We seek to advance the Great Commission by being a church that 1) is a body composed of member missionaries, both domestic and foreign and 2) faithfully and sacrificially cares for the needs of our current and future supported missionaries.
1. To create member missionaries we will:
- Teach them the Great Commission and its implications for ministry, prayer, and stewardship.
- Send members of our church to do missions ministry, both long-term and short-term.
- Communicate the prayer requests and material needs of our missionaries.
- Demonstrate missions involvement, beginning with church leadership.
- Exemplify a passion for God's plan for the nations that is reproducible.
2. To care for the needs of our current and future supported missionaries we will:
- Pray specifically and faithfully for their current needs, requests, and praises.
- Build close relationships through faithful communication and warm reception.
- Ensure continuing doctrinal harmony as the basis of an effective ministry partnership.
- Provide support that is both substantial and sacrificial.
- Enfold, equip and entrust future missionaries from within our own body.
Find out more about our missionaries by selecting one below:
Bible Tabernacle - Santa Clarita Valley
The Bible Tabernacle is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center here in Canyon Country. COC has enjoyed a close association with them for several years, with several members of our church being involved in that ministry.
Eric and Heather Z. - India
Eric, Heather and their four children live and work in Dehli, India with the Malakars and Eric's brother Scott and his family. Eric has a doctorate in Theology and is helping lead and teach in a seminary to train local pastors from all over India to impact their churches and through those churches all of India for the gospel.
Eric and Heather are sent through Amelia. Find more info about Amelia here: http://amiela.org
Gravinos - Italy
Johnny and Alexandra recently began serving in Sicily, Italy in 2009. Johnny is involved a church plant and oversees a seminary that trains up Italian pastors.
Thomas and Dany have been sent out by Church of the Canyons to minister in Zimbabwe. They reside in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, where Thomas teaches at Harare Theological College and preaches at many local churches on occasion. Dany ministers to local neighbors and friends and keeps their home and raises their 2 children Joel and Alethia.
Thomas and Dany met at Church of the Canyons while attending The Master's College and Seminary. They are part of our church's enfolding, equipping and entrusting ministry model to disciple young believers and then entrust them with ministry.
You can support Thomas and Dony by designating "Hodzi" on an offering check given on Sunday or by choosing "Missions - Hodzi" when using our online platform.
Daniel Holmquist - Asia
Daniel serves as an Area Leader with ReachGlobal, the international mission of the Evangelical Free Church of America. Most recently, Daniel served as senior pastor at the Lancaster Evangelical Free Church in California (1999-2011); and previously as Minister of Christian Education at the Western Springs Baptist Church in Illinois (1991-1999). He received his B.A. and M.A. from Wheaton College and his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife Linda have been married 26 years and have six children, ages 13-24 years.
Read Daniel's blog here: http://justgetontheplane.blogspot.com/
Malakars - India
Peter and Heather Malakar minister to university students, hoping to reach the next generation of leaders for a greater impact in that part of the world. They seek to glorify God by producing disciples of Jesus Christ for the purpose of church planting and initiating a mission movement.
Santa Clarita Valley Pregnancy Center
We support our local Pregnancy Center's outreach to women and families facing crisis pregnancies. For more info visit their website: http://www.scvpc.org/
Mark & Jess Stucky - Brazil
Mark and Jess Stucky are being sent to Porto Alegre, Brazil to plant a church in the Sapiringa neighborhood. Mark and Jess met at Church of the Canyons while in college. Hear more about their ministry plans in the video below and keep track of them at thier blog http://markjessandbrazil.blogspot.com
Mark & Jess Stucky being sent out to minister in Brazil