First Baptist Matthews is honored to partner with missionaries and organizations around the world to take the hope of the gospel to a wide group of people.  We carefully cultivate relationships and support mission work through strategic partnerships where we come along side others to offer prayer, training, and financial support.

Josh and Susan Bolden
CRU - Chief of Staff | Missions Operations

Josh and Susan joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ (now known as CRU) in 1999 at Duke University.  In 2005 they moved to Western North Carolina to begin ministries on 25 campuses in the region.  Josh and Susan lived in Holly Springs, NC where they worked for Mid-South CRU. In the fall of 2018 they moved to Orlando, FL.  Josh had been promoted to Chief of Staff - Mission Operations for Cru.  We look forward to hearing about his new responsibilities.

Brandon and Ansley Hammond
CRU - South Carolina Low Country

Brandon and Ansley joined the full-time staff of Cru in 2004 after they graduated from College of Charleston and got married. They served at UNCC for four years and then had the opportunity to go to Brooklyn for three years where they reached students for Christ on many campuses in New York City. They had the chance to return to Charleston, SC in 2010 where they have continued to partner with students on many campuses in the area. Brandon and Ansley want to give every college student in the Low Country a chance to say “Yes” to Jesus Christ.

Carmen Heffner
ABWE - Live Global

Carmen joined ABWE in Nicaragua in 2007. For 10 years she supported church planting through teaching and equipping national pastors and their wives in Nicaragua. Carmen also supported the local churches through a teaching ministry. In 2018, God brought changes in her role with ABWE. Through GAP, Carman began to connect local churches with national partners throughout Latin America and the world in order to more effectively spread the Gospel. GAP has now changed to Live Global and Carmen is working with the children’s ministry. She is traveling the globe providing training for children’s workers.

Loren and Michelle Rothmann

Loren and Michelle serve Wycliffe Bible Translators at the JAARS Center in Waxhaw, NC. Loren provides technical support and training to Wycliffe missionaries globally. Michelle is a nurse and works at the JAARS Health Clinic serving missionaries with assignments in Waxhaw and all over the world. Please pray for the 2,000 people groups (270 of which use sign language) who have no Scripture in their language and the 2,600 groups who have active translations.

Michelle McPherson
Café Bethesda - Kathmandu, Nepal

Michelle first began her ministry with the World Race in 2013. She served God in 11 countries in 11 months and was drawn to Nepal. She now works through Café Bethesda in Kathmandu where she ministers to their staff and with the missionaries who frequently visit the café. Michelle is willing to answer in any way the Holy Spirit leads.

Suresh and Anitha Sammangi
Indian Community Church - Boston, MA

Suresh was raised in India in a completely Hindu society.  He was saved through the ministry of a local pastor in 1997.  In 2007, sensing the call to ministry, he left everything behind and sought an education in the United States.  He received his undergraduate from Temple Baptist College and his Masters in Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. There are over 85,000 Indian people in the Boston area that Suresh seeks to reach with the gospel through the ministry of Indian Community Church.

Tom Brown
Great Commission Ministries

Great Commission Ministries is about living the Great Commandment and fulfilling the Great Commission both locally and globally. GC believes in equipping indigenous leaders to train their people groups to teach and transfer the Great Commission to the ends of the earth. Nations have come to us. By reaching them here, we reach them there and reaching them there, we reach them here. It’s no longer domestic or foreign mission rather reaching the unreached people groups wherever they are.

Josh Wyatt
Charles River Church, Boston MA

Josh is the founder and lead pastor of Charles River Church in Boston, Massachusetts.  He wants to see the Boston area reached for Christ and has a passion to see the spiritual tide turned in all of New England in his lifetime.  Josh has a Bachelor and Seminary Degrees in Biblical Studies and Church Ministries.  He has started ministries for youth and families in urban housing developments along with new churches in Greater Boston.  In addition to his ministries in Boston, Josh enjoys traveling to speak across the country with a unique focus on the northeast.

Jacob Rose
San Jose’ de Pane’, Honduras

Jacob established opportunities in the last year and a half to share the Gospel through his efforts in community development in Honduras. He is working with the local government to help provide a higher quality and quantity of drinking water. He has also built a farm and training center where he teaches sustainable farming practices. Jacob has also been involved with the New Life project, a Christian education program for children.

Kyle Rolan
Baguio, Philippines

In June of 2018, Kyle & Jenny Rolan and their family went to serve in the mission field in the Philippines. Kyle works with the Community Touch Christian Church in La Union. He works alongside Pastor Roland Coloma teaching and sharing with new believers who are primarily youth and children. Kyle & Jenny balance a very busy schedule as Kyle also attends the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary in Baguio during the week.

Matthew Thifault
E3 Partners | Boone, NC

Matthew and Gracie Thifault are a newly married couple living in Boone, NC where they serve as missionaries at Appalachian State University. Matthew has a vision to see NO PLACE LEFT, where the Gospel has not been heard. Our mission field is 20,000+ students, of which 96% are far from God. We desire for every student that comes through ASU to have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel at least once during their 4 years here. Colleges are a lot like airports — tons of people come in, but most are going somewhere else. This makes our work extremely strategic because while we aim to reach the ends of the earth. We are targeting the future by reaching students who will go on to various locations throughout the world!