serving away

Serving Away

GCC supports a number of people working in God’s service around the world, with prayer, practical support, and sometimes financial assistance. Here we introduce some of them.

John and Tessa Gillespie

John was the pastor at GCCC from 1994 to 2012.  John and Tessa work with Global Training Network to train Majority World pastors and Christian leaders so that they can more effectively equip their congregations to evangelize and disciple their communities for Christ.

In the majority of the world, there is roughly one trained Christian worker per 450,000 people. From their base in Kansas City, U.S.A., John and Tessa seek to equip more workers in majority world nations. Under the oversight of GTN, John takes up to 8 trips per year to various nations, where he develops and teaches theological curricula relevant to the needs of local pastors. John also provides training at YWAM’s university in Kona, Hawaii, and teaches at conferences in Poland.

Where possible Tessa, travels with John and also makes trips of her own, applying her extensive knowledge of life in ministry and expertise as an educator.

David and Naomi Bhadreshwar

(with Jessica, Jack, and Kate)

David and Naomi are part of the ‘Jesus Christ the Great Shepherd Church’ in Arequipa, Peru. David regularly teaches in the church, as well as finding a variety of ways to support local pastors. These include annual conferences held in Tacna and Lima, designed to equip church leaders. He also produces various biblical teaching materials in Spanish for distribution online.

Naomi home-schools the three children, as well as helping in the children’s ministry of the church. She practices hospitality and supports and enables David in all he does.

Together, David and Naomi work to make disciples and build a powerful, thriving church.

Johnny and Jenni Gillespie

(with David, Kaira, and Liam)

Based at YWAM’s ‘University Of The Nations’ in Kona, Hawaii, Johnny takes part in overseeing the Discipleship Training School program, which trains over 1200 students annually. These schools launch many into lifelong missionary service, while equipping others to follow Jesus boldly in their home settings.

Jenni leads a DTS with Johnny, as well as contributing to Brave Love – a ministry that works to activate women in their unique identity and calling.

All this, alongside the usual challenges of raising a young family, makes for a very busy life, full of opportunities to trust God and see him work!

Lenny Rogers

Lenny is serving Jesus from New Life Farm, which is a couple of miles north-east of the village of Orllan in the province of Podujeva, Kosovo.

Using modern agricultural practices he encourages the local rural population to return to the land they deserted during the Kosovo war of the late 1990’s. Lenny employs agriculture and friendship as the primary tools to quietly communicate the Gospel amongst the ethnic Albanian population which is predominantly Islamic.

Lenny has faced severe challenges over the years, particularly through damage to his home – a simple barn where he both lives and works.

Dan and Bonny McCormack

(with Norah)

After completing a year-long training course in New York, focused on church planting and cross cultural missions, Dan, Bonny and Norah are based in the UK while preparing for long term missions overseas. For security purposes their specific destination cannot be named, as the culture may be somewhat hostile toward the message of Jesus. Their work, which is overseen by the ‘Pioneers’ mission organisation will include various forms of aid work, as well as church planting and discipleship.