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.
Eddie and Rachel Andersen serve in Northern Kenya with their six children: Uriah, Ja-el, Acacia, Miriam, Silas, and Ezra. Located in Dukana, Kenya, the Andersen’s work includes evangelism and discipleship through practical skills and Bible teaching. They work among the Gabbra people, a nomadic pastoralist group who live in the desert herding camels, cattle, goats and sheep. The Gabbra people are an unreached people group of 89,000 people with approximately 200 known believers.
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, where he 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 through studies and ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (KY.), where he obtained his MDiv in Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth.
The Lord put an increasing burden for unreached people groups on Seth’s heart. Seth’s interest is in engaging people from other world religions, cross-cultural ministry, and a desire to engage in the missions’ strategy of reaching unreached people groups who are immigrating to global cities. Seth has been in Toronto since 2017 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. He is involved in international student missions, church planting, and training leaders among the church through Global Gates Canada.
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!
We are missionaries with Word of Life Local Church Ministries.
Word of Life’s desire is to help the church as it spreads the Gospel, disciples, and develops leaders that reproduce leaders.
We love spending time with not only youth, but youth leaders and pastors in local churches.
We are passionate about serving local churches here in Northern New England in any way that we can.
Sometimes that “serving” is helping churches use Word of Life’s awesome youth ministry tools, speaking at a church or youth group, or simply spending time with a pastor.
We are so thankful to be a part of such an incredible ministry!
Kent and Becky Bryant are leaders of the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) work in the island nation of Fiji. Before their marriage, Becky served two terms in Gabon, West Africa as a CEF missionary. Kent started as CEF missionary to Fiji in 1986. Their passion is to train teachers to teach the Word of God to boys and girls. The Bryant’s have two children.
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.
After turning 15, while living in Ecuador, I had my first taste of Child Evangelism Fellowship®. The workers there encouraged me to go to Children’s Ministries Institute in Brazil. After that, I was off to Word of Life in Argentina and that was the end of my contact with CEF® (or so I thought). When I returned home (to Uruguay) from school, I got back in touch with CEF. After a couple years, the CEF workers retired and I kind of “inherited” the job. Vassilios Constantinidis came to Uruguay various times and spoke of the need. I knew it was the Lord who had prepared the way for me.
From April, 2004 until now I’ve been working with children, training teachers and the various other ministries involved with CEF.
After graduating from New Brunswick Bible Institute (NBBI) in Canada, Jim spent a year and a half as an assistant pastor. He and Debbie were accepted as career missionaries to Uruguay in December 1978. Deb, a “PK” from Maine, is also, an NBBI graduate. Jim and Debbie Carter have been church-planters in Uruguay since, 1981.A new church in the city of La Paz, started in 2000 grew to a place where it was turned over to a national pastor. They have three children grown children, 2 daughters-in-law’s, and 3 grandchildren. Their daughter Abby is also serving in Uruguay, as a missionary with CEF. Present ministry includes teaching in the Uruguayan Bible College, pulpit supply, CEF support ministry, maintaining and hosting at the GMSA mission house in Montevideo.
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. In 2018 Joe and Angie left CRU for Thrive Adventures.
Thrive Adventures is a christian nonprofit that believes the best way to learn is through adventure. having a holistic APPROACH, FOCUSED on life, leadership and faith, and rooted in BIBLICAL truths, we offer day adventures, retreats and resources that enable you to thrive. we seek to change the world by building leaders for Christ.
In 2011 Thom & Carolyn returned to full-time ministry in the UK, serving with New Tribes Mission UK – Global Partners of Ethnos360. They have since continued as representatives/ mobilizers in Scotland, as well as in the UK and Germany, speaking and teaching training seminars in churches, and also teaching evangelism and discipleship part-time at the NTM-UK European Bible & Missionary Training Center in England.
In late August 2020 Thom & Carolyn relocated the the USA to set up their home and base of ministry in NH, to be closer to family, and to give themselves in 2021 to reporting and updating all their faithful prayer & support partners and churches.
They have committed to return for 3 – 4 months a year as long as they are able, to teach in the NTM-UK European training facility – North Cotes College in Lincolnshire, England to continue to assist in the challenging, equipping and mobilizing of new missionaries to take the Gospel to the least reached peoples of the world. Here in the States they will continue, Lord willing, in their one-to-one disciple ministries, challenging churches for missions to the unreached, and conducting training seminars and local “Foundations – The Basics of Discipleship” courses as the Lord opens doors of opportunity.
New Tribes Mission UK:
North Cotes College – NTM-UK’s European Bible & Missionary Training College
Ken and Luci work with Edições Vida Nova (New Life) publishing house located in São Paulo, Brazil. Ken is the Executive Director and Luci works as a volunteer in a variety of roles.
Vida Nova has a rich history with over 55 years of ministry. Founded to provide theological resources for training pastors and leaders, God has sustained and multiplied its ministry which now offers Bibles, a wide variety of reference works and numerous Christian resources across the age and interest spectrum. With a catalog of over 600 titles Vida Nova has become one of the leading Christian publishers with an active voice in the Christian community as it seeks to influence the theological landscape and address current issues facing the churches in Brazil. Vida Nova’s ministry objective centers on providing a full catalog of resources to support the ministries of churches and seminaries throughout the Portuguese-speaking world.
In addition to leading the publishing house, Ken teaches at churches and seminaries with the goal of equipping churches and their leaders.
The Davises have three grown children, Melissa, Mike and Mark. Mike returned to São Paulo after graduating college and also works at Vida Nova in administrative support and software development.
Having spent many years in the building industry, Ken answered God’s call on his life to become a full-time builder for the kingdom of God as a Village Mission’s Pastor.
When Jen married Ken 20+ years ago, she never dreamt she would become a pastor’s wife. Now she is looking forward to working and ministering alongside her husband, serving the people of Springfield Community Chapel in Springfield, Maine.
Ken and Jen knew they were called to full-time ministry, particularly in smaller churches. God had been preparing them for this call through their service and spiritual growth at Berean and through Berean’s relationship with Bowdoin Center Baptist Church, a Village Missions Church.
They began to explore the possibility of becoming Village Missionaries in the summer of 2020, and received an invitation to join the Village Missions team that fall. As Village Missionaries Ken and Jen are called to two primary focuses, to preach the Word and love the people. They begin serving in Springfield, Maine in March 2021.
Matthew 18:14- “In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.”
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. We also have 5-day Clubs, Literature distribution at fairs and Christian Youth in Action.In the winter winter camps, a teen retreat, a Pastor’s retreat, and a Root Cellar Retreat.
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