HFC Missionaries


We desire to participate in the Great Commission of Christ to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). We do this though equipping our local congregation and through sending out global, cross-cultural servants (missionaries), that they may represent Christ, share the good news, and make disciples in their contexts.

We aim to do more than just provide financial support to missionaries; we want to truly partner in the gospel with them (Philippians 1:5) through prayer and intentional actions to care for our cross-cultural workers.

The missionaries listed below serve through diverse areas of work, serving as musicians, physicians, graphic artists, teachers, and engineers (just to name a few). What they share in common is a desire to be used by God, wherever they are, to see others come to faith and maturity in Jesus Christ. Some missionaries listed below are in areas where we cannot openly share about their presence. This is not out of fear or shame, but is to enable them to continue their ministry and to protect the people with whom they work.

If you would like to communicate with a missionary, if you are wondering how to become more involved in missions, or if you have other questions, contact Dave HyattSix ways to Reach God’s World is another helpful resource.

Africa

Jon & Melissa Eager, Tanzania

Serving with: Africa Inland Mission (AIM)

Jon and Melissa are members of our congregation. They have been serving the Sandawe and Barabaig people in the area of Magambua, Tanzania, since 2006. Jon is one of the few medical doctors in their immediate area. For 12 years, Jon was the medical director of a rural health center which provides primary health care, lab tests, obstetrical care, vaccinations, and regular eye surgery clinics. His staff also hosts mobile medical clinics in two villages in the surrounding area. In recent years they have been more involved in supporting leadership training and church planting efforts among the Sandawe. Melissa hosts Bible studies and develops relationships with the local women. She also organizes annual missionary women’s retreats in Tanzania. Since 2018, Jon is working part time at the dispensary since taking on the AIM Unit Leader responsibilities. As AIM Unit Leaders, Jon and Melissa provide member care, strategy, and administration for AIM missionaries in central Tanzania.

Roger & Fredine Derpilus, Senegal

Serving with: Perle Foundation

Roger Derpilus and his wife, Fredine, serve in Senegal, West Africa. He is a native of Haiti, a graduate of Seminaire de Theologie Evangelique de Port-au-Prince (STEP), and the first worker sent out by the Haitian mission organization, Vision d’Antioche.

Roger teaches in two Bible schools, preaches, and leads the youth ministry in a local church. He also teaches in a leadership program in several French-speaking West African countries. His desire is to see Haitian churches challenged to send out others to share the gospel around the world and, more specifically, in Africa.

Asia

There are some countries in the world where it is dangerous for missionaries and for Christians. Because of the sensitive nature of work in these countries, we do not post the missionaries’ last names or country of focus, or their organizations online.

P & C

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P— and C— have been part of our global ministry family since 1999. P— is the chairman of a team focused on bringing he power of Christ to centers of influence in areas such as healthcare, education, business, family, and the Church.  C— is the Medical Ministry Program Director and oversees the health ministry. A family practice also provides opportunity for her to provide medical care in a local leprosy village and teach at the local university.

J & K

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J— and K— joined our group of cross-cultural workers in 2005. They work with Scripture translation and the use of culturally-relevant tools to communicate the Scripture. Their initial field project was among the Lo’Am people group, launching a Bible translation project and building a team to carry out this work. In 2019, the Lo’Am project published the complete gospel of Luke and continued drafting translation of Acts. While celebrating these milestones, K— and J— have moved much of their personal ministry focus to the area of Bible education and scripture engagement, supporting the work of dozens of language projects and church planting teams throughout Asia.

R & C

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R— and C— joined the Hershey Free Church global family in 1991. They serve faithfully in a complex cultural and religious group. Relationships provide opportunities to share Christ and to touch the hearts of people in these groups. R— and C— connect believers for fellowship, contextual worship and music, training in evangelism, Bible study, and spiritual growth. C— ministers through prayer and friendship evangelism.

P & R

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P— and R— are part of ReachGlobal’s Global Equipping Team. Their team is tasked with developing, empowering, and releasing indigenous church planters to plant healthy and multiplying churches. Their specific work involves facilitating the development of audio scripture and scripture-based arts among unreached people groups (UPGs) in Africa and Central Asia. National leaders in these UPGs are coached to actively engage with and pass on God’s Word, through culturally-relevant, indigenous arts and music.

D & A

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D— and A— have been serving as part of the Hershey Free mission family since 1987 and are members of the church. Their ministry assignments have included 13 years in the Philippines, where they planted several churches and established a training center; and almost two decades in Southeast Asia where they helped to establish churches and—along with national pastors—established a Bible College. D— serves as a mentor and equipper, training pastors and church planters, continues to teach at the training center in Manila once a year, and pioneers work with nationals in the areas where there are no believers. A— continues research in the area of human trafficking and how to effectively help women find a viable means of income.

T & M

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T— and M— joined the Hershey Free global family in 1994. As Ethnomusicology and EthnoArts Coordinators and Consultants for Southeast Asia and Asia, they oversee training of EthnoArts personnel throughout Asia and Eurasia. They travel throughout the region, working with governments, non-governmental organizations, and communities to encourage the use of relevant artistic expressive forms as a bridge into meaningful worship, Scripture engagement, literacy development, Bible story-telling, and more. M— also is an Arts in Trauma Healing Master Facilitator, training others to use artistic expressions in trauma healing.

L & D

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L— and D— have been part of the Hershey Free Church global family since 2001. As the ReachGlobal Asia Division Business Manager, L— administratively supports the Asia Division staff in the spread of the gospel throughout Asia. He oversees the financial accountability structure for ministry expense accounts, budgets, salary, and transfer of project funds. L— also supports their annual Asia conference with logistic needs. D—, along with L—, oversees an anti-human trafficking ministry and partnership with a safe house. She is on the leadership team for Justice Initiatives, overseeing justic partnerships in their area. D– has recently taken on the role of Project Manager of a sponsorship program for at-risk children.

Europe

Jozef & Margareta Gabor, Slovakia/Austria

Serving with: Keys Ministries

Jozef came to Hershey Free in 1990 after escaping from communist-held Czechoslovakia a few years earlier. His ministry is multi-faceted. He is President of the Youth for Christ (YFC) Slovakia Board, Vice President of Trans World Radio (TWR) Slovakia, and a member of the YFC International Board. Through these roles, Jozef provides leadership training and evangelism, and directs Christian radio program production. He is a key leader and is a sought after contributor to Christian media conferences in both the US and Europe. Margareta focuses on local ministry with women and children.

Mike & Loralee Hill, Germany

 

Serving with: Black Forest Academy (BFA)

Mike is a member of Hershey Free and served in the youth and worship ministries for almost 15 years before heading to serve at BFA in 1996 as a piano teacher and music theory teacher. Loralee teaches German 3 and AP German and is the senior class advisor, whose role is to walk with the seniors through their year of transition. Loralee is also involved in event planning for the school and meets daily with women in the German community.

Rich & Barb Leary, Hungary

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Serving with: Cru

Rich and Barb Leary became part of the Hershey Free Church global family in 1985. Rich and Barb lead the LeaderImpact ministry for Cru in Central and Eastern Europe. The objective of LeaderImpact is to reach, engage, and equip leaders in every sphere of society. Rich & Barb are responsible for coaching and mentoring country leaders of LeaderImpact in Central and Eastern Europe and providing strategic leadership for these leaders.

Sarah Leonard, Albania

Serving with: Christar

Sarah grew up in Hershey Free Church. During her junior year at Messiah College, Sarah participated in a short-term ministry to the GDQ International Christian School in Albania. She began to feel a call to serve as a teacher at the school. Consequently, Sarah began teaching in the fall of 2012. Presently, Sarah is the Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director. She teaches physical education, coaches the high school girls’ soccer team, and leads activity days at school. Sarah also leads a Bible study for high school girls; and she continues to build relationships with Albanians. She teaches her students the basic subjects they need to learn in school, while also instilling biblical principles and values into the classroom and the lives of her students.

Mihai & Lidia Malancea, Moldova

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Serving with: University Divitia Gratiae

Mihai and Lidia have been part of the Hershey Free global family since 2001. Mihai is the Provost of the University Divitia Gratiae (UDG) in Chisinau, Moldova. He coordinates all programs at UDG as well as at extension schools in Central Asia and Siberia. Mihai also serves as the main leader of a local body of believers.

Serghei & Svetlana Namesnic, Moldova

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Serving with: University Divitia Gratiae

Serghei is the President of the University Divitia Gratiae (UDG) in Chisinau, Moldova. The college began with a focus on training nationals from Central Asia to be church planters and pastors. Serghei is responsible for all activities, projects, and UDG programs. He also pastors the Christian Baptist Church in the village of Cricova, on the outskirts of Chisinau.

Igor & Nadenka Petrov

Serving with: Trinity Video Seminary (TVSeminary)

Igor was introduced to the Hershey Free Church mission family when we began our ministry in Russia in the 1990s. He is the Director for the Mastor’s program of TVSeminary. Igor coordinates the development of curriculum, provides theological and educational expertise for other courses, and mentors TVSeminary graduates wherever they are serving. .

Vitaly & Marina Petrov

Serving with: Trinity Video Seminary (TVSeminary)

Vitaly is the President of TVSeminary and has been a vital link to Hershey Free’s ministry in Russia since the 1990’s. With his cultural expertise and burden to train Russians for the work of the ministry, he provided vision and cultural understanding in the development and transition of the previous residential school to the current virtual seminary. TVSeminary provides both bachelor’s and master’s level programs and distributes the courses in more than 150 countries, including the areas of Australia, European countries, Central Asian countries, Russia, the USA, and Israel.

Bob & Miriam Phillips, The Netherlands

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Serving with: Serge (Formerly World Harvest Mission)

Bob and Miriam have been part of the Hershey Free Church mission family since 1993, contributing to the spread of the gospel in the Amsterdam area where only 1–3% of people attend any church at all. They served 10 years in Dutch language church-planting movements; then from 2004 to 2017 in leadership roles at the English language Crossroads International Church with 40+ nationalities; as well as training church-planters, evangelists, and missionaries in broader networks.

Their current roles as Training Specialists with Serge in evangelism, arts outreach, and leadership development are opening up unique opportunities to multiply ministry by investing in the next generations. Resourcing missionaries globally while being based in the Netherlands enables them to continue to resource local ministry leaders as well, building on relationships established over decades.

North America/Worldwide

There are many reasons for missionaries to be located in the USA. Some missionaries are based in the United States, but they travel to other countries to train and to equip national leaders; national leaders are better able to reach their own countries. There are missionaries who train and send Latin American missionaries to areas where Western missionaries are not well received. Some missionaries lead training and short-term teams to areas where they have an ongoing, long-term relationship. Still others serve on college campuses and serve specific demographic populations in the USA.

Valerie A.

Serving with: International Students, Inc.

Valerie grew up in Hershey Free Church. She has been working with international students in New York City since​ January 2006. As the New York City Area ​​​Director for International Students, Inc., Valerie reaches out to students through evangelism and discipleship. In her role, she ​overseas 13 staff in 7 locations, and she leads an outreach team at LaGuardia Community College. Valerie trains staff, volunteers, and local churches in disciple-making methods as well as raises funds for the expanding NYC ministries. She also recruits new staff to fill key ministry positions. Valerie founded CoMovement, a network of international student ministers in NYC, whose vision is to see the 90,000 international students in the NYC metro area exposed to the gospel.

Harry & Eileen Bettig

Serving with: Trans World Radio (TWR)

Harry and Eileen serve with Trans World Radio (TWR). TWR uses radio and other media to provide evangelism and teaching throughout the world – in approximately 190 countries and 230 languages and dialects. In 2019, Harry and Eileen relocated to TWR’s headquarters in Cary, NC, so that Harry could take the role of Global “Thru the Bible” Liaison for TWR. Thru the Bible, TWR’s largest cooperating media ministry, teaches through the Bible in a five-year cycle of 1,300 20-minute audio programs. TWR airs Thru the Bible programs in over one hundred languages. Eileen serves as a Ministry Partnership Development (support-raising) trainer, coach, and program developer.

Kirk & Dannel Blackwell

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Serving with: Avant Ministries

Dannel (Shelly) grew up as part of Hershey Free. She and Kirk joined our global family in 1997. They served in Russia and Poland prior to leading a Short Cycle Church Planting team in Koper, Slovenia, from 2009 through 2015. Avant then relocated the Blackwell family to the US where Kirk serves as the Director of Training. He manages orientation for new missionaries before deployment, and leader and team training.

David & Shawna Boerema

Serving with: Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA)

David and Shawna, members of Hershey Free Church, joined our global family in 2017. For the previous 20 years, they served in local church student ministry, including Pastor for Student Ministries at Hershey Free Church. David is the APEX Director for the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). APEX is an EFCA next generation leadership pipeline developed to allow young people from middle school through post-college to experience ministry in a hands-on, cross-cultural context built on solid disciple-making principles. He also serves as the NextGen leader for the Eastern District of the EFCA. They are passionate about seeing students take the next steps in their walk with Jesus and churches develop the next generation of leaders.

Ray & Merle Brubaker

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Serving with: Wycliffe Bible Translators

Ray and Merle were accepted as members of Wycliffe Bible Translators in April 1980 and served in Indonesia from 1982-1993. They returned to the US to serve in the aviation department at JAARS Center, formerly the Jungle Aviation and Radio Serves, in Waxhaw, North Carolina. JAARS’ passion is to provide solutions that help make Bible translation possible. Ray supervises the overhaul and repair of aircraft engines so that translators can travel to remote locations around the world. During their ministry with Wycliffe they have seen over 400 New Testaments and several complete Bibles translated for international minority groups.

Paul Davis

Serving with: Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)

Paul is serving in an internship with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF). RUF is a campus ministry which strives to serve in this unique age of a student’s life, exploring together how the Lordship of Christ informs every area of life. Paul serves alongside the campus pastor at the University of Washington in Seattle. His goals are to connect with students, build relationships, and share the words and works of Jesus.

Larry & Lula

Serving with: Pioneers

After serving for 17 years in Southeast Asia, Larry and Lula now live in the Lancaster area. Larry is a Church Planting Movement Resource Person for Pioneers personnel in the Americas, including South, Central, and North America. He trains individuals and teams in church-planting movement principles and the Disciple Making Movement model in particular. Larry and Lula coach trained personnel to develop and carry out strategic ministry plans. In addition, they work closely with a local church doing training, coaching, and hands-on ministry.

Brent & Jen Hautle

Serving with: Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF)

Brent grew up in Hershey Free Church, and he and Jen have been part of our mission family since 2002. Brent is a graphic designer in the International Ministries department, based at the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) International headquarters in Missouri. He designs materials for direct evangelism of children as well as teaching and support. He also trains European CEF workers in the use of multimedia and the graphic design software that they use to produce new materials in different languages across Europe. CEF International ministers to over 22 million childrenworldwide. Thousands of children take their first steps of faith as a result of CEF. Jen’s main duty is homeschooling as well as serving with AWANA.

Joel Hoffsmith, Mexico

Serving with: ReachGlobal Latin America

Joel is a member of Hershey Free Church and has served through numerous ministries and short-term mission trips over the years. His desire to serve among the Latino people began in high school when he was part of a bilingual church plant in his neighborhood. A 2020 graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Joel has been led to serve with ReachGlobal in Mexico City for the next two years. His initial focus will be culture and language acquisition so that he can develop the tools to minister in a culturally relevant way in his community. Joel will also disciple young men on a nearby college campus.

Mark & Denise Lewis

Serving with: ReachGlobal Crisis Response

Mark and Denise Lewis serve with ReachGlobal under the Evangelical Free Church of America as the International Crisis Response Director. Their ministry exists to “develop, empower, and release the body of Christ to show his love in times of crisis … to multiply transformational churches among all people.” Their ministry supports ReachGlobal staff and national partners in three primary areas: 1) crisis response—preparedness, equipping, and response to meet needs and multiply disciples in the wake of crisis; 2) ministry consulting and leader development; and 3) interns—developing the next generation of leaders for the church.

Greg & Sherry Lorei

Serving with: Wycliffe Bible Translators

Greg and Sherry have been members of Hershey Free since the early 1980s and part of our mission family since 1996. They serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Greg is the Media Templates Coordinator in International Media Services. He oversees the Bible Story Video Templates project and the Story Producer App. Both products help nationals translate Bible stories in order to create videos that can be shared from person to person via cell phones.

Greg’s dream is to one day start a collaborative website for the creation of animations to express the entire Bible visually. This would potentially aid Bible translation and help communicate to cultures that are becoming less able to read but more hungry for—and more adept at—understanding visuals.

Dave & Denise Love

Serving with: FIM (Faith International Mission)

The Loves have been part of our global family since 2000. After 11 years of ministry in Colombia, the political violence forced them to leave in 2002. Dave is the Academic Dean at Rio Grande Bible Institute, a fully accredited four-year Bible College in Spanish by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Students from 18 countries receive scholarships to prepare for ministry in their home countries and around the world. In the last several years, Dave and Denise have seen the Lord open doors for Latino students to minister in Muslim countries because of similarity in culture.

Pablo & Leyla Martinez

Serving with: Hope in Christ Church (Iglesia Esperanza En Cristo)

Pablo and Leyla are church planters with Hope in Christ Church, a bilingual church in Grantville, PA. Originally from Chile, the Martinez family moved to Pennsylvania several years ago to minister among the Hispanic community in the Grantville area, which includes over 700 Spanish-speaking employees and their families associated with the Hollywood Casino and Penn National Race Course. They are excited to see people who have never been part of a church take their first steps in faith.

Andrew & Marie Nilson

Serving with: Cru

Andrew and Marie Nilson serve in the western suburbs of Boston with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ). They and their team live and serve in the Boston area, serving Brandeis and Bentley Universities, and Boston, Lasell, Babson, and Wellesley Colleges. They work closely with students in discipleship relationships, small group Bible studies, and at the annual retreats that Cru hosts for students. They hope to use the gospel to reach students who will go on to be leaders in industries around the world. Andrew and Marie also serve with their home church, Charles River Church, in Boston.

Alan & Sheri Penman

 

Serving with: Cru

Growing up in Hershey Free, Sheri first served with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) as a college student. Since 1981, she and Alan have worked internationally and in the US with Cru. Alan works with the Jesus Film Ministry of Cru on their Human Resources Team. He coaches the staff on financial and prayer support, and helps with various Human Resources administrative processes to serve the Jesus Film’s 400+ staff. Sheri helps to manage the international staff sending process. She works to receive the international staff from other countries into the US ministry by providing help on visas and finances as well as care and insight.

Dale & Susan Slusser

Serving with: Helps Ministries

Dale began attending Hershey Free Church in 1972 when he lived in the Milton Hershey School (MHS). He came to Christ through Child Evangelism Fellowship in his MHS student home, and his house-father encouraged discipleship.  Dale’s heart for ministry grew with him, and in 1987 he became part of our global family. He is the Helps Ministries’ Program Director of Architectural Planning and Design Ministry. Helps Ministries provides assistance for organizations in the US, Latin America, Europe and Africa by developing architectural designs for new or renovated buildings, thus dramatically reducing the cost for organizations. Dale is also an author and is working on his third book.

Gene & Megan Williams

 

 

Serving with: DiscipleMakers

Gene and Megan are serving with DiscipleMakers, a college campus ministry. Gene connects and builds relationships with Penn State students. Megan works in the Finance Department for DiscipleMakers. Gene went to Penn State for the beer and football. After realizing he fit in with the sinners in the story of the Bible, he repented and embraced faith in Jesus. Megan grew up in the church but her involvement with DiscipleMakers in college helped her repent of pride and gave her the tools to make disciples. Now their vision is to serve so that college students can not only meet Jesus, but also be taught how to be disciplemakers.

Gene & Linda Wilson

 

Serving with: ReachGlobal

Gene and Linda became part of the Hershey Free global family in 2001. Gene serves with ReachGlobal as the Director of Church Planting.  He develops and equips people for the multiplication of healthy, transformational churches around the globe. Gene works with key leaders from Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East to foster partnerships with national leaders and coach and train nationals for church multiplication.

South and Central America

Esteban Hoyos Clemente, Peru

Serving with: APROMISHI

Pastor Esteban is a graduate of Oralidad and a current student in Bible Pathways, courses taught by Hershey Free missionary Blair McGwire. Esteban has responded to the need for a pastor and a church in the Shipibo village of Jerusalen de Sheshea along the Ucayali River in Peru. Along with his wife Dalia and their four children, he moved to the village in March 2020 to build a house, plant crops, and begin a church among the believers there.

Blair & Joan McGwire, Peru

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Serving with: ReachGlobal

Joan and Blair have been members of Hershey Free since 1995 and missionaries since 2005. While serving on the Mission Council for nine years, Blair developed a vision to take the gospel to those who have not had the opportunity to hear. He served as the team leader for a youth team trip to Peru in 2000 and returned with a vision to help the Evangelical Missionary Church in Pucallpa work toward their goal of reaching the unreached tribes along the Ucayali River. Since that time, churches are growing in over 30 villages where there were no churches. Blair continues to teach native Shipibo leaders to equip them to take the gospel to tribal people living deeper inland.

Christian & Rose Roberts, Guatemala

Serving with: Healing Hands of the Highlands

Christian and Rose joined our global family in 2020. Rose grew up in Guatemala where her parents were missionary Bible translators. Christian and Rose will oversee “Healing Hands of the Highlands.” Their vision is to share the good news of Jesus Christ as they provide physical therapy and nursing services to an underserved people in the Alta Verapaz region of Guatemala. It is their desire to expand the kingdom of God by providing care in His name.