Our Missionaries

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JOHN & SHEILA AHERN,
Directors of Jacksonville, NC - Military Christian Center
 

In 1987, John was invited to the Military Christian Center in Norfolk, VA as a young sailor stationed aboard the USS America CV-66. It was there that he heard and responded to the gospel, trusting Christ as his Savior. John lived at the Center for about three years and his involvement in the Discipleship Program gave him a desire to know more about God’s Word.

As a result of this discipleship and a desire to learn more, John left active duty in the Navy to attend Piedmont Baptist College. He met his wife, Sheila, who was also a PBC student. After graduation they were challenged for full time Christian service. They were burdened for those men and women serving in our military, some who were just like John who needed to hear of the good news of the Gospel.

The Military Christian Center has dinner and Bible Study on Tuesdays and Fridays and serves as a home-away from home for the active duty Marines and Sailors stationed at Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River.
 
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Dr. Joycutty and Leala George, India
Dr. Joy George, a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, is the president of Asian Christian Academy in Bangalor, India, which is a graduate level seminary training Indians and other Asians for ministry. The ACA Ministry also includes a 35 bed hospital, an orphanage, a Christian day school, and a twenty home community for tsunami survivors attended by one of their seminary graduates as a missionary. Joy and Leela have three married children who are also involved in the ministry of ACA. Their two sons are graduates of Dallas Seminary, and their son-in-law is a physician in the ACA Clinic.
 
 
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Paul and Sheila Hosier, Honduras
Paul, Sheila, and their five children currently live and serve in Honduras with the Baptist Medical & Dental Mission International, which exists under the Lordship of Jesus Christ to evangelize the lost, disciple the saved, and minister to the needs of the poor. Paul and Sheila were members of JBC from the mid-nineties until 2007, and he was on staff as part-time Assistant Pastor from 2002 through 2006. They have been in Honduras since July, 2007.
 
 
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João & Sophia, Miguel, Jordana Mordomo

Since meeting Christ at age 16, João’s driving passion has been to see the Lord Jesus glorified in all areas of his life and among all peoples of the world. Having pastored and planted churches, co-founded a globally integrated missions movement, and established a “business as mission” consultancy, among other things, João can perhaps best be described as a “Great Commission Entrepreneur”. He has worked cross-culturally for 20 years, five of them in Belgium and 15 in Brazil, where he still serves. He has preached, taught and trained leaders in over 40 countries on subjects such as evangelism, missions, leadership and business as mission (BAM). João serves as president of Crossover-Brasil (called CCI-Brasil), and vice president of Crossover’s international leadership team. He serves on the global Business as Mission Think Tank steering committee, and as the BAM Coordinator for COMIBAM. João is author or co-author of numerous book chapters and articles, including in the Lausanne Movement’s Occasional Paper on Business as Mission (contributor and editorial team) and Business as Mission: From Impoverished to Empowered (contributor). Additionally, he serves as professor of missiology at several institutions in Brazil, the U.S. and Europe.

Not long after beginning to minister in Brazil, João fell head over heels in love with an incredible Brazilian named Sophia, who shared his passion for God's glory among the nations. Sophia holds a bachelors degree in Physical Education from the Federal University of Paraná and is certified by the Cooper Institute as a personal trainer. While she thoroughly enjoys working as a personal trainer, her deepest joy comes from rearing their two children, Miguel and Jordana, supporting João and participating with him in ministry, and discipling young women to be faithful followers and worshippers of Jesus Christ.

You can find out more about them at www.mordomo.org and atwww.BMDMI.org

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Terry and Ruth Murphy, Kiev, Ukraine

Terry and Ruth are graduates of Texas A&M University. They were active with the Navigators while members of Jacksonville Bible Church during Terry's five years in the Marine Corps. Upon leaving the Corps, Terry served as a Navigator Staff Representative at Camp Lejeune for two years. They have been in Kiev since 1998, primarily doing evangelism and discipleship among students and other young adults. Their three children, Jeneal, David, and Katelyn, are very fluent in Russian after a number of years in Russian schools. They now attend a Christian school where there are more opportunities for extra-curricular activities and the teaching is in English.

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Evangelist B. Shalem, India

Evangelist B. Shalem works in Cudapa, Andhra Pradesh, India, sharing Christ with downtrodden people. We came to support him through the ministries of Asian Christian Academy, and one of their graduates, Chebrolu Eliphaz, who spoke at JBC in 2005. Evangelist B. Shalem's ministry is an outreach of the Bible Baptist Church in Adnhra Pradesh, pastored by Rev. Elephaz. He is married and the father of three children.