Missions

Serving beyond the walls of our buildings gives us the opportunity to make an impact in the hearts and lives of people in our city and around the world. Learn more about the partners and causes that your generosity supports through our Local and Global Impact Ministries. Calvary offers short-term mission trip opportunities as well.

IMPACT LOCATIONS

These projects are a priority focus for funding and communications across all Calvary gatherings.

Myanmar - Formerly Burma, this country of 55 million people is 89% Buddhist and only 3.5% Christian (.07% Evangelical). 56 people-groups containing 83% of the population are considered unreached by the Gospel of Christ. 

Penn State University - With an enrollment of approximately 45,000 students, only 2.5% are believed to be active followers of Jesus.  All Calvary gatherings have a vested interest in the mission to Penn State through ministry to students, faculty, and various support staff.

LOCAL MISSIONARIES

• Mike & Barb Baldner: Navigators – PSU. The Baldners train students and staff in small group and one-on-one settings to help them grow in faith and pass on their training.

• Beth Dripps: DiscipleMakers – PSU.My vision is to introduce students to Jesus, help them to learn to love and obey him, and raise up a generation of laborers and leaders who will impact the world for Jesus so that his name will be glorified in the whole earth.” 

• Morgan & Betsy Forney:  Navigators – PSU. Morgan directs Navigators at PSU. He says: Our hearts are filled with joy as we see, firsthand, God raise up students who are rebuilding generations!

• Kendra Gettig:  Calvary Church - Kendra serves as Calvary's Local Outreach Director, where she strives to connect the church with the local community through service and evangelism. Kendra encourages the church to be involved with a variety of service opportunities: Out of the Cold, CityServe, Adopt-a-Family, Dinner with Friends and more! 

• Will & Cheryl Gigante: Coalition for Christian Outreach – PSU. Will and Cheryl serve students and athletes by helping to coach the hockey team, through the Athletes in Action Bible study and through one on one discipleship and Bible studies.

• Ken & Joyce Layton: Navigators – PSU. Ken and Joyce reach out to and serve International Students at Penn State.

• Johnny & Kathy Pons: New Life – PSU. Johnny and Kathy have served as campus ministers with New Life Student Fellowship, a Baptist collegiate ministry on the Penn State University campus since 1990.

• Erica Young Reitz: Coalition for Christian Outreach – PSU. Erica directs the Senior EXIT ministry, helping college seniors navigate life post-college. She also disciples younger staff and students. 

• Bill & Barb Saxton: Coalition for Christian Outreach – PSU. The Saxtons serve with CCO and with International Ministries at Penn State, a Christian group that has been serving the international community at Penn State for almost 30 years.

• Mike & Bec Shepski: CRU (Campus Crusade) – PSU. Mike and Bec moved to Penn State from Melborne, Australia, after pioneering and directing campus ministry in that city.

GLOBAL MISSIONARIES

  • Phil & Linda Gottschalk: Greater Europe Mission. Phil and Linda have served at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, training men and women for cross cultural missionary service since 2000.
  • Dave & Sue Imbrock: Global Hope Network. Dave and Sue Imbrock minister among ambassadors, their spouses and other diplomats from 127 countries through the Christian Embassy of Canada.
  • Julie McElfish: Rethink. Based in State College, Julie works with university students to understand God's work in all the earth and their place in it. The centerpiece of Julie’s ministry is the “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” course, which is offered in the State College area every spring semester.
  • Gerald & Sharon Mohler: GAiN USA. Based in Lancaster, Pa., the Mohlers are in charge of the inventory process that distributes aid to various countries in need.
  • Marc & Christy P.: Wycliffe – Germany. Marc serves in a technical role, providing computer support and training to Bible translators in Eastern Europe.
  • Henry & Erika Watts: Engineering Ministries International. Henry is the Director of EMI's U.S. office in Colorado Springs , overseeing all of the 18 office staff as well as the finance, publications, and HR departments, and project design.  

MISSION TRIPS

Calvary offers short-term mission trips throughout the year to Maynmar.

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CALVARY GLOBAL KIDS

Calvary Global Kids connects kids with hope by:

- meeting their basic needs: food, clothing, and education
- encouraging them through involvement of a caring sponsor
- introducing them to the love of Christ

To learn more and sponsor a child, go to the Calvary Global Kids website.