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

    Zambia


    www.umcmission.org


    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.

  • Steve and Bonnie Aldrich

    One Challenge International Ministries

    Colorado Springs, CO


    www.onechallenge.org

    www.lifeworkx.com


    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


    www.villagechurchcolumbus.com


    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


    www.onemissionsociety.org


    After having served as missionaries in Haiti and Taiwan, Lorna and her husband, Phil, returned to the U.S.  From 1999-2017, they served in the World Intercessors Department at OMS headquarters, where they produced a variety of prayer tools to keep the OMS constituents and prayer partners informed of the needs and answers to prayer of all the ministries around the world. In addition, Phil also helped in the OMS kitchen and loaded and unloaded containers to ship needed supplies to and from the fields until his passing in 2017.  Phil and Lorna have two adult sons, Andy and Ted.

  • Cameron and Anne Gongwer

    TMS Global

    Global Resource Team


    www.tms-global.org


    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

    Zambia


    www.newlifezambia.com

    www.newlifezambia.com/PET_Zambia.html


    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


    www.cru.org

    www.bridgesinternational.com


    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


    www.standfortruthministry.org


    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


    www.standfortruthministry.org


    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


    www.onemissionsociety.org


    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


    www.maf.org


    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


    www.onemissionsociety.org


    Lori has been with One Mission Society since 1999. After serving with her family in the Philippines for nine months and in the Republic of Ireland for two years, she began working at OMS World Headquarters. She served in the Communications Department for 14 years, first in One Mission Kids and then for 10 years as editor. Currently, she serves as a trainer with HOPE61, the human trafficking prevention ministry of One Mission Society. Inspired by Isaiah 61, HOPE61 seeks to prevent human trafficking by providing training to help local churches identify and minister to those vulnerable to becoming involved in the problem. 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

    Spain


    www.onemissionsociety.org


    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


    www.cru.org/communities/athletes.html


    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


    www.wycliffe.org


    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

    Taiwan


    www.wpartners.org


    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


    www.onemissionsociety.org


    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.