Our Supported Missionaries

Dexter Gospel Church believes that we are responsible not just to be a soul-saving station in our own community, but also to take part in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. These are some of the people and ministries we support.

Stephen & Ruth Schaefer

February 20, 2017
Stephen Schaefer
Stephen and Ruth Schaeffer image

Stephen and Ruth Schaefer each teach two semesters a year at Bharat Bible College in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, South India.

Stephen also preaches about 4 times each week at the college and in various ministries such as village churches, pastors’ conferences, and evangelistic ministries. Ruth teaches elementary school chapel in the Christian school connected to the college. They were married in 1981 and have six children.

Stephen’s Salvation Testimony:

Stephen was saved in 1976 at the start of his last year of high school. Some Baptist friends had witnessed to him for months and years. The Holy Spirit took the Word of God and convicted him of his sin and his need of Christ. Upon realizing it, he confessed both and received Him. His interests changed. His activities were now centered on Christ and through His church. In his first year of college, he cut all ties to his parents’ Lutheran church and some time later was baptized again, this time as a believer. During college, his activities were independent of the church he attended at the time except for the 3 months he worked at a church Bible camp.

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Mervin & Norma Fox

February 20, 2017
Mervin Fox
Mervin & Norma Fox Missionaries

Presently the Foxes are working in Concord, NC seeking to establish another Spanish speaking ministry.

The normal attendance at their new church is 12-15 on Sunday morning. The Foxes are presently working through some difficulties and would very much appreciate your prayers.

Mervin and Norma Fox returned to the States in 2002 after serving 23 years in the Azore Islands (Portugal)

Mervin and Norma Fox were both saved in September 1967 while living in Illinois. After serving for seven years in their home church, God called Pastor Fox to Bob Jones University to train for full-time ministry. So, in 1974, they sold their house, he quit his job and they moved to Greenville, SC with their three children. After finishing school and deputation, the Fox family flew to the Azore Islands (Portugal) on June 26, 1979 to begin their missionary ministry. Pastor & Mrs. Fox served the Lord in Portugal for 22½ years before returning to the States to pastor an American church in Chesapeake, VA.

In early 2004 Pastor Walt Coles asked if Mervin would be willing to help GNBC establish a Spanish speaking  church. That was the beginning of The Foxs’ transition from Portuguese to Spanish. After a little more than three years, Mervin left the growing Spanish ministry to the leadership of Kevin Brown.

In 2007 the Foxes moved to Charlotte, NC where they worked with Pastor Ron Allen at Bible Baptist Church. Pastor Allen had prayed for a couple of years for someone to help his church begin a Spanish Speaking ministry – God sent the Foxes.

While in Chesapeake, a pastor friend asked Pastor Fox to help him establish a ministry to reach the Hispanic community for Christ. Through Good News Baptist Church in Chesapeake, the Lord enabled the Foxes to establish a thriving Hispanic ministry, and after two years were able to leave that ministry in the hands of another pastor to head to Charlotte, NC, where the Lord called them to begin another ministry to reach the Hispanic community. Pastor Fox knew there was a great need in Charlotte to reach the 10,000 plus Hispanics that live in or near the city. He is now pastoring Iglesia Bautista Bíblica, the Hispanic ministry of Bible Baptist Church, which began March 2, 2008.

After three and a half years the Foxes left that growing work to the leadership of a Mexican pastor.

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Dale & Ethel Baker

February 20, 2017
Dale Baker
DALE & ETHEL BAKER missionaries

Ministry Facts: We worked in the Central African Republic for most of our 35 yrs. as missionaries. We are now retired but continue to attend missions conferences, help small churches, encourage other missionaries, help with VBS and CEF groups.

Birth Dates: Dale 01/01; Edith 12/26

Anniversary: June 5

Mailing Address:

1102 124th Street East

Bradenton, FL 34212

Length of Time on Field: 35 years

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Dr. Gary and Nancy Newhart

November 16, 2016

Gary and Nancy Newhart became the Executive Director of Independent Gospel Missions in February 2000, after the unexpected passing of the founder. Dr. Newhart, by the grace of God, was privileged to start two churches that became indigenous in the state of New York. Under his leadership, IGM has been restructured to provide a higher degree of accountability and integrity has become the watchword. IGM is growing in its mission and many are coming to know and hear the message of the true Gospel that is found in Jesus Christ alone! He makes it very clear that the Mission is not about us but all about bringing glory to our Heavenly Father (Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

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Jim Arnold

November 16, 2016
Jim Arnold, Missionary

International Gospel Missions exists to glorify God by enabling partnerships that strategically fulfill the Great Commission with integrity and Christian love.

Jim and Denise Arnold joined IGM in 1990. Jim was born in Ivory Coast, West Africa, and the Arnolds were missionaries there when they joined IGM. The family was evacuated from Ivory Coast during the coup in 2002. After relocating to the US, Jim became the Missionary Field Coordinator for all of IGM’s national church planters in the West African region. Their family currently resides in Georgia.

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Don and Betty Cabbage

November 15, 2016

Dr. Don Cabbage and his Deaf wife Betty founded World Mission Society in 1982 as a 501 C 3 Non-profit to provide community and social services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing on a non-secular and secular level. They have traveled all over the world spreading the word of GOD and the message of salvation through Jesus Christ working tirelessly and in many cases as a leading voice of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Globally.

Dr. Don teaches ASL (American Sign Language) and is fluent in a large number of sign languages in other languages.

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Stephen Schaefer

November 15, 2016
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Steven and Ruth Schafer an India Missionaries

Stephen’s Salvation Testimony:

Stephen was saved in 1976 at the start of his last year of high school. Some Baptist friends had witnessed to him for months and years. The Holy Spirit took the Word of God and convicted him of his sin and his need of Christ. Upon realizing it, he confessed both and received Him. His interests changed. His activities were now centered on Christ and through His church. In his first year of college, he cut all ties to his parents’ Lutheran church and some time later was baptized again, this time as a believer. During college, his activities were independent of the church he attended at the time except for the 3 months he worked at a church Bible camp.

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