cross-cultural outreach

As a church we support a number of missionary partners both regionally and across the globe:

  • brian & julie kolling

    CRU nations

    After joining the staff of Cru in 1996, they worked on campuses stretching from South Dakota to the former Soviet Republic of Latvia. From 2000-09, Brian served as the South Dakota Area Director, giving leadership to the launching and resourcing of Cru campus ministry on multiple area campuses.

    Then, in 2009, Brian took on a role giving local and regional leadership to our just-beginning NATIONS ministry, part of Cru’s effort to more effectively come alongside Native students as they wrestle through the unique intersection of faith, identity and culture. They desire to be advocates for Native students - and to help them explore how they can follow Jesus in a culturally authentic way.

    They have three children and call Sioux Falls, SD their home.

  • aaron & consuelo m.

    Crescent project

    Aaron serves as the South Dakota Area Coordinator for Crescent Project training believers on sharing the Gospel with Muslims.

    After working in Central Asia for four years, Aaron and his family moved back to the States. He now wants to see the Church equip and encourage Christians to share the Good News with their neighbors. Aaron helps remind us that God has a heart for our Muslim neighbors and that He wants us to have that same heart.

    Aaron and his wife Consuelo have two children.

  • safi & dawn bagherpour

    crossover GLOBAL

    Safi was born into a Muslim family. In 1976, he came to the US for his college studies. In the fall 1982, he became a Christian and the following year married Dawn. After more than a decade of scientific work, God called them to the mission field. Safi pastored a church of Iranian refugees for 10 years in Turkey. The Bagherpour family returned to the US to support their children’s education and to seek the Lord.

    Safi was recruited by Crossover to be director of Farsi World Outreach, which is responsible for teaching and empowering national church leaders among 160 million Farsi speakers in the 10/40 window. Presently they live in Germany to be closer to the countries they work with and visit. While in Germany they assist in training church planters among Farsi and Turkish people of Europe.

    They have three adult sons.

  • Jeremiah & Shaelagh martin

    world venture

    Jeremiah is the pastor of the Evangelical Church of Bussy St. Georges, France. One of two small evangelical churches in a city of 28,000 people, the Bussy Church is young and growing. In addition to preaching, teaching, and pastoral care, we are currently working to help the church become self-supporting and spiritually mature through the Bussy 2020 Vision Project.

    Shaelagh serves as the managing editor of curriculum publication for ITEA (Institute of Applied Evangelical Theology), a national church-based training ministry whose mission is to provide discipleship and leadership training materials for churches.

    In partnership with World Venture, the Martin's mission is to help the churches in France grow and multiply, while at the same time looking for ways to help the culture as a whole rediscover Jesus Christ in its own heritage.

    Jeremiah and Shaelagh have two daughters

  • paul & melissa ewing