Missionaries we support

Although we are one church in rural Ohio, we are able to share in the ministry of God all around the world.  We love our missionaries and support them as best as we can.  We love to hear about the great things they are doing.  Links are provided below to the missionary's website, blog, or Facebook so you can see what is going on in each of their ministries.

  • Brian Vinson

    UMC General Board of Global Ministries



    Brian Vinson serves as the coordinator of church planting in the Lusaka District of Zambia, a part of the South Congo/Zambia Episcopal Area.  The church in Zambia is growing rapidly, with the resulting need for new churches and for vital lay and pastoral leadership.  Brian takes part in leadership development and coordination of volunteer church construction teams.  He also seeks to raise awareness across the church of the UM potential in Zambia and to raise funds to expand its ministries.  He works closely with his wife, Tara, also a missionary in the hosting and deployment of mission volunteers. Brian and Tara have four children: Jonathan, Andrew, Lily, and Matthew.

  • Creative access missionaries

    Many of the missionaries we support are serving in areas of the world where they risk their lives to share the gospel.  While we diligently give to their cause and pray for their efforts, we can not publicly share their names, location, or nature of their work.

  • Steve and Bonnie Aldrich

    One Challenge International Ministries

    Colorado Springs, CO



    Steve and Bonnie Aldrich have been serving with OC International since 1973. They are involved in training young leaders and missionaries, particularly by conducting Lifeworkx events throughout the world. Lifeworkx is a self-discovery based experience focusing on how well people know themselves and how well they work with others. Steve and Bonnie have two adult daughters, Amy and Kristin.

  • Matt Burden

    Village Community Church

    Columbus, OH


    Matt Burden is currently the Director of Worship and Global Ministries at The Village Community Church in German Village.  He is also working with Cuba Connection Ministries as a contact/organizer/in-country team leader.  Matt’s parents are Tim and Beth, and his siblings are Rachel, David, and Jonathan.

  • lorna Chandler

    One Mission Society

    Greenwood, IN


    After having served as missionaries in Haiti and Taiwan, Lorna and her husband, Phil, returned to the U.S. In 1999, they began a new role in the World Intercessors Department at OMS headquarters, where they produced a variety of intercessory materials to keep individuals, prayer groups, and supporting churches informed of the prayer needs and answers to prayer within the worldwide OMS family. Currently, Lorna is in the midst of making some major decisions and adjustments, due to Phil’s death in May 2017. Phil and Lorna have two adult sons, Andy and Ted.

  • Ted and Angela Chandler

    One Mission Society

    Greenwood, IN


    After serving as missionaries in Haiti for four years, Ted and Angela Chandler were reassigned as homeland missionaries. Ted is on special assignment, and Angela works in the Communications Department at OMS headquarters. Ted and Angela have three daughters: Lydia, Trisha, and Kylie. As a family, they go on short-term mission trips wherever the Lord leads. 

  • John and Colleen Eisenberg

    TMS Global

    Siloam Springs, AR


    John and Colleen Eisenberg served with TMS Global in Paraguay from 2000 to 2017. Their service revolved around the Bible Institute, New Horizon Methodist School, teaching Alpha Marriage Courses, and developing their local church.  They are now back in the U.S. exploring possibilities for homeland ministry.  John and Colleen have three adult children: Daniel, Elizabeth, and Faith.  .

  • Cameron and Anne Gongwer

    TMS Global

    Global Resource Team


    Cameron and Anne Gongwer lived in Ghana for fourteen years, where Cam served as a physician at Methodist Faith Healing Hospital and Anne served on the staff of the Reading Town Library. In 2012, the Gongwers joined the Global Resource Team. Cam leads Crosspoint Global Health, an outreach in developing countries that works alongside national churches and medical services for transforming communities into healthier places to live. He and Anne keep in touch with the staff at the hospital and library in Ghana to offer support. Cam and Anne have one adult daughter, Caylor.

  • Delbert and Sandy Groves

    New Life Center




    Delbert and Sandy Groves have been in Zambia since 2000 and are the founders of the United Methodist New Life Center. It has numerous outreach ministries, including New Life Press, health education, PET Zambia (handicap bikes for mobility), a learning and computer lab, English instruction, instruction in new church construction, and other training ministries. Delbert and Sandy have four adult sons: James, Nicholas, Seth, and Nathan.

  • Stuart and Jessica Hall

    Cru/Bridges International

    Lansing, MI



    Stuart and Jessica Hall minister to the many international students at Michigan State University. The goal of Bridges is to serve, promote social connections, and engage in spiritual conversations with international students so that they become leaders internationally. The Halls have two children, Alaine (Lainey) and Benjamin.

  • Ryan and Emily Holliday

    Stand for Truth

    Based in central Ohio


    Ryan Holliday and Joel Penton began their ministry with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In 2012, they transitioned out of FCA so that they could broaden their ministry to include more than athletes and coaches. They began a new ministry called Stand for Truth. For a while, they traveled together with Joel speaking and Ryan performing concerts. However, due to the rapid growth of the ministry, it became necessary to have a full-time Director of Operations, and Ryan stepped into that supportive position to maximize the ministry, which now involves four travel teams and eleven staff members.   Ryan and Emily have four children: Whitney, Wes, Owen, and Jacob. 


  • Joel and Bethany Penton

    Stand for Truth

    Based in central Ohio


    Joel Penton and Ryan Holliday began their ministry with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In 2012, they transitioned out of FCA so that they could broaden their ministry to include more than athletes and coaches. They began a new ministry called Stand for Truth. For a while, they traveled together with Joel speaking and Ryan performing concerts. However, due to the rapid growth of the ministry, it became necessary to have a full-time Director of Operations, and Ryan stepped into that supportive position to maximize the ministry, which now involves four travel teams and eleven staff members.  Joel and Bethany have five children: Joel III, Judah, Luther, Vera, and Levi.

  • Dale and Ruth Hunter

    One Mission Society

    Indianapolis, IN/Retired


    When active, Dale and Ruth Hunter served in various capacities at OMS headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana. Dale served as the OMS cashier, preparing donor gifts for processing and preparing the bank deposits. Ruth was the mailing list manager. She also often appeared as Happy the Clown when ministering to children in churches, conferences, and camps. Dale and Ruth have two adult children, April and Randy.

  • Chad and Andi Irwin

    Mission Aviation Fellowship

    Nampa, ID


    Chad and Andi Irwin have served with MAF since 1999.  During their 15 years of living and working in Shell, Ecuador, Chad served as the chief pilot, and Andi worked at the Nate Saint Memorial School where their children attended.  During the latter part of their ministry in Ecuador, Chad was instrumental in helping the Ecuador program transition to a nationally run entity.  Of course, this meant that eventually Chad and Andi would leave Ecuador to allow the staff there to reach their full potential in leading the ministry. In July 2016, the family relocated in Nampa, Idaho, the site of MAF headquarters, where Chad is involved in recruiting and training new pilots to serve with MAF worldwide.  Chad and Andi have two children, Josiah and Olivia.

  • Lori McFall

    One Mission Society

    Greenwood, IN


    Lori McFall works in the Comunications Department at OMS headquarters. As editor, she is responsible for editing all print communications such as development materials, prayer tools, letters from the president, missionary prayer letters, brochures, and other promotional materials. She is also associate editor for OMS Outreach magazine. Lori and her husband, Cris, who works for the state of Indiana, have two adult children, Andrea and Ben.

  • Scott and Kathy Murphy

    One Mission Society



    Scott and Kathy Murphy have served in Spain since 1982. Scott is the international regional director for Europe and Central Asia. They both assist with a church planting effort northwest of Madrid where Kathy is involved in evangelism, leading Bible studies, discipleship, and music ministry. 

  • Amy Bromberg

    Cru/Athletes in Action

    Xenia, OH


    Amy Bromberg ministers to athletes and coaches from the seven universities in the 937 area code: Wright State U., Wittenberg U., Central State U., Wilberforce U., Wilmington College, Sinclair Community College, and the U. of Dayton. Her mission is to build spiritual movements in every athletic department that will impact the campus, community, and world for Christ. Amy’s husband, Jason, is a teacher in the Springboro Community School District.

  • Brian and Beth Schwartz

    Wycliffe Bible Translators

    The Philippines


    Brian Schwartz, together with his son, Jacob, went to the Philippines as a missionary in 2008. There he met Beth, and they were married in 2010. They have a daughter, Rebecca. Brian and Beth partner in Bible translation serving in support roles: Brian as facilities manager for Faith Academy Mindanao (primarily for children of missionaries) and Beth as finance liaison for the Project Funding Management Team.

  • Jeff and Shauna Spence

    World Partners



    Jeff and Shauna Spence began their ministry in Mongolia in 2006, working with a local non-governmental organization doing small-scale development.  They were involved in construction, greenhouse projects, developing small businesses, training local church leaders, and working with Operation Christmas Child.  They moved to Taiwan in 2017, and Jeff has a new ministry position as the Regional Strategy Coordinator for North Asia.   Jeff and Shauna have four children: Kaylee, Ava, Jeffrey, and Alyssa.

  • Mick and Nora Suman

    One Mission Society

    Decatur, IN/Extended Missionary Service


    Mick and Nora Suman have served with One Mission Society in various places over the years: Spain, East Asia, and South Korea. Their status is now “extended missionary service” (a stage between long-term service and retirement), and they are involved in short-term mission work. Mick and Nora have two adult sons: Matthew and Andrew.

  • Evan Williams

    From Breath

    Grand Rapids, MI



    After graduating from high school, Evan Williams was involved with Youth with a Mission – Nashville and Steiger International in Germany. Since September 2016, he has been living in Grand Rapids and ministering as a Christian spoken word artist. Through his spoken word project, From Breath, Evan strives to show that true hope is found only in Jesus Christ, who can help people deal with whatever situation they are facing.  In addition to his spoken word ministry, Evan is also greatly involved in the outreach ministry of Take Hold Church in Grand Rapids. Evan’s parents are Rick and Carol, and his siblings are Allison and Katie.

  • Maddie Pauquette

    Mission Year

    Chicago, IL


    Maddie graduated from high school in May 2017. She has decided to postpone going to college in order to do a year of service in inner-city Chicago. After a week of training in September 2017, she will be moving to Chicago to live in an under-resourced neighborhood, volunteer 35 hours a week at a local community-based organization, serve with a neighborhood church, spend intentional time learning to love God and love others in an inner-city environment, and share Jesus with everyone she meets.