Missions

Grace Missions is called to impact our world with the love of God shown in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and through the gifts God has graciously given us.
Learn how Grace is sharing God’s love—in The Woodlands and the surrounding communities, across the nation and around the world.

Mission Partners


Local Missions

RUF | Rice University | Houston, TX | Juan Carlos & Samara Martínez

Juan Carlos likes to say he is Mexican by birth and blood, American by citizenship, and a Texan by the grace of God. He moved to Houston in 1996 to attend Rice University, where he attained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering. After working in the semiconductor industry for nine years, he sensed a call to ministry and attended Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. There he attained a Master of Divinity in 2012 and then accepted a call as an assistant pastor at Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Houston. In early 2015 he became the RUF campus minister at Rice University. Juan Carlos is married to his high school sweetheart, Samara. Juan Carlos and Samara are blessed to have three children: Santiago Daniel, Karenina Valeska and Juan Andrés.

RUF | University of Houston | Houston, TX | Brooks & Meredith Harwood

Brooks was born in Texas (woo!) and grew up in Nashville, TN. During his first year at the University of Tennessee he met his one-day-wife Meredith. Brooks came to college as a new Christian seeking answers and Meredith came to college looking for a good community. They found both in RUF. After they graduated, they got married and moved to Nashville, TN for Brooks to work as an intern with RUF at Vanderbilt University. After three years they moved to St. Louis, MO for Brooks to get a pastoral degree from Covenant Theological Seminary and for Meredith to style hair. After four years they moved to begin work with RUF at the University of Houston. In November 2018 they had their first baby girl, Sophie (who is the cutest creature on earth). Meredith loves cupcakes, currently binge-watches One Tree Hill, is an avid reader, knows more about football than her husband, and has an artsy flair when it comes to design. Brooks loves Harry Potter and dorky books, currently binge watches Friday Night Lights with Meredith, wants to be a super hero, can be found either in a gym or in a coffee shop, and would befriend a brick wall if he could.

Redeemed Ministries | The Woodlands, TX | Dennis & Bobbie Mark

Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world. Redeemed Ministries was founded in 2005 by Dennis and Bobbie Mark to bring Christ’s loving redemption and liberation to victims of human trafficking trapped in the commercial sex industry in the Greater Houston Area. Strategies include educating people about the existence of modern day slavery, identifying victims, building relationships with legislators, law enforcement and service providers and identifying resources, all to restore honor and self-worth to those who’ve been enslaved.

Interfaith of The Woodlands Family Services | the woodlands, TX | Missy Herndon

Beginning in 1974 as a dream of Mr. George P. Mitchell, founder and original developer of The Woodlands, Interfaith of The Woodlands has become a thriving reality, assisting thousands of individuals and families each year. From gasoline vouchers and prescription drug assistance to holiday gifts and clothing from the Hand Me Up Shop, Interfaith Family Services offers strategic crisis assistance to increase clients’ self-sufficiency and dignity. For a complete list of services offered, please see the Interfaith website.

Pregnancy Assistance Center North | Oak Ridge North, TX | Karen Gould

Pregnancy Assistance Center North is a 501(c)3 pregnancy resource center that educates and empowers regarding pregnancy and sexual health issues. In a mission field characterized by confusion and pressure to end unexpected pregnancies, PACN acts as arms extended from local churches, to exemplify God’s love and the miracle of new life to women, men and families through physical, emotional and spiritual support.

Tamina Community Center | Conroe, TX | Shirley Grimes

Tamina Community Center is one of Grace’s oldest mission partners and a community focal point, bringing people of Tamina together in positive ways so they can become a force for change in their community. Tamina Community Center, founded and directed by long-time resident Shirley Grimes, provides critical resources to children and families such as fun and safe before-school care, a mentoring program for teens and a homeless shelter for moms with children under 17 years old.

Montgomery County Women’s Center | Conroe, TX | SIOMARA CORTEZ

The mission of Montgomery County Women's Center is to end Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Montgomery and surrounding counties through assistance, advocacy, empowerment and education. Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, shelter for women and children, individual and group counseling, advocacy and accompaniment, legal services, and transitional supportive housing. All services are free of charge.

 
Oaklawn Presbyterian church | Houston, TX 

Oaklawn Presbyterian Church in Houston’s historic second ward is the oldest PCA church in the city of Houston. The congregation and leadership has been a gospel presence for many years in an area that has seen much change. Bilingual worship services (English and Spanish) are offered to "share the gospel of Jesus Christ with all people, including ourselves".

Cornerstone of houston Team Counseling | The Woodlands, TX | Elizabeth Milligan

Since 1999, Cornerstone Team Counseling has provided hope and guidance to teens and families in the early stages of recovery from addiction and other self-destructive behaviors. The Outreach and Adventure Learning program addresses recovery in the mind, body and spirit, through weekly 12-step meetings, parent meetings, and weekend functions, in addition to adventure activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing and river rafting. Cornerstone currently serves approximately 300 teens and parents/guardians each year.

 

NATIONAL Missions

 

RUF | Baylor University | Waco, TX | Way & Amy Rutherford

Moving from Louisville, Kentucky to Waco, Texas, Way and Amy Rutherford are excited to continue reaching students for Christ through Reformed University Fellowship. A native of Meridian, Mississippi, Way graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2000. After working with senior high students for seven years and graduating from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Way and his wife Amy moved to Kentucky to begin RUF at the University of Louisville. In 2014 they moved to Waco to become the RUF campus minister at Baylor. Way and Amy are proud parents of two boys and a girl: Miles, Davis and Lucy.

RUF | Texas A&M University | College Station, TX | WILLIAM & KATHERINE BONDURANT

William grew up in the hills of Birmingham, AL, and graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Zoology/Conservation and Biodiversity. During college he embraced Christ in faith through the ministry of RUF, where he also met his beautiful wife, Katherine. After graduation William worked as a fisheries biologist in the New Orleans area. Sensing his call to ministry, William and Katherine transitioned to Baton Rouge where he served as an RUF intern at LSU. The Bondurants then moved to Jackson, MS, where William worked at Highlands Presbyterian Church as the Young Adult Ministry Intern and attended Reformed Theological Seminary. William graduated with an MDiv in 2018, and the Bondurants moved to College Station to serve as the RUF Campus Minister at Texas A&M University. William and Katherine spend most of their time enjoying their precious daughters, Lillian and Selene. William loves all things outdoors, college football, hole in the wall restaurants, reading good books, and of course, talking about Jesus and his Word. He loves Aggieland and loves ministering in Jesus’ name to students at Texas A&M. Gig ‘em!

RUF | Texas Christian University | Fort Worth, TX | BRADFORD GREEN

Bradford Green is the campus minister at TCU. Originally from Murfreeboro, TN, he graduated from Lipscomb University in 2008 and moved to the mountains of East Tennessee. After two years working at a PCA church there -- and living in a cabin up a hollow behind Dollywood theme park -- Bradford enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte) and received his M.Div and call to RUF in the spring of 2013. He enjoys reading, Tennessee football, smoking meats, and fussing with his beard. Cristina is a native of Houston, TX and graduated from TCU -- where she was active in RUF -- in 2008 and from RTS Charlotte in 2013 (ThM). She's also a Master Gardener, and less formally a master at baking chocolate chip cookies and finding good food in Fort Worth. The Greens met working at Young Life's Wilderness Ranch in Colorado and were married in 2011. From '13-'19 they planted a new RUF work at Hendrix College in Conway, AR. Bradford and Cristina have three kids: Weldon (b. 2013), Rosie (b. 2016), and Wilkes (b. 2019).

RUF | University of Texas | Austin, TX | John & Chrissy Trapp

John Trapp grew up in Tuscumbia, Alabama and attended Vanderbuilt University. After graduating in 2007, John married Chrissy, his college sweetheart, an Austin native, who had also worked as an RUF intern at NC State. John and Chrissy moved to Houston, Texas where John served as youth pastor at Christ the King Presbyterian Church for six years, before moving to Austin to minister to students through RUF. The Trapps have five children: Owen, Lucy, Georgia, Betsy and Hank.

RUF | Trinity University | San Antonio, TX | Wil & Mary Nettleton

Wil (short for ‘Wilson’) grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi and attended the University ofMississippi, where he majored in English and was involved in RUF. After college he interned with RUFat the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he met and married Mary Jett, a student at UNC and an RUF intern at the College of William and Mary. From 2014 to 2017 the Nettletons lived in Jackson, Mississippi where Wil attended Reformed Theological Seminary. He graduated with an M.Div in May, 2017 and the couple was soon on their way to San Antonio where Wil now serves as the RUF Campus Minister at Trinity University. Aside from RUF, they love Netflix, playing with their dog Charlie, Ole Miss football, Carolina basketball, and grilling out with friends.

RUF | University of Texas San Antonio | San Antonio, TX | Curtis & Marian Castleberry

Curtis Castleberry and his wife Marian met as co-workers at a deli while Curtis pursued a bachelor’s degree in Theological and Biblical Studies. Even as they began dating they knew that together theirs would be a life of service to God in the ministry. Curtis worked alongside Manny Alaniz at the Westover Hills site of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in San Antonio in 2014. The following year, Curtis graduated from Redeemer Seminary in Austin, and moved to El Paso, Texas to complete a year of apprenticeship with Hispanic Leadership Initiative (HLI). In 2016 Curtis and Marian moved to Houston where Curtis took on the role of Assistant Pastor of Community Formation at Oaklawn Presbyterian Church. In May 2017 Curtis accepted a call to serve as the new RUF Campus Minister at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The Castleberrys have two sons, Jeremiah and Levi.

New City fellowship Dallas | Dallas, tx | robbie & Kelly mills

Robbie and Kelly met in Winston-Salem, NC at Wake Forest University. After college, they moved to Washington DC where their lives were unexpectedly changed by a church-plant called GraceDC. In this "start-up church" the gospel of Jesus Christ became real and began to have vital, transformative impact. Soon after they were married in 2009 and moved to St. Louis, MO to attend Covenant Theological Seminary. During seminary the Mills were deeply impacted by another church-plant - New City Fellowship - where sharing life with refugees from Africa and Asia introduced them to the beauty of cross-cultural ministry. In 2014, the Mills moved to New England where Robbie served as Church-Planting Apprentice in the Newton congregation of Christ the King Boston. In 2016, the Mills were called by the Southwest Church Planting Network to plant a church among refugees and residents in Northeast Dallas. They moved to Texas in the fall of 2016 and have been building relationships to make that vision a reality. The Mills have one lively daughter, Elise.

Christ the King Somerville | Boston, MA | David & Kelly Richter

Once a center of vibrant Christianity, Boston is now a city with deep spiritual voids. Christ the King Somerville is a congregation of Christ the King Presbyterian Church (CTK), a multi-congregational church in Boston, MA. In 2012 David and Kelly Richter were called by CTK to plant a new gospel-centered church in Somerville, located in the heart of Metro-Boston. The foundation of Christ the King Somerville is the strong belief that the gospel of God’s amazing grace changes everything--ourselves, our families, our communities, our cultures, our cities and our world.
David and Kelly met in Nashville, Tennessee while Kelly was working for a local troubled girls’ home and David was serving as an intern with RUFat Vanderbilt. Since their marriage in 2002, the Richters have done short term mission work in Edinburgh, attended Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, and worked at L’Abri Fellowship and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Rochester, Minnesota. The Richters have two children, Sam and Luci.

Francis Schaeffer Institute Covenant Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri | Jerram barrs, Mike Ryan

Founded in 1956, the Francis Schaeffer Institute (FSI) seeks to address issues of faith and contemporary culture through honest dialogue and appreciation of the visual arts, music and literature. Named after Francis A. Schaeffer — pastor, author, theologian, philosopher and founder of the original L'Abri community in Switzerland — FSI engages believers and unbelievers, sharing the hope and beauty of Christ and the Gospel.


InterNATIONAL Missions

 

RUF International | Texas A&M University | titus & crystal bagby

Titus is a Texas native, born and raised in Houston, Texas. He and his wife, Crystal, met in College Station while attending Texas A&M University. They both graduated from Texas A&M in 2010, and have been married since July 2011. They recently had their first child. Both Titus and Crystal have had the experience of living as international students overseas in China for a couple of years. Titus graduated from Seminary in Dallas, having received his Masters of Divinity Degree (started at Redeemer Seminary and finished at RTS Dallas).

RUF International | University of Texas | Terry & MARY ROSE Dykstra

Originally from Colorado, Terry lived most of his life in Georgia before moving to Austin in summer 2017 to continue the work of RUF International at Texas. Terry studied Journalism at the University of Georgia, where he met his wife Mary Rose through RUF. Mary Rose was a finance major and now works in Business Valuation at Deloitte. Terry and Mary Rose have been married since 2014 and welcomed their first child, Arthur, in May 2018. They also have two cats named Agnus and Georgia. Terry enjoys watching most sports but especially American football (and is growing in his excitement for the world's football), listening to podcasts, and likes playing volleyball, tennis, racquetball, and frisbee. Together, he and Mary Rose enjoy good food, art, theatre, reading, working out and riding bikes.

MTW | Berlin, Germany | David & Eowyn Stoddard

David and Eowyn knew as teenagers that they wanted to serve Christ in missions. David, one of five children of a PCA church planter, grew up in Louisiana and Tennessee and majored in political science and modern foreign languages at King College. Eowyn is the daughter of MTW missionaries who served in France. She came to faith at a young age and sensed a call to missions in her late teens. While majoring in German at Wellesley College, she spent two years in Germany. David and Eowyn met as students at Westminster Theological Seminary in California. They joined MTW's church-planting movement in eastern Berlin in 2001. David now serves as the International Director for Europe, overseeing MTW’s vision, values, and personnel in Europe. Eowyn assists David in his role and supports church-planting through evangelism, teaching, and outreach to refugees. The Stoddards have five children: Jesse, Liam, Alethea, Emma and Ethan.

MTW | Freemantle, Perth australia | Andy & Missy Shadburne

Natives of Kentucky, Andy and Missy met through their campus ministry at Murray State University. They married in2005and moved to St. Louis to work with The Chapel, a music and arts venue operated by Memorial Presbyterian Church. While in St. Louis, Andy used his gifts as a musician to support Memorial’s outreach to the creative classes, while Missy was salt and light in public middle schools. In 2016 the Shadburnes arrived in Perth, Australia, joining the MTW Perth church planting team. The Perth team believes artists and musicians are culture-makers, and Andy and Missy are using their own experiences in these areas to support the team by building relationships with artists, street people and many others through music and mercy ministry. In March of 2017 Andy and Missy welcomed Scarlett Merita into the world.

MTW | Monterrey, Mexico | Charles & Bonita Davidson

Charles Davidson, originally from Asheville, N.C. was motivated to consider world evangelism through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ at Clemson University. Bonita, who grew up in LaGrange, Georgia, attended the dental school at the Medical College of Georgia (DMD, 1983). During this time, she was deeply influenced by the ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Augusta, Ga, and felt the call to world missions.
The Davidsons met and married in Columbia, S.C. in 1984. Charles received his M.Div degree from Columbia International University in 1985 and was then ordained by Westminster Presbytery. In 1989 the Davidsons joined Mission to the World (MTW) with a call to the church-planting team in Lima, Peru. After 15 years in Lima, the Davidsons moved to El Paso, Texas, to join the MTW border ministry in education and mentoring. In 2012 they joined the Northern Mexico team to serve out of Monterrey, Mexico where Charles ministers with the Church Planting Center, training and mentoring men throughout the north of Mexico. The Davidsons have three grown daughters—Elise, Anna, and Ila.

Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Lebanese society for education and social development | Beirut, Lebanon | Linda Martinez

For fifty years the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) has equipped leaders and church planters throughout the Arab world. ABTS is strategically located in Lebanon, the only country in all the Arab world where believers from other religious backgrounds may legally enroll to pursue Christian theological education. With a recently redesigned curriculum, ABTS emphasizes personal formation and growth alongside theological training. Elie Haddad, president of ABTS since 2008, speaks highly of ABTS students, knowing that they are willing to sacrifice much for their training and even more for their faith: “They are not looking for an easy way out.” Dr. Haddad writes, “Our ultimate vision is to see God glorified, people reconciled, and communities restored through the Church in the Arab world.”

MTW | Tokyo, japan | Joe and Felicity Congdon

Joe Congdon grew upin Houston, Texas and studied at Washington University inSt. Louis. It was there while studying Japanese language and culture that God gave Joe a heart for the world. Felicity’s love for unreached peoples began as she spent time with international students while studying at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb. Both Joe and Felicity ministered with Campus Crusade for Christ—Joe inTokyo and Felicity in Macedonia—and when they met in 2008 they quickly connected through a shared desire to bring the gospel to unreached peoples. They were married that same year and worked with Campus Crusade for Christ, while planning and praying for direction about moving overseas. In May 2014 Joe completed his Master of Divinity degree at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis and was ordained at Grace Presbyterian Church in December. After two years of language study and work at a bilingual church in Tokyo, the family moved to Mie Prefecture in July 2017 where Joe is taking part in a two-year apprenticeship with Yokkaichi Christ Church. Joe and Felicity have three young children: Zoey, Jonah and Ramona.

MTW | Refugee Liasion for europe | Kay & Heiko Burklin

As European refugee liaison for Mission to the World, Kay supports and develops ministries with missionaries and national partners who love and serve refugees. She lived and worked in a UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) camp in the Philippines after graduating from Wheaton College. She also holds a master's in theological studies in ethics from Gordon-Conwell Seminary and a doctorate of ministry in global leadership from Alliance Theological Seminary in New York. She and her husband, Heiko, served as church planters in the formerly eastern section of Berlin, Germany, for 10 years. As former director of MTW's mercy ministry, Kay's work has brought her around the world to serve the voiceless, hurting, and those in great distress. Whenever she can, Kay takes time to create, build community, and enjoy life. Kay and Heiko live in Greenville, South Carolina, where Heiko is the missions developer for the Associated Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) Church. They have three grown sons and three daughters-in-law.

 

PIONEERS | Eastern Europe | Krystal Watson

Krystal is from the small town of Magnolia, Texas. She went to Texas A&M University and received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. More importantly, it was here that her passion for the nations was sparked. She became involved in international ministry, and it was then that she realized that there are people groups on the other side of the world who have never heard the gospel and never would unless people intervened. After teaching in America for a year, she realized God was calling her to instead go overseas long term. She now a part of the organization Pioneers, which does church planting among unreached people groups. She is preparing to join a team in Eastern Europe to work with a Muslim people group.