Missionaries We Support

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."  Matthew 28:18-20

Washington First United Methodist works with The Mission Society and other organizations to help transform the world through discipleship to Jesus Christ.  We encourage you to act in faith as God leads to partner with our missionaries in prayer, in service and with financial support.  

View the latest prayer requests by visiting the links to our missionaries.  For service inquiries, contact the church office or the missionaries.  

Financial contributions can be made through Washington First UMC.  Please make checks payable to Washington First UMC and designate the check for the missionary of your choice.

See below for information on our missionaries:  


John & Donna Bearden

Home: Waynesboro, GA
Field: Dominican Republic

Bearden Ministries Website 
Bearden Ministries Blog
To Write (letters only, no packages):
3170 Airmans Drive, 
John & Donna Bearden, Missionary Flights International
Ft. Pierce, FL 34946
John and Donna have followed Christ to take the mission road that leads to the Dominican Republic. It is there they find connectivity with God in service. Christ came to serve not to be served and He sends us into the world to live out this example. The Bearden’s partner with the Iglesia Evangélica Dominicana and the United Methodist Volunteers in Missions to live out his life in the world, to be his light in the darkness, his mercy to the needy, his justice to the downtrodden, his voice declaring he is “the way and the truth and the life.” (Duane Elmer in Cross-Cultural Servanthood)

John is a Wildlife Technician with the Wildlife Resources Division with the State of Georgia and has been employed with the Division for 21 years. John is a graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. Donna is a Neonatal Intensive Care Registered Nurse with University Hospital in Augusta. She has been a nurse for 20 years. Originally from Cochran, Georgia, she received an Associate in Science degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and a Diploma in Nursing from Georgia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing. John and Donna have two daughters, Hannah, age 20, and Mady, age 11. John and Donna are members of Waynesboro First UMC.



Steve & Suzanne Buchele

Home Base: Georgetown, TX 
Field: Accra, Ghana

E-mail: sbuchele@gmail.com




Steve and Suzanne love the Lord and feel blessed to be able to serve the beautiful people of Ghana.The son of missionary parents, Steve spent much of his childhood growing up in Ghana. In July of 2006, the Buchele family moved to Accra, Ghana when Suzanne became a Fulbright Scholar to teach at Ashesi University.  

In Ghana, Suzanne taught math and computer science at Ashesi University, and during their second year, she served as acting Academic Dean.  Steve served as a teaching pastor and Elder at Asbury Dunwell Church, led the Youth Group music program at Elim International Family Church and was an intern with The Mission Society. When the Fulbright finished, the Bucheles returned to Georgetown, Texas in the summer of 2008, to resume their former lives, but somehow God kept their heart for ministry in Africa, with the people of Ghana.   In fact, Suzanne has returned each summer to teach at Ashesi University, and each time she goes to Ghana, this calling God has place upon her heart is reaffirmed.  In the spring of 2012 they were consecrated into The Mission Society as Career Missionaries, and plan to return to Ghana in Feb-2014 where Suzanne will again teach at Ashesi University, and Steve will start a campus ministry and international church for the university community.

Suzanne holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in mathematics and a PhD in computer science. Steve earned a Bachelor’s in computer science and a Master of Divinity degree. Steve and Suzanne’s home is in Georgetown, TX. “This is a strategic time for us to influence West Africa’s next generation of leaders with the good news of the Gospel. Thank you for your prayerful and financial support.”



John & Katheryn Heinz

Home States: New Jersey and Nebraska
Field: Urban America

John and Katheryn Heinz are the directors of Center for Missional Formation in Atlanta. The CMA offers an answer to the growing tension between Christians wanting to respond to the hurting world around them and the increasing difficulty people have in effectively connecting with that world. Missional formation shapes Christians into disciples who live out their faith profoundly as they serve cross-culturally in the foreign contexts of their own communities. Living in urban Atlanta, John and Katheryn strive to develop strong relationships with their neighbors based on honesty, respect, and personal growth.

John has an M.A. from Asbury Theological Seminary, World Mission and Evangelism, with a focus on urban mission; B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.  Katheryn has a M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, with a focus on Urban Anthropology, Sociology, and Mission; B.A. in Film and Television Production.  They are both adjunct faculty at Asbury Theological Seminary  in Wymore, KY.  John and Katheryn have two precious children, four-year old son, Luke, and one-year old daughter, Vivian.



Trey & Anna Scott

Co-executive Directors Bethlehem Ministry
Home: Athens, GA
Field: Haiti

Bethlehem Ministries Website

Bethlehem Ministry began for the sole purpose of aiding Haiti’s poor. Our venture into the poverty stricken nation began a quarter century ago when we partnered with Haitian educator and visionary Rev. Jean M. Bruno to establish a series of elementary schools in some of the nation's less recognized and lesser served regions. We approach the people of Haiti in love, looking for ways to work with them to create opportunities for advancement toward a healthy, happy life. 

Trey and Anna Scott are the Co-Executive Directors of Bethlehem Ministry. The husband and wife team have been involved with the organization for the past four years, serving on the Board of Directors (Trey as Vice-President) and leading teams of volunteers to Haiti. Trey is a physical therapist, certified athletic trainer, and Deacon at Milledge Avenue Baptist Church. His focus with the ministry has been the organization of medical missions to Bethlehem Ministry's Clinique Espérance et Vie in Haiti. Anna holds a PhD in Science Education and currently teaches Biology at Athens Academy.  In 2010 she was named Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year for the state of Georgia by the National Association of Biology Teachers. Anna also serves as Adviser to the award-winning Athens Academy Interact Club, a youth service organization affiliated with Rotary Club. Anna’s parents are Preston and Katherine Sanders of Washington. Trey and Anna live in Athens with their three young children.


Len & Betsy Phillips

Home: Monroe, GA
Field: The World

Blog: www.southernlightsblog.com

E-mail: phillipsbolivia@hotmail.com

Len and Betsy Phillips serve with The Global Resource Team of The Mission Society, through a Special Assignment under World Gospel Mission. The Global Resource Team consists of consultants with experience/expertise in diverse areas who advance the Kingdom by providing support and resources to mission endeavors globally. Such support includes providing a link between field missionaries to personnel, technology, resources and funding that will allow the missionaries to reach their goals in ministry, as well as to assist in developing short-term teams for appropriate assistance when needed.

The current capabilities of the GRT include the areas of agriculture, water supply/treatment and sanitation, health and medical, Community Health Evangelism, business and commerce, oral inductive Bible storying, education, women’s ministries and children-at-risk ministries. GRT members are available to collaborate with other agencies/missions/churches in order to enable transformation by providing specialized consulting to help Kingdom workers address local needs.

Len and Betsy Phillips focus their efforts with the GRT in the area of education. With twenty years of experience in educational ministries in Latin America, their desire is to encourage and assist field missionaries in theological education, international Christian school education, and homeschool endeavors. Currently living in Monroe and working part-time in Christian education as well as pursuing further graduate studies, the Phillips are available for consultation, networking, and traveling internationally to offer requested seminars/courses and to lead teams of individuals who can offer expertise and support in specific areas of education.


Special Thanks to the Mission Society for helping us to
be on Mission with God!