Our missionaries are normal people from all walks of life who have dedicated their lives to serving and following Jesus wherever He calls them. Want to meet them? Check out our Missionary Directory.
Our passion is to reach the youth of Long Island, NYC, and Northern NJ with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Children's and Youth ministry partnerships with local churches. We equip local church leaders with the curriculum,tools, and training necessary to effectively reach the their communities.
If there is one word that characterizes our ministry it is, influence. Keep reading and you'll see why!
What makes this ministry exciting is that every day is different. One day I may be sharing the Gospel at an evangelistic event, while other days I am training leaders in ministry effectiveness. I also may be meeting with leaders and pastors over a meal or coffee, offering encouragement and counsel. Other days, I am preparing to preach or writing curriculum, since one of my responsibilities is to help write the Student Ministry curriculum, which is taught internationally. I typically spend 15-20 days per month on the road traveling in our area, ministering to the local churches in our area of ministry.
I first heard the Gospel when I was 7 years old through two ladies in Paterson, NJ, who invited neighborhood children into their home once a week to share Bible stories. I didn't fully understand the Gospel until the age of 15, at a local church. In 1982, Kate and I began attending a church where the pastor was intentional about discipleship and I really began to grow spiritually. I became frustrated at the lack of growth I had missed due to a lack of discipleship and vowed to the Lord that if I ever had the opportunity to disciple others I would do so. At a Missions Conference at Word of Life I was burdened to reach young people with the Gospel and see them grounded and growing in their faith. The Word of Life Local Church Ministry allows me to have an impact in the lives of many young people through evangelism, discipleship and leadership training.
At the age of 16 I receive Christ as my Savior through the ministry of a public school Christian Club. At this same club I met Dave. We were married in 1981 and served in our local church for seven years. By 1989, we had four children and an increasing burden to serve the Lord full-time. After committing our lives to serve the Lord full-time, Dave attended Word of Life Bible Institute. During that first year, we realized we could fulfill our desire to see young people saved and discipled through the ministry of WOL Local Church Ministries.
Dave and I have five great children: (Josh (married to Hannah Faye), Chelsea, Jill (married to Jeremy), Abbianne, and Shauna). We also have two grandchidlren, Eden and Bransen!
Psalm 71:18 "O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come."