Mission Partners

Our Mission Partners

“The mission field is wherever faith meets unbelief, wherever the kingdom of God in a believer’s life encounters the kingdom of the world.”

– Hugh Palmer, Rector of All Souls, London

The FPCE Mission Statement says: “First Presbyterian Church of Evanston exists to know Christ and to grow in him as we serve and make disciples in Evanston, the Chicago area, and around the world.” We embrace the full meaning of that through the following mission partners, as well as those we support who choose to remain anonymous:

Education and Training

Jeff and Christi Boyd

Presbyterian Church (USA) Both Jeff and Christi have been PC(USA) mission co-workers since 1990 in Africa. Jeff was in educational ministries until 2002 when he became liaison. Christi changed to current position in 2013, after 13 years as facilitator for Joining...

Evangelical Theological Seminary, Cairo (ETSC)

Rev. Dr. Atef Gendy, PresidentETSC was founded in 1863 on the houseboat Ibis, which was used as a floating seminary for theological studies and practical training. In 1926 the main campus in Cairo was established. The geographical reach of ETSC increased due to the...

Langham Partnership

Rev. Dr. Ben Homan, PresidentThe Langham Partnership USA - an international organization founded by John Stott in 1969, has the vision to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through the ministry of pastors and...

Professor “Y”

For the last 12 years Prof Y. has been serving in the capacity as Academic Director, but longer in terms of lecturing and publishing in China with the goal of the following: To develop the biblical and theological foundations of leadership excellence in China, and...

Justice and Mercy

Emmaus Ministries

Noah Adair, Executive DirectorEmmaus Ministries reaches out to the estimated 3,000 – 5,000 male victims of commercial sexual exploitation in Chicago. Emmaus staff and volunteers build relationships of trust with victims and work together to help them get off the...

Good News Partners

Tim Jones, Executive DirectorThe mission of Good News Partners (GNP) is “To end homelessness and hopelessness with everyone God brings to us, and to foster justice and build bridges of reconciliation.” By God’s grace, GNP creates and sustains safe, affordable and...

Interfaith Action of Evanston

Sue Murphy, Executive DirectorInterfaith Action of Evanston (IAE) coordinates the Warming Center/Overnight Shelter/Soup Kitchens in Evanston.  Made up of many of the different faith communities, it is one was we join with people of other faiths to serve the homeless...

Learn to Earn

Roche van Wycke, DirectorLearn to Earn (LTE) "A hand up not a handout" LTE is an organization in South Africa focused on training and equipping individuals to move from poverty and unemployment to being employed and self-sustaining.  They also do training and consult...

Medical Benevolence Foundation

Andrew Mayo, Executive Director In partnership with the Presbyterian Church USA, Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF) supports the medical ministries of worldwide partners with particular emphasis in D.R. Congo, Kenya, Malawi, and Haiti.  MBF's focus is raising the...

Rebuilding Together North Suburban Chicago

Sharon Riley, Executive DirectorRebuilding Together provides free home renovations to homeowners having low-incomes in 14 communities in North Suburban Chicago. Rebuilding Together also serves not-for-profit organizations that serve those with developmental...

“The Akhtars”

The Akhtars and their family serve in South East Asia with refugees from Myanmar, Pakistan and more.  The work centers on education, particularly vocational programs.Contact information:All communication should go through the FPCE Mission office. ...

Salaam Medical Centre (Egypt)

Dr. Freddy Elbaiady, Founder and CEOSalaam Medical Centre is a not-for-profit hospital in El-Qanatir Elkhaireya, Egypt (population approx 450,000). The center started in 1996, under the auspices of the Egyptian Protestant church (the Evangelical Church of Egypt, Synod...

Presbyterian Churches of D.R.Congo

There are two Presbyterian denominations in the D.R. Congo: the Presbyterian Church of Congo that primarily serves people whose first language is Tshiluba, and the smaller denomination The Presbyterian Church of Kinshasu (CPK)serving Lingala speakers. They function as...

Sister Church

FPCE has ongoing interactions with these two partners, in person, by skype into our adult ed classes through events such as movie nights where we feature DAK films.  We had a major trip this year and hope to establish an every three-year visit for larger groups.  Individuals who visit the Holy Land and are introduced /connected to our partners.  And potentially there will be exchange visits there that are smaller.  These partners challenge us to consider scripture through a middle Eastern lens, and through the lens of justice/mercy in both the Old and New Testaments. 

Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church

Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac, Senior Pastor The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land (ELCJHL) is known for its warmth and hospitality as it welcomes visitors and pilgrims to the Holy Land from around the world. Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac, Senior Pastor is...

Bright Stars Bethlehem

Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, President Bright Stars of Bethlehem (BSB) began as a ministry of our sister church, its president is Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, former pastor of our Sister Church (Christmas Lutheran).  The ministries of BSB reach the greater community.  It supports a...

University and Youth

Zelalum Abebe

International Fellowship of Evangelical Students English/Portuguese speaking Africa (EPSA) Zellalum Abebe is the Regional Director for English/Portugese speaking Africa.  He is based in Addas Ababa, Ethiopia.  FPCE has close ties to this region- with frequent...

International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES)

Middle East/North Africa Region IFES Ministry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) aims to establish a healthy student ministry in every country in the Arab world.  IFES has been involved with student ministry in the MENA region since 1987.  The region comprises...

Robert and Laurie Nordstrom

Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) Robert and Laurie Nordstrom are former members of FPCE.  They work through Overseas Missionary Fellowship focusing on outreach to Chinese International Students in the Chicago area.  As part of the leadership team for OMF’s US...

Simon Masibo

International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) English/Portuguese Speaking Africa Based in Kenya, Simon Masibo works to see university students built into communities of disciples, transformed by the gospel and impacting the university, the church and society...

Greg and Mari Chimitris

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at Southern Illinois University InterVarsity’s vision is to see students transformed, campuses renewed, and world-changers developed. Through discipleship, student leadership, evangelism and small groups we empower students to invite...

Graduate and Faculty Ministries at Northwestern University

Mickey Sanchez Graduate and Faculty Ministry at NU is currently led by Mickey Sanchez. He focuses on graduate students in Evanston and Chicago in all academic disciplines.  Mickey is also developing an ongoing dialogue with professors of all faith and belief’s...

Dan and Kathy Shiau

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship InterVarsity’s vision is to establish and advance witnessing communities of student and faculty on college campuses where people are transformed by Christ, campuses are renewed, and world-changers are developed and launched as agents...

Unreached People Groups

“Keith and Louise”

 EFCA ReachGlobal/People International Keith and Louise's interest in overseas missions began when they led InterVarsity’s summer mission teams to Poland and Russia during the Soviet era.  Working with Evangelical Covenant Church of America and Reach Global, they work...

Jim and Karen “Turner”

Wycliffe Bible TranslatorsJim and Karen "Turner" are longtime friends of FPCE through her parents who are long time members/leaders in the church.  Jim and Karen worked in an extremely dangerous context in the Middle East/Gulf Region with Wycliffe Bible Translators. ...

Larry and Lisa Roetteger

Wycliffe Bible TranslatorsLarry and Lisa are former FPCE members/attenders who served in Nigeria with Wycliffe Bible Translators. They now reside in the U.S. but Larry makes frequent visits to Nigeria to give in-person help and continues to works closely with local...

Kathleen Johnson

Serving Mission International (SIM)Kathleen Johnson: Kathleen is a former FPCE member who works with SIM in Buffalo, NY with Yemeni and Somali refugees. (predominately women and children.) She does ESL classes to help women adapt to the US, and various programs with...

“The Khalils”

Pioneers International"The Khalils" are missionaries living in the Middle East where they focus on evangelism through media.  They work with Pioneers, focusing on the Arab world.  They offer media campaigns which lead to huge volumes of inquires about Christianity,...

Isaac and Janet Laudarji

Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA)Members of FPCE while Isaac was at Northwestern, they remain part of a small group that they keep up with even from Northern Nigeria where they now serve. Isaac serves as a pastor of a local church in a predominantly Muslim area,...

Dan McNerney

Frontier FellowshipDan is a long-time friend, partner and frequent attender/teacher/preacher at FPCE.  He works with Frontier Fellowship to connect to local USA congregations to Mission in Egypt and Gulf States in particular.  He also connects local Christians to...

SAT-7, Middle East Satellite Television

Denis WeinsSAT-7’s mission is to build the church through non-political, non-partisan, biblically based programming. The organization is the primary Christian Satellite TV programmer for the Arabic speaking world. Our Sister Church (Christmas Lutheran) broadcasts...

Rev. Dr. Christudas Retnadas

United Mission to India (UMI) Rev. Christudas Retnadas was a regular attender of FPCE while studying at Trinity Seminary.  He started United Mission to India in 2002 with a vision for reaching those in India and parts of Nepal most resistant to the gospel, primarily...

Evangelical Church of 10th of Ramadan City, Egypt

Pastor IsaacTenth of Ramadan Church: The primary focus of the Presbyterian Church in 10th of Ramadan city is to serve Christian families who have moved recently to the new city of 10th of Ramadan. Situated adjacent to a Coptic church and surrounded by mosques, the...

FPCE Outreach Groups

New Life Shelter and Outreach

FPCE has a long-standing relationship with Good News Partners. But our focus on the families living in interim housing in the Good News system dates back ten years. Outreach is primarily with mothers and their children through tutoring, music ministry and more....

Souper Saturday

Souper Saturday was established in 1983 as a ministry of First Presbyterian Church Evanston. Every Saturday, 80-100 guests are served a three course well prepared meal in a warm, welcoming environment. Most guests in attendance are adults and a few are children....

Warming Center

First Presbyterian Church is part of a consortium of shelters housed in faith organizations in Evanston that seeks to care for our homeless neighbors, giving them a safe and warm place to spend time and experience a friendly atmosphere during the winter months each...

Build Congo Schools

The Congo Focus Team works closely with Presbyterian church leaders and members in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to support their ministries. In particular, the team seeks to improve primary and secondary education, as well as women’s and children’s programs....

Tumekutana

Tumekutana is a Swahili word meaning “We have come together.” It is a gathering of Presbyterian and Reformed Church Women Leaders from around Africa. It began in 2007 with the vision to bring women together as peers across Africa. These women who might otherwise never...

First Friends

First Friends is a group at First Presbyterian created to help, welcome and befriend refugee families. “First Friends” was chosen as a name because we are from “First” Presbyterian Evanston, and we may also be some of the “first” people that these people will...

Overnight Shelter

The Overnight Shelter will be hosted at FPCE December 29 through January 19. If you never volunteered before and are interested, contact Charlene Parris at c.parris@comcast.net and we’ll work with you to get you trained. We’ll need volunteers for set up each night and...

Great Commission Fund

The Great Commission Fund (GCF) was established in order to give one time and multiphase grants which further the Good News of the Gospel in Jesus Christ, locally and globally.  With God’s grace and an initial gift of $500,000 the GCF has given out over $1,000,000...

Zelalum Abebe

International Fellowship of Evangelical Students English/Portuguese speaking Africa (EPSA) Zellalum Abebe is the Regional Director for English/Portugese speaking Africa.  He is based in Addas Ababa, Ethiopia.  FPCE has close ties to this region- with frequent...

International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES)

Middle East/North Africa Region IFES Ministry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) aims to establish a healthy student ministry in every country in the Arab world.  IFES has been involved with student ministry in the MENA region since 1987.  The region comprises...