World Outreach: Meet Our New Missionaries
JOHN & ALLIE
John and Allie from Ward Presbyterian Church in Northville, MI, were appointed as World Outreach career missionaries at the 33rd General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in June 2013. They will focus on evangelism, discipleship and church planting. Their expected departure date is October 2013.
John came to faith in college after a first-year law student moved into a freshman dorm at Michigan State University and invited him to a Bible study. After seeing others who truly lived their lives for Christ, John accepted Jesus as his Savior a few months later in 1998. His first missionary experience was in 1999 to Mongolia. Over the years he has been involved in ministries with college students at Michigan State University, in an African-American community in South Carolina, and most recently with the immigrant community in Dearborn, Michigan. John completed his Master of Divinity at Columbia International University in 2011. He is a licensed minister through Temple Zion Church in Columbia, South Carolina.
Allie accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior when she was in junior high. She was fortunate to have several mission experiences in high school through Ward EPC to inner-city Chicago, Mexico, and the Ukraine. Her trip to the Ukraine ultimately led to Allie graduating in 2001 with a BA in Russian Language. She completed a Biblical Certificate at Columbia International University in 2012. Allie has been blessed to stay home with her kids while ministering to those around her through God’s gift of hospitality.
John and Allie met at Michigan State University where they were part of Cutting Edge Ministry through South Church and were married in August 2000. They have two children: Brian (12) and Kelly (7).
John and Allie cannot do this work alone. Your prayers and financial support will enable them to share Christ in Central Asia. Please pray for continued financial support, and that God would bless their team and open the hearts of Central Asians to hear about Jesus.
ASAPH & LYNN
Asaph, son of a Presbyterian Pastor and grandson of a traveling evangelist in rural ‘P’ of Central Asia, was born and raised in ‘P’. He comes from a family that accepted Christianity (from Sikhism) four generations ago. His mother worked as a Bible teacher in a Christian hospital, where she shared the gospel to both Muslim and Christian patients. Asaph came to the US in 2001 and he is now a dual citizen. Asaph holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Erskine Theological Seminary. He became aware of God’s work in his life at an early age. As a teenager, God used his love for sports to reach his peers in his hometown in ‘P’. Asaph wants to continue this ministry to Muslim/Christian youth as well as work towards planting a church and theological training for local leaders. His prayer is for a strong indigenous church that will be a light in a dark place.
Listening to Lynn’s voice, you will hear that she was born and raised in South Carolina. Lynn grew up in a Christian home. She knew that she was a child of God when she was very young, although she didn’t have that “a-ha” moment in her faith until she was in college. Lynn graduated from Appalachian state university in 1995 with a degree in Health Promotion. Shortly after graduation, she moved to ‘P’ to teach public Health in a Christian hospital. Lynn returned to school and is now a registered nurse. She intends to divide her time between homeschooling and establishing a medical clinic as with a public health outreach program.
Asaph and Lynn met while she was serving as a single missionary in ‘P’. They have two daughters, Leah (6) and Emma (5).
As they look to go back to ‘P’, they ask for your prayers. ‘P’ is a volatile place and with all its uncertainties, it is a place where the opportunity for the Gospel is unrivaled. The heart of Islam is beating in ‘P’ and God is at work. Join hands with them as they seek to be obedient to God’s call to be a light in a dark place.
DAN & STEFANIE
Dan & Stefanie, from Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, NC were appointed as World Outreach only missionaries in March 2013. They have been called to serve long-term as church planters among an unreached, Muslim people group in a sensitive area of Central Asia — a people group that is less than 0.5% Christian. Dan and Stefanie feel the Lord leading them to use their professional skills to bring mercy ministry to this people group as a bridge to share the gospel and to help alleviate difficult living conditions.
Dan, accepted Christ in his junior year of college, and was baptized in 2003, the year he and Stefanie were married. Stefanie came to know the Lord as a young child, and grew up in the church. They both felt the call to go into missionary service early in their marriage, but have waited on the Lord’s specific timing. They are both excited that the Lord has confirmed this call on their lives to share Him with people who have never heard His Name.
Dan graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2007 and has a B.A. in History from Hanover College. Stefanie graduated with a B.S. in Nursing from Indiana University. They have four little girls, Abigail (5), Eliana (3), and Amelia & Michaela (17 months).
Dan & Stefanie cannot do this work alone. They need your prayers and financial support to enable them to minister. Please pray for swift support development and a smooth transition into life, culture, and ministry with the Muslim people of Central Asia.
RYAN & TARA
Ryan and Tara are from Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, Englewood, CO and were appointed as World Outreach short term missionaries serving under cooperative agreement. They will be commissioned at the 33rd General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church June 2013 and will focus on teaching English to university students, member care, training and mentoring, and sharing the Good News with Southeast Asians.
Ryan grew up in a Catholic home — in Joliet and then in Bloomington, Illinois. In high school he attended a church-run camp where he decided to put his faith in Christ. His faith was new and exciting through high school but was tested in college when his university professors made inaccurate statements about the Word of God. This drove him to want to know the Truth and he rededicated his life to Christ by the end of his sophomore year of college. His first cross-cultural experience was when he taught in China, after graduating in 2005. While in China, he visited Cambodia and taught English there. In Cambodia, he met Tara, and realized his need for a deeper knowledge of the faith and decided to attend Denver Seminary. He graduated from Denver Seminary with a Master’s of Divinity in 2012. He is currently working as a resident in Clinical Pastoral Education at a Swedish Medical Center.
Tara grew up as a daughter of a minister and accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior when she was about eight. She took ownership of her faith in high school and had many spiritual discussions with her Mormon and Jehovah's Witness friends. She had to really understand and hold to what she said she believed in. Her first cross-cultural experience was a church-lead trip with her family to Tijuana, Mexico in 1991. Tara graduated in 2005 with a BS in Business Administration and two months later left to teach English in Cambodia until 2008. There she met Ryan and they returned to America to get married and for him to go to seminary. She worked at Starbucks until deciding to stay at home to take care of their son.
Ryan and Tara have been married almost five years and have one child, Britton who is 19 months.
They cannot do this work alone. Your prayers and financial support will enable them to minister in Southeast Asia. Please pray for continued financial support, that God would raise up a team to work with them, and increased favor and divine appointments with people they are working among.
BOB & NANCY
Bob and Nancy from Hope Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee were appointed as World Outreach missionaries in January 2013 under cooperative agreement with Interserve. They have been called to serve long-term as medical educators and disciple makers in Central Asia with a people group that is less than 0.5% Christian. In this creative access country, decades of war have troubled hearts and spirits and the dominant religious tradition enslaves its adherents to works and rituals that give no assurance for eternity.
Bob, who grew up in a Roman Catholic home, regularly attended church with his family but never truly understood and believed in the Gospel until his last year of college in 1979. Seeing medical work as a way of living out the Gospel through health care to the poor and underserved, Bob worked in the Indian Health Service in remote rural regions of the US and then in the inner city as a clinician and teacher. On a short term trip to Central Asia, the Lord showed him how Christian physicians are able to demonstrate the love of Jesus, while helping rebuild the graduate medical education system and improve the quality of health care in a country with one of the highest infant and maternal mortalities on the planet. In subsequent trips he has developed supportive relationships with in-country organizations which are seeking to integrate the Gospel in development work.
Nancy lived in other cultures and grew up going to church weekly. At the age of 17 she realized Christ was really alive, calling her to exchange her life for His and follow Him. After raising three children, she recertified as a pediatric nurse practitioner in order to do this work. She is especially interested in maternal child health and hopes to work with mothers and their young children.
In preparation for the transition to this work, Bob and Nancy are growing in their knowledge and love for the Word of God, and learning tools for starting and supporting new fellowships of believers.
Bob holds an MD from University of California, Irvine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Nan holds an MSN from California State University Long Beach and is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
Bob and Nancy cannot do this work alone. They need your prayers and financial support to enable them to minister. Please pray for hearts growing closer to Jesus, swift support development, and a smooth transition into life, culture and ministry with the people of Central Asia.
MIKE & TAMMY
Mike and Tammy, from Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Marshall, Texas, were appointed as World Outreach only missionaries in March 2013. They have been called to serve long-term as church planters among the people of Southeast Asia — working with a people group that is less than 0.5% Christian.
Mike accepted Christ as a young adult and has participated in mission trips, numerous neighborhood projects, is an elder at his church and a member of the World Outreach committee of the Central South Presbytery. Tammy received Christ as a young girl and first felt the call to the mission field during her freshman year of college. She has served as a short-term missionary in New Jersey, Louisiana and Texas, and has been an active member of many of her church’s ministries, including women’s ministries and the local mission committee. Mike and Tammy felt the call to missions several years ago, have been praying since that time for God to provide direction, and recently were led to share the gospel and plant churches among an unreached people group.
Mike holds a B.A. in Journalism from East Texas State University. After working in the newspaper business for many years, Mike started his own technical support business and has worked primarily with a ministry that distributes free online Bible study materials. Tammy studied missions at Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music, received her LVN training at Panola College, and has worked as a geriatric nurse for 15 years.
Mike and Tammy cannot do this work alone. They need your prayers and financial support to enable them to minister. Please pray for swift support development and a smooth transition into life, culture and, ministry with the people of Southeast Asia
NICK & AMANDA
Nick and Amanda, from All Saints Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN, were appointed as EPC World Outreach only missionaries in March 2013. They have two girls, Hazel (21 months old) and Ellie (3 years old). They have felt a call to missions since before they married in 2007, and received direction from the Lord within the past year to go to the Middle East. Nick and Amanda returned from a vision trip this March, where God confirmed this calling to work with unengaged Muslims.
Nick grew up in a Christian family in Missouri, but first felt a call to missions in college where he was involved with Campus Outreach, and lived with several Japanese students on campus. Nick has a B.S. in Education from Southeast Missouri State University, and teaches high school mathematics in Memphis. Amanda grew up in a Christian family in a suburb of Memphis, and developed a passion for unengaged people groups through a few short-term mission trips with her youth group. She has a B.S. in Education from The University of Memphis, and currently teaches piano at home.
Nick and Amanda desire to do church-planting in the Middle East. Their hope is to engage with families through a local school, both through teaching and through developing relationships with neighbors. Please pray for a smooth transition for their daughters into a foreign culture and for their family as they develop a ministry in the Middle East.
They cannot do this without your support. They hope to be on the field late this year, so please pray for God’s provision, and that the financial support will be established quickly.
STEPHEN & CARRIE WOODWORTH
Steve and Carrie Woodworth from iSight Presbyterian Church in Black Mountain, NC were appointed as World Outreach career missionaries at the 33rd General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in June 2013. Steve will serve on the leadership team of ITEN as the Associate Coordinator. In this capacity Steve will focus on promoting holistic church planting by developing and training indigenous leaders and establishing and supporting theological seminaries, Bible colleges and training centers around the globe. Their expected departure date is July 2014.
Steve was raised in the church and was taught early in life of the need to pray “the sinners prayer” but it was not until his freshman year at Montreat College that he became an authentic disciple of Jesus. Following his undergraduate work Steve sensed a call to full time work in higher education. Returning to Montreat College Steve served as a Chaplain and professor of Pastoral Ministry for ten years. During that time he completed his MDiv. and DMin. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Currently, Steve continues to serve in higher education at Toccoa Falls College as the Director of Spiritual Formation and instructor in pastoral ministry.
Carrie was raised in the Christian faith and knew Jesus as her Savior at an early age. Carrie has always had a heart for the marginalized and gift for mercy among the least and lost. In the summer following her junior year of high school she traveled to Jamaica where she spent a month working and living among the impoverished. Following her senior year Carrie enrolled at Montreat College were she pursued a degree in Intercultural Studies. After graduation Carrie worked at a camp for disabled children, a homeless shelter for pregnant women, and with International Renewal Ministries. Currently Carrie is a full-time mother caring for their three young boys: Luke (10), Andrew (8), and Zachary (6).
Steve and Carrie met at Montreat College in 1995 and were married in May 1998. While attending Christ Community Church (formerly Montreat Presbyterian Church, EPC) they were privileged to help plant iSight Church in Black Mountain where they served for six years.
The Woodworth’s are eagerly praying for a team of partners who share their burden for pastoral training and leadership development among the unreached. Your prayers and financial support will enable them to minister in some of the spiritually darkest places around the globe. Please pray for their continued financial support, that God would raise up a team to support their vision, and increased favor and divine appointments with people they seek to work among.