Missionaries

Matthew 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Oakridge has been sending and supporting domestic and overseas missionaries since our inception. We are always seeking to provide new ways for the Oakridge family to get involved with missions.

If you would like more information, including opportunities to donate to any project, call the Church Office at 269-429-7141269-429-7141

or email us at info@oakridgebc.org


Love God, Love People, Love Serving.

  • Lake Ellen Camp Mission Team

    Each year in May, groups from area churches travel to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to do maintainace and repairs to Lake Ellen Camp, located in Crystal Falls, Michigan, to ready the camp for the summer.

  • Jerry & Dawn Carnill, Extreme Response Ministries

    Jerry & Dawn are based in Georgia, but their ministry serves around the world, from Ecuador to Africa to Thailand.  They work in orphanages, with "street kids" and other in extreme poverty or dire needs

  • Scott & Ruthie Clark, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Cameroon

    Scott & Ruthie serve in the many facets of Bible Translation.  Their primary focus is getting Scripture translated into the Fulbe language and printed in the Arabic script.

  • George & Debra Collins, Global Access Partners (GAP)

    George & Debra live in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and partner with nationals around the world in countries where foreigners are not welcome to preach the Gospel.  National Christians have this access to GAP partners with these nationals to equip them with training and materials so they can reach their own people.

  • Beth Gonano, Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF)

    Beth is the coordinator of the Berrien County CEF.  As the name of the ministry implies, she focusus on reaching children.  She has a mail Bible study program; county fair ministry; and many excellent resources for churches to further their children's ministries. 

  • Kirk & Carla Gliebe, Devar Emit Messianic Jewish Outreach

    Kirk & Carla live in Skokie, Illinois, where they reach out to the Jewish community with the Gospel of Christ.  they use the Jewish festivals and "High Holy Days" to explain how these God-ordained activities point directly to Messiah Jesus.  Kirk also developed a "Club Maccabees" for the children.

  • Bruce & JoAnn Haverson, Wycliffe Associates

    Bruce and JoAnn are always on the move serving wherever they're called; from Orlando, Florida to Thailand to the Solomon Islands to Dallas, Texas and now back to Thailand.  Bruce oversees various construction and maintenance of various facilities that Wycliffe Bible Translators has around the world.  JoAnn Assists wherever she is needed, in office work, training volunteers or ministering or other women.

  • John & LeeEtta Hornbeck, Baptist International Missionaries, Inc

    John and LeeEtta serve in Germany.  John is chaplain to the military men and women stationed in Italy.  He and his wife also reach out in various ways to the German people around them with the Gospel.

  • Ilie & Dorin Mara, Partners in Evangelism (PIE) - Romania

    PIE is based in Chicago, IL.  This is another agency that supports national pastors in areas of the world where foreign Christians are limited in their access to the people.

  • Mark & Lynn Onken, Wycliffe Bible Translators - SIL

    Mark & Lynn, natives of St. Joseph, MI.  Mark and Lynn's work revolves around training, equipping and supporting those involved in the Bible translation task.  Lynn is busy serving in various administrative positions for SIL, while  Mark continues to assist SIL in the design of alphabet bets for yet written languages.  While they will still be traveling some, they are now calling Stevensville, MI, their home.


  • Rebecca & Luka Schemenaur, Rural Bible Ministries (RBM)

    Rebecca and her husband, Luka, hold Release Time Bible Classes through the Berrien County area.  A Release Time Bible Class is when students are given written permission from their parents to be released from school for about 1.5 hours and attend the monthly Bible Class that RBM holds.  They have reached many children for Christ through this innovative program.

  • Russ & Lonni Simonson, Forgotten Man Ministries

    Russ & Lonni live in Niles, Michigan.  Russ is the chaplain at the Berrien County Jail in Saint Joseph, providing counseling and Bible classes for the inmates.

  • Jim & Karen Szymanski, SIM-USA

    Jim & Karen live in Houghton, New York.  They served in Nigeria for many years where Jim became increasingly aware of the need for good teaching materials for the schools.  Since many schools are run by local churches, Jim has used his relationships with Nigerian government to develop new classroom materials for schools and universitites.

  • Five Pines Christian Camp

    Five Pines is located in Berrien Springs, Michigan and serves to bring the Gospel to thousands of children during the summer camp season.  They also sponsor many Bible studies and other youth activities throughout the year.