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Meet Our Missionaries

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.  

Grace Church Missionaries

First Nations OutreachTim & Julie Christensen

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're developing healthy relationships with the Penelakut people and inviting them to experience the love of Christ through a unique outdoor program called ROOTS, which is integrated into the community's life.

Email Tim Christensen for more info.

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Filter of HopeLisa & Scott Santee

Scott & Lisa have attended Grace for 25 years and serve on the Leadership Team of Filter of Hope. They help people give clean water and Jesus to families thirsty for both. Scott & Lisa each lead trips to Cuba throughout the year. Want to join one? FOH leads trips to 10 countries in Central America, and partners with others in 60 countries. Scott connects individuals, churches, and businesses to go on these remarkable mission trips and to partner with Filter of Hope. Lisa designs new communication tools to share how clean water and the Living Water is bringing hope to the poorest places on the planet.

Email Scott Santee for more info.

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Wycliffe Bible TranslatorsJeff & Peg Shrum

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.

Email Jeff Shrum for more info.

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InterVarsityMark Slaughter

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.

Email Mark Slaughter for more info.

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InterVarsityChristine Wagoner

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.

Email Christine Wagoner for more info.

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SEND InternationalShigeko Yamaguma

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. For the first two years, God placed Shigeko in camp ministry in the outskirts of Tokyo, reaching out to the most responsive segment of the Japanese population: children and youth. Yet her deep desire to serve the people affected from the 2011 triple disaster in northern Japan continued to be her passion. Last year in April, she finally moved to Iwaki, Fukushima, the home to more than 20,000 evacuees who were displaced due to the nuclear disaster. Shigeko has been walking alongside the women, both young and old, through English ministries and counselling. She is also actively involved with the city-wide Christmas committee and prayer ministries.

Email Shigeko Yamaguma for more info.

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Congo InitiativeJessica and Matt Lembelembe

United World Mission Jessica and Matt Lembelembe Since 2013, Jess and Matt have had the immense privilege of serving the body of Christ in Central, East and Southern Africa, joining vibrant reconciling communities in both remote locations and cosmopolitan cities. They are called to build unity within the Global Church and equip leaders to pursue Jesus' mission in their contexts. At United World Mission, Jess supports the President's office to implement new initiatives for the flourishing of churches and leaders around the world. A native of Grace Church, Jess would love to help connect you to this Global Body!

Email Jessica & Matt for more info.

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The focus of Morgann's work with refugees in the Middle East is multifaceted. She is involved in flourishing community outreaches: ESL classes, church plants, and in-home fellowship. Morgann is passionate that ministry be sustainable and in partnership with locals. She and her team are actively expanding their presence through advocating for the most vulnerable in the refugee population who are victimized (mostly children) by sex trafficking and forced labor. Through these integrated approaches of outreach, they are serving each unique community to see lives and communities transformed by the power of God.

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Ken & Wacuka Kamau

Ken grew up in Nairobi, Kenya and developed a passion for church planting under Pastor Oscar Muriu’s leadership. After years of ministry in Kenya, he and his wife, Wacuka, accepted the call to lead the church planting effort in Sydney, Australia with Nairobi Chapel and Grace Church. They moved to Indiana with their two children, Nate and Mukeni, to be part of Grace Church for a year before moving to Sydney to join the Baptist Association of New South Wales. Ken serves with the Baptist Association as part of the Mission Team. Their vision is to see 1,000 healthy churches planted in one generation throughout the region. Ken's passion is seeing new Kingdom initiatives through church planting and church revitalization. He works with pastors and leaders from across different cultures to see new churches planted, from traditional churches in neighborhoods to simple churches meeting in cafes and people's homes. Ken is also Senior Pastor at Earlwood Baptist Church, while Wacuka serves as a Chaplain in Elder Care.

Email Ken for more info.

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