Ministries

Global Missions


St. Paul’s Global Missions Ministry exists so that the nations might be glad and sing for joy. As the psalmist cries out,

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you! (Psalm 67:3)

There are almost 8 billion people alive on planet earth today, each of whom has been created in the image and likeness of God, but most of whom do not know him. We long to see more worshipers! And so, we are committed to the Great Commission of making disciples and filling all things with God’s kingdom glory (Genesis 1:28; Matthew 28:18-20). Come, be a part of what God is doing, not just here in Orlando, but all around the world.

Core Values

Support for global missions at St. Paul’s is characterized by the following priorities:

  • Church-centered partnerships
  • The training of indigenous leaders and pastors
  • A special concern for unreached peoples
  • Significant investment in a limited number of partnerships

Get to Know St. Paul's Missionaries

A note on missionary security: You will notice that limited information is provided for some of our missionaries who serve in places where Christians are persecuted. Because of security risks, we are careful about the information we share online. This ought to remind us of how important it is to pray for our missionaries and their safety.

Tokyo, Japan

Seima and Naoko Aoyagi

Senri, Towa, Satoki, Akari

Seima and Naoko are involved in a church planting ministry in downtown Tokyo, Japan, that is affiliated with Redeemer City to City, Mission to the World (MTW), and Presbyterian Mission International (PMI). This is not just a single church plant—their desire is to see a city-center church-planting movement take root throughout Tokyo. Through this they hope to see Tokyo, the biggest city and the most lost city in the world with only 0.23% of the population professing Christ, transformed by the gospel. Grace Harbor Church in Toyosu (a city-center area of Tokyo with 150,000 people without any church) was planted in 2015. They intentionally target non-Christians, building relationships and sharing the gospel with people who have never heard the gospel before. They have about eighty adults and thirty children gathering each Sunday.

Stanford, California

Kathleen Chitty

Kathleen works as campus staff with RUF in a long-term role to reach and equip Stanford students with the truth and hope of the gospel. She is one of about forty-five women working in the position of campus staff with RUF across the nation, and she enjoys reaching and pouring into high-achieving college women.

Stanford University, in the heart of Silicon Valley, is located in the Bay Area of California—the most unchurched and de-churched populated area in the country. Stanford’s demographic is a unique mixture of incredibly intelligent, high-achieving, self-reliant students who often end up at high-powered and incredibly influential companies such as Google, Facebook, Bain, Apple, and SpaceX. Kathleen has the privilege of meeting one-on-one with Stanford undergraduate and graduate students to read the Bible together and to walk with students as they grow in grace and consider how to live out the truth of the gospel. She also leads community groups, trains student leaders, and coordinates events and retreats for RUF Stanford and also for the RUF regional conference, WestCo.

South Asia

Jimmy and Erin

Sienna, Seth, Nathan, Benjamin

Jimmy and Erin lead a church-planting team in a restricted-access South Asian nation. Their mission is to help initiate and nurture church-planting movements among the unreached people groups in their country. They mentor local believers and partner with them to help create and distribute indigenous print, audio, and video content for evangelism, discipleship, and leader training in order to equip them to reach their own people with the good news of Christ. Part of this work happens through Jimmy's role directing a studio that produces video and audio content. In addition, Jimmy and Erin provide logistical and administrative support to several local Bible translation projects. They are also involved in personal evangelism with people from various unreached ethnic groups, seeking to disciple them to a mature faith in Christ and helping them to form locally led house churches. In their role as team leaders, they serve their teammates by encouraging them, coming alongside and praying with and for them, debriefing them in their ministry experiences, and providing strategic guidance.

Middle East

Ezies E

Ezies serves with Middle East Mission, a small mission agency working to demonstrate God's love by promoting wholeness and growth in the gospel and serving the Arabic-speaking community both in the US and the Middle East through biblical teaching.

God has placed a strong call for evangelism, discipleship, and counseling on Ezies. She knows that a good understanding of the culture is key to showing the unreached in the Middle East the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through her visits to the underground churches in the Middle East, she equips and encourages the Muslim-background believers through mentoring, teaching, and counseling both in-person and via video conferencing platforms. Ezies has unique access to minister to Middle Eastern

women, and also encourages CMB (Christians from a Muslim background) in the US, connecting them to good churches so that they are able to find help and support through their struggles and challenges. She collaborates with different ministries in order that her people in the Arabian Gulf have access to good Reformed teaching.

Ezies has written and recorded for Christian radio broadcasts that go all over the world. She is also hoping to expand her ministry to her people through social media. She is finishing two books in the Arabic language, The Names of God in the New Testament and From Pain into Hope. She also continues to write short devotions and other biblical material.

Middle East & North Africa

Jim and Carole Fitzgerald

Jim and Carole Fitzgerald serve in the Middle East and North Africa with Equipping Pastors International. Their vision is to equip pastors in North Africa and the Middle East where Islam is firmly entrenched. This region was once the intellectual and theological capital of the Christian world, and Jim and Carole desire to see its true Christian heritage recovered.

Since 2009, Jim and his domestic and international partners have trained hundreds of pastors and Christian leaders in the region, started two theological seminaries, and built nearly one hundred churches (many of which are new church plants). They have also translated multiple biblical and theological books and materials from English into Arabic.

CRFC State Prison, Orlando

Miles Hayes

Miles is an assistant pastor at St. Paul’s with a special emphasis in prison ministry. He is entirely self-supporting and receives no staff compensation from St. Paul’s.

Ministering inside the large state prison east of Orlando, Miles provides worship services with

verse-by-verse expository preaching. As an extension of St. Paul’s, these services reflect aspects of corporate worship at St. Paul’s.

Miles also provides counseling in various forms, ranging from biblical application of Scripture, to marriage and family concerns, to general life-skills counseling.

Asia

Jonathan & Maggie

Anne, Lily, Ada, Amelia, Eleanor, and Beatrice

Jonathan and Maggie serve with the PCA’s missions organization, Mission to the World, in Asia. They moved to South Asia in 2010 with two children to help plant a church in a global city and serve an indigenous denomination. Having pastored that church for a number of years, Jonathan is now the international director for MTW in Asia-Pacific, overseeing MTW’s work and establishing new ministries in the region.

MTW desires to plant Reformed and presbyterian churches around Asia-Pacific among the unreached and least reached peoples. Maggie helps to lead Parakaleo, a ministry that equips ministry wives to face the complex world of church planting and pastoral ministry. It provides a grid for viewing and living life through the gospel in the midst of life and ministry challenges with practical, tangible tools.

As of 2022, Maggie and Jonathan have six daughters ranging in age from two to fourteen.

Southeast Asia

Dan and Tawnny

Lola Grace, Elliott, Jedediah, Tobias, Clementine

Dan and Tawnny were members of St. Paul’s for many years. They serve with The JESUS Film Project (a ministry of Cru) and moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand, in the summer of 2017. The JESUS film is used by more than 1,500 missions organizations and denominations around the world to communicate the gospel to people in their own language, disciple new believers, help plant churches, and train and equip pastors. It is a film about the life of Jesus taken from the Gospel of Luke and has been translated into more than 1,800 languages so far.

Dan provides technical support for the regional JESUS Film office located in Chiang Mai and travels to surrounding countries to train other missionaries and local believers to record the JESUS film in the many local languages that do not yet have gospel materials available. Dan also helps develop equipment and strategies for indigenous church planters to use JESUS film tools in their local ministry.

Ethiopia, Africa

Tim & Laura Love

Sam, Pip, Ruthie

The Love family has been excited to follow God's call to serve as medical missionaries in Ethiopia. Tim grew up at St. Paul’s, and much of his exposure to missions was through St. Paul’s Missions Conferences and numerous short-term missions trips with the youth group. He served on an MTW internship in Ethiopia during college and there began to feel a clear call to long-term missions in Ethiopia. That summer in Ethiopia is also where he met his future wife, Laura!

In countries like Ethiopia, nine out of ten people cannot access basic surgical services due to a lack of surgeons and surgical capacity. Many in Ethiopia are left suffering and dying with conditions that could be easily treated with surgery. Tim is a board-certified general surgeon and works with the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (www.paacs.net) training Ethiopian doctors to become surgeons, while also discipling them in their faith and engaging in hospital-based evangelism and ministry to patients. This provides opportunities to share the gospel with patients who are desperate for compassion and hope and to train men and women who will be the next generation of healthcare providers in Ethiopia. Laura supports Tim in this work while caring for their children and home.

Canon City, Colorado

Dan & Shirley Matsche

Dan serves as a chaplain with Good News Jail & Prison Ministry in a close- and medium-custody prison in Limon, Colorado. He has what he calls a ministry of presence and is known to the inmate population and many of the staff as a man of God whom they can be comfortable speaking with. His love for his men and his love for the Lord Jesus and his word are used to minister truth to those who so desperately need to hear it. He ministers in the cell houses, on the prison yard, in the prison visiting room, and in his chaplain's office. Dan teaches weekly Bible classes, leads church services, gives one-on-one counseling sessions with both inmates and staff, and also handles emergency notifications, informing inmates of the severe sickness or death of a family member.

Shirley ministers with him on Sundays during their prison worship services where she uses her wonderful gift of singing: sharing the gospel through special music, for which the men are so appreciative. She also handles much of the administrative tasks associated with their ministry.

Serving globally from South Carolina

Curtis & Lisa McGown

Brayden, Elle

Curtis serves as the executive director of Valeo. He is involved in vision, strategy, administration, implementation, management, counseling, debriefing, consulting, and developing partnerships.

Valeo is a group of faith-based mental health professionals serving those sent cross-culturally by providing preventative and restorative care to strengthen their well-being in life and work. Services include counseling, psychiatry, debriefing, spiritual direction, and consulting. Services are primarily delivered online to those located outside of the US, as well as in person to those who come to Columbia, SC, for care.

Nagoya, Japan

Matt & Caroline Newkirk

Lydia, Silas, Ethan, Chloe

The Newkirks serve with Christ Bible Seminary in Nagoya, Japan, where Matt is president and professor of Old Testament. The Japanese are the second-largest unreached people group in the world and are therefore in desperate need of well-trained gospel ministers, so CBS's mission is simple: to equip Christians in Japan for the work of gospel ministry.

CBS operates within a larger organization called Christ Bible Institute, which also includes an outreach ministry (Heart & Soul), a church-planting center (Joy for Japan Center), a publishing arm (CBI Press), and a newly established counseling ministry (Christian Counseling for Japan). In addition to teaching courses in Old Testament and missions, Matt leads the faculty and staff in executing the seminary’s mission and caring for the students and their families.

The entire Newkirk family enjoys participating in the life of their Japanese church and building relationships with people in their community.

South Asia

Eric & Sara-Beth

Noa, Martha, Gloria, Asher, Carol-Joy, Elizabeth, Grace

Eric and Sara-Beth are serving in South Asia amongst numerous people groups, including the largest unreached people group in the world. In 2021, they started a partnership with a rural South Asian Christian Hospital with a small American medical ministry team (two American doctors, two nurses, and a dietician). Eric officially serves as the team leader and medical support trainer and unofficially as a chaplain at the hospital. Sara-Beth teaches their children and the doctors' children. She is also involved in ministry with the local church and nursing students.

The Nolls were one of the first MTW families in their country and are seeking to lay the groundwork for others to join them in taking the gospel to the largest unreached people group in the world. Eric and Sara-Beth continue to learn the language and culture, and they strive to be a Christian presence to the people who live in their country.

RUF @ University of Central Florida

Hardy and Bri Reynolds

Hardy serves as the campus minister for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) to the University of Central Florida (UCF). RUF is the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America and to date is on over 150 campuses across the nation. RUF seeks to reach students with the hope of the gospel and equip them to serve Christ's kingdom during a season in their lives when they are asking deep questions and experiencing significant personal growth. The success of this mission is not so much measured in the present but seeing students become lifelong lovers of the triune God who are committed members in his church and equipped for a lifetime of kingdom service.

Hardy and his wife, Bri, have one daughter, Elena, and they began their service to the students of UCF in June 2020. More information about their ministry can be found on the RUF at UCF website at ruf.org/ucf.

Lyon, France

Alex & Suzanne Sarran

Matthieu, Timothée, Etienne, Vallouise, Augustine, Violette

Alex and Suzanne have been involved in full-time ministry in Lyon since 2001, the year they were married. With less than one percent of the population being Bible-believing Christians, the needs are great. According to recent surveys, France has the largest proportion of atheists in Western Europe and one of the largest proportions of Muslims.

Alex leads a French-speaking presbyterian church plant near the center of the city, and together as a family they seek to glorify God through communicating the gospel message to as many people as possible. They pray that many would come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ, and as a result, the church would grow and in time other churches would be established. They long to see the gospel have a positive, visible impact on this urban area that is the second largest in France.

Paris, France

Joel & Stephanie Swanson

Pascal

St. Paul’s is Stephanie’s home church, where she served on staff before answering God’s call to France. For over a decade, she helped French nationals in church planting through youth and children’s ministry, English outreaches, music, and drama. For over a decade, Joel prayed fervently for Europe and served

his local church through music and missions before leaving a civil engineering job to use his gifts in apologetics in serving for two years on a church-planting team in Ukraine.

Married in 2014, Joel and Stephanie served for four years in Toulouse. In 2020, after a home mission assignment, they returned to France, but this time to Paris to work with a small evangelical church that has supported thirteen church plants in its first thirteen years. Joel and Stephanie are using their gifts in discipleship, apologetics, music, and children’s and youth ministry to strengthen this church as it continues to help launch others.

They long for Parisian believers and non-believers alike to see how the gospel of Jesus Christ transforms all of life and work. Their vision is to see a growing prayer movement that transforms their city, which has seen much bloodshed in the name of religion.

Shin-Urayasu, Japan

Robert & Lisa Stewart

William, Isabel

Best known as the home of Tokyo Disneyland, and sister city to Orlando, Urayasu was once a small fishing village on Tokyo Bay. A coastal land-reclamation project expanded its area fourfold, bringing rapid growth and an influx of young people and families.

When an MTW team moved into the Shin-Urayasu area, there was no church in this new community of 40,000—not surprising in a country where only 0.3% of the population identify as Christians. Praise God, Shin-Urayasu Grace Church was started in 2012 through the efforts of the MTW Tokyo Bay Team.

The goal of the mission in Shin-Urayasu is to reach the unchurched with the truth of the gospel while also building up the existing church by emphasizing spiritual growth and Christian fellowship.

It is the dear hope of the Stewarts (and the entire Tokyo Bay team) that Shin-Urayasu Grace Church will not only be a hub for God's work in the area but it will be instrumental in planting more churches throughout the region.

Iran via Atlanta, Georgia

Sasan & Kenna Tavassoli

Although based in Atlanta, GA, the focus of Sasan’s ministry is teaching and resourcing Iranian Christian communities both inside Iran and all around the world. He uses three platforms to deliver his teaching: satellite TV, seminars, and Bible college courses.

Sasan produces dozens of programs every year on various Iranian Christian satellite TV networks that are then broadcast into Iran. The purpose of these programs is to encourage believers in Iran and help grow the house-church movements in that country. He also teaches at conferences and seminars for Iranian Christians living in Europe, North America, and Australia. He also co-founded an Iranian Bible college, Pars Theological Center (with offices based in London), which aims to train house-church leaders in Iran and pastors in the diaspora.

Glasgow, Scotland

Nate and Erin Taylor

Ruby, Lucy, & Ollie

Nate and Erin serve with MTW in partnership with the Free Church of Scotland. The Free Church has a vision of planting thirty churches and adding sixty ministry workers by 2030.

Scotland is a nation that prides itself on being one of the most secular in Europe. Once at the heart of the Reformation, many of its churches are closing or close to empty. Estimates are that less than 1.5% of Glaswegians attend church on a Sunday, and of that 1.5%, more than half are over the age of 65.

Nate and Erin, along with their three children, moved to Scotland in the fall of 2021. They serve alongside the Scots, seeking to plant new churches and strengthen existing churches in Glasgow—the largest city in Scotland. In this their first term, Nate is on staff with Glasgow City Free Church, seeking to strengthen discipleship and outreach ministries, be a discipleship resource to the Glasgow presbytery, meet weekly with a church planter nearby to organize their launch, and help facilitate plans for a new church plant in the greater Glasgow area.

Liberia, West Africa

Catherine Upton

Since 1985, the vision of the Rafiki Foundation has been to cultivate a multitude of godly contributors in Africa through Bible study and classical Christian education. To accomplish this, Rafiki established ten Rafiki Training Villages within the African countries of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Rafiki’s vision is carried out in each village through five programs: Bible study, education, teacher training, orphan care, and widows.

After calling Catherine to missions in high school, God provided her with many opportunities to serve on short-term trips. This confirmed her calling and deepened her desire to participate in God's kingdom work internationally. She moved to Orlando, FL, in 2016 to attend Reformation Bible College and earned a BA in Biblical Studies. A member of St. Paul's since 2017, Catherine worked part-time as a member of the church staff for two and a half years. She also served as a youth ministry volunteer and participated in two of the summer mission trips to Smyrna, TN. Prior to moving to Liberia, Catherine worked full-time for the Rafiki Foundation at their home office in Eustis, FL.

Catherine is on a two-year assignment with Rafiki that began in September 2021, serving in Liberia, West Africa. She currently works as the assistant dean of the Rafiki Institute of Classical Education (RICE) teacher training college. In this role, she provides academic support to the RICE students for various courses and also teaches music. Catherine also serves in other ways around the Rafiki Village, such as tutoring and teaching piano to several Rafiki children.

Orlando, Florida

Andy & Kelly West

Andy and Kelly have served with the high school ministry of Cru since 1984. Cru is all about connecting teenagers to Jesus Christ. Teenagers are the future leaders and parents of our nation and world, and they are a major influence in today’s society, both for good and bad. Teens are also the most responsive age group to the gospel, as over 80% of those who receive Christ do so by age eighteen.

Imagine a spiritual movement of teenagers living out a contagious faith in Christ at every school. Since 1967, Cru has specialized in impacting the youth culture and taking the gospel to their world.

Teenagers are leading movements of evangelism and discipleship that touch schools and communities for Christ. Andy and Kelly train and coach new missionaries and help send them out to take the gospel to teenagers.

West Africa

Donnie & Kara

Donnie and Kara work with the Presbyterian Church of Senegal (l'Église Presbytérienne du Sénégal/EPS) and help to prepare men and women for leadership in existing and new churches. The denomination is currently comprised of around eleven established churches and is pioneered by mostly first-generation converts from Islam. They are part of the less than 1% who are protestant evangelicals in a country of fourteen million people, where 95% of the population is Muslim.

In early 2022, Donnie and Kara moved one hour south of the capital city to assist a Senegalese pastor and his wife in implementing a two-year intensive church-planter training program called the

DEFAAR-Timothy House. The Timothy House equips pastors theologically, personally, and practically, bringing candidates and their families together for theological education, personal growth, and practical ministry experience. DEFAAR is the Wolof word for restoration. This aspect of the program aims to train church-planting couples to be agents of restoration to bring people, families, their community, culture, and creation into alignment with God’s redemptive plan. It combines training in literacy, health care, agriculture, and basic management.

Donnie and Kara have three children—Gabe, Alec (married to Faith), and Kathryn—all living in North Carolina in various stages of college, career, and military service.

Middle East

Asia Minor Partners (AMP)

Asia Minor Partners (AMP) is a network of churches and individuals dedicated to helping reformation Christianity prosper and grow throughout Asia Minor. Its vision is to see the gospel of Jesus Christ flourish through a locally led movement of believers, pastors, and teachers who demonstrate the love of Christ based on a deep understanding of Middle Eastern culture.

AMP currently supports two national pastors: Pastor Turgay Uçal in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, and Pastor Yavuz in Ankara, the country’s capital. Pastor Turgay is among the most prominent figures in Middle Eastern evangelical Christianity, with an established church community on the eastern side of the Bosphorus River (near ancient Chalcedon). Pastor Yavuz has a vision for planting over eighty churches in the Ankara region and has pioneered a model and approach for building churches within a complex legal system and secular Muslim culture.

Uganda, Africa

Africa Reformation Theological Seminary

Africa Reformation Theological Seminary, located in Kampala, Uganda, seeks to glorify God by educating and equipping pastors and leaders to serve Christ’s church and advance his kingdom in Africa. Their mission is to train and equip pastors, preachers, church planters, biblical counselors, and church leaders who have a passion for the gospel of grace and a zeal for building and multiplying healthy, strong, biblical, God-centered, and Christ-exalting churches in Uganda, Africa, and to the ends of the earth (currently they have students from thirteen nations enrolled).

Serving globally from Central Florida

Third Millennium Ministries

Where the church is growing the fastest (Africa, Asia, South America), there are the least resources for church leaders to learn the Bible and sound theology. Thirdmill believes every Christian has the right to a well-trained pastor. By creating a graphic-driven video seminary curriculum (currently in twenty-two languages—starting seven more this year!), Thirdmill equips church leaders in their own lands, in their own languages, and at no cost to them. They deliver curriculum to learners at every level of technology: print, web, mobile apps, USBs, microSD cards, and satellite. With learners (to date: 1,280,000) in every country of the world, Thirdmill is advancing God's kingdom by changing the lives of pastors, lay leaders, and their congregations everywhere.

Our Strategic Support Priorities

Global missions at St. Paul’s is characterized by:

  1. Church-Planting — By “Church-Planting” we mean that this missionary or organization is directly involved in planting new gospel-centered churches.
  2. Indigenous — By “Indigenous” we mean that this missionary or organization is native to the foreign country where they serve or is directly involved in training/multiplying indigenous church leaders.
  3. Unreached — By “Unreached” we mean that this missionary or organization serves an ethnic or people group that is without an indigenous, self-supporting Christian church movement.
  4. Reformed — By “Reformed” we mean that this missionary or organization embraces traditional Reformed confessions and catechisms (e.g., Westminster Standards and Heidelberg Catechism) as faithful summaries of the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures.
  5. Trained — By “Trained” we mean that this missionary or organization has either been educated in an accredited Reformed seminary or been specifically trained for the particular missionary service they provide.
  6. St. Paul’s Connection — By “St. Paul’s Connection” we mean that this missionary is a current member of St. Paul’s or is a past member that has maintained close ties with the St. Paul’s community.
  7. Major City — By “Major City” we mean that this missionary or organization serves a large urban population with millions of residents and significant influence in their respective region of the world.

Global Missions Committee

  • Gordon Cloke (chair)
  • Sarah Cloke
  • Megan Krahn
  • Robert Krahn
  • Nathan Leopard
  • Larry Pike
  • Sharis Pike
  • Ben Tobias
  • Courtney Tobias

Contact Gordon Cloke

If you have questions about our Global Missions Ministry, please reach out to Gordon Cloke, chairman of the Global Missions Committee.

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