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Bill and Tamra Branks relocated in 2014 in response to God's leading to plant a Bible-teaching church in Detroit, MI. They currently are working with a team of dedicated believers to begin this church plant.

Richard and Wilma Dix

Retired: Aurora, IL

Richard and Wilma Dix came to Illinois as missionary church planters in 1982. They founded Village Baptist Church in Aurora, Heritage Baptist Church in Elgin, and Seminary Avenue Church on Chicago's near north side. Currently they are ministering in various ways at the first church they started, Village Baptist in Aurora, IL

Brian and Lauri Dix

ABWE: Horizon International Schools

Brian and Lauri were church planters in Portugal for nearly two decades before being called by God to serve with Horizon International Schools (HIS). HIS, a ministry of ABWE’s International Theological Education department, has as its mission “to prepare Christian men and women around the world, in their own language and culture, for effective ministry.” HIS accomplishes this by coming along side existing schools and ministries to create distance learning (online) programs. Brian is the Portuguese Language Director for Europe and Africa. His roles involve working with Bible colleges and seminaries to help them design their curriculum and implement online programs. He also works at writing, administrating, and reviewing online ministry courses. Lauri serves part-time in the HIS office editing and building HIS courses into Moodle, its online classroom.

Scott and Lisa Carter

ABWE: Chruch Planting Multiplication in Kyiv, Ukraine

In 1990 the Carters were appointed as ABWE’s first missionaries to Ukraine. By God’s grace over 2,000 Baptist churches have been established in Ukraine since 1992. Now the next step is beginning to unfold - Ukraine is emerging as a sending nation of missionaries, taking its place in global mission. Their role is coordinator of creative access ministry for Eurasia. Tasks include identifying, resourcing, and connecting emerging kingdom leaders for church planting movements and mission movements in Eurasia. This encompasses many facets: teaching, preaching, leading, mentoring, consulting, administrating, vision casting, writing, networking, developing partnerships and intercession; these are all ministry activities in which they engage regularly.

Miguel and Isabel Fernandes

ABWE: Cartaxo, Portugal

Miguel and Isabel are active in establishing a strong and testifying church in Cartaxo, Portugal. They were sent as missionaries by Isabel’s home church in São Paulo, Brazil. Miguel and Isabel try to live in a way that attracts people and challenges them to ask questions. Creative ministries and creating opportunities are fundamental aspects of their effors. They are currently investing their ministerial efforts in developing contacts and relationships, as they are in a pioneering setting of chruch plantiang.

Rich and Richelle Howard

Tri-M: Rwanda, Africa

Rich and Richelle have served as a pastor and wife team at Village Baptist Church since 1988. They have participated in numerous short-term mission trips to Ukraine, Asia, and most notably during the past ten years, in annual trips to Rwanda which later included DRCongo and Uganda. In 2009 they were invited by TRI-M leaders to become full-time missionaries to various third world areas to teach a theological training program to pastors, their wives and ministry-minded students. This ministry is appreciated by the students who were called by God to be teachers and preachers but were not able to attend Bible colleges due to their lack of funds and their isolated location. The Howards have five adult children and will continue to be based in the Aurora area. For more information please refer to their website:

Gil and Danna Leon

United World Missions: Dominican Republic

Gil & Danna are missionaries with UWM. They have been a part of Village Baptist Church for over 20 years. They are serving the Dominican Republic through pastoral training, ministry leadership development and discipleship through holistic ministry.

Rick and Becky Mackey

United World Mission: Dominican Republic

Rick and Becky work with UWM to plant, nourish, and reproduce churches that delight God and surprise the world. (To learn more about UWM, visit Their purpose is to come along side rural evangelical churches to raise up leaders who will glorify God and further His kingdom by multiplying churches in the Dominican Republic. Their goal is to facilitate the start and growth of healthy rural churches. This means that they train and work with Dominicans to make them successful in fulfilling God’s call to reach their communities for Christ. The Mackeys maintain a blog and enewsletter which shares more detailed descriptions of their ongoing work.

Fady and Ramona, a Lebanese couple, moved to Montreal in 1992. Since more than 200,000 Arabs live in that city, they started and have been serving in the Arabic Baptist Church of Christ since 1993.

In September 2013, the Lord helped them to start a Baptist church, the Church of the Lord of lords, in the West Island of Montreal. They have also been serving in French and English in different churches since their immigration. So far, Fady was invited to lead, sing and preach in church revivals and International Pastor conferences in Canada, 10 states in the USA, and 10 countries in the Middle Eest and Europe, mainly in Arabic and English.

Ramona plays music and helps Fady in visitation and in marriage counselling with people from many nationalities in English, French and Arabic. Ramona is especially suited for this because of her M.A. in Theology (specialty: Marriage according to Jesus Christ). The Nounehs' son Roy helps them with the sound and media at the English church, while their daughter Noelle teaches the Sunday school kids in the Arabic church.

Justin and Jeimmy Smith

United World Missions: Dominican Republic

Justin & Jeimmy met in 2004 when Justin was serving on a student-led missions trip to Colombia from Moody Bible Institute. They were married in 2009 and God has blessed them with two wonderful children - Anthony and Gabriella.

In 2014 they went on a short-term mission trip to the Dominican Republic and served alongside Rick & Becky Mackey.

After serving with them, the Mackeys invited the Smiths to serve on their team and partner with them in sharing the gospel, making disciples and planting churches. After seeking the Lord's will and through much counsel, they accepted the invitation to serve in the D.R. They are excited to shee wat God is going to do in, through and around them!

Steve and Vicki Stairs

ABWE: Sub-Saharan Africa

Steve and Vicki are in a ministry that trains African pastors to lead in their churches with Biblical wisdom and understanding. Steve works as a pastoral training consultant and trainer for ABWE's pastoral training programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. This ministry has three aspects to it: (1) As a consultant he is available to give help and advice to those missionaries and pastors who are administrating pastoral training programs. (2) He is available to teach in 2-3 modules in any of those programs. (3) He is working on developing teams of American pastors, missionaries and African pastors to be able to take pastoral training to pastors who do not have the means to travel far to receive training.

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Bob and Linda Stevenson

World Impact: Philadelphia, PA

Answering the call to urban mission in 1997, Bob and Linda Stevenson, along with their four children, joined World Impact and moved into South Central Los Angeles. This began a journey that has taken them from northeast Pennsylvania where they directed a camp for inner-city youth--to Chester, just south of Philadelphia, where they started a church plant, oversaw a school and launched The Urban Ministry Institute of Chester (TUMI). They eventually located to Wichita, Kansas to help direct operations for the Midwest.

After a recent move back to the Philadelphia area, they are now serving full time with The Urban Ministry Institute under World Impact. As Associate Satellite Director, Bob provides oversight, administration and support in the creation and operation of the TUMI Satellite network, both domestic and international, empowering satellites worldwide.

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Asian Missionary

Gospel Missions, Inc.

Though we are unable to know the personal details of this family due to the risk of him being revealed in a country which isn’t friendly to the true Gospel, we have supported him since 1994. The persecution seems to be less, but there are still occasional raids on Christians on the local level. Over the years we surprised our Asian missionary with funds to purchase two motorcycles to aid in his commute to his many house churches which were miles apart. In 2000, he let us know of his desire to offer training to Christian workers. We were able to send funds for the purchase of lumber for tables and benches needed as well as a stipend for each one who attended the session. He is married and has a daughter and a son and presently ministers to one church which has many outreaches.

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