Global Missionaries & Ministries

Neelsville supports a host of missionaries and mission ministries around the world. We are active partners with our missionaries, communicating regularly and hosting them when they are home on furlough. The church also encourages adults and youths to participate in short term mission work and to consider a vocation in missions.

  • fraser & liz Bennett

    wycliffe bible Translators, SIL

    Fraser & Liz Bennett have served in Wycliffe over 30 years, both in Thailand and in global leadership. Fraser now serves in Wycliffe's partner organization, SIL LEAD. SIL LEAD provides technical expertise and training to internationally-funded education projects that serve children in large minority language communities. SIL LEAD-supported projects are currently helping over two million kids learn to read in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Better education means more people who can read the translated Scriptures, and a better economic and social situation for the whole community.

  • Howard & Jo-Ann Brant

    Sim USA

    Howie & Jo-Ann Brant are part of the team who enable African missionaries to have face-to-face ministry among the least reached people groups. Their current ministry is teaching, counseling, editing and distributing their reports. The Brants spent over 40 years in Ethiopia, Ghana, the USA and Kenya with SIM. In North America, they have been serving locally and equipping believers and responding to “nones.” That means building relationships, trust, just living and helping many who say they have no faith. Evangelism is slow in the Seattle area, but they continue to share their faith knowing it is God who draws people to himself.

  • steve & kim Blewett

    wycliffe bible translators, usA

    Steve & Kim Blewett are linguists with Wycliffe Bible Translators. They have worked in Papua New Guinea since 1982. They were married at Neelsville in June 1980, and Neelsville has had a key role in sending and supporting them through their 37 years in Papua New Guinea. In 1987, the Blewetts went to Bougainville Island to live with the Rapoisi people. They developed the Rapoisi alphabet, helped start Rapoisi literacy classes, and helped two Rapoisi men begin translating the Bible into their Rapoisi language. They have also assisted Bougainvilleans from twelve other languages to translate the Bible into their own languages. Scripture books have been printed and audio-recorded in most of these languages, and translation continues. Their ministry focus for 2020 is to publish a book of the currently completed Rapoisi Scripture, including Luke, Acts and several Epistles. Along with the printed book, an audio Rapoisi Scripture App will be recorded and published.

  • Shirley killosky

    laszlo mission league

    Shirley Killosky has served in Hauna Village, Papua New Guinea since 1979 at Sepik Christian Ministries in partnership with Laszlo Mission League. She works teaching kids to read and write, as well as leading the villagers, who work in the Sepik Christian Ministries main house. Hauna has a church and Bible School in which many are discipled in Christ. They also founded a medical center. Every day, a line immediately forms when the clinic opens. People come from Hauna and surrounding villages for malaria pills, baby checkups, or whatever ailment they may have. This is a wonderful outreach that Hauna has to thousands of people beyond their village. Under Shirley’s leadership and credentials, teachers are being trained in Hauna so that they can be sent out to surrounding villages to open a primary school where there is none. Shirley and her team are reaching out to other villages in the upper Sepik River area and bringing Jesus Christ into the jungles surrounding Hauna.

  • Medical Benevolence foundation

    MBF is a Christ-centered organization dedicated to transforming lives by building sustainable medical ministries in developing countries. Through long-term partnerships, MBF equips indigenous churches with tools and resources that allow them to meet the health care needs of their community and share the Gospel. MBF’s vision translates into a set of medical ministries that serve the poorest of the poor in the developing world, providing critical care for women and children, hospital and clinic support and development, spiritual ministry, and nursing schools and scholarships. They work with roughly 16 hospitals/clinics and 5 nursing schools across Africa. They work with 2 major clinics and one nursing school in Haiti. Neelsville supports the nursing scholarship fund as the FSIL School of Nursing that works with Hôpital Ste. Croix (HSC), the primary hospital in the Léogâne region-a 60-bed facility with ER, Radiology, Pediatric, Maternity, Laboratory, and Pharmacy

  • Sons of Thunder

    Zambia, africa

    The mission statement for Sons of Thunder is “to feed Africa spiritually and physically through the enabling of the Holy Spirit”. They have learned as well as taught in the Scriptures that most of the problems of mankind have a spiritual cause and a spiritual solution…a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In all aspects of their work, they are relentless in sharing Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son and God’s only plan for redemption. They do minister to all people regardless of their beliefs. Sons of Thunder Ministries are involved in evangelism/outreach/discipleship/church planting and development, education and training at all levels, caring for orphans and widows and needy, medical needs, agriculture development that is sustainable and transferable, managing of finances, and improving quality of life. Neelsville sent a mission team in August of 2008 and worked closely with medical missionaries Sal & Renee Marini (see photo).

  • Gary & pat sheppard


    Each year we normally drive to SIMUSA in Charlotte, NC and serve from May through October. In 2019, Gary worked at Camp Denton where our church has moved their Great Commission Bible Institute. He was involved in painting the camp buildings in preparation for the coming school year. Both Pat and Gary continue to be involved in our church’s small group ministry by attending 3 small groups each week where we promote missions. Gary continues to meet with the men of the church each month and Pat continues to share with women at a weekly Bible Study. In the SIM Village we continue to take various folks to their medical appointments. Gary drives and Pat, as a Nurse, acts as a second pair of ears to help relay what the Doctor says to our Village Nurse. Sometimes these medical trips involve staying with the patient for several days. In their overseas mission they spent 15 years in Niger and Nigeria; Gary was a pilot responsible for transporting missionaries, while Pat was a nurse in a local hospital.

  • Sean and Bethany Walker

    After over 10 years of service in Central Asia, Sean & Bethany Walker returned to the States in 2017 to work in the home office of their sending agency, The Antioch Partners, in Houston, Texas. The Antioch Partners (TAP) serves approximately 75 cross-cultural missionaries serving in frontier mission and local capacity-building ministries in over 25 countries. Sean & Bethany’s vision is to mobilize, equip and send more long-term cross-cultural servants to the mission field and to help them to thrive there. In his role as Operations Coordinator, Sean works to build organizational capacity to better support and send more missionaries and Bethany volunteers as an educational consultant while teaching part-time for an online Christian school. Sean & Bethany have two kids – Julia who is in high school, and Andrew who is studying at Trinity University in San Antonio.