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Jerry & Melanie Howlett
Todd & Hannah Morr
Kevin & Mary Brunner
Brent & Connie Gregory
Ed & Wendi Rumbold
Mark & Kathy Hoving
* NCF also supports another family doing Bible Translation with Wycliffe. More information is on the missions display outside the sanctuary.
Local Ministry Staff
Mitch & Emily Cooksey
Kurt & Denna Busenitz
Amy Blair - Chiang Mai, Thailand
Sending Organization – Wycliffe Bible Translators
Amy Blair grew up in Tremont, IL. She knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a jungle missionary, living in a grass hut and eating bugs. She dreamed of teaching national children how to read and write, but said she would never teach missionary kids in a big city. After graduating from Moody Bible Institute with her elementary education degree, God used many people and circumstances to convince her that she could indeed be a real missionary by doing what she grew to love, teaching missionary kids.
Amy has been teaching 3rd and now 5th graders at Grace International School (www.gisthailand.org) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, since 2003. Grace serves over 600 students, primarily children of missionaries who are ministering in over 24 countries.
Besides her students, Amy also deeply loves the Thai people who live in and around Chiang Mai. She has been able to learn the Thai language so she can build many relationships with them by shopping at the local markets, hanging out with them, planting and harvesting rice in villages, and living with Thais from time to time. Her heart’s desire is that all Thais will soon have their eyes opened to the truth and turn their hearts to Jesus.
If you would like to contact Amy by mail, email, or phone please contact the church office (
Brent & Connie Gregory - Tremont, IL
Brent and Connie Gregory, together with their sons Micah and David, served for ten years on the mission field with Project AmaZon (PAZ) in north Brazil. Among other responsibilities, they accepted the role of member care facilitators for PAZ and served in that capacity for their last 3 years with the mission. After leaving Brazil in late 2014, they completed a one-year internship in missionary care at Heartstream Resources in Pennsylvania and began providing missionary care for their church and the missionary community at large. In March of 2018 they joined the staff of Barnabas International and continue to provide pastoral care to missionaries around the world.
To learn more or receive their newsletters, contact Brent and Connie at
Jerry & Melanie Howlett - Clarkston, GA
Global Frontier Missions
Jerry & Melanie Howlett and their family, moved to Clarkston, GA in the summer of 2014. They are serving with Global Frontier Missions in “the most diverse square mile in America” (according to the New York Times Magazine). Clarkston is roughly 3 square miles made up of 50+ nations, over 60 languages, and 90+ Unreached People Groups represented. Their neighbors are from Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Congo, Nepal, Burma and more. The Howlett’s spend their time both ministering in the community with the internationals as well as serving on the GFM-Atlanta staff. Global Frontier Missions has a 5 month Missionary Training School to prepare people before going on the mission field. Jerry and Melanie both spend time coaching students as well as helping in some training of the students in the classroom and as they get hands-on experience in the international community.
Todd & Hannah Morr
Sending Organization – Missional Made Simple
Todd and Hannah are founding leaders of Josiah Venture, the Soma Family of Churches, and Saturate the World. For the past 25+ years, Todd and Hannah have been helping train and coach churches in more than 30 countries to form Missional Small Groups and Missional Communities. They spent 11 years living in the Czech Republic and Romania. Much of their ministry involves consulting with church leaders and their leadership teams to assess where they need help and then helping them move forward with concrete plans towards greater disciplemaking and Missional effectiveness. They developed a training platform called Missional Made Simple that has practical training translated into 13 languages. Todd and Hannah are deacons and lead a Gospel Community in San Diego with New City Church. They have 5 kids who love Jesus, love sports and the outdoors, and love to spend time together as family.
Here is a link to the Morr's church: www.newcitysd.com
To find out more about what they’re doing, go to: www.missionalmadesimple.com or www.simplementemisional.com
Ed & Wendi Rumbold - Eastern Europe
Sending Organization – Josiah Venture
Ed and Wendi Rumbold and their five children, Jayce, Tate, Jaylin, Gage and Shaylee, are serving in Slovakia, Eastern Europe. They are with Josiah Venture, a mission organization which currently serves in 11 Eastern European countries. Their ministry focus there in Bardejov, Slovakia is primarily on the youth. They work with a local church, helping in the youth group. The main roles they have with youth are organizing the summer English camps that take place across the country, following up with the students in their town who attended these camps, and strategically training youth leaders throughout the year. Ed is in charge of recruiting American interns who help with the English camps during the summer, as well as recruiting North American churches to come join them for one session of these summer camps. The Slovak students who come to these English camps practice speaking conversational English during the week, while also hearing about the love of God for them and the sacrifice of Jesus that can change their lives.
You can find the Rumbolds on Facebook, or read more about them on their blog... rumbold7.blogspot.com
Mitch & Emily Cooksey - Tremont, Illinois
Sending Organization – Salem 4 Youth
Mitch and Emily Cooksey, along with their two children, Carson and Paisley, currently live in Deer Creek, Illinois. Mitch serves at the Salem4Youth Boys Ranch in Flanagan, IL. Salem4Youth exists to prive a Christ-centered environment for young men experiencing a "season of struggle". It is a residential program designed to work with these boys, ages 12-17 years old and their families, to bring about restoration and reconciliation. Mitch serves as the Equine Counselor at the rance and teaches the equine program. Salem's unique equine program exists to build relationships with our students while exposing heart issues and ministering to them. That relationship is built through spending time teaching fundamental to intermediate horsemanship skills such as riding, team roping, and off campus trail rides. As the students learn to work with horses, fear, frustration and communication challenges are exposed. These experiences open the door for staff to intentionally minister to the heart of the student and teach a variety of valuable life skills to the young men at Salem. Emily works part-time as a nurse at Unity Point Health Methodist hospital in Peoria and is a mom to their two children.Donations can be made to support their mission at Salem4Youth through NCF or also directly to Salem4Youth via check or PayPal on their website at www.salem4youth.com. Please specify that your donation is for Mitch and Emily Cooksey. If you would like to know more you can e-mail
Kurt & Denna Busenitz - Tremont, Illinois
Sending Organization – Rural Home Missionary Association
Kurt and Denna Busenitz and their five children have served with RHMA for over 20 years as rural church planters in the Nebraska Sandhills. RHMA seeks to plant and strengthen churches in communities of 5000 or less that need a gospel-centered witness. They currently serve at RHMA’s home office in Morton, IL. Kurt is the Director of Church Planting and Denna is the Mission Ministries Assistant. Together they are pursuing the “Back 40 Unreached Initiative” which aims to see 40 unreached communities impacted by 2032 through the planting of gospel-centered, Bible-teaching, community-engaging, disciple-making churches. They are focused on mobilizing church planters to go to unreached rural communities across the United States. This includes recruiting, discovering and developing new fields, coaching and shepherding missionary staff, and helping with RHMA’s small-town pastors’ conferences and seminars.
Kurt and Denna attend Northfield along with their three girls (Abigail, Naomi, and Miriam) who are living with them in central Illinois. They enjoy getting outdoors, being with family and friends, and serving Jesus together as a family.
To learn more or receive their newsletters, contact Kurt and Denna at
Mark & Kathy Hoving - Papua, Indonesia
Sending Organization – Wycliffe Bible Translators
Mark is a pilot/mechanic and instructor with YAJASI, a non-profit organization that serves missionaries, churches, and isolated people in the interior of Papua, Indonesia. Kathy is serving as a wife and a mother to their three boys, Micah, Levi and Andrew.
Kevin & Mary Brunner - Bicol Region of the Philippines
Sending Organization – Baptist World Mission
Kevin and Mary (Blair) Brunner serve in the Philippines with Baptist World Mission. They are involved with children and youth ministries in schools and local churches. By teaching children, they are able to connect with whole families and then visit homes to share the Gospel. They are currently beginning a church in the Himaao area of Pili where there is no Gospel preaching church. Email:
Hannah Folgert - Los Angeles, California
Sending Organization – CRU
Cru is a non-denominational ministry that serves to connect college students to Jesus Christ. Hannah serves on college campuses in the greater Los Angeles area, specifically California State University-Fullerton, with a heart for building Christian community and reaching students with the good news of the Gospel. She is passionate about discipling young women and is especially gifted with one-on-one conversations and evangelism. Hannah was raised in Tremont and came to maturity in her faith during her college years through Cru in Peoria which motivates her to bless others where she herself has been blessed.
Alex King - Eastern Europe
Sending Organization – Josiah Venture
Alex first served with Josiah Venture in 2013 after being asked to join an English camp team in Slovakia. That trip exposed him to all that God was doing there and showed him God’s heart to reach all nations. Over the next seven years, as he went on more short-term trips and completed two JV internships, his passion for the youth in Slovakia grew and he knew he wanted to return as a full-time missionary. Alex is serving with the Edge Sports ministry. They use sports camps and tournaments to bring the love of Jesus Christ to students. His team focuses specifically on floorball and eSports, with the goal of eventually setting up teams and leagues across the country.