our missionaries

  • david and Karen anderson

    minnesota/north & south dakota, formerly in east asia

    Dave and Karen have served with the Navigators for over 25 years. While overseas (for 26 years), the Andersons worked together in training up leaders in the body of Christ in East Asia. Karen recently directed an Asian Pacific regional women's conference in which 80 young women from 15 different countries met in Indoneisa. Currently, the Andersons live in Minnesota where they continue their work with the Navigators. At this season in their ministry, they work with college students and leaders in the Navigator's Upper Midwest Region. Specifically, Dave and Karen work to mentor, encourage, and shepherd young collegiate staff as they work on campuses in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. 


    portland, oregon

    Mark and Karen served nearly 23 years as Crossworld missionaries and have spent the past few years serving at WorldView, specifically the Institute for International Christian Communication in Portland, OR. Mark is currently the Executive Director of Worldview. His roles include administrative leadership and teaching, with a teaching emphasis on missionary preparation in both English and Spanish. Karen serves part-time at Western Seminary as Administrative Assistant for the Department of Intercultural Studies while also serving part time as a Training Faculty member of WorldView. Her WorldView roles include teaching in missionary preparation activities in both English and Spanish. She is the platform administrator for Worldview's online teaching, occasional cook for the international community who live at the WorldView Center, and active in mentoring in the online program that WorldView provides. Recently, Mark and Karen went to Panama where they helped train missionaries being sent from Panama to North Africa, Central Asia, and South Asia. For more information about the ministries of WorldView, please see their website: www.iiccworldview.org

  • Peggy mcCracken

    Christian Embassy, Washington D.C.

    Peggy McCracken serves with Campus Crusade (CRU)/Christian Embassy in Washington D.C. Peggy ministers with women ambassadors and wives of ambassadors in the diplomatic community. She also ministers on Capitol Hill with women who are chiefs of staff to Members of Congress. She has been with Campus Crusade since 1969, serving six years in East Africa. Before joining Campus Crusade, she worked as a nurse. Peggy began her ministry with Christian Embassy in 1981. 

  • Todd & Beth Meyerdirk


    Todd & Beth have served just outside of Budapest with Word of Life Hungary for a number of years. Todd serves in several roles within the ministries of Word of Life Hungary. In the Bible institute he serves as the Campus Pastor, a resident Bible teacher, and coordinator of the Bible Institutes discipleship and mentoring program. Outside of the Bible Institute, Todd serves as the coordinator for the Internship program working with interns who serve in all areas of Word of Life Hungary’s ministry. These various roles provide Todd  with numerous opportunities for a wide variety of ministry, including Bible teaching, practical ministry training, pastoral care, mentoring, and evangelism.

    While Beth’s primary ministry is the care and education of our three daughters, she is actively involved in the ministry of Word of Life Hungary. She serves the Bible Institute by assisting with the Solid Foundation Scholarship program and helps with the discipleship and mentoring program by mentoring women students, leading a small group for women students, and hosting student fellowships in the home. Outside of the Bible Institute, Beth helps Todd with the internship program, providing hospitality to guest groups, and helping with the summer camp ministry.

  • Tamás & Xénia Mezei


    Tamás & Xénia have been involved with Word of Life Hungary for a number of years. Xénia has served as the Assistant to the Director of WOL Hungary, and recently Támas has transitioned from pastoring  a local church in Hungary to now serving as the leader of Local Outreach Ministries for Word of Life Hungary. Támas and Xénia are very involved in the summer camp ministries of WOL, and Támas serves as a translator at the Bible Institute during the school year. One of their primary focuses centers upon connecting the ministries of WOL Hungary with local churches in the area. They have helped established satellite summer camps  (co-ministering with partnering churches abroad as well as various BI students and missionaries from WOL Hungary) who are ministering to youth in many villages and connecting them with the local church in their area. It is exciting to see the Lord's work of connecting the resources of WOL Hungary with local Hungarian churches through satellite summer camps!

  • David & Cheryl Morris


    David and Cheryl have served through The Navigators for over 30 years. The Morris' served a number of years in West Africa and are currently serving the body of Christ in Florida (USA). David and Cheryl are currently working with the IT Department in developing an updated and more robust website that will serve to connect laborers from all of The Navigator ministries. The Morris' have a passion to multiply disciples by connecting those who are "trained" and "want to be trained" laborers in cities and communities throughout the United States.



    Jeff and Marilee serve through OC International Ministries in Gautemala. Since OC focuses on church health, growth and multiplication, the Nelsons assist by coming alongside the church in this region and equip leaders. Jeff and Marilee help teach at Berea (The Bible Institute) where Marilee spends much of her time ministering to the women students. Jeff and Marilee are walking with Christian leaders in their discovery of biblically based approaches to equip their congregations to disciple their nation. One specific way in which the Nelsons are equipping the Guatemalan Christian leaders is to use oral Bible learning principles for training others through the "Simply the Story" workshops.



    Chad and Julie have served through World Venture in Spain for a number of years and are the proud parents of three boys! Chad and Julie are engaged in multi-generational family ministry in the Madrid area. Chad teaches a small group Bible study, and they both are actively involved in serving at a local protestant, evangelical church. Chad and Julie are building relationships in their neighborhood and becoming more and more a part of the Spanish culture. They are excited to see how the Lord will use them in the days ahead as their family is growing.  Chad was born and raised in New Berlin, IL and attended Springfield Bible Church through high school. After high school Chad attended Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL) where he met and married Julie. After Moody the Reesers moved to Dallas, TX where Chad received his Master of Theology (ThM) from Dallas Theological Seminary. After DTS, the Reesers raised support and moved to Spain. If you would like to follow their activity more closely, please click on the following link to their blog: www.julieandchad.com.


    Denver, COlorado & cote d'ivoire (west africa)

    Tim and Janet have served through SIM in Cote d'Ivoire for nearly 30 years. They are currently residing in the Denver, CO area while still ministering through SIM.  Pray for Tim as he continues to be SIM’s “Ministry Point Person for Literature.” Pray for him as he consults on a new “Pastor’s Book Set” conference in Russian and also seeks to find a reference book translated into French for the upcoming conference in French-speaking Africa. Pray for Janet as she continues to be in contact with ministry in Africa, and explores several new opportunities here. Pray also for some additional financial support as they serve here and plan to return to Africa several months a year. Tim's late father, Bob Welch was a  longstanding member of Springfield Bible Church, and Tim's brother, Stan Welch, currently is a longstanding member of our church as well .