Baptist International Missions, Inc.

Matthew & Sonya Bateman

Serving in England, Europe


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Matthew attended People's Baptist Church Greenville, North Carolina, for one to two years before being saved in his bedroom at home. Later, he would be baptized in his home church by Pastor Max Barton. Sonya grew up attending Fellowship Baptist Church in Williamston, North Carolina, and at age 4 she accepted Jesus as her Savior in her home. After overcoming her fear of water, Sonya was baptized at age 6. Matthew and Sonya met at People's Baptist Church when they were 18 and were married at their church a year later. They have 2 wonderful children, Gavin is now 21 and Caroline is 17. After serving the Lord for about 10 years in different ministries in their church, the Batemans believed the Lord was moving them to California to prepare them for full-time ministry. After Matthew's graduation from West Coast Baptist College in 2018, Matthew served as Assistant Pastor at Heritage Baptist Church, Zebulon, North Carolina, and Community Baptist Church, Newport, North Carolina. Matthew and Sonya feel led of the Lord to pursue missions and look forward to serving the Lord as church-planting missionaries in England.


Europe Director

Ed & Carole Hembree

Read more about the Hembrees. He can be contacted through the BIMI office (423) 344-5050.

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