Global Missions

Global Missions

MVPC, through its Global Missions Team (GMT) builds strategic partnerships with mission partners in the Bay Area, the United States, and around the world and provides opportunities for the people of MVPC to directly participate in Christ’s work worldwide.


Sign Up for 2019 Short Term Service Trips!


Amor Ministries
Mexico Spring Break Trip

March 30 – April 6
Cost: $920
Apply by Feb 27

Adults and high school students can do something significant over spring break: build homes for families living in poverty in Mexico.  For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.
For Student questions contact Tommy Branagh,
For Adult questions contact Dave Ricketts,


Kids Alive, Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic

July 6-14 or 13-21
Cost: $2000 (approx)
Apply by April 25th

$515 deposit due with application. Final payment due 5/7/19.

Mission teams provide practical support for the children and staff at the school and orphanage.  Learn more about Kids Alive International.
To apply, CLICK HERE.
For questions contact Dave Ricketts at 925.376.4800×281


Joni & Friends Family Camps, Mission Springs, CA

June 10-14 or July 8-12
Cost: $450
Apply by May 1 & June 1

Family Camp volunteer are buddies for adults or children with disabilities at the Mission Springs Family Camp.  For more information visit Joni and Friends Family Retreats.
To apply to Family Camp June 10-14 CLICK HERE.
To apply to Family Camp July 8-12 CLICK HERE.
For questions please contact Tabitha Mills,
or Dave Ricketts,


YoungLives Teen Mom Camp, Challenge, CA

July 12-16
Cost: $448
Apply by June 1

100 or more children, from infants through 3 years old, need care during the week, allowing young moms to experience camp.

YoungLives Camp Volunteer Information & Application

For questions please contact Bridget Welty at 925.421.7612 or Dave Ricketts at 925.376.4800×281


Are you or your Community Group interested in volunteering?

Here are some ways you can serve at our local Mission Partners:

Bay Area Rescue Mission Volunteer Opportunites

Harbor House Volunteer Opportunites

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Global Missions Local

Domestic Mission Partners

(Please click on the Partner below to learn more about them)

  • Chaplain Dan Conklin, Bay Area Chaplains, Richmond, CA
    Bay Area Chaplains provides comprehensive pastoral services and the message of Jesus Christ to all inmates of the 3 County Detention Facilities: Martinez, max. security-700 men; West County (Richmond), med. Security-175 women & 750 men; Marsh Creek, min. security-70 men. The ministry includes counseling, discipleship, Bible study, worship services, and literature/Bible distribution. 
       (Mission Champion, Brita Harris)
  • Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond, CA
    The Bay Area Rescue Mission is the Bay Area’s largest provider of homeless services, including overnight lodging for up to 325 guests each night. They provide clothing, counsel, educational opportunities and 3500+ meals per day to their homeless guests and the community’s “near homeless” impoverished. Each service is given with God’s love and the gospel of Jesus Christ is shared at every opportunity.
       (Mission Champion, Dave Smith)
  • Donna and Pat Noonan, El Puente, Concord, CA
    El Puente, Concord The Monument Community Neighborhood of Concord is an under-resourced and under-served community filled with a diverse multiethnic population of old and young, residents, businesses and a wide range of faith traditions. El Puente exists to be a bridge to God and others in the Monument Community. They carry out their vision and values through three directional points: UP – being Christ-like in the community; IN – bridging people to God and each other; and OUT – blessing and being blessed by others through sharing resources, gifts and talents.
    (Mission Champion, Peter Wright)
  • Harbor House, Oakland, CA
    Harbor House is a multi-ethnic Christian non-profit organization located in the diverse and vibrant San Antonio community of Oakland. For 38 years and counting Harbor House has worked with the community to create opportunities for individuals and families to become self-sufficient. Harbor House envisions a day when the San Antonio community is a neighborhood transformed by Christ, where individuals and families are healthy in mind, body, and spirit, justice reigns, and we all reach God’s purposes in our lives.
       (Mission Champion, Sara Roberts)
  • InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, St. Mary's College, Moraga, CA
    InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at St. Mary’s College seeks to reach students with the gospel and teach them how to live the gospel. Weekly Bible studies, large group gatherings and outreach events are offered to Christians and “not yet” Christians, bringing students into an experience with God and His Kingdom.
       (Mission Champion, Bob Holt)
  • Joni & Friends, San Francisco Bay Area
    Joni and Friends serves people affected by disabilities. JAF equips churches to include children and adults with disabilities; provides respite events; offers summer camps to families affected by disabilities; collects and delivers wheelchairs worldwide to persons in need; and delivers books and other materials to people in hospitals and convalescent homes.
      (Mission Champion, Heather Bianchi)
  • Terry Martin, Western States Fellowship, Western USA
    As a missionary with Western States Fellowship, Terry Martin comes alongside women individually and in community groups, encouraging a deepening of their faith in God through mentoring, discipleship and spiritual direction. She leads retreats, workshops and groups in the practice of lectio divina, a way of listening to and digesting God’s Word.
       (Mission Champion, Janet Sanders)
  • World Impact, Oakland
    World ImpactBay Community Fellowship is an evangelical Christ-centered church planted in West Oakland by World Impact-Bay Area. The church meets twice weekly for corporate worship and is active in the West Oakland community throughout the week. The church receives support from MVPC through World Impact-Bay Area; its mission is to establish indigenous local churches in inter-city communities and, through The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI), to train and equip urban church leaders.
       (Mission Champion, Celia Boyer)
  • Young Lives, Concord
    YoungLives is a branch of YoungLife International, an interdenominational Christian outreach organization committed to reaching adolescents for Christ. Young Lives exists to offer hope to pregnant and parenting adolescents in central Contra Costa County. The hope they offer is the person of Jesus Christ who lovingly created and joyfully offers to redeem us all.
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Global Missions International

International Mission Partners

(Please click on the Partner below to learn more about them)

  • Amor Ministries, Mexico
    Amor Ministries is a nonprofit Christian organization whose mission is to provide housing for the poor of Mexico while focusing on the needs of local churches. Amor arranges short-term mission trips; since 1980, groups have built over 7,000 homes and have helped build and expand over 100 churches, medical facilities, and schools. MVPC supports this ministry both financially and directly by sending high school students and adult leaders to their site outside of Tijuana, Mexico, every Spring Break.
       (Mission Champion, Spencer Larson)
  • Helimission Foundation, Indonesia
    Helimission Foundation, Michael and Fawn Stephens, Papua, Indonesia Michael and Fawn Stephens and their children are serving with Helimission Foundation in Papua, Indonesia; both are trained helicopter pilots. Michael and Fawn provide logistical and medical support to missionaries in remote locations which would require days to access by land. Michael is also trained in first-responder medical procedures.
      (Mission Champion, Ron Budde)
  • Dr. J
    Dr. J teaches in the Near East to keep local physicians up-to-date on emergency health topics; helps young faculty members with research projects; and advises government officials. He and his wife are active in a local church and enjoy seeing God at work in mighty ways in this predominantly Muslim country
      (Mission Champion, Suk Seo)
  • Kids Alive! International, Dominican Republic
    Kids Alive! International, DR is dedicated to meeting the spiritual, physical, educational, and emotional needs of children who have no means of support. Through orphanages, schools, and care centers, children are raised to become contributing members of their own society and witnesses of Jesus to their own people. Kids Alive directs eight separate project sites in the DR.  MVPC sends short-term mission teams to the DR each year and members of MVPC’s congregation serve there as full-time missionaries.
       (Mission Champion, Randy Farris)
  • Kids Alive International, Peru
    Kids Alive International is dedicated to meeting the spiritual, physical, educational, and emotional needs of children who have no means of support. Through orphanages, schools, and care centers, children are raised to become contributing members of their own society and witnesses of Jesus to their own people. Kids Alive provides an education, nutritious meals, medical care and the love of Christ to more than 165 children in Peru through five ministry sites. MVPC sends short-term mission teams to Peru each summer.
      (Mission Champions, Patti & Steve Huxley)
  • Near East School of Theology, Lebanon
    NEST is an inter-denominational Protestant theological seminary serving evangelical churches in the Middle East and Africa. The school provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs in theology and Christian education for students from Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Armenia, Germany and Ireland. After study, students return to their home countries to minister and become Christian leaders. Many receive scholarships to complete their training.
       (Mission Champion, Faiz Makdisi & Susan Wright)
  • Protestant Theological Seminary, Serbia
    After completing his PhD at Fuller Theological Seminary with MVPC’s sponsorship, Dr. Dimitrije Popadic and his family returned home to Serbia-Montenegro to establish this country’s first cross-denominational evangelical college. Protestant Theological Seminary (PTS) is committed to training leaders for multi-faceted Christian ministry in the Balkans. In addition to his responsibilities as Dean of PTS, Dimitrije hosts forums for people of all faith and supports fellow believers all over the country.
       (Mission Champion, Bonnie Bjerre)
  • Sabuli's Children, Gemena, DR Congo
    Sabuli Sanguma has rescued more than 80 Congolese orphans from life on the streets in a country where corruption and violence have been a pattern for over 50 years. The children don uniforms to attend school, and a 25-acre garden tended by Sabuli’s sisters provides their food. Extra harvest is sold at the local market, which helps pay tuition, health and medical expenses for the children. Sabuli is married to Dr. Mossai Sanguma. 
       (Mission Champion, Kathryn Badalich)
  • Ubangi Protestant University, School of Theology, Gemena, DR Congo
    UPU is an accredited university located in Gemena, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and founded by Dr. Mossai Sanguma. MVPC sponsored Sanguma at Fuller Theological Seminary where he received his Ph.D. before he returned to the Congo to minister. UPU’s goal through its Schools of Theology, Business and Economics, Medicine and Agricultural Sciences is to develop effective African leaders capable of breaking the cycle of corruption and violence that has been prevalent across central Africa for nearly 50 years. The hope is to promote a ministry of reconciliation through the Covenant  Church of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
      (Mission Champion, John Breul)
  • Witnessing Ministries of Christ, India
    Twenty years ago the late Rev. Philip Prasad founded Witnessing Ministries of Christ (WMC) and the Rural Presbyterian Church-India (RPC-I) to bring the Good News of Christ to India’s 150 million Dalit (Untouchable) people. Despite being born a Dalit, Phillip came to know Christ through Presbyterian missionaries. With the Gospel of Christ as a foundation and God-given self-worth as a cornerstone, this ministry builds schools and seminaries, provides medical help, and fosters economic independence. Almost 1 million people have been affected by this ministry. Philip’s widow, Elizabeth, continues to lead this ministry.
      (Mission Champion, Suk Seo)
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Short-term missionaries

(Please click on the Partner below to learn more about them)

  • Andrew Ahr, CRU-Athletes in Action, UC Davis
    Andrew Ahr grew up in Lafayette and was introduced to Christ throughout his formative years at MVPC. Andrew went to UC Davis and was introduced to a Christian-athlete fellowship called Athletes In Action.  This ministry played a critical role in discipling Andrew as a follower of Christ and bringing him closer to the Lord.  Recently, God has called Andrew to join staff with AIA NorCal to reach other athletes with the gospel at UC Davis and the surrounding area.  Andrew will be working with the AIA fellowship on campus, while also serving in other missional capacities with the ministry.
      (Mission Champion, Rick Carter)
  • College and University Ministries
    MVPC supports Cru, formerly Campus Crusade, at Washington State University, Pullman, WA (led by Steve and Megan Yen), and at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (MVPC member Emily Gerst is there on Cru staff
      (Mission Champion, Rick Carter)





Global Missions Team Members

Joan Batchellar

Mark Bellingham

John Breul: Elder & co-Chair, New Partner Review committee

Melinda Lagaay: Global Missions Coordinator (staff), Mission Awareness

Brad Gee: Vision Fund, co-Treasurer, Mission Market

Bob Green

Joanne Layshock: Secretary, New Partner Review committee, Mission Market

Tom McIntosh: Treasurer

Pastor Dave Ricketts: Vision Fund, Short Term Missions Equipping & Training

Deborah Seo: Giving Tree Chair

Mary Kaye Stephens: International Mission Champions Coordinator, Mission Market Chair, Nominations

Pat Thompson: Domestic Mission Champions Coordinator, New Partner Review committee

Peter Wright: Elder & Chair, Mission Awareness