We have no illusions we can do all the kingdom work that needs to be done so we are intentional about networking and partnering with a great variety of churches and ministries in the city and around the world to see the gospel spread. Here are some of the folks we support with our prayers and finances.
The following video was recorded and compiled for our "Particularization" celebration in February 2013.
Bill & April Henrichs (Cru @ Miami University, Oh)
While in college, Bill & April were confronted with the reality that apart from Jesus people are lost. They hope to see lives changed as students experience God’s love and forgiveness through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Miami University in Ohio is Bill’s Alma Mater. Bill and April connect with students through being Alumni and being a part of the Greek system. Miami is a school of about 15,000 students. The Campus Crusade movement at Miami has around 700-800 students involved.
Jaiprakash (Partners India, Ambah)
Jaiprakash never found peace or joy as he was raised in a Hindu home. His father was alcoholic and abusive .
Out of desperation, he contemplated to run away from his family one night. But gospel reached him the same night through a local missionary and he surrendered his life for Christ. After working for about a dozen years with Cru showing the Jesus film throughout India, Jaiprakash is the only Church planter in Ambah, a town of about 250,000 people, but God is accomplishing great things through this young man.
Jon & Sarah Pfeil (Mission to the World, Japan)
Jon came to faith in a Christian home in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating with a degree in chemical engineering, Jon was led to serve with MTW in Japan, for two months and later returned for two years. Sarah came to faith in a Christian home in Richmond, Indiana. God developed in her a heart for missions through several trips with her church. She attended nursing school and is a registered nurse. Jon and Sarah were married on August 24, 2002, and continued serving with MTW through an international ministry internship in Atlanta, Georgia. Jon had the opportunity to help lead several international ministries, to become an ordained PCA elder, and to begin systematic biblical studies. Sarah was active in leadership with a young moms ministry, in leading a discipleship group, and in supporting these international ministries.
The Pfeils are working with the MTW Tokyo/Chiba Church-Planting Team in the strategic area of college ministry. They are partnering with the Japanese Presbyterian Church as well as serving the growing church-planting movement in Japan by reaching and discipling young Japanese to be future leaders in the Church.
Barry & Amy Schutter (Serge, London)
Barry and Amy began working in London for World Harvest Mission in January, 2005. Barry grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, while Amy comes from central New Jersey. Barry moved to New Jersey after university for work, and the two met at Amy’s home church. They were married in 2000, and in February of 2006 and March of 2008, they welcomed Nicholas and Quinn into their family.
The Schutters live in a multi-cultural community of London, made up of diverse people coming from Asia and Africa. Barry serves as a team leader and in the church as one of the pastors. Amy serves the church as a leader of the Parent & Toddler fellowship and outreach.
Both Amy and Barry sensed a call into full time cross-cultural work during their high school years. In preparation for church planting work, Amy studied International Business at Messiah College. Barry prepared for ministry by serving as both an elder and deacon in their New Jersey church and through his Masters degree in Biblical Studies from Philadelphia Biblical University and Doctor of Ministry from Covenant Theological Seminary.
Gabriel & Kelly Velasco (Back 2 Back)
Gabriel & Kelly Velasco are the site directors with Back 2 Back ministries in Mazatlan, Mexico.
Gabo and Kelly are working to give care for today and hope for tomorrow to orphans in Mazatlan.
Walter Wood (Redeemer City to City, Church Planting)
Walter Wood is the pastor emeritus of North Cincinnati Community Church and now serves with City to City as a catalyst for church planting in Southern and Eastern Europe.
Walter grew up in Alabama, served on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, and worked at Perimeter Church in Atlanta. He came to Cincinnati in 1994 with a vision to plant a church that would make a difference in the community through biblical worship, discipleship, and outreach. Walter received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. Walter and his wife Becky have two grown children, Walter III and Elisabeth.
CHURCH PLANT PARTNERS
Redeemer Church is an intentinally multi-ethnic community of Christ followers in Mason, Ohio, north of Cincinnati.
Pastor Marc loves coming alongside people and helping them to see Christ, and then grow in faith. He has a heart for cross-cultural ministry and loves to travel, play sports, and read. Marc served on staff at North Cincinnati Community Church for eleven years, and previous to that worked at Teen Challenge International. He is a graduate of Grove City College and Reformed Theological Seminary. Marc is married to Jill and has four children.