me that they are staying. I cannot help but think the Lord is working in their lives and hope to see the fruit of salvation in their lives.

Eric Carpenter

Kathmandu, Nepal

Carpenter Family: (L to R) Andrew, Landon, Lauren, Mandy, and Eric

Where they are serving:
· Kathmandu has a population of 985,000
· 81% Hindu, 10% Buddhist, 4% Islam, 3% Kirant, and 2% Christian

Prayer Requests:
· Eric as he teaches five courses this semester: for strength, godly influence, and for the students to be thoroughly equipped to teach/preach God’s Word
· Mandy as she teaches one course on Children’s Ministry at a local Bible college this semester
· Their children who are grades 5, 9, and 10 this year, for a good school year
· God’s continued grace upon their family as they serve Him: that they would boldly preach/teach His Word, taking the opportunities He provides to be used of His glory

Seth Channell

Grace Life Church
Greater Des Moines, Iowa

Channell Family: Seth, Debbie, Peter, James, Josiah, Felicity, and Evangeline

Where they are serving:
· Ankeny is just north of Des Moines and is one of the fastest growing cities in Iowa.
· Only 44% claim any religion, less than 25% of those are evangelical.

Prayer Requests:
· God would supply us with a volunteer to oversee our small group ministry
· God would lead the eight people registered for our membership class (September 23) to actually join the church
· God would raise up other elders to serve on our shepherding team

Harry Gebert

Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, Asia

Where they are serving:
- Asian areas with populations in the 100 millions
- 95% are Muslim and less than 0.4% are evangelical

Prayer Requests:
- Recovery/Replenishment: We just finished an extremely high output 8 weeks that began the day I (Jan) finished the 8 week IV portion of my treatment. It has involved a LOT of hospitality, travel, high stakes meetings/conversations, and time with stressed, hurting, sick missionaries with some in the midst of life-changing conflict. It has been the same on the family front.

- Need a Regional Director for Bangladesh and to open Pakistan. We have had several good candidates who have been interested but the timing is not right for their families and present ministries.

- Serious shortage of personnel in Bangladesh: We need not only medical personnel but also those with ministry skills in evangelism, discipleship, church planting, theological education, and more. So much more could be done to spread the gospel and make disciples there. Please, please pray the Lord of the harvest.

Jason Gillespie

Grace Bible Church
Lexington, South Carolina

Gillespie Family: (L to R) Anna Claire, Grace, Jason, Ava Kate, Tammy, and Noah

Troy Harrison

Siloam Baptist Church

Harrison Family: Troy, Jennifer, Chelsea, Andrew, Kara, Trinity

Prayer Requests:
- Spiritual awakening in Pittsburgh
- Our group to grow in our love and knowledge of God
- Fruitful outreach to our friends, neighbors, and community
- God would keep the marriages in our church strong

Where they are serving:
- Siloam Baptist Church, Easley, S.C.
- We are in the upstate region of South Carolina, just across the other side of the Smoky Mountains. This is a highly religious area of the country, but often, their religious affiliation keeps people from understanding their true need to surrender and be born again to a genuine relationship with God through Christ.

Steven Jobert

Christ Baptist Church

Jobert Family: (L to R front) Cody, Cindy, Steven, (L to R back) Eliana, Abby, and Caleb
Taipei, Taiwan

Where they are serving:
- Taipei, Taiwan - population 2.7 million
- 93% of the population identify themselves as Buddhist, Taoists, or other folk religions

Prayer Requests:
- Our language acquisition as we study Mandarin Chinese
- For us to partner with nationals in church planting
- Our ministry of equipping churches in evangelism and discipleship to bear much fruit
- Caleb and Abby as they adjust to being in college in the U.S. and separated from us (this is the first time they have lived in the U.S.)

Facebook: Steven Jobert

Scott Kemp

7 Rivers Outreach
Olwasini, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

Kemp Family: Scott, Erin, Joseph, Isaiah, Josiah, Nathanael, Stephen, and Faith

Where they are serving:
· They minister in a rural Zulu setting in the country of South Africa. There are nine million Zulu.
· The closest large city to them is Durban, about one hour away. It is a city of three million people.
· The dominant religion among the Zulu is Ancestor worship mixed with a form of charismatic Christianity.

Prayer Requests:
· Our Zulu language studies
· Our homeschooling to go well
· Our team will remain unified and make good progress in our church planting endeavors

Blake Kenaum

Grace Baptist Church
Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada

Where they are serving:
· Selkirk is located on the Red River about 20 miles NE of Winnipeg
· Population 10,278 (2016 census)

Prayer Requests:
· The preaching of the Word will change hearts
· That the many regular visitors who come will come to faith in Christ
· That Blake, Destiny, and family will continue to adjust to their new home in Canada

Barry King

Grace Baptist Partnership
United Kingdom

Where they are serving:
· Barry is the pastor of Dunstable Baptist Church in Bedfordshire.
· Through Grace Baptist Partnership, they are currently involved in church planting work in ten different locations surrounding London.
· They are also involved in church planting throughout the United Kingdom.

Prayer Requests:
· Barry has a dual role as pastor of Dunstable Baptist Church and general secretary of Grace Baptist Partnership. Pray that he will be able to properly balance his varied responsibilities.
· Barry begins work on a degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary online this fall. Pray that his studies will be useful as he seeks to more effectively teach others.
· Barry has less time to travel and minister abroad than previously. Pray that he—and those who advise him—would be given wisdom as to those things he should do and what should be left to others.

Ryan and Uliana King

Grace Baptist Church
Wood Green, England

Where they are serving:
• Wood Green is an urban town centre in Haringey, one of London’s 33 boroughs.
• It has great cultural and social diversity.
• Its population is over 28,000 people in a 1.8 sq. mile area.

Prayer Requests:
• That God would give us, in life and ministry, wisdom to know what is right, strength to do what is right, and success in leading people to Christ to be made right.
• That the church would continue to grow spiritually in faith, hope, and love, and in number.
• That a number of very real, practical needs we have as a church would be met, as they will not be - especially in our context - apart from God’s providential intervention. There are a few ministries of the church in the very near future that will need resourcing, and a number of costly issues that need sorting in the church building and minister’s flat so that these are more safe, comfortable, and pleasant spaces for ministry and life. Please pray that God will provide.

Mike Kleinsasser

Grace Life Church
Richland Center, Wisconsin

Kleinsasser Family: (in back) Mike, (L to R front) Quinten, Cortez, Dante, Rita, and Justin

Where they are serving:
· Richland Center - population 5,200
· Many of the church members and attendees have been raised in the Hutterite tradition and now face persecution and isolation from family.

Praise and Prayer Requests:
· Praise God for the spiritual growth of the body through the faithful preaching of His Word and for adding new members according to His will.
· Please pray for the Lord’s guidance as we seek to elect elders.
· Please pray for open doors and hearts in a new church plant opportunity in Sioux Falls, SD.
· Please pray that we may be committed, and not lose heart, as we seek to be faithful in how we believe the Lord is leading us.

Dustin Lambert

Calvary Baptist Church
Allentown, Florida

Calvary Baptist Church Is located in a rural area in northwest Florida called Allentown. This is a rural farming community. This area would be considered the Bible Belt. That being said there are countless views of the Doctrine of Salvation. This area is fertile and I believe could be plowed with the truth. The issue is removing the deception caused by ``easy-believism`` and tactics similar. We love it here and the people which makes reaching those people a more desirable and passionate task for my family and I.

Prayer Requests:
- Family: That we would remain safe and protected (especially the kids) from the attacks that occur in the ministry.
- Church: My prayer for the church would be that those that don’t would understand biblical salvation. Pray also that they would desire to be sold out to the church by means of sharing Jesus and serving the only entity that carries with it eternal value.
- Community: Pray that scales would be removed and hearts opened. Pray that through us God would open their eyes and reveal the truth to them.

Elcio Lopez

Faithful Baptist Church
Niteroi, Brazil

Where they are serving:
· Niteroi, Brazil—population 500,000
· It is a metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro.
· He is the Assistant Pastor of Faithful Baptist Church.
· He works closely with Kevin Millard, another one of our AIT missionaries.
· He has a large elderly shut-in ministry.

They have two grown children, Mariana and Pedro

Prayer Requests:
· Finding a new location for the church
· Possible merger with another local Baptist congregation
· Conversation with baptismal candidates

Conrad Mbewe

Kabwata Baptist Church
Lusaka, Zambia

Conrad Mbewe Family
Pastor and Teacher of Pastoral Interns

Ali McLachlan

Grace Baptist Partnership
Scotland

McLachlan Family: (L to R) Elspeth, Micah, Caroline, Ali, Miriam, and Martha (front)

Where they are serving:
· Edinburgh, Scotland—population 490,000
· Scotland is a very dark and liberal country. The majority of people are nominal Christians or atheists. Ali’s family and church are involved in many outreach and discipleship efforts with the hope of seeing growth in his church, Grace Baptist of West Edinburgh, and seeing other churches planted in Scotland.

Prayer Requests:
· We need to appoint elders soon in Grace West Edinburgh and North Edinburgh.
· We long for the conversion and addition to our membership those who are in regular contact with our church.
· We need the Lord’s provision blessing on our church plants and revitalizations in Bydgoszcz (Poland), Govan and Perth.

Facebook: GBP Scotland

Derek Melton

Grace Life Church
Pryor, Oklahoma

Derek and Stacey Melton (center)
(Left side) Cody-son, Rachel, Micah, and Luke Melton
(Right side) Bo, Lindey-daughter, Halle, and Hunter Moreland

Where they are serving:
· Pryor, Oklahoma—population 16,000
· The church partakes in running two classes per year at Thunderbird Youth Academy, a program for at-risk youth

Prayer Requests:
· Our family to serve Christ passionately and perpetually
· The ministry at Grace Life Pryor to be effective to the glory of God
· God would give us strength and health
· For prolonged ministry

Kevin Millard

Sao Jose dos Campos
Brazil

Millard Family (L to R) Stephen, Deborah, Edineia, and Kevin

Where they are serving:
· Sao Jose dos Campos is about an hour northeast of Sao Paulo in Brazil.
· Kevin and Edineia serve with Fiel Ministries as Coordinators for the Adopt a Pastor Ministry

Prayer Requests:
· That we might serve the Lord with a spirit of wisdom, humility, and love
· That the Lord would provide for our daily needs, protect us from evil and use us as instruments of righteousness for His glory
That the Lord would direct us in making daily and future decisions concerning our family, relationships and ministry opportunities

David Miller

Line Upon Line Ministries
Arkansas

Miller Family: (L to R) Bethany, Josh, Malachi, David, and Glenda

Where they are serving:
· David is the President and founder of Line Upon Line Ministries in Heber Springs, Arkansas
· He does Expository preaching at conferences and meetings around the United States

Prayer Requests:
· For faithfulness in expounding the Gospel
· For safety as we travel
· For physical strength and stamina, that we will wholly rely on Jehovah-Rophe
· For our entire family, that we might model Christian grace whether in preaching, politics, or practical matters

Steve Missios

Grace Life Church
Vienna, Austria

Steve, Kathrin, and Anastasia Missios

Where they are serving:
· Vienna, Austria—population 16,000
· There are lots of Muslim refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan

Prayer Requests:
· Please pray for Grace Life Vienna that we will have an impact in our city as we grow new disciples, upcoming baptisms, and also for unbelievers who come very regularly to our services...pray for their salvation!
· Pray for our special evangelism Friday evenings as we visit regularly the “ARGE SOCIAL HOUSE” where the government has placed the poor, needy and with no hope whatsoever. These people are despised by the society and seen as outcasts...we believe the Lord is opening a door for us to bring the gospel among the people in this housing built by the government.
· Please pray for us, as we try to manage full-time job, full-time church planting, family responsibilities, that we will not grow weary but fully give ourselves by God’s grace to serve in all times as the Lord builds His church in Vienna.

Timoteo Ogatis

Pastor & Director of AIT SE Asia

Timoteo and Maria Ogatis

Please Pray for our AIT Ministries in SE Asia
· Anchored in Truth Bible College, Quezon City, Philippines
· Grace Life Church of Battam, Indonesia -- Pastor Andar Napitupulu
· Grace Life Church of Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija -- Pastors Joshua Tan & Jeremy Ogatis
· Grace Life Church of Calamba -- Pastor Tony Buena-obra
· Grace Life Church of Metro Manila, Philippines -- Pastor Ira Ogatis
· Grace Life Church of Payatas, Quezon City -- Pastors Timoteo Ogatist & Michael Rivera
· Grace Life Church of Quezon City, Philippines -- Pastor Timoteo Ogatis
· Grace Life Church of Semarang, Indonesia -- Pastor Peter Placa Ayon
· Grace Life Church, Missionary to Yagon, Myanmar -- Missionary Ruth Ogatis
· Amazing Grace Bible Baptist Church, San Pedro, Laguna -- Pastor Felix Agustin, Jr.
· Berean Baptist Church, Lucena City, Quezon -- Pastor Pedro Munda
· Christian Baptist Church, Moriones Tondo -- Pastor Agustin Icban
· Exodus Baptist Church, Bocaue, Bulacan -- Pastor Wifredo Jimenez
· Good Shepherd’s Baptist Church, San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija -- Pastor Roberto Pascual
· Grace Sanctuary Baptist Church, Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija -- Pastor Alfred Eugenio
· His Majesty Baptist Church, Antipolo, Rizal -- Pastor Noel Agorilla
· Maranatha Baptist Church, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija -- Pastor Joe Bolival
· Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (Filipino ministry) Singapore -- Pastor Sherwin Tebelin

Harold Peasley

Multi Ministries
Canada

Harold and Antoinette Peasley
(Also pictured are their three grown and married daughters)

Prayer Requests:
· Wisdom in mentoring Church Planters
· Opportunities to preach the Gospel
· Health and Grace to finish well

Kenan Plunk

Bogota, Colombia

Where he is serving:
· Bogota, Colombia, where he works with the displaced indigenous in downtown.
· Gathers information for research on the indigenous groups in Colombia.

Prayer Requests:
· That we will be able to disciple the Wounaan believers so that they may continue to grow in the faith, see the grand story of the Bible in the gospel, and apply the Word to their lives.
· That the Wounaan in Bogotá will be mobilized to send out their own missionaries to reach their own people in Chocó.
· That we would see many Katío come to Christ and that biblical churches are planted among the Katío.

Jason Reasor

Grace Life Church
Pinedale, Wyoming

Reasor Family: (Back L to R) Isabella, Grayson, (Front L to R) Lillion, Jason, and Kasey

Where they are serving:
· Pinedale, Wyoming — population 2,000
· Surrounding areas have another 5,000 or so
· Area is heavily influenced by Mormonism and Jehovah’s Witnesses

Prayer Requests:
· Counseling ministry
· Growth in relationships we have started this year
· God would strengthen His people and build His church

Dan Reed

New Vision Baptist Church
Unionville, TN

Prayer Requests:
· Pray for Lacey’s studies at Martin Methodist in Pulaski
· Pray for the Church plant to continue the work of the Lord

Daniel Shwe

Grace Baptist Church
North Watford, England

Daniel and Lily Shwe

Where they are serving:
· North Watford is located 17 miles NW of London
· Population around 95,000
· 30% have no religious affiliation
· Most of Grace Baptist’s services have 12-13 nationalities represented

Prayer Requests:
· Our ongoing evangelistic work to reach out to many lost souls in our town
· Our weekly Christ-centered expository preaching
· Our weekly discipleship Bible studies, may God help new Christians to grow in the knowledge of God’s word and have a greater desire to know more about Him and be like Christ Jesus
· Church members to grow in Christ-likeness and have a greater desire to serve Him
· May God bind His church with His love, grow in loving each other so that our neighbors may know that we are true disciples of Jesus Christ.

Sonny Simak

Grace Church
Southall, England

Sonny and Sarita Simak

Prayer Requests:
· For us as we serve Christ in Southall and our church planting initiative in Beech Hill, Reading
· Newcomers to our church would desire to grow and commit to the membership
· The homeless and addicted people that we seek to reach for Christ in Southall
· Wisdom with my desire to help plant a church in North India: I was born and raised there until I moved to London at age 18

Where they are serving:
· Pastor of Grace Church, Southall
· Southall has the largest Asian population in London
· It is also commonly referred to as “Little India” and the majority of the population follow Sikhism, Hinduism or Islam

Juan Tacsa

Grace Life Church
Aiza and Tupe, Peru

Where they are serving:
· Juan travels ministering to Aiza, Tupe and Yauyos monthly, serving the Jaqaru people
· The Jaqaru are still largely unreached with the Gospel
· Wife is Vivian and they have a young daughter

Prayer Requests:
· For the brothers of Aiza, that the Lord will revive their desire to congregate
· For the brothers of Tupe, that they do not faint in their faith in the Lord Jesus
· For Colca, that there is true deliverance in the Lord
· For the church of Canchan, for the brothers to be more committed to God’s work

Josh Tancordo

Redeeming Grace Church
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tancordo Family: (L to R) Josh, Silas, Caleb, Becky, and Grace

Where they are serving:
· Our vision for Pittsburgh is to see the Gospel transform our community of Brentwood and the entire Pittsburgh area.

Prayer Requests:
· Evangelistic fruitfulness with our neighbors, coworkers, and friends
· Spiritual awakening in the Pittsburgh area
· The Lord’s protection and strengthening of our marriage

Matt Travers

Northside Baptist Church
Columbia, TN

Where they are serving:
· Pastor of Northside Baptist Church, Columbia, TN
· Columbia, TN is the “mule capital of the world.” Population est. 37,000; the area is seeing consistent growth and an increasing need for the gospel

Prayer Requests:
· Continued prayers for Isaiah (celebrating 10 years since brain tumor diagnosis in September)
· Prayer for wisdom in the revitalization of Northside Baptist Church
· Strength for the family when difficulties arise
· Pray that they would honor Christ in all they do - at home and in public.

Chris Twilley

Grace Life Church
Senatobia, Mississippi

Twilley Family: Chris, (L to R front) Amy, Kaylee, Alli Rose, and Scarlet

Where they are serving:
· Senatobia, MS - population 7,000
· Located 30 miles south of Memphis

Prayer Requests:
· A new location for us to meet (We are outgrowing the library! Praise the Lord!)
· Salvation of the lost (Kyle, Donald, Donald Jr., Devin, Chris, Holly, Kaylee, Alli, Joshua)
· Chris as he starts a new job teaching at Northwest Community College

Michael Waldrop

Desert Ridge Baptist Church
St. George, Utah

Waldrop Family (L to R) Whit, Hope, Zoe, Michael, and Jack

Where they are serving:
· St. George, Utah - population 73,000
· 3 out of 4 people attend a religious meeting regularly; 92% of those attend a Mormon meeting
· The North America Mission Board recently listed the St. George/Cedar City area as the 3rd most unreached metro area in the USA.

Prayer Requests:
· Our Elders and Deacons would glorify God in their respective responsibilities.
· Our new facility (moved in February 2018) would be used as an instrument for worship and service to God.
· Our outreach - evangelism and missions:

-We are one block from Dixie State University.
-We are a few miles away from an unreached people group - the Shivwits Band of Paiute Indians who live on a reservation.
-Our predominantly Mormon population.

Glynn Webber

Ebenezer Baptist Church
Chiefland, FL

Prayer Requests:
• Pray for Glynn as he continues to serve at EBC (now in 11th year).
• Pray for Glynn as he serves with Corporate Chaplains of America ( http://chaplain.org/ ), ministering to over 500 employees weekly for six different companies.
• Pray for Amy as she leads our Mission Friends class. We want to raise up a generation with a heart for missions and teach their parents through this ministry too.
• Pray for Amy as she volunteers at our association’s pregnancy and resource center. Beginning this month, she will lead the weekly Wednesday Bible study for the center’s clients. Pray that those attending will have ears to hear and hearts to receive God’s Word and His Son.
• Pray for Meredith as she studies at Samford University and works on campus with the Office of Parent Programs. She has many leadership roles on campus. Pray for her to remain balanced in her commitments. Meredith is an active part of an ongoing church plant in downtown Birmingham, Iron City Church (https://www.facebook.com/Ironcitychurch/ ). Pray for her as she co-leads a community group Bible study on Wednesdays for freshman girls who attend University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) and Samford.

Church
• Pray for ongoing discipleship efforts at EBC.
• Pray that God would raise up additional teachers for our children and youth Sunday School programs.
• Pray for the young husbands and fathers of the church to take seriously their role as spiritual leaders in their homes.
• Most of all, pray with us that the faithful exposition of God’s Word would continue to yield spiritual fruit in His children and a harvest of new believers.

Thank you,
missionaries!