Ministries

Global Missions


St. Paul’s Global Missions Ministry exists so that the nations might be glad and sing for joy. As the psalmist cries out,

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you! (Psalm 67:3)

There are almost 8 billion people alive on planet earth today, each of whom has been created in the image and likeness of God, but most of whom do not know him. We long to see more worshipers! And so, we are committed to the Great Commission of making disciples and filling all things with God’s kingdom glory (Genesis 1:28; Matthew 28:18-20). Come, be a part of what God is doing, not just here in Orlando, but all around the world.


Core Values

Support for global missions at St. Paul’s is characterized by the following priorities:

  • Church-centered partnerships
  • The training of indigenous leaders and pastors
  • A special concern for unreached peoples
  • Significant investment in a limited number of partnerships


Get to Know St. Paul's Missionaries

A note on missionary security: You will notice that limited information is provided for some of our missionaries who serve in places where Christians are persecuted. Because of security risks, we are careful about the information we share online. This ought to remind us of how important it is to pray for our missionaries and their safety.

Tokyo, Japan

Seima and Naoko Aoyagi

Senri, Towa, Satoki, Akari

Seima and Naoko are involved in a church planting ministry in downtown Tokyo, Japan, that is affiliated with Redeemer City to City, Mission to the World (MTW), and Presbyterian Mission International (PMI). This is not just a single church plant—their desire is to see a city-center church-planting movement take root throughout Tokyo. Through this they hope to see Tokyo, the biggest city and the most lost city in the world with only 0.23% of the population professing Christ, transformed by the gospel. Grace Harbor Church in Toyosu (a city-center area of Tokyo with 150,000 people without any church) was planted in 2015. They intentionally target non-Christians, building relationships and sharing the gospel with people who have never heard the gospel before. They have about 70 adults and 30 children gathering each Sunday.

Stanford, California

Kathleen Chitty

Kathleen has the joy of working alongside Rev. Crawford Stevener, campus minister at Stanford University with RUF, Reformed University Fellowship. She is one of about 35 women working in the position of campus staff with RUF, and she enjoys reaching and pouring into high-achieving college women.

Stanford University, located in the Bay Area—the most unchurched and de-churched populated area in the country—is a unique mixture of incredibly intelligent, high-achieving, self-reliant students who often end up at high-powered and incredibly influential companies such as Google, Facebook, Bain, Apple, and SpaceX. Kathleen has the privilege of meeting one-on-one with Stanford women and graduate students to read the Bible and discuss personal gospel implications in their lives. She also leads community groups, trains student leaders, and coordinates events and retreats for RUF Stanford and also for the RUF regional conference, WestCo.

South Asia

Jimmy and Erin

Sienna, Seth, Nathan, Benjamin

Jimmy and Erin lead a church-planting team in a restricted-access South Asian nation. Their team’s purpose is to help nurture an emerging network of house churches that has begun among the “Shepherd” people group and to help see this become a movement, and to help initiate and nurture other such movements among neighboring people groups. They help encourage and mentor the leaders of the network, as well as partner with them to help create and distribute indigenous print, audio, and video resources for evangelism, discipleship, and leader training, in order to equip them to reach their own people with the good news of Christ (Jimmy’s official job is directing a small Christian film studio). In addition, they provide logistical and administrative support to a Shepherd-language Bible translation project being undertaken by local leaders. They are also involved in personal evangelism with people from various unreached ethnic groups, seeking to disciple them to a mature faith in Christ and helping them to form locally led house churches.

Middle East

Ezies E

Ezies serves with Middle East Mission, a small mission agency working to demonstrate God’s love by promoting wholeness and growth in the gospel and serving the Arabic speaking community both in the US and the Middle East through biblical teaching.

God has placed a strong call for evangelism and discipleship on Ezies. She knows that a good understanding of the culture is key to showing the unreached in the Middle East the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through her visits to the underground churches in the Middle East, she equips and encourages the Muslim-background believers through mentoring, teaching, and counseling. Ezies has unique access to minister to Middle-Eastern women, and also encourages MBB in the US, connecting them to good churches so that they are able to find help and support through their struggles and challenges. She collaborates with different ministries in order that her people in the Arabian Gulf have access to good Reformed teaching.

Ezies has recorded for Christian radio broadcasts that go all over the world. She is also hoping to expand her ministry to her people through social media. She is finishing two books in the Arabic language, The Names of God in the New Testament and From Pain into Hope. She also continues to write short devotions.

Middle East & North Africa

Jim and Carole Fitzgerald

Jim and Carole Fitzgerald serve in the Middle East and North Africa with Equipping Pastors International. Their vision is to equip pastors in North Africa and the Middle East, where Islam is firmly entrenched. This region was once the intellectual and theological capital of the Christian world, and Jim and Carole desire to see its true Christian heritage recovered.

Since 2009, Jim and his domestic and international partners have trained hundreds of pastors and Christian leaders in the region, started two theological seminaries, and built nearly one hundred churches (many of which are new church plants). They have also translated multiple biblical and theological books and materials from English into Arabic.

CRFC State Prison, Orlando

Miles Hayes

Miles is an assistant pastor at St. Paul’s with a special emphasis in prison ministry. He is entirely self-supporting and receives no staff compensation from St. Paul’s.

Ministering inside the large state prison east of Orlando, Miles provides worship services with verse-by-verse expository preaching. As an extension of St. Paul’s, these services reflect aspects of corporate worship at St. Paul’s.

Miles also provides counseling in various forms, ranging from biblical application of Scripture, to marriage and family concerns, to general life-skills counseling.

Ecuador

Fred & Arlene Jonkman

Fred and Arlene have been bringing the light of the gospel to Ecuador since 1998. The Iglesia Reformada de la Gracia in Quito was planted in 2000 and has strong national leaders who understand and teach the Reformed faith. Fred is an elder and Arlene works with the women of the church. In January 2016, they began to help the church plant a daughter church in Ibarra, a town two hours north of Quito. Fred and the leaders travel to Ibarra biweekly to disciple this new group.

In 2006 a Reformed Bible Institute was started in Quito, and there are several study centers throughout Ecuador with about 100 students. Fred regularly teaches Bible and theological courses, and Arlene is now teaching biblical counseling courses. They also teach family workshops and counseling seminars to help the Ecuadorians understand biblical principles for living out their faith in Christ.

Fred and Arlene also have an outreach ministry in Quinindé where, together with members of their church, they are taking the gospel and bringing humanitarian aid to eight marginal communities. Believers in several communities gather together to worship on the Lord’s Day, and two new churches are being formed. This past year they also opened a medical clinic in Quinindé and are excited to be able to use this clinic as a means to further the gospel. Each patient who comes is lovingly served, and time is taken to share the Word and pray together. In addition, outreach to the Chachis people continues. They rejoice at the doors God has opened, enabling them to take the gospel of Christ to this people group.

Southeast Asia

Dan and Tawnny

Lola Grace, Elliott, Jedediah, Tobias, Clementine

Dan and Tawnny were members of St. Paul’s for many years. They serve with The JESUS Film Project (a ministry of Cru) and moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand, in the summer of 2017. The JESUS film is used by more than 1,500 missions organizations and denominations around the world to communicate the gospel to people in their own language, disciple new believers, help plant churches, and train and equip pastors. It is a film about the life of Jesus taken from the Gospel of Luke and has been translated into more than 1,600 languages so far.

Dan provides technical support for the regional JESUS Film office located in Chiang Mai and travels to surrounding countries to train other missionaries and local believers to record the JESUS film in the many local languages that do not yet have gospel materials available. Dan also helps develop equipment and strategies for indigenous church planters to use JESUS film tools in their local ministry.

Ethiopia, Africa

Tim & Laura Love

Sam, Pip, Ruthie

The Love family is excited to follow God’s call to serve as medical missionaries in Ethiopia. Tim grew up at St. Paul’s, and much of his exposure to missions was through St. Paul’s Missions Conferences and numerous short-term missions trips with the youth group. He served on an MTW internship in Ethiopia during college and there began to feel a clear call to long-term missions in Ethiopia. That summer in Ethiopia is also where he met his future wife, Laura!

In countries like Ethiopia, nine out of ten people cannot access basic surgical services due to a lack of surgeons and surgical capacity. Many in Ethiopia are left suffering and dying with conditions that could be easily treated with surgery. Tim is a board-certified general surgeon and will work with the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (www.paacs.net) training medical school graduates in Ethiopia to become surgeons, while also discipling them in their faith. This provides opportunities to share the gospel with patients who are desperate for compassion and hope and to train men and women who will be the next generation of healthcare providers in Ethiopia. Laura supports Tim in this work while caring for their children and home.

Canon City, Colorado

Dan & Shirley Matsche

Dan serves as a chaplain with Good News Jail & Prison Ministry in two prisons in Canon City, Colorado. He has what he calls a ministry of presence and is known to the inmate population and many of the staff as a man of God who they can be comfortable speaking with. His love for his men and his love for the Lord Jesus and his word are used to minister truth to those who so desperately need to hear it. He ministers in the cell houses, on the prison yard, in the prison visiting room, and in his chaplain’s office. Dan teaches weekly Bible classes, leads church services, gives one-on-one counseling sessions with both inmates and staff, and also handles emergency notifications, informing inmates of the severe sickness or death of a family member.

Shirley ministers with him on Sundays during their prison worship services where she uses her wonderful gift of singing: sharing the gospel through special music, for which the men are so appreciative. She also handles much of the administrative tasks associated with their ministry.

Serving globally from South Carolina

Curtis & Lisa McGown

Brayden, Elle

Curtis serves as the executive director of Godspeed Resources Connection (GRC). He is involved in vision, administration, implementation, management, counseling, debriefing, consulting, and developing partnerships with churches and sending organizations.

GRC is a group of faith-based caregivers serving those sent cross-culturally by providing preventative and restorative care to strengthen their well-being in life and work. Services include counseling, psychiatry, debriefing, spiritual direction, and consulting.

GRC offers these services in three settings: in person in Columbia, SC; in person in Indonesia; and Online Care using a video/teleconferencing platform for anyone located around the world outside the US.

Nagoya, Japan

Matt & Caroline Newkirk

Lydia, Silas, Ethan, Chloe

The Newkirks serve with Christ Bible Seminary in Nagoya, Japan, where Matt is president and professor of Old Testament. The Japanese are the second-largest unreached people group in the world and are therefore in desperate need of well-trained gospel ministers, so CBS’s mission is simple: to equip Christians in Japan for the work of gospel ministry.

CBS operates within a larger organization called Christ Bible Institute, which also includes an outreach ministry (Heart & Soul), a church-planting center (Joy for Japan Center), a publishing arm (CBI Press), and a newly established counseling ministry (Christian Counseling for Japan). In addition to teaching courses in Old Testament and missions, Matt leads the faculty and staff in executing the seminary’s mission and caring for the students and their families.

The entire Newkirk family enjoys participating in the life of their Japanese church and building relationships with people in their community.

South Asia

Eric & Sara-Beth

Noa, Martha, Gloria, Asher, Carol-Joy, Elizabeth

Eric and Sara-Beth are serving in South Asia amongst numerous people groups. They have helped to start a small church plant in the city where they currently live. They are also working on a partnership with a local mission hospital outside the city that will provide an opportunity for medical missions.

They are one of the first MTW families in their country and are seeking to lay the groundwork for others to join them in taking the gospel to the largest unreached people group in the world. Eric and Sara-Beth continue to learn the language and culture, and they strive to be a Christian presence to the people who live in their city.

Lyon, France

Alex & Suzanne Sarran

Matthieu, Timothée, Etienne, Vallouise, Augustine, Violette

Alex and Suzanne have been involved in full-time ministry in Lyon since 2001, the year they were married. With less than one percent of the population being Bible-believing Christians, the needs are great. According to recent surveys, France has the largest proportion of atheists in Western Europe and also the largest proportion of Muslims.

Alex leads a budding church plant near the center of the city, and together as a family they seek to glorify God through communicating the gospel message to as many people as possible. They pray that many would come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ, and as a result, the church would grow, and in time other churches would be established. They long to see the gospel have a positive, visible impact on this urban area, which is the second largest in France.

Paris, France

Joel & Stephanie Swanson

Pascal

For over a decade, Stephanie helped French nationals in church planting through youth and children’s ministry, English outreaches, music, drama, and one-on-one discipleship. For over a decade, Joel prayed fervently for Europe and served his local church through music and discipleship before leaving his engineering job to use his gifts in apologetics by serving for two years on a church-planting team in Ukraine.

Married in 2014, Joel and Stephanie serve together in France, a country where protestant Christianity was nearly exterminated by centuries of persecution. After serving on a church-planting team in Toulouse, the Swansons are now working with a small Parisian church that has supported many church plants. Joel and Stephanie are grateful to be able to use their gifts to help strengthen this local church in its vision for church planting in Paris.

Pray that Parisian believers and non-believers would see how the person and work of Christ transforms all of life and work. And pray for a growing prayer movement that transforms this city, which has seen much bloodshed in religion’s name.

Shin-Urayasu, Japan

Robert & Lisa Stewart

William, Isabel

Best known as the home of Tokyo Disneyland, and sister city to Orlando, Urayasu was once a small fishing village on Tokyo Bay. A coastal land-reclamation project expanded its area fourfold, bringing rapid growth and an influx of young people and families.

When an MTW team moved into the Shin-Urayasu area, there was no church in this new community of 40,000—not surprising in a country where only 0.3% of the population identify as Christians. Praise God, Shin-Urayasu Grace Church was started in 2012 through the efforts of the MTW Tokyo Bay Team.

The goal of the mission in Shin-Urayasu is to reach the unchurched with the truth of the gospel while also building up the existing church by emphasizing spiritual growth and Christian fellowship.

It is the dear hope of the Stewarts (and the entire Tokyo Bay Team) that Shin-Urayasu Grace Church will not only be a hub for God’s work in the area but will also be instrumental in planting more churches throughout the region.

Iran via Atlanta, Georgia

Sasan & Kenna Tavassoli

Although based in Atlanta, Georgia, the focus of Sasan’s ministry is teaching and resourcing Iranian Christian communities both inside Iran and all around the world. He uses three “platforms” to deliver his teaching: satellite TV, seminars, and Bible college courses.

Sasan produces dozens of programs every year on various Iranian Christian satellite TV networks that are then broadcast into Iran. The purpose of these programs is to encourage believers in Iran and help grow the house church movements in that country. He also teaches at conferences and seminars for Iranian Christians living in Europe, North America, and, more recently, in Australia. He also co-founded an Iranian Bible college, Pars Theological Center (with offices based in London), which aims to train house church leaders in Iran and pastors in the diaspora.

Orlando, Florida

Andy & Kelly West

Andy and Kelly have served with the high school ministry of Cru since 1984. Cru is all about connecting teenagers to Jesus Christ. Teenagers are the future leaders and parents of our nation and world, and they are a major influence in today’s society, both for good and bad. Teens are also the most responsive age group to the gospel, as over 80% of those who receive Christ do so by age 18.

Imagine a spiritual movement of teenagers living out a contagious faith in Christ at every school. Since 1967, Cru has specialized in impacting the youth culture and taking the gospel to their world.

Teenagers are leading movements of evangelism and discipleship that touch schools and communities for Christ. Andy and Kelly want to challenge teens to take the next step in their spiritual journeys, and they train students to become missionaries to their peers.

West Africa

Donnie & Kara

Donnie and Kara work with a young, West African denomination where they help to prepare men and women for leadership in existing and new churches. The denomination is comprised of eleven churches and is pioneered by mostly first-generation converts from Islam. They are part of the 1/10 of 1% who are protestant evangelicals in a country of 14 million people where 95% of the population is Muslim.

On their return from home mission assignment in fall 2020, Donnie and Kara will be helping to oversee, along with the existing national leaders, a newly formed presbytery. There are currently only four bi-vocational ordained pastors for these eleven churches who are ministering mostly in rural areas where access to transportation and technology is limited. They have asked Donnie and Kara to come alongside them to help identify and train potential ruling elders and their wives. Donnie and Kara also serve as liaisons with visiting partners: professors who teach at the center for theological education, medical teams, groups who provide business development training, and colleagues from other countries. All of this involves extensive travel and ongoing comprehension of several languages in a cultural context of religious syncretism and poverty. They serve on a local MTW team in their host country, which is part of a broader partnership involving several West African countries. Their three children—Gabe, Alec, and Kathryn—are stateside in various stages of college and military service.

RUF @ University of Central Florida

Lee & Sarah Wright

Tillie, Margot, Max

Lee Wright serves as the campus minister of Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). RUF is the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America and to date is on over 150 campuses across the nation. RUF at UCF reaches over 120 students at the second-largest college campus in the United States with over 69,000 students.

RUF is on campus at the University of Central Florida in order to reach and equip students for Christ. This is done by giving them the transformative gospel of Jesus Christ in large group meetings with preaching, worship, and prayer; small groups with Bible studies, prayer, and fellowship; and one-on-one meetings where students are able to grow in their knowledge of Jesus, be furthered in their vocation, and gain wisdom in order to best approach the world.

The success of RUF is best measured ten–fifteen years after students are involved with RUF. Are students in love with Jesus? Are they engaged in the local church? Are they productive members of the local body by serving and encouraging Christ’s body? In these three areas, Lee and Sarah will measure the success of their outreach and discipleship.

Middle East

Asia Minor Partners (AMP)

Asia Minor Partners (AMP) is a transcultural network of churches and individuals dedicated to helping reformation Christianity prosper and grow throughout Asia Minor. Its vision is to see the gospel of Jesus Christ flourish through a locally-led movement of believers, pastors, and teachers who demonstrate the love of Christ based on a deep understanding of Middle Eastern culture.

AMP currently supports two national pastors: one in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, and the other in Ankara, the country’s capital. In Istanbul, the pastor is among the most prominent figures in Middle Eastern evangelical Christianity, with a well-established church community and influence throughout the country and region. In Ankara, the national pastor has an inspiring vision for planting over 80 churches and has pioneered a model and approach for building churches within a complex legal system and secularized Muslim culture.

Uganda, Africa

Africa Reformation Theological Seminary

Africa Reformation Theological Seminary, located in Kampala, Uganda, seeks to glorify God by educating and equipping pastors and leaders to serve Christ’s church and advance his kingdom in Africa. Their mission is to train and equip pastors, preachers, church planters, biblical counselors, and church leaders who have a passion for the gospel of grace and a zeal for building and multiplying healthy, strong, biblical, God-centered, and Christ-exalting churches in Uganda, Africa, and to the ends of the earth (currently they have students from 13 nations enrolled).

Serving globally from Central Florida

Third Millennium Ministries

Third Millennium Ministries believes every Christian in the world has a right to a well-trained pastor. By creating a free multimedia seminary curriculum in multiple languages, Third Mill equips church leaders in their own land, in their own language, and at no cost to them so they can lead their congregations in accordance with the Word of God.

Third Mill produces award-winning curriculum in five core languages—English, Russian, Spanish, Mandarin, and Arabic—and partners with others to translate their curriculum into 14 other languages. They deliver their curriculum to users at every level of technology: print, DVD, web, mobile apps, micro SD cards, and satellite. With users in every country of the world, Third Mill is saturating the globe with masters-level Christian education and changing the lives of pastors, lay leaders, and their congregations everywhere.

Our Strategic Support Priorities

Global missions at St. Paul’s is characterized by:

  1. Church-Planting — By “Church-Planting” we mean that this missionary or organization is directly involved in planting new gospel-centered churches.
  2. Indigenous — By “Indigenous” we mean that this missionary or organization is native to the foreign country where they serve or is directly involved in training/multiplying indigenous church leaders.
  3. Unreached — By “Unreached” we mean that this missionary or organization serves an ethnic or people group that is without an indigenous, self-supporting Christian church movement.
  4. Reformed — By “Reformed” we mean that this missionary or organization embraces traditional Reformed confessions and catechisms (e.g., Westminster Standards and Heidelberg Catechism) as faithful summaries of the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures.
  5. Trained — By “Trained” we mean that this missionary or organization has either been educated in an accredited Reformed seminary or been specifically trained for the particular missionary service they provide.
  6. St. Paul’s Connection — By “St. Paul’s Connection” we mean that this missionary is a current member of St. Paul’s or is a past member that has maintained close ties with the St. Paul’s community.
  7. Major City — By “Major City” we mean that this missionary or organization serves a large urban population with millions of residents and significant influence in their respective region of the world.


Global Missions Committee

  • Gordon Cloke (chair)
  • Sarah Cloke
  • Megan Krahn
  • Robert Krahn
  • Larry Pike
  • Sharis Pike
  • Catherine Upton

Contact Gordon Cloke

If you have questions about our Global Missions Ministry, please reach out to Gordon Cloke, chairman of St. Paul’s Global Missions Committee.

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