Westminster Presbyterian Church has a significant local and international missions program. It spans a variety of different ministries to the poor, college students, refugees, church planting and church partnerships. Through this work, we seek to both provide financial and professional assistance to partner organizations, but also service opportunities for our membership.This page provides a snapshot of current missions efforts. Contact the church office for more information about WPC’s missions work.
Jud grew up in northern New York and attended Houghton College where he met Jan. Between his junior and senior years of college, he spent two years in Asia. Jan grew up in New Jersey. After two years at Houghton, she attended Thomas Jefferson University, graduating with a BSN. Jud graduated the same year from Houghton with a degree in writing. After marriage, Jud attended SUNY Binghamton (multidisciplinary Middle Eastern studies) and received an MA in political science from Temple University. Jud and Jan have three grown children: Matthew, Erin and Evan. After a number of years in secular work, Jud and Jan returned to m-- service in a variety of roles in several locations. They lived in the ME while Jud was the Enterprise regional director for Southwest / Central Asia, but moved to Europe when he became the Enterprise area director for strategy. They continue to live in Europe as Jud transitions to a new role of creating an international office in order to better connect with international partners and create new models for mission deployment. Jan serves as a leader for the Enterprise women’s ministry.
Diane and Rob have been working in Central Asia among an unreached tribal group of 50 million since 1989. Diane works as a doctor ministering to women and children in clinics, refugee camps and more recently in a hospital. Rob has been teaching in a local college and leads a team of translators working on the Old Testament. Their passion is to share the love of Jesus in their setting and shepherd the emerging church as it grows.
Syd and Nola Johnsen serve in Sentani, Papua, Indonesia. They work in partnership with JAARS to provide Aviation and Radio services to Indonesian and Expatriate teams that are involved in the task of Bible Translation. They have served with JAARS since 1981 and in Indonesia since 1990. Syd is involved in training pilots and maintaining safety standards. Nola also serves in a variety of administrative roles with YAJASI. As the more senior ones in YAJASI, they have found themselves more and more involved in the role of encouragement, mentoring and training of both Indonesian and expatriate staff.
Roy and Carole have lived in the Middle East for over 30 years and serve as trainers for other workers in the area. Roy teaches how to use stories and parables (common ways of communicating in Arab culture) to share truth. Carole teaches strategies for learning language in order to develop relationships in their community. They are also involved in evangelism to neighbors and friends and have a passion for disciple-making. Their goal in discipleship is for both knowledge and obedience.
Based in Europe, Franklin and Beth are building on their video production ministry experience in the Middle East by providing a variety of media production resources to colleagues and partner ministries both locally and globally. Their new location also includes an exciting opportunity to be actively involved in the life and ministries of a church plant in a very culturally diverse part of their city.
David and Kathy North have served as church planters in the least evangelized cities of the Philippines since 1986. They work with teams of Americans and Filipinos to plant churches by sharing the gospel through friendships, neighborhood Bible studies, business studies, film showings, DVBS, sports, and other means. The goal is always to lead them to accept Christ, disciple them into mature followers of Christ and equip them to keep on spreading the gospel to their community. The Norths recently completed a church plant in the city of Mandaue and are beginning the work of starting new churches in the the towns to the north of that city.
Donna serves among a traditionally nomadic people group in East Africa. These people are hospitable but have more recently been known for being ravaged by drought and war. Her team builds relationships through teaching English and sharing the Word with those who are open to the gospel, while looking for opportunities to support the few believers. Donna lives in a multi-cultural neighborhood where her young adult students are open to discussing new ideas. The team goals are to see church-planting movements among this people group both in Africa and in the Western world where many have moved.
Alex and Maggie have seen God’s sovereign hand guiding them towards a life of fulltime missionary service. Through short-term mission trips, parents who loved the gospel, and churches that preached the importance of missions from the pulpit, God has grown their desire for overseas missions. Alex and Maggie Halbert are currently serving with United World Mission in Stellenbosch, South Africa. They are part of the East Mountain team - a Christian learning community dedicated to developing and multiplying spiritually mature, biblically knowledgeable, and practically competent Christian servants. Alex & Maggie work mainly with the internship program, focusing on the interns’ physical needs so that they might better be able to focus on their spiritual growth.
Matt works in a cross-cultural situation in an international church in Europe. His title is “church worker” and under that vague rubric fall a range of weekly tasks: from logistical and secretarial type work to diaconal and some pastoral work. In his spare time, he is attempting to complete a theological degree. He had the great blessing of being raised in a Christian home and became a member of Westminster while a teenager. Pray for his ability to learn language and lay a foundation for long-term service in the congregation he is in. Those who desire to learn more about Matt’s work may contact him through Chet Lilly.
After twenty years of pastoral ministry in the PCA, Tim and Andrea Kay joined the African Bible College staff team in 2015. Tim serves ABC in a dual capacity: teaching at the Uganda campus a semester each year and working stateside the remainder of the year, building and maintaining relationships with church partners for ABC.
After graduating from Belhaven College in 1989, Tim served the staff of Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He then attended RTS Jackson, MS. Tim served as Assistant Pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for 5 years prior to his position as Associate Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Atlanta which he held for 14 years.
The Kays first visited Uganda in 2012 through a ministry to imprisoned children called 60 Feet. They returned to Uganda in 2013 and Tim taught for a semester at ABU. Tim and Andrea are thrilled to be on the ABC staff working in the US and having the opportunity to serve in Uganda each year.
World Thrust International, founded by Bill & Joy Boerop, conducts seminars for pastors and church leaders, enabling them to implement the principles for beginning and/or strengthening their local church’s world missions outreach. Young churches overseas who want to participate in what God is doing around the world are inviting WTI to train and equip them. Scores of churches have become sending bases, resulting in more individuals who have never heard the gospel coming to Christ and churches being planted where before there were none.
David and Lynn Frank serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators as linguists and translators. Their initial assignment was in St. Lucia, where they worked 16 years to translate the Bible into their French Creole language. Since then, they have also served in an active role in completing the Gullah New Testament translation, which has been widely used in the coastal area of Georgia and South Carolina. Currently, the Franks are serving as consultants to a number of translation projects, specializing in Creole languages. They are also involved in conferences and publications, and David is editor of the Journal of Translation. Click here to visit their ministry web site.
Paul and Maggie Frank work in leadership capacities with Wycliffe in Washington, DC. Wycliffe’s mission is to participate in every people group receiving the Word of God in the language of their heart. They aim to show love and value for minority language groups by affirming them in the use of their own unique language and helping them develop it so that it meets their needs in a changing world.
Jonathan and Beka have a passion to see the Name of Jesus exalted among all peoples to the ends of the earth, and have a particular burden for Muslim people groups. We labored in church planting in a closed Muslim country for 6 years before returning in 2010 to minister to refugees in Clarkston, GA. God has uniquely equipped them to work with Muslims in the United States by granting us the gift of fluency in the Arabic language and an extensive knowledge of Arab culture and people. There are tens of thousands of Muslims in and around Clarkston, and Georgia is now home to 81 Mosques (the majority of which are located in and around Atlanta). We believe that God has brought them here so that they may hear the Words of Life which they might never have heard in their home countries. God has already brought many into His Kingdom and we know that He is not finished yet!
Chuck and Debbie Emerson live in Atlanta, GA. They are second career missionaries, having been in business for 25 years before serving with ELI (Equipping Leaders International.) Through this ministry Chuck focuses on teaching the Bible and training native Pastors, primarily in India. The Emersons also actively serve with RUF-I at Ga. Tech. This ministry provides a setting that allows scholars and leaders from other nations an opportunity to explore the truth of the Gospel! Chuck and Debbie’s work involves them in the strategic task of making disciples of current and future leaders of the world through two complementary ministries.
Stephen and Lesley Maginas are from the Atlanta area and have been married for 10 years. They have two children, Gregory and Sophia. Stephen graduated from Colorado Christian University with a B.S. in 2002 and from Reformed Theological Seminary with an M.Div. in 2010. Lesley graduated from nursing school from Georgia College and State University in 2004 and has been serving as an RN since then. Stephen has been with RUF since 2011 and started at Emory University in the spring of 2013.
Laura is from the land of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Forest, VA but also has Texas roots. She graduated from The University of Virginia in 2014 with a double major in Middle Eastern Studies and Religious Studies. She grew up a PCA pastor’s kid and has a deep love for the church. Laura has been working at RUF Emory since 2014, first as an intern and then as Campus Staff starting in 2016. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Biblical Studies from RTS Atlanta because the passion of her ministry is for college women to love and to treasure God’s Word. Laura loves cooking Moroccan food, reading a good book, and trees.
Michael Phillips is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary in Saint Louis, MO. He grew up in Texas and attended Belhaven University where he studied Business Administration. It was at Belhaven that he first became involved in RUF and was able to work with his fellow students as a Resident Assistant in campus housing for three years. After graduating college in 2007, he went on to serve as an intern with Lagniappe Presbyterian Church on the Hurricane Katrina ravaged Gulf Coast. Michael then returned to the college context, interning with RUF at the University of Tennessee from 2008-2010. Given a free Saturday morning, you would likely find Michael running, reading, cooking, gardening, enjoying sports, and spending time with people.
Nathan Dicks, a former Cru staff worker at the University of Sarajevo, returns to campus ministry to launch Boston University’s first RUF. Nathan grew up in the PCA near Atlanta, GA, but remained on the fringes of RUF until his last year at Clemson University. When Nathan graduated in 2007, vocational ministry was not on his horizon. For two years, he worked in his field of study as an architect, and in that time, contemplated a move toward ministry. Then, while serving overseas, Nathan recognized his need for theological training. In 2011, he made the move to the Boston area to attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Nathan is married to Sarah, whom he met through Boston’s Christ the King PCA his first week in town.
Tracey is originally from Savannah, Georgia. He did his undergraduate studies at Georgia Southern University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. At Georgia Southern, he met his wife, Suzanne, in Reformed University Fellowship. They got married in 2011. After spending a year and a half in Augusta, GA, they moved to Charlotte, NC in 2012 where Tracey attended Reformed Theological Seminary and Suzanne worked with Novant Health as a nurse.
Greg and Sue Stowers served with Greater Europe Mission (GEM) doing both evangelism and church planting in the northern suburbs of Paris France for the past 40 years. They personally started three churches that are now totally independent with French pastors. The Stowers discipled three men who are now starting churches throughout France. Please pray for them as they have retired from the field but continue ministry to their two children and 8 grandchildren and get involved in the local church!
Vernon and Newton Frank have been members of Wycliffe Bible Translators since 1970, when they committed themselves to missions in Westminster’s Missions Conference. They served in Latin America until they retired from the field and are currently living in Ft. Mill S.C where they continue with duties at JAARS in Waxhaw as retired volunteers.
Atlanta Care Center serves as an evangelical outreach to women in Atlanta who are experiencing an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy. In a confidential, non-judgmental environment, prospective mothers receive help with their personal, practical and spiritual needs. The ministry provides counseling, pregnancy testing and ultrasounds that promote life-affirming decisions for mother and child. The ministry serves more than 100 zip codes and is the number one center in the country for receipt of hot-line calls from the nationally advertised number. Approximately 85% of abortion-vulnerable clients change their minds and choose life for their unborn after visiting the ministry.
Click here to visit the Atlanta Care Center website.
Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc. is a community based, indigenously-led Christian organization which exists to reach Atlanta’s inner city youth and families for Christ. The ministry seeks to accomplish its mission by providing opportunities for personal, spiritual, family, and community improvement. Summerhill Community Ministries encourages, empowers, and equips youth and families to reach their full potential in Christ in order to impact others.
Click here to visit the Summerhill Community Ministries website.