Fourth Presbyterian Church is committed to taking the gospel to the world—through finances, prayer, and practical means. 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)
AWEMA is an Arab indigenous ministry working in the Middle East and North Africa to edify indigenous believers and local churches and reach out to the society with the love of Christ. AWEMA provides different ministries under five main categories: Training and Theological Education, Women’s Ministry, Church Planting, Refugee Ministry, and Community Development.
Bob & Esther Genheimer
Central Missionary Clearinghouse
Bob and Esther have been in Botswana for over 30 years where they continue to be involved with preaching where needed and asked, leading Bible studies, one-on-one counseling of Missionaries, Pastors and people from many other walks of life, premarital counseling and otherwise being involved with the lives of many people. They currently have a small group that meets at their house every Sunday for a time of fellowship, sharing from Scripture, worship and Communion. Bob is a Trust Administrator with Blue Sky Dove Trust, associated with Bluesky Airways, a business aimed at generating funds for the support of Christian ministries and outreach in southern Africa. Fourth Church has been supporting Bob and Esther since 1987.
Brent and Bonnie Asia
Brent trains pastors, elders and youth throughout Southeast Asia to be disciple-makers. Bonnie and Brent together come alongside parents to help them accept and develop their children with disabilities. Fourth has been supporting Brent and Bonnie since 1994.
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 reaching this nation by strengthening the church in Japan through leadership training and music. Craig teaches New Testament and serves as academic dean at Christ Bible Seminary. CBS is an independent, evangelical, Reformed school of theology in Nagoya, Japan, established in 2005 to train a new generation of gospel-centered pastors and leaders for the church of Japan. Yumiko assists with several music ministries by playing piano, singing, participating in evangelistic Bible studies, and helping behind the scenes to invigorate worship and to win those who don’t yet know Christ. Fourth Church has been supporting the Chapin's since 2000.
Michael & Maria
Michael has trained and sent church planters through southeast Asia. Fourth has been supporting Michael and Maria since 2017.
Brent & Jasmine Fulton
Brent is the Founder 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 Brent and Jasmine since 1985.
A network of reformed churches working together to reach the Muslims of Indonesia with the Gospel. The partnership does rural church planting among Muslims, urban church planting in Jakarta, as well as assisting the development of Christian schools from kindergarten to university.
EPC World Outreach
John oversees a church planting project among an unreached Muslim people group in Southeast Asia. The team is comprised of both expatriate and national church planters who engage artisanal fishing villages through a mariculture project. The project provides salaries for the national church planters, and much needed revenue to the fishing communities, bringing the gospel in word and deed to those who have never heard.
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 sponsored the Pilson's 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 supported Eric and Sue since 2001.
International Training Institute (ITI)
ITI is a theological training center for North African house pastors and their wives. The Institute plants, counsels, and advises indigenous churches, and provides encouragement, support, and training to help Iraqi and Syrian refugees to do the same.
Andrey & Albina
Originally from Ukraine, Andrey and Albina serve in a closed area building relationships with minority groups who have not yet heard the gospel. Their ministry includes discipleship, leadership training, and theological education. They are part of EPC Engage 2025, an effort to evangelize unreached people groups. Fourth began supporting Audrey and Albina in 2018.
The Philemon Project’s GROW Early Childhood Development Center
A Christian early development program that teaches underserved Lebanese, migrant, and refugee children. The Center also strives to improve family situations by working with the parent(s) through an adult mentoring program, all with the aim of being the hands and feet of Jesus to the very least of these.
Turkey Partnership, LDI – Leadership Development Initiative
LDI has a vision to develop Turkish believers as leaders in their communities in ways that fit their local context. The ministry conducts workshops, spiritual studies, daily worship times, and opportunities to share concerns and receive encouragement.
Francis and Anne-Marie Husson
CRU in France
Francis and Anne-Marie serve and inspire leaders through outreaches to the professional community in Paris. In 2020 they are starting a Christian Embassy to serve the spiritual and social needs of diplomats in Paris and from around the world through dialogue, special events, and networking with leaders in the public and private sectors. Special initiatives such as luncheons, roundtables and individual meetings give leaders the opportunity to see how the values of Jesus bring light to professional, personal and spiritual facets of life.
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 has supported the Mihaljevic's since 2015.
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 supported Stephen and Charlotte 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 25 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 Founder and 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 began supporting the Painter's in 1998.
Romanian Christian Enterprises
A mission to defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow, and help rebuild broken lives. Working through the local church, RCE helps strengthen impoverished families with micro-economic development, rescue and restore orphans with special needs by providing group homes (Darius Houses, Amy’s House, Sorin’s House), special education at Sunshine School, and transition to life as adults. To learn more about RCE visit their website at http://www.rcenterprises.org
Gyorgy & Timea Suhai
Presbyterian Mission International in Hungary
Gyorgy’s primary focus is in a holistic ministry among the Roma/Gypsy people in Hungary including training and equipping Christian leaders and missions workers through Bible training, discipleship, and the Sonship curriculum. He is one of the founders and teachers of Sonship Academy, an independent non-accredited Bible school which provides solid biblical training for the evangelical community in Hungary. Besides being a loving mom of their two children, Timea is also involved in mentoring women and children.
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 supported the Gordon's since 1994.
Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders
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. With the help of other church members, she leads 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 1997.
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 supported Ricci and Yolanda since 2004, though our relationship with them began many years earlier.
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 supported Xiomara since 1991.
Ambassadors for Christ International
Joe Duthie is the International Director of Ambassadors for Christ International. He is based in Atlanta, where he directs a support and resource system that is mobilizing and equipping teams around the world to accelerate the spread of the Gospel. Joe is married to Rhoda, who is also active in AFCI’s ministry. Joe and Rhoda live in Atlanta, Georgia with their two daughters.
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 supported Nina 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. Fourth Church has supported Mike 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 Valerie since 2010.
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 David and Kathy 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 supported Kenneth and Joyce 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 Greg is retired, and Melinda works at the SIL Dallas campus assisting the SIL International Prayer Coordinator, and also assigning three-letter codes to newly identified languages. Fourth has supported Greg and Melinda since 1983.
Resurrection Sheepshead Bay Church, Brooklyn, NY
Fourth Church provides support for an EPC church that started as a church plant in Sheepshead Bay, a neighborhood in Southern Brooklyn, NY. The church began after Hurricane Sandy when teams of volunteers went to rebuild communities in Brooklyn. In December 2020 they became a fully independent church, but they are still not able to support themselves financially enough to pay their pastor. Brian Steadman, their pastor is bi vocational.
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 began supporting John and Susan in 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 Larry and Lisa 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 supported Diana since 1986.
Daniel & Melinda Seibert
Daniel and Melinda minister to neighbors, coaching believers in their own neighborhoods, discipling 20-somethings and studying community engagement and evangelism. Daniel and Melinda 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. Tim and Julie have been members of Fourth since 2016.
John works among refugees from all over the world in Clarkston, GA. Envision Atlanta hopes to see house churches planted in apartment complexes in this town, known as "America's most diverse square mile." Fourth has supported John since 2018.
Rob & Lois Thar
Wycliffe Bible Translators/SIL
Rob is director of SIL International Relations office in Washington, DC. His office works with governments around the world to advocate for literacy in their countries, while at the same time scripture translation continues. SIL has recently celebrated the 1,000th New Testament translation for the Kaliko people in South Sudan. Fourth has supported Rob and Lois since 1985.
Kelly & Tabo Valencia
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 and Tabo at http://taboandkelly.blogspot.com/
- AWEMA International (see Africa above)
- Brooklyn Church Plant (see North America above)
- See Asia above for:
- Indonesia Partnership
- International Training Institute Partnership
- Philemon Project
- Turkey Partnership, Leadership Development Initiative
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 Janie Randell, Director of Missions and Outreach, to ask questions and to learn about opportunities to serve in these efforts.
Central Union Mission/Camp Bennett
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.
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.
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.
YoungLives is a unique intergenerational and multiracial ministry of Young Life. They touch the lives of teen moms and their babies, as well as church leaders and women of faith. Fourth partners with YoungLives in a variety of ways, including donations of diapers and baby food, helping with summer camp, providing meals and helping with some special activities. For more information on how you can be involved, email Charlotte FitzGerald at firstname.lastname@example.org.