Sabrina Evans began to feel called to missions as a student at Lee University. While there, she participated in short-term trips to Australia, Ukraine, and China. This burden is what led her to pursue a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Eventually, this degree opened the door for another short-term trip to Prague, Czech Republic, in 2003. What was intended to be a five-week trip, turned into five years of service as part of a church-planting team in the most atheistic capital city in Europe —Prague. After five years of teaching university students, discipling new believers, and mentoring future leaders, Sabrina saw the need to further equip herself for ministry. In 2008, she returned to the States to study counseling at the Church of God Theological Seminary. With these new skills in hand, Sabrina returned once again to Prague in January 2012. In addition to working with the local church there, she serves as a training resource person for the entire Central European region, where Christian counselors are sparse.
Michelle Vallez As of August 2017, Michelle has lived a little over half her life in her adopted country! Michelle originally moved to Germany in 1984 to sing in the chorus of the opera house in the city of Kaiserslautern. There she met members of the local Christian Servicemen’s Center, an outreach of the COG’s Ministry to the Military. Through the ministry of the Center, she came to know Jesus and was baptized at the age of 38. After her move to Karlsruhe, she was active in the ministry of the CSC, and spent one year as religious education director for the military
chapel there. After leaving the world of professional theater, Michelle moved to Rudersberg as a COG Associate Missionary. She taught music and music ministries at the European Bible Seminary (now European Theological Seminary) from 1998 – 2000. She returned to ETS, now located in the Black Forest, in Spring, 2014. Since then, she has been teaching Christian Education, Principles of Teaching and Learning, Anthropology and English Composition. She received her BA and MA in music at Occidental College in Los Angeles. In 2012, Michelle completed a second MA in International Theological Education at the Academy for World Missions, the German branch of Columbia International University. The “Life Christian Center” (CZ Life) in Plüderhausen has been Michelle’s church home since 1999. She has led worship, taught music, conducted the choir, and has a special place in her heart for team-teaching a Foundations of Faith course for the teens. When she’s not at ETS or
“life”, she’s teaching English to German businesspeople in Stuttgart or volunteering in the local community support group for refugees, teaching German.
Dana Holloman was born in Baltimore, MD and raised in a loving home. She grew up in a typical pastors home, moving all around the United States and always looking forward to the General Assembly. She was your typical pastors kid and her parents instilled the Word of God in her, which is what has made her what she is today. Like most teenagers, once at the age of 13, she begin to allow the influences of society to sway her judgements. She became resentful toward the church, her parents and most of all God. She begin to fill her hurts, anger and voids with many things that would only be acceptable in society. Before she knew it she found herself as a hopeless alcoholic.After many years of living a shameful lifestyle and making many poor decisions, she found herself turning to the only one that could make a difference. At age 26, she vowed to take every experience and bad decision and give God all the glory by using it to help others. As a rebellious teen/ young adult, single mother, and former alcoholic, she is well able to show the compassion that the youth of Ireland need.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8
Applying Isaiah 6:8 to her life she said, “Send me, Ill go.” A few months later she was quitting her job, packing her bags and telling her friends and family goodbye and leaving everyone and everything she ever knew to start the next chapter of her life. This didn’t just effect her life, but was a drastic change in her daughters life as well. Facing adjustments to culture, people and life as they once knew it. She now lives in Drogheda, a town on the east of Ireland with a population of about 30,000. Reaching out to the youth of Ireland. In today’s society, in Ireland, the increase of criminal activity and substance abuse is a big concern among the youth and young adults. With the vast increase of children becoming addicts of alcohol and illegal drugs action needs to be taken quickly. Dana’s vision is to see lives changed and impacted positively. She wants to offer support, make resources available, educate, and raise awareness about social issues facing the youth/young adults of today. She wants to see the youth of Ireland free from oppression, depression, and anti-social behavior such as addiction, abuse and suicide. She wants to see confident people raised up using their full potential. Her mission is to reach the youth of Drogheda/Ireland through different tactics such as ELEVATE (bringing them together for worship and fellowship), EPIC (educating them in the Word and hanging out with their mates) , raising awareness through such programs as Tirzah (Human Trafficking) and Open Doors (Persecuted Church) and through the Torch ( a new project in development, a much needed youth sports centre in Drogheda) an approach through sports outreach. She wants to see an increase and build self-respect, self-esteem and character and see a decrease in the anti-social behaviours that seems to be gripping the communities of Ireland.
Nick and Janice Park Pastor Nick, with his wife Janice, founded the Solid Rock Church in 1994. He grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and found the Lord through the ministry of the Salvation Army when he was sleeping on the streets as a homeless alcoholic. Pastor Nick serves as the National Bishop of the Church of God in Ireland, Executive Director of Evangelical Alliance Ireland, and is the author of ten books. He holds a Master of Theology degree in Applied Theology from the University of Liverpool.
Bob and Caroline Schmidt have been married for 32 years, and are the parents of 3 grown children. Both Bob and Caroline accepted Christ at a Christian Servicemen’s Center while Bob was serving in the military in the U.K. Feeling called to full time ministry they got out of the military after 15 years and began pastoring. They pastored in North and South Dakota, Oregon and Texas; while serving in Texas they felt called to the mission field.
After being accepted as missionaries by the Church of God Missions Department they resigned their pastorate and they began their fund raising. Raising the initial required amount took them almost a year and a half, but the Lord provided. Once on the mission field in Romania Bob assisted in training Romanian pastors, taught at the regional Romanian bible college, and travelled Romania speaking at churches. During this time they also travelled to other Easter and Western European countries and taught and preached.
Four years ago they began their work with the Church of God Chaplaincy and Care Center. They finished the construction of the facility, and worked as the directors of the center. During this time they also travelled throughout Europe and in Africa and taught chaplaincy classes, and began their work with the Roma (gypsy) people. In 2010 they began the Roma Church of God, with an 8 churches. They are now working towards the construction of a bible/vocational educational center specifically for the Roma people who suffer from 80% illiteracy and 70% unemployment across Europe.
Dennis and Vanna Tanner are in ministry as Church of God appointed career cross-cultural missionaries sharing and guarding the light of the gospel in Scotland. In 2002, Church of God World missions appointed the Tanners as the Cross Cultural Coordinators to Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg). During their time in Benelux the Tanners worked with English speaking, non-indigenous people groups from Romania, Poland, Brazil, Nigeria, and Ghana. Their ministry as guardians of the light focused on training, discipleship, church planting, and establishing a training center in Rotterdam. In 2008 at the General Assembly of the Church of God in San Antonio, Texas, the Tanners were asked to go to Scotland where Dennis was appointed as the Administrative Bishop. There were five Church of God congregations of less than 200 members and only seven ministers when they arrived in Scotland for the first ministers meeting in October of 2008. In 2018 there are now 15 churches, over 600 members and 29 licensed ministers. The Tanners say, “It is not enough to build a building, start a school, or finance an orphanage if we do not have contingency plans to maintain the ministry and guard the light to make sure the effectiveness does not dim or go out in the years to come.” A lighthouse without a guardian of the light will not be effective and result in the loss of life and property. As guardians of the light, the Tanners’ vision remains constant: “reach the lost, disciple and train new Christians, develop leaders and plant churches among the displaced persons, and provide and maintain a guiding light to help people find the safety of eternal life”
Sean Mills is working with Assemblies of God and International Media Ministry in Spain helping on the administration, security and logistics.
Central & Eastern Europe
Jonathan & Daniela Augustine In 1991, on his way home from the Upper Room Church of God in California, Jonathan received an open vision of dozens of people running to an altar for salvation as he preached. Nine months later, that vision was fulfilled in the church he planted in Kustendil, Bulgaria. Since that time, he has served as a missionary pioneer in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The Augustines have planted a church in each of the countries they have served as missionaries, Bulgaria, 1991, and Czech Republic, 2003. In addition, they planted a Bible college, the Bulgarian Theological College in 1997, and a ministry to homeless street children called Samaritans in 1998. While planting the church in Prague, Jonathan, Daniela, and Josiah Augustine founded a coffee shop outreach, DayStar Café, 2006, and a family center, Palecek, 2006. Jonathan has served as a regional superintendent since 2003, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Vanguard University 1990, a Master of Divinity from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary 1995, and a Doctor in Ministry from Drew University 2008.
Tom and Claudia Rosson live in Germany where he serves as regional superintendent for Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (made up of countries from the former Soviet Union). Tom also serves as President of the Eurasian Theological Seminary in Moscow, Russia (ETSM) and interim Vice President of administration at the European Theological Seminary in Germany. Accepting the call to missions while in high school, Tom began his missions ministry at the European Theological Seminary in 1988 and served as a faculty member there for 10 years. While serving in at the seminary, he and two of his former students planted the Rudersberg Church of God (Treffpunkt C). In 2002, he was appointed education director for Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS and served in this position until 2010. In 2006, Tom assumed the position of president at ETSM, a Level IV school that trains pastors and church workers for the Church in the Russian-speaking countries, with over 1100 students in its residential, online and extension programs. In 2010, he was appointed at the regional superintendent for Eastern Europe and the CIS. In 2018, he was appointed as interim vice-president at ETS-Germany. Claudia grew up in Germany. She attended the Krehwinkel Church of God since childhood, the very first Church of God in Germany. Claudia is a trained dental assistant and hygienist. In April 1991, she joined Youth with a Mission (YWAM). After completing its Discipleship Training School, she came to ETS where she met Tom. They were married a year later on June 7, 1992. The Rossons now have three beautiful children: Colin and Kevin (twins) and Brianna.