The last words of anyone are important but, when those last words come from a King and especially when they come from the King of Kings, one should take them seriously. The last instruction that Jesus gave His disciples was essentially one word – GO! That is and has always been the heartbeat of God. God sent His son – Jesus sent the Holy Spirit – He sends us – to a world that needs to hear the good news that there is purpose and hope in this world and the next. With that in mind, Gospel Centre takes missions seriously. At present, we are supporting five missionaries out of Canada in four different countries, as well as two ministries within Edmonton. We believe that those who have never heard need at least one opportunity to hear what we hear every week – that Jesus loves them. To that end, a healthy percentage of our income leaves our church to minister in various places around the globe.
Take a moment to familiarize yourselves with the missionaries on this page. Get to know what they do and where they do it. Pray that God will protect and provide for them. And give what you can financially.
Jeremy & Theresa Feller
Profile – Ethiopia
Ethiopia is a land of phenomenal church growth. In the last 15 years, the Church has experienced explosive growth after coming out from under communist rule. Though persecution is a serious challenge, the Church of Christ continues to push against the forces of darkness. The gospel continues to open new people groups and areas to the light of Christ.
To meet the demands springing from this growth, Jeremy works in teaching and leadership development. With the great move of church planting, there is a desperate need for new local church leadership. He is traveling to various regions to give local church-based training.
Teresa works in teaching music and working with youth in an English church in Addis. She also teaches English in the church and in the community.
Prayer Request/Praise Report: The Lord has given a great harvest in Muslim areas. In the midst of this situation, there is much persecution. There has been intense persecution against our churches and church planters by a mass Islamic attack. Church planters have been killed and many have been seriously wounded. Pray for the church planters, church members and new converts in the midst of such heavy persecution. The Lord has been opening many doors into unreached people and areas. Pray for more finances to work through all the doors the Lord has opened for us. Pray for the discipling of the thousands of Muslims coming to faith. Pray for protection as they travel.
Elmer & Sherry Komant
Profile – Burundi
Elmer and Sherry Komant are passionate about church planting in Africa. The most recent effort meant the official opening of Christian Life Ministries located in the Odeon Palace Theatre downtown Bujumbura in June of 2013.
Life has been different since the unrest and attempted coup of 2015, but Christian Life Ministries has bounced back in a wonderful way. Around 850 people meet at the Bujumbura campus, while the new branch church planted at Gitega is now a year old and growing in numbers and level of discipleship. The Wezesha “micro finance” project is flourishing with ministry to over 750 vulnerable but enterprising women and their families. Campus Vibe, Sunday Night Live, and the English Club keep drawing large numbers of young people to Christ. Discipleship classes are jammed. The Komants continue to serve with full diligence, always seeking to empower the next generation.
Prayer Request/Praise Report: For integral leadership, peace, stability, and economic renewal in the nation; for land and finances for the branch church in Gitega, and the Skills Training Centre; for the successful completion of nationalization of CLM over the next several years; and for the unity of the body of Christ that is so fragmented in this country.
Racheal & Kodo Ngabane
Profile – Senegal
Kodo and Racheal met in Rwanda many years ago in church where they both fulfilled different leadership roles within the Worship and Creative arts department as well as Youth Ministry. Years of friendship moved into a budding romance that keeps growing with four years of marriage and two beautiful children, Kaylynn Kaneza and Karson Kalisa. The Ngabane family are passionate about loving God and others and serving wholeheartdly as God opens doors in different countries, offices and neighbourhoods. They desire to see people around the globe become strong and empowered leaders.
Coming together with different areas of expertise, Kodo and Racheal focus the majority of their time and ministry on Leadership Development which endeavours to help transform minds by training, equipping an empowering people from all walks of life to be true servants who know, love, serve and celebrate those they lead! Racheal has her Masters in Leadership and over 15 years of experience serving in different nations around the world including Canada, India, Rwanda, Burundi and Angola. As a Leadership Development Consultant with PAOC, Racheal is responsible for the creation, implementation and development of a multigenerational Leadership Development programs, training and team building to empower Schools, Local Businesses, NGO’s and Churches all over Africa. Kodo has his Masters in Business Administration and has been working with the UN for over 10 years. His current job has him stationed in Dakar, Senegal at the Regional Office as a Program Officer for HIV prevention for youth.
Prayer Request/Praise Report:
For health and strength for their family, for fruitful ministry as they continue to partner with leaders across Africa, for safety as they travel, and for new financial partners to come alongside as new leadership projects and needs arise.
Brian & Val Rutten
Profile – Ethiopia
Brian and Valerie Rutten are based in Ethiopia and lead the work of PAOC from Ethiopia into the region of North Africa and the Middle East. The primary focus of their work, in partnership with strong and mature Ethiopian Church leaders, is leadership training and development of Christian communities, as well as relief and development in the region. There are many opportunities to bring the love and peace of Christ into this troubled area of the world. Ethiopia is the perfect base to accomplish this from as it is the Capital of Africa, hosting the Africa Union and is a bridge between the Middle East and Africa. It is also culturally and geographically close to the nations of North Africa and the Middle East. It is politically stable and promotes religious freedom. Both the challenges and opportunities are great.
Prayer Request/Praise Report: Pray for leaders of the rapidly growing Ethiopian church so that it can take its place as a leader in sending out missionaries to North Africa and beyond. Pray for a harvest of souls among the Muslim people in Ethiopia and these Islamic nations.
Gary & Kathy Heinrichs
Profile – Costa Rica, Latin America & the Caribbean
Since arriving in Costa Rica (Dec. 31, 2015), Gary and Kathy have worked to build relationships with local pastors, missionaries and local church congregations. Their ministry goals are to reach the marginalized through local Costa Rican churches, and to train, equip and encourage pastors and leaders. They not only continue to learn Spanish, but are striving to learn local culture, along with local church and ministry culture. In Costa Rica, they have added Indigenous people groups to their ministry, where many are open to the gospel message. Gary and Kathy have hosted several STM teams, and continue to dialogue with others interested in coming to Costa Rica. The Heinrichs feel privileged to serve in Latin America.
Country: Costa Rica, Latin America & the Caribbean
Prayer Request/Praise Report: For our boys, Josh and Nic, who are continuing their post secondary education in Alberta; for wisdom in ministry within Costa Rica; for open hearts to receive the salvation message within the Indigenous tribes throughout the country; for funding for special projects, materials and wisdom in connecting city churches with rural churches.
Alexey & Tonia Pankov
Profile – Russia
Alexey and Tonia are the lead pastors of a church plant in the city of Gorno-Altaisk. Alongside their main focus, Tonia teaches English privately to both children and adults, and Alexey provides counseling and consulting to people in the community as a practical psychologist (since January 2017). Tonia is originally from Saskatchewan and she met Alexey in Moscow after moving there in 2002. They are also affiliated with the Russian Assemblies of God, a long-time partner of the PAOC.
Prayer Request/Praise Report: Pray for financial provision for their new church building / ministry center, for wisdom and patience as parents of three adopted teenagers, and for open doors and favor in the community.