Our beloved Pastor Bob is now a full time missionary, serving as the Director of A Praying Life for SeeJesus Ministries. When we asked him about his background, he simply replied “I am a sinner saved by the glorious grace of God but you probably need a little more than that, huh?” A Praying Life calls itself "a ministry for badly praying Christians" and offers studies that teach people to pray like Jesus did.
Jamie & Jacki Gildard
Jamie and Jacki are part of a church-planting team with MTW in the growing aerospace technology corridor west of Toulouse, France. They are building relationships, sharing the good news of Christ, and encouraging evangelism and leadership among French Christians.
From Jamie and Jacki: "France lies in the heart of spiritually barren Western Europe. Centuries of persecution and ridicule have left the 60 million people with less than one percent evangelical Christian witness. Yet God will call His people from every nation (Rev. 5:9). There is searching among the French and a void in their hearts that only Christ can fill."
The Gildards served on a church planting team in Marseille, France from 2001 until the team’s transfer to west of Toulouse. In 2007, a team from Spring Valley had the privilege of visiting the Gildards in Marseille, to see their work up-close and meet with local Christians there. The Gildards have four adult children: Rebecca, Jimmy, Owen, and Angelle.
Chris & Sue Ladish
Chris and Sue are currently serving as member care coordinators, caring for the needs of personnel serving overseas in sensitive areas. They work from their home in Kansas City and travel from time to time to visit with, pray for and encourage those they are serving. Chris and Sue, who served in Burkina Faso for 26 years, will be returning sometime early next year for the dedication of the Koromfe New Testament they worked on for 16 years.
Patty McCain is originally from Hoffman Estates and was involved in SVPC at the very beginning. She has served with the campus ministry of Cru since 1985, presently as the chief of staff for the US Field Ministries team at Cru headquarters in Orlando.
Cru is setting out to give the 200 million college students of the world an opportunity to say yes to Christ. Patty has a passion to see students graduate as Christ centered laborers equipped to witness for Christ wherever the Lord leads them. She is giving leadership to the US field by developing staff on healthy teams, leading vibrant spiritual movements and making a global kingdom impact.
Ian and Hanna married during his time at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. During their time in Jackson, they planted an RUF International among the students at Mississippi College. While serving with RUF International, both Ian and Hanna were convinced that serving internationals was the best job in the world, so upon graduation, they moved to Evanston, IL to plant an RUF-I at Northwestern University and serve there full-time. Ian enjoys good movies, good books, and being a mediocre basketball player. http://www.ruf.org/mi
Dale & Carmen Phillips
Dale Phillips serves as the Director of Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness for ReachGlobal, the missions arm of the EFCA. Dale and Carmen joined Spring Valley as members in 2001, before their first assignment overseas. They consider Spring Valley their sending church, and one of our short-term mission teams visited them in Budapest in 2011. What a blessing to be able to be part of their ministry!
From Dale and Carmen: "We love to tell the stories of all that God has done in our lives. As children, growing up in Latin America, we both developed a huge love for missions. Serving for 10 years in Europe with our own children deepened our walk with God in a way we never imagined possible. Our stories are filled with joy and pain, but interwoven throughout is the constant thread of the grace of God. The more God works in us and shows us our own brokenness, the more his light shines through us. This truly is amazing grace. Out of what God has done in us, we now help facilitate a process called the Deep Community Experience. Deep Community is a four-phased experience that takes leaders and their communities toward the core of who God has designed them to be, resulting in grace-filled kingdom impact.
"Serving as the Director of Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness for ReachGlobal, it is a privilege to travel to mission fields all over the world and walk alongside ministry leaders in their own personal transformation process, seeing God use our story to create a safe place for others in ministry."
Derrick & Rae Sekamalira
Derrick and Rae are serving the Lord Jesus in Kampala, Uganda where they're seeking to plant Bible teaching, gospel centered, and reproducing churches. They're also training and raising up future pastors and leaders for the region. Their ministry is reaching out to people from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds including Kampala's refugee population. They're part of Ripe for Harvest World Outreach.
Chris & Christen Colquitt
Chris is the campus minister for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at Northwestern University. RUF is the denominational college ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America and serves students from a wide variety of backgrounds through weekly large group meetings, small group bible studies and one-on-one discipleship. Chris is a graduate of Princeton University, the University of Virginia School of Law, and Westminster Seminary California. Before entering ministry, Chris was a corporate attorney in Texas. He is married to Christen, and they have three young children, Margaret, Henry and Beth.
Imbumi and Martha Makuku
Imbumi and Martha Makuku are native Kenyans who came to know Christ as their Savior and Lord in their early teens. They met while working with World Vision in the slums of Nairobi, were married July 31, 1994 and have two boys, Elmer and Isaac, as well as legal custody of several other children. At the urging of friends and mentors, Imbumi came to the United States under a full scholarship to attend Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida and received his Master of Divinity Degree in 1999. He returned to Kenya and worked for Sudan Interior Mission in the slums training pastors, but he always felt his calling was to preach to the lost. In 2002, he began the Kibera Reformed Presbyterian Church (KRPC) in the poorest section of the Kibera slum, Silanga Village. Since then, the Makuku’s ministry, under the Mamlaka Foundation, has expanded to include a school, feeding program, and health education outreach at the church, as well as the purchase of land outside the slum that includes a guest house, the Shunem Family Home, a ‘farmhouse,’ vegetable gardens, livestock, gristmill, and most recently, the Hope Community Church.
Sekolah Lentera Harapan (SLH)
Sekolah Lentera Harapan (SLH) is a group of Reformed Christian schools throughout Indonesia designed to provide a high-quality education for less fortunate people by applying an integrated and balanced transformational education through knowledge, faith and character. Implementing various educational approaches with qualified education and support whilst reliving the vision of our founders, we strive to help and serve children who dream to be in school. With this, we hope we could nurture the seed of the future leaders in these children who are entrusted to us, by God. Currently, there are 17 SLH schools with 9,707 students established in Lampung to Papua, with 815 Kindergarten students, 4,319 Primary students, 2,682 Junior High students and 1,891 Senior High students.
Neopolis Global Church Planting Network
Neopolis Global Church Planting Network is committed to planting Reformed, gospel-centered, expositionally-driven, multi-ethnic local churches in key cities around the world. You can find more information on the website: https://neopolisnetwork.org. Pastor Jon serves as a founding board member of Neopolis, whose founder is Pastor Jon Dennis (senior pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago).