This Year's Mission Conference SpeakersSubmitted by Jim ODonnell on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 3:25pm
Rev. Bill and Grace Harding
Special Representative for SIM
Bill is currently a special representative for SIM in North America. God is using Bill’s gifts and rich experience in Ethiopia as a conference speaker to challenge and reaffirm the priority of world missions. His ministry focuses on mobilizing students, laymen, and churches to be part of God’s heartbeat for the nations.
The ministry of Bill and Grace Harding began in Ethiopia in 1983. Because Ethiopia was a Soviet satellite under a communist dictatorship, Bill entered the country as a water engineer.
Through drilling wells and capping springs in drought stricken Ethiopia, Bill was not only able to give clean physical water, but introduce many to the “Spring of Life” the Lord Jesus Christ. For eight years Bill and Grace served the Gedeo people of southern Ethiopia through a ministry of evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.
Minister Andre Tate
Assistant Pastor and Evangelist
After being shot in 1990, I was miraculously saved and delivered from drugs by God. I clearly heard God’s voice say, “Go!” I cannot forget what I heard and after receiving my call into the ministry, I was certified as a minister. I have worked in the Kingdom of God as an Evangelist for more than 10 years which has carried me to 3 countries allowing me to carry the Message of Christ. My expectation and desire for this ministry is that many souls to be brought into the Kingdom of God and discipled for Christ. We want to shake the axle of earth so we can hear the Father from heaven saying, “Well Done.” All I want to do is His will and bring Him Glory.
Rev. George and Cathy Schultz
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The Schultz family served on the field in missions from 1980 to 1994 in Canada, Alaska, and Russia. George did demographic and receptivity survey work in Minnesota, Ontario and Manitoba, was a teacher and later director of the Arctic Bible Institute, did church planting in an Athabascan Indian village in Alaska, served as the Director of the Missionary Training Outreach (summer missionary program), and held leadership positions as Alaska Field Director, Director of Siberian Ministries and Russian Field Director.
Kathy has served faithfully as a counselor, cook, church planter, bible teacher, field bookkeeper, and other various roles.
Since 1995 George and Kathy have served at the Center for Intercultural Training (CIT), a pre-field missionary training program in North Carolina. George currently serves as the Director, one of the trainers, and partnership facilitator. The CIT program now services a partnership for the training of missionaries from 16 mission agencies and churches. Kathy leads the TCK (Third Culture Kids) training program and the Youth Intercultural Training (YIT – for teens) program designed to help prepare the children/teens for missionary and cross-cultural life.
George and Kathy have three grown children one of whom is deceased (Kate). Their son Nathan, and wife (Beth) and have one child (Landon) and serves as a middle school youth pastor in Harleysville, PA. Their daughter Beth lives in Rutherfordton, is married to Michael, works at a veterinarian/s office in Rutherfordton, NC and is preparing to be a veterinarian technician.
Rev. Paul and Robina Wolff
For more than 20 years we have been involved in tribal missions work. However due to limited resources, many of the countries we’ve worked in have been hard pressed to find an effective way to carry the gospel beyond their own villages. Their hearts were willing, but their options were few. In order to provide these International Believers with the necessary organization and access to resources, IGO was born. In the same way that most American based mission boards train and provide support structures for western missionaries to serve overseas, IGO desires to provide technical support and other resources to International Believers to effectively minister within their own countries.
Rev. David and Terri Wegener
Professor and Academic Dean
We have worked in the north-central part of Zambia since 2002. David's primary task is training pastors and Christian leaders at the Theological College of Central Africa. This school has been in existence for over four decades and is one of the finest institutions of its kind on the continent. He teaches courses in theology, New Testament and church history and mentors some of the students in his classes. More recently he has begun to plant a church in the ex-patriot community in Ndola. Terri, in addition to managing our home and the schedules of our children, teaches in and helps to coordinate the program for the wives of students. She also leads a Bible study for ex-patriot women in our city.