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Jeff Goodman, wife, Heather, and daughter, Ava, are planting The Springs FWB Church in Marana, Arizona. They came to North American Ministries from a ten-year pastorate at the Homerville FWB Church in Georgia. Jeff attended Free Will Baptist Bible College and Southeastern Free Will Baptist College earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies.
Heather earned an Associate of Arts from Peace College and a Bachelor’s Degree in social work at North Carolina State University, both located in Raleigh, NC.
Marana is a wonderful city located about 15 miles north of Tucson, Arizona. It is experiencing tremendous growth with a current population of 35,000 people. By 2025, the population is expected to reach more than 90,000. Ninety percent of the people in this area are unchurched, and the need is great. Please pray for the Goodman family as they minister for the Lord in Marana.
Jason and Sarah Huff are going as associates to Gilbert, Arizona and will be working with Myron and Julie Scott as they labor in the Lord’s work at Heritage Free Will Baptist Church.
Gilbert, a suburb of Phoenix, is the fourth fastest growing city in America and currently has more than four million people in that area.
Jason attended Southeastern Free Will Baptist College for pastoral and theology studies. Sarah works as a nurse. Jason and Sarah have one son, Jaxon and one daughter, Kaylee.
Myron & Julie Scott are working to revitalize Heritage FWB Church in Gilbert, Arizona. Gilbert is the fourth fastest growing city in America and is a suburb of Phoenix, which is home to more than 4 million people. By 2025, the Phoenix metro area is projected to explode to 6.7 million people.
Myron & Julie came to this needy area from a large, growing, multi-ministry church in North Carolina, where Myron has served for more than 12 years as an assistant pastor. The Scotts are both graduates of Southeastern FWB College and Myron has completed a Master’s Degree from Crown Theological Seminary. Myron & Julie both have FWB Missions in their bloodlines as Myron’s parents (Ron & Delilah Scott) were FWB Church Planters and Julie’s grandparents (Joe & Barbara Haas) were FWB International Missionaries. Please pray for Myron & Julie and their four sons Evan, Pierson, Cohen and Westin as they work to bring glory to God in Gilbert, Arizona.
Amos and Melissa Dillard are going as associate missionaries to Irvine, California. They will join the team with church planter Stephen Kimbrell in planting a new Free Will Baptist church in Irvine.
Brother Dillard is coming from the youth pastorate at the Cramerton FWB Church, Cramerton, North Carolina. Amos attended Southeastern Free Will Baptist College earning a degree in Pastoral Theology and Practical Ministry.
Melissa attended Emmanuel College earning a degree in Music Education. The Dillard’s have two daughters, Ellie Mae and Addison Grae.
Stephen and Lauren Kimbrell are joining the North American Ministries church planting effort as national planters to Irvine, California.
Stephen is a graduate of Southeastern Free Will Baptist College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible: Pastoral Theology and Practical Ministry. Stephen and Lauren have been serving in the Pleasant Acres FWB Church in New Bern, North Carolina for the past six years. The Kimbrell’s have three precious children, Lilly Kate, Ainsley, and Carter.
Irvine is located in Orange County, California and is the sixth most populated county in the United States with three million people. It is also home to the University of California at Irvine. Please pray for this family as they plant a new Free Will Baptist church in California. Gifts for the Stephen Kimbrell Account may be sent to Free Will Baptist North American Ministries, P.O. Box 5002, Antioch, TN 37011-5002.
Terry and Tammy Miller will be moving to Fort Collins, Colorado, for a church revitalization project. Terry will assume the pastorate of Snowy Ridge Church. Fort Collins is the fourth largest city in the state of Colorado with a population of about 150,000 people and is home to Colorado State University. The Snowy Ridge Church is the only Free Will Baptist Church in Fort Collins.
Terry came to North American Ministries from the pastorate at Shady Grove FWB Church, Phil Campbell, AL. Terry and Tammy have five sons. Joshua is married to Jackie (Coker), and has one son, Colton (2); Jonathan is engaged to Rachel Stephens; Brian is married to Megan (Hurt); Brannon, (19) is attending Southeastern FWB College; Devan, (17) will be moving to Fort Collins with his parents.
Terry was saved at the age of 6 in Junior Church while attending Fairmont Park FWB Church, in Norfolk, VA (now Gateway in Virginia Beach, VA); pastor was Dale Burden.
Tammy was saved at the age of 6 at home, while attending First FWB Church, in Russellville, AL; pastor was Eustace Riggs.
Terry attended Welch College, Nashville, TN, for two years and graduated from Southeastern FWB College in 1987, with a Bachelor Degree in Biblical Studies, majoring in Pastoral Training and Missions.
Tammy attended Southeastern FWB College for one year. She has a BA & MA in Christian Education with Patriot Bible University, a correspondence college, in Del Norte, CO.
Please pray for Terry, Tammy and Devan as they prepare to move to Fort Collins, Colorado.
Mark and Donna have many things in common because they both accepted Christ while they were children. They both follow the steps of their parents and grandparents, serving as the third generation in Free Will Baptist ministries. Mark and Donna both earned Degrees at FWB colleges and served as Church Planters in Greeley, CO, from 1989 to 1999. The church in Greeley became self-supporting in 2000 and they served there through 2006. God has called them to establish Free Will Baptist Church in Pueblo, CO.
This city of more than 100,000 people lies 100 miles south of Denver at the base of the Rocky Mountains where the Arkansas River flows to the plains. The city of Pueblo is called “The Home of Heroes,” because of the many Medals of Honor awarded to its servicemen. It is the mail distribution center for federal publications. Less than 10% of the population attend a gospel preaching church.
Mark and Donna have two sons, Matthew and Jonathan. Pray for this family as they pioneer the work for Free Will Baptists in Pueblo.
Josh and Ashley Bennett are planting a church in Tifton, GA in a joint project with the Georgia State Mission Board and NAM. Josh was born in Tifton, spent summers there as a kid, and went to ABAC, a college in Tifton. It was while a student at ABAC that God first placed a vision in Josh's heart to strt a new church in Tifton. The Bennetts are excited to be living out this vision God gave over a decade ago. Josh and Ashley come to Tifton after working seven years with Jeff and Heather Goodman planting a church in Marana, AZ. They are both Welch College Graduates.
Donnie and Susan relocated to Gainesville, Georgia in early 2017 after being hired by the revitalization arm of NAM to concentrate their efforts into helping the church achieve a healthy growth pattern and self-sufficiency. Their family returns to Georgia after a six year church planting venture in Castle Rock, Colorado. Donnie grew up a Southern boy, enjoying years of his childhood in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. He has an earned degree in Bible and Pastoral Theology from Southeastern Free Will Baptist College as well as a Master of Arts degree in Religion from Hillsdale FWB College.
His 25 years of full-time ministry experience include positions as Worship Director, Youth Pastor, Children’s Pastor, and Senior Pastor. He has held many positions in the Free Will Baptist denomination on the district, state, and national levels.
Susan was born to missionary parents in the country of Uruguay, South America. She spent the first 10 years of her life helping to plant Spanish churches in Uruguay and Panama. Upon returning to the states, her family started another Spanish church in Houston, Texas. Along with being fluent in two languages, Susan has an earned degree in elementary education from Southeastern Free Will Baptist College, where she met her husband, Donnie. She has taught school for more than eight years and home-schooled her children for five years. She now concentrates her efforts on the full time work of ministry.
Donnie and Susan have 3 children: Tyler, Brandon, and Katelynn. They especially enjoy outdoor activities as well as casual family time together. The children are very active and outgoing and are fully involved in the ministry work of their family.
Chris and Megan Davenport are going as team members with church planters Carl and Cynthia Spruill to plant a Free Will Baptist church in Kaneohe, Hawaii. This will be the second FWB church on the island. The first Free Will Baptist church was planted in Waipahu in 1959 by Luther Sanders. These areas are a part of the island of Oahu. Chris graduated from Welch College with a bachelor’s degree in missions. The percentage of professing Christians on the island is very low. Kaneohe is growing and is the home of MCB Hawaii Marine Corps Base. Please pray for the Chris and Megan as they begin this exciting church plant in Hawaii.
Carl and Cynthia Spruill are going to Hawaii to plant a new Free Will Baptist church. They will be on the Island of Oahu in the area of Kaneohe. Oahu boasts a population of 953,000, including Kaneohe, population of 35,000 residents. Almost 60% of the Hawaiian people claim to have no religious affiliation. Carl’s grandparents, Luther and Helen Sanders established the Waipahu FWB Church many years ago. His parents, Wayne and Brenda Spruill, worked in that church as well. It is currently pastored by Ken Reiter. Carl feels the Lord calling him to plant a church on the opposite side of the island. He will be the third generation of a family dedicated to the ministry in Hawaii. The Spruill’s have three children-Noah, Keola, and Leilani. Please pray for this family and the new church plant in Hawaii.
Rodney, Ashley and their family come to North American Ministries from a successful pastorate in Booneville, Mississippi where they served for 7 years. The Brazil family are working as revitalization pastors serving at the only FWB church in Louisville, KY a city of over 1 million people. Please pray for the Brazil family as they move, build a team and restart the church and that they would be effective in reaching people with the Gospel and establishing a strong church in this city.
Jim and Sylvia Martin are Church Planters to Rochester, NY. Rochester is the home of well known Free Will Baptist, David Marks, and it is one of three major area cities including Buffalo and Syracuse. This area was once a stronghold for Free Will Baptists, and the Martins hope to bring that emphasis back to the people there. Please pray for Jim and Sylvia as they plant Landmark FWB Church.
Brian and Emily Williams are planting NorthPoint FWB Church in Buffalo, New York. The Williams Family comes to North American Ministries from the pastorate at the Highland Drive FWB Church in Lincolnton, NC. Brian earned a Bachelor’s degree in Bible and Pastoral Theology from Southeastern FWB College, and Master of Divinity degree from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Buffalo is New York’s second largest city with emphases on culture, education, and medicine research. It is also known as the “City with a Heart.” Free Will Baptists have a very small representation in the state of New York. The Williams will plant the first FWB Church in the Buffalo area. Please pray for Brian and Emily and children, Leah, Lauren, and Lucas as they begin this work for the Lord.
Tim and Amanda York have joined Church Planters Brian and Emily Williams as team members to Buffalo, NY. The York’s are coming to North American Ministries from the pastorate at First FWB Church in Decatur, AL. Bro. Tim’s work will be concentrated in the critical and important area of discipleship in the new church while Amanda will help to create a ministry to the large deaf population in the area. This new area of ministry will be a first for the work in Home Missions. Please pray for the Yorks as they minister in New York.
The McKenzie family comes to North American Ministries from the Canaan Free Will Baptist church in Creston, Ohio. Travis served there as the Associate Pastor for seven years under the pastorate of Rev. Jim McComas and Rev. Mike Gladson respectively. Having served in three other Pastor/Associate pastor positions over the past eighteen years starting a new work in Ashland is definitely a divine calling from the Lord. Ashland is a small, yet growing college town of 22,000 inhabitants. It’s located in North Central Ohio and is largely populated by blue collar working men and women. Though there is a large evangelical presence in this area, roughly 75% of the entire population is unchurched. These lives need to see God’s compassionate grace extended to them in a real and tangible way. Please pray for Travis, Melissa, Joel and Rachel Mckenzie as they plant Compassion Free Will Baptist Church in Ashland, Ohio.
Nate and Jenna Altom are National Church Planters planting Keystone FWB Church in Greensburg, PA. They are working with Tom and Pam Jones as a team in this effort. Jenna, a former church planting kid and daughter of Tom and Pam Jones, worked with her family to help plant the Three Rivers Free Will Baptist Church in Cranberry Township, PA. Nate and Jenna are the proud parents of Paxton and Elliana. Please pray for the Altoms as they continue in this ministry for the Lord.
Darin and Joy Alvis are working as Associate Church Planters in Erie, Pennsylvania. They are working alongside Church Planters Daryl and Michelle Grimes in planting and growing the Flagship FWB Church. Darin is a graduate of Southeastern FWB College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible and Pastoral Theology and a Minor in Missions. Darin and Joy have three children, Dalton, Dylan, and Melissa. Please pray for the Alvis family as they share in the ministry in Erie.
Daryl and Michelle Grimes are in Erie, Pennsylvania as National Church Planters to Flagship FWB Church. They have three children, Charity, Luke, and Isaiah. Daryl graduated from Southeastern Free Will Baptist College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible and Missions, and has a Master’s Degree at Gateway Christian College. He has pastored churches in Michigan, North Carolina, and Ohio. Erie County boasts a population of approximately 300,000, with Erie, the fourth largest city in Pennsylvania, having 100,000 people. Another suburb of Erie is Millcreek Township which shows a majority population age range of 25 to 41 years of age. According to published data, a large segment of residents claim no religious affiliation. Please pray for Daryl, Michelle, and children as they continue to work in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Allen and Jenny Hall are planting Good News FWB Church in York, PA. They have come to North American Ministries from serving as associate pastor with Rev. Henry Horne in Chocowinity, NC. They also helped Church Planter Cliff Donoho in planting a mission church in Davenport, IA. Allen is a graduate of Southeastern Free Will Baptist College with degrees in Bible and Missions. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Doctorate in Biblical Studies. Jenny attended Southeastern Free Will Baptist College and graduated from the Patriot University in Colorado Springs, CO. Please pray for Allen, Jenny, daughter, Allison, and son, Joshua as they continue in this ministry.
National Church Planters, Tom and Pam Jones, are planting Keystone FWB Church in Greensburg, PA. Tom and Pam, along with daughters, Bobbie, Jenna, and Mandy went to Cranberry Township, PA, and successfully planted the Three Rivers FWB Church. This church has been self-supporting for some time, and this precious family is now expanding their ministry and planting a Free Will Baptist church in the Greensburg area. Daughter Jenna and husband, Nate Altom, have joined Tom and Pam and are working as a team in this project. Daughters Bobbie (and family) and Mandy are all a part of the work. Please pray for this family as they minister in Greensburg.
The Elliott family is ministering in Quebec, a French-speaking province in Canada, where they will plant a Free Will Baptist church and ministry. With ministry experience in Texas and South Carolina, Danny came to North American Ministries from the pastorate at Ruth’s Chapel FWB Church in New Bern, NC. Danny and Dawn are the proud parents of five children: Summer, Autumn, Joshua, Jonathan, and Jacob. In preparation for ministry in Quebec, the Elliotts have attended language school to study French. The Quebecois are considered to be the most unreached people group of North America. With a population of nearly 8 million, there are no Free Will Baptist churches in the province. Quebec City has a population of 750,000, and less than half of 1% claim to be evangelical Christians. Please pray for the Elliott family as they embark on this new frontier for Free Will Baptists.
Bill and Christy Reynolds are National Church Planters to the state of Rhode Island. Rhode Island is the second most densely populated state in the nation. Surprisingly, there is very little gospel witness to be found in that area. Bill and Christy have four children – Michaela, Hannah, Billy, and Sarah. Please pray for the Reynolds family as they continue to plant Beacon FWB Church in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Chad and Paula Kivette are Joint Project Church Planters with the state of Tennessee and Free Will Baptist North American Ministries. They are planting The 180 FWB Church in Clarksville, Tennessee, originally started by Clayton Hampton. Clarksville is a fast growing city that is the home of Austin Peay University and Fort Campbell Military Base located close by. The Kivettes have two daughters, Kinsley and Kylah. This is the second North American Ministries pastorate for Chad and Paula. Please pray for the Kivettes as they continue in this Clarksville work.
Brian and Melissa Lewis are joining Chad and Paula Kivette in Clarksville, TN in planting The 180 FWB Church. Brian graduated from Welch College in 1999 with a degree in Pastoral Ministry and earned an Elementary Teaching Certificate in 2005. Melissa graduated in 1997 with an Associate’s degree in Business Administration. They served at Oaklawn Free Will Baptist Church in Chapmansboro, TN for 10 years. They have two children, Camden and Rory.
Jordan is assuming the pastorate of the Faith FWB Church in Oakland, Tennessee. Faith was planted by Jordan's father, Tim Osborn who passed away from cancer in 2014. Jordan is carrying on the dream of his father and others to have a strong church in the area.
Jesse and Tiffany Owens are associate planters with NAM to plant Immanuel FWB Church in Gallatin, TN. This is an unusual connection in that NAM, Welch College and Immanuel Church are working together to encourage church planting through internships. Currently the church is meeting at Station Camp Elementary School across the street from Welch College. Gallatin is one of the fastest growing suburbs in the mid-south. A lot of new homes, schools and retail are planned and currently in progress for the area around the church. The location is also within a couple of miles of Volunteer State Community College and Union University, Hendersonville. Jesse and Tiffany have one son, Gavin.
Heath and Jamie Ferguson are planting a church in north Houston, TX. They join the mission’s project having served since 2001 as a Christian school teacher, associate pastor, lead pastor, in AL and MS, and promotional director for the college in NC. Heath graduated from Southeastern Free Will Baptist College with a Degree in Secondary Education. They have two children, Katelyn and Ashlyn.
Jonathan and Ashley McNeese are joining the mission work in Houston, Texas, with church planter Heath Ferguson. Jonathan is a graduate of Southeastern Free Will Baptist College earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pastoral Theology. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Religion and Biblical Studies from Liberty University. Woodforest FWB Church is located in the greater Houston area where more than 2 million people reside. It is a 5,000 acre master-planned community with more than 5,500 new homes. Please pray for Jonathan and Ashley as they join this Houston church-planting team. Gifts for the Jonathan McNeese Account may be sent to Free Will Baptist North American Ministries, P.O. Box 5002, Antioch, TN 37011-5002.
Chris and Beth along with their son Thomas are joining the Wright family at Clearview Free Will Baptist Church in McKinney, TX. Chris and Beth have served in ministry for over 17 years and once again have answered the call of God over their lives to join the mission of church planting. Chris earned his degree in Youth Ministry and Bible from Welch College where he met Beth, also a graduate of Welch. Chris will be working to establish a sound ministry to youth as Student Pastor, but will also be working in other areas to minister to the whole family. Beth will also be working with students, as well as the praise team and women’s ministry. Thomas has also begun to seek his place in the ministry looking to help serve with younger children
McKinney, TX is like so many places in our world today, whether urban or rural, people need to hear about the love of Christ. Though McKinney has seen drastic growth and continues to see continuous growth it is simply the Lord’s calling for the Willhite family to serve in this capacity to this specific city. We ask you to join with us in prayerful support to see Jesus Christ glorified through the ministry of Clearview Free Will Baptist Church.
Randall and Collette Wright and their children, Joshua, Rebekah, and Leah are planting Clearview FWB Church in North Dallas, Texas. This is a combined effort with the State of Texas and Free Will Baptist North American Ministries. The Wright Family comes to North American Ministries from serving on staff at Bethel Free Will Baptist Church in Kinston, North Carolina. Randall and Collette have also served in youth ministry and two pastorates. Randall earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible and Pastoral Theology from Southeastern Free Will Baptist College, and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies at Liberty University. The Dallas/Fort Worth population has grown by nearly 1.3 million since the last census in 2000. It is the largest metropolitan area in Texas, the largest in the South, and the fourth largest in the United States. Dallas also has been the fastest growing metropolitan city in the United States for the past few years. Please pray for the Wrights as they work in the
Logan and Grayson Wolf are associate church planters with the New Morning/Cross Point mission work in Provo/Salt Lake City, Utah. Having started the New Morning work, Logan also will now assume the pastoral duties of both the New Morning and Cross Point Free Will Baptist churches. North American Ministries is partnering on this project with Faith Free Will Baptist Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina (Faith Missions). Brother Wolf obtained a Bachelor of Bible degree from Southeastern Free Will Baptist College, a Master of Theology degree from Baptist College of America, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Bethany Divinity College. Utah is predominantly Latter Day Saints with less than two percent of the population of Utah identifying as evangelical Christian. Provo is home to Brigham Young University, the LDS Missionary Training Center, and is the only city in the world that has two LDS temples. Please pray for Logan and Grayson as they minister in this area for the Lord.
Gene and Angela Wooton have assumed the pastorate of Free Will Baptist Church on St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Gene comes to North American Ministries from the Beulah FWB Church in Pensacola, Florida. Brother Gene attended Welch College. The Wooton’s are blessed to have four children: Gene, Seth, Cole, and Levi. This church has been established for some time. Gene and Angela are excited to step into the work and see all that God has in store for the future. Please pray for this family as they continue this important work. Gifts for the Gene Wooton Account may be sent to Free Will Baptist North American Ministries, P.O. Box 5002, Antioch, TN 37011-5002.
Kevin and Beth Bass are going as associate-joint project missionaries between the state of Virginia and North American Ministries. They will be team workers in planting a Free Will Baptist church in Portsmouth, Virginia with church planter Marc Neppl. Kevin is coming from youth ministry at the Heritage Free Will Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio. He attended Southeastern FWB College. Kevin and Beth have two daughters-Bailee and Brynna, and a son, Kaleb. The urban population of Portsmouth is 1.7 million people with 3000 people per square mile. Military presence brings in people from all over the country each year. Please pray for this family as they join in this new Virginia church plant. Gifts for the Kevin Bass account may be sent to North American Ministries, P.O. Box 5002, Antioch, TN 37011-5002.
Marshall and Tiffany Boney are newly appointed church planters to the ocean front area of Virginia Beach, VA The Boneys have lived in the Virginia Beach area for many years and have a great knowledge of the needs of the area. They have one daughter still living at home and two adult daughters and one son-in-law. Please pray for the family as they transition to the role of lead planters establishing a new church in the area.
Adam and Rebecca Garrett are joint project church planters with the state of Virginia and North American Ministries. They will be working alongside David and Ashley Osborne in the Wytheville, Virginia church plant. Adam graduated from Welch College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. The Garrett’s have been working alongside church planter Cliff Donoho in the Tallahassee, Florida church plant and will bring a wealth of experience to this new direction from the Lord. Wytheville is located in southwest Virginia along the Blue Ridge Mountains and is a haven for history buffs. Please pray for this new project. Gifts for the Adam Garrett account may be sent to North American Ministries, P.O. Box 5002, Antioch, TN 37011-5002.
David and Ashley Osborne are joint project missionaries with the Virginia State Mission Board and North American Ministries. David pastors the Faith FWB Church in Wytheville, Virginia. Brother Osborne obtained a degree in Pastoral Theology from Southeastern FWB College. Wytheville is known as the Hub of Southwest Virginia” where I-81 and I-77 meet. With a population of more than 29,259 county-wide, only forty-six percent are affiliated with a religious organization. Please pray for David, Ashley, daughter, Charity, and sons, Levi and Aaron, as they continue the work in this new Free Will Baptist church in Wytheville, Virginia. Gifts for the David Osborne account may be sent to the Free Will Baptist North American Ministries, P.O. Box 5002, Antioch, TN 37011-5002.
Jason and Holly Weaver are planting the Lifegate Free Will Baptist Church in Winchester, Virginia. Having attended Southeastern Free Will Baptist Church and Gateway Christian College, Jason has a Bachelor's degree in Bible and Pastoral Theology. Winchester is located between the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains in the northwest part of Virginia. It is a growning area that is steeped in history and home to Shenandoah University. The Weavers have one son, Micah and one daughter, Anna Leigh.
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