Meet Our Missionaries
Missions may be defined as ministries in accordance with the Lord Jesus Christ’s Great Commission: to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19–20; Acts 1:8). The mission program of Berean Baptist Church encompasses outreach to our local area and extends to the uttermost of distant shores. Berean Baptist Church also recognizes its responsibility to field and support missionaries to spread the Gospel of Christ in a focused and urgent way in the time remaining before the Lord’s return.
The Andersens have lived in East Africa since 2008. Eddie grew up as a missionary kid in Kenya and Rachel comes from Michigan. They met at Bible college while pursuing degrees in cross cultural studies. Eddie uses his skills in mechanics and engineering to reach out to people in the community while Rachel, pursuing midwifery studies, is able to build relationships while helping women and babies. Their children are home schooled as well as attend a boarding school for missionary children located in Kenya.
Seth came to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior as a child, while living in Nova Scotia, Canada. His family moved to Maine and he was baptized at age 8 in Livermore, Maine. Seth grew in his heart for the Lord and for people. Through his studies at Word of Life Bible Institute, he was called into Christian ministry. This call would be affirmed while studying at Baptist Bible College (PA.), ministering in Indiana, and studies and ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (KY.), where he obtained his MDiv in Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth.
Over the past 12 years, the Lord put a burden for Canada on his heart, an interest in engaging people from other world religions, cross-cultural ministry, and a desire to engage in cutting-edge missions’ strategy of reaching the unreached people groups who are immigrating to Global Cities in the West. Having previously worked in missions in Toronto, from 2011-2013, Seth is now back in Toronto with Global Gates to proclaim the gospel, make new disciples, form churches, develop leaders and strengthen existing churches in the task of reaching the ends of the earth through Toronto.
Growing up in Maine, Seth, is a lover of the outdoors and a diehard Boston Red Sox fan. You can take the boy out of Maine, but you can never take Maine out of the boy – Ayuh!
Our ministry is to help local churches reach the youth with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
My goal is to help equip today’s youth leaders with the tools they need to change people’s lives! We help them build a firm, biblical foundation in the lives of those to whom they minister in the local church. The base of our ministry is a biblical program founded on biblical principles! We believe that it isn’t the program, but God’s Word that makes the difference in people. God’s Word changes lives and brings hope. These principles can be more easily applied with effective tools – that’s where the program comes in. Word of Life’s purpose is not primarily to entertain people but to energize them to become obedient Christians living a dynamic life.
CEF has been in Fiji since 1953. The national office has either been a rented apartment or home. For the past eleven years, it was in the Bryant’s home. In 2007, God provide funds to purchase a piece of property on which to build a national CEF office. In 2010, a boundary fence was erected to provide security. Because there is no indoor training facility in the current house, which also has significant structural issues, the Bryants hope to soon construct the new office/training center.
Joe is one of our “Home-Grown” missionaries from Berean. In January 2000 he followed God into fulltime ministry with CCC on the Orono campus of the University of Maine. Joe met Angie on a Lifelines summer project and they were married in 2003. At the University of Maine 75% of all freshmen indicate they have no spiritual background. Joe helped start the Lifelines ministry at the U of M in 2000. Lifelines is the outdoor/adventure ministry of CCC whose mission is to use the outdoor experience to help students grow in their relationship with God, with each other, and in leadership/character. We seek to be involved in Non-Christians lives long term in order to help guide them into a saving faith in Jesus Christ. In 2010, The Lifelines ministry expanded to it’s sixth campus at Cornell University, and now have 26 full time staff and 4 interns. Joe and Angie live in Old Town, Maine
I (Ken) am the Executive Director of Vida Nova (New Life) publishing house located in Sáo Paulo, Brazil. The goal of Vida Nova’s publishing ministry is to provide a full catalog of resources to support the ministries of churches and seminaries throughout the Portuguese-speaking world. Vida Nova is the leading publisher of academic works in support of the training ministries of churches, seminaries and Bible schools. Additionally, our catalog of over 450 titles provides ample materials for pastors and churches as they grow and develop in their faith and lives before God.
In addition to leading the publishing house, I also pastor a small church and teach at a couple of extension seminaries. My goal is to train and develop church leaders as well as provide spiritual leadership.
Besides caring for our family, Luci works as a Pre-K teacher at the Pan American Christian Academy where our two sons, Mike and Mark are in high school. Our daughter, Melissa, is currently studying in the USA
State Work and Southern Maine Chapter
Child Evangelism Fellowship® (CEF®) is a Bible-centered organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living. Livermore Falls, Maine Camp Good News, Blueberry Mountain Bible Camp, Ministry includes running and maintaining the two camps. Summer this past year celebrated the following:
608 kids attended Camp Good News; 94 attended Blueberry Mountain Bible Camp; 175 kids went to River of Life Bible Camp 606 kids attended Day Camps; 868 attended 5-day Clubs and VBS’s4,945 people received the Gospel message through Literature distribution and Open Air 117 teens attended Christian You in Action This winter upcoming events include winter camps, a teen retreat, a Pastor’s retreat, and a Root Cellar Retreat. Then, or course, everyone will need to gear up for the busy camp season this summer. Currently they are hoping to complete a new girls bathroom at Camp Good News.
The New Brunswick Bible Institute was incorporated with the purpose and objective of establishing a school for the training of young men and women in a thorough and practical knowledge of the Bible and to meet the needs of all the various evangelical bodies for trained workers in the Maritime Provinces in particular, and home and foreign work in general.
We believe that the New Brunswick Bible Institute should ever be a school where the Word of God is taught, practiced and honoured. The school should remain…
Solid in discipline. Spiritual in outlook. Missionary in outreach. Simple in faith and practice.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15