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Though he has lived in many places, Wes claims GA and the Carolinas as his most formative home states while growing up, which helps explain his love for the Braves (woo hoo ATL) and Panthers (sorry ATL). Wes graduated from Davidson College in 2010 and from Reformed Theological Seminary Charlotte in 2013, at which time he came to Kennesaw to serve RUF at KSU. Wes met and started dating his future wife at a 7th grade birthday party. Fortunately he had plenty of time to grow some more before getting married in May of 2009. They have two children, Walker (September 2012) and Pack April (2014).
Prior to coming to Kennesaw Wes served as an intern at Overbrook Presbyterian Church in Gaffney, SC and as an interim campus minister for RUF at Davidson College. Wes was blessed as an undergraduate by the ministry of RUF and hopes to see students likewise blessed through the ministry of RUF at KSU. Wes loves/will play just about any sport though being great at none (except maybe ping pong). Kelly is a nurse and first class mommy and loves to host students at their home to eat cookies and play with their boys.
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"To bring glory to God by sharing the beauty of Christ with a broken world." Our Mission
"We envision being a community of Christ followers, empowered by the Holy Spirit, who seek to point others to Christ as we share the truths of the scriptures and nurture deep relationships with one another, our neighbors and the nations. In living this way, we believe that God will make His invisible Kingdom more visible, and that He will further redeem and restore all that is broken."
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Eric and Rebecca were married in 1993 and have been working in youth ministry since 1990 – Eric as a youth pastor and Rebecca opening their home, discipling girls, and mentoring women in ministry.
An ordained pastor, Eric has degrees from Covenant College, Covenant Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary where he earned his doctorate in youth, family and culture. He serves as adjunct professor or youth and family ministry for Covenant Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. The Larsens desire to ministers equipped to lead the global Church in reaching the emerging generation.
Eric directs Next and the Next Institute. This includes recruiting, training, sending, and sustaining youth ministers around the world. Their goal is to develop youth ministry movements but equipping missionaries, national leaders, and indigenous churches to reach the next generation. Along with reaching global youth, the Larsens invest in mission kids by providing resources, training and care for these Third Culture Kids (TCK) and their parents. Because Eric is a TCK himself and because both he and Rebecca grew up as children of ministry leaders, they understand the unique challenges these families face.
Please pray for the Larsens and their vision of “Reaching the Nations and the Next Generation.” The Larsens have 4 daughters. Abigail (2/2/98), Meghan (2/11/00), Natalie (6/11/02) and Emma (8/31/04).
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Tim, who was raised in a military family and lived both in the United States and overseas as a child. His career background is in creative media and design. Rhianna is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and has worked in both the social work and education fields. Not long after an opportunity to participate in short-term work in 2001 with Mission to the World (MTW) in Thailand they felt called by God to long-term ministry there. They moved to Thailand in 2006 to begin work in urban church planting.
Thailand is a beautiful country with 800 years of independent history. It is the most thoroughly Buddhist nation in the world, with this religion intrinsically tied to cultural identity for Thai people. Bangkok, its capital city, teems with 14 million people and is a melding of ancient tradition and modern technology. The beauty of the city and its people stands in contrast to the corruption, sexual exploitation, poverty, and other social ills to be found there, pointing to the fallen nature of man and the need for redemption through Jesus Christ.
The MTW team in Bangkok seeks the transformation of that great city, with the goal of working with indigenous Thai leaders to plant city churches that will impact their country for Christ. The Mills seek to work out this calling in many arenas, with a particular desire to use Tim’s gifting as an artist to engage those in the creative realm and share with them the truths of the gospel. Please pray for the Mills family as God uses them to accomplish His work in Bangkok.
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The Robertsons have been serving in church planting with Mission to the World in Guadalajara, Mexico since 2007. After working alongside existing congregations for their first few years in Mexico, the Robertsons led in the planting of a new congregation, La Iglesia Cristo Rey Eterno (Christ the Eternal King Church) in May of 2010. Steve is serving as the pastor and church planter, as team leader for MTW's activities in Guadalajara and Acapulco and as the Minister of Education in the Presbiterio del Bajio. He also is an assistant little league baseball coach. Amy serves in women's and girls' discipleship and with the church worship team. Their children (Joseph, Mary Beth and Johnny) are also highly involved in the life of the church as well as other activities: studying, playing baseball and basketball and learning guitar.
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Originally from Canton, Ga, Jody is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Reformed Theological Seminary. In 2007, Jody was called and ordained for full-time ministry as the Associate Pastor of Grace Church (PCA) in Canton, where he has served for the past six years. In 2010, God began leading Jody toward church planting, and he has recently completed a one year church planting apprenticeship with Christ Community Church (PCA) in Acworth, GA. Through this learning experience, God has confirmed the call to plant a new church in Cartersville, in Bartow County. Jody and his wife Julie have been married for three years, and they have a one year old daughter named Gracelyn.