World Missions have always been a very important part of our stewardship responsibilities. For more detailed information regarding our Missionary Support, please contact committee chair Sis Mitchell.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.
And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only Lord and Savior
and that all people everywhere are called to place their faith, hope, and love in Him.
From SHPC Statement of Faith
SERVE those within Knoxville and throughout the world in Jesus’ name.
We are dedicated to benevolent giving and serving those in need, both spiritually and physically,
from a local to a global level in order to bring others into the body of Christ.
From SHPC Mission/Vision Statement
Missionaries We Currently Support:
Botho & Gisela Heinz – Germany
Botho Heinz, missionary with Theologischer Schulungs-Service e.V. since 1990, began a missionary career 1977 in Neues Leben. He has worked with Familienradio (today erf-South Tyrol /part of TWR) as editor and founded Theologischer Schulungs-Service. He received his academic training at Freie Theologische Akademie and graduated as MDiv.His ministry with Theologischer Schulungs-Service started out in Soviet Union and was focused for years in Russia and Ukraine. In addition he has developed ministries in: Poland, Hungary, Austria, Romania and Croatia. Furthermore he has ministered in Kenya, the U.S. and Canada through affiliation with World Reach.
Christmas Card address: P.O. Box 26155, Birmingham, AL 35260
Fawzy & Linda Attia – Middle East
Fawzy Attia, a missionary with Arab World Ministries in Amman, Jordan, ministers to Iraqi refugees who have fled to Jordan. He also supervises the Karis Kraft Project, a not-for-profit organization established to glorify God by providing satisfying work and training to needy families. All proceeds are returned to the community in Jordan.
Christmas Card address: 3011 Oakland Dr. NW. Cleveland, TN 37312
Don & Charlene Woods – Mongolia
Charlene and Donaldson Woods are third-generation teaching missionaries of their family to Asia from the Presbyterian Church, having lived and served in Hong Kong, China, Mongolia and Samoa. Now semi-retired they are directors of the Presbyterian Mission to Mongolia, a small non-profit organization authorized and licensed by the Mongolian government and supported by local churches and the Presbytery of Western North Carolina. PMM and the Woods serve a Gobi Desert region larger than Texas, providing support for the recently emerging Mongolian church (no denominations yet), training lay pastors, providing “moving” or yurt churches, assisting homeless children and seniors, and supporting basic health care services and education for those who have had neither. They also work among severely handicapped children, including the blind and those with neurological disorders. PMM teams consist of volunteers, often supported by local churches, with team size limited due to accommodations and travel vehicle limitations in the Gobi Desert region. Charlene holds degrees in Christian Education and Early Childhood Education, and Don, Theology and Technical Education. They have attended Erskine College, Princeton Seminary, the University of Illinois, and Kansas State University).
Christmas Card address: P.O. Box 4, Montreat, NC 28757
Sam & Kimberly (Gross) Leopold – Italy
After growing up in the Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, Kimberly sees it as such a blessing to now be sent as a missionary to the nations by SHPC. College students in Italy are not unlike those of the United States. These students are seeking to find their identity, success, and the purposes in life. In college, many students make decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. As future leaders of our world, it is the best time to win them to Christ, not only for their own salvation, but trust God to see our world changed. As one of the founding cities of Western Civilization, Rome’s history spans over two and a half thousand years. Because of its great influence in the world, Rome is part of Campus Crusade for Christ International’s City Focus evangelism strategy. Cities have unique missional focus in that we meet people from every socioeconomic level. We also see cities as centers for cultural development. These facts make Rome a strategic place to see lives changed by the power of the gospel. We are trusting God to see the culture of the city and eventually the world changed for the glory of God. We will be working on the three college campuses in Rome.
Christmas Card address: 3636 Taliluna Avenue #115 Knoxville, Tn 37919
Andrew & Iris Bornman – Mexico
Andrew and Iris Bornman (and their five children) hope to join Medical work in Mexico while working in the Community Health Evangelism program. Andrew is an expert in farming (and can fix almost anything). Andrew is also honing up his well drilling skills in order to help with the water program.
Christmas Card address: 4001 114 Road, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Reverend Nedson Zulu & Sebber Banda – Mozambique
After graduation from Justo Mwale Theological College in Lusaka, Zambia, Rev. Nedson Zulu served as a Reformed Church of Zambia pastor and with the Theological Education by Extension program in Zambia. Since 1998, Nedson has served with The Outreach Foundation in a holistic ministry of evangelism, church planting, and community development in Tete Province, Mozambique. Nedson is a bridge-builder. He is a Zambian living in Malawi who serves in Mozambique. He loves the Lord and is committed to equipping others for the work of sharing the Gospel. Nedson meets with the elders each year to look at the progress in the churches they are leading, encouraging them to share with others the problems they encounter and help each other to find solutions to problems. Training is a critical dimension of Nedson’s work. Nedson’s colleague in this ministry is a public health worker, Ms. Sebber Banda. Sebber trains and encourages leaders who work in the community, assisting them to understand health issues through the use of a creative drama team. She educates entire communities on how to deal with sickness, especially malaria and cholera. She also helps them understand HIV/AIDS and how to care for infected people and their loved ones. Hygiene and sanitation are other important dimensions of what Sebber teaches. Others who share in the work in Tete include two pastors of the Presbyterian churches in the province and numerous evangelists and volunteers.
Christmas Card address: The Outreach Foundation, c/o Barry Long, 381 Riverside Dr #110, Franklin, TN 37064
Tim & Debbie Dunn – Brazil
Tim recently retired from Delta Air Lines after a 22 year career. He has long been committed to God’s mission in the world, and he developed a passion for the Brazilian people through Debbie, the daughter of PCUSA missionaries. After being ordained as a PCUSA Minister in 2007, Tim was called as the part-time Associate Minister of Multicultural Ministries at Ray-Thomas Memorial Presbyterian Church in Marietta, Georgia. Tim is continuing his education through the Doctor of Missiology program at Fuller Theological Seminary. His desire is to be used by God to help the Brazilian Church grow through evangelism, discipleship, leadership development, church planting and mission mobilization. Debbie is a career music educator who has taught choral and general music in public and private schools at elementary and high schools. She has also served in a number of churches where she has led children’s and youth choirs. Debbie’s desire is to help children praise God. As SEPAL works to increase the number of Brazilians serving cross-culturally and strengthen the leadership development and care, not only of these missionaries, but for Christian leaders throughout Brazil, the Dunns will be contributing in significant ways.
Christmas Card address: 11612 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024
Bob & Kristi Rice – Congo
Bob and Kristi began in January 2010 as mission workers of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they serve with the Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC).
Bob brings a passion for evangelism, equipping leaders and building up the church. He serves as a consultant and colleague with the CPC, with an active involvement in visioning and implementing new initiatives in Christian education and evangelism. Kristi anticipates serving with the community development and microloan projects connected to the CPC as she seeks to empower the poor and demonstrate God’s love.
Christmas Card address: 205 Lake Shore Circle, Bloomington, IL 61704
John McCall – Taiwan
John travels throughout Taiwan teaching courses on ministry and spiritual formation to pastors and lay leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan. He helps pastors find encouragement and challenges by helping them develop intentional communities. He facilitates mentoring relationships between older and younger pastors, as well as churches seeking to serve the growing population of urban aboriginal people who have left their villages for jobs in the cities. He also teaches courses at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Taipei.
Christmas Card address: No. 20, Lane 2, Sec. 2; Yang Teh Rd, Shihlin; Taipei 111 TAIWAN
Andrew Attia – Middle East
Andrew Attia grew up in Amman, Jordan in a multicultural city and family. His parents, Linda and Fawzy Attia, moved from Knoxville, TN to Jordan when he was three. After graduating from college in 2014, Andrew decided to work to serve the children of missionaries. Andrew works at a Christian international school, and has the privilege of seeing students grow in their relationship with God. He teaches high school and middle school Bible classes, organizes school chapel events, and with God’s grace is working to develop future Christian leaders. Andrew asks us all to pray that God raises up laborers to disciple and empower this generation to be passionate about Jesus.