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Africa

  • Chris & Penny Gibbs
    Malawi
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    Chris & Penny Gibbs
    Malawi, Africa
    Chris at the age of 19 received his calling to ministry and missions at the same time, knowing one day he would be involved in ministry in the continent of Africa. Chris attended The Ohio State University studying Pre-Med and also Carl F. Smith Bible Institute. Penny attended Phillips College and earned a Associates Degree in Hospital Administration, and received her calling to missions while studying at Jackson College of Ministries. In 1998 Chris met Penny in Cameroon, West Africa while both were serving as AIMers. They taught in the Bible school, assisted with crusades and traveled as an evangelist in the country. Chris and Penny married in 2000 and assisted Gary Keller in Lancaster, Ohio from 2000-2009 serving as Youth Pastor, College age leader, Outreach Director, ACTS instructor, and Assistant Pastor, always with the knowledge they would go back to their first love, Africa one day. They spent two years in Malawi, Africa under the AIM program, yet served as UPCI representatives for the nation. Chris and Penny also have two wonderful children, Caleb age 11 and Jacie age 4. In October 2012 they received their missionary appointment to Malawi.
  • Gary & Sharon Abernathy
    Zambia
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    Gary & Sharon Abernathy
    Africa, Zambia
    Gary Abernathy, an alumnus of Apostolic Bible Institute and son of veteran missionaries to South Africa, felt the call to foreign missions while assisting Pastor David Hudson in Syracuse, Indiana. He and his wife, Sharon, received their appointment as UPCI missionaries to South Africa in May 1981. During their first term the Abernathys were heavily involved in the Bible school and other aspects of the training ministry. In 1987 they transferred to Malawi. They continued to emphasize ministerial training in Malawi through their second and third terms. He believes the only way to reach Africa’s millions is through trained national ministers. In 1998 Gary Abernathy assumed the leadership of the church in Zambia. He works closely with the national leadership of the mature Zambian church. His wife is involved in women’s ministry and child evangelism while they both teach in the Bible school.
  • Randy & Carolyn Adams
    Africa
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    Randy & Carolyn Adams
    Africa
    Randy and Carolyn Adams were appointed global missionaries in 1995 to the West African nations of Togo and Benin. They were able to open up new works in the nations of Gabon and Niger in 2000, and in 2002 the Central African Republic was opened. Also in 2002, the Adamses were given the additional responsibility of Area Coordinator to French West Africa, and in 2012 the English nations were added, extending their responsibilities to include twenty-three nations. Training has been an important part of their involvement from the beginning. They worked closely with the national leadership, teaching and training the men and women God has called into His harvest. As a result, the UPCI of Togo was nationalized in 2010, and Benin attained nationalization in 2014. In 2014 the Adamses were appointed Regional Director to the Africa Region effective January 1, 2016. As Regional Director they now serve as liaison between the many nations and churches in Africa, the missionaries, and Global Missions.
  • Steve & Yvette Phelps
    Nigeria
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    Steve & Yvette Phelps
    Nigeria, Africa
    Sold out for missions, Steve and Yvette Phelps left pastoring in the USA to begin their missions adventure in 2011. They are excited to serve in Nigeria, West Africa, since April 2015. Prior to their move to Nigeria, they served in Uganda 2013-2015. They built a facility to house the new Bible school in Kampala and in June 2014 the Apostolic Bible College of Uganda opened its doors to the first group of students. Currently the Phelpses are starting a new Bible school in the city of Lagos, Nigeria, home to twenty-two millions souls; overseeing the newly started Purpose Institute campuses; training pastors; teaching oneness seminars; planting new churches; and overseeing and promoting evangelism with special emphasis in the Western Region. The Phelpses are enjoying working alongside Gerry and Darla McLean.

Asia

  • Allan & Georgene Shalm
    Pakistan
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    Allan & Georgene Shalm
    Pakistan, Asia, Pacific, Malaysia
    The Shalms received career missionary appointment in 1980. After becoming General Superintendent of Pakistan in 1994, Brother Shalm planned a series of major crusades which saw the work grow from 325 churches and preaching points to almost 3,060 churches and preaching points by the time they left Pakistan in January 2012. They helped raise the funds to buy property or construct forty churches in India and Pakistan as well as funds to buy property for a Bible college in New Delhi, India, and build a new Bible college in Lahore, Pakistan. The Shalms moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in January 2012 and are now traveling throughout the Asia and Pacific regions, teaching, evangelizing and promoting end time Apostolic revival. At the end of 2013, the number of congregations in Pakistan had reached nearly 3,300 with more than 165,000 constituents.
  • David & Angela Doan
    Japan
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    David & Angela Doan
    Japan, Asia, Vietnam
    David and Angela Doan are products of foreign missions. They came to the Lord in Japan under the ministry of Paul Dennis. After they had served with the military ministry in Japan, God separated them to evangelize the nationals in Okinawa. In September 1994, after serving two years as AIMers and pioneering a strong Japanese work in Okinawa, the Doans received full appointment as UPC missionaries to Japan. They recently added Vietnam to their missionary appointment. Their missionary work includes pastoring a thriving national work in southern Okinawa, opening new works in southern Japan, opening and overseeing the Okinawa Bible School, developing discipleship training materials, implementing home cell group ministry, and supervising the continued growth of the national work in southern Japan. They travel into Vietnam to train national leaders and conduct Bible seminars and to provide leadership and oversight to the rapidly developing national work in Vietnam.
  • Jack & Michiko Coolbaugh
    Thailand
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    Jack & Michiko Coolbaugh
    Thailand, Asia
    Dr. Jack Coolbaugh, Ph.D., is a nuclear engineer. He is also a man with a burden, which compelled him to quit his secular job and go to Thailand as a self-supported associate in missions in 1994. Since then, except for one eight-month period, he and his wife have been in full-time ministry in Thailand. They opened a Bible school in 1999 in northern Thailand using rented facilities for the first three years, doing “all the planning, administration, funding, record-keeping, teaching, translation, organizing, controlling and scheduling.” In February 2001 they began construction on the new Isaac Keyes Memorial Bible School located on four acres, and they also received their appointment as UPCI missionaries to Thailand in May of that year. The school with housing capacity for 32 students plus staff was completed in September 2002, and a portion of the administration and teaching functions are now being carried by Thai staff.
  • James & Elizabeth Shalm
    Bangladesh
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    James & Elizabeth Corbin
    Bangladesh, India, Asia
    James and Elizabeth Corbin both came from Pentecostal homes and were married in Goshen, California, on September 2, 1989. Soon after their marriage, God began to speak to the both of them concerning reaching the lost in Bangladesh. They arrived in Bangladesh as missionaries in 1992. Within a short while they became fluent in the language and began to find open doors of ministry throughout Bangladesh. In 1997 they moved to Dhaka, the capital city, to start a fresh ministry outreach. Continued revival and growth in Bangladesh is a result of many days and hours spent in prayer, fasting, and in training the people of Bangladesh to become the men and women that God has destined for them to be. The James Corbin family and the United Pentecostal Church of Bangladesh are moving forward with vision and purpose to establish the kingdom of God in Bangladesh.
  • Lynden & Cathy Shalm
    Asia
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    Lynden & Kathy Shalm
    Regional Director, Asia
    Missionaries George and Margaret Shalm reared their son Lynden and his older brother, Allan, in India. After his Bible school training, Lynden Shalm pastored in Belleville and Beaverton, Ontario, and served as the Ontario District youth secretary for five years. He was the principal of the United Pentecostal Bible Institute in Fredericton, New Brunswick, when he and his wife were appointed as missionaries to Sri Lanka and Pakistan in 1984. In Pakistan he served as the general secretary of the UPC in Pakistan, principal of New Life Training Center in Lahore, and supervisor for the Central District. He “worked very closely with the national leadership to press toward the goal of having the Pakistanis provide their own leadership and direction to the UPC of Pakistan.” He also conducted leadership and youth training seminars and preached crusades and evangelistic outreaches. In 2002, the UPCI’s General Board appointed Shalm as the regional director for the Asia Region. As the director, he oversees the entire Asian region and seeks to open new areas to the gospel.

Central America

  • David & Yonda Schwarz
    Caribbean
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    David & Yonda Schwarz
    Central America/Cariibbean
    David & Yonda Schwarz received their career missionary appointment in 1988. Upon arrival to the field in 1991, Brother Schwarz became director of the Bible school. In 1992, he became the president of the national work and served until 2011. Sister Schwarz served as the treasure and director of the ladies on a national level from 1992 until 2011. Brother and Sister Schwarz pioneered a church in the central valley, which they pastored for 12 years. During their tenure, the work has grown in every aspect. Currently there are 85 churches and preaching points, 50 licensed ministers, 60 students currently studying in the Bible school, over 6,000 constituents, economic stability and positive growth and maturity in all areas of the work. At the 2011 General Conference, Brother and Sister Schwarz were appointed as Regional Directors of Central America/Caribbean. They are now lifting their sights from just one country to an entire region. They will be working with all the missionaries and national leaders in the Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Central America. They are dedicating themselves to serve the region by being the extended hand needed, the encouragement, a friend in time of need, and the voice before Global Missions. They will promote growth by every means available so that the revival will continue.
  • Dwayne & Linda Abernathy
    Belize
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    Dwayne & Linda Abernathy
    Belize, Central America, Carribbean
    Dwayne and Linda Abernathy went to Guatemala from Goodlettsville, Tennessee, in 2009 as AIMers working in many areas of the work under the supervision of missionaries Brad and Regina Thompson and Lynne Jewett. The Lord then called them to the country of Belize, and in the fall of 2011 they received missionary appointment to that country. While in Belize the Abernathys spent much time and effort working with the Mayan Indian works, opening three new preaching points and overseeing the building and dedicating of two new Mayan churches. Much teaching was done among the Mayans to raise their level of enthusiasm and understanding and to help the ministers come to more maturity in the truth. Also during this time a new English-speaking work was started in the chapel of the Bible school in Belize City. Upon returning to Belize after deputation, the Abernathys’ plan is to see that more English and Spanish-speaking churches are opened in Belize City and a Bible school expansion to include English classes in order to train more ministers for the harvest.
  • Gary & Kristi Landaw
    Puerto Rico
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    Gary & Kristi Landaw
    Puerto Rico, Trinidad/Tobago, Central America/Carribbean
    Gary and Kristi Landaw first went to the Caribbean in 1978 as furlough replacements for Bro. and Sis. Lloyd Shirley. It was there that they felt a call for Trinidad and Tobago and also developed a love for Puerto Rico. From 1981-1984 the Landaws based in Puerto missionary profile Rico and worked in several Caribbean Islands. In 1984 they moved to Trinidad and Tobago. From 1984-1990 the Landaws established the main church as well as planted other churches and started the Bible school. From 1991-1997 the Landaws' returned to Puerto Rico where they did evangelism and Bible school training. During that time they also worked with the church in Cuba teaching and preaching in several areas . In 1997 once again the Landaws moved back to Trinidad and worked in Bible school training, planting churches and giving leadership . In 2011 Puerto Rico became the focus of missionary work and this term they have been working with the church to see new works established and have worked to see the Bible school program become a part of the Global Association of Theological Schools. Bro. Landaw is also currently the Coordinator of Leadership Development of the Central America and Caribbean Region. Both Bro. and Sis. Landaw enjoy teaching in seminars and Bible school and have taught throughout the Caribbean.
  • Henry & Sharon Ritchie
    French Guiana
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    Henry & Sharon Ritchie
    Windward Islands, Central America/Caribbean, French Guiana
    Henry and Sharon Ritchie became involved in Foreign Missions in 1975, as dean of the Bible school in London, England. Shortly after returning to the United States, they realized that their place in the Kingdom of God would be on the missionary field. In 1977, they were appointed missionaries to the Windward Islands of the Caribbean, a field that had never had an apostolic missionary. Arriving in the Windwards in 1978, they began language study in order to minister in the French-speaking islands. At the same time, they began pioneer works on the English-speaking islands; and by the end of their first term, every major island had at least one United Pentecostal Church. French Guiana was later added onto their responsibilities. It, too, was a field with no prior witness. Their major efforts have been pioneer evangelism—starting churches where there were none—and teaching in the Bible schools.

  • Joseph & Cassandra Landaw
    Trinidad & Tobago
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    Joseph & Cassandra Landaw
    Trinidad/Tabago, Central America/Caribbean
    Joseph Landaw is a missionary kid who was raised in the islands of the Caribbean. He knows the culture and loves the island people. After Bible school, Joseph and Cassandra Landaw assisted in a church plant in Fishers, Indiana, for four years in various roles, including that of youth pastor. In 2008 they applied for and were granted an AIM assignment to Trinidad and Tobago assisting Joseph’s parents, missionaries Gary and Kristi Landaw. While there they pastored a church in the southern part of the country and coordinated and taught in the Bible school program. In September 2010, they were appointed intermediate missionaries to Trinidad and Tobago. Their main goals are to establish more churches in the southern part of the country as well as improve and increase the enrollment in the Bible school. In October, 2012, the Landaws were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Hannah Marie.
  • Steve & Kari Shirley
    Dominican Republic
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    Steve & Kari Shirley
    Dominican Republic, Central America/Caribbean
    Steve and Kari Shirley received their missionary appointment in 1988 after a two-year Associates In Missions appointment to the Leeward Islands. They have served as the field superintendent for the Dominican Republic since 1991. In this capacity they missionary profile administrate and supervise the national work, organize district events, regional and national conventions and camps. They supervise and teach in the Bible school program at the main campus in Santo Domingo and its seven extensions, as well as conduct regional ministerial and leadership seminars around the country. This term they pastored at the headquarters church and remodeled the Bible school and headquarters complex. Bro. Shirley has hosted various church building groups and has been involved in building more than forty churches. They have been appointed as the field superintendent for the Leeward Islands as well. The fall of 2016 will begin their sixth deputation.

South America

  • Joseph & Loretta Bir
    Paraguay
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    Joseph & Loretta Bir
    Paraguay, Peru, South America
    Joseph Bir, a 1978 graduate of Texas Bible College, and his wife, Loretta, worked in a Christian school and served as assistant pastors before they pioneered a home missions work. They received their appointment as United Pentecostal Church missionaries to Paraguay in May 1986. This appointment resulted from the Birs’ long-standing foreign missions burden. Following a year of language study in Costa Rica, the Birs arrived in Paraguay in December 1988. He is now the field superintendent and “is involved in just about all aspects of ministry.” He also serves as the area coordinator for the South America’s Southern Cone, which encompasses Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Loretta Bir is involved in children’s and ladies’ ministries and teaches in the Bible school. She can usually be found translating material into Spanish late at night and in the wee hours of the morning.
  • Lonnie & Gail Burton
    Venezuela
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    Lonnie & Gail Burton
    Venezuela, South America
    Lonnie Burton first arrived in Venezuela as a nine-year-old boy accompanying his missionary parents, James and Martha Burton. Fourteen years later, in 1976, Lonnie and Gail Burton, alumni of Conquerors Bible College, received their appointment as UPCI missionaries to Venezuela. Arriving in Venezuela in November 1977, the Burtons settled in the eastern side of the nation. At that time the area only had four works. Today it has over 40 works and is divided into two sections. Lonnie Burton is the director of the Bible school in Valera. Much of the growth of the Venezuelan church can be attributed to its ministerial training programs. Lonnie and Gail Burton pastor in Valera and are responsible for the development of many new works in their area.
  • Michael & Miriam Sponsler
    Argentina
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    Michael & Miriam Sponsler
    South America, Argentina
    Upon the recommendation of the Foreign Missions Board, Mike and Miriam Sponsler were reappointed as UPCI missionaries to Argentina in September 2006. The Sponslers were originally appointed in September 1981 to Ecuador where he evangelized, planted churches, trained ministers, and coordinated a Bible correspondence program with 120 students. After a term in Ecuador, they transferred to Argentina for two years but then returned to Ecuador. In 1992 they resigned from missions and assisted in Miami, Florida, before assuming the pastorate of Apostolic Worship Center in Greshem, Oregon. After pastoring AWC for ten years, the Sponslers returned to Argentina in January 2006 as associates in missions. They evangelized and taught in the Bible school while awaiting their full appointment. Mike and Miriam Sponsler have two sons who live in Concord, California.
  • Shane & Dena Hayes
    Chile
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    Shane & Dena Hayes
    Chile, South America
    Shane and Dena Hayes accepted an AIM assignment to San Andres, Colombia, in 2003. In 2004 they received intermediate missionary appointment and returned to San Andres to continue their work of establishing a self-supporting church and raising up leaders. After accomplishing this, they began to feel the Lord directing them to Chile. They were able to move to Chile in January 2010, settling in the city of Concepcion. It was here that they lived through the epicenter of the 2010 8.8 earthquake. Brother and Sister Hayes coordinated with Compassion Services International for the relief and rebuilding efforts. Brother Hayes is currently the Chilean national Vice-President as well as the South American representative for Global Association of Theological Studies (GATS). Sister Hayes is involved in Ladies Ministries and is a gifted teacher.

Europe/Middle East

  • Charles & Stacey Robinette
    Austria
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    Charles & Stacey Robinette
    Austria, Europe/Middle East
    As a 17-year-old student at Indiana Bible College, Charles Robinette received his call to missions while on a Youth on Missions trip to Eastern Europe. After serving in the U.S. Air Force in Germany, being the youth leaders in their home church in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and evangelizing, the Robinettes served as furlough replacements for the Filippo Ciulla family in Brussels, Belgium, under the Associates In Missions program. In September 2003, they transferred to Switzerland to assist national pastor Francois Vila in Geneva. In March 2004, Charles and Stacey Robinette received their appointment as United Pentecostal Church missionaries to Switzerland. They returned to Switzerland in mid-2004, but their appointment was changed to Austria in 2006 when the Kinneys became furlough replacements. The Robinettes will be living in Vienna, pastoring the headquarters church while opening other areas to the gospel.
  • George & Cheryl Craft
    Estonia
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    George & Cheryl Craft
    Estonia, Serbia, Ukraine, and Hungary
    After being appointed in September 1971, George and Cheryl Craft evangelized in Britain and assisted in the headquarters church in London, England, for one year. They moved to The Netherlands where they ministered until 1991, staring works in Hoofddorp and Dordrecht. In 1991 the FMD granted the Crafts appointment to Eastern Europe where they taught Bible schools in Yugoslavia and Hungary. Since 1995 the Crafts have been doing training and evangelism in 16 countries of Europe as well as teaching special seminars in Asia and South America. His travels in the last term have been primarily in Estonia, Serbia, Ukraine, and Hungary for the monthly Pastors College while answering invitations to minister in all parts of Eastern Europe.
  • Joe & Fanny Cooney
    Ireland
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    Joe & Fanny Cooney
    Ireland, Europe/Middle East
    Joe Cooney is a first generation Apostolic whose family is from Ireland. He was filled with the Holy Spirit in 1995. As an AIMer 2002-2010 he spent over 3 years in Ireland, and 3 1/2 years in London, England, evangelizing and assisting different ministries. Fanny Cooney is a fourth generation Apostolic from France. She is an experienced conference interpreter and regularly translates ministry curriculum. Receiving full missionary appointment at the 2010 General Conference in Houston, the Cooneys served as pastoral furlough replacements in Vienna, Austria 2011-2012. They returned to Northern Ireland in 2014 taking the pastorate of one church and planting a new one in the city of Belfast. In the last 4 years they have seen over 100 filled with the Holy Ghost in Northern Ireland. In all their years in ministry and evangelizing throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe and the United States, thousands have been filled with the Holy Ghost, healed and set free. Ministries Joe: promotions, evangelism, church planting, pastoring, bible school teaching & home bible study seminars Fanny: singing, keyboard, French interpreter, children's ministry
  • Ken & Kay Burgess
    Spain
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    Ken & Kay Burgess
    Spain, Europe/Middle East
    Ken and Kay Burgess were appointed missionaries in October, 1991 after 27 months on the AIM program, and began their 5th term as Career Missionaries in Argentina in February, 2010. Shortly after their return to the field, Bro. Burgess felt it was time to step down as President of the work in Argentina where he had served for the past 7 years. Subsequently the Burgesses transferred to the tiny, but revival-packed nation of El Salvador in the Central American Region. As Missionary Supervisor in El Salvador Bro. Burgess serves as Director of the Pentecostal Bible Institute and on the National Board of El Salvador. Since moving to El Salvador, they have been involved in all aspects of the National Work, including the remodeling of the current National Offices building. They were also instrumental in the purchase of a new facility which will house the National Offices and the Bible School, which will be remodeled and hopefully completed by the end of 2012. Plans are also underway to re-open the Cathy Killoren Memorial Clinic and to establish a Children’s Home in El Salvador. Sis. Burgess was recently named Director of a National Pastors’ Wives Ministry and manages the National Bookstore. Together, they travel throughout the nation teaching, preaching, and speaking in special events and local churches. The Burgesses have one son, Kameron, who is currently attending Indiana Bible College.
    Nathan & Tanya Harrod
    Spain, Europe/Middle East
    Nathan and Tanya Harrod arrived in Spain in 2004 as AIMers in the city of Barcelona. During their time on AIM, they pastored in the city of Barcelona as well as planted another work in a nearby city. The Harrods received their missionary appoint in 2006, and upon returning to the field, they continued serving as pastors in Barcelona in a church that has grown to over 450 members, as well as planted two more daughter churches. Brother Harrod has served as the coordinator of the Bible school in Barcelona, supervisor over the churches in the northern region of Spain, and as national treasurer of the UPC of Spain. Sister Harrod has served as national Sunday school director and regional ladies director. When returning to the field, they will continue to pastor in Barcelona and will be working to establish new works in the northern region of Spain. They will also endeavor to spearhead the opening of the country of Andorra.
  • Mark & Mariann Starin
    Lebanon
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    Mark & Mariann Starin
    Lebanon, Europe/Middle East
    The Starins spent one year as AIM furlough replacements in Jordan in 1984, then received their missionary appointment to the Middle East in 1985. They have ministered in Jordan and Cyprus, and in 1992 they relocated to Lebanon to pioneer the UPC of Lebanon. Brother Starin has been responsible for the development of Arabic tracts, Arabic and English devotional tracts, Arabic small group studies, Arabic/English doctrinal booklet, Arabic and English Bible studies, and Arabic Bible school books. Sister Starin has been responsible for the development of Arabic/English Sunday school materials, and Arabic/English worship songs. Their website (www.pentecostalsoflebanon.org) with its large amount of Arabic materials receives hits from several different Middle Eastern countries. Lebanon now has two churches and one Bible school. Brother Starin is the President of the UPC Lebanon, the Director of the Bible school in Lebanon, the UPCI Official Representative to Cyprus, and the UPCI Official Representative to Syria. Syria is currently closed to missionaries, however the church in Lebanon has had many Syrians baptized and receive the Holy Ghost. The Starins hope that this will lead to churches being established in Syria.
  • Mark & Robin Shutes
    Belarus
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    Mark & Robin Shutes
    Belarus, Baltic Republics, Europe/Middle East,
    Mark and Robin Shutes received their appointment to Belarus in 1996 with an additional appointment to the Baltic Republics in 2002 and as the director of evangelism for the former Soviet Union in 2006. They currently work from their base in Riga, Latvia, where they continue to train teams of AIMers and nationals to bring the gospel and establish churches in the cities and villages of each country. When they first arrived on the field as AIMers in 1993, there were only two converts in the country of Belarus. Since that time, they have seen God multiply that work to over 60 churches throughout Belarus and the Baltic Republics with a first time opening into the countries of Latvia and Lithuania. In the coming years they will continue to build and multiply teams of people to evangelize the nations of Belarus, the Baltic Republics, and the entire former Soviet Union.
  • Michael & Jill Patterson
    Romania
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    Michael & Jill Patterson
    Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Europe/Middle East
    “A call comes ringing o’er the restless waves, Send the Light, Send the Light.” ... That call affected the lives of Michael and Jill Patterson. They were reared in UPC churches, graduated from Texas Bible College, and were a part of the Alabama District 1985-1989. They began their involvement in the overseas ministry as associates in missions in Germany in 1990. October 1995 saw the arrival of the Patterson family as pioneer missionaries to the newly opened country of Romania. In 1998, their appointment was expanded to include the country of Moldova as well. With a new term beginning in 2007, their focus will be on Bucharest, the capital city of Romania. MK Kay Patterson is attending Texas Bible College in Lufkin, Texas. MK Daniel Patterson is living in Romania with his parents and is in high school with the ACE program.
  • Nathan & Tanya Harrod
    Spain
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    Ken & Kay Burgess
    Spain, Europe/Middle East
    Ken and Kay Burgess were appointed missionaries in October, 1991 after 27 months on the AIM program, and began their 5th term as Career Missionaries in Argentina in February, 2010. Shortly after their return to the field, Bro. Burgess felt it was time to step down as President of the work in Argentina where he had served for the past 7 years. Subsequently the Burgesses transferred to the tiny, but revival-packed nation of El Salvador in the Central American Region. As Missionary Supervisor in El Salvador Bro. Burgess serves as Director of the Pentecostal Bible Institute and on the National Board of El Salvador. Since moving to El Salvador, they have been involved in all aspects of the National Work, including the remodeling of the current National Offices building. They were also instrumental in the purchase of a new facility which will house the National Offices and the Bible School, which will be remodeled and hopefully completed by the end of 2012. Plans are also underway to re-open the Cathy Killoren Memorial Clinic and to establish a Children’s Home in El Salvador. Sis. Burgess was recently named Director of a National Pastors’ Wives Ministry and manages the National Bookstore. Together, they travel throughout the nation teaching, preaching, and speaking in special events and local churches. The Burgesses have one son, Kameron, who is currently attending Indiana Bible College.
    Nathan & Tanya Harrod
    Spain, Europe/Middle East
    Nathan and Tanya Harrod arrived in Spain in 2004 as AIMers in the city of Barcelona. During their time on AIM, they pastored in the city of Barcelona as well as planted another work in a nearby city. The Harrods received their missionary appoint in 2006, and upon returning to the field, they continued serving as pastors in Barcelona in a church that has grown to over 450 members, as well as planted two more daughter churches. Brother Harrod has served as the coordinator of the Bible school in Barcelona, supervisor over the churches in the northern region of Spain, and as national treasurer of the UPC of Spain. Sister Harrod has served as national Sunday school director and regional ladies director. When returning to the field, they will continue to pastor in Barcelona and will be working to establish new works in the northern region of Spain. They will also endeavor to spearhead the opening of the country of Andorra.
  • Stephen & Debra Summers
    Cyprus
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    Stephen & Debra Summers
    Cyprus, Europe/Middle East
    Stephan and Debra Summers received full intermediate missionary appointment to Cyprus in March 2011 and are the only UPCI missionaries under appointment to that country. During their Cyprus AIM assignment, they taught Bible studies, established a church in the city of Larnaca as well as two preaching points on the island, and were involved in the translation of church materials into Arabic and Greek. Their plans while living in Cyprus are to study both Greek and Arabic, initiate Bible school programs for both international and national students in Cyprus, plant churches and work within the existing structure to promote leadership development for local ministry.

Pacific

  • Roger & Becky Buckland
    Pacific

    Robert & Becky Buckland
    Pacific
    Roger Buckland was the Ohio District Pentecostal Conquerors secretary when he and his wife, Becky, received their appointment to the Philippines in October 1984. They spent just under ten years overseeing approximately 380 churches on the island of Mindanao, laboring as the president of the Apostolic Institute of Ministries in Davao City, and serving on the Executive Board of the United Pentecostal Church (Philippines). In August 1993 the Global Missions Board appointed Roger and Becky Buckland as the first UPCI missionaries to the Czech Republic and Slovakia. While residing in Prague, they established the first UPC church in the nation of the Czech Republic, located in this capital city, as well as founding two Bible Schools complete with translated curriculum (located in Prague, Czech Republic and Bački Petrovec, Serbia). The Bucklands were serving as Area Coordinator for the 14 nations of Eastern Europe when they received their appointment as Regional Director for the Pacific in October 2012, taking them back to where their missionary journeys began three decades ago. Ministries Roger: preaching, teaching, training, administration Becky: ladies' ministries, teaching