John & Tracy grew up on the same street in the same small town on the Southside of Atlanta, Georgia.
They were married in 1989 and took their first missions trip to Panama in 1991.They spent the next several years dedicating their vacation time to summer missions. During this time they also served as lay ministers in their local congregation, Rex Community Church (now Rex Word Outreach), John served in pastoral care and as a deacon and Tracy served in the children’s ministry, and also on the worship team. Both John & Tracy were ordained into the ministry in 1994.
In 1992, while on a short term mission trip they heard the call of God to move into full-time missions work.
They spent the next several years preparing for the move to the mission field.They attended and graduated from the Ministry Training school at their local congregation and sought out advice and help from other missionaries and ministers. In 1996 they made the move to Guatemala, where they have been ever since.
In their first few years, they spent a majority of their time learning the language, becoming acquainted to the culture and developing relationships, while working alongside veteran missionaries at Iglesia Palabra en Accion (Word in Action Church) in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
Here they were able to gain even more knowledge of the practical work of the church, as they served in almost every capacity available in the local church. Tracy again took over the children’s ministry where she organized and led the ministry to over 400 children every Sunday alongside a staff of over 50 volunteer teachers. John worked in television, radio, coordinating the helps ministry, and starting and teaching in the Bible school of the church.
In 2003, John and Tracy transitioned to focus more time to what they knew God was calling them to do, which is to raise up and train local leaders to do the work of the Gospel. Ephesians 4:11-12 (NLT) states “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.
Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.”(NLT)
Through teaching in local bible schools, training seminars, workshops, and one on one mentoring, they have been able to equip many thousands of new leaders for their purpose in the body.
Many of the young leaders they have equipped are now serving in full time ministries as pastors, youth leaders and even missionaries, in Guatemala, Mexico, the United States, Cuba and other countries. John and Tracy are continuing forward in their work in Guatemala and have the desire in the near future to establish a cross cultural training center to prepare Guatemalans and other Spanish speakers to go out into the unreached areas of the world with the gospel.
John and Tracy have 3 daughters that are growing up serving on the mission field beside their parents. They are most definitely third culture kids which is obvious to anyone that spends any time with them. They have attributes from both cultures and are able to see the best in those they are around. They love to serve God with their talents and also just enjoy life.
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