The Global Missions Team strives to provide care for the world through partner churches and missionaries. From Guatemala to the Congo to Southeast Asia, we support missionaries in their work and service in the name of God and the church.
We also travel to Guatemala each year to work, play, and worship with our brothers and sisters at our covenant churches -- Central Church in Guatemala City and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Chajul. Read on to learn more about missionaries we support! For more information about becoming involved in WPC's global mission efforts, email Nancy Archibald.
Philip and Bacilia have been working with the National Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Guatemala (IENPG) since 2010. Together, they facilitate partnerships between U.S. and IENPG churches by coordinating visits and mission project from their home base in Cobán, where they have planted a church. Philip coordinates development of Cobán's Presbyterian Complex, a project that combines K-12 education, indigenous theological training, evangelism and social outreach. Bacilia helps host visiting groups in Cobán, directs the prayer and evangelism ministries of their congregation, and "holds down the fort" with their three children, Matthew, Manuel, and Estefana. Support the Beisswengers.
As regional liaison for Southeast Asia, Barry brings extensive ministry experience as a counselor and pastoral caregiver in international settings. Barry helps facilitate and support partner programs while encouraging co-workers and mentoring/guiding them. Shelly, a registered nurse, brings gifts and skills from areas of healing and wholeness. She also leads and accompanies mission co-workers and constituents in their journeys throughout the region. Support the Dawsons.
Larry works with partner churches and organizations to help them build capacity for health ministry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His work with Interchurch Medical Assistance (IMA) has helped partners run large, internationally funded health programs that have positive impacts on health. Inge works with both IMA and the Presbyterian Church of Kinshasa with community garden programs to alleviate urban hunger and malnutrition as an advisor to the Methodist Presbyterian Hostel. Support the Sthreshleys.
Stuart Mapes grew up around Richmond, VA, and recently graduated from the College of William & Mary, where he majored in English and government. He also served on the UKirk Leadership Council, and was very active in the UKirk Campus Ministry. Stuart has a love for reading, exercising, and cooking. Stuart is serving as a YAV in Boston, MA, with a focus on issues of food (in)justice. You can read his blog here.
Miguel Petrosky grew up in Covington, VA, and recently graduated from the College of William & Mary, where he majored in government and minored in music. He was active musically in WPC, from Westminster Ringers to the choir, as well as an active member in UKirk (and also served on the UKirk Leadership Council!). Miguel has a love for reading and traveling. He is serving as a YAV in New Orleans, LA, and is focusing on literacy among adults, as well as class-ism in the area. You can read his blog here.