Missions Ministries

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. - Matthew 28:19-20

In our post-modern society of liberalism, it has become increasingly difficult to share one's faith in meaningful ways. Our circumstances differ from the early church, but the Lord's promise to be with us has held true for every generation of believers. In the Great Commission, Christ's call was that His disciples tell others about Him, that they take His message to all the nations. Christ's command applies today as true as when He first spoke these words. And so it is the Lord's expectation that we will not only evangelize, but that we will take the next step to teach new believers and thereby make them disciples of Christ.

The Great Commission requires a great commitment.

Most of us will never experience what it's like to be a missionary in service to our Lord. We are called in service elsewhere in the church. However, there are those within our body that have responded to God's call and are serving either domestically or globally to bring the Good News of Christ to the lost. We support them financially through our monthly giving, but the greatest commitment we can make to our missionaries is to pray for them daily. Communication letters and prayer requests are in each of their boxes in the center hallway. Please consider adopting a missionary family and begin to pray and communicate with them. You will both be blessed.

Church of the Open Door supports a wide variety of missionaries both domestically and internationally. It is our fervent desire to continue to expand the mission's ministry to fulfill the great commission. Listed below are the various missionaries and missions organizations we support. (Listed alphabetically by last name)

David and Debra Almack

David and Debra Almack work with CLC International where Dave is the U.S. Director and Deb, as an accountant, works in the Finance Office. CLC's purpose is to make evangelical Christian literature available to all nations. In the U.S., CLC operates four full-service Christian bookstores and a small publishing house. The U.S. headquarters is also a sending base for CLC missionaries going overseas to serve. Dave oversees each of these areas.

Rev. John and Jan Becker

The Beckers, sent out as missionaries from COD in 1987, have been teaching and preaching the Gospel in a number of areas in the southwestern United States. Since June of 2004, they have been ministering to migrant workers and their families along with other Hispanics in the Greeley, Colorado area. John leads several weekly Bible Studies, while Jan coordinates a number of children's Bible clubs. They still make occasional trips to Mexico to encourage believers they have come to know over the years as well as to drop off clothing and other necessities. Under Integrity Mission, Inc., their ministry has extended to Hispanics, Navajos, and other peoples of the region.

Lisa Bitterlich

Lisa serves as an Area Representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), representing Delaware and Chester counties in the Greater Philadelphia area. FCA seeks to challenge coaches and athletes on all levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. As a graduate of Eastern University, Lisa endeavors to evangelize, train, equip and encourage coaches and student-athlete leaders.

Rev. David and Crissie Boyd

David and Crissie are serving the Lord with Baptist Mid-Missions in the European country of The Netherlands. David and Crissie have been involved in church-planting in Veghel in northeastern Holland since 1983. David, along with his father Herb, and now his son Daniel, has helped to organize Christian summer camps for the children there for over twenty-five years.

Rev. Melvin and Elizabeth Floyd / Rev. Daniel and Esther (Floyd) Sawyer

Melvin has developed a multi-faceted urban ministry whose goal it is to lead people to Jesus Christ and disciple them in the Christian faith. He continues to run the Melvin Floyd School of Evangelism and Missions, hold street meetings during the summer months, teach relationship enrichment courses, and be involved in prison ministry. Daniel serves as the Associate Director of Neighborhood Crusades and is an Assistant Instructor at the School of Evangelism. Esther has worked in the ministry since 1987 and currently serves as Administrator.

Marlin and Donna Fuller

Marlin and Donna work with local churches in both Philadelphia and New York to help them use AWANA effectively. They also oversee the other four Awana missionaries in Pennsylvania and New York. They travel well over 40,000 mile each year through their involvement in all aspects of AWANA which also includes introducing AWANA to new churches, providing leadership training, speaking in Awana Clubs and speaking in Sunday services sharing the burden to reach our youth for Jesus Christ.

Rev. Ben Gerdes

With his wife Daisy, Ben Gerdes served the Lord in Anchorage, Alaska for many years, combining ministry skills in their local church with the maintenance of the SEND International missions complex there. Following retirement in 2001, they moved to Fairbanks and continued to be active in ministry there. On April 27, 2009, the Lord called Daisy home and Ben continues to serve as he is able, often preaching the Word in local churches.

Paul and Kathy Gregowske

Paul and Kathy serve the Lord in Santa Rita, Guam, with Trans World Radio (TWR). Paul assists with construction and reconstruction projects that need to occur before transmitters can be put in place. His carpentry, masonry, and other "hands on" skills are put to good use! Kathy assists in office work and, together, they serve as hosts to visiting guests.

Charles and Nancy Guest

Charlie and his wife, Nancy, work with pastors and local churches primarily in the area of Christian discipleship, with a special emphasis on the spiritual warfare aspect of discipling. Charlie's focus is on helping pastors, elders, and deacons to effectively counsel wounded members of their respective congregations, leading them to deliverance and healing.

Paul and Robin Johnson

Paul and Robin have been involved with missionary work among the indigenous tribes of South America for many years. Much of their time over the years and continuing on until today, has been spent ministering among the tribes in Peru and Bolivia. Paul's work includes surveys and strategy sessions with missionaries seeking to reach the unreached people of this area. In addition, he has been involved with tribal pastors' conferences, tribal leadership conferences, and partnering with FAIENAP, the tribal church association in that area which has begun to send out missionaries of their own to other parts of that region. The Johnsons have expanded their vision by being strategically involved with an organization called ALTECO, a consortium of organizations, churches and businesses that have invested of themselves in the Amazon region.

David and Linda Lackey

David and Linda have served the Lord with Wycliffe Bible Translators for over thirty years. They started their missionary service in Colombia, South America, where Dave was involved in an aviation ministry, assisting the missionaries and churches of that area. They relocated to Wycliffe's JAARS support center in Waxhaw, North Carolina, where they were involved in staff placement and missionary appointee support. In August 2005, they moved once again, this time to Washington State where Dave has assumed the role of Wycliffe's Personnel Administrator for the Northwest USA region. Linda has continued in her role of assisting accepted missionary candidates in getting out to the mission field.

Woody and Sue Lewis

Woody and Sue serve the Lord with the CrossWorld organization (formerly UFM International), being involved in discipleship training and church planting in the southwest portion of France near Grenoble. Woody and Sue rely heavily upon Friendship Evangelism to provide opportunities for sharing the love of Christ to local townspeople in the area where they live. Woody also has the opportunity to periodically teach at the Geneva Bible Institute and at Bible Colleges in the former Soviet satellite countries.

Dr. Robert and Mrs. Judy Long

Dr. and Mrs. Long have been serving the Lord with TEAM in the Far East for over 30 years. They are now officially retired and have a home in Columbia, SC, but spend many months each year visiting the foreign field ministering to and mentoring those missionaries on the front lines as part of TEAM's Member Care group. Dr. Bob is a pediatrician by trade and served in that capacity for many years before retiring in 2002. Judy earned her master's degree in counseling at Columbia International University and is putting those studies to good use as she ministers to those presently on the field.

Miss Alline Marshall

Alline and her longtime faith partner, Bonnie Hanson, served the Lord with Faith Ventures at Fellowship Valley Retreat in Clarksville, Georgia for over 30 years. Their retreat ministry, which started with a vision of what the Lord could do and a plot of land in 1979, has grown considerably over the years. Prayer served as the starting point for everything that has been accomplished over the years. The retreat center hosts a variety of groups throughout each year, seeking to evangelize the unsaved and build up believers in their faith, all to the glory of God. Bonnie is now home with the Lord and Alline's declining health prevents her from pursuing her work, but the ministry continues to serve and grow as the Lord provides.

Thomas and Linda McBreen

Thom and Linda are associated with Roots Fellowship, a non-profit, Bible-based, Christ-centered ministry which exists for the purpose of increasing the kingdom of God and for the training of the saints. To accomplish this goal, Thom and Linda use personal Biblical counsel, seminars, workshops, weekly Bible studies, and discipleship courses. All of these are designed to teach the practical application of the believer's union with Christ for victorious Christian living.

Howard and Virginia McConnell

For 25 years, Howard and Virginia served the Lord with WEC International at WEC's U.S. headquarters in Ft. Washington, PA., where Howard was the director of the Finance Office. In 2008, they answered God's call moved to the WEC Sending Office in New Zealand where Howard assumed the role of Finance Director. Virginia serves as Administrative Assistant to the New Zealand Director of WEC, assists Howard in the Finance Office, and acts as hostess to those staying in the mission's guesthouse.

Eric and Casandra Pardine

Eric and Casandra have been called to minister in Peru, where they believe God is leading them to serve in a much-needed Biblical training ministry in the mountains. Fellowing deputation, they plan to work alongside the Urubamba Baptist Seminary outside of Cuzco where men and women from the mountains and judge jungle regions come to study God's Word. Their mission is to train nationals through the ministries of teaching and discipleship in order that they may begin new churches and fortify struggling works. Both are familiar with the Peruvian people and are fluent in Spanish. Following separate missions trips to Peru, both Eric and Casandra returned to teach at La Molina Christian Schools (LMCS) in Lima and served in various local church ministries as well. The Pardines were married in 2008 and are now the parents of two little boys, Joshua and Steven.

Sylvia Rogers

Sylvia is a retired missionary who with her late husband, Blake, served the Lord literally all over the globe. Most recently they were associated with BCM, International. During her early years on the field, Sylvia served in the Congo. The Lord brought Sylvia and Blake together after both of them lost their first spouses. After marrying, they ministered to the Spanish-speaking communities in New Jersey and central Florida before retiring to Kissimmee, Florida, where they continued ministering among the migrant workers until Blake's passing in early 2001. Sylvia now leads weekly Bible Studies in her retirement community as she seeks to reach the lost and build up believers in her own backyard.

Matthew Stratton

Matt has worked with both the youth group and College and Career ABF class at COD. While a student at University of the Sciences, he recognized the need of many Christian students for support from the body of Christ and opened his heart to God for His direction. Now a college graduate, Matt has been invited to serve under Coalition for Christian Outreach on the campuses of both Ohio State - Marion and Marion Technical College. He has accepted the call to this ministry where his gifts and enthusiasm for encouraging Christian youth - and spreading the gospel to those who don't know Him - are put to good use.

Paul and Kitty Trout

Paul and Kitty Trout have served the Lord ministering among Hispanics both in Mexico and in the Flagstaff, Arizona area, since the early 1990s. They originally moved from Mexico to the Flagstaff to help out at the Indian Bible College, but soon felt led of the Lord to once again be more involved with the Spanish-speaking folks of that area. They are presently associated with Hosanna Ministries, mission whose primary objective is to aid and involve local churches in carrying out Christ's Great Commission. Paul and Kitty's ministry includes evangelism and discipleship, as well as regular trips to Mexico and other Spanish-speaking areas to encourage the local pastors there.

Richard West

Richard and Carolyn have served the Lord with Trans World Radio (TWR) for many years, having been stationed both in Guam and in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles. At present, they are living in Elkhart, Indiana, with their family, having been seconded from TWR to the HCJB Global Technology Center where Richard is involved in the fabrication and assembly of radio towers used throughout the world.

In addition, COD supports missionaries in several other fields "closed" to the Gospel where conditions are too sensitive to publish their names or locations.