Glenn & Wendy lorenz
Glenn and Wendy, both ordained elders, were appointed as career missionaries in April 2015. After partnership building, the Lorenzes will move to Costa Rica where they will work alongside others to create and facilitate the pastoral formation process for Latin America. Glenn and Wendy began ministry serving churches in California, Michigan and Arizona. While partnership building, Glenn will continue to lead the Ministry and Theology Department at Central Christian College in McPherson, KS, while Wendy serves as Pastor to Children and their Families at McPherson FMC, KS.
Al & Diane Mellinger
The Mellingers train and develop leaders in Bulgaria through seminars for pastors, conferences for youth, and online resources. Additionally, they now oversee a growing team of workers. As God works, the team follows up with contacts and partners with independent, established churches that need pastor training. Al is the coordinator between the FMC UK Annual Conference and the Church of God in Bulgaria that have formed a formal partnership. Diane develops English clubs as an outreach.
Delia Nüesch-Olver & Paul Olver
Dr. Delia Nüesch-Olver serves as Area Director for Latin America, overseeing the Free Methodist Church in 15 countries. She coaches and supervises North American missionaries and the national leaders to fuel and sustain an apostolic movement to reach Latin Americans for Christ, with priority on empowering leaders, planting churches in strategic cities and developing sustainable systems. Dr. Paul Olver, Delia’s husband, works to develop a team and a system to multiply leaders and prepare people for ordination.
Dan and Hope Owsley
The Owsleys are involved in church planting and leadership training in the capital city of Brasilia. Dan disciples and counsels FM pastors. Hope is involved in the international Christian school and a Bible study ministry. Both teach Bible and theology classes to church leadership and lend support and encouragement to church plants in the greater Brasilia area.
seth & hlawn hlawn van tifflin - myanmar
Newly appointed missionaries Seth and Hlawn Hlawn Van Tifflin will serve in development and church planting, locating in Chiang Mai, Thailand. They anticipate leaving for the field sometime in 2016. The Van Tifflins have established an orphan ministry in Myanmar, In Better Hands, which operates five children’s homes serving 32 children.
ROGER & DEB VARLAND aSSOCIATE/VISA - KENYA
Roger and Deborah were appointed in November 2015 to serve as teachers at Rift Valley Academy (RVA) in Kijabe, Kenya. Having served three one-year terms at RVA over the past two decades, the Varlands and their two Kenyan sons are hoping to stay for five years. Since RVA is a K-12 boarding school with a majority in grades 7-12, Roger and Deborah will spend as much time with students out of the classroom as they do teaching. They anticipate leaving for the field summer 2016.
Larry and Katie Winckles
Larry is leader of the Budapest church plant, investing much time in mentoring new leaders in personal discipleship. He also serves as the Europe Area Administrator, helping to resource and equip the developing FM ministries on continental Europe. Katie, who is an integral part of the Budapest church plant, teaches a weekly English class at the Family Help Center in Budapest’s 11th District.
Global – Associate/FMWM
Kevin is an FM missionary working domestically and globally through The Set Free Movement to end modern-day slavery. The Free Methodist Church, with roots in the 19th-century abolitionist movement, is again championing the cause of holistic freedom. Then as now, Free Methodists have a special preference for the poor and those who are vulnerable to injustice.