"The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become." - Henry Martyn
Missions are the life-blood of a church. Matthew 28:19-20 instructs us to "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." Lives are touched, souls are saved, and churches are established when churches get a burden to spread the gospel message wherever they can. Kingstowne Baptist Church's primary area of ministry is in northern Virginia, but we are also involved in missions work across the United States and throughout the world. Here are some of our missionaries that we sponsor or support regularly, and some of the missions activities that we are involved in.
Kingstowne Baptist established Benchmark Baptist Fellowship in 1993 when several of our members relocated to Fredericksburg and needed a church to call home. We remain their sponsoring church to this day. In October 2016, Alan Schoeff took over as missionary pastor, leading BBF to serve and minister in their Fredericksburg community. For more information, visit their website: http://www.benchmarkbaptist.org/
Recognizing the growing multicultural nature of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, in 2004 Kingstowne Baptist established Kingstowne Baptist Korean Church as a ministry to the local Korean community. Youngbae Kim has served as missionary-pastor since the mission's start. KBKC holds Korean-language services on Sundays and during the week in KBC's facilities. For more information, visit their website: http://sites.google.com/site/kingstownebkc2
March for Missions is our annual month-long celebration of mission work, held every March. It features guest missionaries, video presentations, outreach-oriented service projects, small-group activities, and a few things just for fun. It concludes with our annual international fellowship dinner, and serves as a reminder of the importance of missions work locally and throughout the world.
Chuck and Terry Fernandez minister in western Kenya and eastern Uganda, bringing the gospel message to rural villages, training pastors and workers, and establishing independent indigenous churches. For more information, visit their website: http://missionarieschuckterryfernandez.blogspot.com/
In the summer of 2013, Kingstowne Baptist raised funds for the construction of a sanctuary building for Landmark Baptist Church in Soysambu, Kenya, a church established under the ministry of the Fernandez's. We are planning a missions trip for the summer of 2015 to visit the church in Soysambu and assist the ministry there.
Jeff and Debra Allison serve as missionaries at Brno Bible Baptist Church in Brno, Czech Republic. For more information, visit their website: http://www.brnobaptistczech-up.blogspot.com
Damien and Melanie Austin are missionaries to Zhytomyr, Ukraine.
Matt and Jenni Lahmann are church planters in St. Charles, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. City Light Baptist Church opened its doors in September 2013. For more information, visit their website: http://www.citylightbaptistchurch.com
Mike and Lynnette Cross are new missionaries, starting a church plant effort in Missoula, Montana.
Mike and Camille Neff are church planters working in El Paso, Texas. New Heights Baptist Church made its launch in May 2014. For more information, visit their website: http://www.newheightselpaso.com
The American Baptist Association is a fellowship of Baptist churches who have elected to associate with each other for the furtherance of the cause of Christ. Associated efforts include the support of missionaries, publishing of curriculum, and assistance to the poor and homeless. For more information, visit their website: http://www.abaptist.org
The Mid-Atlantic Baptist Association is an association of like-minded independent Baptist churches and missions in the middle Atlantic states (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia). The churches fellowship and work together in several areas, including the establishment and encouragement of new churches in the region.