St. Matthew United Methodist Church is a mission minded church that supports missions at home and abroad. Below are some missionaries and mission organizations we support.
Africa University – The United Methodist university located in Zimbabwe, Africa
Cameron & Anne Gongwer – Missionaries to Ghana, West Africa though The Mission Society. (Cameron’s father was the pastor of St. Matthew U.M.C. 1978-1984) Dr. Cameron and Anne Gongwer serve in Ghana, West Africa with The Mission Society and the Methodist Church of Ghana. The Gongwers and their daughter, Caylor, began their missionary career in Ghana in March 1998 after Dr. Gongwer completed almost five years of private practice in South Bend, Indiana.
Delbert & Sandy Groves – Delbert Groves and Sandy Groves are United Methodist missionaries of the General Board of Global Ministries based in Kitwe, Zambia. They previously served in the Southern Congo Annual Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.) until political unrest necessitated their relocation to the neighboring country of Zambia. His responsibilities in the D.R.C. included the development of Uzima Mupya, a United Methodist publishing and printing facility, and training local residents in printing and translating materials. He also helped with construction of medical clinics and new churches, and worked with pastors in evangelism and church development. His assignment to Zambia will continue these ministries.
Henderson Settlement Ken & Debbie Vance - United Methodist missionaries working with John & Kendra Enright at the Kafakumba Bible Training Center in Zambia, Africa. Ken helps teach classes at Kafakumba Training Center and preaches at the City Center United Methodist Church at Endola, Zambia. He is also a missions pilot who has much experience flying for Wings of the Morning ministry in Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire).
Operation Classroom – It’s primary mission, in partnership with the Liberia and Sierra Leone United Methodist annual conferences, is to assist in Christian-based education and health care. For more information about Operation Classroom, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Joe Wagner
8326 N 700 W
Thorntown, IN 46071-8801
765.650.0231 or FAX: 765.436.2954
Red Bird Missions – The Red Bird Mission is one of four mission institutions of the Red Bird Missionary Conference in Kentucky. The Red Bird valley was an isolated area where three counties come together cut off from the educational and medical services of the county seats. Red Bird Mission began in 1921 when two teachers and United Evangelical pastor John J. DeWall came to the mountains at the invitation of the community to build a school and dormitory. Over the years the ministries have changed as community needs have changed.
70 Queendale Center
Beverly, Kentucky, 40913
(606) 598-3155 ph
(606) 598-3151 fax
Jason & Rachel Helm – Missionaries in Mozambique, Africa. Placed in ministry through Unitas International. Jason and Rachel are both teachers in a Wesleyan Bible Institute/School. Rachel concentrates on studies around health care issues and Christian formation development. Jason teaches Old & New Testament Bible Classes. Jason fills the pulpit of a Wesleyan Church and mentors young pastors from Mozambique to then become the pastor of that church. He also works in conjunction with the school he teaches at in an Agricultural project that help raise food for the students of the school. You may contact the Helm family at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be found on facebook.
Lowell & Claudia Wertz – Joy in the Harvest is headquartered in Kigoma, Tanzania, near the Burundi and Congo border. Lowell and Claudia provide for church planting, literacy training, economic development, and relief for the refugee camps. E-Mail: email@example.com
The Christian Center – “Offering a transformed life in Christ to the Hungry, Hurting and Homeless.”In early 2009, The Christian Center’s Mission Statement was revised. While the previous mission statement was valid, there was a realized need to focus on WHO is served before HOW they are served, and, more importantly—on the spiritual emphasis before the social aspects. As a faith based non-denominational, nonprofit organization, it is The Christian Center’s intent to see that every soul being served becomes who God intends them to be…regardless of where they are in life now.
Building upon its heritage of ministry and outreach, The Christian Center has a vision of becoming a hub of both faith-based and non-faith-based organizations working together cooperatively to meet the needs of the hungry, hurting, and homeless.
The Christian Center
625 Main Street
Anderson, IN 46016
Trans World Radio (International Christian Broadcasting) – Speaking fluently in more than 200 languages and dialects, TWR exists to reach the world for Jesus Christ. Our global media outreach engages millions in 160 countries with biblical truth. Since 1952, God has enabled TWR to help lead people from doubt to decision to discipleship. Together with international partners, local churches and other ministries, TWR provides relevant programming, discipleship resources and dedicated workers to spread hope to individuals and communities around the globe. Whether using high-powered radio to reach people in the Middle East and Latin America, streaming content to Internet users in Asia and Europe or visiting face-to-face with listeners
in Africa, TWR leaves a lasting spiritual footprint.
United Faith Housing – During the summer of 1972, thirteen churches in the Anderson, Indiana area formed a not-for-profit corporation for the purpose of meeting some of the unmet housing needs of elderly citizens. The purpose of the corporation was “…to provide persons over 62 with housing facilities and services specially designed to meet their spiritual, social, physical, and psychological needs and to promote their health, security, happiness, and usefulness in longer living.”
Habitat for Humanity – St. Matthew Church supports and and partners with Madison County’s Habitat for Humanity. Madison County Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.
Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor – “sweat equity” – into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses.