Serving in Papua New Guinea at Goroka Baptist Bible College
Pat and Kellis serve in Papua New Guinea with the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism and are in their fourth (4 year) term of service. Their main ministry is assisting churches through a teaching and discipling ministry at Goroka Baptist Bible College (GBBC). Pat serves as the Headmaster (director) of the college, which exists to “Help churches train workers for the Gospel ministry.” The school offers various 2-4 year courses of study in both English and Melanesian Pidgin, and an advanced Bachelors program as well. Over 70% of the school's 408 graduates are serving the Lord, and we are in process of expanding the programs, staff, and facilities to enable future training of leaders for the growing church of Papua New Guinea.
Pat grew up in Sacramento, California, and was saved as a young teenager through the ministry of an AWANA club. Kellis was raised in Redmond, Washington and was saved as a young girl, partially through the ministry of Christian neighbors. They met in Salem, Oregon, at Western Baptist College, now known as Corban University. They were married on the same day Pat graduated, June 4, 1983. They received further training at Northwest Baptist Seminary in Tacoma, Washington. While in seminary they were challenged by a missionary to consider the needs of the mission field, and the commands to make disciples of all nations. “There are many who can go but DON’T, shouldn’t you see if the Lord wants YOU to go?” They were appointed as missionaries in 1990 and arrived in Papua New Guinea in 1995. They have five daughters: Beka (and Adam Frank), Rachel, Naomi (and Ben Fennell), Lydia, and Abi.
We returned stateside for a medical furlough in the summer of 2012 for more reconstructive surgery for Abi, for her ongoing assessment, and for some other unexpected medical needs. In 2013, 2014, and 2015 we went to PNG to teach classes at the Bible college and assist our team, and are reporting on God's work in Papua New Guinea. An exciting blessing is the expansion of the Bible College, in which we are heavily involved while stateside. We need more workers, those willing to come serve and help the growing church in Papua New Guinea! We look forward to returning to Papua New Guinea for our fifth term of service.