Missionaries/Church Planters We Support
The Lebanon Bible Fellowship Church specifically supports fourteen individual missionary families. These include the following foreign and United States missionaries, church planters, and mission board directors.
Kyle and Jenny Merkey
The Merkeys serve with JAARS, the aviation arm of Wycliffe Bible Translators, in Waxhaw, NC. Kyle is the shop manager, with expertise in tool and die making. He regularly tools airplane parts that are no longer commercially available. Jenny cares for their son, Trey, and also teaches at a Christian day school.
Craig and Karena Miller
The Millers are currently doing evangelism and discipleship in the Canary Islands of Spain under the leadership of CrossWorld. Their ministry is primarily a one on one outreach in the university, at the museum, on the beach, in the mountains while biking, at their schools, and in their neighborhood. Craig and Karena have three children: Claudia, Weston and Olivia.
Tony and Joanna Murrin
Tony is an airplane pilot serving a primitive area of Bolivia with Ripe for the Harvest World Outreach. The Murrins are involved in a local church ministry where they live in Cochabamba. Joanna assists with radio communication, kids’ ministry, and caring for people’s needs. Their children are Tony, Drew, Laura and Julie.
Jeff and Emmy Ort
Jeff and Emmy are serving with the branch of Bible-Centered Ministries, Handivangelism, that reaches out to mentally and physically-challenged persons. They conduct camps for these youth at Big Sky Camp in Montana, where they live. They also conduct regular “Kids Night Out” programs to enable the families of these children and youth to have a free evening. Their six children are Keith, Jacob, Kara, Simon, Grace, and Ian.
David and Becky Riddell
David and Becky live in Osny, France, a suburb of Paris. David is the International Director of WorldTeam. Although they travel much throughout Europe and Asia, they continue their involvement with the church they planted in Osny. They also oversee and assist missionary teams in evangelism and gathering believers to worship and minister together.
John and Laura Studenroth
John has a much needed ministry to college professors in the Eastern PA region. He also disciples college students. Their daughters are Laura and Christine.
Duane & Joetta Moyer
As Director of the BFC Board of Missions Duane oversees the work of caring for the many missionaries supported by the Bible Fellowship Churches. He specifically provides encouragement and emotional support, as well as gathering prayer & financial support for them.
Raymond and Louise Bertolet
Raymond is an Assistant Church Planter with BFC Church Extension Ministries, with the responsibility of helping various church planting pastors with outreach, Bible studies, etc. He is presently doing demographic work and attempting to start works in the DelMarVa area.
Dan and Ana Istrate
Their mission is to train church leaders among the Romanian and the Rroma communities by teaching at Timotheus Biblical University in the capital city of Bucharest, and by shepherding Betania Baptist Church in the town of Jina. Their children are Alex and Adora.
David and Donna Gundrum
As Director of BFC Church Extension Ministries, David oversees the planting of new and daughter churches within the BFC. He seeks men who are called by God to pastor in these areas of ministry. He also encourages and supports the workers and pastors of our denomination’s mission-church plants.
Kim is living among the Alagwa people group in Tanzania, Africa, teaching English as a second language in the primary school. She also disciples women in the village who have recently come to faith in Christ.
Mark and Barbara Morrison
As Assistant Director of Church Extension, Mark travels throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware assisting church planters. His primary responsibilities are visitation and survey work. He and Barbara have two sons, Ben and Nathanael.
Laura lives in Juba, South Sudan, where she assists in various ministries of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Her main responsibility is as a translation consultant with a Scripture engagement focus.
Tim and Victoria Zuck
Tim is working on planting a Bible Fellowship Church in Forks Township, PA. Tim and Tori have four children, Dylan, Adam, and twins, Emma and Lily.
Missions Within Our Church
We are pleased to have many individuals within our congregation serving the Lord in some missionary capacity, either locally or nationally. Several of our teens also serve as summer missionaries year after year at various camps throughout Pennsylvania. In the past, our teens have served at Pinebrook Bible Conference in Stroudsburg, PA, and Victory Valley Camp in Zionsville, PA (both are ministries of the Bible Fellowship Church denomination).
In addition to these, our church also supports local mission agencies such as the Lebanon Valley Youth for Christ, Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Center, Lebanon County Child Evangelism Fellowship (directed by one of our elders, Ralph Bechtel), and the Lebanon Rescue Mission (fellow member Clay Rebert serves on staff).
Missions Emphasis Prayer Meetings
Every second Wednesday of the month we hold a special Missions Emphasis Prayer Meeting. During this time, we invite various BFC missionaries to share some of their experiences, prayer requests, and updates from their mission field. It is a wonderful time to get to know some of the missionaries within our denomination and to pray for them in a very intentional way. We also remember the missionaries and church planters supported by Lebanon BFC every Wednesday night, as we receive their specific prayer requests weekly.