Global Ministry Team - GMT began in the heart of Irvin and Linda Rutherford who saw the need for others to answer the call of the Great Commission. The main vision that motivated Irvin and Linda was that a new generation should be empowered and the baton of missionary service passed on. This is being done with Global EvangelismTraining (GET), the equipping arm of GMT based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Led by a younger generation of workers, GMT is poised to be part of the final global harvest of souls using enlisting, empowering and educating to place the next generation of Kingdom workers for Christ's glory in the nations.
Stuart & Wendy Brown
Stuart works with the Sustainable Development department at CompassionLink. He is part of a team of dedicated consultants who partner with missionaries, community leaders, and ministers to create and restore healthy communities around the globe. Stuart is involved with numerous projects such as aquaponics, water filtration, hydroponics, improved agriculture, square-meter gardening, solar cooking systems, and much more.
Wendy recently completed her temporary assignment as Missionary in Residence at Evangel University. Now she serves as the new Regional Missionary Trainer at International Ministries. Wendy teaches and promotes AGWM competencies to our new missionaries and missionary associates.
Bernie & Brenda Smith
Togo, West Africa - The Smith's have served at the West African Advanced School of Theology since 1994. They primarily serve as instructors there. In addition to teaching at WAAST, they also travel to WAAST extension centers throughout West & Central Africa, teaching at different churches.
Nathan & Lisa Turney
Nathan and Lisa Turney have been working in Asia Pacific as missionaries with the Assemblies of God World Missions for 24 years. In January 2020, they were officially assigned as the first AGWM missionaries appointed to New Zealand. The Turney's prior missionary work was directing Asia's Little Ones, the AGWM Asia Pacific child-compassion ministry, and serving as missionaries in Thailand. Nathan and Lisa have six children: Klaire, Elijah, Zachary, and Lily, who still live at home, and their adult children, Grace (who is married to Jeff) and Pierce.
Tanya Jo Shipley-Knapp
Indonesia - Tanya Jo's primary focus of ministry is in the area of Children's Ministry. She trains national church workers and assists in developing Sunday Schools for pioneer churches, as well as existing churches. She also teaches ESL as a means of reaching the majority religion in Indonesia.
Kevin & Sandy Barner
In February 2020 AGWM Leadership in the Asia Pacific Region invited them to consider a new assignment.
They have graciously accepted this invitation and will be transitioning to Bangkok, Thailand, in March/April 2021 where they will serve as Area Pastors of Peninsular Asia providing Pastoral Care and Spiritual Leadership to the more than 200 Missionaries living and working in the five countries of PenAsia. [Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam].
Additionally, Asia Pacific Regional Director, Jeff Hartensveld has asked the Barners to be available to serve as Interim International Church Pastors throughout the 40 countries of the Asia Pacific Region as needed, to provide stability and continuity to any of our International Churches for Missionary Pastors who may need to be away from their congregations for an extended period of time.
Jason & Andrea Morrison
The Morrison’s served as missionaries in Czechia for 20 years, where they worked in the areas of youth ministry, children’s ministry, leadership development, evangelism and church revitalization. They left behind numerous printed resources for pastors, curriculum for children and helped to develop training for new ministers.. Their influence has helped several churches launch new campuses and send out Czech missionaries to unreached people groups abroad.
Central & South America
The Mission of ChildHope is the transformation of children by means of a relationship with Jesus Christ through a quality education and other ministries of compassion.
ChildHope has been helping children since 1963. ChildHope represents the largest network of Evangelical Christian Schools in Latin America with 300 schools in 21 countries affecting the lives of more than 100,000 children each day. More than a million children have attended ChildHope schools. For many children the meal they receive in the school is the only meal they eat each day. The children most often live with parents or extended family.
Rich & Wanda Ferguson
Peru - Rich & Wanda minister to the 15 million youth and children in Peru. They currently serve as the National Directors for King's Castle Assembly of God, a ministry dedicated to reaching every child in Peru with the Gospel. There are currently 170 King's Castle teams working throughout the country, sharing the love of Christ on a weekly basis through street evangelism.
Damien & Mirla Zinicola
Cuba - The Zinicola's were appointed AGWM missionaries in 1996. They spent their first 13 years in Guatamala, where they focused on evangelism and church planting in remote, unreached villages. In 2009, God redirected them to work in the country of Cuba. Their burden is focused on reaching into the small communities in the interior of the country, using a 3-pronged approach: 1) Assisting local workers in church planting by holding evangelistic services, providing discipleship and renewal events, as well as resourcing new works. 2) Training church planters through practical pastoral seminars, as well as supporting the pastoral family through marriage and family events. 3) Touching the needy thorugh relief efforts and other available venues.
Other Missions Organizations
Speed the Light
Speed the Light is the student-initiated, volunteer, charitable program that provides much-needed equipment to missionaries across the nation and in over 180 countries around the world. It began in 1944 after Ralph Harris, then head of the National Youth Ministries department, prayed for a way to give Assemblies of God students the opportunity to help missionaries in their work.
One Child Matters
One Child Matters equips children living in poverty to reach their God-given potential by creating opportunities for transformational development: spirit, mind, and body.
Barnabas Task is is an organization that bridges transformation in local communities utilizing Christ-centered principles encouraging people to find solutions to their own problems.