VGBC Missionaries

VGBC Missionaries
Serving in: East Asia
International Mission Board

RESTRICTED NATION: This includes countries where government policy or practice prevents Christians from obtaining Bibles or other Christian literature. Also includes countries with government-sanctioned circumstances or anti-Christian laws that lead to Christians being harassed, imprisoned, killed or deprived of possessions or liberties.

HOSTILE AREA: This also includes areas in nations where governments attempt to provide protection for the Christian population, but Christians are victims of violence because of their witness.

Vista Grande Baptist Church has established Mission Control Teas, which meet monthly to pray fervently for the salvation of people around the world and for those who are serving.  In recognition of the great spiritual need among the people of East Asia, we are committed to champion this area of the world for Christ through prayer.



Mark & Lona Webb

Mark & Lona Webb
Serving in: Ireland
Crossworld

Lona and I always felt God’s call to ministry, particularly to missions. On family vacations to England, Scotland and Wales, we would visit churches, large and small, and read the memorials. Most of them would say “To the glory of God” and talk about the wonderful things that person and/or family had done for God and country, yet the church service attendance was very small. God was opening our hearts and eyes to the spiritual climate of Western Europe.

We never felt God was calling us to those countries, so we kept plodding along: me going to Brasil and Lona and I going to Croatia. We then decided to go to Ireland and that was when we felt our heart strings pulled.

After talking to the IMB and being told they would not send us there, we started looking for another mission agency and found CrossWorld. The organization began in 1931 and has over 400 workers in at least 36 geographic locations around the world.

By God’s grace we moved to Killarney in July 2011. There we support the work already in progress at Grace Fellowship. Bible teaching, preaching and forming relationships (being salt and light) are the main focus, but music plays a big part as well!

If you would like to hear more about our ministry, please contact us.



Laurel Erickson

Laurel Erickson
Serving in: Colorado Springs, CO
Christian Challenge

I am serving as a Collegiate/University Missionary within an organization called Christian Challenge at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). The journey to this day began back in February 2013 when God first put ministry on my heart. While in college, I found myself in a place where Christ had a position of minor priority in my life. Little did I know, that an invitation to an on-campus ministry would be the course God would use to pull me to Him and challenge me to ask myself, “what does a life fully surrendered to Christ actually look like?” I eventually asked myself that very question and my heart was changed that day by the overwhelming grace of God. God began an amazing work in me at that point, and so began a journey that I hope will reach far beyond my own relationship with Christ and into the lives of others who find themselves on similar paths. The truth and love of God that was shown to me through this ministry is the reason I know Christ as my savior today. My hope is to evoke in other students the same desire to spread the Gospel message on our campus and to reach others who do not have a relationship with Christ.



Kent & Elizabeth Slack

Kent & Elizabeth Slack
Serving in: Colorado Springs, CO
Christian Challenge

We are missionaries through the North American Mission Board serving the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), a campus of more than 12,000 students.  We have been leading Christian Challenge at UCCS since the Fall semester of 2008.  Christian Challenge is a campus ministry dedicated to challenging believers to be intentional about growing in their faith in Jesus Christ and to challenging unbelievers to be open to the belief that the Bible is true and Jesus is who He says He is.  

The two of us moved from Texas to Colorado in July of 2008 to begin this ministry.  Since that time our family has grown from 2 to 5.  We are completely overwhelmed by God’s faithfulness to us throughout this entire journey.  It’s exciting to see all that God has done over these past 8 years, and we know this is only the beginning!

We’d love to have you share in this journey with us.  It is obvious that God is working in and through Christian Challenge at UCCS, but there are so many students on our campus that do not know Jesus.  In no way do we feel that our call to this campus is a short-term one.  That’s why we need people like you to come alongside us so that we can continue to do the work we’ve been called to do.

If you would like to find out how you can help support our ministry at UCCS, please contact us atkentslack@hotmail.com.

Your prayers for our family and our ministry are always welcomed!



Christina Schott

Christina Schott
Serving in: Alexandria, Virginia
Grow to Serve Learn More

I am serving in the US with the organization, Grow2Serve, helping to creating online, cross-cultural training.

I have a heart to work alongside churches and missions organizations to send short-term and long-term missionaries. I currently serve through United World Mission to work with Grow2Serve in cross-cultural training. I’m the Program Manager for Operations, as well as an Instructional Designer and Cross-Cultural Training Consultant.

My experience includes living overseas as a missionary, serving on mission committees, researching best practices in missions, and developing training programs. I bring my knowledge and experience to churches and missions organizations as they seek to emphasize missions and effectively engage in mission. I am able to provide guidance on developing a missions strategy, developing training for missionaries, and planning and executing mission trips that will have an eternal impact.
While living overseas as a missionary, God led me to return to the U.S. to prepare others to serve Him cross-culturally and eventually marry my loving, supportive husband Ben.

Prayer Requests:
For spiritual vitality and to bring God glory and praise
For me and Ben to trust God for provision, contentment, joy and perseverance
For ministry resulting in missionaries and ministers connecting worldwide to quality, transformative learning resulting in healthy spiritual lives, personal growth, and fruitful ministry



Amanda Peck

Amanda Peck
Serving in: The Balkans
Lydia, A Beating Heart Read my newsletter!

For as long as I can remember, I have always had a desire to be in medical missions.  After I graduated with my nursing degree, I worked as an RN at a local hospital in Colorado Springs, but the draw in my heart to international missions was never far from my mind.

As I grew in my career and in my personal life, I sensed God telling me it was time to look into long-term missions.  He brought into my life a couple who served in Eastern Europe during the 1980s.  Their story fascinated me, and I began to sense God pulling my heart toward Eastern Europe.  The more I learned about the spiritual climate here, the more my heart was drawn.  This area was the setting for the birth of Christianity; Paul’s ministry in the Scriptures took him through this area.  Yet, now, it is a place full of religious tradition, but starkly lacking in living faith based on a relationship with our Creator and Savior.

This same couple introduced me to their sending organization, headquartered in Colorado.  Founded during World War II by a Navy Chaplain burdened for Europe’s spiritual state, this organization has over 300 missionaries located all across Europe.

Proverbs 31:9
In January 2014, I moved to the Balkans to volunteer with the only pro-life crisis pregnancy center in the area.  Open for a year and a half, this center, named “Lydia – A Beating Heart,” has already seen God move in mighty ways.

My other passion for ministry is through music.  I have been serving in worship through piano and keyboard in various ways for the last 20 years.  I look forward to seeing how God will provide a way to use that here as well.

If you would like to learn more about my ministry, please email me.



Isaac & Becca Herold

Serving in: Colorado Springs
Christian Challenge

Becca and I met at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) during a spring club fair. At the time she was working for the Navigators at UCCS, and I was still working with Christian Challenge. Through a mutual love of college students we began hanging out, and after a year and a half we were married. We both have a growing love for bringing the gospel message to college campuses. College ministry had a huge impact on both of us, and we both feel strongly called to invest in college students for as long as God will allow. We are excited for this new season of marriage and pray that God will bring us together in a unique way to meet and minister to college students in a capacity we have not been able to before.

Christian Challenge is part of the Baptist Collegiate Network and has been at UCCS since 2008. Those on staff are missionaries through the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Our group is dedicated to two things: challenging believers to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ and challenging unbelievers to be open to the belief that the Bible is true and Jesus is who He says He is. We accomplish this by intentionally engaging students on campus with biblical truths and creating a community where students can have fellowship with one another. We do this through large group Bible studies, small group discussions, events, one-on-one meetings and serving opportunities throughout our campus and community. We also strongly encourage students to belong to a local church where they can also serve the larger community throughout our city.



Robbyn Booker

Serving in: Spain
Reach Beyond

Robbyn’s parents, Leonard and Imogene Booker, worked with HCJB (now Reach Beyond) for 30 years. Robbyn was raised in Quito, Ecuador and was very involved in the short-wave radio ministry, as well as helping the local church. Missions has always been something close to her heart, but as a single mom, Robbyn spent most of her adult life managing retail banking branches and trust offices. In 2005, she returned to Ecuador on a vision trip, followed by a short-term trip to Ukraine. Both trips “lit a flame” in Robbyn as she began seeking the Lord for a new missions opportunity, and two and half years later, Robbyn returned to Quito for six months on a short-term basis, then went to serve in Spain for two years working at a missionary children’s school.

Now, Robbyn is a missionary appointee with Reach Beyond for long term service, and is currently in the process of support-raising. She hopes to be on the field by early 2017 and plans to assist the North Africa Middle East regional director with the work in that region.  She has the necessary financial and administrative skills and a mastery of the language that uniquely gifts her for this work.  Robbyn is eager to be on the field serving the Lord through this ministry of proclaiming the voice of Jesus and looking forward to what the Lord has waiting for her.



Kevin Green

Serving in: Colorado Springs, CO
Evangelism Explosion Learn More

Hello My name is Kevin Green I serve full time with Evangelism Explosion. The role God has called me to play is to work side by side with local pastors to help train their congregation to be Way Of Life Witnesses.

Evangelism Explosion is a ministry that trains people how to share their faith in Christ and how to bring people from unbelief to belief. We utilize a variety of components including prayer, actual on-the-job training where the experienced lead the inexperienced, and the principle of spiritual multiplication.

“Multiplication” is the key component—not just winning people to the Lord one-by-one (addition). But training those won to the Lord to win, and then train, others.

On-the-job training is another vital ingredient. By actually going out with experienced trainers like myself in real life witnessing situations, people learn how to share their faith. Much like learning to fly an airplane would be impossible without actually getting in the cockpit, evangelism is difficult without leaving the confines of a classroom.

By learning small parts of the Gospel each week, including Bible verses and illustrations, people incrementally grasp a Gospel tool that becomes a lifelong mission.

If you have any questions about EE, please contact me.