Global Missions and Ministries
Welcome Home Outreach Ministries has benefited from a wonderful and growing relationship with Community Baptist Church for many years, serving together in leadership and ministry to the people of Baja, Mexico. Under the leadership of Neri Maya (Administrator and Director) and Saul & Amber Morales (Assistant Directors), Welcome Home Outreach has hosted a number of short-term missions teams from Community Baptist that have assisted the Welcome Home staff with VBS programming and construction projects from house repairs to full house builds. Through our support, Welcome Home has provided free, Christ-centered day care for preschool-aged children of needy families.
Humberto and Carmen Del Arca are Hondurans. They came to faith in Christ in the 1980s and Humberto grew as a leader through the influence of an American missionary, George Patterson. He connected Community Baptist Church with the Del Arcas and his expanding church planting ministry in northern Honduras. Through our support of Humberto over 300 churches have been planted with every pastor discipled and trained through Theological Education and Evangelism by Extension (TEEE). Each summer a team from Community spends ten days helping with the construction of a church building for this expanding ministry.
Daniel and Joi Ehmann serve in Italy with World Team. For centuries Europe was Christian but it is now functionally secular. Joi served at Community Baptist Church while in seminary and she then took that experience and training to help churches in Hungary develop children’s ministries. Upon marrying Daniel she moved to Italy to join him in Milan where their ministry is focused on starting new communities of believers, which means creatively sharing Christ and developing new leaders for these churches. Joi also facilitates the training of the World Team workers in cross-cultural church planting.
Robin Hanna-Harter leads Signs of Love (SOL), a ministry committed to reaching the deaf in the rural villages of developing nations. The main country of focus is Honduras, which grew out of Community Baptist Church’s partnership there with church planting. Robin initially came to Community to help develop our ministry to the deaf. Through involvement with some of Community’s summer mission trips her eyes were opened to the needs of the deaf throughout the world. She then started Signs of Love and relocated to Honduras.
Jeff and Nozomi Johnston, along with their children Zack and Ellie, live in Fontana after several years in Tokyo, Japan as missionaries. They continue to serve with Asian Access, developing national pastors who multiply churches across Asia. At CBC, Jeff helped to launch the Missions Action Team and is a current board member. Nozomi teaches 2nd grade at Upland Christian Academy and serves on CBC’s women’s ministry team. Their kids were baptized at CBC in 2011 and volunteer in the children’s Bible classes.
Stephen and Evangelia Larkin serve in Athens, Greece. Stephen, the son of a former pastor at Community Baptist Church, spent his early years at CBC and met Evangelia, a pastor’s daughter from Greece, in college. Their desire to participate in the spreading of the Good News, along with their love for Greece, led them to move to Athens with their two daughters. Greece is undergoing tremendous political turmoil and suffers severe unemployment, factors that are especially difficult for the Greek young people. Stephen and Evangelia are working with an established church and focusing on outreach to the youth in their community and city, with the long-term goal of establishing a new church.
Tim Lee is a young man with deep ties to Community Baptist Church as the son of our Associate Pastor of Worship, Doug and his wife Letty. Tim is serving full-time with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on the campuses of Cal State Fullerton and Chapman University. Tim’s work is something of a reversal of the mission mandate to “go into all the world,” as he reaches many students from “all the world” who have come to the US to further their academic studies. His work includes campus outreach, discipleship training, and teaching and leading student groups both small and large.
Gerber and Michelle Perez are making a kingdom difference in Guatemala. Working through the agency of Mission Impact, their ministry, Healthy Communities, focuses on providing access to clean water, fuel-efficient cooking stoves, and appropriate sanitation for Guatemalan families. While working to fulfill physical needs, their ministry is church-based as they partner to develop local leaders, empower community members, and bring reconciliation between neighbors, the environment and ultimately, between people and God. No strangers to CBC, Michelle grew up here and is the daughter of our pastors, Rob and Kathleen Acker.
Byron and Pam Spradlin lead Artists in Christian Testimony (ACT) based in Franklin, Tennessee. ACT’s mission is to mobilize, equip, and support Christian artists and missionaries with artistic expression for the Great Commission around the world. This is especially strategic given how people learn through music and the arts. Byron was Community Baptist Church’s first worship pastor and then planted one of Community’s daughter churches, New Hope, while continuing to give leadership to ACT.
WorldVenture is an international Christian missions ministry with whom Community partners. We invest financial resources so we can help plant churches around the world and see God’s Kingdom advance. One of Community Baptist Church’s particular concerns is to bring the message of Jesus to countries in the 10/40 window. Thousands of people groups exist in this area without a church, many never hearing the name of Jesus. WorldVenture seeks to produce significant positive changes in the lives of children, churches and communities through partnerships with people who serve Christ through ministries of evangelism, church development, leadership training, compassion and local mission movements.