“For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.”
–2 Corinthians 4:5
Greetings in the name of Jesus our Savior. By God’s grace, Rebecca and I have been saved out of darkness into the glorious light of Jesus kingdom, all through His sovereign mercy. And in addition to being called into His kingdom, He has also called us to serve Him in full-time ministry. After serving at CrossPointe Community Church of St. Joseph, MO, for several years, we moved to Ethiopia in Feb 2013.
I (Jeremy) grew up in the farm country of western Kansas. Rebecca spent most of her late childhood and high school years in Leavenworth, Kansas. We both attended Kansas State University, where Rebecca and I met and were married. After graduation we moved to Grace Community Church in San Antonio for a brief time then to Kentucky for 4 years. While Rebecca worked at an Army hospital at Fort Knox, KY, I attended seminary at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (completing an M.Div. in biblical / theological studies and more recently a Th.M. in Christian missions). By God’s providence God took us to CrossPointe Community Church in St. Joseph, MO where we served in a pastoral role for 5.5 years.
Now the Lord has taken us Ethiopia to work at the EKSM (Ethiopia Kaleyhewet School of Missions). Here we are serving Ethiopian missionaries, training local believers for cross-cultural Gospel ministry of evangelism and church planting.
We have 5 sweet kids: Vivian (10), Vail (8), Hudson (6), Emmett (5), Joel (1)
OUR MISSION: THE GREAT COMMISSION
The Mission—Make disciples:
God gave us the command to “Go and make disciples of all nations” at the end of the Gospel accounts.
Fulfilling the Mission:
Jesus also gave us the pattern of how to do that in the remaining pages of the New Testament—through preaching the Gospel to all nations (evangelism), instructing those who believe about the person, work, and obedience unto Jesus (discipleship), organizing those believers into self-sustaining communities–churches–who can themselves further Jesus’ mission and kingdom (church planting), and sending out more workers to continue that same work (equipping / leadership training) into places where there is no witness of the Church and the Gospel. God by the power of His Spirit uses His people in those areas to build His Church, thereby expanding His Kingdom.
It’s to this mission we are giving ourselves as missionaries. We are committed to Jesus, His Kingdom, and His Gospel by seeking to plant biblical churches in places yet unreached by the Gospel, in dependence on His Spirit.
Equipping the Church:
Though we are certainly willing to do all aspects of the work, we think the most strategic use of gifts and resources (ours and yours) is for us to equip national evangelists, pastors, and church planters to be effective kingdom builders. We will be engaged everywhere and at all times in evangelism and discipleship. But it is our plan to give most of our energies to the equipping of nationals who are laboring for the Kingdom of God. Read more about the specific details of this work on our “Ethiopia Work” page.
We are broadly Evangelical in our associations, and more specifically reformed in our theological convictions. You can read a statement of our beliefs at our church’s website HERE. For our philosophy of ministry see the above section entitled “Our Mission: The Great Commission”.
SERVING WITH SIM
As of June 2012, we are officially serving as missionaries with SIM.
SIM USA, PO Box 7900, Charlotte, NC 28241