Missionaries

Going into all the world

Dr. P.D. Cherian

For the past 27 years South India Baptist Bible College & Seminary has trained and equipped young men and woman in evangelism and church plant in order to establish churches in India and beyond.As a result, churches have been planted and missionary-evangelists sent out. They also have an Orphanage and day school pre-K through 12th grade.

Art & Debbie Cunningham

The Cunninghams have been in England since 2001. Started a church plant in Darwen, and held their first service in October 2012. Now, the Lord’s leading them to begin studying the Urdu language to open a door to the many Pakistani Muslims in and around the Blackburn area.

Craig & Lauri Hartman

Dr. Craig Hartman has been a part of Bethel since its beginning and is an integral part of our ministry. Brother Craig is also founder and director of Brooklyn-based Shalom Ministries Inc., a sister ministry of Bethel’s. Founded in 1996 and born out of a need to reach the 2 million Jewish people of the New York metropolitan area.

Pastor Dan & Sherry Hyden

In the fall of 1999 God sent the Hydens to the Russian Far East (Blagoveshchensk, Amur Oblast) as church planters. They worked together with another missionary family there for about 18 months, and then began a church in a village named Ivanovka. God marvelously blessed that effort. It attracted the opposition and in March 2003 the government ordered them to leave Russia. In 2004 Pastor Dan joined Bethel and became Pastor to our Russian congregation. We continue to minister to people from the former Soviet Union.

Pastor Tim & Sarah Richmond

The Richmond family have been serving at Grace from the first day we started services. They have thoroughly enjoyed watching the Lord plant Grace. Prior to their service at Grace, Tim served as a youth pastor at Bethel Baptist Fellowship in Brooklyn. Sarah and Tim have three daughters Hannah Sophia, Lydia Joy, Charlotte Hope and one son, Asher. Tim was ordained at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville, SC.

The Lord placed a burden on my heart for the Nations in NYC many years ago and has continually increased my desire to see His name glorified among the people of this city to this day. There is no other place on earth where more people have gathered from the nations of the world. It is our desire to see a Word based, Christ focused, disciple-making church in the middle of the nations of the world.

Matthew & Naomi Shields

The Shields are a third generation missionary family to Mexico and have been serving since 2003. They have started four churches in the state of Zacatecas. They have seven children and are asking the Lord to use them in His work as they are currently serving Him in Aruba.

Manuel & Holly Tago

Church planting, training the nationals, as well as, preaching and soulwinning in the Southern Region in the Philippines.

Ben & Andrea Hamilton

Ben and Andrea Hamilton, church planters sent out by Bethel, were both blessed to be born into good Christian homes. Both Ben and Andrea trusted Jesus as their Savior at a young age, and as teenagers surrendered their lives to the Lord for His service. Their desire to follow the Lord led them individually to Ambassador Baptist College for ministry training, and they were married shortly after graduation. During college Ben completed a summer internship in New York City with Shalom Ministries at Bethel Baptist Fellowship, and as a result he became burdened for urban ministry. As a newly married couple Ben and Andrea lived in Virginia Beach where Ben studied Biblical Hebrew for two years. As Ben was completing his course of study, he and Andrea began seeking the Lord’s direction for the next step in ministry. He led Ben to call Pastor Bickel in Brooklyn, New York. In June 2010 the Hamiltons moved to Brooklyn to receive hands-on training in New York City church planting. In 2013 the Lord called the Hamiltons to go the Bronx as church planters. They are currently raising prayer and financial support as they endeavor to begin a work for the Lord in the Kingsbridge neighborhood of the Bronx. They have five children Elaine, Nolan, Liberty, Nehemiah and Henry.

Dr. Jack & Jennifer Mitchell

Jack was involved in a full time private dental practice for 12 years when the Lord saved him in 1987. From that time until 1996 the focus of Jack’s dental career changed to a combination of dental care and spiritual ministry in nursing homes. Then, in 1996, the Lord led the Mitchell’s to start Grace Dental Mission (now Grace Dental & Medical Missions), a full time ministry to help church planting missionaries around the world. Since 1996 the Mitchells have conducted well over 100 evangelistic dental clinics in 30 different countries as well as on Indian Reservations in Arizona. In addition, they have provided dental care for several hundred individual missionaries.

Derek & Julie Thomas

After graduating from Missouri State University, Derek was married to Julie Brooks, and entered the business world while serving in a local church.  Derek’s heart was stirred again and in 1995 he and Julie surrendered to the call of missions.   After deputation they moved to Vilnius, Lithuania.  There the Lord allowed them to begin Vilnius Bible Baptist Church and Bible Baptist Institute, a ministry that helped to train lay leaders and pastors in the doctrinal truths of God’s Word.  In July of 2006, Derek sensed the Lord redirecting him and in 2007 the Thomas’ took the leadership as a church plant/re-start at Faith Baptist Church where he pastored for 7 years.  During this time he became involved with a ministry named Slavic Baptist Institute, a ministry located in the Ukraine to train national pastors and workers.  Derek and Julie are scheduled to complete deputation in 2017 and move to Ukraine.

Ben & Wendy Burks

Reformers Unanimous is a biblically based, Christ-centered recovery program designed to rescue, recover, and restore those in addictive behaviors with the power of the victorious hidden life found only in Jesus Christ.

Tom and Anna Johnson

I am an ordained minister from Falls Baptist Church, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, under the leadership of Pastor Wayne Van Gelderen. I also have a M.D. degree from East Carolina University School of Medicine (1990) and continue to practice medicine here in Cambodia to show love and compassion to the poor Cambodians. I also have a Master’s Degree in Science (Molecular biology area) and an undergraduate degree in Biology, minors in Chemistry and Music. I was a music major for 3.5 years, before switching to pre-med, in order to prepare for medical school. I also attended Bible college part-time for one year at Harrisburg School of the Bible and took many classes at Falls Institute of Training (FIT) at my sending local church, Falls Baptist Church. I am gifted as an evangelist, and I serve as a church planter in Cambodia with my wife Anna and our four adopted Cambodian children, who now have all become U.S. citizens. I currently oversee ten Cambodian churches, all of which have national pastors, except in Phnom Penh, where I pastor. We also have an International Baptist Church for expats or foreigners—so a total of 11 churches. However, we also have a work in Steung Dryne province, where we hope to start a new church; and finally, we are planning a large church-planting campaign/initiative in Prey Veng province in the district of Piam Joe, where we have plans to start a church in every commune in that district—nine more churches over the next several years.