Our Missionary Families

First Baptist Church is a strong supporter of missionaries both in Canada and internationally. Keep reading to get to know some of our missionary families.

Earl and Kathy Cooper
Serving with: ABWE Canada (Across Borders for World Evangelism)
Serving in: Canada/Africa

The Coopers spent 25 years in pastoral ministry in Ontario before the Lord called Earl to serve with ABWE as International Professor of Theology. Their focus is on training national pastors in West Africa. In this role, Earl does extensive traveling in Ghana, Togo, Benin and Cameroon, spending time in Bible Colleges and Institutes sharing the riches of the Word of God with pastors and students so that they can share those riches with others.

Daryl Dash
Serving with: FEB Central (The Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada)
Serving in: Toronto

Darryl, along with his wife, Charlene, is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. Liberty Village is Torontoʼs fastest growing community and has had no evangelical church up until the present. The church began with a launch group of 20, many of whom now live in the Village, which is within rock-throwing distance of the CN Tower. They have intentionally joined community groups and and started new groups in order to meet people and build relationships, which will eventually provide a platform for the Gospel.

Learn more about Darryl on his blog here.

Chris and Karyn Ball
Serving with: MAF Canada (Mission Aviation Fellowship)
Serving in: Africa

Chris and Karyn are PKs (Preachersʼ Kids). Divinely orchestrated circumstances brought them to Timmins where Chris worked as a pilot and Karyn taught school. Both attended First Baptist Church and became an important part of the church community. Both Chris and Karyn felt a strong call to service overseas and applied for service with MAF, where Chris could put his piloting skills to good use in the service of Godʼs kingdom. In early 2014, they left for South Sudan with their young son.

Learn more about Chris and Karyn here.

Rob and Kathryn Fleming
Serving with: Fellowship International (The Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada)
Serving in: Japan

Rob and Kathryn are natives of Timmins. Kathryn grew up in First Baptist Church where her parents were members. Robʼs father was a high school teacher and Kathrynʼs father an O.P.P officer. The Flemings have served in Japan since 1994 as church planters. One of the significant ministries they have begun is designed for youth. OASIS has provided for Kathryn and Rob some open doors to young people, and to their parents. The devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011 also created opportunities not only to help people physically and materially but also to minister to them spiritually and to provide the comfort and encouragement that only God can give when life falls apart.

Learn more about Rob and Kathryn here.

Dianne Friesen
Serving with: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Serving in: Nova Scotia

Dianne works with the Mi'kmaq people on Cape Breton Island. Her task is to translate the Scriptures and other resources into the Miʼkmaq language so that this First Nation will have the Word of God in their heart language expressed in a way that they understand the best. Such projects take huge blocks of times as translations are revised, checked, revised and corrected again.

Learn more about Dianne here.

Peter and Betty Green
Serving with: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Serving in: Philippines

Peter and Betty Green met, by “divine design” in the late 90s. Peter, and his wife, Chris, had served in Mexico in translation ministry since the 70s. Betty, and her husband, Don, had served both in Quebec and Mozambique. In 1997, Don died of ALS and Chris died of cancer. Mutual friends decided that Peter and Betty should meet and the rest, as they say, is history. Peter and Betty have now been serving in translation ministry in the Philippines since 2000. The work of the translation of the Scriptures and other resources, into local dialects, is an exacting one, requiring hours of checking and rechecking to guarantee accuracy before going to print.

Learn more the Green's here.

Edwin and Helmi Karwur
Serving with: Fellowship International (The Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada)
Serving in: Indonesia

Helmi and Edwin met at the Indonesian Theological Seminary in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. In 1995 they married. Edwin pursued further education in Canada. They returned to Indonesia in 2006, where Edwin has been teaching at the same seminary he once attended and also spearheading the efforts of the students as they reach out to establish churches in communities which had never been exposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At present there are five church-planting projects underway in North Sulawesi. Edwinʼs passion for reaching people has translated into a like passion in his students.

Jon and Jill Mork
Serving with: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Serving in: Papua, New Guinea

Jill Mork is a native of Timmins and grew up in First Baptist Church where her parents were members. Jon and Jill work with Wycliffe Bible Translators in New Guinea where Jon is a pilot. He carries translators to their villages and transports mission personnel back and forth to their various assignments. He is also responsible for training new pilots and is sometimes called upon to do medical evacuation flights. Jill works in the personnel department and arranges for visas and work permits for new missionaries.

Nathan and Sarah Montgomery
Serving with: Mission Aviation Fellowship
Serving in: Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa

Sarah grew up in Forest, Ontario in a strong Christian family and was the second oldest of 6 children. She accepted Christ as Saviour at age 11 and continued to grow in her faith and understanding of Christ throughout her teens years. During this time she was able to serve for 2 weeks in Dominican Republic with a short term missions team. Through this experience and also after attending a missions conference in 1996, Sarah began to see that God was preparing her heart to serve Him, where ever He chose to place her.

Sarah loves working with children and has been actively involved in her home church in children's ministry. She is grateful that God has allowed her to be a stay at home mom and be able to serve her family in this way.

Nathan was born and raised in Forest Ontario, a small town in southwestern Ontario. While attending a missions conference at 17 years old, he felt God's call to mission work with MAF. This call helped to guide his decision to pursue a career in aircraft maintenance. Following high school, Nathan attended Centennial College, graduating in 2000 from the aircraft maintenance program. From there, Nathan started working for Air Ontario.... which later became Jazz Air in London Ontario, finishing his apprenticeship and becoming an AME. In the fall of 2011, Nathan again felt called to re-engage with MAF and began the application process. In June, 2013 Jazz closed their London base and moved the work to Halifax, NS, effectively ending his employment with Jazz. August 2000 was also the year Nathan and Sarah were married. Sarah and Nathan are proud parents to Hannah, Jasmine, Aliyah and Lauren.

Learn more about Nathan and Sarah here.

Miriam Tyers
Serving with: ABWE Canada (Across Borders for World Evangelism)
Serving in: Portugal


Miriam has many years of experience in ministry in Portugal. She specializes in work with children and youth, and is actively engaged in outreach through program such as ESL (English as a Second Language). God has opened doors of opportunity for Miriam to do ministry with students in the public education system in Portugal, as well as to train others to do this vital work of reaching youth for Christ.

Learn more about Miriam here.

Linden and Janice Viinalass
Serving with: Standfirm Ministries
Serving in: Estonia

Standfirm Ministries supports the work in Estonia through A Light in the City and A Light in the Forest. Both of those ministries deal with needs of women in crisis. A Light in the City is a pregnancy crisis center dedicated to helping expectant moms in practical ways as well as meeting their spiritual and emotional needs. A Light in the Forest is a family retreat center that has been developed through Standfirm Ministries, ministering to youth, and used as a conference facility or family retreat and campground.

Judy Wadge
Serving with: SIM Canada (Serving In Mission)
Serving in: Africa

Judy is another Timmins native and grew up in First Baptist Church. A lab technician by training, Judy spent many years as the head of the lab at the Mukinge Hospital in Zambia, Africa, before transitioning into literature ministry in that same country. She has been with SIM in Africa for over 40 years and has found her most fruitful ministry in teaching and training as she travels among the churches in Zambia, and in developing and writing resources for the growing church movement. She is also the author of Be A Winner, Principles of Spiritual Warfare, which is based on her experiences and ministry in Zambia, a nation where many are still under strong Satanic influence.


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