Grace is part of Christ’s global church and embraces the mission to carry the good news of Jesus into our local community and beyond. In some of Jesus’ final words to His disciples, he said, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth.” This was a challenging statement because Jesus was calling his followers to go – not just to those they knew and felt comfortable with – but to people and places that they otherwise might not have considered. Because without Jesus, there is no hope.
Reaching Out to Our Community
We love St. Charles County, and we are committed to showing the love of Jesus Christ through our words and actions in this community. You will find members of the Grace family engaged in presenting the gospel to our local community in any number of ways: from serving those in the final stage of life as hospice volunteers to assisting at local community centers for underprivileged children, from working at local food pantries to helping local disabled and low-income homeowners fix-up their homes so they can avoid homelessness. As part of our commitment to our community, we are also supportive of church planting. We invite you to come and join us in serving our Savior as we serve our community.
Reaching Beyond Our Community
We support our denomination's college ministry, known as Reformed University Fellowship (RUF). RUF seeks to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, moving students to consider the inextricable connection between belief and behavior, both during the college years and life after college. Though affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America, RUF welcomes students of any religious background (and no background at all). All students are welcome, whether convinced or unconvinced of the claims of Christianity.
In particular, we support the efforts of RUF at the University of Missouri - Columbia where Nick McDonald is the Campus Minister. He and his wife, Brenna, are in their second year with the ministry. For more information, please visit the Mizzou RUF website.
Patrick and Jeannie Weston
Patrick was on staff at Grace when God called he and his wife to plant True Community Fellowship in Kirksville, MO. We support and believe in the ministry of church planting and pray that God would grow True Community and help to reach that city.
Missionaries Around the World
One of the amazing things about Jesus Christ and His gospel is that He unites people from every “tribe, tongue, and nation” as they put their hope and trust in Him. As followers of Christ, we are not called simply to care for those who are just like us, but instead are supposed to carry the hope of the gospel into every part of the world, celebrating the way that Christ is at work in cultures different from our own and seeking to be a part of that work. Grace has the privilege of partnering through our finances and our prayer with people who are sharing and living out the gospel of Christ all over the world.
Michael, a former Pastor here at Grace, was born and raised in Iowa, attended the University of Iowa, and Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. Before seminary, he spent 15 years in industrial sales. He has pastored in Saint Louis and planted churches in Iowa City and the Chicago suburbs. Michael has also served as the Chicago City Director for Made To Flourish helping pastors integrate work and vocation into their disciple-making process. Michael ministers on Capitol Hill and oversees logistics and day-to-day operations of the D.C. ministry staff for Ministry to the State, a denominational ministry organization for the Presbyterian Church in America that serves our federal and state governments. He and Tess have been married since 1990 and have four amazing children and a son-in-law.
Matt and Sarah Haynes
Matt and Sarah Haynes currently minister in Cape Town, South Africa, in conjunction with Mission to the World (MTW). After apartheid was over in 1994, the country was depleted of resources and well-educated Reformed teachers. MTW has partnered with Bible Institute of South Africa to provide lecturers, a principal, and resources such as good Reformed books. Another area of ministry in Cape Town is the Student Y. This is equivalent to the YMCA and is very strong on the university campuses. University of Cape Town, an international campus with 23,000 students from 101 nations, is the main focus. The regional office for all the MTW ministries in Southern Africa is located in Cape Town. For more information, please visit their website. Here is a copy of their most recent newsletter.
Jason and Liz Polk
God has called Jason and Liz to work with the AIDS Care and Treatment (ACT) project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ACT project cares for the profound physical, spiritual, and social needs of HIV-positive urban poor, while laying groundwork for a church-planting movement. Nearly 550 families receive food, shelter, medical care, counseling, assistance with school fees, orphan care, and Bible study and discipleship opportunities. Prior to being called to serve the ACT project, Jason served as Assistant Pastor of Worship and Discipleship here at Grace. For more information, please visit their website.
Nelly serves with MTW in Marseille, France. The MTW team started work in Marseille in the early 1980s. Initial stages of the work included revitalizing two older churches. During the 1990s the team planted a new church on the Northeast side of Marseille in the suburb of Plan de Cuques. Since then, one additional church was begun in 1996 on the south side of the city in the community called "the King of Spain." This second work was organized in 2006 and is moving toward maturity. Typically it takes 15 to 20 years for a new church plant to reach maturity in France. This is rocky soil for the gospel; but our God can do the impossible, such as transform our hearts of stone to hearts of flesh (Ezekiel 11). For more information, please visit her website.
Jamie & Jennifer Burkemper
The Burkempers have served with MTW since 2005, ﬁrst in Acapulco, Mexico, working with street children and the Casa Hogar orphanage. They moved to El Paso, Texas, in 2010 where they serve the local Presbyterian churches in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Jamie is currently serving as ministry coordinator, working alongside Promesa de Vida Presbyterian Church to establish a new church-planting network in Juarez. Jamie helps to disciple and mentor church leaders in community outreach and mercy ministry. Jennifer works with him in discipleship and mentoring, speciﬁcally with women’s and children’s ministry.
For more information regarding their work, click here.
John and Sandy
John and Sandy serve with MTW in the Middle East. We apologize, but for their safety no more information can be shared on this page.