Mission’s Festival



Sunday, March 4 (9:30a, 11:00a, 6:00p) -Dr. Matthew Bennett – Cedarville University

Matt and his wife Emily have been married for 12 years and they have three kids: Anabelle (4.5), Elliot (3), and Oliver (2). From 2011 until last summer, they lived in Jordan and Egypt where they learned Arabic, Middle Eastern Culture, and opened and operated an English and Intercultural Exchange center. As of August 2017, Matt has been serving on the faculty at Cedarville University where he gets to teach Missions and Theology while Emily works teaching English as a Second Language to the refugee population in Dayton Ohio.

Wed., March 7  – 6:45p – Scott Carter – ABWE

Scott and Lisa, ABWE missionaries, work to identify, resource, and connect future church planters and missionaries in Central and Eastern Europe. This involves teaching, preaching, leading, mentoring, consulting, administrating, vision casting, writing, networking, developing partnerships and intercession.

Saturday, March 10 – 8:00a (Men’s Breakfast) – Kiel Hamlet – Servant Center

Kiel Hamlet is a resident of Wyoming, MI, where he lives with his wife Danielle and two children. For the last seven years, he has ministered and served to those experiencing poverty and homelessness in the greater Grand Rapids area. Recently, in April of 2017 Kiel Joined the staff of Servants Center as an outreach specialist. Kiel graduated from Prairie Bible Institute with a one year certificate in Bible and is currently attending CLI (Christian Leadership Institute) online working towards an associates of Divinity.

Sunday, March 11 –  (9:30a, 11:00a, 6:00p) – Dan Falls –  Ethnos360 Bible Institute

Dan and Casie Falls became members of Ethnos360 in 1994 and began serving in Latin America with their children, Carissa and Connor. After a few months in language study, they were asked to fill a need as the interim supply buyer for the region. For almost a year they purchased and shipped supplies by plane and river-boat to missionaries living in remote locations. Their family moved into a small village and began the long task of becoming fluent in an indigenous language and culture.  When their third child, Savanna, was born with significant medical needs, a medical team evacuated her to the States.  In 1999 they moved to Jackson, Michigan, and joined the team of trainers at the Bible Institute while their daughter received ongoing care in Ann Arbor.

Currently, Dan’s primary focus is on leading and equipping those who are investing in the next generation of tribal church planters. He serves as Vice President of Ethnos360 and President of the Ethnos360 Bible Institute. Dan and Casie’s zeal is for discipleship. They look for any and every opportunity to invest in others so that they in turn are challenged to live out their faith. Dan and Casie love the Lord and His Word, and have thoroughly enjoyed watching His transforming power in the lives of believers in Ethnos360’s training. Hopefully the “bio” for Dan and Casie Falls continually points to the greatness of our God. We are all simply servants given the incredible honor of participating in God’s eternal plan and purpose.

Wed., March 14 – 6:45p Doug Combs – BMW

Doug was saved at age 12 and Elaine at age 5. After completing college, both worked in the business world before Doug entered Seminary. Doug was 10 years in pastoral ministry before entering missions in 1991. The family (including children, Kara and Sheldon) served two terms in Australia under BMM. Since 2001,  Doug has been involved in partnerships with national churches; challenging them to send their missionaries to the places our missionaries cannot go. Elaine has served as a faithful partner each step of the way.