Ron runs the finance office for IDEAS, a global community of Christian professionals leveraging their skills to bring hope in more than 13 countries; primarily in Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. Ron supports, directs and encourages these professionals in the area of finance, helping them to effectively live and work in often difficult areas. Barb directs Community Life for IDEAS, focusing on helping IDEAS professionals to thrive in their preparation and during their overseas assignments. Ron and Barb have four adult children and love being part of the Ridgeline Community Church family.
Ray and Marjie Schwartz - Latin American Assistance
Ray serves as the Awareness Director for LAMA (Latin America Assistance) which represents La Montaña Christian Camps in Costa Rica. La Montaña reaches some 12,000 Central American youth in a high adventure jungle setting each year. Ray’s ministry takes him to christian colleges and universities across the US yearly where he speaks on global Great Commission issues and camp opportunities. He also travels to mission conferences, youth conferences and churches where he recruits students & adults for internships at the camp and short term mission trips. Ray & Marjie also oversee the Intern Ministry at La Montaña. They have three adult sons. Ray and Marjie enjoy the ministries of Ridgeline and serve in multiple ways at Ridgeline Community Church.
Bill serves on the staff of Worldview Academy as Faculty Adviser. He teaches at Worldview Academy’s camps and speaks at their Christianity and Culture conferences. Bill has three grown children. He attends Ridgeline Community Church.
Bruce and Karen have served as urban/intercultural missionaries under the Evangelical Free Church of America since 1988. The ministry they serve in is in inner-city Denver. Their main task is that of church planting with the goal of reaching the urban/ethnic poor for Christ and seeing them grow into mature disciples. They have four grown children.
Greg and Laura Yoder - Christian World Outreach
Greg works with Christian World Outreach (CWO), where he recruits, trains and leads short-term teams. He represents CWO at mission conferences, churches, and other places. He gives oversight and leadership to construction projects, assists in fundraising for CWO and with the training of national CWO staff. Greg and his wife, Laura, have four grown children.
Kevin & Lindsey Dennis serve with the campus ministry of Cru throughout the state of Florida. They are committed to trusting God to bring the gospel in arms reach of every college student and faculty in Florida, developing them as a life-long Christ-centered laborer, and sending them out to be part of the Great Commission around the world. Kevin provides strategic leadership as a Local Missions Director to Cru’s field teams throughout Florida and engaging leaders to see gospel movements on every campus in Florida to reach the world for Christ. Lindsey is part of Cru’s field team at Walt Disney World, engaging with the 12,000 annual college interns at Disney from over 60 countries around the world and over 500 US campuses. Kevin & Lindsey live in Orlando, FL and have four children: Sophie and Dasah (who are both in Heaven after passing away soon after birth), Jaden, and Briella.
Enrique and Susan minister to the Mexican people from their home base in Phoenix, AZ. They coordinate short-term mission trips for stateside churches which go to minister in local Mexican churches. Enrique trains pastors in Mexico in a seminary level program, that consists of How to Study the Bible, Church planting, Discipleship, etc. This has proven to be fruitful and efficient in refreshing, encouraging and equipping the pastors. They have three children.
Ramon and Deborah Padilla - Wycliffe Bible Translators
In 2020 Ramon and Deb celebrated ten years of involvement in ministry in Oaxaca, Mexico, serving as linguists with a Scripture translation project in a Zapotec language. They most loved working with the local translators and building capacity in the work of Bible translation! In their new ministry focus, they are serving as Scripture Engagement connectors for those ministering among the diaspora(the movement, migration, or scattering of a people away from an established or ancestral homeland) in the Greater Toronto area. One of the most diverse regions in North America, more than 200 different languages are spoken daily in Toronto, with nearly 5% of residents not speaking any English or French (the national languages) at all-132,700 people! These speakers may not have access to any written, audio or signed materials in their languages, including translated Scriptures. Ramón and Deb are connecting churches, parachurch ministries, and lay people to the Scripture resources available-including the Jesus film, Scriptures still in process of translation, training in Scriptural Trauma resources, Scripture Storying resources and pre-Scripture translation possibilities-that connect best with the people they are reaching out to around them.
Their passion for working with minority language speakers and building capacity among them and resourcing in Biblical discipleship tools continues. Ramon is excited to be able to devote more time to connecting people with the Scripture resources already out there and/or helping build capacity for those to be produced. Deb is excited to be able to put her research and writing skills to use in helping to develop strategic ways to connect language communities living outside their home countries with the Scriptures. She is thankful to have regained a lot of her health and energy after being so affected by chronic tropical indigestion issues while living in Oaxaca, so that she can be directly involved in ministry again!
The Vang’s work with the Evangelical Free Church of America Missions reaching unreached people groups in Southeast Asia. They train leaders, evangelists, church planters, women, men, youth leaders, and Sunday school teachers for the Hmong believers in five countries in Southeast Asia.
Gill and Karen Nash desire to see the love of Christ penetrate the hearts of Asian people. They live in Southeast Asia and are working in several nations to help advance God’s work in this region. They have a special interest in ministry among Tibetan and Nepali peoples and are working among migrant workers from these areas. Karen is also very involved in life-coaching, counseling, training, and member-care along with being a mother and home-maker. They have three children.
Mike and Carol Beth served in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for 12 years. Mike was the principal and taught at a mission school for full-time Christian workers. They have received a new assignment from ReachGlobal and will be serving in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In Thailand, they will be involved in the broader component of missionary care throughout the region and the world and an integral part of ReachGlobal’s ENHANCE team. They have eight children.
Claire is on staff with Youth With a Mission Marine Reach in New Zealand. Her role there is a liason to their clinic and training center in Vanuatu and a recruiter of doctor, nurses and medical professionals. She is also involved in training young missionaries for the missions field. She facilitates medical clinics in the South Pacific for their short-term mission teams. Her passion is for primary health care and preventative educaton to the islands of the South Pacific. She is now a Cerified Doula, which is a birth attendant. She is providing care for pregnant women and seeing them have healthy babies and children. She loves taking young adults on outreaches and teaches them how to love people in a cross cultural experience and equips them to reach developing nations.