Missions & Community Impact
Our focus on missions and outreach is to take the transforming love of Jesus to our local, national, and global communities. The Deacons have identified key organizations that encompass ever wider circles reaching from our locale to the world.
The Open Door Food Pantry
Strives to alleviate hunger in the communities of Cape Ann, serving Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Manchester, and Ipswich. They provide free meals and food in a hospitable environment, advocacy on behalf of the disadvantaged, job-skills training, and job placement programs. The church serves as a collection location for the Pantry. You can donate non-perishable food items in the basket under the information table in Fellowship Hall.
The church is happy to support the work of Nouvelle Touraine Haiti (NTH) in cooperation with Dr. Amy St. Denis, a Rockport native who teaches Haitians about proper animal healthcare techniques while sharing the love of Christ and Rosias Rex Royal a Haitian who coordinates projects for NTH. NTH sponsors a village school in Sonice as well as currently building a dormitory for teachers. All work and outreach is done in the framework of prayer and sharing Christ’s love.
The home base for Hope Ascending is here in Rockport. Carl and Julie Oulton are the founders. Hope Ascending’s mission is to end injustice toward the poor while growing God’s Church on the front lines of urgent need in India and Nepal – starting with children. Hope Ascending works with pastors and teachers throughout India in order to transform whole people groups from disenfranchised Caste Identities to New Creations in Christ. Educating Children | Building Churches | Developing Leaders | Equipping Pastors
Ryan & Erin Bennett
Ryan and Erin have served with World Team in France since 2013. Ryan currently serves as the Field Director for World Team France. They are church planters attempting to establish a new church in the southwestern area of Paris. Ryan and Erin try to serve their neighborhood through street cleaning, a homeless outreach, an English club, and a small community gardening project. The Bennetts initiate Bible studies, plan events and social outings to meet people and share the Gospel. They have two children, Elias and Charlotte.
Jon & Amanda Good
Jon and Amanda Good have served in Hungary since November 2017. They partner with the Baptist Union of Hungary in ministries of evangelism, discipleship, and education. As part of this work, they build community through a weekly evangelical English Bible Study. From that ministry, the International Baptist Church of Debrecen was born in October, 2021. Jon teaches seminary courses in Ukraine and Hungary. Amanda also teaches English at a local elementary school. Over the past year, they have partnered with local congregations to provide physical and spiritual support for displaced victims of the war in Ukraine. The hope of Jesus is being shared in Debrecen, and lives are being changed. This ministry is only possible through God’s grace and the ongoing prayer and financial support of His people. The Goods live in Hungary with their children Rachel (21), Sarah (19), Elizabeth (17), and Andrew (13). Rachel will graduate from the University of Debrecen in July of 2023, and will marry Blake Schinzler, of Moweaqua Illinois. They will make their home in Bloomington, Illinois. Sarah is a freshman at the University of Debrecen, studying Business Administration. Elizabeth will graduate from high school in June of 2023. Andrew is currently in the 7th grade.
Peter & Deborah Johnson
Peter and Deborah Johnson are called to minister in Toronto through Vision Ministries Canada to Nigerians who emigrated to Canada. They currently meet in a church on Sunday afternoons along with streaming the service. Weekly Bible study and prayer (online) focuses on questions and insights from the preached message.
Peter meets with other pastors to build relationships and understand the community. The hope and prayer is to grow a discipled church community, have in person Bible studies, and share the gospel with neighbors. An ongoing prayer is for a youth ministry for immigrant teens. Discipleship is at the heart of Peter and Deborah’s work. “You came here just for me,” someone remarked…spreading God’s Word and the love of Jesus one by one.
Amirah, a faith-based nonprofit, began in 2011, when a small group of Christians from different churches and denominations banded together and committed to caring for female survivors of sex trafficking who are over 18. “Because of the undeserved love of Christ that has transformed our lives, we feel called to offer unconditional care for others.
Amirah exists to provide aftercare, resources, and opportunities to women who have survived different forms of sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, and prostitution. We do this by offering residential recovery opportunities, organizing outreach efforts, and educating communities, providers, and policy makers on the unique challenges victims and survivors face in the Northeast.”
“Today, I want you to know that because of Amirah, I have the chance to live a life people dream about.” Survivor, Residential Program Participant