Get to know the missionaries & church-planters that King's Chapel partners with around the world...
Larry & Lisa Teem – Atlanta Youth Project
In 1973 Larry made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. A husband and father of five, Larry became involved in urban ministry during the summer of 1984 in Techwood Homes (the first government housing project in the United States). He served as the first youth minister at Church of the Apostles, Atlanta. In 1991 he founded and became President of the Atlanta Youth Project - an urban ministry providing programs and activity support for over three thousand youth & families in Atlanta. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Youth Academy & serves as a Trustee of The Atlanta Youth Academy Foundation. Larry also founded and chairs the boards of Community Village, a non-profit affordable housing ministry, and Urban Seminary of Atlanta (USA), which trains and equips urban leaders. AYP is a non-denominational Christian ministry with no legal governance or affiliation to any individual church. AYP partners with a variety of churches and many of its events are sponsored by local and regional congregations.
Jim & Shari Whittle – Equipping Leaders International
Jim & Shari are both from Louisville, Kentucky. In the 1980’s, they lived and worked in Florida and were a part of a missional church, where Jim eventually became an elder on the session. In 1989, Jim left his engineering job to serve as a church staff member and attend Reformed Theological Seminary. In 1993, they planted a church in Melbourne, Florida that focused on small missional communities aiming for vibrant evangelism and discipleship. In 2001, they moved to Douglasville, GA to pastor a PCA church there. Since that time, Jim has been heavily involved with training & coaching church-planters, both inside & outside the PCA. Between 2008–2011, Jim spent a lot of time in India training church leaders there. In 2011, the Whittle’s joined the staff of ELI full-time, devoting their lives to training church leaders in India. The Whittle’s are praying that by 2040, there will be half a billion Christians in India. Jim & Shari have been married for over 30 years, and they have five children and four grandsons.
Stephen & Amy Pittman – Hope for Augusta
Stephen has been on staff with Hope for Augusta since August of 2011. He is from Carrollton, Georgia, and graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a B.A. in Biblical Studies. He has a beautiful wife named Amy and four children (Caileigh, Emma, Connor, and Lilly). Stephen is passionate about seeing at-risk children and youth flourish in Christ, especially academically. For fun, Stephen likes to spend time with his family, read, and play guitar.
Robert & Jeanne Smith – MTW: Latvia
Robert grew up in a career military family and had many cross-cultural experiences during his childhood. His family ultimately settled in Pensacola, Fla., where Robert became a Christian while in high school. Jeanne was born and raised in Pensacola, Fla., and trusted Jesus as her Savior during her elementary school years. Robert and Jeanne eventually became high school sweethearts, attending the same college, and married a few years later. They became involved in serving Christ in their home, neighborhood, local church, and community; although they both sensed that God was calling them into vocational missions. In the spring of 2007, God provided an opportunity for Robert and Jeanne to visit missionary friends in Quito, Ecuador, and help with their ministry. Through that experience, God confirmed His calling in their lives to foreign missions, though post-communist Europe tugged at their hearts. The Smith’s serve in Latvia, and they assist with basic Bible training and discipleship, mentoring married couples and families, teaching English as an outreach, as well as in other areas of need within the church and the Latvian post-communist society.
Johan & Stephanie van der Westhuizen – MTW: Chile
Johan and Stephanie are originally from South Africa and came to know the Lord as young adults. They got involved in ministry while completing their studies—Stephanie working as a midwife in Iran while Johan did Bible distribution in Mexico, where he grew to love the Latin people. They got married in 1978 and spent the next six years training Africans in discipleship and evangelism in South Africa and neighboring countries. In 1985 they moved to Santiago, Chile, with their three young children and began their first church plant among unreached professionals. Johan and Stephanie joined forces with MTW in 1993 and continued with church planting and leadership training throughout Chile. Johan travels throughout the country coaching and mentoring nationals in church planting. He is committed to maturing this young national presbytery by helping them grasp a vision of Christ-centered church planting. He also trains leaders and future pastors in theological education. Stephanie is involved in women’s leadership training and Bible studies, both with English-speaking expatriates and Spanish-speaking Chileans in various congregations. Their desire is to see pastors and church leaders with godly character embrace a vision for extending the kingdom of God through grace-based church-planting throughout Chile and beyond.
John & Lois North – Ambassadors for Christ International (Australia)
John has been a part of AFCI from childhood. His father (Ian) was the International Director who helped establish AFCI in the USA after serving for many years as a missionary in India. John spent the early years of life in India, moved to the USA in high school, and moved back to the home of his “passport” (Australia) to reestablish the ministry of AFCI in Sydney, the city were AFCI was founded in 1948. Prior to joining with AFCI, John was part of the ministry team at Faith Bible Church in Robins, Iowa, USA where he was the main preaching pastor. After moving to Australia, John taught courses on evangelism and preaching at various Bible colleges in Sydney. He has a radio show on a local Christian station in Sydney and is the author of “Time With God,” a daily devotional. He co-authored LifeWorks (an evangelism tool for local churches) and GrowthWorks (a study for Christians who are stuck in their Christian faith). John’s wife Lois and four children are very active in his ministry and support his work with AFCI. You can often find them as a family camping, four-wheel driving, and surfing the beaches of Australia.
Mike & Robin McMahan – MTW: Zimbabwe
Mike and Robin grew up in Texas and met at Austin College. Both accepted Christ through the ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Shortly after Mike’s graduation, they married and eventually moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where they lived for 15 years. Since 2001, they served in Ecuador in both Guayaquil and Quito. Serving as part of a church-planting team they saw the need for ministering in both word and deed. They pursued training at the Chalmers Institute for Economic Development and learned to promote small savings and credit groups among the poor in Guayaquil and Quito. In 2010 Robin completed a master’s degree in international community economic development. Mike and Robin have been invited to work with the Presbytery of Bulawayo in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. They will work alongside the national church in discipleship, mercy initiatives, and church planting. Mike has recently begun a master’s degree in theology through RTS virtual campus in order to continue preparing for this work. Please pray for the McMahan’s as they proclaim Christ in both word and deed in Zimbabwe.
Carl & Becky Chaplin – MTW: Global Staff
The Chaplins began their ministry with MTW in 1990 and served with MTW teams for 14 years in the Czech Republic serving with Czechs in the Brethren Church and a Reformed Church and then for 5 years in Latvia and Lithuania serving with the Reformed Churches. Becky has known Christ as her Savior since childhood and Carl was a chemist when he accepted Christ in 1976. The Chaplins married in 1978 and have three grown children: Ellis, Robert and Carolann. Carl served as pastor of Grace PCA in Jackson, TN after graduating from RTS in 1982. In October 2013 Carl began serving as Ministry Development Leader for MTW. He does a variety of ministries related to new ministries for MTW, recruiting and working with new missionaries and he ministers to Native Americans in Minnesota by teaching Living in Grace annually. Becky and Carl minister to internationals in the Atlanta area by teaching ESL and are part of the leadership/teaching team for an international class at Perimeter PCA.
Demps & Kristy Dempsey – Campus Outreach: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Demps became a Christian in college at Clemson, and Kristy trusted in Christ as a young girl. After graduating, Demps and Kristy came on staff and labored with Campus Outreach at West Georgia. In 1998, they moved to Belo Horizonte, Brazil as part of the initial CO ministry team. He is the COBH Director and Kristy is a librarian and children’s author. They have 3 children: Meg, Duncan and Kate.