At Woodville Community Church, we believe it is an incredible privilege to, in the words of Psalm 96:3, “declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples.” That leads us to prayerfully find ways together to declare God’s glory, to proclaim His good news, and to be servants to people in need – around the world and right here in West Michigan.
Our Missions and Outreach is organized around three primary tasks: Global Outreach, Local Outreach, and Evangelism.
What we want most is to see each person here at Woodville Church involved in word and deed Gospel witness, in our community and around the world. Whether by helping the poor and oppressed right here in Big Rapids and White Cloud, supporting our missions partners as they share the good news of Jesus Christ in their areas of mission work.
Woodville Community Church supports missionaries who are committed to bringing gospel centered mission work in their unique areas here in our community and around the world. We support and pray for each of our missionaries. Listed below are our current mission focus:
Dan & Tina Rudman with Ambassadors for Christ
Dan & Tina served twelve years in three different community ministries of Campus Crusade for Christ from Michigan, to California, and Kansas. Since 1995, Dan and Tina have lived and raised their now-grown five children in the Lawrence, Kansas area. Dan & Tina work in training Church Leaders in Evangelism, Church Planting, and Islamic Apologetics. They teach week-long conferences around the United States, as well as mobilize potential leaders to herald the gospel here and abroad.
Marlan & Mercedes Olson in Spain
Marlan & Mercedes are Church Planters in the City of Zaragoza, Spain. They arrived in Spain in 2006 serving with an established Spanish church for therr first three years. In 2009, El Shaddai Church Plant was born in the living room of their small apartment. Nearly six years later the church has an approximate attendance of 40 perSunday. 98% of those that have made a committment to follow Jesus Christ were born again during the time of our ministry. The current church store front facility was ¨remodeled¨ in 2014, creating a sanctuary, classrooms, an office and a kitchen. As we look ahead over the next few years, we are praying for another couple, either from within the congregation or from America to come alongside us and eventually become the pastoral family for El Shaddai. This way we can concentrate on additional aspects of expanding the ministry.
Mike Wissink with Ferris Campus Ministry
Mike works with the Ferris Campas Ministry in Big Rapids Michigan. Pastor Mike has been working in campus ministry at Ferris State University since 1994. In 2001, he began a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter on the Ferris State campus specifically targeting the varsity athletic programs. The head coaches of the Bulldog men's and women's basketball, football, women's soccer, and women's volleyball have extended him the invitation to work as a Team Chaplain within their programs.For his work, Pastor Wissink was acknowledged by the Ferris State University Athletics Department as the 2006-07 recipient of the "Pete Peterson Pride Award" for his volunteer efforts within these athletics programs.
Steven & Gretchen Root in Papua New Guinea
On December 7th, 2015, Steve & Gretchen moved to the Simbai Region of the Madang Province in Papua New Guinea. This remote area is a mountainous rainforest sitting at 6,000 feet above sea level and only accessible by small aircraft. Many people are scattered throughout the mountains living in homes made from bush materials and all are living off their land and gardens. ABWE owns a compound with 3 houses and a workshop. They believe their role in church planting is to teach and assist the Pastors as they seek to build up these first generation believers. They assist current teachers with materials when possible. They have many opportunities to teach in the local churches as well as individual and small group settings. Steve started a monthly bible institute to provide further education to the local pastors and train more leaders for local church ministry.
Brad & Rebecca Harrington with Platform 127 Ministries
Platform 127 empowers media creators throughout the world, equipping them to create and distribute high-value media in their own communities. Platform 127 provides broad support to media creators through online/offline instructional resources for creating and distributing media. Brad also provides personal, hands-on skills training for audio & video, utilizing locally sustainable skills, technology and assets. Brad believes that freely sharing skills and resources is the best way to empower people living in areas of great need. Platform 127 open-license all original creative works and training resources. They encourage people with a heart for equipping others to do the same!
Mark & Becky Sterken with ABWE International
Mark & Beck Sterken have a passion to help facilitate growth in the Church of Jesus Christ, resulting in church planting movements that launch mission movements to the glory of God. Their goal is to see the Church grow in the Caribbean and Latin America by building partnerships with church's in the states. Their plain is to provide help in four ways: Training by equipping pastors and Christian leaders through theological training, leadership developments, and personal discipleship; Connecting and building partnerships and prayer support by presenting needs for foreign churches around the globe to churches in the states; Mobilizing and recruiting men and woman throughout the United States to reach out into the world using the gifts and abilities God has given them; Resourcing by providing national leaders with Bibles, books, teaching materials, as well as funding for building projects and emergancy relief outreach.