Mobilize

At Long Hollow, we commit to doing whatever it takes to reach people with the message of the Gospel. We believe it is the responsibility of the church to equip the body of Christ and to send them out as long-term missionaries, church planters, and vocational ministers. (Eph. 4:12) Our prayer is that God would raise up individuals and families to relocate for the sake of the Gospel, wherever He may call them. (Luke 10:2)

Do you believe God is calling you to be a missionary or church planter? The 100 Family Challenge is a Long Hollow initiative to mobilize individuals and families who God may be calling to relocate for the sake of the Gospel. We want to come alongside you and help you through the process. If this is you, then please contact Christina Toth at christina.toth@longhollow.com.

Click here to go through the Missionary Support Process & Application.

Listed below are current Long Hollow supported missionaries and church planters that obediently followed God’s command to go and make disciples. (Please note that some missionaries are not listed for their safety as they minister in closed locations).

The ApplegatesTony and Kristy Applegate

The G.R.A.C.E Project on Tony’s heart (God Rescuing African Children from Evil) is an organization that aids local churches in the development of Christian schools with orphan boarding section and street children ministries. The Applegates partner with one local family – Pastor JJ Kalanzi and his wife, Harriet, and their children. Through the helping of orphans and the development of Christian schools, the church planting efforts have been given a great boost. Their prayer is that the children will make a tremendous impact socially and spiritually in Uganda.

Family: Children, Eliana, Elijah, Elexis, Elysse, and Ellora

jenny_bainJenny Bain

Jenny works for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which is one of the very few Christian organizations left in the school systems today. She serves in 12 local high schools and middle schools throughout Northern Middle Tennessee. Her deepest passion is to see young men and women come to know Christ and become disciples who make disciples. Her daily prayer needs are to be Spirit-led while journeying through ministry, not doing ministry in her power, and to be available for God to take her wherever He pleases on this journey!

Keith and Sherri BaldridgeKeith and Sherri Baldridge

Keith and Sherri met in college, and have been married and ministering together for 13 years. They felt God calling them to Denver, Colorado to strategically plant a church in a city where only 12% of the 3 million person population is connected to a local church. Under their leadership, the Living Stone Church is committed to being outwardly focused, intentionally relational, and unashamed to stand for the truth of the Gospel.

Scott BatsonScott Batson

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Scott has been a member of Long Hollow since 2002. He has served as a deacon, Small Group leader, and has been leading David’s Men groups in his home. Being challenged to go on a mission trip in David’s Men, Scott took his first trip to Nicaragua in 2009 and has been at least once every year since. In January of 2014, Scott felt God calling him full time to Nicaragua. In October 2014, Scott left his job as VP of Sales and became a full-time missionary with Get Strong Ministries. Scott leads short-term mission trips to Ocotal, Nicaragua where he uses fitness as a sports ministry to reach people. He is also leveraging what he has learned through David’s Men to disciple and train men in Ocotal.

Family: Wife, Christie and children, Cole and Allie

bailey_brownBailey Brown

Bailey felt the Lord calling her to missions at Long Hollow Camp the summer before her senior year of high school. After much prayer and searching for the right direction after high school, Bailey felt led to join a mission program called Mobilizing Students. For four years Bailey will gain immense amounts of missionary training, as well as receive a college degree. She will spend two years in Nashville ministering to the diverse community in the area and then two years oversea continuing to spread the Good news.

Lance Brown and FamilyLance Brown

Lance currently serves as the Founder and Director of WhoUWith Ministries. WhoUWith Ministries was established in 2001 as a discipleship and outreach ministry for the athletes and coaches at Vanderbilt University In the role of Team Pastor, he leads weekly small group Bible studies with athletes and coaches, mentors them, and handles game-day chapels.

Family: His wife, Aimee, and children, Shelby, Bailey, Kelsey, and Cooper

The BurkeensTerry and Angie Burkeen

In 2003, Terry and a group of men traveled to Cumberland, KY for a mission trip preview, and that is when the Lord called him there full-time. In January 2006, Terry and Angie founded Club 180 Ministry and were commissioned by NAMB in February 2008 as missionaries in Eastern Kentucky. The Burkeens are originally from Hendersonville and Goodlettsville, and today, their family continues to serve with them in their ministry.

Family: Children, Niki and Nissa

caldwellsKeith and Kristi Caldwell

Keith and Kristi have been Long Hollow members since 2012. Through many trips to Haiti, they felt the Lord calling their family to serve as full time medical missionaries to provide care and health education for children and families in Les Cayes. Their hope is that they will be able to show the Haitians the love of Christ by caring for the Haitians’ physical needs and use that relationship as a platform to share the Gospel.

droppsDan and Michelle Dropp

In 2013, Dan and Michelle knew God was calling them to move and serve in orphan care, but He had not revealed where or when. In 2015, He answered that question during a trip to Uganda calling them to join G.R.A.C.E Project and to partner with Lifesong for Orphans to open an orphan baby home. Dan and Michelle will work to rescue orphaned/abandoned infants and small children in the Masaka region and will be responsible for their daily care and teaching them about Christ and the love of a family. They also hope to participate in discipleship of the older children already living in G.R.A.C.E Project’s orphanage and to help with the street kid ministry Pastor JJ has established. Dan, Michelle, and their teenage daughter, Jensen, will be moving to Uganda in July 2017. Follow along on their Facebook page for more news and updates.

kristin_freudenthal Kristin Freudenthal

Kristin will be serving at the Merryfield Children’s village in South Africa. The village specializes in meeting the needs of orphaned or abandoned children in the city of Plettenberg Bay and its surrounding townships, as well as community outreach opportunities to help the less fortunate of the area.

Kenny Hayes and familyKenny and Laura Hayes

Kenny, who attended Long Hollow Baptist for 12 years, and his wife, Laura, both received the call to be full-time missionaries while in college. Their family moved from Nashville in 2009 to help start a new region of Campus Outreach in Central Illinois. Kenny leads both the full-time staff team at Bradley University in Peoria, IL and also travels to lead the student-led movement at Olivette Nazarene near Chicago, IL. Their vision is to reach student leaders in fraternities, sororities, and athletics with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. It is said, “If you can reach the campus, you can reach the world!”

Family: Children, Micah, Molly, and Madelynn

Ben and Rachael HeileBen and Rachael Heile

Ben is the lead pastor at Hope Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Heile’s joined the church planting team in May of 2014 SLC, and the surrounding areas, are heavily influenced by Mormonism and are almost completely without an evangelical presence. By God’s grace, Hope Church will be a place that works to push back this incredible darkness.

Family: Children, Caroline, Catherine, and Grace

Pastor JJPastor JJ Kalanzi

Pastor John Jones (JJ) Kalanzi has faithfully ministered to street children in the community of Masaka, Uganda, served at the local church, and planted a church in Mbira, also in southern Uganda. The community has supported this work, and the membership at Mbira Baptist Church has surged to 150 and growing. The community now includes 4 children’s homes and a school that also serves children in neighboring villages. Pastor JJ, his wife, Harriet, and their children partner with the Applegate and Telman families in their ministries.

Gary JenningsGary Jennings

Gary is the founder and director of Global Cities Project with the purpose to ignite disciple-making movements in mega cities across North America and around the world. Global Cities Project is a ministry of Final Command Ministries in Murfreesboro, TN. Gary speaks to hundreds of church leaders every year equipping them to make a difference in the world through of evangelism, discipleship, student and collegiate ministry, Sunday School/small groups, leadership and worship. Gary is a frequent worship leader in conferences, revivals, retreats, and churches, and has led and/or participated in several international mission trips including China, Thailand, Mexico, England, Kazakhstan and Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Family: Wife, Jean. Children, Lisa, Amy and Douglass, Bo, John David and Kaytlyn. Grandchildren, Ellie, Karlie, Cara, and Harper.

Natalie LeMarbreNatalie LeMarbre

The LeMarbre family currently lives in Brentwood, TN, serving with Cru at Vanderbilt University. Natalie and Eric previously worked with Cru for 10 years at UNC Chapel Hill and University of Georgia. Now, Natalie serves independently here in Nashville, while Eric has entered back into corporate America. Natalie’s ministry largely encompasses evangelism and discipleship at Vanderbilt. Specifically, she leads bible studies, disciples students, helps lead large group outreaches on campus, organizes retreats and events, and connects with a staff team weekly. Their goal is to share the love of Christ with as many people as possible!

Family: Her husband, Eric, and children, Anna and Caleb

Brent and Amy McClureBrent and Amy McClure

Brent and Amy have been members of Long Hollow since 2006. Recently, they began serving as a CARES Team with Apartment Life, a non-profit organization motivated by the belief that every individual is created for community. Apartment Life sends CARES Teams to live onsite in apartment communities and live out God’s calling to love their neighbors through practical intentional and everyday ways. The McClures are excited for the opportunity to help build an engaged and connected community through developing genuine relationships.

Mike MorrisMike Morris

Mike has been a member of Long Hollow since 2004. He currently serves as a deacon, and leads a couple youth small groups. God has been developing a heart for orphans and widows in Mike through a series of personal losses and experiences over the past years. After losing 3 of his 5 sisters in 2009, Mike got connected with the GriefShare Ministry. There God developed his heart for widows. After going to Haiti in 2011 to work with orphans, Mike began to sense God calling him to minister to orphans and widows. In 2012, Mike connected with 127 Worldwide, an advocacy organization that works with partners in impoverished countries, seeking to connect individuals, churches, and other organizations with the needs of the orphan and widow. Mike currently works as the Director of Development for 127 Worldwide and leads their teams to Haiti.

Family: Wife, Joy. Children, Ryan, Austin, and Annabelle

Courtney RiveraCourtney Rivera

In January 2014, Courtney joined the staff of Mission Discovery in Gallatin, TN as a project coordinator. Never in her wildest dreams did she think she would become a full-time missionary, but now she would not want it any other way. Mission Discovery specializes in short-term trips all over the world. They partner with local churches and ministries at each destination in order to support them and serve through construction, medical aid, and community outreach.

sanderfers Kody and Jennifer Sanderfer

Early in their marriage, God placed a burden on Kody and Jennifers’ hearts for missions. After many years of God refining that call and Kody pursing additional medical education, God opened a door for the Sanderfers to serve as community health workers in West Africa. In this role, they will engage in medical outreach and evangelism with a SIM Missionary Team in Senegal to respond to the great physical and spiritual needs of their community.

Family: Children, Kaia, Kamryn, and Micah

dony_and_sharonDony and Sharon St. Germain

Dony serves as President of the organization El Shaddai Ministries International, specifically serving the Haitian population. ESMI works toward a four-part mission: planting churches and training leaders, educating the Haitian people, providing mercy ministry, and empowering business leaders. Long Hollow partners with them by sending multiple teams to Haiti each year with the purpose of ministering to one of their many orphanages, their local pastors, and the surrounding community.

telmansJim and Michelle Telman

Jim and Michelle Telman are missionaries in Mbira, Uganda through an organization called Global Faith Mission Agency. They helped begin and currently run the Mbira Bible College, assisting a local Pastor, JJ Kalanzi, and a fellow missionary, Tony Applegate.

Family: Children, Emily, Amanda, Jocelyn, Alexandria, JT, John, and Peter

Moise VavalMoise Vaval

Pastor Moise founded Source de la Grace Church in Port Au Prince, Haiti in 2010. This church is located in the middle of the slums just outside of the city. Today, the church includes children’s homes, a school, and several hundred active members. In 2014, Pastor Moise was called to plant a church in New York City. Through partnering with the North American Mission Board, he is currently living in NYC gathering leaders and partners to minister alongside him in this endeavor.

Family: His wife, Francois

jeff_and_nancyJeff and Nancy

Jeff, Nancy and their family have been living in Southeast Asia since 2011. They’ve opened an education center, which focuses on providing communication opportunities for the deaf through regional sign language training. The center employs only national deaf and hearing staff with the goal of empowering the nationals to meet the needs of their people. In a country where people with “disabilities” are often viewed as less-than, Jeff and Nancy hope to raise the standard of deaf education while sharing the message that each deaf person has been created with purpose and value.

Family: Children, Cooper, Eliza, and Noah

How can I partner with our missionaries?

There are many missionaries who leave the field each year due to a variety of reasons: finances, restrictions, spiritual attack, loneliness…the list could continue. As a church, we want our missionaries to be sent well, but more importantly, to complete their assignment unhindered. We are inviting you as an individual, couple, family, or small group to partner with a missionary above – to bless them through support and encouragement.

Here are some ways to become a partner:

1. Prayer – Diligently commit to lift up a missionary to the Lord. It is through prayer that people can continue in their mission.

2. Encouragement – The mission field can be lonely and very susceptible to spiritual attack. Take some time to email, call, or send a note to a missionary to let them know you appreciate them and that you pray for them.

3. Care Packages – Some missionaries are not afforded the luxuries of America or the westernized world. Research a missionary’s location and interests, grab some friends, and compile a care package that would make them feel known and loved.

4. Financial – It is through many financial partners that a missionary is able to devote their full attention to their ministry. If you feel led, a one-time or continual financial donation will be most generous.

5. Visit – Our missions department offers a variety of short-term trips to some of these locations each year. Consider taking a step of faith and joining a team! If you’re interested in experiencing ministry with a missionary above, please contact us to see if that is possible and how to move forward.

If you have questions or are interested in partnering with a missionary, our missions team will be happy to connect with you and give you more information. Please email Chrissy at christina.toth@longhollow.com.