Missions Conference 2017

Psalm 117:1 Praise the Lord, all ye nations!

Conference Schedule

Saturday:     9:00 am          Prayer Breakfast with Missionaries

                         5:30 pm          Asian dinner, interactive evening, $8/person - $20/family

Sunday:        9:00 am          Community Hour, meet a missionary

                                                   Kids' Community, meet a missionary

                      10:30 am          Worship Service, Paul Taylor, speaker

                      Noon                  Lunch - meet and greet our guests

Meet Paul & Sarah Taylor

Paul is a graduate of Taylor University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Fuller Theological Seminary where he earned a doctorate of ministry. Sarah, the daughter of missionaries to India, and Paul were married in 1966. The Taylor's ministry began in church planting and included Paul's tenure as Coordinator of Church Planting for the PCA, from 1984-1991. In 1992 Paul and Sarah moved to Manila, Philippines to begin a new church planting work under Mission to the World. Later they were asked to add several Asian countries to their role and became Regional Director for Asia while still serving as the Team Leader of the Philippines (1995-2001).  In 2001 Paul assumed the role of International Director for 42 countries of the Asia/Pacific Region where they saw the Lord increase the number of locations from seven in 2001 to over thirty by 2013. New MTW ministries opened in Nepal, South India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Vanuatu, China, Laos, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the Philippines. In January 2014 Paul retired from his role as International director for Asia/Pacific. Paul and Sarah continued to serve as missionaries until November 30, 2015 when they retired.

Meet Bruce & Susan Young

The 30 years of experience Bruce and Susan Young have had church planting in Japan has prepared them for the valuable ministry they have today as a resource to missionaries. Since 2004 they have served as consultants, cheerleaders, mentors, and teachers to missionaries and pastors in Japan and around the world.  Throughout their work with both the Spiritual Life and Global Training and Development Departments, Bruce and Susan have the privilege of pouring their lives into missionaries through spiritual mentoring and training in cross-culture ministry. This is done through the Living in Grace Conferences and a one month long pre-field training program. They also minister to missionaries who are already on the field by making field visits and through events such as the summer conference, re-entry orientation, and area retreat. Their own experience on the field convinced Bruce and Susan of the importance of going there fortified by the power of the gospel for daily life and ministry. They thank God for the privilege of helping new missionaries become the next generation of leaders, and helping those already on the field to be fruitful for the expansion of Christ's Church. Bruce and Susan live in Chattanooga, Tennessee and have three children and nine grandchildren.

Meet Sean & Lisa Radke

Sean first went to Japan as a college student for a summer of campus ministry in Tokyo. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, his experience as a student in the heart of Japanese culture, where less than 0.3 percent of the population are Christians, left a deep impression on him and began his sense of calling to the nation and next generation of Japan. Sean met Lisa, who grew up in Evansville IN, soon after his time in Japan and they married in 2002. Sean received a master of divinity degree and Lisa a master of arts in counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary. He went on to serve as as assistant minister to college students at The Church of the Good Shepherd (PCA) in Durham, NC for over four years. Sean and Lisa are a part of MTW's Next Ministry Team in Japan. Their focus is on reaching young people by serving locally through outreach and discipleship in partnership with the local church, equipping leaders, and ministering to mission families. Their prayer is for the global church and families in Japan to flourish in a movement of God's Spirit among young people.