Our ministry story begins when expecting our first child in 1990!
Our neighbor, Barbie, told Chris that the church orchestra was in need of a guitar for the upcoming Christmas program and Chris agreed to go and volunteer for the spot. Through that program and the need for him to be in their church service to play the ‘special’ leading up to and after the program, Chris heard the Gospel clearly and knew he had to get his eternal destination settled. By Mother’s Day 1991, Chris had accepted Christ as his Savior and followed the Lord in Believer’s Baptism. Check out our Prayer Letters page to get more of the story!
Serving out of faithfulness, not for anything we have done but solely because of what Jesus has done for us – focused on sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that all can choose to believe.
Fields of Service
We definitely are a product of “Be a Missionary Where You Are” – everywhere is a mission field!
Liberty Baptist Church (Dr. Gary Jackson) is where we grew up in the Lord. Chris was schooled and ordained at LBC, and received his Certificate of Ordination in August 2002.
We joined Points North Baptist Mission in March 2002, after Chris was moved to explore the calling God put on his life when Brother Forney presented the work of PNBM during a missions conference at our sending church, Liberty Baptist in Sarasota, FL.
We served in Northern Ontario from December 2004 to December 2019.
We first arrived in Kapuskasing, ON (which is about 11 hours north of Toronto) in December 2004.
Next we spent December 2006 to September 2008 in Orillia, ON helping North Country Baptist Church. Pastor Len Crow and Chris made survey trips into Parry Sound and Manitoulin Island and Sudbury. In the summer of 2008, our family took the trip to survey again and found the Lord opening all the doors to Espanola, ON which is the main access by car to Manitoulin Island. We started Faithful Providor Baptist Church in 2009 with a week of meetings under a big tent.
As the Lord never chose to provide a church building in which to meet, after several years of meeting in various rooms we made the decision to establish our sunroom as the sanctuary for Faithful Providor Baptist Church. In addition to regular services, we also held outings for kids, luncheons and excursions as well as dinner on the grounds occasionally.
In December 2019, our ministry changed after Chris retired from his secular work and we made the decision to sell our home with plans to go on the road. A new ministry began. We went mobile! Snowbirding! 6 months in the United States, 6 months in Canada.
We now live in our 26 foot travel trailer, which we love, with our dog (BG).
Then covid-19 happened…and kept happening.
As of June 2020 we headed back to Canada to spend the summer visiting our kids and helping Near North Baptist Church and the Sudbury Gospel Mission work that Pastor Wadley and Chris started back in 2018. And the borders closed…and stayed closed…and stayed closed!
As you can imagine, you don’t live in a travel trailer for the winter in Canada (not in ours anyway)! We thought that our travel would be considered essential and tried to come back into the United States October 23. But! Since Chris had to surrender his US green card when we moved to Canada – the US Border Agents deemed our travel was not essential as they were not allowing non-status individuals to cross the border by land. (Not freezing was not essential??)
The Lord worked it out though. Folks who attend Near North Baptist Church in North Bay, ON with us came to the rescue. When they heard of our situation, a very gracious couple offered to rent their empty studio apartment in their basement to us on a weekly basis and what a blessing!
So it is now February 2021 and the border is still closed. Chris works with Pastor Wadley almost daily and I am working from home. I do virtual assisting (websites, email, ecommerce, etc.) as Secret Weapon Media as well as Nurtural Bitless Bridles by Circle-X.
As soon as the snow melts and the temperatures are manageable in a travel trailer again, we will move back into our home on wheels. Chris will give me a crash course in driving our rig safely (he has done all the driving in the past year). In the fall, Lord willing, we will attempt to take this show on the road again. Once we are on the road, it’s our desire and intent to find small works that can use a helping hand and pitch in where we can.