First Pres supports a variety of individuals who are serving in God’s mission locally and around the world. Some are in roles directly sharing the message of Jesus Christ, while others support physical needs by loving and ministering through a local organization or church. In addition, we partner with missionaries in places and roles we keep confidential, in order to protect their safety and the safety of those in their communities.
Keith & Kim Bubalo
Keith and Kim both serve as Global Strategy Coordinators with the Jesus Film Project, a ministry of Cru. Their focus is mobilizing the body of Christ to plant new churches in the most unreached parts of the world, using the various resources of the Jesus Film Project. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Since 1992, God has called Melissa to help everyone know someone who truly follows Jesus. Currently, she serves as the director of the National Campus Office. She works with a team to care for and serve the 200 Cru staff members in the office and the 4,100 staff members who serve on university and high school campuses in the U.S. and overseas. Her desire is that all of the Cru staff would be equipped and motivated in their roles to help fulfill the Great Commission.
Cru's World HQ staff provide resources and help relieve much of the administrative burden of missionaries in the field so they can focus on the goal of helping to reach the world with Christ's love. Each year God uses Campus Crusade, International, to bring the gospel to tens of millions of people in every area of the world. The HQ staff works to care for both the people who serve behind the scenes and those serving in the field, in locations around the world.
Lance & Elizabeth Edwards
New Mission Systems Int'l
Lance is an agricultural consultant, providing expertise to individuals and ministries attempting to do agricultural projects but who lack the expertise, knowledge or experience needed to be successful. Many pastors, church planters, and missionaries attempt to meet people's physical needs through farming projects, but struggle because they do not have an agricultural background. Lance, who is from Zimbabwe, has varied experience that has enabled him to help project managers think through appropriate and sustainable crops, budgets, and markets. He is also able to help with problem areas and provide training. Lance serves as Regional Director of Southern Africa for NMSI. Lance and Elizabeth serve on the leadership team, specifically in family ministry, at a church plant called King's City Church. The Edwards' have two children, Ashton, and Katie, who are also involved in King's City Church. Ashton operates the sound board for Sunday services, and Katie teaches Sunday School.
Jim & Cindy Hynds
Jim and Cindy lived in Prague for 13 years, serving as national director of Campus Crusade for Christ, overseeing ministries among students, churches, athletes, and executives. In the fall of 2013, they returned to the States and now serve with Faculty Commons (ministry of Cru), ministering to faculty members in Tennessee, developing university movements among and through professors.
Jim and Cindy have three grown, married children, and two grandchildren.
Roger & Diane McMurrin
Music Mission Kiev
Roger and Diane McMurrin have served in several large churches in America, including First Presbyterian Church Orlando. The ministry of Music Mission Kiev began when they visited Kiev in 1992, just after Ukraine received its independence from the Soviets. Roger brought the music for Handel’s Messiah for the Ukrainian people to hear this music for the first time. It was a time of new beginnings, and the music was “an explosion of light.” The ministry expanded quickly beyond giving concerts to establish a church, ministering to over 400 widows/widowers and also many orphans. Using music to bring the Gospel has been the heart of the ministry.
Cody & Jennifer Phipps
After serving overseas in Italy, Cody and Jennifer have been working at Cru's headquarters in the Global Leadership Office since 2011, helping the national overseas staff to develop self-sustaining ministries and aiding Steve Douglass, the president of Cru, with communication needs. They have a daughter and two sons.
EPC World Outreach
As the Eastern Associate for Missions Advancement, Phil helps mobilize EPC churches in the eastern five presbyteries for missions, specifically through the EPC's World Outreach. He also travels overseas as requested. For example, he led an EPC enVision Trek mission trip to Pakistanis in the UK in July 2014. Additionally, as the EPC Missionary Prayer Network Coordinator, he and his wife, Diane, mobilize intercessors within EPC churches denomination-wide, to pray for EPC missionaries and the priorities of the EPC's World Outreach.
John & Barbara Whitehouse
John works with The JESUS Film Project ®, helping countries in East & Central Asia evangelize and make disciples through JF media tools and equipment.
Barb facilitates volunteers in helping the JESUS Film Project with the many tasks and projects that need to be done on an on-going basis for the worldwide ministry.
Dennis & Lisa Brockman
Dennis has been with Cru since 1983 and Lisa since 1992. Today, they serve with Global Digital Strategies. They need You. They need Gospel Champions to enable them to strategically reach students, leaders, plant churches and leverage digital solutions to make disciples. You enable them to pray, plan, and innovate ways to make disciples. Their vision is that everyone will know someone who indeed follows Jesus. Dennis and Lisa have five amazing kids. Two children are in college, one is in high schooler and two are in middle school.
Rebuild Globally - Haiti
Julie's calling through REBUILD Globally, is to support families by giving them economic stability, a goal accomplished through a workshop that makes sandals from recycled tires. When leadership, job training, and dignified employment is paramount, families are given the tools to care for and meet the need of their own children. Their identities begin to alter, hope becomes a reality and survival is no longer the basis for their existence. God is glorified when all people are empowered.
Gabriel & Rachel DeGuia
Gabriel and Rachel have been worshiping at FPCO since 2003 and were married in the church in 2007. They have been blessed by the church through life groups, Bible studies, and the ministry of the Weekday School. They have two little boys. Both Gabriel and Rachel are staff members with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ). Gabriel serves with the JESUS Film Project. Rachel has dual roles, serving with missionary care, and the JESUS Film Project.
Robert & Barbara Francis
Bob and Barbara have been on staff with Cru since 1977. Bob serves on the Executive Team of the Campus Ministry, while Barbara serves on the Development and Prayer team. Both enjoy speaking, writing, and mentoring leaders. Their daughter, Brooke, along with her husband, Lance, serve with Cru at Georgia Tech and Georgia State University. Their son, Bryan, is a Deputy Sheriff in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have four grandchildren.
Joyce and Gene Layton moved to Kiev, Ukraine, in 1999 to serve widows, orphans, and others in need, and teach Bible-based English. Gene died 5 1/2 years ago and Joyce returned shortly thereafter to continue the mission, which is now in its fifteenth year—praise the Lord! Joy works closely with Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church, Kiev, pastored by Ivan Bespalov.
Tom & Karen Mills
Tom travels around the world taking photos of what the Lord is doing through the ministry of Cru. These photos are used for Cru's magazine, Worldwide Challenge, the web, and other ministries of Cru. He also helped start a ministry to photographers called Christians in Photojournalism. Karen is a graphic artist, also on staff with Cru. Tom and Karen moved to Orlando in 1991, when Cru moved their headquarters here from Southern California. They have three sons who grew up at First Presbyterian: Daniel, Jonathan, and Andrew. Daniel and his wife live in Japan, Jonathan and his wife, Heather, are in Orlando and are members of First Pres. Andrew and his wife, Nicole, live in Jackson, MS, where Andrew is associate pastor of an EPC church.
Matt & Margaret Ritsema
The Ritsemas work with Cru's Global Church Movements (GCM). GCM works to train and multiply leaders, promote strategic partnerships, support and initiate church multiplication, and develop and share tools, resources, and strategies for and within churches. GCM seeks to provide new ideas, tools, and strategies through information, technology, and research.
Dan & Elizabeth Turk
Elizabeth and Dan are involved in health and environment work with the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM). Elizabeth helps with community health (safe drinking water, malaria prevention & maternal health) and AIDS prevention. Dan’s work focuses on helping student pastors and pastors grow fruits and vegetables to improve their food security and the food security of the people in the places they serve. Their son, Robert, attends Westminster College in PA. Daughter, Frances, lives with the family in Antananarivo where she attends high school.