Missionary Partners


Grace Church partners with people from Grace who feel called as a full-time missionary to serve God around the world. Our missionaries aren’t called to do this work on their own. See how you can support these partners.

Keith & Natalie Back - Cru

Keith and Natalie Back serve with Cru reaching international college students locally on the IUPUI campus as well as engaging with meeting the broken places of this world, specifically in human trafficking, orphan care and clean water. They do this through student trips that provide clean water to impoverished areas in Cuba, rescuing young boys from slavery in Ghana, and partner with Compassion International to help the vulnerable children of the world.  

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Tim & Julie Christensen - First Nations Outreach 

Tim and Julie, with North American Indigenous Ministries (NAIM), work to reconcile Native Americans to Christ and His followers. This ministry thrives on Penelakut Island, British Columbia, a reservation overshadowed by a history of abuse and social injustice perpetrated in the name of Christ. They seek to reclaim some of what was lost through the horrors of the Penelakut Island Residential School. They're developing healthy relationships with the Penelakut people and inviting them to experience the love of Christ.

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Randy Davis - National Network of Youth Ministries  

Randy Davis is the Chief Ministries Officer for the National Network of Youth Ministries (NNYM), a ministry that connects and encourages healthy youth leaders in every community, helping them advance youth ministry to the 32 million teenagers in the U.S. NNYM serves over 850 networks helping youth leaders to build trusting relationships, passionate prayer movements, develop strategies, and share their talents and resources to reach every teenager in their community.

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Gary Kirschman - Christian Business Men’s Connection

Gary Kirschman is the City Director for Christian Business Men’s Connection (CBMC) of greater Indianapolis. CBMC is a worldwide ministry that acts as a resource and catalyst for men in the workplace. Their purpose is to share the transformational love of Christ with those in the business community while helping Christ-followers grow in their faith. They offer opportunities including Peer Groups for CEO’s, business owners and presidents, Young Professional groups, ministry and leadership training, discipleship, community projects, networking etc.


Steve & Janet Kunnecke - SEND International 

The Kunnecke's serve with SEND to make Christ known and empower His followers to build up His Church, specifically in Asia, a nation of less than 1% Christians. Their mission is to mobilize God's people and engage the unreached in order to establish reproducing churches. Steve, Director of Yamanaka Chalet, manages the SEND Japan retreat facility, finances and property maintenance. Janet coaches individuals and teams through conflicts, facilitates workshops for Japanese to discover biblical, culturally appropriate interpersonal reconciliation.

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Brad & Camie Matlack - MVI

Brad and Camie live and work among the marginalized poor in the city of Nairobi, Kenya. They help local churches reach and disciple their own communities for the sake of the Gospel. Because of the extreme social needs, they have an incarnated community development focus and operate through a center, Hatua Community Centre. The ministry targets three primary groups: vulnerable women, vulnerable children, and pastors/church leaders. They walk with them through literacy classes, vocational training, kids Bible clubs, Bible School, and a benevolence shop, always looking for ways to position for discipleship.


Lisa & Scott Santee - Filter of Hope

Scott & Lisa have attended Grace for 24 years and serve on the Leadership Team of Filter of Hope. Their mission is to change lives and create hope by providing clean drinking water and sharing the “living water” of Jesus Christ with families worldwide. FoH leads trips to 7 countries in Central America, and partners with others in 51 countries. Scott connects individuals, churches, and businesses to partner with Filter of Hope. Lisa designs new communication tools to help share how clean water is bringing hope to the poorest places on the planet. 


Jessica Shewan - Congo Initiative

Jessica serves with Congo Initiative, a multicultural community committed to transformation in the Democratic Republic of Congo through educating ethical leaders, investing in sustainable and vibrant Congolese society, and developing grassroots initiatives for peace, hope, and justice. Jessica builds local and international partnerships for Congo Initiative because she loves seeing the global church working together. She also teaches peace studies courses at CI's Christian Bilingual University of Congo.

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Jeff & Peg Shrum - Wycliffe Bible Translators

After spending 27 years living in Mozambique and translating the Bible into Takwane, The Shrums live in Texas. Jeff currently serves as an International Technology Consultant helping translators and consultants worldwide use translation software to translate the Bible into local languages and dialects. He leads workshops, does individual consulting and is part of a team that is building an online training course. Peg is a translation consultant for two minority language groups in South America. She is currently checking 1, 2 and 3 John for one language group and Exodus for another.

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Mark Slaughter - InterVarsity

Mark Slaughter's ministry with InterVarsity involves speaking on college campuses, primarily in the Midwest. Through interactive discussions and outreach events, Mark proclaims God's Kingdom to college students with clear, compassionate and Biblical responses to the moral and societal questions facing them today. His passion is to see college students transformed to follow Jesus and impact their world.

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Christine Wagoner - InterVarsity

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is an evangelical campus mission serving students and faculty on college/university campuses nationwide. Their vision is to see students and faculty transformed by the power and love of Jesus, campuses renewed and world changers developed. Christine Wagoner oversees all of the undergraduate ministries in the state of Indiana serving 10 college campuses and 800 students, including specific ministries for fraternities and sororities, as well as international students.

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Shigeko Yamaguma - SEND International

After spending a year in Brazil as a missionary in 2007, God started calling Shigeko back to Japan to bring the Gospel to her own people. Japan is one of the least evangelized people groups in the world. Shigeko serves at Okutama Bible Chalet, a camp ministry of SEND International. Her mission is to evangelize and disciple the most responsive segment of the Japanese population: children and youth. In Japan, 20% of all decisions to follow Jesus come through Christian camping ministries. Shigeko is excited about sharing God’s love and joy with the Japanese people by working with fun-loving and passionate Christian camp workers.

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Partner Resources

The following resources are for sponsors of approved Partners at Grace. 


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