Supporting the local church around the globe
Meet the international missionaries and church planters currently partnering with us.
B and L
B and L (identities hidden for security) have three daughters who love to learn and climb big rocks. They were working with an unreached people group for several years before it became unsafe and they had to evacuate. They now live in a safer place a few hundred miles away and are continuing their ministry in a series of huge refugee camps by commuting regularly. They hope to move back to the camp soon to continue their work in disciple making and Bible translation.
Brandon and Jessica Zorn
Brandon was born in Canada and moved to the states in 2002. In 2008, God placed a desire for overseas missions in his heart. This led him to serve as an intern in Tallinn, Estonia, in 2011 and in Kharkiv, Ukraine, with Let’s Start Talking in 2012. Jessica was born in Texas and received confirmation from God to serve overseas in 2008. They were married in 2014 and are currently serving in Łódź, Poland, through the Mid-Term Missions Initiative. They meet with people through Let’s Start Talking and follow up with Discovery Bible Study with the vision of making disciples who make disciples.
Carol has worked tirelessly since 1996 in the Ukraine taking the Word and ministering to the physically and spiritually needy through Spiritual Outreach Worldwide (S.O.W.). Countless doors have been opened for Carol to speak to thousands of university students and professors. The Ukranian Cossack Army has commissioned him to help train their people in biblical principles and they’ve given him the honorary rank of General. Carol’s messages of the gospel go throughout the nation. Scores of churches have been planted and hundreds of people have been baptized into Christ. He also travels twice a year to work in the mountainous region of Honduras helping a group of seven large indigenous churches practice simple New Testament Christianity.
Chad and Jennifer Huddleston
Chad, Jennifer and their children Anika, Josiah, Caleb, Katia and Gideon are missionaries in Japan. They began mission work in 1998 in Osaka, the second largest city in Japan. They lived there for 13 years. During that time, in addition to learning the language and growing their family, they started a church (or a small network of churches) called Be One. The name Be One is taken from John 17:21, where Jesus prays for unity for His disciples that they will “Be One” as the Father and He are one, so that the world will know Him. They later moved to Ishinomaki to start a church after serving the survivors in the aftermath of the devastating 2011 tsunami. Their hope and calling is to: help people meet Jesus and see them become disciples; to truly “Be One” in Him; and to help form multiplying communities of disciples (churches) that begin to emerge throughout the country.
Chris and Jill Shelby
The Shelbys returned to the DFW area in 2015 after serving seven years as missionaries in Rwanda, East Africa. Chris now serves as the Director for Africa Missions with Missions Resource Network (MRN). MRN exists to further the mission of God in the world through mobilization, equipping, preparing and caring. Partnering with churches, missionaries and other organizations throughout the world, MRN serves as a catalyst for mission and desires to see God’s kingdom come among people and places where it has not yet. Chris travels frequently to Africa, equipping and networking with partners there and discovering new opportunities to partner with God and others.
David and Audrey Bentley
The Bentleys have served in Dar Es Salaam since 2014 working to catalyze movements of the gospel in Tanzania. They see their role in Tanzania as identifying, equipping and releasing leaders who will multiply the gospel into their natural social networks. The Bentleys have two children, Theo and Elenora.
David and Sandi
David grew up in Hawaii in a strong Christian family and Sandi grew up in California in an unchurched home. Shortly after coming to Christ at 23 years old, Sandi received a call to foreign missions. At the same time, David was praying for a Christian spouse with a call to missions. David and Sandi met in Lubbock, Texas, at what is now called the Sunset International Bible Institute. They married in 1971 and have served in Thailand, The Philippines, Olympia (Washington) and Lithuania. They were able to worship with The Hills Church for 11 years before being sent to Northern Asia in 2007.
Dennis Okoth is a Kenyan missionary serving the Lord’s Church in Mbale, Uganda. He and his wife, Mary, have three grown children who are also involved in the development of God’s Kingdom. Perez and Moses Okoth are serving in Nairobi Church Growth; David Okoth is a PhD candidate at Virginia Tech University. Dennis and Mary have one grandson – Jesse Anyumba. Dennis has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Bethel University. He previously served as a lecturer at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as pulpit minister of the Lord’s Church at Komarock. Dennis later joined the Mbale Mission Team in Eastern Uganda as the principal of Messiah Theological Institute and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Livingstone International University. He is currently Co-Director of the Mbale Mission Team – serving as the Acting Regional Director of Good News Production International in Uganda.
Heath and Rebecca Amos
Heath and Rebecca have been in Rwanda since 2008. They have three children – Pete, Jude and Lily. Prior to moving to Rwanda, they lived in Lubbock, Texas. Heath and Rebecca met in Rwanda on a previous mission experience and were married in Texas. They are in Rwanda to make disciples and disciple-makers with God’s help. They want people to read and understand the Bible themselves and to fall in love with God and to obey His commands within a community of believers. Heath and Rebecca pray God will rewrite the history of Rwanda – making it known as a place of God’s love instead of a place of hatred and genocide.
J and J
J and J (identities hidden for security) are linguistically and culturally immersed in a creative-access country in East Asia. They’re busy trying to comprehend and communicate the Christian metanarrative from an honor/shame worldview orientation; instigate locally reproducible training for spiritual transformation, outreach and exegetical and hermeneutical basics; and remind their bilingual children that it’s fine to pick up the octopuses in the neighborhood market but not nice to stare at little boys in split-pants. Both received M.A.s in Missions from Abilene Christian University and work, serve and relate to locals exclusively in the local language. J and J have served in East Asia since 2012.
Jace and Bekah Allen
Jace is from White Oak, a small town in East Texas. He developed a passion for ministry through his time in high school youth group and working at Camp Deer Run in the summers of his college years. In 2008, God opened a door for him to pursue international ministry in Shanghai, China, and later Hangzhou, China. Bekah is from Jourdanton, a small town in South Texas. She developed a passion for ministry as a member of Aggies for Christ while attending Texas A&M University. During college she served in short-term missions in Thailand and later in Kenya with Made in the Streets. In 2008, she moved to India where she worked with victims of human trafficking. She later moved to Hangzhou, China, with Jace after they were married in India. They now live in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with their three children – Judah, Margot, Vera, and dog, Ruby. The Hills Church partners with Golf Course Road Church to supply work funds for the Allens.
Jacob and Lerner Sianungu
Jacob is married to Lerner and they have a daughter, Gloria. Other members of their household include – Precious, Bianca, Richmond, Victoria, James, Alvin and Kojack. Jacob oversees Heartspring Foundation Orphanage that houses and cares for boys and girls. Jacob also plants churches in Zambia through evangelism. After graduating from Africa Christian College in 1982 with a Diploma in theology, he was sent to teach Bible and was also responsible for the Bible Department at Kabanga Christian Secondary School. In 1984 he was accepted to go to South Africa to pursue a higher diploma in Theology at Southern Africa Bible College where he graduated in 1987. In 1988, Jacob started doing the Lord’s ministry in partnership with The Hills Church.
Johnson and Zine Ngoyo
Johnson works in prison ministry and with released offenders who are now believers living in the Transkei region of South Africa. He seeks to reintroduce released offenders to their families and communities and help them start churches in their homes. Johnson and Zine were married in 2012; they are active in ministry together.
Jonathan and Brooklyn Sims
Jonathan and Brooklyn met at Harding University where Jonathan earned a degree in Missions; Brooklyn graduated with a degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Global Missions. They were married in 2010. The Sims have three children – Denver, Dakota and River. Jonathan is passionate about discipling people toward maturity in Christ and uses his interest in agriculture and development to share God’s blessings with communities in Tanzania. Brooklyn is a talented artist with a passion for showing hospitality – serving women and children.
Kyle and Becca Hooper
Kyle and Becca both spent their early years on the mission field with parents serving as missionaries. They have two children, Emma and Korben. Kyle and Becca have served in Southeast Asia since 2015 where they focus on making disciples who make disciples throughout the 10/40 Window. They currently work with two organizations that allow them to meet locals and share the gospel with them. One is an international school where Kyle teaches two days each week, the other is an organization that provides housing for students who come to the city (from the country) to pursue schooling. Kyle leads Bible studies with these students. The Hills Church partners with Highland Oaks Church to supply the Hoopers’ work funds.
Landon and Courtney Shuman
Landon and Courtney Shuman were married in 2009 and were members at The Hills for three years before moving to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 2014. They have four kids – Amanda, Radyn, Happiness and Hudson. As a part of their team’s efforts to make disciples, Landon and Courtney serve through the Harakati Coffee program – a job skills training outreach program. They’re also involved in ministry to various communities of faith.
Manuel and Pam de Oliveira
Manuel and Pam have been working as missionaries with The Hills Church since 1984. They began in Lisbon, Portugal, and worked there until 1992; they later worked in Southern Africa with the Mozambican churches. In 2009, they felt called to go to Swaziland and teach at African Christian College. In 2011, they came to Fort Worth to translate the Old Testament into Portuguese – working with the World Bible Translation Center (now Bible League International). In 2014, they returned to Swaziland to continue teaching at African Christian College. Their work consists of training African leaders from many African countries and from many Christian backgrounds.
Monday and Grace Akpan
Monday is from a small Nigerian village in Ikono. After graduating from Bible College in 1972, he began work with Maroko Church of Christ in Lagos. Monday later moved to Ndiya and then to Ikot Edung, where he met his wife Grace. The couple relocated to Cross River in 1979. The Akpans are passionate about spreading the love of Jesus and believe God has specifically sent them to plant churches in the Northern Cross River State. Monday also serves in prison ministry – teaching the gospel to inmates in addition to having a Christian radio ministry. Monday and Grace have eight children.
N and A
For over 12 years, N and A (identities hidden for security) served the youth and families of a church in Oklahoma. Then, God began moving in their hearts calling them to a different mission. In 2013, their hearts were set on the unreached of the world while studying the perspectives of world Christian movement. N and A were challenged with fresh conviction and great urgency by the global purposes of God and His desire to be worshiped among all peoples. It’s now their family’s goal to make disciples and plant churches by the power of the Holy Spirit among unreached populations located in Europe and North Africa. Their dream is to one day witness glorious works of God among these peoples.
Ramon and Xiomara Ayala
Ramon and Xiomara began working in Nicaragua in 1998 to develop a church with a missionary mentality. Their primary focus was the Atlantic coast. The Ayalas’ first job was to form a congregation that could serve as a center of coordination for future churches along the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. This became the congregation in the Primavera neighborhood of Managua. Over the past 15 years, Ramon and Xiomara have motivated three new churches along the Pacific, as well as five more on the Atlantic coast. Each congregation is equipped with a place of worship, preacher, furniture and equipment. Most recently, Ramon and Xiomara have been working to establish a church in Bonanza, Honduras.
Reid and Meriden Overall
Reid and Meriden’s vision for Concepcion is that Chileans would come to know and experience the grace of Jesus. Concepcion is a college town with many young families who are disenchanted with the church and don’t have an active faith in God. The Overalls seek to help Chileans discover Jesus for themselves and desire His transforming love to influence every aspect of their lives. They believe this is the key for the kingdom of God to take its place in Concepción – and throughout the country of Chile. Reid and Meriden were married in 2009 and began mission work in 2011. They have three daughters – Lucy, Finley and Emmy.
Vance and Jenn Yzbick
Vance and Jenn Yzbick began their mission work in Poland in 2013. They’re currently leading a team of six church planters – including four Polish nationals. The Yzbicks are discipling leaders and coaching them in the start-up of discovery groups among their existing communities. There are currently two house churches and more than 10 discovery groups under the team’s responsibility.
Bay City Church
Bay City Church’s vision is to be a diverse family of people dedicated to encountering Jesus, pursuing Jesus and proclaiming Jesus. San Francisco is a city where many come to make themselves known; we’ve come to make Jesus known. And in a city where many come to make themselves better, we’ve come to make the city better. We’re a family of people committed to making followers of Jesus and making our city a great place to be.
Hope Community Church
Steve Blake and Aaron Reyes
Our vision is to be an urban church proclaiming the gospel of Jesus – making multi-cultural disciples and equipping them for the Kingdom mission in Austin and beyond. Hope Community Church is an intentionally multi-ethnic and socio-economically diverse church plant in Central East Austin. With a multi-national church planter (Jamaican/English), our leadership hopes to embody a Revelation 7:9 vision of seeing “a crowd from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne.”
Connection Point Church
Our desire is to change the way people think about church! Specifically, we want to counter those sentiments and reach as many as possible in the greater Pensacola, Florida area. In fact, did you know that about 60% of any given community want nothing to do with God nor the local church? We want to change the way those 60% think about church… and you can be a part of it!
Collective Church’s mission is to call people to take seriously their place in the body of Christ, in the community, in disciple-making and in God’s mission. We desire to be embedded missionaries on the west side of Los Angeles, California – reaching others with the good news of the Gospel.
Echo Church dreams of a Spirit-led movement that is slow enough to care for everyone in the church and fast enough to reach Missoula with an unconditional, crazy love. We dream of a Kingdom movement. We dream of a church that is partnering with other life-giving, gospel-preaching churches in our area. We dream of an earth covered with heavenly attributes, as Jesus instructed us to pray for: justice, peace, compassion, relief from pain, release from bondage and extraordinary love. We are not a typical church.
Epiphany Church exists to join Jesus in His mission to redeem our city. We see a church committed to making disciples, engaging communities, and spreading the gospel to the hurt, lost and broken. This commitment leads us to plant other churches in Brooklyn, New York, and similar urban cities.
Why are we starting a church? Because we are everyday people who have experienced the good of being in God’s family. We want others to experience the same love, meaning, friendship, hope, patience and joy that we’ve experienced. Jesus is shaping our lives for the better – so we express His change in our lives by adding value to the community for its good. No strings attached. Generations Church is located in Salmon Creek, Washington (a suburb of Portland, Oregon).
Icon Church is located in Seattle, Washington and we’re committed to the King, the Kingdom and the Common Good. We believe all humans are made in the image of God and are literal icons – sent to reflect the character and love of God (Genesis 1:26-28). We want to be a church where people are transformed by the only true icon, Jesus, to become who they are (Colossians 1:15).
Liberty View Church
Liberty View Church exists to love and share the gospel of God’s grace to build a better community in San Antonio, Texas, for the coming Christ. With God’s grace, we aspire to become an exciting, vibrant church gripped by grace, truth and love. We want to serve and lead people into a growing relationship of freedom in Jesus Christ.
As part of the Orchard group, Miami Church loves Miami and is passionate about helping the church engage their community and neighborhood with the gospel of Jesus. God is not on the forefront of most people’s hearts and minds in Miami. However, we’re seeing God bringing together a group of people – leaders and churches – who care deeply for the people of this city and helping them find their way back to God.
We believe Jesus is for everyone. Jesus offers hope, grace and truth for each and every person in Santa Barbara, California. We will create a community that is for one another. We will fight for unity, relationships, and spiritual growth. We are for the good of the city. We want its people, families, and community organizations to thrive.
Restoration Church is a diverse community of Jesus followers who enjoy pursuing relationships with God and others. Our mission is to be a church that seeks to love the people of Philadelphia through preaching the gospel, making peace in our neighborhoods and pursuing justice in the city.
The Branch Christian Church
The Branch Christian Church is working to be an outreach, service-oriented church in East Vancouver/Camas that is known for its love of God, one another and the community. We desire to be a place where people can grow in knowing and following Jesus. We want to love God and every person. We aim to grow in knowing Jesus and following Him while we serve our community.
Our vision is a Harlem where everyone is dignified and unified – because justice, love, and mercy are present. We envision The Gathering to be multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and yet unified around the reality that Jesus is Lord. This church will be for the gentrified and gentrifier, the block and the brownstone and we will care about the salvation of souls and bodies.
The Way Community Ministries
The Way Church is in Oklahoma City for good! We’re active participants in meeting the needs of our neighboring community. The Bible says we ought to not just say we love each other, but show it by our actions (1 John 3:18). At The Way Church, we strive to demonstrate love in practical ways throughout the community through our Kindness and Compassion Projects.
The SLO Project
We believe that every city needs new churches started / planted. We also believe that there are great churches in San Luis Obispo, California. It’s our desire to add to the goodness in the city – to build relationships with and reach disconnected and never connected people with the hope found in Jesus.
Thrive Church is on mission to help the people of Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida, find and thrive in Jesus. We’re focused on reaching the next generation and seeing children and families transformed through the life-giving power of God. Thrive Church is devoted to helping our city become whole by meeting the overwhelming spiritual needs of such a diverse and growing community.
Trace Church is on mission to help people live intentionally by leaving a trace of God’s love everywhere they go. Whether you have been a believer for many years or recently put your faith in Jesus, we believe this mission is for everyone.
Delaware Christian Church
Wilmington, Delaware, is a thriving business hub. As a result, many professionals live and work in the city. Delaware Christian Church has made its home in the Trolley Square neighborhood – a vibrant and growing part of Wilmington with restored homes, eateries and specialty shops. Trolley Square is attractive to new residents – yet also within close proximity to the harsh realities of urban life – giving our church opportunities to serve the needs of the city.