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Dr. Keith Davey
Founder / President
It was while in Basic Training of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict when I, as a new Christian, was encouraged by a fellow airman to systematically study the Scriptures and commit them to memory. Although this discipleship process was brief, it was life changing; I became aware of the great opportunity of evangelization and discipleship which was possible among the masses of Military personnel. I saw firsthand how men were responding to the Gospel and their lives were changed; this challenged my heart to the opportunity of investing my life where the Lord was so significantly working. My wife, Yvonne, and I came to Norfolk, Virginia in 1958 to found the ministry to the military and to develop the strategy of utilizing a Military Christian Center as a base for evangelism and discipleship. The ministry of Missions To Military soon began to extend to other cities and military bases in the United States. Then, in 1979 the Lord led me to found Colonial Baptist Church in Virginia Beach where I served as Senior pastor until 1988. Colonial Baptist Church provides the office space for the International Headquarters of MTM. Virginia Beach Theological Seminary, which was founded in 1996, also shares the church campus. I am privileged to serve as Chancellor of the Seminary.
Yvonne and I have four sons, thirteen grandchildren, and one great-grandson. All are faithfully walking with and serving our Lord (except for our great grandson who was born in 2013). Thank you faithful pastors, churches, and friends for sharing with us in this missionary endeavor. There is room for one more in this harvest field - come and join a winning team!
John & Sheila Ahern
President Elect - Headquarters, Virginia Beach VA
Eighteen years ago, I was invited to the Military Christian Center in Norfolk, VA as a young sailor stationed aboard the USS America CV-66. It was there that I heard and responded to the gospel, trusting Christ as my Savior. I lived at the Center for about three years and my involvement in the Discipleship Program gave me a desire to know more about God’s Word.
As a result of this discipleship and a desire to learn more, I left active duty in the Navy to attend Piedmont Baptist College. I met my wife, Sheila, who was also a PBC student. After graduation we were challenged for full time Christian service. We were burdened for those men and women serving in our military, some who were just like me who needed to hear of the good news of the Gospel.
We were accepted with MTM in 2000 and are currently serving as President Elect at MTM headquarters in Virginia Beach VA.
Mrs. Yvonne Davey
Literature Producer - Editor
I love being on the MTM Team and working with these godly and dedicated women and men. I have the "fun job" of getting the MTM Messenger ready for our printer, preparing and printing our missionaries' letters, typing brochures and tracts, as well as anything else that comes across my desk to type. However, a highlight of mine is compiling the "GEMS" on the back page of the MTM Messenger. I try to keep YOU (the reader) in mind, for I'm hoping you will use the “Gems” in your church bulletins, or anywhere else as the Lord directs you. Thank you for reading and using the GEMS!I appreciate the privilege of being involved in a ministry that loves the Military and is always looking for new ways to reach our men and women who are protecting our freedom.
I am also privileged to teach a weekly ladies Bible study in our local church. I thank YOU for supporting us, so that we can give ourselves to doing the work of the ministry in a manner that will glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. "Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits..." Psalm 68:19
Mrs. Pat Dailey
I started as a volunteer with MTM putting out the MTM Messenger each month. Soon thereafter I was asked to come on board as a part-time employee; that was in 1985. I love being part of the Team and look forward to coming here to labor beside godly people. Being at MTM has taught me many things, one of which is how important it is to be in the Word. I love our devotion time on Wednesday mornings. I have also learned that I should never doubt God's faithfulness for I've seen how God has worked through our missionaries and provided for their needs in timely fashion. I've seen how servicemen have come to our Centers, go off to Bible College, get married, have a family, and come on board as Director of a Center. Pray for us as we continue to labor for the Master. "But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." Job 23:10
Miss Janice Krieger
Donor List & Receipts Manager plus ...
The Lord saved me when I was in the third grade. I'm not saying how long ago that was, but it was long enough ago that I have now retired from working with the U.S. Government. I was an Information Research Analyst with the FBI and, fortunately for me, the U.S. Government workers can retire at a relatively early age.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6.
Those verses have been "rock solid" for me through the years, and I know I'm not finished with them yet. I'm in awe of God's faithfulness! I feel blessed to be a part of the MTM Team. I began working here at MTM-HQ in August of 2004. As the "new kid on the block," I'm getting good training. The staff here at MTM Headquarters is great. I work on Accounts Receiving, mailing lists and various other jobs. I am having a really good time serving the Lord in my little part of the world.
Mrs. Cindy Rubley
Bookkeeping plus ...
I was saved at the age of 15. Sometime after high school graduation I joined the U.S. Navy, where I met a fine Christian man whom later became my husband. We have two sons. I retired as a dental technician after twenty years in the Navy. I began working as a Bookkeeper with MTM in the summer of 2001, and enjoy being His tool in a place where I can use my skills for His glory. "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10
Larry and René Davis
Military Christian Center Norfolk, Virginia
René and I are not just individuals who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, but we have made the ultimate commitment of a life of service to Him! We are excited to see how God is working around us, and are grateful for the invitation God has given us to be a part of what He is doing through Missions To Military.
Our twenty-two-plus years of military experience, and over twenty-five years in ministry has been a part of what God has been doing to prepare us for this assignment. I have been a Senior Pastor who served a NATO military community, as well as a Senior Enlisted Advisor. René has served as a command Ombudsman, and the organizer of a Christian Military Wives Support Group. These experiences are a small portion of what God has done to prepare us for this assignment.
René and I said many years ago, ‘Lord, put us where You need us to be.’ Our availability has taken us to places we never could have imagined! We are excited to see how the Lord will use us in this assignment to bring glory and honor to Him.
Assistant for French Military Christian Center
Privileged to grow up in a missionary family in the country of Algeria, the first 8 years of my life were lived during the French / Algerian war. Because of this war, I did not come back to the States until I was 8. That is when I started to learn the English language, French being my first language. The Lord saved me at the age of 13 during a Christian camp in Algeria. In March 1970, my parents and all the other missionaries under their mission were expelled from Algeria. My parents then came to Toulon, France when I was just 16. As we left Algeria, God was working in my heart in a special way showing me through my parents' example that He truly is faithful. His promises were not just written words, but I could really trust them and appropriate them in my own life.
Later, that same year, the Lord brought Chuck Greenstreet to France with the goal of starting a ministry among the French military. After language school he came to Toulon and with the help of my parents and my French brother-in-law, he opened the first foreign Military Center under Missions To Military. The Lord led us to get married on June 30th, 1973. During the 13 years we ministered to the military, we also started a Bible Institute (I was one of the first two graduates) and established a local church. Then on May 25th, 1986, about 17 hours after our return to the US for deputation, we were involved in a head-on car accident in which the lady who caused the accident, Chuck's father and he himself were killed. My mother-in-law and I were critically injured, but once again, I saw God's faithfulness, grace and comfort at work. Determining in my heart that, unless the Lord showed me otherwise, I would go back and serve Him in Toulon, I began my recovery. Upon returning to Toulon; however, the Lord soon directed me to the Paris area where I served Him under MTM's guidance for almost 10 years in a Bible Institute.
At the end of 1996, the Lord brought me back to my former ministry in Toulon. Since then, besides taking care of my aged mother, it has been my joy and privilege to labor once again with my MTM co-workers: John & Joy Gribbin and Bob & Cyndi Scott. Pray for us and with us as we seek to win the lost in this spiritually dark country. Among many others, this verse is always an encouragement to me: "This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness." Lamentations 3:21-23.
John & Joy Gribbin
Director of French Military Christian Center
Let us present ourselves to you. Joy and I both grew up in Erie, PA, as well as in the same church, though 7 and a half years apart. So, how did we end up in France as missionaries?
Well, first my side of the story. Interrupting college for a time, I joined the USN, went on a Mediterranean cruise, and actually had liberty in the city where we now live. So after finishing college and teaching for 6 years God called me to France under Missions To Military. Halfway through raising support for the mission field, I met Joy. She was a teacher like me in a Christian school. This was helpful because a big part of her ministry now in France is teaching English. Not too long after we met we were married. We came to France, raised three kids, and have been there now for 25 years.
Our ministry is to French servicemen and God has touched a "few good men" to be His servants in France as servants in their churches or planting churches in this country where the Gospel witness is so rare. We also help in our local church there where I preach and teach and Joy teaches and plays piano.
Tom and Kyung Scaife
Director of the Jacksonville Military Christian Center
Tom became a Christian in September 1986 while in the Marines and stationed on Guam. Having met Kyung earlier that summer, who had become a Christian through Campus Crusade for Christ in High School, she shared the gospel with him and encouraged him to read the Scriptures. While reading the Scriptures he became convicted of his sin and realized why Christ came to die. He began repenting of his sins and following Christ.
Tom regularly shared his faith with other Marines. After receiving orders to 3/5 (infantry unit), he began to lead Bible studies with Marines and continued to witness.
After serving 4 years in the Marine Corp, he moved to Hawaii where Kyung was attending the University of Hawaii. God providentially moved him to serve at a local church as a Youth Pastor in 1989. Upon graduation from the University of Hawaii, Kyung also served in the local church as the Administrator. We have been in ministry ever since, either as church staff or volunteer leaders.
After the birth of our sons, Stephen and Joshua (1993, 1994), the Lord allowed Tom to attend and graduate from Bible College (1999), The Master’s Seminary (2003), and then to receive his Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2013). He is also a certified counselor with The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).
We have been married since July 1990. Currently, Stephen is a student at The University of Richmond School of Law. Joshua attends The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and is in the Marine Corp ROTC Unit.
After serving as the pastor of a local church in north Georgia for 12 years, God has directed us to minister to Marines and Sailors with Missions To Military. We are excited with the opportunities before us to evangelize, disciple, and counsel Marines/Sailors and their families.
Please pray with us as we labor to “proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ . . . striving according to His power, which mightily works within [us]” (Colossians 1:28-29).
Jude 25 “To the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”
Bob & Cindy Scott
Co-Directors of Toulon, France Military Christian Center
Bob was born and reared in the Pacific Northwest. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior at the age of nine at a summer Bible camp. After two years of college, Bob joined the USMC from 1967 to 1971. While stationed in Memphis for schooling, he met Cynthia at Central Baptist Church. After marriage in '69, Bob went to Piedmont Bible college from '73 to '77. During this time God called Bob and Cynthia to France to serve with MTM working with the French military and the local church, Eglise Biblique Baptiste in Toulon.
Cynthia was born and reared in Memphis, TN. She was saved in her later teen years. She went to Memphis State Univ. and finally graduated when they came back to Memphis after being stationed in California for two years. Bob and Cynthia have been serving with MTM since January 1, 1977 and in France since February 24, 1980. We have 4 children and soon our second grandchild. What a joy and privilege to be missionaries here in this country so starved for the Gospel. We thank each one of you for your prayers and support during these past decades. May our Lord receive all the glory and honor that He is due.
Joe & Linda Yeargin
Director of Goldsboro Military Christian Center
We have been serving with Missions To Military since 1978 in Arizona and North Carolina. The Lord placed on our hearts to minister to the military while enrolled at Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, Alabama. We remembered vividly our 8 years in the Air Force not living for the Lord and knew of spiritual needs among the military that were not being met. When we surrendered our lives to Christ in 1968, the Lord opened many doors for service and to prepare us for the ministry we now share together. Over these years, it has been our joy to minister through Military Christian Centers and several local churches. We have witnessed the change in many young lives by the Grace of God. “…immediately we endeavoured to go…… assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.” (Acts 16:10)