Fourth Presbyterian Church is committed to taking the gospel to the world. We do this in many ways, including financially, prayerfully, and practically. This page features some of the ways in which our church is actively engaged in global and local missions.
We are blessed to have many men and women faithfully serving Christ in countries around the world. Please pray for them and read about how they are taking God’s word to others globally. If you would like to learn about opportunities to encourage and support these brothers and sisters, contact the Missions office.
Arab World Evangelical Ministers’ Association
(AWEMA) is an Arab Christian organization working in 22 Arab countries. Their message is directed to women and children through: boys after-school programs to teach them life skills and godly values; literacy classes for vulnerable women to help raise their job skills; vocational training which works closely with the literary students to teach them marketable skills; Awareness Raising Seminars concerning hygiene, reproductive health, and marriage; and entertainment days where children can feel cared for and accepted. AWEMA was founded in 1984 by a number of Evangelical Christian leaders and ministers.
Fourth’s aim is to partner with church leaders in Southern Sudan for the promotion of the gospel of Christ. Our focus is to present advanced theological education for Sudanese church leaders who are in need of such education. We also plan to provide select humanitarian and development services to needy Sudanese civilians in designated target areas. Find out more about Project Sudan.
Bob & Esther Genheimer
Lesedi Christian Bookstore in Botswana
Bob and Esther minister through a Bible bookstore and their local church, which is struggling to break free from the animistic religious practices that dominate their community. Except for God’s protection and sovereignty, the Enemy would quench the body of Christ among that people group. Pray that God’s Word would bear fruit and that believers would have the courage to follow Christ’s teachings in every area of their lives. Bob is the son of our missionaries, Don and Eileen Genheimer (now retired). Bob and Esther have been supported by Fourth Church since 1987.
Craig & Yumiko Chapin
Mission to the World in Japan
Japan is home to the world’s second largest unreached people group: the Japanese. Craig and Yumiko have dedicated themselves to strengthening the church in Japan to reach the nation through leadership training and music. Craig teaches New Testament and serves as interim president at Christ Bible Seminary. CBS is a new independent, evangelical, Reformed school of theology in Nagoya, Japan, established to train a new generation of gospel-centered outreach-oriented pastors and leaders for the church of Japan and beyond. Yumiko assists with several music ministries by playing piano, singing, baking refreshments, and helping behind the scenes to invigorate worship and to win those who don’t yet know Christ. Fourth Church has been supporting them since 2000.
Joe & Rhoda Duthie
Ambassadors for Christ in India
Joe is the India National Director and Asia Assistant Regional Director for Ambassadors for Christ International (AFCI). He works with ministers across India as they train rural pastors and develop ministries to men and women in the workplace in some of India’s major cities. He assists the Regional Director to oversee the ministries of AFCI in other Asian nations.
Brent & Jasmine Fulton
ChinaSource in Hong Kong
Brent is the President of ChinaSource, an organization that engages the Christian community with the critical knowledge needed to collaborate with and to serve the Chinese church and society. Through conferences and consultations in Asia and the United States, through publications distributed around the world, and through research studies and other resources that inform the work of ministries both large and small, ChinaSource serves hundreds of China-focused churches, organizations, and individuals. Fourth Church has been supporting them since 1985.
We are part of a handful of churches from our denomination, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, and from the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) which are committed to the vision of seeing a church planting movement spread across Indonesia. These partner churches meet to discuss the progress of community development projects, university outreach, Christian schools, and training of church planters.
Eric & Annie Pilson
Mission Sending Service of the Presbyterian Church of America in Taiwan
Eric and Annie are working alongside the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Taiwan in church planting, evangelism, and discipleship. They are reaching out through English classes, relationship building, evangelistic Bible Studies, and discipleship. Fourth has been sponsoring them since 2013.
Eric & Sue Takamoto
Asian Access and SIM in Japan
Eric and Sue are serving in Japan to make disciples. Sue was initially supported by Fourth as a single missionary in Japan since 1988; in 2001 Eric and Sue moved to Japan as a couple and have been supported by Fourth ever since. God has called their family to live in the area that was devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. They are sharing the love of Christ and making disciples. One of their main roles is directing the Nozomi Project, which is a social enterprise offering hope and employment to women who are making jewelry out of broken pottery left in the wake of the tsunami. It is a privilege to share Jesus in their community! Fourth Church has been supporting them since 2001.
The Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) is about exploring Christianity with neighbors and tourists in a historical building by sharing Christ through art and the art of conversation, as well as training up leaders in their own culture.
Jean-Pierre & Sandrine Mihaljevic
Athletes in Action in France
Jean-Pierre has developed a sports ministry of evangelism and discipleship. The aim is for people who love sports to be transformed by God’s love and to become witnesses and athletes for Christ, using their lives and sportsmanship as a means of reaching others. They are also encouraging and helping churches to use sports as a means of evangelism. Fourth Church as been supporting them since 2015.
Great Commandments Ministries in Romania
Anna works with Ecclesia International, an English speaking church focused on serving the international community located in Iasi, Romania. She seeks to share Jesus with medical students from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Many of these students will be returning to unreached countries after they graduate. Fourth Church has been supporting her since 2013.
Stephen & Charlotte Olson
BEE World in Austria
Stephen and Charlotte serve with BEE World (Biblical Education by Extension World) and are based in the Vienna, Austria area. BEE World is a ministry primarily designed to serve the church by providing good biblical education to pastors and lay leaders in difficult areas of the world where minimal or no biblical training is available. Stephen travels extensively; providing assistance in the development of ministries in different countries and serving as a facilitator of the BEE courses. Charlotte is using her counseling training among the Austrian and international communities. Fourth Church has been supporting them since 1977.
Dan & Nancy Painter
International Christian Community in Eurasia and France
The Painters established many contacts with government leaders throughout Europe as military attaché. In retirement they returned to France to plant English-speaking international churches through ICC-Eurasia. It is currently a network of 14 affiliated churches working to plant new churches, strengthen indigenous churches, create a network for inter-church support, and provide training for leadership development. Dan is a visiting pastor in various churches and is President Emeritus of ICC-E. In addition to pastoring and mentoring, Dan and Nancy travel to encourage the affiliates and are active on the Euro Leadership Team. Fourth Church has been supporting them since 1998.
Gyorgy & Timea Suhai
Presbyterian Mission International in Hungary
Gyorgi’s primary focus is in a holistic ministry among the Roma people in Hungary including training and equipping Christian leaders and missions workers through mentoring, Bible training, discipleship, and sonship training. Timea is involved in mentoring and teaching women and children. She is pursuing a master’s degree in counseling. They have a baby boy. Fourth has been supporting them since 2009.
Romanian Christian Enterprises
Romanian Christian Enterprises (RCE) is a ministry endeavoring to place abandoned and disabled Romanian children into adoptive families of their own, and to nurture these families in the love of Jesus Christ. To learn more about RCE visit their website at http://www.rcenterprises.org
Eugene & Diane Burrell
Eugene serves as the national coordinator for African-American ministries with The Navigators, providing oversight for the entire U.S., with a focus on students, faculty, and staff at Howard University. Diane reaches out to women in the community through a counseling and prayer ministry. They are the parents of eight children (mostly grown), who are now presenting them with a growing number of grandchildren. They have been supported by Fourth Church since 1992.
Youth for Christ
Nina serves in the Youth for Christ (YFC) National office in Denver, Colorado. As the National Training Director she is responsible for the equipping of 1,200 staff and 22,000 volunteers. YFC reaches out to middle and high students, especially unchurched kids who are far away from Jesus. Her role allows her to invest in their staff as they care for and share the Gospel with students. She grew up at Fourth, served on youth staff for many years, and considers it her home still. Fourth Church has been supporting her since 1990.
Mike ministers to Congressional staff with weekly Bible studies and individual mentoring; he also is responsible for working on the annual National Prayer Breakfast. His daughter, Audrey, has been severely handicapped in body and mind since birth, yet she loves the Lord with all her heart. God has used Audrey’s condition to open doors for Mike to show Christ’s love by example and by witness. He has been supported by Fourth Church since 1999.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Valerie works with students and staff on campuses throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region to develop truly multicultural/multiethnic communities centered on Jesus and committed to proclaiming the truth and grace of the gospel. To this end, she works primarily with four communities: Black Campus Ministries, Asian American Ministries, La Fe, and our Caucasian students and staff. She assists staff and student communities in developing gospel-centered strategies to develop diverse missional communities that will promote transformed lives, renewed campuses, and the development of world changers throughout the region. Valerie works with students and staff to understand their unique role in the advancement of the proclamation of the kingdom as well as to equip them to work effectively in crosscultural settings. Additionally, she speaks to mentors and provides training in both campus and staff settings. Fourth Church has been supporting her since 2010.
International Students Inc.
A nurse, Sheila formerly worked at a missionary hospital in Quito, Ecuador. She has been in the US for many years befriending and loving with Christ’s love those from Spanish-speaking countries who have come as students, members of international organizations, immigrants or refugees—in other words, those who are strangers in our country. Her goal is for them to understand and know our Savior so that they will be a witness to their people when or if they return to their country. Fourth Church has been supporting her since 1980.
Hiepson & Sean Kaysarn
Cambodian Evangelical Church
Hiepson and Sean emigrated to the U.S. from Cambodia in 1981. Two years later, they received Christ as Savior. Hiepson now pastors a Cambodian church in Northern Virginia. Sean leads a Bible study for women and youth. They seek to help older Cambodians within the congregation who are struggling with English and new cultural patterns, to communicate their faith in a loving way to their children and grandchildren who were born and raised here, and vice versa! They have been supported by Fourth Church since 1990.
David & Kathy Lanham
New Tribes Mission
For 23 years the Lanhams lived in a remote village in Senegal, West Africa, sharing the gospel with people bound by animistic beliefs mixed with Islamic tradition. Here they set the stage for production of translation of the Bible in their language. In the capital city, they hosted missionaries and visitors attending Bible translation seminars, supervised short-term teams and coordinated prayer for staff women’s conferences. Since 2009, they have been engaged in regional care work at their mission headquarters based out of Missouri. Fourth Church has been supporting them since 1990.
Kenneth & Joyce Layton
The Navigators International Ministry in the U.S.A.
Ken and Joyce spent many years in Korea. Now they work with international students at Penn State through one-on-one mentoring, small groups Bible Studies, and weekly meetings where they partner with other campus outreach ministries to reach seekers and believers in Christ. They are also on the Navigators International Student Leadership Team which oversees 46 campuses in the USA. Fourth Church has been supporting them since 1977.
Greg & Melinda Lyons
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Greg and Melinda have worked for Wycliffe Bible Translators since 1982. They spent 17 years in Thailand doing computer support (Greg) and library and language learning support (Melinda). Now they work at SIL International headquarters where Melinda is prayer coordinator for the Asia and Pacific teams, and also assigns three-letter codes to newly identified languages. Fourth has been supporting them since 1983.
Bob & Sharon Mathieu
InFaith (formerly American Missionary Fellowship)/Washington, DC Inner City
Bob and Sharon serve in the Anacostia/Congress Heights area of Southeast Washington, DC. They have been involved in a church planting ministry called Anacostia Gospel Church and founded Camp Dynamite in 1974. The camp has become very popular and effective ministry to over 4,000 children, youth, and senior adults. At various times they have been involved in leadership development, computer learning centers, prison ministry and counseling. Fourth Church has been supporting them since 1977.
Don & Mary Jo McCurry
A well-loved and highly regarded author and speaker with many years of field experience in closed countries, Don has spent 40 years training others how to be soul winners in the Muslim world. Don is currently based in the U.S. but travels extensively here and overseas teaching ex-patriot and national missionaries and believers, working with Muslim converts and refugees, as well as writing books. Fourth Church has been supporting them since 1981.
John & Susan Robinson
John is called to develop leaders and teams for generations of value. Susan is his delightful partner who brings strengths in faith, vision, intuition, and fun. After leading local, area, state, and regional teams, John is now focused on the cities of Raleigh and Durham. His goal is to lead and empower a team to launch workplace ministry in the Triangle. Fourth has supported them since 1981.
Larry & Lisa Roettger
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Larry and Lisa serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Although their current base of operation is in the U.S., Larry makes several trips each year to Nigeria to train and consult with Nigerian Bible translators. Larry also is working on a simplified commentary on 1 Corinthians. This is one of a series of books called Translator’s Notes that are used by national translators around the world. Fourth Church has been supporting them since 1979.
Creative Living International
Creative Living International was founded by Diana in 1985 and seeks to lead people to Christ and build deep relationship with Him through practical Bible study. The 28 studies Diana has written have been used in 49 of the 50 states and in groups around the world. Free studies are available on the clbs.org website for use in prison ministries and overseas, with translations in Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Urdu, Kanada, Hindi, Chinese and Spanish. Diana’s husband, Michael, voluntarily chairs the Board of Directors for CLI, as well as edits materials, speaks to groups and provides technical support as Diana continues to write studies and direct Creative Living’s expanding ministry. Fourth Church has been supporting her since 1986.
Daniel & Melinda Seibert
Daniel and Melinda minister to neighbors, coaching believers in their own neighborhood, discipling 20-somethings and studying community engagement and evangelism. They have been members of Fourth since 2012.
Tim & Julie Sigman
International Students Incorporated
Tim and Julie are Mid-Atlantic Area Directors and DC City Directors for ISI. They minister to international students from all over the world studying in the DC metro area. They have been members of Fourth since 2016.
Triple C Ministries
Marion is vice president of a ministry in North Carolina which includes a Bible camp, Bible college, and evangelistic community outreach programs. She is a faculty member, works in the office, is head cook for the camp from its inception (1973 to present), and assists with the other ministry activities. She oversees the nursing home and assisted living ministry giving leadership int he area of devotions. The ministry strives to provide educational, recreational, religious, and social services that promote the gospel, establish moral values, and produce positive citizens that can train others to do the same. Fourth Church has been supporting Marion since 1980.
Alan & Fabiola Gordon
Palm Ministries in Ecuador
Alan and Faby met in 1986 in Quito, Ecuador. Since 1992, they have served there as missionaries. Alan directs a Bible Institute with the Quichua Indians. Faby is leading workshops among rural churches to train Sunday school teachers. Working with a local seminary teaching Bible, theology, missions and worship, Alan has a vision for equipping Latin missionaries to serve in other countries. Fourth Church has been supporting them since 1984.
Global Teams North America in Mexico
Meredith works alongside other leaders of a local church in Mexico, aiding in administrative as well as spiritual matters. She disciples youth and adults through Bible studies and classes and helps in raising up and training church leaders. In addition, she is in charge of an academic scholarship program which offers partial scholarships to faithful church youth who desire to continue to study. This year, with the help of other church members, she will resume holding weekly Kid’s Bible Clubs, a ministry which reaches out to the neighborhood children and teaches them about Jesus. Fourth Church has supported her in short-term and long-term assignments since 2002.
Ricci & Yolanda Paulino
Harvest Foundation in the Dominican Republic
Ricci is the liaison for Harvest in the Dominican Republic. They help Dominican Christian churches to grow as Jesus grew by training pastors and church leaders to grow first in a personal way and then to be involved in a see project working on behalf of the community the church belongs to. He also establishes partnerships between Dominican congregations and churches within the partnership that lasted 15 years and involved many people from both churches. Fourth Church has been supporting them since 2004, though our relationship with them began many years ago.
Harvest Foundation in Venezuela
As Harvest coordinator for Venezuela, Xiomara works with churches, training leaders and believers to demonstrate the love of God in their communities, as a visible expression of the Kingdom of God. The purpose of their training is to help the local churches to minister to the community in a holistic way, looking at Jesus as their model. They walk alongside the leaders and churches until they fully grasp a vision for their communities and start applying the training in practical ways. By doing this the local church and the believers become God’s ambassadors, serving the people in need and responding to the needs in their community as expression of God’s love. Fourth Church has been supporting her since 1991.
Kelly & Tabo Valencia
Cru in Costa Rica
Tabo is director of Digital Strategies ministry for all of Latin America and the Caribbean. He focuses on creating and executing digital and virtual strategies and tools to reach the lost for Christ, train them up in their faith and let them share their lives after having been changed by Jesus Christ. Kelly offers team building materials and is a coach to other Cru missionaries in their region. Fourth Church has been supporting them since 2006. You can follow Kelly & Tabo here: http://taboandkelly.blogspot.com/
Urban Ministries is an outreach activity of Fourth Church with a focus on Washington, D.C. Our aim is, through God’s grace, to transform individuals and communities through a ministry of the Word and personal service. Contact Pamela Roylance, Local Missions Coordinator, to ask questions and to learn about opportunities to serve in these efforts.
Star of Bethlehem Church
Partnering with Fourth since 1991, Star of Bethlehem reaches those in the inner city with the Gospel as well as food. Volunteers are always needed for serving meals and sharing fellowship over the teaching of God’s Word.
Central Union Mission
Since 1884, Central Union Mission has served neighbors, developed disciples, and changed lives in D.C. Much more than an overnight shelter for men, the Mission offers outreach ministries including food and clothing distribution, Hispanic family ministry, Camp Bennett for children, senior outreach, and their 18-month Spiritual Transformation Program.
Faith in Action
Led by Pamela Roylance, this inner-city outreach ministry of our church has three major outreaches: a monthly collection of food, clothing, and household items, a Christmas gift program, and an Easter Celebration. These are in connection with Star of Bethlehem Church and Central Union Mission.
Samaritan Inns’ mission is to provide structured housing and recovery services in an environment of support and accountability that will give homeless and addicted men and women the opportunity to rebuild their lives. Volunteer opportunities include a Dinner Fellowship on weekends with residents in the Intensive Recovery.
Food for the Needy
On the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, members of Fourth work alongside members of Star of Bethlehem Church serving hot meals to needy individuals. Participants also receive clothing and a message from God’s Word. Star is located at 5331 Colorado Avenue, N.W.
Rockville Women’s Center
Fourth supports the Rockville Women’s Center through our annual Baby Bottle Campaign. Bottles are available for our congregation to take and fill with donations that are sent back to the Center to further their work. The Rockville Women’s Center is a faith-based, nonprofit, charitable medical clinic and pregnancy counseling center helping women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy.
This special ministry of Young Life especially seeks to help teenage mothers by modeling the unconditional love of Jesus Christ and encouraging them to become the women whom God created them to be.