SAFI & DAWN BAGHERPOUR
Safi was born into a Muslim family. In 1976, he came to study at an American University and eventually graduated with MS in microbiology from South Dakota State University. In fall 1982, he became a Christian and the following year married Dawn. After more than a decade of scientific work, God called them to the mission field. Safi Pastored a church of Iranian refugees for 10 years in Turkey and then received a student visa to earn a PhD and serve the Turkish science foundation. The Bagherpour family returned to the US to support their children’s education and to seek the Lord. Their first son Daniel is a graduate of Northern Arizona University in political science, working in California. Michael is attending the University of California San Diego. Andrew is 19 and in the US Air Force. Safi was recruited by Crossover to be director of Farsi World Outreach, which is responsible for teaching and empowering national church leaders among 160 million Farsi speakers in 10/40 window. Presently they live in Germany to be closer to the countries they work and visit. While in Germany they assist in training church planters among Farsi and Turkish people of Europe.
Alan & Judy Steier
Alan and Judy have served both as missionaries to Japan, and in pastoral ministry in the local church. They have always had a heart for the spiritual care of missionaries, and found a wonderful setting to devote themselves to this ministry with Barnabas International, an organization that specializes in pastoral care to missionaries around the world.
Barnabas International is named after first-century disciple, Barnabas in Acts 4. He was pivotal helping Paul gain acceptance with the apostles after his conversion and was known as the "son of encouragement". It is Alan & Judy's hope that like Barnabas, they too can go throughout the world equipping, edifying, encouraging, and enriching God's servants in other countries.
jim renke - Regional minister
James currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife, Kris, to whom he has been married for more than thirty years. Together they have four sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandkids. James attended Moody Bible Institute, Sioux Falls Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he received his DMin. He taught for several years as an adjunct professor and has served as a church planter and a pastor in four states. James enjoys going on long rides on his motorcycle.
Ron & Claudine Glynn
Ron was the most decorated department head in the history of Hy-Vee Food Stores when presented with the opportunity to become an Awana missionary, he asked himself this question: “Do I want to devote the rest of my life to selling one more head of lettuce or reaching one more boy or girl for Christ?” The answer was obvious. He and his wife Claudine have been the Awana faith supported missionary couple for Iowa since December 1994.