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Whitham, Michael

Whitham, Michael

Whitham, Michael

Reformed University Fellowship: Johnson and Wales University

Michael Whitham was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. While in college, Michael was involved with RUF and spent his summers in camp ministry. He met his wife, Anna, while studying at OU.

Michael graduated with his Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC in May 2013. Following graduation, Michael took the call to be the Campus Minister at Johnson & Wales University.

 

Dirks, Tyler & Carrie

Dirks, Tyler & Carrie

Dirks, Tyler & Carrie

East Charlotte Presbyterian Church (Church Plant)

Tyler was born in The Wild Wild West (Dodge City KS). After graduating from Kansas State University in Manhattan KS (The Little Apple), Tyler voyaged to the East Coast to marry his beautiful bride (Carrie). Tyler obtained his Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte NC in 2007, and then took a call to shepherd students and faculty members at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte as the RUF Campus Minister from 2007-2013. Tyler then took a call to plant a church in Central Carolina Presbytery on the East Side of Charlotte in June of 2013. Tyler & Carrie have 4 lovely and rambunctious children; Maggie, Henry, Haven, and Phinehas (and a dog named Bella, and a cat named Nugget).

Tyler LOVES anything written by CS Lewis (favorite = “Till We Have Faces“).  Additionally Tyler thoroughly enjoys Redemption Accomplished & Applied by John Murray, The Supper of the LambA Culinary Reflection by Robert Farrar Capon, and Critique Magazine published by Ransom Fellowship.  Frisbee? …Yes Please!  Hiking and/or a walk in the woods? …absolutely!  Bread and wine? …you betchya!  When it comes to music Tyler believes that The Oh Hellos are genius, Josh Garrels is thought-provoking, and there’s something pretty darn intriguing about the Red Hot Chili Peppers!  The best movie ever is a tie between The Princess Bride and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Bronson, Andrew & Becky

Bronson, Andrew & Becky

Bronson, Andrew & Becky

Mission To The World: Thailand

Andrew and Becky Bronson have two boys (Ryder who is 8, and Wyatt who is 6) and have been serving with MTW in Bangkok, Thailand for five years. Andrew grew up outside Baltimore, MD in a Christian home attending PCA churches most of his life. Becky grew up in San Antonio, TX in a Catholic family - particularly influenced by a local Episcopal church's youth group, where she came to faith in the Gospel in high school. The Bronson's met while studying at Vanderbilt University where they graduated in 2000 (Andrew) and 2002 (Becky). Taking jobs in business after school, they got married while working in Dallas, TX and attending Park Cities Presbyterian Church (still their home sending church).

Over the years the Lord has given them both a great burden for lost people groups and cross-cultural ministry. Having traveled extensively, including Andrew working in business in Bangkok for two years, the Bronson's made the jump from business to ministry as short-term workers with MTW in 2006. For two years they worked in the outskirts of Bangkok with a church planting team helping New City Fellowship Church Bangkok (www.ncfc.org).

Sensing a desire to serve overseas longer term, they moved to St. Louis, MO in 2008 to attend Covenant Seminary. Andrew received an MDiv and was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the North Texas Presbytery of the PCA. Before their first son was born in St Louis in 2008, Becky also had the opportunity to attend Covenant, receiving an MA in Religion and Cultures. The family returned to Bangkok in early 2012, moved into center-city Bangkok, and has been part of Grace City Bangkok church plant ever since (www.gracecitybkk.org). The Bronson's give glory to God for their journey - above all else, one of growing dependence upon his mercy and grace.

Calvin & Geeta

Calvin & Geeta

Calvin & Geeta

Bogphur Children's Home in South Asia

Our Missionary Family to South Asia is the Calvin & Geeta: Calvin was born in India, where his parents were Mission to the World missionaries serving with the Bohogpur Children's Home. Geeta grew up in the children's home. Calvin returned to work at the home in 1997, and they were married in 1998. They have worked with the home for more that 10 years, and they were also part of a church-planting team for several years.

Calvin now serves as president (CEO) and chaplain of the Children's Home. While helping in fundraising and administration, he sees his most important role as giving spiritual encouragement and guidance to the staff and children of the home. Calvin & Geeta lead in house fellowship in their neighborhood and are active in the leadership of a new congregation in their town. Geeta works in various projects to help children of poor families in their area.

Th Bhogpur Children's Home in India works to see underprivileged children, especially from leprosy-affected communities, cared for, educated and morally nurtured to become well adjusted in today's world as living witnesses of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As Executive Director of the Children's Home, Calvin has the responsibility for the financial position of the Children's Home and the spiritual atmosphere among the children and staff. He leads devotions for the children on a weekly basis, and holds meeting with staff regularly. He also oversees the sponsorship program and development work for the home.

At Valley Bible Fellowship, Calvin serves as a Ruling Elder on the Session, and regularly leads adult Sunday School classes and preaches once a month.

Presson, Bryan & Paula

Presson, Bryan & Paula

Presson, Bryan & Paula

Ministering to the Karen people from Thailand in Greensboro, NC

Thank you for praying for the Friendly Avenue Karen Church here in Greensboro, NC.  The church can no longer be called a plant; it has become a growing, viable, church, thanks to the grace of God and your faithful prayers.

Part of pastoral ministry is serving families going through difficult times.  Our ministry includes a large food distribution to the Karen neighborhood families and the jobless. The Karen pastor, Hsar, and his new wife are already on their own reaching out to kids in their neighborhood, holding outreach opportunities in their homes and the homes of others.

Regarding church ministry, we have a rather large percentage of young Karen people attending our church, many from non-Christian backgrounds.  We have just started a Karen youth ministry and worship band under the leadership of a capable young man.  This is further attracting more young people.  Also, we have started citizenship classes as an outreach and service to Karen refugees working to gain U.S. citizenship.

De Leon, Michele F.

De Leon, Michele F.

De Leon, Michele F.

Mission To the World: Philippines (CE&P)

Michelle F. DeLeon is Director of Christian Education & Publishing(CE&P) in the Philippines for the past 5 years. She was raised in a Catholic home but “born-again after a three day revival in Molino Presbyterian Church. She studied at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary (PTS) and received a Master Degree in theology. She taught in a International School until 2009 when she came to work with the CE&P Ministry.

CE&P Ministry goals are to TRAIN, TEACH, TRANSLATE AND EQUIP NATIONALS.

In 2013 CE&P held 21 training classes with over 200 churches represented and over 600 leaders attending. Thus far in 2014 we have held 15 training and had the joy of equipping the leaders with Sunday School material.

CE&P also trains PTS Bible student to teach in Public School. Last year 1,200 children were taught weekly for 8 months. Training began in August for the new recruits. Pray for them to capture a vision!

Praise God for all the doors of teaching opportunity opened in orphanages, schools, churches, and communities all over the Philippines .

Clark, Paul & Marty

Clark, Paul & Marty

Clark, Paul & Marty

Scripture Union: Peru (Ministry to Street Children)

Paul was born in Peru, son of pioneer missionary parents. His mother was from Ohio from a German family and his dad was from Jamaica from a British family.

Paul and Marty met in Peru as well as were married there.  Paul was teaching after having graduated from Wheaton College and Marty went to Peru as a missionary teacher in 1960 for supposedly 3 years.  The beginning of Marty's 3rd and last year in Peru, she committed her life to Jesus, not having know Him personally, even though she was a missionary.  Immediately she knew why she was in Peru and requested from her mission board to remain another year.  One month later she met Paul at the missionary prayer meeting and they were married just over a year later in July, 1963.

Although Paul had volunteered in Scripture Union since 1955, he became employed officially by them in 1969 and they have both been working with them ever since.  Paul stepped down from being the General Director the end of 2011, but has continued as a staff member in charge of Leadership Training plus writing the history of Scripture Union in Peru.  This book should be finished by the end of this year, but unfortunately, it is in Spanish.  He plans to use it in some of the Training courses.

Hart, Sandra

Hart, Sandra

Hart, Sandra

Mission To the World: Liason for the CECE

Sandra Hart is CE&P Project Director MTW (Volunteer): “God gave me the privilege to serve in the Philippines for almost 10 years through Mission to the World (MTW). Most of those years were spent coordinating the Tagalog translation of a five year Sunday school curriculum called, Bible Building Blocks of the Faith (Children’s Ministry International) . This material is based on the children’s catechism. Praise God, hundreds of churches, as well as Christian and public schools are using this material today."

CE&P Ministry goals are to TRAIN, TEACH, TRANSLATE AND EQUIP NATIONALS.

In 2013 CE&P held 21 training classes with over 200 churches represented and over 600 leaders attending. Thus far in 2014 we have held 15 training and had the joy of equipping the leaders with Sunday School material.

CE&P also trains PTS Bible student to teach in Public School. Last year 1,200 children were taught weekly for 8 months. Training began in August for the new recruits. Pray for them to capture a vision! Praise God for all the doors of teaching opportunity opened in orphanages, schools, churches, and communities all over the Philippines .

Carr, Bill & Susan

Carr, Bill & Susan

Carr, Bill & Susan

Mission To the World: Minnesota (Indian Reservations)

Bill and Susan Carr met within a Navigator ministry at East Tennessee State University.  After their marriage in 1977, they became involved in the Presbyterian Church in America.  They began their careers as teachers.  Susan taught until God blessed them with two daughters.  Bill continued to teach for 10 years.

Sensing a call to missions, Bill and Susan accepted a short-term call to an Australian church planting team.  Upon return from Australia, Bill entered seminary.  Ministry to other cultures was still their desire.

The Carrs were assigned to South Africa from 1997 until 2010 with MTW.   They equipped nationals for church ministry through theological education, children’s ministries, and Christian education.  Bill served as team leader for other South African missionaries.

Now Bill and Susan are serving MTW in the most challenging ministry of their careers.  They are working with Native Americans in Minnesota.  One of the greatest needs of the Native American church is spiritual leadership.  The Carrs are helping to train leaders through the Mokahum Ministry Center (MMC).

MMC requires a high degree of personal mentorship and training in Biblical subjects, life skills, and ministry skills for its students.  Bill serves MMC as the educational director and teaches several modules.  Susan teaches study skills.  Both personally mentor students, a key component of the program.

Smalling, Roger & Diane

Smalling, Roger & Diane

Smalling, Roger & Diane

Mission To the World: Latin America

Roger and Dianne Smalling are dedicated to bringing the Reformation to Latin America by establishing leadership training centers throughout the region. They are founders of Visión R.E.A.L. (Reforma En America Latina)

The Smallings write, publish and teach reformed literature in Latin America through their training seminars.

Visit their website:

REFORMATION IN LATIN AMERICA http://www.smallings.com

Their e-books are in three languages: http://www.amazon.com/Roger-Smalling/e/B005VG0LZW