Carmel Missionaries

MissionaryProfiles_Colon_2013Joel Colon – Ukraine

One Challenge International

Joel has been working with national church-planting movements in the Ukraine for six years and is developing a vision for helping churches send out missionaries to all the nations of the former Soviet Union, especially the nations in Central Asia. Irena is interested in developing counseling resources for marriage and family, as well as creating small businesses to fund ministry possibilities and facilitate access to countries where access is difficult.


MissionaryProfiles_StraussContreras_2013Cara Strauss Contreras – Bolivia 

Word Made Flesh

Cara Strauss Contreras has been working in for the last seven years with women trapped in prostitution. Since 2010 she has helped found and coordinate Suti Sana, an economic alternative for training, discipleship, and dignified work for women leaving prostitution (  Marcelo Contreras is a Pastoral Assistant for Iglesia La Comunidad in La Paz, and together Cara and Marcelo work to reconcile the church and the most vulnerable of the poor.  



Fran Daniel – Washington, D.C.

Campus Crusade for Christ
Fran’s primary responsibilities will be to share her faith and to disciple and equip believers to take their faith back into the workplace and impact those within their specific spheres of influence.  On a recent vision trip, she was able to participate in a variety of ministry opportunities including small group Bible studies on Capitol Hill and at the World Bank, a Pentagon prayer breakfast, a Body and Soul class and small group study with international women.



Robbye Fielden – Lima, Peru

S.I.M. (Serving In Mission)

Robbye has two roles in Peru: STA (Short Term Associate) Coordinator and Guest House Manager. In short, she develops and manages the STA program for SIM-Peru and works with missionaries who come there for two years or less. She also operates the SIM guesthouse in Lima, serving the missionaries and other guests who come visit or minister in the capital city. 



MissionaryProfiles_Foth_2013Nathan Foth - Dominican Republic

Campus Crusade for Christ
Nathan is currently serving as a STINT (Short Term INTernational) team leader this year in the Dominican Republic.  His goals this year are to help establish and grow the ministry there (currently there are about 30 students involved) by sharing the gospel regularly on campus and discipling followers of Jesus. In addition to reaching and equipping students, as team leader he also gives direction and provides development for the team.



Konstantin Goncharov – Charlotte, NC

Slavic Outreach Network – Healthy Church Movement
Konstantin’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ through small groups and their multiplication by training individuals and local churches in the U.S. and in the Ukraine.  Konstantin is leading the “missional small group” planting. His role is to find interested Christians who will learn and participate in personal evangelism and form missional small groups for the purpose of reaching the lost in our community. 


MissionaryProfiles_Hetzler_2013Chuck Hetzler – Princeton, N.J.

The Christian Union

As Ministry Director of New York City Christian Union, Chuck works with graduates of their ministry and their peers in one of the most culturally influential cities in the nation. His tasks are to 1) strengthen and encourage them to grow in God-seeking lifestyles, and 2) help them network with one another in order to exert collective Christian influence. 


MissionaryProfiles_Hughes_2013Jim Hughes - Charlotte, NC

Peregrine Ministries International

The vision of Peregrine Ministries is to see a growing community of men who understand their identity in Christ, embrace their role as men and live out the personal calling God has for their life.  Jim and Renee’s personal passion is centered on the leadership needed in raising the next generation of laborers for the harvest. Their mission work in other parts of the world has shown that there is incredible need and opportunity to train and challenge men to lead their families and those around them to an authentic and humble walk with Jesus Christ.


MissionaryProfiles_Kramer_2013Alicia Robbins Kramer - Texas

Mercy Ships
As of last year, Alicia directed a newly formed Staff Development department whose goal is to address the development and training needs throughout Mercy Ships (ocean vessels providing health care to the poor in ports around the world). Their focus this year has been to expand their current entry training, to design and implement an alternate program in West Africa, and to begin addressing on-going management, cross-cultural, and departmental training needs throughout Mercy Ships.


MissionaryProfiles_MacKenzie_2013Michael and Kari MacKenzie – Colorado

Marble Retreat
The goal of Marble Retreat’s program is to help Christian leaders stay in ministry, and not only stay in ministry but be healthy and effective in their roles. They assist the ministry of Marble Retreat by leading therapy groups for ministers and missionaries throughout the year, and by sharing in the hospitality responsibilities. They also lead spiritual formation/soul care retreats for those in vocational ministry and teach classes to seminary students and ministry leaders.  


MissionaryProfiles_JoyMcGuireJoy McGuire – Charlotte, NC

With Love From Jesus
The message at With Love From Jesus is that God’s abundant love, mercy and grace are extended to us freely.  Joy and her team of volunteers show people the blessings from God by acting as His hands and feet. Initially, the main focus of was to feed the homeless.  However, it quickly expanded into several ministry areas including a food and clothing closet and caring for babies and those in prison.  


MissionaryProfiles_Mills_2013Kenny Mills – Philippines

Alliance for Philippine Mission
The Manila Counseling Center opened in January 2005 and offers Christian counseling, training, and other pastoral resources. Safe Place Ministry to Indigent Children began in March, 2005 with a gift from Carmel Baptist Church and is headquartered in the Manila Counseling Center office.  They provide crisis-counseling and assistance as well as temporary basic food, clothing and shelter to families and street children in squatter areas in Manila.  In addition they quietly minister to adult victims of spousal abuse. 



Matt Morgan – Hickory, NC

Escalate Church
As a church planter, Matt’s primary roles are that of pastor/teacher/administrator.  Each week he prepares a sermon for the Sunday morning worship time.  In addition, he weekly carries out the responsibility of disciple maker and missionary in helping people live out the truths of the Bible or share with them both the love and good news of Jesus.  Matt also strives each day to learn where the community comes together, what brings them together, and how he can incorporate the gospel into those gatherings. 


MissionaryProfiles_Ramnauth_2013Jai Ramnauth - Guyana

International Celebration Association
Jai is the founder and director of Celebration of Love Outreach and partners directly with International Celebration Association to bring the gospel to remote villages in Guyana.  Jai is involved in planning the mission trips to remote villages and coordinating the Celebration Crusades, youth rallies, shoe distribution, VBS and showings of the Jesus Film.  He is also involved in building and filling libraries and training local Christians to go and share the gospel. 


MissionaryProfiles_Russell_2013David Russell - Washington, D.C.

Campus Outreach of Washington D.C.

David’s role involved planting this new ministry and hiring the staff to get the ministry started. Presently, he focuses personal ministry efforts at Georgetown University and oversees nine full time staff on the team. As Executive Director, he is expected to cast the vision for the ministry, train and equip staff, evangelize and disciple on campus, lead summer ministry projects, lead retreats, interface with local churches, and help to establish a graduation plan for seniors. 


MissionaryProfiles_AdamSalloum_2013Adam Salloum – Columbia, SC

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship-USA

Adam is planting an InterVarsity chapter at USC Columbia and has committed to this work for the next three years.  His role as a “chapter-planter” is to gather students who will commit to partner with him in reaching this campus with the gospel. He will train and disciple students to know Jesus more and think intentionally about how to invite their classmates to explore Jesus together. He encourages students to think about student groups and places that are not currently being reached on campus.


MissionaryProfiles_Salloum_2013George and Sara Salloum – Kenya/Sudan

S.I.M. (Serving in Mission)
George and Sara arrived in Africa on April 2, 2013 to lead the SIM team serving in South Sudan. Efforts include clean water projects, health care, education and vocational training. They will be responsible for over fifty SIM missionaries who are planting churches, discipling believers and responding to human needs.  George and Sara will provide leadership, encouragement, logistical and strategic support to an international team of workers throughout South Sudan.


MissionaryProfiles_Schlottman_2013Rebecca Schlottman - The Balkins

Operation Mobilization (OM)
Rebecca will begin her ministry in July of 2013 and will be using her background as an English as a Second Language Teacher (ESL) as a large part of her personal ministry.  The main focus will be sharing the good news of salvation with those with whom she forms relationships.  Because one of the core values of Operation Mobilization is to esteem the church, the ministry activities that she and her team will be involved in will seek to include the local church in the country and to train local leaders so they can begin taking responsibility for ministry.


MissionaryProfiles_TakamiKenji Takami – Charlotte, NC

Japanese Ministry, Carmel Baptist Church

Pastor Takami oversees and directs the Japanese Congregation at Carmel.  He leads Sunday Bible Study, directs a once a month Japanese afternoon worship, visits members and visitors at home and in the hospital, and coordinates home Bible studies in various area’s such as south Charlotte, north Charlotte, Hickory, and Winston-Salem. He also leads the Japanese prayer meetings on Wednesday evenings, the Japanese study group for children on Mondays, and an infant class for preschoolers every other Monday.



Paul and Holly Zwierzynski - Charlotte, NC

Wycliffe Bible Translators

Paul’s current position at the JAARS center in Waxhaw is an electrical power systems engineer. He designs and tests small inexpensive solar powered battery systems so translators can run netbook and tablet computers in remote villages. He also helps the computer staff at the worldwide branch offices set up, maintain and secure their internet connections. His wife, Holly, works in the Language and Translation Department as a Project Assistant.