Our Missional Focus

Engagement in missions is an integral part of the life and ministry of Alexandria Presbyterian Church. From year one, our congregation supported those committed to making disciples in other nations. More than 20% of APC’s budget is directed to the support of missionaries in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States. Interested in learning more? Contact Josh Diack, Pastor of Missions.

Serving Our City and World with Grateful Hearts

You will find many of our members supporting our partners in the city with their time, talent and treasure to bring hope and renewal to the city of Alexandria and the Northern VA region. We deeply value our partnerships with those who have been sent out from us or established relationships with us. Given the sensitive nature of some of these partners we have not included all that could be stated. Due to the sensitivity to some works we have not included all our supported missionary partners. Please refer to the member area for more information.

Local Partners & Ministries

Assist Pregnancy Center

Assist Pregnancy Center is a Christ-centered non-profit clinic working to encourage, educate, and empower women and men to make life-giving decisions for themselves and their unborn children. Through the provision of free medical services, pregnancy options counseling, fatherhood coaching, parenting education, discipleship programs, post-abortion counseling, and practical assistance, Assist comes alongside abortion-vulnerable individuals to affirm life and share the hope found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Since 1990, Assist has served thousands of families coming from an average of 60 countries and from across the DC region. Assist Pregnancy Center’s free services are made possible by the partnership of 40 local churches and over 75 active volunteers.  Our burden is to reach more of the over 21,000 women in our community choosing abortion annually, sparing hearts and lives from the pain of abortion.

Email: [email protected]

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Cru: Leslie Bridge
Leadership Development Team Regional Training Director

Long-time APC member Leslie Bridge has been serving with Cru since 1979. “As a Physical Education major in college, one of my dreams has always been to be a coach. I never imagined so much of what I would be doing would be coaching others in the spiritual dimension of life and how this influences every area of life. I have had the privilege of sharing the Gospel message with thousands of students, trusting God to capture their hearts, transform their lives and send them into a life-long adventure with Jesus.”

Over the years, Leslie has served in a variety of campus settings, in rural areas, in urban areas and metro settings, most recently launching new movements in regions like Tidewater, Virginia and the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, before a team moves into the area. Her assignments have been in New England, in Western PA, and in the DC area. “With the heart of a coach, I desire to see people be the best they can be and succeed at what God has called them to do.”

In light of her experiences, it is not surprising that God has now called her to a role that will have a great impact in our region. As the Regional Training Director she oversees the training of all new staff, interns and part-time staff in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Leslie primarily focuses on the coaching, training and equipping those who implement the training on each campus. She offers care, encouragement, prayer, coaching and training in to those who are developing the next generation of leaders.

Email: [email protected]

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Casa Chirilagua
Learning Together to Love Our Neighbors as Ourselves

Casa Chirilagua is a community of people learning together to love their neighbors as themselves in a Latino neighborhood of Alexandria. We are a Christian faith-based not-for-profit that seeks to develop relationships with families to see the Chirilagua neighborhood transformed by Christ. Investing in long-term relationships, we remain involved in people’s lives for as long as they permit. Our programs emerge from the context of our relationships with families and their children.

With a holistic approach to ministry, we address the needs of the whole person: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. We respond to pressing material needs by connecting families to local resources such as churches, individuals and partner organizations. We encourage and support at-risk students through our after-school program, Kids Club and by matching each of these students in a mentor relationship. We share the good news of Jesus Christ and provide opportunities for discipleship and social development through age and gender appropriate Bible studies. As a part of a community-driven, three year strategic direction plan completed in 2014, we are working to develop indigenous leaders who are confident, united, empowered and motivated to serve the Chirilagua community in Christ’s love. This initiative is served through a monthly High School Professional Role Models Series; a Local Leaders program for college/young adults which offers real-world job experience at Kids Club, professional development & mentoring, and support for continuing education; and our Kid’s Club Parent Committee.

We provide opportunities for the building of cross-cultural relationships through which Christians can celebrate the diversity of the peoples and communities God has created. We seek to encourage partnerships among local congregations to address local needs. In recognition that God’s Kingdom is at work beyond the confines of our community and in the relational spirit that is the hallmark of all we do, we have committed ourselves as pray for our church partners as we gather together daily as staff to intercede. We invite your prayer requests as we continue to learn together to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Email: [email protected]

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For The Nations DC

Launched in 2018 by Pastor Chris Sicks, several members of APC, and affiliates, For the Nations DC is a nonprofit ministry serving English language learners and their children in Northern Virginia. We teach English to adults three days per week and offer child care and preschool activities for children ages 0 to 5 years old in three locations (Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax). We love engaging with students outside of class, whether it is sharing a meal or helping them navigate life in the United States. We unashamedly proclaim the gospel as the only hope of healing for the brokenness we all experience.

Email: [email protected]

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RUF-I: Matt DeLong

God is at work and has brought more international students to college campuses in the United States than to any other nation. RUF International responds to God’s work and obeys God’s Word by welcoming students from all nations and equipping kingdom ambassadors for Christ’s worldwide church.  We seek to reflect God’s grace to an international audience. Since God welcomed us when we were foreigners to Christ’s kingdom, we share hospitable deeds and gospel words in His Name with international students. Matt serves on the campus of George Mason University.

Email: [email protected]

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Sanctity of Life Ministries

Sanctity of Life Ministries exists to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and affirm life in the womb. We fulfill our mission by offering compassionate support, education and medical services to those who face challenging sexual health decisions.

Services provided: pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, medical consultations, prenatal education, peer counseling, individual post abortion counseling as well as a post abortion recovery bible study, and parenting classes through our Earn While You Learn Program. We have two medical clinics that offer free and confidential counseling and services within a compassionate setting. Three registered nurses, who are trained sonographers, serve on our staff as well as a medical director who is an ob-gyn at Fair Oaks Hospital and a medical adviser/ physician, from Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.

Counseling is offered by staff and volunteer counselors who have undergone appropriate counselor training. Designed to be a help and support, the guidance is not intended to be a substitute for professional counseling. Referrals for professional counseling as well as other services are provided as needed.

SLM is a 501-c(3) non-profit organization and receives its financial support exclusively from private donors and churches.

APC member, Margery Williams, is the Chief Executive Officer of Sanctity of Life Ministries and oversees the mission outreach of Nova Pregnancy Help Centers, two medical clinics in Alexandria and Fairfax.

Email: [email protected]

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National Partners & Ministries

Jim Hatch
Church Planter Development Director Mission to North America | St. Louis, MO

With church planting still the single most effective evangelism method, the need for godly, capable church planters is enormous. Jim travels extensively, identifying and investing in potential church planters. He challenges churches and presbyteries to plant churches and pastors to consider planting. Further, he visits seminaries regularly, speaking, engaging seminary students about ministry and church planting, and conducting Church Planting Readiness Seminars on campuses. His work with students also includes personal career counseling, encouraging and communicating regularly through email and phone. He also is equipping key men around the country in seminary cities to more effectively develop  potential church planters among seminary students. He also works with presbytery and church leaders to enhance their own development of church planting leadership.

Jim’s experience of over 50 years of marriage and ministry, including a broad pastoral ministry, church planting, serving as Assistant Coordinator of MNA and on staff at Covenant Seminary, enables him to minister effectively to formative seminary students and young pastors.

Mission to North America is the home missions arm of the Presbyterian Church in America and, while focused primarily on enabling the PCA to start new churches, MNA assists the churches and presbyteries of the PCA in a broad array of ministries such as English as a Second Language (ESL), Disaster Relief, Special Needs Ministry and Ministry to State.

Email: [email protected]

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John Freeman
Harvest USA

As Founder of the organization he champions the mission of Harvest USA. John began his ministry with Harvest USA as a volunteer while still in seminary. He has a deep burden to see those who struggle with pornography, homosexuality and other sexual addictions experience changed lives through Jesus Christ. John spends most of his time helping churches be equipped to better care for the hearts of individuals and families vulnerable to these struggles.

A native of Chattanooga, TN, John is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Westminster Theological Seminary, PA. In addition to his ministry with Harvest USA, John has served as adjunct faculty in the graduate counseling departments of Cairn University, Langhorne, PA and Center for Urban Theological Studies, Philadelphia, PA. He is a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). John and his wife, Penny, have been married for more than 30 years and have three grown children. Their home is in the Philadelphia area.

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Henry & Erika Watts
Engineering Ministries International | Colorado Springs, Colorado

Henry and Erika Watts have been on staff with Engineering Ministries International (EMI) at their headquarters office in Colorado Springs for the past 11 years. EMI provides architectural and engineering design services to missionaries working in developing countries, who are preaching the Gospel and ministering to the poor. EMI does this by leading short-term mission trips for design professionals (teams of architects, engineers, and surveyors) to design projects all over the world such as hospitals, orphanages, schools, water systems, and churches. Since its inception in 1982, EMI has designed over 1000 projects in over 90 countries. In 2014 alone, EMI donated more than three million dollars (32,000 hours) in design services for projects around the globe.

Henry and Erika are APC members who attended our church from 1999-2004. The Watts are uniquely suited to the ministry of EMI because Erika is a landscape architect and Henry is a structural engineer, with most of his work experience in construction management. Henry currently serves as the US Office Director, overseeing all of the design staff in the US, as well as the financial and administrative aspects of the office. In addition, he also continues to be a trip leader and project manager, leading 2-3 design projects a year. The Watts family spent a year in Jordan in 2008 and a year at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya, returning in July 2015. Henry oversaw the construction of two major buildings while also updating the hospital’s master plan and infrastructure design.

Erika now stays home with their three children—Owen, Claire, and Jordan. Previously, her role at EMI was to co-lead trips and provide master planning and landscape architectural design services. She still travels on trips when possible – her last trip was with Henry to Uganda to do the master plan for a ministry doing orphan care and primary school education. She also enjoyed serving alongside Henry while living in Kenya, supporting him by homeschooling the kids and assisting with design when possible.

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Global Partners & Ministries

Carrie Olson Brown
Young Life International | Northern Virginia

Carrie serves as the Divisional Training Coordinator with Young Life International Northern Division. Her primary focus is to ensuring that each staff person is well equipped and trained to reach kids in their communities so that teens would hear about Christ and have an opportunity to respond to Him. Along with 6 other Coordinators and the Vice President for training, she sets the training standards and coordinates training events for YL leaders, including those held for interns and staff around the world, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere, Europe, including Eastern Europe, China, and the Caribbean.

Carrie’s current focus is keeping pace with the growth that is occurring in this region ensuring the ministry maintains a high standards of staff training. The desire is to provide excellent professional-level training and seminary education to those with many different cultures, languages and economic backgrounds.

Carrie herself made a commitment to follow Christ when she participated in a Young Life camp while in high school. She has served with Young Life since 1994.

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Nell Chinchen
African Bible College | Malawi

From growing the fruit of the kings (Comice Pears) in the Santa Clara Valley to bearing fruit for the King of Kings, Jack and Nell Chinchen left their pear orchards to go to seminary. Jack was serving at First Presbyterian Church in Picayune, MS when he and Nell were called to Africa as missionaries. In 1970, they moved to Liberia with 5 of their 7 children. Living in a bamboo house in the jungle, they trained native pastors, ran a mission school, and established and operated a clinic for the surrounding villages. They founded African Bible Colleges, Inc. and launched their first 4-year Bible College in Yekepa, Liberia in 1977, as well as the ministry “Bible College by Radio.”

In 1992, a second Bible College was opened in Malawi on a 50-acre site. On the same compound, they established two radio stations and a Christian Academy with over 350 students from 28 different countries. Then the full-service hospital and a large pediatric ward for malnourished children were developed.

In 2000, the Chinchens established a third Bible College in Uganda on a 20-acre campus, along with a radio station focused on Kampala and the surrounding area. Radio is a vital part of the ABC ministry in each country with broadcasting studios on each of the campuses enabling them to bring Christian programming to millions each day. Each of the colleges offers a degree in Biblical studies with minors in communications and Christian education. Coursework includes computer science, business ethics, world and African history, sermon preparation and homiletics.

Nell ministers with 2 of their children: Paul and his wife, Laura; and Marion and her husband Steve. Fifteen 15 of her 39 grandchildren are in Africa.

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Chris & Josephine Hatch

Chris was born in St. Louis and raised in the U.S. South while Josephine was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. They met at Covenant College and became friends while serving together as youth group leaders for New City Fellowship (PCA). They were married in 1993 and the Lord has given them two children Rahel (’97) and Kaleb (’00), plus in November of 2020, a new son-in-law, Rakeem Brown.

After seminary, the Hatches lived in Chattanooga and St. Louis where they worked in low-income, African American neighborhoods, before moving to London with Serge in 2005. After five years on the South Asian focused Southall team, they spent eight years planting New City Church in the multiethnic community of Shepherd’s Bush (London).

Chris and Josephine now serve in a dual role with Serge (1) Regional Supervisor in the UK overseeing several teams, including Shepherds Bush and (2) Area Specialists for Contextualization and Culture supporting the mission and vision of Serge as a multicultural community called into cross-cultural missions. With Josephine having served in Kenya, in the US and in the UK; Chris’ PhD Studies in Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and their years of multicultural ministry together, the Hatches see the Lord’s hand in leading them to these roles with Serge.

Today Chris leads the church planting team for New City Shepherd’s Bush.

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Dan & Carol Iverson
Mission to the World | Tokyo, Japan

Dan grew up in a ministry family. He met Carol in college, where both were discipled and ministered together. Carol went on to graduate school and Dan became a Marine infantry officer, serving initially in Japan. They married in 1976.

After seven years in the Marines, God led the Iversons to Reformed Seminary. God impressed on them a central Bible theme they had missed, God’s heart for all nations. A team of four couples formed during seminary. Three Japanese pastors invited the team to come work together in East Tokyo to plant churches in churchless cities and to start a presbytery. The four couples each initially committed to 12 years in Japan. The Iversons arrived in 1986 with five children.

Japan is difficult. The Japanese are the world’s second largest unreached people group. But Christ is building His Church as promised! (Matt. 16:18) God blessed, churches were planted, and the Tokyo/Chiba Presbytery was born. It now has about 850 worshipers in 19 congregations. By God’s grace, the one mission team has expanded to four teams in the Tokyo area with more than 50 MTW, Korean, Australian, and Japanese ministry partners. Since 2010, Tokyo city center church planting has become an exciting and fruitful new emphasis in partnership with Redeemer City to City. The prayer vision now is a church-planting movement throughout Japan. In 2018, Dan retired as pastor from the church they planted in 1992. He now serves as Tokyo/Chiba team leader, and as MTW Japan Director. Carol serves as principal and teacher for the team’s Covenant Community School International.

The Iversons have nine children and 29 grandchildren (at last count).

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Reach Beyond

Reach Beyond, the first missionary broadcast organization, began its legacy of faithful ministry in 1931. Throughout our history, the mission has continually expanded into new areas of ministry, taking advantage of new technologies and using the vision, passion and talents of our international staff.

There is no way that our founders could have foreseen in 1931, how a tiny 200 watt radio station, broadcasting to just 6 radios, would expand into the truly global ministry that HCJB Global and our partners have today. While the methods and ministries have changed, our purpose has not. Reach Beyond was created to Herald Christ Jesus’ Blessings, to tell the world who Jesus is, why He came to earth, and share the eternal hope that can only be found through Him. Today we partner with Christians in media and healthcare to bring the “Voice and Hands of Jesus” to the unreached peoples.

Today the “Voice of Jesus” is being heard around the world via media technology. God has brought Reach Beyond together with partner ministries to plant nearly 400 Christian radio stations in more than 100 countries. We are reaching more than 1.5 million listeners in the Arab World on a weekly basis. Reach Beyond serves as the “Hands of Jesus” through our hospitals, clinics, community development and emergency medical response teams. Our medical work began in 1950 with the first medical clinic in Ecuador and today has a global presence.

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Roberto Maureira
El Renuevo Presbyterian Church | Asuncion, Paraguay

Pastor Roberto Maureira was installed at El Renuevo Church in 2007. Pastor Maureira, a Chilean, had early training by veteran missionaries Mary and Walter Cross and then went on to graduate from John Calvin Seminary in Chile. Prior to accepting the call to become Pastor of El Renuevo Church, Pastor Maureira was a professor at the Korean Presbyterian Seminary in Asuncion.

El Renuevo, located in the city of Luque near the nation’s capital, Asuncion, has planted three daughter churches, Barrio Parque, Mariano Roque Alonso, and Marin-Kaavy. The latter two congregations meet in a field and the goal is to purchase land and build a church building in the same fashion as El Renuevo and Barrio Parque. In addition to pastoring the flock of El Renuevo, Pastor Maureira spends much of his time training future leaders, developing teams for evangelism, and working with a Christian school which is housed in the church building at El Renuevo. The Christian School’s headmaster is an elder of El Renuevo Church.

Roberto is married to Angela and has two grown children. The Maureira’s son, Carlos, who lives in Asuncion and is active at El Renuevo, is studying marketing, while their daughter, Suan, resides in Spain.

Pastor Maureira faithfully applies his experience on behalf of the Lord’s people in Paraguay as he seeks to advance the Kingdom of God in that country.

Gloria Powell
B2THEWORLD | Kigali, Rwanda

Gloria Powell is serving as the Communications and Events Coordinator for B2THEWORLD. She was introduced to B2THEWORLD after a spending time in Rwanda at KICS. There she was drawn in by the people and community and knew she wanted to be a part of this incredible work. In addition to her work with B2THEWORLD, Gloria is a passionate social media and video content producer. In early 2013, Gloria started On The Go With Glo, a travel guide and web-series featuring the best things to do, see, and eat in Washington DC. In addition to producing travel videos, Gloria also produced, Kossip News, a popular weekly celebrity entertainment show on YouTube, which amassed over 11 million lifetime views and 40,000 subscribers. Gloria is excited to be doing what she loves for a cause she truly believes in.

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Ben & Susie Thomas
B2THE WORLD and Kigali International Community School | Kigali, Rwanda

Ben & Susie Thomas are the co-founders of B2THEWORLD. B2THEWORLD is a for-impact, educational organization, that seeks the fullness of life for the future of every child impacted by war. B2THEWORLD currently serves over 1100 children across Rwanda and Pakistan.

Ben & Susie have served as missionaries since 2002. In 2012, Susie was diagnosed with brain cancer, and the Thomas’s began to pray about a ministry change that would keep them fulfilling their calling, while allowing Ben less time away from home. In 2014, Ben & Susie moved to Kigali, Rwanda to lead the Kigali International Community School (KICS). KICS is home to over 30 nationalities, and Ben and Susie are cherishing this opportunity to serve globally while preparing servant leaders to impact the world.

While serving at KICS, Ben also finished his Doctor of Ministry in Global Christianity and Development. He was blown away by the fact that 86% of Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus do not have personal contact with a Christian. And yet, at KICS, every day, they have the opportunity to interact and show the love of Christ to students and families of all faiths.

With a heart for the unreached, experience of leading a Christ-centered educational institution, and all that God taught them through leading them through the impossible of seeing Him heal Susie of a brain tumor, Ben and Susie founded B2THEWORLD in December of 2017. They remain humbled at how God has worked in their lives and with those they serve over these last years.

Included in their global call, Ben and Susie have the joy of parenting Simon, Talya, Charlie, and Annie – four fantastic third-culture kids who have been shaped by the majority of their childhood being raised in Rwanda. That said, they would enjoy a meal from Chick-fil-a, Taco Bell, and Buffalo Wild Wings any day!

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“I am grateful to serve a God who desires to heal and restore people throughout the world. I’ve started a business helping former victims of trafficking learn a trade and find emotional healing. When we share God’s love with them, it provides them with hope they never knew before. We can come before God with confidence. He heals us in our deepest places.”

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