Sycamore supports missionaries and organizations with significant prayer and financial support along with as much congregational involvement as possible. This involvement has taken many forms such as prayer for our missionaries, correspondence, sending summer lay mission teams to work with our missionaries, and encouraging our missionaries to visit our congregation as their schedules allow.
Here are the missionaries we support globally:
Jeff & Pat Borden MTW Africa/USA - BordenJP83@gmail.com
Patty came to Christ in 1974 while attending nursing school in Pittsburgh, PA, through Nurses Christian Fellowship. Jeff became a Christian through a Navigators ministry in 1978 at West Liberty State College in WV.
Jeff and Patty met at West Virginia University where both worked and became involved in the Navigator ministry. After their marriage in 1983, they entered Columbia Biblical Seminary and Graduate School of Missions. A summer teaching experience at Swaziland Evangelical Bible Institute helped them discern God’s leading into missions.
In 1998, after Jeff graduated with an M. Div. and Patty with a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies, they moved to Virginia Beach, where Jeff became an intern and later assistant pastor of New Covenant (PCA). The three years there helped prepare them for a future ministry of training national church leadership.
The Bordens served at Rusitu Bible College in rural Zimbabwe for almost three years and are presently ministering in South Africa, where they have been since 1997. Their goal is to help meet the great need for well-trained national leadership in southern African churches.
Tracy & Joy Dager Middle East - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy and Joy live in Jerusalem and spend most of their time working alongside the Palestinian Bible Society (PBS). Tracy oversees Bible and book distribution for the PBS. Joy teaches crafts and ESL in any of their eight centers. These positions give both of them opportunities to build relationships with traditional Christians and those from the majority religion. One of their passions is to see the U.S. church groups come and meet the “‘living stones” of God’s Church today while touring the “dead stones” of biblical history. Some have said, “This trip makes Bible stories go from black and white to color.” The goal of hosting these groups is developing partnerships between U.S. churches and Christians in the region. Come yourself and see!
Carol Donnelly CRU Orlando - email@example.com
Carol has been with Cru for 38 years; 22 with the Campus ministry at Northern Illinois University, the University of Connecticut and Virginia Tech. She was in Area leadership for 5 years in Richmond, VA and Regional leadership in Philadelphia, PA for 7 years. The last 16 years have been at the World Headquarters in Orlando, FL in 3 different Human Resources leadership roles. Currently, Carol is in an HR Director role working with the HR community at Cru’s headquarters and with several field ministries (Family Life, Josh McDowell, GAiN, Military…)
Tim & Therese Galage MTW South Africa - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim, from Newburgh, N.Y. came to faith in Christ his freshman year at Boston College. Therese grew up in York, PA and attended the University of Delaware, also coming to faith her freshman year. After meeting in Boston, they were married in 1982 and moved to the Chicago area where Tim attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Upon receiving his M.Div, Tim served as a minister of Christian education in a local church. Sensing God’s leading to be more active in evangelism, Tim returned to the business world where he has been employed as a commercial banker for over 20 years. Through multiple exposures to the vast training needs of leaders in third-world churches, Tim and Therese developed a burden to equip national leadership. Tim pursued further training at Covenant Seminary to prepare him for this task, receiving a master of theology in 2007. Tim teaches and mentors leaders at various theological institutions in the greater Cape Town area of South Africa. Therese draws upon decades of experience leading Bible studies and discipling women in the local church to mentor women and be involved in various aspects of ministry.
Phil & Nora Gelston Wiesbaden Germany - email@example.com
Schöne Grüße! My name is Philip Gelston and I am the pastor of Christ Church of Wiesbaden. Let me briefly share my family’s story with you because that paints a fuller picture of the vision of the church.
My family and I moved here in August, 2011 to plant a church to minister to English speakers. Growing up in the Southern US, I always knew about God and Jesus. However I believe it was in high school that I really became a Christian. Through the loving kindness and faithful biblical teaching of my church, I came face to face with the reality of my sin and the grace of God that is only offered in the Gospel. Soon after I felt a call to ministry.
While in Seminary I began dating Nora, who is now my wife. Nora is a German citizen from Bad Breisig (30 minutes south of Bonn). Nora and I met in Pittsburgh, PA where she was a university student. After we both graduated, we were married and moved to Richmond, VA so I could be the Youth Pastor at Sycamore Presbyterian Church. We served in Richmond for 6 great years and during that time our hearts for the kingdom worldwide grew. We knew we had special inroads in Germany because of Nora’s citizenship and so we partnered with our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and Ministry to the Military International (MMI) to plant a church in Wiesbaden. We have 4 children, Paul, Tommy, Johannes and Anna.
Rich & Barb Leary CRU-Eastern Europe - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rich and Barb Leary came to Campus Crusade in 2005, after serving with The Navigators for 20 years. In the early 90's the Lord used the CoMission Project to move the Leary family to live in Kiev, Ukraine. Although they returned to the U.S. from Kiev in 2000, the Leary's heart for the people of Ukraine continued.
In February of 2005, Brian Birdsall, the Campus Crusade Country Director for Ukraine, invited the Leary's to return to Kiev to lead the Ukraine CrossRoads ministry. In August 2006, The Leary's returned to Kiev.
While in Kiev, Rich led the Crossroads ministry and served as Fund Development Director for Ukraine for Christ. Barb served as the School Counselor for Kiev Christian Academy; the K-12 school for missionary children in Kiev.
In August 2013, Rich and Barb moved to Budapest, Hungary to serve on the EERu Area Leadership Team. Rich and Barb work together serving Leader-led Movements in Eastern Europe and Russia.
John & Lynn Lehn GEM - Croatia - email@example.com
John and Lynn have been with Greater Europe Mission for more than 20 years. They spent the first half of that time in Serbia teaching church planting principles to young men who were committed to starting new churches in the southern part of Serbia. In 1999 they relocated to Croatia. In 2004 they agreed to help plant a church on the eastern side of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, where there is no evangelical church among 180,000 people. This church is doing well and is now reaching out to a town 10 miles east, where they are hoping to see the next church plant form in a year or two. The Lehns have 3 sons – John, Tim & Paul.
Pat & Jane Maddox MTW - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane and I have served and continue to serve as Associate Staff for MTW in the short term ministry. We serve during the summer months, beginning in May and ending in August. We have served in this capacity for 22 years. We have served in Juarez Mexico, Belize, Monterey Mexico, West Virginia, and more recently in Cherokee NC with Native Americans. We serve as coordinators between the local area and the short term teams coming to serve. We assist with logistics and all the unseen things that must be in place for the teams to function effectively. This past year we assisted teams serving the Elder Care centers, Tsali Care and Tsali Manor. These facilities serve the aged or disabled Cherokee Indians. The teams also provide some needed construction assistance to the Cherokee as determined by the needs. Jane and I as Associate Staff serve the teams and the Cherokee Indians to make the trip as constructive as possible both in the spiritual aspect and the deeds ministry. Please check out the Facebook account MTW Cherokee. This site has lots of info on the Native Americans
Don & Merril Mountan ELI - Uganda/ USA - email@example.com
Equipping Leaders International (Africa & Asia)
Equipping Leaders International. ELI serves strategic Christian leaders and their spouses inside and outside the institutional church primarily in the majority world (Africa, etc.) to equip and empower them to reproduce a growing number of leaders of reformational movements in their nations that impact the whole of life, e.g. family, church, education, workplace, etc. . www.equippingleadersinternational.org
Wes & Kim Janzen - Music Mission Kiev - firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Mission Kiev is committed to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to and through Ukrainian musicians to the world. In our concerts, we share the message of rich sacred texts, which have the power to transform lives.
This multi-faceted ministry has a unique opportunity not only in Ukraine, but other countries of the former Soviet Union as well. Through the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, we have an open door into many former USSR countries, which are closed to missionaries, but open to our musicians.
When we present Handel’s Messiah in the Russian language to these predominantly Muslim areas, we are sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through music. We employ talented poets, musicians, and translators to produce hymnals and translate sacred masterpieces into the Russian and Ukrainian languages.
Our humanitarian efforts have grown outward from the Ukrainian musicians to widows, orphans, and children of Ukraine. www.musicmissionkiev.org
Manuel & Kim Padilla Las Tierras Church, El Paso, TX - email@example.com
Manuel (Tito) was born in Texas, yet was raised in a Puerto Rican home. He spent most of his early years overseas because of his father's Air Force career. He has lived in Puerto Rico, Germany, Japan, USA- to name a few places. It was during his time in Maryland, while in college, that he came to have a personal trust in Christ.
After working a few years as a social worker in Baltimore City he attended Reformed Theological Seminary where he graduated with a M.Div. in Missions. He and his family later served in Spain for thirteen years before coming to El Paso. He and his wife Kim have three children, Joshua, Rebecca, and Elizabeth.
Hernando & Debbie Saenz MNA Hispanic American Ministries - firstname.lastname@example.org
As the MNA Hispanic American Ministries Coordinator, I see the challenges of our changing nation as an unprecedented opportunity – orchestrated by God Himself – to continue our PCA commitment to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Imagine a movement of PCA churches and presbyteries reaching the Hispanic Harvest in North America through launching biblically healthy churches! I will work closely with a group of PCA Hispanic and Anglo key leaders committed to see this dream become a reality.
Our vision is to create a movement of PCA churches and presbyteries reaching all generations of Hispanics in the United States and Canada. In fulfillment of this vision, our passion is to see new churches planted, new leaders developed and existing churches equipped for thriving ministry. More info: Here
Will & Judi Traub MTW Scotland - email@example.com
The Traubs met in 1975 on a blind date during Will’s last year of studies at Westminster Theological Seminary and were married in 1976. Both Will and Jui were raised in Christian homes where foreign missions was promoted, and missionaries were often guests. Will was the pastor of Peace Reformed Church in Loveland, Colo., and Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Blacksburg, Va., prior to leaving for Germany, where they served from 1988-2000. Since that time, Will has been serving as coordinator of theological education and training for MTW Europe.
In 2012 the Traubs relocated to Scotland, where Will continues to coordinate theological training for MTW Europe. In addition to those responsibilities, he is assisting the pastor of St. Peter’s Free Church in Dundee in the development of implementation of training for Solas-centre for Public Christianity. This involves equipping pastors, workers, and lay people desiring to become more effective in ministry in Scotland and secular Europe, especially in the area of apologetic evangelism. He also assists the development officer for the Home Mission Board of the Free Church of Scotland in developing training in various areas as well as teaching theological courses in different locations around Scotland.
Adam and Alyson - Cru
Adam and Alyson serve with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) on the Global Team. Alyson and her mother, Carol Kuhlke, were members of Sycamore when Alyson became a missionary with Campus Crusade 25 years ago. Adam has spent 22 year with Campus Crusade working on translating the JESUS film and starting a humanitarian aid organization. Today Adam is working at the global level to create media about unreached people groups. At the current rate of evangelization, the remaining 1500+ unengaged unreached people groups could be engaged by 2018 and then we will have preached the gospel to every tribe and nation on earth.
Dan & Janet
Dan & Janet served in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, East Africa for 18 years. Their ministries included evangelism among an unreached people, church planting, mercy ministry & transformational development, equipping and mentoring national believers, and the development of Haven of Peace Academy, a Christian school serving MKs and non-Christian students. In 2010 they finished their ministry in Dar es Salaam. Dan and Janet are now based in the US. Dan serves with Enterprise West Africa traveling to West Africa 3-4 times annually to teach and mentor pastors and potential leaders in a church planting movement led by a national believer from another religion in a country that less than 5% Christian. Dan also serves with Enterprise North America engaging unreached peoples in the northern suburbs of a city in the northeast USA, and equipping churches and Christians to engage unreached peoples, refugees, and other internationals with the gospel. The Lord has also given Dan and Janet a ministry to Swahili speaking Congolese refugee family who live in their community. Janet primarily has been helping them with a wide variety of spiritual and physical needs. She also works part-time for a local non-profit organization as a student advisor for their family literacy ESL program. Janet’s students are all immigrants and refugees. Dan and Janet have four children, Kaelyn, Erin, Jonathan and Matthew.
If you would like additional information about missions at Sycamore, contact our Missions Committee Chairman, Dennie Pritchard, at 804-794-0238 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.