Betsy and Ash Aeschliman – MTW Latin America
With a BSN-RN degree, Betsy ministered in pediatrics for 38 years before joining MTW as a medical missionary. Betsy has a heart for mercy missions that combines her nursing skills with a passion to share the love of Jesus in a hurting, lost world. Betsy assists church planters and national pastors by bringing short-term medical teams to encourage them in their callings. Betsy prepares and prayerfully guides five teams annually to help meet this number one request from our overseas colleagues. Ash is an honorably retired teaching elder. He pastored Missouri and Illinois churches, worked for Covenant Seminary, and ministered through CEP (now Christian Discipleship Ministries). After their 2015 marriage, Ash was approved as an MTW missionary. They now joyfully serve together, both overseas and at missions
conferences. Ephesians 3:20-21 is a pillar for their life together. Using a mobile-clinic model based on Matthew 9:35-37, they minister compassionate care with prayer and evangelism. Ash and Betsy are active in recruiting healthcare professionals and non-medical volunteers for teams. Betsy also trains medical mission leaders.
Andrew and Kelly Baxley – MTW Columbia
Andrew and Kelly met while attending Covenant Seminary and married in May 2015. Andrew’s love for youth and family ministry combined with Kelly’s heart for gospel-centered counseling led them to serve with MTW’s NEXT in Bogotá, Colombia. Next exists to serve the global Church in reaching the next generation. Locally, Andrew and Kelly will serve the United Church of Bogotá, an English-speaking, evangelical church focused on reaching the large international community in the city. They will both work with the community of youth and families in the church and Kelly will work to develop a counseling ministry. This ministry is a strategic opportunity to not only reach Colombia but also the world for Christ. In addition, as part of the NEXT team, they will minister to the children of our MTW missionaries throughout Latin America and the world. They believe the discipleship and well-being of our missionary kids is desperately important, and long to see them sustained and encouraged. In turn, Andrew and Kelly also want to have a multiplying impact by helping train local church leaders seeking to reach the young people in their communities.
Joe and Bev Fitzpatrick – MTW Latin America
Joe and Bev met at New Life Presbyterian Church in Glenside, Pennsylvania, when Joe was completing a master of divinity at Westminster Theological Seminary and Bev was working as a nurse in Philadelphia. They married, and with a shared interest in missions, pursued opportunities overseas. In 1999, after Joe was ordained as a teaching elder by the PCA, the family joined the MTW Philippines team in Manila where Joe taught Old Testament and counseling at Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Upon hearing of ministry needs in Puerto Rico, the homeland of Joe’s mother, they relocated in 2006. Joe also received a D.Min. from Westminster Seminary and now teaches in seminaries and churches in the San Juan area. The Fitzpatricks attend Torre Fuerte (“Strong Tower”) in Caguas, a former prosperity gospel church now embracing Reformed theology, where many in the congregation are committed to an 18- month study of Scripture. Joe also assists a nationally-led Reformed movement (ReformaDos) which aims to identify and theologically equip church-planting pastors island-wide. The Lord has provided invitations for Joe to teach in non-Reformed seminaries, where students are responding positively to his teaching and to translated resources. Joe also teaches modular courses for MTW ministries overseas.
Luis and Dianora Martinez – Impacto Ministry
Pastor Luis F. Martinez is a native of Guatemala and leads crusades in the United States and in Spanish-speaking countries around the world. He has been a missionary evangelist for over 20 years and is responsible for providing outstanding missions opportunities, dynamic crusades, and a radio ministry.
Bo and Brynne Lancaster – MTW Netherlands
Bo and Brynne are part of a Dutch church planting team in Rotterdam, Holland, planting intercultural churches. Rotterdam is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world with over 170 nationalities representing nearly 50% of the population. It is this multi-cultural population that Bo and Brynne work with, involving their daily lives around the people God puts in their path, meeting them where they are and engaging and living life with them in order to show and share the truths of the gospel. They are building networks and communities to feed into the new church plant they are helping to plant, which is part of Intercultural Church Plants Netherlands.
Guillermo and Jennie Salinas – REF Mexico
They serve with the Reformed Evangelistic Fellowship (REF) mission board. Since 1995 they have been actively planting churches and have been used by God to plant 5 churches. Guillermo is an ordained minister with the PCA with a Masters in Divinity and a Masters in Missions from Birmingham Theological Seminary. Recently, seeing the great need for godly servant leadership, Guillermo has developed a training center for the West Coast of the state of Guerrero, Austin Whetsell Ministries, to train leaders as church planters and leaders in their churches as well as developing Christian ministries to spread the Gospel throughout the West Coast. Jennie works with the Agape Puppet/Drama ministry to make disciples of those who participate and as an outreach with the Gospel. This group also trains other groups in lifestyle discipleship in Mexico.
John and Karen Stodghill – MTW Belize
John and Karen met on Lookout Mountain, Georgia, while attending Covenant College. They married in 1986 and have three grown children. John has a master’s in business management and undergraduate degrees as a registered nurse and paramedic. Karen’s degree is in elementary education. The Stodghills have served MTW as disaster relief workers since 2003. They became full-time missionaries in 2016 serving as church planters in the Bahamas where they saw God start a new church. They’ve led short-term mission teams, used their skills to work in local schools, and assisted with the island’s medical training both in emergency medical services and disaster preparedness throughout the Caribbean. In 2019, God called the Stodghills to Belize, Central America. John and Karen are using their organizational skills to help in the revitalization of current churches in Belize as well as leading Bible studies with plans for new church plants. God is allowing community development through improved health care, emergency services, assisting in teaching in schools, and short-term teams.
Marc and Sam Summers – MTW Panama
Marc and Sam met through the youth ministry of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where both were serving. They were married in May 1985, and are members of East Cobb Presbyterian Church in Marietta, Georgia, and have been interested in missions for many years. Marc is also ordained as a teaching elder. During Marc’s six years on MTW office staff, the family spent two summers in Central America where their hearts were captured by the people. They recognized God’s calling to give their lives to ministry in this part of the world. After much prayer and confirmation from others, they became certain of that call. Marc will serve as MTW Team Leader in Panama. They are involved in urban church planting in the country of Panama, as well as providing leadership for the MTW long-term and short-term missionaries. They have a passion to see the gospel change the hearts of many, to see discipleship ground them in their faith, and to see God use them in building strong Reformed church-planting movements.
Jamie and Julia Thornton – MTW Ukraine
Jamie became a believer in 1988 and served on a short-term missions trip to Russia in the summer of 1992. God opened his eyes to the need for the gospel in the Russian-speaking world and placed a desire in his heart to return there as a missionary. He met his wife Julia during that trip. Julia grew up in Kazan, Russia. She became a Christian in 1991. After a two year, long-distance relationship, Jamie and Julia married in 1996. Jamie and Julia, graduated from Michigan Theological Seminary, Jamie with an M.Div. and Julia with an M.A. in Old Testament studies. Jamie was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America (2005) to be a church planter/developer in Kherson, Ukraine, where he and Julia have served since 2007. Jamie mentors the national pastor, leads the youth group, and is planning to start an English outreach club. Julia teaches Sunday school, hosts various events in their home, meets with the women of the church, and home schools their six children.