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Meet your 48 missionary families

by Tony Lynn

PLYMOUTH, MI – Would you let me introduce you to the single men, the married couples and the families raising school-aged children as missionaries throughout Michigan and Windsor? These missionaries below are somewhere between their year of preparation or their fifth year of service. Since 1957, among people groups, disadvantaged communities, urban centers, suburban neighborhoods, metropolitan areas, rural counties, small towns and university campuses our churches have planted new churches for 63 years.

How to Use This List

Would you, please, save this list in a frequently seen place, such as, in your Bible or on your breakfast table? Would you remember to pray for these church planting missionaries during your personal quiet time or with others as a team of prayer warriors? The Holy Spirit may synchronize your prayers with the church planting families’ needs in unbelievable ways.

Some of you indicated that you would like to help missionary families who plant churches in our region. Using this list, you can do any of the five activities by directly contacting the church planting family with the information provided in this article.

  • Pray with others - Intercede regularly for these families during your private devotion, as a church or with a small group.

  • Help with school - Provide financial assistance for the children as they return to school.

  • Bless at Christmas - Give gift certificates to a family during Christmas.

  • Collect and give - Receive a collection in your small group or church then share that gift with a family any time during the year.

  • Write to encourage - Send handwritten-cards or email messages offering encouragement to these families throughout the year.

Let’s find ways to let these families know we are grateful for their service and sacrifice. These missionaries and their children are planting churches everywhere for everyone. This year continues to be a strange and stressful year, especially on families creating new churches in order to share the good news of Christ and develop bold disciples. They are establishing gospel-centered churches in communities all around us, so let’s surround them with our love.

Jason & Amanda Aaron & their children of Outpost Community Church, Monroe – – Write to Jason at


Dave & Danisse Abberger & their children of Hope Church, Zeeland – – Write to Dave at


Drew & Alisha Ansley & their children of Refuge Church, Detroit – – Write to Drew at


Kevin & Meghan Armstrong & their children of New Life Church, Detroit – – Write to Kevin at


Jamison & Chelsea Bebiak & their children are preparing to launch in Owosso in the near future – - Write to Jamison at


David & Amanda Blok & their children of CrossWinds Church Godfrey-Lee, Wyoming – – Write to David at


Josh & Emily Bowers & their children of Cross and Anchor Church, Detroit – – Write to Josh at


Phil & Kathryn Box & their children are preparing to launch Trails Community Church, Farmington in the near future – – Write to Phil at


Tom & Merri Bradley of CrossWinds Church Westside, Grand Rapids – – Write to Tom at


Torion & Jasmine Bridges & their children of The Commonwealth of Faith, Redford – – Write to Torion at


Rick & Katie Bristol & their children of True North Community Church, Petoskey – – Write to Rick at


Roland & Tedirika Caldwell, Jr. & their children of The House Church, Detroit – – Write to Roland at


David Clark is preparing to launch in Detroit the near future – Write to David at


Tristan & Jodi Clark & their children of The Caravan Church, Marquette – Write to Tristan at


Tito & Mollie Diaz & their children of Rhiza Church, Ann Arbor – – Write to Tito at


Chris Gentz of H2O Church, Kalamazoo – – Write to Gentz at


Malcolm & Maisha Griswold & their children of Reformation Church, Detroit – – Write to Malcolm at


Michael & Emily Guyer & their children of Treasuring Christ Church, Ann Arbor – – Write to Michael at


Jon & Chelsea Hackett & their children are preparing to launch Imago Dei Church, Ann Arbor in the near future – Write to Jon at


Bryan & Tonia Kent & their children of Compass Church, Mason – – Write to Bryan at


Shakil & Angela Khondoker & their children of Reach Out Church, Hamtramck – Write to Shakil at


Robert Lodge is preparing to launch Fresh Start Church, Detroit in the near future – Write to Robert at


Jason & Laura Loewen & their children are preparing to launch Union Church, Flint in the near future – – Write to Jason at


Garth & Patty Leno & their children of The Gathering Church, Windsor – – Write to Garth at


Rick & Rachel Marcus & their children of The City Church, Clio – – Write to Rick at


Tom & Shannon Metz & their children of The Valley Church, Saginaw – – Write to Tom at


Bob & Cindy Morrissey & their children of The Church at Clawson, Clawson - – Write to Bob at


Chad & Jennifer Nelson & their children of The Journey Church, Mount Clemens – – Write to Chad at


Kenneth & Tolice Nether & their children of Crossover Church, Southfield – – Write to Ken at


Corey & Milicia Parker & their children of The City Church, Ypsilanti – Write to Corey at


Alin & Shelly Patularu & their children of Life Giver Church, Windsor – – Write to Alin at


Ricky & Sandra Pearson of Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Traverse City – – Write to Ricky at


Shea & Andrea Prisk & their children of Grumlaw Church, Grand Blanc – – Write to Shea at


Cornelius & Marisa Roberson of Heart and Soul Community Church, Detroit – – Write to Cornelius at


Ray & Mari Ruffin Jr. & their children of New Found Hope Community Church, Redford – – Write to Ray at


Seth & Taylor Springs & their children of Transformation Church, Waterford – – Write to Seth at


Scott & Amanda Statson & their children of The Way Church, Fenton – – Write to Scott at


Eric & Lori Stewart & their children of ONELife Church, Grand Blanc – - Write to Eric at


Daniel & Chandra Tackett of Restoring Hope Church, Wyandotte – – Write to Daniel at


Matt & Beth Thompson & their children of Redemption Church, Grand Rapids – – Write to Matt at


Josh & Stephanie Tovey & their children of Redemption Church, Grandville – – Write to Josh at


Maki & Sony Umakoshi & their children are preparing to launch in the near future – - Write to Maki at


Daniel & Stacey Vandock & their children of Lake Life Church, Alanson – – Write to Daniel at


Austin & Lesley Wadlow & their children of The Commons Church, East Lansing – – Write to Austin at


Derrick & Christine Watkins of Jachin Baptist Church, Flint – – Write to Derrick at


Travis & Jen Whittaker & their children of Mile City Church, Plymouth – – Write to Travis at


Miah & Jessica Williams & their children of Mile City Church, South Lyon – – Write to Miah at


Antonio & Jessica Wimberly & their children of One Mission Church, Inkster & Westland – – Write to Antonio at



Tony Lynn is the State Director of Missions for the Baptist State Convention of Michigan. Before coming on staff at the BSCM, Tony served as lead pastor for more than six years at Crosspoint Church in Monroe, Michigan. He and his wife, Jamie, also served with the International Mission Board in Africa and in Europe.


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