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  • McAtee | GCC

    Bruce and Irene McAtee AMG International Phone: (30210) 483 4214 Website: fotisr@amginternational.org Address: AMG International Aigas 66 Koropi, Greece 19400 Birthday: Bruce: December 21 Irene: February 16 Grace: October 2 Emily: August 28 Mission Focus I (Bruce) have been serving with AMG since September of 2018. It is a privilege to build friendships with the refugee families. Currently I continue to bring a few men each week (sometimes with their families) to Cosmo Vision, our multi purpose sports campus, and have them stay for several days to work with me on projects. Working beside them opens the door for the opportunity to go deep through studies of the scriptures and discussions. It also provides them with the dignity of work and a source of income. Beyond that I am involved in the weekly operations that support local churches using the facility, day events for refugee groups, four annual teen camps, the AMG Sunday evening service, and other special events. We also continue to have our weekly Friday night youth group meetings for the St. Andrews International Church at Cosmo Vision, and I am part of the leadership. Testimony Bruce's Testimony I was raised in a Christian home and attended Hope Church in St. Louis, Missouri. At the young age of 6 I accepted Christ as my Savior ( Jim and Jerry Harding were a great influence). I continued to grow in my faith through the example of my parents and the ministry of the church. At age 15 I made a commitment to serve the Lord and felt at that time it was a call to missions. I entered college with the intent of pursuing missions. I was involved in numerous ministry and leadership positions throughout my college years serving as a Dorm Chaplin at the college, as well as being in leadership with the Baptist Student Union, serving with various C.C.C. outreaches. The experiences and friendships in college continued to deepen my faith. After college I went to Eastern Europe for a summer with C.C.C. and then did a one-year Discipleship school (Doulos) in Branson working with youth. Immediately after Doulos I began serving as the Youth Pastor at Grace Community Chapel and from there was commissioned for service in Greece in October of 1987. I have been serving ever since in youth ministry, evangelism, discipleship, refugee ministry, leadership, and many practical jobs. ​ Irene's Testimony I grew up in a Christian home with loving parents and my father was the pastor of the Greek Evangelical Free church in Sydney Australia and still is currently. At the age of 8 I believed in Christ as my Savior at a VBS, but it wasn’t until I was 14 and attended a Billy Graham crusade that I made a public commitment. I was active in my church and youth group and taught Sunday school for 10 years. I began working at age 18 in the financial sector and worked in that area until age 34. I had five different jobs, one with Australian Airlines, and my workplace was my mission field. I also did Bible courses at a Bible college during this time, was part of Bible Study Fellowship for 4 years and I always enjoyed my personal reading time in the word. In 2000 I met Bruce and was ushered into the world of missions. I did my first short-term mission trip to Egypt and Greece in 2001 with H.M. and have been serving ever since that time in a support role. Previous Paul & Angie Kimball Missionary Aviation Training Next Eric & Rachel McEachron Unreached People

  • Smith | GCC

    Steve and Diana Smith Kentucky Mountain Mission Phone: 606-464-2960 Links: kmm@kmminc.org​ kmminc.org Address: 150 Youth Haven Road PO Box 588 Beattyville, KY 41311 Birthday: Steve: July 31 Diana: June 17 Mission Focus Our mission focus is to reach children, young people, and adults with the good news of the gospel in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. We do this through church planting, public school ministries, jail ministries, and community outreaches, and our primary focus is on the outreach of Youth Haven Bible Camp. Testimony Steve's Testimony I was blessed to have been raised in a Christian family that attended and was active in Hope Church in St. Louis, and I was saved at a young age at a VBS meeting there. I grew in the Lord thanks to the youth ministries at Hope, and attended Faith Christian Academy from 7th grade on. I also attended church camp each summer, and that is where the Lord really got a hold of my life. I went with a group from Hope to work at a Sunshine Camp at KMM at age 15, and worked there for several more summers through my high school and college years, and felt the call of the Lord to return full time. Diana and I were married before my last year at Letourneau College, and after my graduation we raised our support and were on the field the following November. The Lord has richly blessed us these 42 years in many ways, and we are so thankful for His people who have always upheld us in prayer.​ Diana's Testimony I am thankful for parents that made sure our family was exposed to God’s Word and its changing power as we attended Emmaus Bible Chapel in Ferguson, Missouri, where they were a vital part of the ministry to young people. I remember a dear Sunday School teacher who made the Bible come alive to me through flannelgraph lessons. At age 5, I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins. Bible Camp was an important part of my grade school and teenage years where God’s Spirit worked to help me make life-changing decisions. I attended Faith Christian Academy during high school, where I met my husband, Steve. While attending a church service on a basketball trip with the school, the Spirit convicted me to surrender my life to God’s service. After we married in 1978, we were led to join Kentucky Mountain Mission where we are most involved in a Christian camping ministry. Previous Jamie & Donna Root Awana Next Lee & Diana Whitworth Mormon Outreach

  • Junker | GCC

    Jon and Tammy Junker The Evangelical Alliance Mission Phone: 800-343-3144 Email: info@teamworld.org Address: TEAM PO Box 969 Wheaton, IL 60187-0969 Birthday: Jon: June 14 Tammy: May 25 Meigan Grace: October 15 Mission Focus Our mission focus is the local church because we believe Scripture teaches that the local church is God's way of reaching the world for Christ. Our desire is to see healthy, vibrant churches established in Japan. We do whatever the Lord brings our way to that end, from neighborhood outreach to translating helpful discipleship/evangelism tools, from encouraging new missionaries to helping improve TEAM as an organization through input as internship coordinators and supervisors, from pastors meetings to Japanese and foreign mission leadership meetings. A blessing in our work: Opportunities and needs abound! It has been great to see God honor it when believers and churches simply take Him at His Word, and to see changes occur such as revitalization of a church. A challenge we face: So many churches and unbelievers are content with bare survival instead of desiring to thrive. How do we get more people to catch the vision of taking God at His word? Testimony Jon's Testimony Jon trusted in Jesus at the age of 5 and was baptized at the age of 10. He didn't really start to follow Jesus until 10th grade. It was a simple, "I will follow you" Jesus, but it changed his life. He started loving God's Word, praying, attending church, and loving people. One thing he didn't want to become was a missionary. But in college God used Acts chapter 2 to impact him in such a way that he gave up putting sports first and started preparing for being a missionary. He didn't care where it would be, but God in graciousness, let him return to Japan. Being a missionary in Japan can be really challenging, but like one of his co-workers said, "church planting is fun". God has been gracious in giving him opportunities to serve the Japanese, serve fellow missionaries and to serve his Savior. You couldn't ask for anything better!​ Tammy's Testimony Tammy trusted in Jesus in the 6th grade, but didn't actually start following Jesus as Lord until a junior in college. After being discipled in Campus Crusade (now the Cru), she went on a short-term missions project in Osaka Japan. It was there that God used the verse "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Beseech the Lord of the harvest to send more laborers to the field" to call her to missions in Japan. That call continued to be confirmed as she taught English in Japan for three years and served at a local Japanese church (her first home church) and helped local missionaries. During work as a short-term missionary with TEAM in Japan, Tammy met Jon, and they've been serving the Lord together happily ever after since! Previous Doug & Emilee Irwin Church Planters (Japan) Next Solomon & Ruby Kendagor International Broadcast/Discipling

  • McEachron | GCC

    Eric and Rachel McEachron Operation Mobilization (OM) Phone: (770) 631-0432 Links: info.us@om.org omusa.org internships.omusa.org ​scatterglobal.com Operation Mobilization (OM) 285 Lynnwood Ave. Tyrone, GA 30290 Birthday: Eric: July 17 Rachel: August 3 ​Micah - May 21 Sophie - May 1 Emi - February 5 Marcie - January 15 Mission Focus Our mission focus is the least-reached – the 3 billion people who have never heard the story of God’s love, and probably have never even met a follower of Jesus. We believe that God is calling a new wave of missionaries: ordinary believers of all professions taking their jobs to live and work in these places where Jesus is not worshipped. My role (Eric) is sharing this vision with university students (tomorrow’s workforce) and offering them an introduction to this work-as-mission lifestyle through professional internships. • A blessing in our work: I love all of it…seeing individual students’ skills and majors matched with great opportunities, networking with professors, problem-solving with teammates, and sharing with our partners (like Grace Community Chapel!). An extra blessing is Rachel connecting with the Japanese community in Atlanta through our church here. • A challenge: Staying connected with, and adapting to the ever-changing realities of, our universities and our receiving teams. ​ Testimony Eric's Testimony I had the immense privilege knowing about Jesus Christ from an early age--however, I saw obedience my means to get attention and prove that I was better than others. I realized that I had a problem when I learned (in a GCC Sunday School class) that God can see every hidden thing inside of us; I knew I could not change myself or make myself good enough in the eyes of a God who sees all of me. But that’s when it connected for me that Jesus, who lived in perfect obedience to God from the inside out, died in my place and rose from the dead; I asked him to make me clean before God, and began to follow him with my life. My heart for Christ was cultivated in GCC ministries and became directed toward missions through an international internship in college. I ended up moving to Japan to work as an English teacher, where I was mentored in missions by Jon Junker, got a crash course in cross-cultural living, and met my wife Rachel. Our years in Japan gave us a burden for the unreached, a vision for the role of professionals in mission, and confirmation of how formative the college and young professional years are.​​ Rachel's Testimony I came to personal faith in Christ when I was seven years old. After morning devotions with my mom, I realized that my sin would keep me separated from God forever. I knew I needed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and His forgiveness. I grew up in a Bible church and had heard the Gospel many times, but that was the first time I truly understood my need. When I was ten years old, my parents took our family on a missions trip to work with Jon Junker in Japan. This was a turning point in my life. I knew that I wanted to be back in missions to share the hope of Christ with others in the future. When I was in junior high, I really began to make my faith my own and started growing. I studied cross-cultural ministry at Moody Bible Institute. Internships solidified my desire to teach English to speakers of other languages. That’s how God opened the door for me work as an English teacher in Japan for four years. My primary role now is discipling our four children. And God has continued to provide ways for me to teach English and even be part of a ministry to local Japanese ladies. That really energizes me! Previous Bruce & Irene McAtee Refugee Outreach (Greece) Next Kyle McEachron International School Teacher

  • STATEMENT OF FAITH | GCC

    STATEMENT OF FAITH Statement of Faith 1. We believe the sixty-six books of the Bible to be the only inspired, authoritative Word of God, inerrant in the original manuscripts. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21) 2. We believe that there is one God , the Creator, eternally existent in three Persons–Father, Son and Holy Spirit–each having the same essence and attributes. (2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19) 3. We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man in indivisible union. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His substitutionary atonement through His shed blood, His death and bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His future bodily return in power and glory. (John 1:1,14; Philippians 2:6-8; 1 Timothy 3:16; Revelation 19:11-16; I Corinthians 15:1-8) 4. We believe the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, regenerates, indwells, baptizes and seals all believers at the moment of their salvation, filling them as they yield to Him with the goal of conforming them to the image of Christ. (Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 12:13; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18) 5. We believe salvation is a gift of God received through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone and His sacrifice for sin. We believe that a person is justified by grace through faith apart from works and that all true believers have eternal life. Saving faith includes repentance, which is a change of mind about sin and the need for Jesus as Savior. (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16; I John 5:10-13; Mark 1:15) 6. We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head. (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-22) 7. We believe that water baptism and the *Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation. (Acts 8:12; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28) 8. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, of the believer to everlasting glory in heaven with God and the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment in hell apart from God. (2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 22:3-5, 20:15; Daniel 12:2) ​ *Communion is open to all who have trusted Christ as Savior whether members of Grace or not and is observed on the first Sunday of each month.

  • Whitworth | GCC

    Lee Whitworth Biblical Ministries Worldwide​ Phone: 770-339-3500​ Email: srygh@biblicalministries.org​ Facebook Page Address: Biblical Ministries Worldwide 1595 Herrington Rd Lawrenceville, GA 30043-5616 Birthday: June 4 Mission Focus Lee serves with Biblical Ministries Worldwide sharing the gospel in Mormon communities in Utah. For many years, Lee served as pastor of Payson Bible Church and more recently as the Field Leader for the Utah/Idaho region. Currently his ministry also includes working on field policies, recruiting ministry leaders, preaching, and writing. His wife and ministry partner, Diana, passed in January 2022 and Lee is adjusting to ministry without her wisdom and communication. We praise God for Lee’s strong faith and his commitment to continue ministry. Pray for Lee and his eight adult children as the family continues to adjust to life without Diana. Testimony Lee's Testimony As a child my parents took us to a liberal church. My older brother grew restless and sought out a Bible-teaching church. At the age of nine I heard the gospel and approached the pastor about being saved. By God's grace He has held me through days of obedience and rebellion, complacency and devotion. I have been given grace and blessings entirely out of proportion to my sin and dullness. I studied music at Grand Rapids School of the Bible & Music with primary focus on Bible. I have served in churches in Missouri, California, and Utah. Diana and I were married in 1983 and have eight children. Update: ​Diana Jean Whitworth entered the joy set before her on January 8, 2022, after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Please join Grace Community Chapel in praying for Diana's family during this difficult time. The family asks that instead of flowers, charitable gifts would be designated to Provo Bible Church for the church's evangelistic outreach ministry. DIANA'S OBITUARY Previous Steve & Diana Smith Christian Camp Directors Next Ron & Roz Wismer Global Networking

  • Kendagor | GCC

    Solomon and Ruby Kendagor International Broadcasting and Discipling Phone: 800-474-4145 Email: team@internationalstudents.org Address: International Students, Inc. ​P. O. BOX C Colorado Springs, CO 80901 Birthday: Solomon: September 16 Ruby: February 23 Mission Focus Our Mission focus is in three areas: A. Evangelism. B. Leadership (Both Church and Government). C. Marriage and Family. We accomplish these areas of ministry through: A. Two Radio and TV stations; B. Social Media like Facebook. We are in over 50 countries. Our listeners increased by 502% to 63,781 in the last month according to Facebook. ​ Testimony Solomon's Testimony Solomon came to know Christ at the age of 9 through his parents’ ministry and family devotions. Parents were Kenyan Missionaries who left everything to serve God and live by faith, trusting the Lord for every need. Parents emphasized the importance of personal time with God for everyone in the family. During family devotion everybody was expected to share what he or she learned during personal devotion. Children learned from early age to have personal devotion, pray and trust God for every need. Solomon, however, planned to make money and give as others served the Lord and live by faith. During high school he struggled about God’s will for his life. God made it clear that he was interested in Solomon’s heart not his money. He finally surrendered to God’s purpose and God began to work in his heart. Solomon ended up in full time ministry and continues to serve with joy.​ Ruby's Testimony Abandoned by parents at about a month old, Ruby was raised in an orphanage with close to 500 children. Life was difficult at the orphanage and Ruby longed to know about her parents. When she was 14, a letter from her dad in Canada arrived saying her mother was dead. Ironically, another letter arrived the following day from her mom in Barbados introducing herself to her. Neither of the parents wrote to her again. At age 16 she had to leave the orphanage to work as a maid, first for a Chinese family for a year and a half and later for a Muslim family. The Evangelical Alliance Mission arrived and rented property from the Muslim family. Through their ministry, Ruby came to faith in Christ. She finally met her father at the age of 19 and her mother at the age of 23. Both became believers through her testimony. Previous Jon & Tammy Junker Church Planters (Japan) Next Paul & Angie Kimball Missionary Aviation Training

  • Bennett | GCC

    Ron and Mary Bennett Serving with The Navigators Phone: ​719-598-1212 Website: navigators.org Address: The Navigators 3820N 30th Colorado Springs, CO 80934 Birthday: Ron: September 23 Mary: March 7 Mission Focus The Navigator Calling is to advance the gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost. Navigator motto: Know Christ and make Him known ​Our personal mission statement is to develop and coach disciples who make disciples. ​ Our greatest blessing is to see generations of disciples living as ambassadors in their world. The challenge is finding and developing disciples who are willing and able to pass on their lives to a new generation. Ron mentors and shepherds a network of disciplemakers and disciplemaking leaders across the country. Many of the men lead disciplemaking ministries of their own. He also speaks at men’s retreats. Testimony Ron was born and raised in Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University with a B. S. degree in Aerospace Engineering. He has worked for Boeing Aircraft and served as an infantry and military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army including a tour in Viet Nam. Ron joined the staff of The Navigators in 1970. He has led and supervised collegiate ministries in the Midwest as well as served on the national leadership team for the Navigators Church Discipleship Ministry. As a senior Nav staff, he continues to coach Nav staff, disciplemakers, and disciplemaking leaders around the country. Ron writes a monthly blog called “The Adventure of Discipleship” (www.rbennett.net ). The HighQuest Discipleship series (www.highquest.info ) HighQuest store (www.highquest.biz ) His book called Rethinking Discipleship: The Quest, was published in January 2021. The second book in the series, Rethinking Discipleship: The Design, was published in February 2022. Both books are available on Amazon/kindle Ron and Mary live in the Kansas City area. ​ Mary grew up in Kalamazoo, MI where she graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA degree in secondary education. Mary came to faith at the age of 16 after a serious horse-riding accident. Mary taught high school in Grand Rapids, Michigan before leaving to join The Navigator staff at Ball State University in 1971. She married Ron in 1972 and continued on staff with The Navigators mentoring women in discipleship. ​We recently celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary along with 52 years of ministry with The Navigators. We are grateful for the health and continued opportunity God is giving us to expand God's kingdom by investing in men and women who are becoming disciples and disciplemakers. Previous Jabe & Elena Barker Philippine Schools Next Scott & Jayne Cuidon Global Missionary Counseling

  • APP | GCC

    Church Center App A digital tool to make connecting at Grace even easier The Church Center App is completely FREE and puts all the functionality of Grace on your device! Download the Church Center app from the the App Store or Google Play Find Grace Community Chapel within the app. Give | Watch | Sign-In | Sign-Up Review your contact info and upload your picture: Open the Church Center app once you’ve registered. Tap the 'Me' icon in the lower left corner (top of page on PC). Tap your name to view your profile information. Tap your name again to review or change email, phone number, mailing address, and photo. ​Here's what you can do using the Church Center app: Simplified Giving Make giving easy for both spontaneous and recurring donations. Give instantly using your debit or credit card, via ACH bank transfer. Manage your recurring donations and payment methods, as well as view your donation history. ​ Easy Event Signups Browse and sign up for any upcoming events. Explore events by scrolling through our events page or sorting by category. Found the event you want to attend? You can register and pay right then and there! ​ Personal Profile Management Keep your profile up-to-date. Make changes and manage contact information yourself. You can see all your existing profile information including event registrations, giving history, group membership, and contact information. ​ Online Directory Easily look up people and families in our community. Manage what information you'd like to share about you or your family. ​ Mobile Check-in Your Kids ​Speed up the check-in process by starting before you even arrive . You can check-in anyone connected to your household right from your device. Select all the kids in your household that you want to check in. When you arrive, scan your phone at a check-in station to receive your labels. ​ If you have questions, please call the church office or email us and we'll be glad to help you get set up.

  • Kimball | GCC

    Paul and Angie Kimball Proclaim Aviation/School of Missionary Aviation Technology Phone: 507-376-9480 Links: info@proclaimaviation.org proclaimaviation.org smat.edu Proclaim Aviation P.O. Box 356 Worthington, MN 56187 Birthday: Paul: June 18 Angie: August 31 John: May 19 ​Ellie: June 24 Mission Focus Our mission is to be a part of reaching the nations with the gospel of Christ by training the next generation of mission aviators. As full-time missionaries with Proclaim Aviation assigned to SMAT in Ionia, Michigan, we get to be a part of equipping families to share the love of Jesus in remote areas of the world where aviation provides access to medical care, transportation, and the gospel. One of the biggest blessings is getting to know the students and their families, encouraging them in their technical training, but also seeking to mentor and support them personally and spiritually during their time here. We regularly invite students over to our home for dinner and fellowship, and Angie also gets to know the women students and student wives in her role helping to lead a bimonthly women's Bible study. As a flight instructor on the flight side of SMAT, Paul primarily divides his time between teaching ground school classes, giving flight instruction in the planes, and pre-flight / post-flight briefings with his students. The rigorous 12-month curriculum of ground school and flight instruction is well structured to equip the students for the specific demands of mission aviation overseas. Flight training in Michigan requires the schedule to remain flexible so that when God provides good weather the students can be in the air. We appreciate prayer for many good weather days, stamina for the flight team, and good discipleship opportunities with each student. Testimony Paul's Testimony I grew up in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where my parents ministered among the Loko people and completed a New Testament translation for them. Having been raised in a Christian home, I heard the Gospel and watched it being lived out in my parents’ lives from the time of my earliest memories. I cannot pinpoint the specific time I came to saving faith in Christ, but I do remember clearly understanding my need for a personal relationship with the Lord and for forgiveness of sin, when I was nine, one evening after family devotions in Sierra Leone. At 12 years old, at a missions conference in Illinois, I committed to serve the Lord wherever and in whatever way He led. In my senior year of high school I learned about the need for aviation in missions. The Lord provided in a wonderful way and allowed me to attend Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and graduate as a pilot and aircraft mechanic from Moody’s aviation program, then located in eastern Tennessee. During my time in Tennessee the Lord brought Angie and I together. Loving and serving the Lord together with her has been the greatest joy of my life. Angie's Testimony I grew up in a small town in Iowa with wonderful parents and one older sister. We were active in church, and I remember asking Jesus into my heart around age 10. I didn’t tell anyone, but read my Bible more and tried very hard to be good. In college, God used some foolish choices and a Christian roommate to show me that I was trying to follow God with one foot and keep my other foot in the world. He opened my eyes to my sin and need for forgiveness, and the grace He offered, not because of what I’d done, but because of what Christ had done for me. It was a turning point in my life, and it’s amazing to see that I have yet to stop learning more about the depths of His mercy and love. That next year, I began looking into teaching overseas (I was getting my elementary education degree). When I met Paul and found out he was studying to become a missionary pilot, I was fascinated – with the man and with missions! – and worked to find out more about what he was wanting to do. It was easy for me to join him in pursuing missions as our life work, and it has been a privilege to use the gifts and interests He’s given us to help people know the truth of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Previous Solomon & Ruby Kendagor International Broadcast/Discipling Next Bruce & Irene McAtee Refugee Outreach (Greece)

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