First Presbyterian Church Missions

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’.” Matthew 28:18-20
“…and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8b
These words first spoken by our risen Lord to His disciples 2,000 years ago have echoed through the ages, calling those who love Jesus to then share Him with others. This ‘Go’ command begins at home with each one of us reaching out to our neighbors and beyond.
Currently, First Presbyterian Church supports missionaries serving in nine countries.  Some of these dedicated disciples have been a part of our church since their youth.  Others came to us as adults.  All of these missionaries and their families are a part of the First Presbyterian Church family.  They have heard Jesus’s call to go and make disciples in very specific ways, and to very specific places.  It is our privilege to help them honor God’s call on their lives, to provide support, through prayer and finances while they are away, and to give them a loving church home when they are here.
As a part of this effort, the First Presbyterian Church website will be posting the newsletters of missionaries we support on this page. We invite you to read about the exciting things God is doing, using the hands and feet of people we know. We also encourage you to read their prayer requests, and take time to pray for them. Feel free to send a note of encouragement to them as well! Below is a list of missionaries and groups that we currently support. Let’s partner with our missionary families as they share Jesus with others.

First Presbyterian Church Missionaries

Steve & Jennifer Baughman, Wycliffe Bible Translators
4801 West Royal Palm Road, Glendale, AZ 85302
Steve was instrumental in dubbing the Jesus Film into several languages. He now works in Scripture usage and leadership development in Europe, the U.S. and Asia for promoting the gospel around the world.   
Mark & Iris Barnes, Youth with a Mission
R. Francisco Mota Machado 565, Capao de Imbuia, 82800-230 Curitiba PR, Brazil
Stateside address: 342 Mulberry Village Lane, Ft. Mill, South Carolina 29715
Mark and Iris have spread the gospel in Brazil for more than 30 years.  Mark is energetic and is innovative in means of evangelism.  He uses theater and mime under circus tents, travels down Brazilian rivers to evangelize and plant churches.
Brendan & Erin Connally, Serving in Missions
Aptado 206, Abancay, Peru, South America
Brendan and Erin live in Abancay, Peru. They help plant churches in remote villages where people mainly speak Quechua. Because most of these people don’t read, Brendan teaches them how to share the Gospel orally with picture books. As a dentist, Erin and Brendan travel to remote villages providing much needed dental care.
Dorothy Forsberg, Serving in Missions
S.I.M., B.P. 15, Parakou, Republic of Benin, West Africa
For more than 30 years, Dorothy has been involved in the work of translating the Bible into the Yom language in Benin, Africa. She and her two colleagues continue with translating the Old Testament, having completed 20 books, 42% of the Old Testament.
Rob & Karen Mahon, Navigators
8412 Vina Del Sol Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122-4217
Karen works in friendship evangelism, mostly with Africans, on college campuses and in homes in the greater Denver, CO area.  She leads Bible studies, encourages students, and is part of the Nations Within mission.
Paul Lewis, Wycliffe Bible Translators
4321 Presto Circle, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Paul is the editor of the Ethnologue, the two-volume book describing every people group in the world and every detail about them and their country.  He teaches linguistic courses and conducts seminars around the world, and is writing a book. 
Edwin & Evie Martinez, OC International
3861 Lovett Street, Bellingham, WA 98226
Edwin is the Director of Pastoral Ministries and a member of OC’s International Ministries Team. He is involved in evangelistic crusades, seminars on missions and leadership development training. Evie has ministered as a conference speaker and worship leader and travels in Latin America and the U.S. giving seminars on worship. They have been with OC for 40 years.
Sue & Mike Mills, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
3410 North Eiger Mt. Rd, Flagstaff, AZ  86004
Sue has been in the student ministry of campus evangelism and leadership training with IV since 1991, working for a time with her husband, Mike. Currently in Arizona, she is Associate Area Director for an area between the south and north borders of the U.S.
Zach & Nadia Mills, Navigators
709 Vernon Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28540
Every Navigator’s passion is to help others know Christ and to make Him known. Through small-group Bible studies and life-on-life discipleship, Zach and Nadia come alongside people and teach them to be Christ’s followers as they study and apply the Word of God to chart their lives. Then they train them to pass what they have learned on to others. Through their Military ministry, they work alongside U.S. military staff and chaplains to help meet the spiritual needs of service personnel and their families. They serve those who serve our country.
Mary Peterson, Bible Club Ministries International
711 Tijuana Apt. 19, Colorado Springs, CO 80909-5102 Email:
Mary grew up at First Pres. Now in Colorado, Mary works with physically and mentally challenged adults and children. She shares the Lord and teaches Bible lessons with individuals, usually one on one, developing relationships and building friendships.
Barry & Jan Potter, Overseas Missionary Fellowship
9172 Weatherstone Ct., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 Email:
Barry serves as OMF Personnel Director, working with missionary candidates, planning strategy and helping solve people problems. He also gives training to OMF members in many countries. They are based near the OMF headquarters in Colorado, where Jan stays busy managing an OMF guest home. They are 35-year missionaries with OMF.
Jack & Nancy Snyder, TEAM 
TEAM S/C Cocoam, B. P. Box 127, N’Djamena, Chad, Africa Email:
Jack and Nancy live and work in Koutou, Chad, Africa. Jack is in charge of the print shop, printing voluminous amounts of Christian literature – hymnals, Sunday school materials, calendars and evangelistic tracts. The literature is used in many parts of Africa.



Mission News

Update from FPC Missionaries Mark and Iris Barnes

Watch two updates from FPC-supported missionaries Mark and Iris Barnes in Brazil.

Update from FPC Missionaries Brendan and Erin Connally

Hear an update from from FPC-supported missionaries Brendan and Erin Connally.

Update from FPC Missionaries Barry and Jan Potter

Learn what’s happening with FPC-supported missionaries Barry and Jan Potter.

Update from FPC Missionary Sue Mills

Learn what’s happening with FPC-supported missionary Sue Mills.

The Mill’s New Year Update

Happy New Year everyone!

We thought I (Nadia) would share with you all a little bit about what I’ve been up to this past quarter. 

In September my dear friend and big sister Cher Martin (Navigators support staff, Camp Lejeune) and myself started a lady’s study in our homes once a week for the gals who have been involved with the base chapel. We decided as a group we wanted to do something in-depth, so we committed to a study on ‘The Letter of James’ by Jen Wilkin. It was basically the equivalent of a 1-credit college course, so you can imagine the style of the study! The attitude of the study was, “Study hard now, glean later,” with a focus on comprehension of the text through context, understanding word definitions, and learning the writing style and themes. It was no doubt a demanding endeavor, with 30 homework questions and an audio sermon each week! Not everyone was able to participate at this pace over the course of the 11-week study.

That said, we nick-named Sarah, “Faithful Sarah,” by week 4 because we knew we could count on her to be there with us Thursday nights. We’ve been reminded that studying the Bible and seeking understanding will often require time that has to be created, and there are times we may need to sacrifice other things in order to love God with our minds in that way (Matt. 22:37). We loved answering the 5 W’s – Who wrote it, When, To WhomWhat style, What are the central themes – because it helped us to interpret the text in brighter light. James 3:1-12 talks about our words and it was a sobering reminder to us how powerful our words truly are. It began transforming our everyday lives by changing how Cher and I respond to conflict and how Sarah responded to an environment of gossip at her work. We (embarrassingly at times) began seeing word errors we were daily making that we were blind to. I think of Proverbs 18:21 – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits”. It has caused me to ask myself: “What am I creating by what I say? What am I not creating by the good I don’t say?”

On the home front, Hurricane Florence totaled our roof and we’ve had some leaking. Thankfully insurance has been worked out and we just had measurements taken for a shiny new metal one that should last the next 50-100 years (which in my opinion is totally worth it! I’m not sure why everyone out here has shingles if they are just going to get blown off again next year!?). From September-October, we were able to host our Marine friend, Jordan, who just returned from deployment while he awaited base housing to open up for he and his family. His wife, Veda, and two kids, Rose and Troy, ended up joining us as well the last week he was here. It was a great opportunity to “do life together” and encourage Veda (and be encouraged by Veda) in our motherhood.

November 12th we celebrated Caleb’s 3rd birthday; and in late November, we also welcomed the newest addition to our family: (then) 11-month old boxer Moana into our home- our family ‘watch dog’ and ‘designated cuddler’ while Zack is away for various ministry activities throughout the year. We really feel blessed to have found her, she is an absolute sweetheart and everything we as a family have prayed for as the first furry member of our family. 

Thank you for all your prayers and support, we love serving in this community and filled with joy to be able to partner with each of you for the sake of The Gospel!

Please join us in praying for~

  • For me (Nadia) as I’ve felt spurred on to increase my biblical literacy this year, beginning by reading through a book on good study habits.
  • Also, I (Nadia) have been asked to help again with the Base Chapel Music Ministry; for wisdom in liturgical conduction and balancing life at home. 
  • For us as we decide on a school for Gracie to attend to this upcoming school year for Kindergarten. 
  • For Zack, as he and Jon lead the ministry here at Lejeune, that they’d be attentive to God’s cultivation and abide in His Word completely.
  • Lastly, please pray also that we would be wise as stewards with everything God has given us; in particular, we have an opportunity to purchase an adjoining lot next to our own that would give us plenty of room to expand as our biological and Kingdom families grow.