Missionary in Residence: Chosen for Completion
Craddock, Portsmouth, VA
In early 2014, former NFL player turned preacher of the gospel, Nathaniel Griffin of Circle of Grace, moved his family into the old Cradock neighborhood of Portsmouth. He has joined forces with Dr. Antipas Harris of Circle of Grace Center for Empowerment and Leadership Development, First Presbyterian Church Norfolk and Cradock Presbyterian Church Portsmouth to birth a new, vibrant, community-focused mission called Chosen for Completion (C4C).
"I’m humbled to be a part of such a mighty move of God, grateful to FPC and Circle of Grace for being my family, and CONFIDENT that “He which has begun a good work in us will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Kate and Rudy Miller are retired and reside in Norfolk, Virginia. They first traveled to Kenya in 2007 and currently are spending three to five months a year in the Nairobi area. Rudy’s career as a business executive and Kate’s background in nursing have equipped them to manage various programs within the Tree of Lives organization in Kenya.
The Millers provide the Kenyans and Tree of Lives with insight, planning, encouragement and oversight on projects initiated by Nazareth Hospital, Mutomo Mission Hospital, Holy Family Center, Joy Children’s Village and Tree of Lives. The Millers are dedicated to helping the African Christian family as together they fight poverty and HIV/AIDS.
Rev. Frank Drake
Indonesia - Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International
Frank served for 28 years as pastor at Willowwood Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, retiring in 2009. With a lifelong interest in missions, in 2007 he answered God's clear call to return to Indonesia after many years to share with church leaders what he had been learning about God's Spirit. By God's grace, Frank travels to Indonesia twice a year to help church leaders grow in their ministry. In addition, Frank has had opportunities to teach and minister in South Korea, Canada, the United Kingdom, and South Sudan, as well as elsewhere in the United States.
Dana and Brandi Bates
Romania - New Horizons Foundation
In 2000, Dana and Brandy co-founded New Horizons Foundation to launch youth development programs in the Jiu Valley. Dana has participated in various conferences, courses and seminars relevant to experiential education, receiving relevant professional certificates. Brandi is the Director of the summer Viata Program. She also coordinates Human Resources and fundraising for the Foundation.
Czech Republic and Amsterdam
Chris serves as a missionary in Europe. In the Czech Republic he serves as one of the pastors at Prague Christian Fellowship, an English-speaking international church, which meets in a small concert hall in downtown Prague. The congregation is about fifty percent Czech and fifty percent international from about twenty-five different countries, and averages about 100 people on Sunday mornings. Also, Chris works with Scripture Union in the Czech Republic as an English teacher at its Christian camps for youth and college students.
Chris also serves as a professor at Tyndale Theological Seminary, just outside Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He teaches intermediate New Testament Greek and advanced Greek exegesis as well as teaching ESL courses to help the students at the seminary. Beginning in September 2014, he will be commuting three days a week from Prague to teach at Tyndale.
Marilyn and Jeff Greenway
Nicaragua - Vida Joven
Jeff and Marilyn joined the ministry of Vida Joven Nicaragua in 2006 after many years of ministry with Young Life in the U.S. Jeff oversees La Finca, Vida Joven's camp and farm ministry based outside of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. In addition, Jeff coordinates the many mission trip teams who partner with Vida Joven each year.
In just a few short years, Jeff and Marilyn have made an enormous impact on Vida Joven's ministries, and both La Finca and the mission trip component have dramatically benefited from their faithful service. Jeff also began the process of summer intern placements with Vida Joven, which has been a fantastic opportunity for both the interns and the mission teams.
Gloria and Tim Wheeler
Honduras - Heifer International
Tim and Gloria have been serving in Honduras, Gloria's homeland, for close to 30 years. They have served in many capacities over the years. Tim currently is serving as regional advisor for Heifer Project International in Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. He is responsible for strengthening the training, evaluation, strategic planning, administration, and team-building capacities of Heifer projects in the region.
Gloria coordinates study tours and mission team visits from the United States. Some teams work in an urban setting, others work in one of the 20 local Heifer partners, and others travel to western Honduras to help the Chorti-Mayan people build homes.