THE FOLLOWING MISSIONARIES ARE SUPPORTED AND PRAYED FOR BY FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH:
Jeff and Suzanne Allers
The Allers (FPC members) are World Witness missionaries serving in Berlin, Germany. They have partnered with German nationals in three different urban church planting efforts in former East Berlin. Their ministry emphasizes hospitality and neighborhood outreach, which also now includes a large refugee population. They have two sons: twins Ben and Sam.
Scott and Victoria Andes
Victoria and Scott (members of FPC) for many years served with World Witness—most recently in Kiev, Ukraine. They are now serving with RUF International on the campus of the University of South Carolina ministering to internationals. They have three children: Nathan, Aimee, and Diana.
Patti and Sebastien Benicourt
Patti and Sebastien serve among Turkish people. In 2017, they transitioned from Turkey to France where there are thousands of Turkish immigrants. The Benicourts have five children: Joel, Elise, Simeon, Silas, and Elijah.
Scott and Tonia Berthiaume
After many years as Wycliffe/SIL Bible translators to the Northern Pame people in Mexico, the Berthiaumes have spent the last several years based out of Dallas, Texas working at the International Linguistics Center in supporting translation for all of the Americas. Scott was recently appointed to be the Academic Dean at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics. He and Tonia will be helping train the next generation of missionaries for Bible translation. They have four grown children.
Justin and Gillian Brickey
Gillian and Justin (FPC members) are part of the World Witness church planting team in northern Spain. They began their work there in early 2017. They have four boys: Alex, Nathan, Silas, and Zeph.
Dariusz and Brooke Bryćko
Brooke and Dariusz (FPC members) are serving as church planters with World Witness in Warsaw, Poland. Their ministry is a two-pronged effort—establishing a Presbyterian church and developing a Reformation Study Center in conjunction with Tolle Lege Institute. The Bryćkos have three children: Levi, Eva, and Anselm.
John and Sarah Ellen Carson
Sarah Ellen and John have formally retired from missionary service with World Witness but continue to travel annually to Uganda where John teaches at African Reformation Theological Seminary. They also give pastoral care to World Witness European missionaries.
Dennis and Rhonda Conroy
Rhonda and Dennis (associate members of FPC) serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Southeast Asia. Dennis prepares Scripture translations of minority languages for publishing. They have four children: Hannah, Daniel, Elizabeth, and Abigail.
Curt and Edina Elliott
Curt and Edina (members of FPC) served many years in the Shanxi Province of China where Curt was a family medicine doctor under the auspices of Evergreen. Facing a number of factors in China and the United States, they have been led to return to the United States as of the summer of 2018. They will continue part-time service with WEC as area representatives.
David and Annelies Galletta
David is on World Witness’ Mobile Theological Training Team (MT3). He trains pastors in their own countries by partnering with national theological schools. In this role, he has served primarily in Kenya, South Africa, and Ukraine. David and his wife, Annelies, have three children: Esther, Linnea, and Amy.
Drew and Lauren Goodman
Drew and Lauren serve with World Witness in Barry, Wales. Drew serves as the Pastor of Barry Evangelical Presbyterian Church where he is responsible for preaching, evangelism, and outreach. Barry Evangelical Church is part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of England and Wales (EPCEW). They have three children: Geneva, Peter, and Luke
Ed and Maxine Gross
Ed and Maxine Gross (First Presbyterian Church members) serve with Global Training Network. Ed leads efforts to train and disciple church leaders in Nepal, China, and several locations in Africa. These areas are marked by rapid church growth and a need for leadership training. The Grosses have 6 grown children and 13 grandchildren.
Robin and Claudia Holmes
The Holmes serve in Nantes, France with World Witness’ Bridge Europe ministry. The focus of their efforts is on immigrants and refugees who have made their way to France. They have five children – Julia, Olivia, Annabel, Helen, and Daniel.
Andy and Nannette Howard
Andy Howard is Director of the ARP Mission Schools in Pakistan—an effort to redevelop the schools after years in the hands of the government. Andy leads this effort by traveling back and forth to Pakistan and through “online” management, while in the U.S. The Mission currently has four schools and the Mable Lowry Pressly Hostel, with a total enrollment of approximately 600 children, both Christian and Muslim. The Howards have three grown children.
Miriam (an Associate member) currently serves with AZMERA—a ministry to women serving in a variety of nations. AZMERA seeks to encourage and nurture them so that they may serve the Lord faithfully in their ministry settings. Along with her family, Miriam previously served as a missionary in Japan for 15 years.
Dr. Peter Jones
Rebecca and Peter direct the ministry truthXchange (tXc), located in Escondido, California. This is an effort to equip believers, particularly young adults and college students, to understand and respond to the culture around them.
Jeff and Lisa King
Lisa and Jeff King (FPC Members) are World Witness missionaries serving outside Madrid, Spain. Jeff is teaching English to elementary students at Evangelical Christian Academy. ECA is an English speaking school and Jeff is providing his students support so they can be successful. He works with both missionary kids as well as students who come from unbelieving homes. He is also the elementary chaplain leading all the elementary students in a chapel service twice a month. They have three children: Nathan, Juliana, and Lucas.
Doug and Alleene Kracht
Doug and Alleene Kracht (FPC members) serve with World Team and with World Witness as Cooperative Missionaries. They are veterans of several overseas settings. Doug now serves in training young Cuban Christians on how to live out the gospel in their various settings. Doug and his colleague desire to leave a legacy of gospel materials for the Latin World, both in DVD and printed form. This year’s focus will be teaching seminary students at Los Pinos Nuevos (Santa Clarra) and a university group in Havana. The Krachts have two grown children.
Ali and Tara Mitchell
Tara and Ali live in Elgin, SC, and have three children: Joshua, Alisha, and Bethany. Drawing on the experience gained from living in Pakistan for eight years, Ali is working with the ARPConnect ministry to Muslims in America, specifically focusing on assisting the ARP Church to reach out to Muslim people with the gospel of Christ. Tara is a high school math teacher. They have three grown children.
Dennis and Cynde Morgan
Dennis and Cynde Morgan (members of FPC) are serving in Vienna, Austria, with SERGE (formerly World Harvest). They are part of the church plant team for New City Wien church in a Swiss-Austrian Reformed denomination. Dennis’ ministry involves discipling/training as he prepares Christian workers with his Life Mentoring and Coaching training, supervising team members with the Herzwerk ministry to women in forced prostitution, and working with individuals in life coaching and counseling. Cynde is active with women who have come out of forced prostitution. They minister together in the English Café outreach and their New City Wien home group. They have two grown children living in the U.S.
Paul and Brenda Pepin
Paul is a World Witness Cooperative Missionary serving with Equipping Leaders International which is a discipleship ministry in regions lacking in leadership training. He will be traveling to India, Pakistan, Cuba and other locations. The Pepins have three grown children.
Alex and Irina Ponomarev
Irina and Alex (associate members of FPC) are originally from St. Petersburg, Russia. Their ministry is MOST, which is the Russian word for “bridge.” This acronym stands for “Ministry of Outreach to Slavic Tribes.” Irina and Alex pray that the Lord will use them as bridges of his love to Slavic peoples in Columbia, America, and overseas. In addition to direct outreach, they are aiding missions agencies and churches to effectively disciple Russian-speaking people in the former Soviet Union and elsewhere. They have two grown children.
Paul and Missy Robelot
Paul and Missy Robelot (FPC members)are now missionaries with World Witness serving in conjunction with the Bridge Europe ministry. They continue their missionary care efforts with TEAM in Europe and Chad. They also have a studio apartment, “the Upper Room,” which is available for missionaries to come for a break or counseling.
The Robelots have also been involved in church planting in the Paris area. They have a burden to encourage the French church to reach out to the more than 8 million Muslims in France as well as the new influx of refugees.
Katie is a member of Grace Presbyterian Church located in Northeast Columbia and is a World Witness cooperative missionary. She serves with Serge in Japan working at Covenant Community School International, which has students from five different nationalities in grades 1 - 12.
Josh and Vonia Thomas
Vonia and Josh are World Witness missionaries who minister to Turks. They are in Germany where thousands of Turkish immigrants live. Vonia and Joshua have five children: Isaiah, Krysia, Ella, Isaac, and Samuel.
Andrew and Dorciane Toth
Dorciane and Andy (members of FPC) serve with World Indigenous Missions (WIM). Their ministry has returned to the site of some of their original efforts—the Southern Mexican Highlands. They are helping with the formation of a Presbytery of indigenous churches with the expectation that Mexican Presbyterian Church will bring them into their fold. The Toths have four grown children.
Mark and Natalie Witte
Natalie and Mark (members of FPC) are serving with World Witness in Spain. They are spearheading an outreach in the historic city of Toledo, in partnership with Iglesia Christiana Presbiteriana Church located in Madrid. A ministry site is being rented and church services began in 2017. The Wittes have two children: Vanessa and Alexander.