Take some time to learn more about our missionaries. Click or tap on a photo to see detailed information on each missionary.
The Rodney Myers Family
The Myers family continues to grow, as the picture suggests. They are working very hard on starting a church outside of Arusha, Tanzania’s (unofficial) northern capital. That work has progressed well and (Lord willing) that church will be calling a Tanzanian pastor shortly. Arusha is growing very quickly however, and there is a need for many more churches in the metropolitan area.
It may not seem possible, as you see this picture, but the Myers’ oldest son, Sean, will be starting college in the fall of 2017. Another change for the family. The second son, Jamison, will not be far behind him. Transitions, transitions…they are coming.
Assistant to the Director
Bruce and Ruth Busch
Bruce has been serving as General Director since September 1995. Previous to this, he & Ruth served as missionaries for 12 1/2 years in Kenya and Tanzania. The Lord used them to start one Bible Institute, reorganize another, and plant two churches while they were there.
Office:Gospel Furthering Fellowship 221 Hamilton Ave. Myerstown, PA 17067
Ted and Sandy Ball
The Ball family is both current and former GFF missionaries, having served with the Fellowship in the 1980s & 1990s, and then serving in another ministry for twelve years before returning to the Fellowship. They have been active church planters all of their adult lives, having planted six churches in the United States during their years of ministry. Ted has also found time to be involved in the Pastorate as well.
Since their return to GFF, Ted has been serving as Assistant Director. He and Sandy are now taking a lateral transfer, with a different focus. Although Ted & Sandy are retirement age, they do not want to retire (they would do more work if they could). It is now time for them to leave the demanding job as Assistant Director to assume a less–demanding role. They still intend to recruit new missionaries, help with church planting (and new church–planters), as well as be extensively involved in mission correspondence and encouraging our GFF missionaries. They will do it in a consultant role, which physically requires less. Full retirement is not for them!
Home Address:4926 Governor Holt St. Efland, NC 27243
Moises & Rosa Campos
Moises and Rosa Campos are our longest-serving missionaries in Spain, and are Spanish nationals. They received their biblical education in the United States, however, before they returned to Spain to plant a church in Olot, in the Catalonian region of Spain. As with the rest of Europe, it has been slow going; yet there is much to thank the Lord for. They are buying a building, and have a vibrant church started in Olot (though small by American standards). The Campos family is working very hard to evangelize their area of Spain.
Recent News About The Campos Family
(5/22/2017)-Moises and Rosa Campos are beginning with a new church-plant in the Castellar region, southwest of Barcelona.
Sam and Nicole Moss
It seems impossible that Sam and Nicole have only been in Uganda three years (arrived February 2013), as the Lord has moved quickly. They have started training men for ministry, three new churches have been started, and a translation process is underway! There has been opposition to be sure; Sam & Nicole have both faced physical, as well as spiritual attacks from various quarters. Such is often the case for new works. The devil does not want to give up territory — that he has previously held — without a fight. In the end, however, we are on the victory side.
Recent News About Sam and Nicole Moss
(5/9/2017) – Sam and Nicole Moss have returned to Corydon, Iowa, in the United States. Sam will be Missionary Pastor there, at Victory Baptist Church, while also continuing to visit Uganda twice a year.
The Matt Winkler Family
We are happy to welcome the Winkler family to GFF! Matt and Sheri and their seven children have served as missionaries on the field in Uganda, Africa for more than a decade. They have been and will continue to be involved in planting churches and providing biblical training for Ugandan nationals.
Recent News About Matt & Sheri Winkler
Matt & Sheri Winkler are back in the United States for approximately one year of “furlough”, visiting their supporting churches, before returning to Uganda.
The Frink Family
Charlie and Bo Frink and their family have been serving as church planters in New Zealand since 1989. The first 10 years of their ministry was in the central North Island in the town of Taupo. In 2000 the Frinks began working in New Zealand’s largest and fastest growing city, Auckland.
Auckland is a modern city with many new immigrants, making the ministry there multi-cultural. Many of the people of New Zealand have never heard the Gospel of Christ, have no concept of sin, or have even considered a relationship with a personal God.
The Frinks are seeking to begin a new church planting ministry in the northwest part of the Auckland region. This area is designated for significant population growth over the next 10 years, which makes it a prime target for church planting.
Kevin Kenney Family
Kevin is the son of fundamental missionaries, and spent all of his childhood in Spain. Although he is American, he is perfectly bi-lingual and bi-cultural. He is more at home in Spain than America! At eighteen, he came back to the States for Bible College, but then returned to Spain and married Olga, a lovely Spanish lady. The Lord has given them twin boys, Reuben and Stephen.
Since finishing the prefield ministry at the end of 2006, the Kenney family has been working in their hometown of Moia, Spain. As of January 2008, the beginnings of a New Testament local church is meeting in the building of a retired folks cultural center. The Kenneys are also working with Peter Pinyol, another GFF missionary close by in Castelbisbal, outside of Barcelona.
After ‘losing’ her husband Bill in 2012, Lois has continued to be active. She has, however, moved to Virginia to be closer to her family. Retirement? Not a word that Lois would wish to say! She continues to work at a variety of ministries, as she is able, both within and without her local church. She also helps with her family, grandchildren, and others as she is able. We miss seeing Lois, but are thankful when we do see her.
Recent News About Bill and Lois Hanmer
Bill Hanmer Promoted to Glory
(3/21/2013)- On September 7, 2012, William “Bill” Hanmer went to be with the Lord at the age of 84. Living a full life of faithful service to Christ, he is remembered especially at GFF for his work with our financial office.
Julie Miller and her late husband, Doug, served for thirty years in Irian Jaya, Indonesia, as church-planters. Julie, an R.N., also was highly involved in medical work and training village medical workers. In 1990, the Millers returned to the USA, where the late Doug Miller became an Associate Director of GFF. Following her husband’s death, Julie was active in ministry, traveling to the field with and in support of new missionaries in their first term.
On April 30, 2008, Julie Miller officially retired from GFF. She does not intend, however, to sit in a rocking chair with her twelve grandchildren! The Lord willing, and health permitting, Julie intends to be involved in ministry to ladies, especially single women. She will be moving from the immediate Office area, as the Lord enables. Although we won’t see as much of her as before, she will still be available through e-mail, and through the Office. Julie solicits your prayers as she moves through this transition into a new phase of life and ministry.
David and Debbie Nunemaker
David and Debbie Nunemaker have spent a lifetime working with French-speaking peoples. David was born in French Africa to missionary parents. After Bible school and marriage, Dave and Debbie moved to West Africa to minister. There, they began a Bible school ministry which continues to this day.
Due to health restraints, they moved to France in 1982 in a church-planting effort, and have been ministering there ever since. In the 1990s, they began to evangelize immigrant peoples from Southeast Asia. This work has developed into a full-time believers’ Biblical training program now in a half-dozen Asian countries, some of which are restricted-access countries.
The multiplied millions of Asia need the Gospel, and the Nunemakers solicit your prayers for them.
The Joel Daut Family
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Joel and Marcela Daut as new missionaries with the Gospel Furthering Fellowship. They will be working in northern France and are seeking to raise additional support for their ministry. Please pray for them along with their four children, Liane, Josue, Josias, and Annael.
Peter and ‘Charo’ Torres
The Torres family has had a later start into full-time ministry than some. Peter (Pedro) was saved while working at the American Air Force base in Torrejon, outside Madrid, Spain. After taking some Bible courses in varied venues, and being involved in evangelism, Peter eventually became involved in Pastoral work. His great burden, however, is evangelism and church-planting; he desires to see all of Spain reached with the Gospel of Christ!
Realizing his need for more formal education, Peter and Charo came to the United States in 2002. While here they became acquainted with the ministry of Gospel Furthering Fellowship, and our missionary vision. After completing their pre-field ministry, the Torres family moved back to Madrid, Spain in December 2010. They are presently working under their local church to fulfill the goal of evangelizing 10 surrounding towns (about 50,000 people) where there is not a fundamental Baptist church. They covet your prayers for boldness and open doors.
The Aaron Shipe Family
Although still young, the Shipe family – all nine of them – are now Tanzanian veterans! Certainly there are always things to be learned about a language and culture, but the larger Shipe family fits into African culture beautifully, and that is important.
Reaching into the Datooga culture is not easy. The language and customs are not really known by those outside the tribe, and many within the tribe seem to like it that way! The Datooga are (historically) nomadic and somewhat resistant to the Gospel. Yet the Shipes are making an inroad, and have a preaching point/nascent church underway not too far from their present home in the city of Babati. Pray for them!
Recent News About the Aaron Shipe Family
Keep Up With the Shipe Family
(3/12/3010) – Log on to www.shipes2datooga.blogspot.com
The Caputo Family
John and Kim Caputo have been involved in campus ministry for a number of years, although they have recently come to GFF. Previously, they worked at West Chester State University, West Chester, PA; that work has now been turned over to a local church. Now they are establishing a work at Millersville State University, south of Lancaster, PA, and are very encouraged by initial results. Campus ministry is not so glamorous, but it much needed; perhaps nowhere else in America is there such an assault on ‘anything Christian’ as the college campus!
Joe and Lindsay Risinger
Joe and Lindsay Risinger, Jr. (pictured here with Joseph III) are our newest Missionary Appointees, appointed in April 2017. Lord willing, after pre-field ministry, they will be serving at our center in Arua, Uganda. Their primary focus of ministry will be church planting and reaching the youth and children, as half of the nation of Uganda is fifteen (yes, 15!) years of age and younger!
Before moving into ministry, Joe was a CPA in South Bend, Indiana, specializing in corporate tax returns with a nationally-known accounting firm. We are thankful that Joe has given up career pursuits for the salvation of souls.
Dave and Jane Claar
Dave and Jane Claar have had the privilege of serving in several places in Africa: Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa. When they came home from Africa in the late 1990s, all three of their children were still in school. Subsequently, they came ‘on board’ GFF in 1997, and were involved in mission administration; their primary function was as representatives of the Fellowship.
While their heart has remained in Africa, their desire to return there has not been able to be realized. They were released from mission administration in 2010, with the goal of returning to South Africa. That was found to be impossible, however, due to health and other reasons.
Accordingly, the Claars have retired from active missionary service on May 1, 2013. They will continue to be active in their local church and in the community, as they have been. We wish them well, and commend them to you for your prayers and thoughtfulness.
The Pinyol Family
Peter and Rosa Pinyol are also Spanish nationals, working in Castelbisbal, near Barcelona. They have begun a good church in Castelbisbal, but they have a ‘vision’ of working in greater Barcelona. They have established a Bible Institute for training Spanish Workers, which is in a second year of operation. More immediately, they have targeted five smaller communities outside Castelbisbal for evangelism and church planting. Like the Campos family, they have ambitious plans, and we trust the Lord to send them workers for these plans!