At Grace Baptist Church, we value reaching out to spiritually searching people. We embrace opportunities that promote and provide emotional, spiritual, and physical health to people around the world. We all strive to be missional in our approach to life whether it is here in Calgary, or in locations all throughout the world.
GBC has sent short term missions teams to Brazil, California, Romania, Honduras, Mexico, Ethiopia, Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Philippines. We also support individuals partnering with other short term missions agencies around the world.
We support missions partners in many different roles in many different countries, including Mexico, Cameroon, Asia, Germany, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Brazil, Philippines, and right here in Canada. Our missions partners are involved in church planting, theological education, Bible translation, discipleship, hostel parenting, nursing, ministry training, the Jesus Film project, administration/finances, and more.
The mission of the North American Baptist Conference is to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ at home and internationally. This can best be accomplished as we combine the strength of all member churches. The International Office seeks to support this mission by helping churches and mission fields develop leaders who are able to multiply ministries in their respective settings.
Vern & Gloria Wagner
Nick & Iris
Nick and Iris serve in a very restrictive area in Asia. Despite that, God is at work and people are coming to Him. They have a vision for a training centre to equip national evangelists. The land has already been aquired and plans are in the works. They are praying for new people to be called and come to work alongside them.
Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada is a unique ministry. Since 1968, Wycliffe Canada has served minority language groups worldwide by fostering an understanding of God’s Word through Bible translation, while nurturing literacy, education and stronger communities. Our team and our partners strive to create access to education for language groups around the world. We want marginalized groups, the poor and the overlooked to have a chance to know God’s incredible love and escape poverty. Wycliffe Canada is changing lives by translating God’s Word into the heart language of the people and communities we serve.
Jerry & Cindy Walker
The Walkers were active at Grace Baptist while they were working in the Wycliffe office in Calgary where Jerry served as a printer from 1990 to 1994. After working in Cameroon for two years, they went to Papua New Guinea in 1997.
The Walkers have three adult children: Nathan (1989) married to Melinda , Ryan (1991) and Leslie (1993).
Jerry supervises the media department where they record Scripture, videos (i.e. Jesus Film), songs and other projects in the local languages of PNG. He enjoys going to remote villages to do these recordings. Jerry is also the chairman of the Executive Committee for the PNG Branch.
Cindy is the Scripture Use Coordinator and helps to promote and facilitate Scripture Use strategies and activities throughout PNG. A highlight for Cindy is getting to go around the country doing training workshops (Culture Meets Scripture, Sunday School Training, Using Your Bible, Trauma Healing, Bible Overview, etc) in regions and/or villages.
Dan & Evangeline Birtles
The Lord led the Birtles to Mexico to do translation in 2001. At first they lived in the remote village of Copalita, learning the language and creating an alphabet. Now they live in Mitla, an SIL Centre, and Dan travels into the language area on occasion.
They are back after being on home assignment, having taken courses on Literacy and Translation. Their son Michael (born in 1994) has been working on a family orchard, and daughter Antonia (born in 1995) has been attending school.
There is still much work to be done in translation work as well as just ministering to the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of the people.
Günther & Debbie Eichmann
Günther joined Wycliffe full-time in 1994, where he works as a senior accountant/financial services officer in the finance department. He now works part-time due to low financial support.
Debbie and Gunther have been married since 1996 and have Katya (1990) and four foster children with whom they endeavour to model Christ to.
Dennis & Janet Seever
Dennis and Janet Seever joined Wycliffe USA in 1975, so marked 40 years in Wycliffe in August, 2015. They have served in Papua New Guinea; the Philippines; Darwin, Australia; and Dallas, Texas. In 1993, the opportunity arose to work in the Wycliffe Canada office, so they and their two school-age children came to Calgary, which has become home for them over the years. Dennis served in the maintenance department and later in the finance office, while Janet first worked as a writer in the communications department.
In 2004, Dennis suffered a very large stroke, which left him unable to speak, read or write and with no use of his right hand. He has never regained any of these abilities. He has difficulty walking and walks slowly with a cane. Since 2009, he has been living in a personal care home and comes home on weekends to be with his family. His greatest joy is riding his mobility scooter around the neighbourhood to collect cans and bottles for recycling, watching football on TV and interacting with his grandson, Andrew.
Janet took over as editor on Prayer Alive in 2006. She writes: “It’s been a joy to interact with Wycliffe personnel and share their stories and prayer requests with prayer teams and individual intercessors.
The Seevers have two adult children, Tim and Rachel. Tim and his wife Renylor, originally from the Philippines, have a son born in 2007.
Dynamic Churches International is a faith ministry with a vision to have sufficient trainers equipped and helping Pastors and Christian Leaders develop enough dynamic disciple-making churches to reach each community in every country of the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Action International Ministries
Action Internation Ministries main focus is for the cause of global children's ministry. Sheryl is the Global Children's Ministry Training Director, working on advocacy and training, particularly through the 1for50 movement serving on the 1for50 Global Leadership Team.
Sheryl is also studying, taking doctoral courses to complete her Masters in Holistic Child Development.
In 2014-2015 Brady attended YWAM Perth as a student and at the end of the year felt God calling him to go back as a staff member for the 4 Wheel Drive Discipleship Training School for a 2 year period.
The DTS is split up into 2 phases; a lecture phase and a training phase. The first 3 months are spent in Perth, each week a different speaker teaching on a different subject. The next 3 months the students use the skills and lessons learnt in the first phase in another country, helping others, and building homes or other projects for the less fortunate. Brady’s role with the students is to help them process what they are learning on DTS and apply it to their lives in new and exciting ways. The rest of the time he will be working on and repairing the vehicles at the YWAM base in Perth.
Urban Fire is a ministry that supports Indigenous young adults who are transitioning to Calgary for work or school. It offers discipleship through community housing, workplace partnerships, educational support and mentorships. The first community home is set to launch in the next several months. The plan is to rent a 5 bedroom house where 3 Indigenous young men will join Stefan and his teammate, Jesse, to live daily life together.
May God be glorified as this plan all comes together.
Godwin & Rebecca Subramaniyam
Youth with a Mission is an international volunteer movement of Christians from many backgrounds, cultures and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced "WHY-wham"), our purpose is simply to know God and to make Him known.
Godwin and Rebecca work with Shanti Ministry kids clubs, desiring to introduce children and minorities to Jesus through this Saturday and VBS program.
Kyle and Jenna Straughan
Across Borders for World Evangelism
ABWE Canada is a missions agency that helps missionaries start relevant, effective, creative and adaptable ministries around the world.
Jenna and Kyle will be specifically working in Santiago, Chile, at Santiago Christian Academy where missionary children attend. Kyle will be doing maintenance work at the school and Jenna will be doing administrative work as well as assisting in the classrooms. They will be begin Spanish school in late summer before moving to Chile.
Please Pray For:
- The students and staff at the school in Chile. Pray for transitions that are going on there as well as that smooth transitions will be made when Jenna and Kyle arrive.
- Pray also for Jenna and Kyle as they take Spanish classes in Costa Rica. They will be fully immersed in the culture as they live with a family there. Pray that the language learning will go well and that they will pick it up quickly.
- Pray that they will receive the full financial support they need to fulfill this calling from God.
Janz Team is known internationally as TeachBeyond and operates world-wide in over 30 countries.
Erna serves in Kandern, Germany, as a librarian at Black Forest Academy, a boarding school for English-speaking missionary children and other students whose parents are working in other countries. She is working in the high school library and helps out in the elementary library as well. Erna finds that Europe needs the Gospel more than ever and is able to be a positive witness to her German neighbors.
David & Marlene Nelson
Canadian Network of Ministries to Muslims is a network of Canadian Christians and churches who want to pray for, love, and reach out to our Muslim neighbours here in Canada so that they would have the opportunity to enter into relationship with and become disciples of Jesus Christ.
The Nelsons attend Grace Baptist Church and have 3 married children and 5 grandchildren.
Marlene visits Muslim ladies and their children in their homes, goes on outings with them, helps with paperwork, shares recipes and cooking instructions, attends school parent/teacher interviews, and comes alongside to help, encourage and be a friend to them. Dave is unable to be involved full time, but he is involved as his health allows him in relationships, support, encouragement, and in prayer.
Missions Lead Team
The purpose of the Missions Lead Team is to encourage, equip and empower people to engage in missions and with our missions partners. We provide:
- prayer support for our missions partners
- guidance, resources and training for people interested in missions
- financial assistance for our missions partners
- encouragement of current and future missions partners
- information to our church from our missions partners and vice versa
- For more information about Missions at Grace Baptist Church, please contact Pastor Harry Kelm.