Jesus said to His disciples, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). By God’s grace and for His glory, SPPC is wholeheartedly committed to the Great Commission. Central to our mission of extending Christ’s Kingdom is the vision of planting new churches in St. Petersburg, the greater Tampa Bay area, and beyond. We also seek to fulfill our mission by supporting, with our money, our prayers and friendship, the following missionaries and agencies who share our commitment to the Great Commission.
Esaie and Natacha Etienne
Mission to the World, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
The Etienne’s ministry in Haiti is comprised of church planting, leadership training and mercy ministries, which include a school for children a medical mission and a children’s home. Esaie and Natacha have 3 boys, Ishtyler, Isaiah, and Ishmaiah.
Mission to the World, Cape Town, S. Africa
Susan Newkirk has been working in Cape Town, South Africa for almost six years and is currently the children’s ministry coordinator at Muizenberg Community Church in Cape Town. Susan also has been working with an outreach program for children at a sister church located in Westlake, where she is in charge of the Girl’s Bible Club.
David and Erin Pervis
Mission to the World, Bulgaria
David and Erin, based in Kiev, Ukraine, use English language instruction to build relationships, share the gospel, and help bring new believers into the church. They also work in partnership with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of the Ukraine (EPCU) to assist local pastors in church planting.David and Erin have two children, Clara (17) and Josiah (15).
Bill and Pam Schweitzer
Mission to the World, Gateshead, England
The Schweitzers live in Gateshead, England where they have started Gateshead Presbyterian Church. They are seeing wonderful growth in their church as they reach out to their community with the Gospel. They will be on furlough in the U.S. starting in March, 2014.Bill and Pam have 5 children: Mark (15), Bethany (13), Mary (11), Anna (9), James (7), and Rebecca (3).
Marcelo & Claudia Carvalho
Marcelo and Claudia have been called to work with various remote Húpd’äh villages near São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Brazil. They work coordinating medical-dental care as well as training indigenous professors to spread the gospel. Marcelo also participates in Army events and to provide lectures for officials, sergeants, and military wives.
Reformed University Fellowship, USF, Tampa
Andrew Newman is a graduate of NC State University. Upon graduation, he did a 2 year internship with RUF at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. During the internship, he married his amazing wife, Meghan. It was in his last years of college at NC State and his experience as an RUF intern that he gained a love and passion for ministry and a desire to work with college students. After the internship they moved to Charlotte, NC to attend seminary. They have a son Knox.
The caring people at New Life Solutions, are available to help women who have discovered they are pregnant and may not want to be.
They are there to talk with them about their pregnancy and options. Trained Life Coaches are available to listen to concerns and answer questions about pregnancy, abortion, and related issues.
They offer weekly and monthly confidential support groups to those whose lives have been impacted by homosexuality and other types of sexual brokenness. In addition, they provide speakers and trainings for churches as well as other community groups and organizations.
K-Life works alongside churches and families in the community to teach and encourage kids to be strong in the Lord in spite of all the negative pressures they face as teenagers. K-Life networks kids from different churches along with those without a church affiliation, to build positive Godly relationships that can withstand the negative peer pressure so prevalent in today’s youth culture. Pete and Alison Stoncipher are the area directors for K-Life, St. Petersburg.