Category Archives: Missionary Announcements

Johnsons Announced as Regional Coordinators for Africa

John and Gwen Johnson

By Stephen Lewis

Regional coordinators are thoroughly integrated into the structure of Global Strategy and the way that we work with national leaders and missionaries around the globe. These people are critical to the mission of Global Strategy. So, it is always with trepidation and a sense of uncertainty that we approach a transition in regional coordinators. It was with grief that we saw Mike and Heather Webb step out of the role of regional coordinators for Africa at the end of July 2019, yet we were excited to see them assume new roles as executive directors of Children of Promise in August 2019. Continue reading

Introducing Kaitlin Smith, New Missionary to Uganda

Photo: Kaitlin Smith

Global Strategy is delighted to welcome Kaitlin Smith to the Global Strategy family. In March, Global Strategy approved her appointment as a medical missionary to Uganda, where she will be partnering with the Church of God in Uganda to work as a medical coordinator for the five medical clinics run by the church and staffed by Ugandan nurses and doctors. Kaitlin has, over the course of the past four years, developed a close relationship with Tim and Colleen Stevenson, Global Strategy missionaries who recently celebrated thirty years of ministry in Uganda. Continue reading

Coppess, Stocksdale Families Announced as Missionaries to Botswana


Photo: Art Clawson, the Nipps (left) at the 2011 Recognition Ceremony.

If there’s one thing we know as Christians, it’s that God works in mysterious ways, often keeping the road ahead of us hidden from our sight. He often calls us to step out in faith, not knowing where that call will lead.

A little more than fifty-four years ago, Jim and Mary Nipp set sail from New York Harbor with a one-way ticket on a freighter ship bound for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A year later, God led them to Maun, Botswana, where they began a ministry as independent Church of God missionaries that has blossomed into a healthy, vibrant church, with five congregations across the country. In 2012, Jim wrote: “Our first service was under a tree in Maun. We cut logs for pews. A broken truck spring and a tire lever made a perfect bell. Twenty-one people attended that service.” Over the years, the Nipps have walked in fellowship with these congregations, nurturing them to spiritual maturity. Continue reading

Alejandro and Carmen De Francisco Announced as Missionaries to Spain


Photo: Carmen and Alejandro De Francisco

In this week of the Midwest Regional Convention of the Church of God in Anderson, Indiana, Global Strategy and Church of God Ministries are pleased to announce the appointment of Alejandro and Carmen De Francisco as missionaries to Spain, working with the Three Worlds team in Europe and the Middle East. Alejandro and Carmen will be commissioned on Tuesday, June 21, in the evening service of the regional convention in Anderson. Continue reading

CarolAnn North Announced as Special Assignment Missionary to Asia


Photo: CarolAnn North

Global Strategy has an opportunity to send a teacher to Asia to work with the children of asylum-seeking refugees from a south Asian country. The children have been without schooling for over two years and, in some cases, three years. A small school using ACE curriculum has been set up expressly for them. Global Strategy and Church of God Ministries are pleased to announce that CarolAnn North has accepted a ten-month appointment as a special assignment missionary working with children in southern Asia. CarolAnn brings unique skills to help the students with their educational needs. Continue reading

Missionary Announcement: Deborah Hunnicutt


Photo: Deborah Hunnicutt in ministry.

NAME: Deborah Hunnicutt

COUNTRY: Roatan, Honduras

ASSIGNMENT: English Teacher and administrator


Deborah grew up in the Church of God and as part of the Missionary Board of the Church of God. Her parents, Kenneth and Sue Jo Good, were career missionaries in Korea, Jamaica, Australia, and Tanzania. Deborah spent her growing-up years on the field until she began attending Anderson College (now University) in 1977. After graduating in 1982, she moved to Oklahoma, where she earned a master’s degree from Southern Nazarene University. Continue reading

Missionary Announcement: Bob and Jan Edwards


Photo: Jan and Bob Edwards

NAME: Bob and Jan Edwards


ASSIGNMENT: Bob will be teaching and consulting at KIST (Kima International School of Theology); Jan will serve as hospitality coordinator. Continue reading

Webbs Announced as Regional Coordinators for Africa


Photo: Mike and Heather Webb, daughter Madalyn.

By Ben Shular and staff

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

This African proverb has resonated with me since first reading it some time ago. I’ve tried to apply its wisdom in whatever ministry God had me. At Church of God Ministries, we are striving to assemble the most effective team possible to change the world and help people understand that Jesus is the subject. Continue reading

Announcing Timothy and Angelita Downing: Missionaries to Ecuador


Photo: The Downing Family

NAME: Timothy and Angelita Downing

COUNTRY: Ecuador

ASSIGNMENT: Teaching in the Church of God seminary and assisting with Children of Promise and other programs meeting social needs

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: February 27, 2014

STATUS: Career Missionaries


TARGET LEAVE DATE: August 2015 Continue reading

Announcing Jonathan and Beth Todd: Missionaries to Brazil


Photo: Jonathan and Beth Todd

NAME: Jonathan and Beth Todd


ASSIGNMENT: Teaching at Boa Terra Amazônia

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: June 2014 Continue reading

Announcing Kris and Megan Gilbert: Pastors to New Zealand


Photo: The Gilbert Family

NAME: Kris and Megan Gilbert

COUNTRY: New Zealand

ASSIGNMENT: Pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship


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Announcing Steven and Peggy Beverly: Missionaries to Sri Lanka


Photo: Peggy and Steven Beverly

NAME: Steven and Peggy Beverly

COUNTRY: Sri Lanka

ASSIGNMENT: Teaching and training pastors and leaders and developing strong relational ties.

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: May 6, 2014 Continue reading

Introducing Missionaries Elect Mark and Kathy Fulton


Photo: Kathy and Mark Fulton

NAME: Mark & Kathy Fulton


ASSIGNMENT: Mark will oversee and improve business operations at the
outpatient clinic in Haiti. Mark will coordinate and lead short-term medical trips to provide medical services not otherwise available in the St. Ard area.

Kathy will identify and train Haitian personnel to perform bookkeeping and accounting duties compliant with Haitian and U.S. government standards. Kathy will provide speech therapy services at English-speaking Haitian schools.
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Announcing John and Gwen Johnson: Pastors to Vietnam


Photo: John and Gwen Johnson

Missions Focus:

• Pastor of the Hanoi International Fellowship (My Dinh site).

• Create and teach a curriculum for Bible, spiritual formation and discipleship for the international community (HIF).

• Leadership development and training in the Asia–Pacific region as assigned by their regional coordinators, Don and Caroline Armstrong. Continue reading

Introducing New Missionary-Elect CarolAnn North

NAME: CarolAnn North        

COUNTRY: Micronesia          

ASSIGNMENT: Direct the ACE church school and teach kindergarten while missionaries, Gary and Gwen Bistritan are on Home Assignment Continue reading