Miriam was very involved in the life of her local church growing up. As a teenager, God used MTW missionaries to open her eyes and heart to the possibility of serving as a missionary herself. While at Covenant College, Miriam had the privilege of studying for a semester in Czech Republic, further opening her heart for international ministry. After graduation and several years teaching middle school, she again felt God’s call to missions. She initially went to Trnava, Slovakia, as a two-year missionary, and ended up serving there for an additional eight years.
The work in Trnava is coming to a close as the church plant there is being turned over to nationals, and Miriam has been led by the Lord to her next calling in neighboring Zlin, Czech Republic. She will help with the local Czech church plant by serving women and teenage girls, helping develop and grow a mother and child outreach, teaching English, helping with administration, and reaching out in love to lost and hurting people as God leads. In 2012, Miriam was privileged to adopt her son, Evan.
Jon & Sarah Pfeil
Jon and Sarah both came to faith in Christian homes in the Midwest. After graduating with a degree in chemical engineering, Jon was first led to serve with MTW in Japan from 1999–2001. Sarah attended nursing school and developed a heart for missions through short-term mission trips to Mexico. Jon is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
The Pfeils followed a call to move to Japan as a family in 2006. In spite of religious freedom and the world’s third largest economy, Japan is one of the least reached countries in the world—with only 0.4 percent professing Christianity.
Though there are many cultural and spiritual obstacles, lives are being engaged through new churches and transformed by the power of the gospel in community. After language school, the Pfiels served primarily in a college ministry role supporting local church-planting works in the Chiba city area. In 2011, the Pfeils were invited by Japanese pastor Rev. Seima Aoyagi to move to city center Tokyo to help him plant a new church in the fast growing Tokyo waterfront area. This church, Grace Harbor Church Tokyo, is the second in a growing Tokyo city center church-planting network.
The Pfiels have five children.
Jeff & Esther Talley
Jeff and Esther began their work in missions in 1980. They served in Kenya and Tanzania where they were involved in evangelism and in training and mentoring pastors and lay leaders. In 2004 they joined MTW’s church planting team in Slovakia, a formerly communist country with a strong Roman Catholic heritage. The first church plant was in Trnava, western Slovakia. In 2008 the church was turned over to the Slovak denomination with which they have been partnering and is led by a Slovak pastor.
The Talleys now work in Kosice, eastern Slovakia. Kosice is the second largest city in Slovakia with only a few evangelical churches. Jeff and Esther focus on making contacts, building relationships, and sharing the gospel through a variety of methods with a view to starting a new church. Together with their MTW colleagues, they are praying and working to see new churches planted—churches gripped by the gospel of grace and active in spreading the gospel through gracious service and bold witness.
The Talleys have four children.
Paul & Sarah Taylor
Paul is a graduate of Taylor University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Fuller Theological Seminary where he earned a doctorate of ministry. Prior to coming to MTW, Paul was the Coordinator for Church Planting with Mission to North America, serving there from 1984-1991. Sarah, the daughter of missionaries to India, married Paul in 1966. She has served as Teaching Leader for Bible Study Fellowship in Manila for three years while being an active member of the team. Paul serves MTW as International Director for Asia/Pacific.
He is involved in overseeing MTW’s work in that region’s 35 countries and opening up new ministries in countries not yet served by the PCA. He also works with national leaders in places where the PCA has ministry, but no missionaries. 82% of the people living in the Asia/Pacific region are in countries that are considered “closed” or “restricted access.” Paul’s new role as an International Director will free him to pursue his vision for the spread of the kingdom in Asia.
The Taylors have four children.
Ben & Susie Thomas
Ben and Susie joined staff with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) in 2002. They were drawn to the ministry through an Athletes in Action (AIA) short-term basketball trip Ben took to Kazakhstan, and so began their AIA journey in the basketball ministry. They served with AIA for 12 years, primarily in the Global department.
In 2012, Susie was diagnosed with brain cancer, which God used to redirect their path of ministry. Ben had been leading AIA's global ministry efforts, which required a lot of travel that was no longer possible. After a lot of prayer and waiting, God led Ben to lead Kigali International Community School (KICS)- a Christian K-12 school in Kigali Rwanda. Ben serves as Director of KICS, overseeing the faculty and staff and ministering to children and families from more than 20 nations. They are thrilled to be living in Rwanda, and thankful that a change in assignment did not mean they had to leave Cru - they remain on staff. Ben is a graduate of Gordon Conwell Seminary and Hobart College. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Gordon Conwell in Global Christianity and World Evangelization.
Susie graduated from Taylor University in 2001. Before mothering took over most of her time, Susie served AIA in communications, event and conference planning, and graphic design. In Rwanda, she's had the opportunity to teach 6th grade Bible at KICS.
The Thomases have four children.
Bruce & Barbara Wannemacher
Bruce and Barbara grew up in northern Illinois and met in elementary school. They both became Christians through a campus ministry at college and married before their senior year. After graduation, Bruce attended graduate school, earning a master’s degree. He then served as a U.S. Army officer in the Medical Service Corps.
Desiring to serve in cross-cultural missions after military service, Bruce and Barbara pursued Bible training at Covenant Theological Seminary. They both graduated in 1998 – Bruce with an M.Div degree and Barbara with an M.A. in general theological studies. During their seminary years, God confirmed their desire to serve cross-culturally through short-term mission opportunities in England, Jordan, and Africa.
Bruce is on staff at the Bible Institute of South Africa in Cape Town, teaching and discipling African students and pastors from throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Barbara is actively involved with discipling Bible college women and works off-campus teaching Bible at a local primary school.
Bruce and Barbara have two children.
Brad & Patty Wos with THE SPORTS OUTREACH GROUP
Brad is the Vice-President of International Ministry for The Sports Outreach Group. The vision of Sports Outreach Group is to disciple the nations by redeeming the culture of Sport. Sport is a bridge for churches to live in the gospel in community and create a DNA of disciple making. Our mission is to build an International team of churches, coaches, and chaplains multiplying grace in every city and every nation through a redeemed culture of sport.
For 15 years, the Wos family served in University and Sport Ministry in Cape Town South Africa with Mission to the World. In January 2013, the Lord called Brad to serve as the International Director of Sports Outreach Group. The Lord has gifted Brad and Patty in cross cultural ministry to help equip and network churches. St. Louis, as a Gateway International city is ideal to build an International Sport Mission. The goal of The Sports Outreach Group is to multiply Gospel centered sport leaders in 1,000 partnering churches, schools, universities, and ministries in both the USA and 5 global cities by 2023.
The Woses have five children (Andrew, Katie, Samuel, Emily, Timothy).
Dan & Becky Young with BORDER MINISTRIES
Dan and Becky Young serve with Mission to the World/Northern Mexico Team on the border, working with the Center for Church Planting (CPI in Spanish) in Monterrey. They joined this team in 2012 after working in MTW border ministry (formerly BEAMM) in Juarez and El Paso, with San Pablo Seminary, and with PCA short-term missions teams since 1990.
In December of 2009, they moved to McAllen, Texas, and Dan became director of efforts in the eastern region of the border. Now he leads the CPI’s Inter-Border Network for Church Planting and Revitalization, ranging from Laredo, Texas/Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, to the Rio Grande Valley. He collaborates with both the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico and the PCA.
Dan helps train and mentor pastors and ministry leaders and leads the CPI border team. Becky works with him in discipleship and mentoring.
The Youngs have four children.