Serving in Papua New Guinea at Goroka Baptist Bible College

Melson 2019

Pat and Kellis serve in Papua New Guinea with the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism. They help churches train workers for the Gospel ministry at Goroka Baptist Bible College (GBBC).  Pat makes 3 teaching and ministry trips per year to the college where he served as the Headmaster (director) for many years. When not preparing for trips, they assist with projects and resource development, as well as strengthening partnerships between Papua New Guinean and USA churches.  GBBC 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 440 graduates are serving the Lord, and we are expanding the programs, staff, and facilities to continue training leaders for the growing church of Papua New Guinea.  Pat and Kellis currently reside in Yuma, AZ to help care for aging parents.

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 in 1983. They received further training at Northwest Baptist Seminary in Tacoma, Washington (now a part of Corban University). 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 need more workers, those willing to carry the Gospel to Papua New Guinea, and to help and partner with the growing church! Will you help us?

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