Anees Zaka -- Church Without Walls
Dr. Anees Zaka is the founder and director of Church Without Walls (a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America) and founder and president of the Biblical Institute for Islamic Studies. He came from the Middle East to the United States in 1982 to have a ministry with Muslims who have emigrated here. He has done extensive research on Islam and has spent many years ministering to Muslims both in North America and overseas. His approach is to meet with the Muslim people for “Meetings for Better Understanding”, where Biblical and Koranic topics are discussed in a friendly way.
Derek & Laura Dougherty -- Mission to the World (MTW)
Derek and Laura each sensed a call on their lives toward global missions before getting married in 2009. They first served together in a church-planting work in Birmingham, Alabama, for several years. Then after taking a vision trip to Cusco, Peru, in 2013, they felt God calling them to serve on MTW’s church-planting team there. Derek serves in a variety of capacities in a local church plant, Fuente De Gracia, providing leadership alongside the pastor and discipling Peruvian men, as well as training and equipping Peruvians to be leaders in the church. Laura supports the MTW team in Cusco through leading and teaching in a homeschool co-op attended by many of the missionary children on the team.
Katherine Long -- Bulgaria with MTW
After a 2009 vision trip to Sofia, Bulgaria, Katherine saw the work there and felt she had found her missions family. The church-planting team is committed to showing the love of Christ to make known the hope of Christ through outreach, discipleship, and community development. Bulgaria is one of the leading countries in trafficking and exploitation of men and women. As a long-term missionary, Katherine continues to work with those marginalized and at-risk through expanding MTW’s work with the Daughters of Bulgaria through prevention, rescue, and restoration.
Brad and Colleen Taylor -- International World Reach
Rev. Brad and Colleen Taylor joined World Reach, Inc. as missionaries in 2017. They come from a background of extensive experience in church-planting, evangelism, and the training of Christian leaders. Brad serves with World Reach as a professor and coordinator for World Reach’s Mobile Bible Institutes. He prepares and teaches M.Div. level courses in Bible, Theology and Ministry in mobile seminaries and Bible Institutes throughout Latin America, Africa and Europe in Spanish and English. Brad also encourages and trains pastors and church planters based on his 25 years of experience in planting and pastoring two Spanish speaking churches. Colleen and Brad also do marriage conferences together, and Colleen helps with World Reach’s medical missions trips and ministers to women and children.