Our family has been living in Kent — specifically focused on the campus of Kent State University — since 2012, working through a mission agency called Reliant. We are joined with H2O Kent and the broader H2O network throughout Ohio (and the still-broader Collegiate Church Network) to reach out to the younger generations. We find many of the students at Kent State University are highly interested in spiritual things, yet they have never really initiated a spiritual journey. With this in mind, we promote ourselves to the campus as “A Church for Your Journey,”and we focus our ministry efforts on making disciples, training leaders, and sending out missionaries.
Prior to our move to Kent, we spent nearly ten years in the Netherlands working together with an international team of young people to establish a church, named Amsterdam50, in the heart of old Amsterdam. As we started to see European leaders stepping up to carry on the work in Amsterdam, we decided to return to Ohio to share stories, cast vision, and encourage others to consider replicating the experience that we had in Amsterdam. We know it sounds crazy, but we believe that church-planters from Midwestern college towns may be the ideal candidates for missions in the context of northern-European metropolises.
In both Europe and Ohio, we continue to see God work in extraordinary ways.
In this section of the website, you can find out more about Our Story… discover Why Kent is a good place to make disciples, develop leaders, and send out missionaries… catch up on all the latest news in our monthly Prayer Letters… and learn more about how you can Get Involved. You can also view up-to-date Ministry Pictures and find Links to other websites that inform and explain the work that God is doing in, around, and through our ministry in Kent. And, of course, if you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to direct any questions to me by e-mail at [email protected].