Church Planting

Starting and encouraging Christ-centered communities.


Contact: Steve Hyde

From northern Iowa as a young boy, to the Philippines as a missionary kid, to Asia where he has served since 1994 in Cambodia, Steve Hyde’s whole life has been about helping people reach their full potential in Christ. In 1997, the Hydes started Words of Life Ministries in order to develop training materials for church leaders in Cambodia. It has become the largest publisher of Christian literature in the country. They also operate a nationwide training program, the Antioch Institute, which currently has hundreds of church leaders being trained each year. In 2003, in an effort to disciple children who have no access to education, they started the Imparting Smiles Association. Their ministry stretches to every province of Cambodia.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Jeff and Charlene Thompson are planting New Hope Church in Vancouver, British Columbia, in partnership with North American Mission Board (NAMB). Jeff is deeply passionate about helping people encounter Jesus for themselves. He knows that even a brief revelation of the real and living God changes everything. Jeff wants everything they do as a church to be about helping people move closer to Jesus.


Phoenix, Arizona

Chris and Brenna planted a church in the West Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. Chris served at First McKinney as Executive Pastor before following God’s leading to plant a church in one of the top ten unchurched cities in America as part of Send North America with the North American Mission Board. Chris dreams of a church that loves to laugh, where kids have fun, and where all ages enjoy growing in the grace and knowledge of the Savior.

Malawi, Africa

Keith and Christeen serve in a Mdala Village in rural Africa. The village is situated high in the mountains east of Lake Malawi about 64km (40 miles) from the nearest tar road. They are building a school in an area where there is no access to education. Living in very rural areas as the people do, they find themselves literally at the proverbial “End of the Line.”


East Asia

Adam and Magan serve in East Asia to bring the Gospel of Jesus to university students, young professionals, and unreached people groups around the country. They also conduct pastor training and leadership training for indigenous pastors.

Karamoja, Uganda

Andrew and Kerri are the team leaders for Advance Him’s work in Karamoja, Uganda. They have been in Karamoja for a total of four years, over half of their married life, and all their Ugandan friends are very excited that the first baby Meador has finally arrived. Their vision is to establish a distinctly Karimojong expression of the body of Christ that is powerfully and effectively impacting its culture and community with the Gospel. The Meadors do this through simple, reproducible discipleship with individuals and small groups. Their goal is that these groups would begin meeting as simple, organic churches among their spheres of influence and multiply themselves across the region.



Brent & Savannah formerly served with the International Mission Board in Costa Rica. They transitioned to the Transform Your World network while working among the Vietnamese people in Port Arthur, Texas, for nine years. Now they still supervise one of their disciples, Khanh, in SE Texas while they carry out their own ministry among Buddhist people groups in Collin County. They currently teach Bible classes and meet needs in four different locations where Buddhist-background friends are learning what it means to follow Jesus.


NAMB (North American Mission Board)

The North American Mission Board exists to work with churches, associations and state conventions in mobilizing Southern Baptists as a missional force to impact North America with the gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelism and church planting.  NAMB accomplish this through Send North America, our national strategy for mobilizing churches to plant churches and mobilizing church planters and other missionaries to assist with those efforts.


Central Asia


RAM is a missions training and sending place in Central Asia. RAM trains and sends out indigenous young men and women to share the gospel, disciple, and to establish reproducing churches among each and every unreached people group in Central Asia.


IMB (International Mission Board)

IMB partners with churches to empower limitless missionary teams who are making disciples and multiplying churches among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God.  More than 4,800 people groups - close to 1 billion people - still live with little or no access to the gospel. Fast facts contains up-to-date statistics.  IMB is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest evangelical denomination, claiming more than 40,000 churches with nearly 16 million members.