Jonathan's mother led him to the Lord at a young age. Shortly after his salvation, he confidently told his mother that he would be a missionary when he grew up. Missions trips and Bible clubs were a regular part of his life. In college, Jonathan studied pastoral ministries and went on to earn a Masters of Divinity and a Masters in Educational Leadership. He spent two months in the jungles of Papua New Guinea assisting with a church-plant. God also opened the door for him to teach at a bilingual school in Honduras, Central America. Now God has given him a passion and burden for the country of Belize.
Elizabeth's mother also led her to the Lord at a young age. She was privileged to grow up in a pastor's home. It wasn't until the age of thirteen that she submitted to full-time missions when a missionary to Japan presented at their church. In college she studied elementary education. During the time she also lived in Ghana, West Africa for four months. After college, she taught at West Florida Baptist Academy and Pensacola Christian Academy for four years. Her summers were spent in other countries ministering with missionaries. God also allowed her to begin traveling as an international educational consultant. She even earned her EMT medical training to be prepared for missions.
When Jonathan and Elizabeth were first married, they were blessed to be able to travel a lot together. Jonathan represented Pensacola Christian College while Elizabeth trained teachers in Christian schools. These travels began to reach far beyond the U.S. as they visited countries such as Japan, the Philippines, the Micronesian Islands, Honduras, El Salvador, and more. Over and over again, God burdened their hearts for the spiritual needs around the world. One question kept ringing in their minds...which one? While living in Honduras, Jonathan made a quick trip to the small, English-speaking country of Belize. During that visit, God make is clear that this little country was ready for laborers and God wanted him there. Together, Jonathan and Elizabeth are prepared to reach the people of Belize with the glorious Gospel of Christ.
Vision for Belize:
Our vision for Belize is simple. We desire to win lost souls for Christ, disciple new believers, plant independent, Baptist churches, and start a seminary to train national pastors. We moved to Belize on October 19th, 2018. We started Faith Baptist Church in January 2019 with the help of a veteran missionary couple from BIMI. Jonathan is currently pastoring Faith Baptist Church in Belmopan, the capital city of Belize. FBC is the only Independent Baptist Church in the city. We have begun to offer reading classes and teacher training seminars throughout the year. Will you pray for us as we endeavor to glorify God while sharing the Gospel in Belize? Will you pray for the country of Belize? Would you even consider coming to help us bring the Good News to the Belizeans?
Jonathan – September 9th
Elizabeth – April 2nd
Rachel – August 21st
Josiah – October 21st
Anna – March 12th