I trusted Christ as my Lord and Savior at the age of 16 and had a desire to be a missionary by the time I was 18. I then went to Liberty Baptist College in Lynchburg, VA. While there I met Dawn, who had trusted the Lord at the age of 7 and felt called to be a missionary at the age of 9. Now we have been serving the Lord together for 27 years. We were inspired by missionaries who had given their lives to serve the Lord and whom we had heard in our Churches growing up. We have four Children. Kelly is married to Chris Park and lives in Seattle, Washington. Casey is married to Spencer Leslie and they live in Boston, Massachusetts. Kurt and Chad are both attending Liberty University.
After being accepted by TEAM, we served in Bogotá, Colombia, from 1991 until 2000. Together with TEAM missionaries Dan and Alice Harder, we started a Church called “Centro Cristiano Niza” in an upper middle class section of Bogotá. The Church grew from 30 people to over 500 during the time we were serving there. One of the best parts was the training program for new pastors. Those students worked alongside of the missionaries and studied with us. From that Church another three Churches were started in Bogotá. Because of the continual threat of kidnapping, we left Colombia and moved to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in 2001.
We began a Church, Iglesia Impacto, in our home in Tegucigalpa with one of the missionary couples from Bogotá and one of the student pastors that we trained in Bogotá. The Church has grown from 16 people to 1000 in the last 14 years. We established a four-year Church Planting School as we did in Bogotá, and three years ago two of the graduates started a Church in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with the same target group (professionals). A third Church was started two years ago in Choluteca two hours south of Tegucigalpa.
I am the leader of the team and the lead pastor of the Church. Dawn works the Children’s program and does evangelism and discipleship. We have been missionaries with TEAM for 25 years.
Starting Churches and training Hondurans to lead in ministry. Although the Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, we are working with the professional class with the goal to see them reach out to others and begin new Churches.