Our sole aim is to glorify Jesus Christ. It is the desire of Valley Bible Church to be a ‘missional’ community of believers. That is to live everyday life as missionaries. John 20:21 tells us just as God sent his son so Jesus sends us to tell others how to:
Encounter the person of Jesus
Trust the grace of Jesus
Share the love of Jesus
Our missional focus is aimed at shining the light of Jesus to all those in the Warwick Valley and supporting full-time missionaries throughout the globe.
Along with our local VBC people who serve on our Mission Team, a major component of our ministry are the full-time missionary workers we support throughout the globe.
Ed and Susan served with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea, helping the Awara people translate scripture portions into their language. During that time they also earned their M.A.s in linguistics. Now they serve with Wycliffe Associates, developing training materials for people who want to translate the Bible into their own language. They currently reside in North Carolina at JAARS the USA Wycliffe Headquarters.
Nate and Laura serve in Asia, reaching college students with the good news of Jesus. Their primary role is evangelism and church planting. Raised from a young age in VBC, Nate worked construction for four years before choosing to attend three years of Bible College. In his spare time he volunteered at a ministry for teens in prison, as youth leader, and took a few short term mission trips to India, Nepal, the Bahamas, and Thailand. In 2010 Nate launched to Asia and has been working with Campus Target ever since. Nate enjoys reading, canoeing, archery and good food. He is also known as Indy.
Open Air Campaigners (‘OAC’)– Albania
Ian & Caralee Loring – Lead Missionaries
Girls Safe HouseOAC-Albania believes in a ‘holistic’ church that is evangelistic and focused on enlarging the Kingdom of God, yet at the same time being a church family to each other and meeting the needs of the community, especially those needs not being met by other sources. Using social work together with the gospel is aimed at helping and healing the whole person. The Safe House is a refuge to help save, nurture and heal girls who are at risk of trafficking and who have been in abusive / neglectful situations.
God called Pastors Rich and Julie Younger to plant Living Water Wesleyan Church on Christmas Eve 2004. Living Water is located in a small town with big city problems in Pleasantville, the first town west of Atlantic City, NJ. The vision of the church is to see people’s lives transformed through a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37b-38). Pastor Rich was ordained by the Wesleyan Church in 2007 and Pastor Julie is a Licensed Minister following God’s call to pursue Ordination. They both graduated from Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University) with their BS in Bible in May 2013. Pastors Rich and Julie celebrated thirty years of marriage in 2013. They have two married children and five grandchildren. The Youngers no longer require VBC’s financial support but we are committed to upholding them in prayer.
Dan and Linda Rudd have served in Japan since 1988. Their ministry focus has been in support roles. Dan and Linda’s initial assignment was to serve as TEAM Hostel parents for one year. After one year of language school, Dan joined the faculty at the Christian Academy in Japan. After their three sons had all begun school, Linda joined Dan at the school in various roles. She is currently the Administrative Assistant in the TEAM Japan Office while Dan continues at CAJ. Dan has had many roles at CAJ. Currently, he is the Technology Coordinator, teaches Middle School computer skills, and 9th grade Algebra I. Linda’s primary area of responsibility involves assistance and communication with our missionaries, Wheaton Office, and potential missionaries. Dan and Linda have three grown sons: Jonathan, David, and Peter, living and working in the United States. Jonathan has recently joined the U.S. Navy and will be stationed in Oklahoma from the end of March, serving in logistics. David is learning the family business, working construction with Myhren Builders, Inc. Peter will be graduating from Cedarville University in Ohio this May with a degree in Computer Science.
The Nelms reside in Lynchburg, VA. and have been involved in church planting and mission work for over 35 years. Lewis founded Gospelink in April, 1998. Currently, the mission provides monthly assistance to over 1,250 preachers in thirteen nations in Africa, Asia, and Eurasia. In 2009, Lewis started the International Bible College of Zambia and oversees its continuing development. Additionally, under his leadership the Malawi Agricultural Training Center, Harvest Hope Home (orphanage) and Chifundo Rural Health Clinic have been established. Leah works at Gospelink in an administrative capacity, primarily focusing on the management of short-term mission trips.
Randy and Deb Sheagley with Touch the World, both have a passion for reaching teens with God’s love. That passion led then both to Philadelphia Biblical University (‘PBU’) where they met in youth ministry classes. They graduated in 1987 with bachelor degrees in Bible and soon joined a mission organization that had a solid discipleship program for teens training them to effectively reach out to their world. They purchased an old dairy farm in the Pocono Mountains and converted the barn into a community recreational center and cafe. With the support of the local churches in their area, the BARN aka The Mission Center became a stepping stone for many into the church. They have had the privilege of mentoring hundreds of young people into a deeper understanding of God’s love and mission for their lives. As the ministry continued to grow, they were confronted with many issues they were unprepared to address, so they returned to PBU and in 2001 they each graduated with a master’s degree in Counseling. God continues to bring them teens to love and they continue to learn from Him how to love them well.
In 2011, they had the opportunity to take all that God had done in their lives and share this with brothers and sisters in Cuba. The discipleship program there is the only non-denominational youth ministry that is active in the country and it is growing very fast and strong. In 2012, Randy and Deb were asked to take over the leadership of this ministry which includes 5 Cuban full time staff and over 100 volunteer youth leaders in various Christian churches around Cuba. At this time there are over 2000 student members in our program that meet for weekly Bible study, serve in their churches and are actively reaching out to their friends.