Education

Cheryl Barnes

Many say educating children reduces poverty. Partnering with the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America, the RCA, and the Malawi Mission Network, Cheryl Barnes serves as education facilitator for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP). In this role, she works with the education secretaries and education department personnel to improve the quality of education in the nearly 1,200 primary schools that fall under the CCAP umbrella in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Joshua and Erica Bode

God calls Christian communities to bear witness to the gospel of peace and reconciliation through service and discipleship. In Oman—a Muslim-majority nation—this call is lived out, in part, through the Protestant Church in Oman (PCO). The PCO was founded by the RCA and has been charged with the stewardship of all Protestant Christianity in the country, comprising more than 50 Protestant congregations. Josh has been called to be the RCA shepherd to this diverse and international body of believers in Muscat, Oman, as they seek to build bridges and love their Muslim neighbors.

Bob Oliveira

Bob believes that God has been preparing him for this missional role his entire life.

Andy Smothers

Andy Smothers serves as the associate pastor for the English Language Congregation (ELC) of the National Evangelical Church of Bahrain, a church planted by the RCA in 1893. He leads the discipleship program for the church, including Christian education programs and Bible studies. Andy also supervises the church's ministry leaders and teaches in the Theological Education by Extension program, a lay leadership development program.

Chris Briggs

The Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD) provides the Deaf community in Jamaica with a language, education, mentoring, and an opportunity to encounter the gospel.

John Hubers

John is engaged in missional leadership development at the Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  

Felipe and Janelle deWaard-Silva

Since the fall of communism, Romania has been putting itself back together. Felipe and Janelle deWaard-Silva have been called to work with Roma youth in the Jiu Valley to build trust, perseverance, character, and courage through rock climbing. 

John Lokeno

Too often, community development projects rely on outside resources, which create an unhealthy environment of dependency. John Lokeno hopes to do the opposite—to inspire and equip local people to determine their own future with their own resources.

Juan Kempers Seminary

In the 1920s, a new field of expansion opened in Chiapas with the help of missionaries John and Mabel Kempers of the Reformed Church in America (RCA). The National Presbyterian Church in Mexico developed important evangelistic work in Chiapas, first among the Spanish-speaking population and then among the Mayan-speaking people in the 1950s. Today Chiapas is one of the strongholds of the National Presbyterian Church. The number of members of the National Presbyterian Church in Chiapas alone is greater than the total number of RCA members.

Josh & Sally Vis

A son and mother working together for peace and justice, Josh and Sally Vis seek a political conversation in the U.S. that is pro-Palestinian, pro-Israeli, and pro-peace. To this end, Josh and Sally educate individuals about the injustices of the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. They also offer individuals opportunities to support Palestinians, Israelis, and others who seek an alleviation of and ultimately an end to the Israeli occupation.