Global Outreach

We desire to implement our vision globally by working to support missionaries in an international effort to engage people with the gospel. Our primary sending agency is Mission to the World, the official mission organization of the PCA. MTW advances the work of the body of Christ worldwide through a wide variety of word and deed ministries by identifying, selecting, training and sending men and women and integrating them into church-planting movements. Through MTW, and various other missions agencies, we minister among unreached people groups in world-class cities as well as outlying areas, partnering with national churches and indigenous leaders whenever possible. We also organize and send short-term teams from Surfside to serve in missions, to discover their unique potential, and to engage in first hand in cross-cultural ministry. Over the years, we have seen many “short-term” missionaries who were sent from Surfside, become full-time missionaries who are serving on the foreign field today.

Global Missions We desire to implement our vision globally by working to support missionaries in an international effort to engage people with the gospel.  Our primary sending agency is Mission to the World, the official mission organization of the PCA, however we do support various other missionaries as well. Listed below are the global ministries and missionaries we support. 


rev-tom-and-ann-austinRev. Tom & Ann Austin

MTW / International Training – Tom and Ann Austin have been with MTW since 1983 training leaders for the church in Africa. In 1999 Tom was asked to take the position of principal of the Bible Institute of South Africa where he served for five years. In 2004, their calling changed in terms of the big picture: training leadership. With MTW leadership, they are now involved in Missionary Training on a worldwide basis.  Contact: annaustin@mtwafrica.org


betsy-christiansenBetsy Christiansen

MTW / Medical Missions: Latin America – After moving to Atlanta in 1969, Betsy got married, raised a family, and worked in pediatric nursing. However, Betsy had a heart to combine her nursing skills and experience with evangelism.  She now serves in a second career as a Medical Missionary primarily to Latin America. Much of her work is in leading 1 and 2 week short term trips to meet the medical and spiritual needs of the targeted community. As people know and see we care, they will often listen to the words we share. Betsy also works with the disaster response team and assists worldwide after major disasters strike a community. Contact: betsy.c@comcast.net


dr-joe-bev-fitzpatrickDr. Joe & Bev Fitzpatrick

MTW / Theological Education: Puerto Rico – Joe and Bev married in 1995 and pursued missions together. In 1999 the couple joined the MTW Philippines team in Manila where Joe taught Old Testament courses to pastors and church leaders at Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Bev occasionally joined visiting medical teams in their outreaches in slum areas.  Upon hearing about ministry needs in Puerto Rico, the Lord opened the way for relocation in 2006.  Joe has completed a doctor of ministry degree from Westminster Seminary and is teaching Old Testament and counseling in various seminaries. Contact: fitzpatrickjb@yahoo.com


Bo and Brynne Lancaster

MTW / Relational Evangelism: Slovakia – Bo and Brynne felt called by God to work in Slovakia for a two-year term shortly after they were married in 2003. They served with MTW in Trnava, Slovakia, seeking to live out the gospel in their daily lives in a coutry that considers Christianity outdated.  Bo and Brynne eventually sensed God’s call to return to Slovakia longterm.  They have now joined the mission team in Poprad, a city in eastern Slovakia, and are helping begin a new work.  They pray that by serving in Poprad, God will use them to show Christ’s transforming love and grace through building relationships, building up the Church, and sharing their faith.  Children: Marin and Willa.  Contact: boinslovakia@yahoo.com


rev-luiz-dianora-martinezRev. Luiz & Dianora Martinez

Impacto / Evangelism: Guatemala – 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. Contact: Sarah Poythress – spoythress@newlifelaplata.org


rev-keith-ruth-powlisonRev. Keith & Ruth Powlison

MTW / Church Planting: Peru– Keith and Ruth Powlison live in a Quechua village outside of Cusco, Peru.  Brian, 19, lives with them and enjoys driving a Honda 250 trail bike, as well as Tae Kwon Do.  Ellie and Emma enjoy tearing up the house and persecuting the cat.   The Powlisons have a married daughter, Holly, and three grandsons who live in Columbia, SC.  Keith has recently been involved in adapting Evangelism Explosion to different Quechua dialects and cultures.  Ruth has most recently been involved in opening a home for abandoned babies.  Contact: kppowlison@mac.com


rev-guillermo-jennie-salinasRev. Guillermo & Jennie Salinas

PEF / Mexico –  Guillermo is a graduate of Birmingham Theological Seminary with two Masters Degrees, one in Missions and one in Divinity. His ministry is to coach pastors and lay people in Evangelism Explosion.  In the winter season he also has a ministry to English-speaking visitors that could lead to the establishment of an Anglo Church in this region as well. He is working through Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship.  Contact: icthus725@yahoo.com


rev-john-susan-shane Rev. John & Susan Shane

MTW / South Africa – The Shane’s labored for 14 years in Nairobi, Kenya, equipping churches for ministry. In October 1998, John became regional director for MTW’s southern Africa region. He is now responsible for missionary oversight and care, recruiting, replacement, and relationships with African churches throughout the eleven countries of the region. John was born to missionary parents in Recife, Brazil. He attended high school and some college in Tennessee before serving in the US Army. Susan came to faith in Christ in Kingsport, TN, where she grew up. She graduated from King College in 1972 and taught Latin and English for several years. John and Susan met while ministering to military personnel at Fort Bragg.  Contact: Jshane@mtwafrica.org


rebecca-stinsonRebecca Stinson

Pioneers / Church Planting: Cambodia – Rebecca Stinson works with Pioneers in Cambodia.  Her team is initiating an indigenous church planting movement among unreached people with the Church of Cambodia. Along with her teammates, she has been involved in planting several small house churches in the district.  Her current personal ministry is encouraging, teaching and training the Khmer believers and leaders, mercy and medical ministries (orphan and the sick in partnership with Mercy Medical Clinic in Phnom Penh), village evangelistic outreaches (children and adults) with Khmer believers, and loving and serving the Khmer people (through HIS power and grace).  Contact: rastinson@emailglobe.net


rev-marc-sam-summersRev. Marc & Sam Summers

MTW / Church Planting: Panama  – Marc and Sam are currently the team leaders in the country of Panama. Having arrived there recently and establishing a place to live in the city they are beginning to meet with some of the people, which has been difficult, but very rewarding.  Panama City, Panama is a cosmopolitan city with many more people from other counties that also need to hear the gospels message.  “This is a new work in Latin America and the Holy Spirit has prepared the way,” says Marc. Contact: marcsummers366@msn.com


Ian and Darleneian-and-darlene MTW / Sensitive Area