Paul and Clare have been serving in medical missions with SIM for 30 years. They first worked in Ethiopia, in a Christian mission hospital and shaping young leaders for community health. In the mid 90’s they spent time in Nepal, until forced to return to the USA for medical treatment. At that point, Paul worked with SIM International consulting for ministries to human needs. With others, he helped start SIM’s multi-country Hope for AIDS program. They returned to Asia in 2004, consulting for HIV/AIDS and missionary health. Clare is a physician’s assistant and has found her niche in recent years as a counselor. They returned to the USA in 2013 to continue to work in health ministries and member care with SIM.
Him We Proclaim to the World
Our Passion for Missions
Cross Park doesn’t exist simply for our own good—God has called us to show and tell Jesus’ love to South Charlotte and to the world. We have several partnerships that allow us to carry out Christ's call to local and worldwide missions. In South Charlotte, we partner with the Sharon Lakes community to host a weekly Bible camp for children. Internationally, we partner with El Shaddai Ministries to support the spread of the gospel in Haiti. Our sister church reaches the community in BonBon, Haiti, where we send teams each year on short-term trips. We also partner with an organization in East Asia, where we also send teams each year.
We also believe that God has placed us in Charlotte to be a church that sends people out, into their workplaces, schools, and neighborhoods. Additionally, we formally train and send people out as pastors, missionaries, and counselors, and into other full-time ministry jobs. Because of this, we believe in continuing to support these missionaries as they pursue the work that God has called them to do.
Get to Know Our Missionaries
Some names and pictures are kept private to protect those working in areas where Christianity is persecuted.
Dony St. Germain
Dony St Germain and his wife Sharon, along with his brother Louis are key church planting movement leaders in the island country of Haiti. Dony is the liason and representative to the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) for Haiti.
Cross Park's Partnership with ESMI
Cross Park has partnered with Dony since 2011. In addition to monthly support, CPC has sent 1-2 short term trips per year to Jeremie, Haiti. Our focus is on outreach medical clinics and children's ministry in the remote rural village of BonBon, and teaching in the seminary and University in Jeremie. The church at BonBon was established in 2011 like Cross Park. Through medical clinics that ESMI has done in that church, the church at Bon Bon has been able to plant 5 more "preaching points," or places of worship without a building, in the remote hillside of that region. We have also partnered with the University that ESMI has started in Jeremie by sending doctors and pastors to teach on needed topics in the school of nursing and at the seminary.
The eye of the hurricane passed directly over Jeremie, Haiti in October of 2016 destroying so much of this city and devastating the surrounding rural areas. The village of BonBon was leveled, crops destroyed, and many lives were lost. Cross Park Church is helping ESMI with the massive rebuilding efforts. Most notably, Cross Park desires to rebuild the simple church in BonBon that serves as a place of worship, a primary school, the site of medical clinics, and the community center.
ESMI's philosophy is developed around a holistic approach to ministering to the people of Haiti. It is based on the 4 "E's":
- Evangelism — meeting spiritual needs through focus on Christ
- Empathy — meeting physical needs
- Economics — empowerment to be self-sustaining
- Education — equipping for church and civic leadership
- 60+ churches planted in Haiti
- 29 schools with over 6,000 students
- 10 children homes with 1,400 children
- 5 medical clinics
- Vocational training for older children
- Computer labs for IT training
- Seminary in Les Cayes and a new seminary in Jeremie.
Matt and Callie Bostrom
Coram Deo Church
Matt and Callie Bostrom recently moved to Spokane, Washington, where Matt accepted the call to be Assistant Pastor of Coram Deo, a PCA church plant. Matt has enjoyed teaching Sunday School, preaching monthly, and leading in the worship service. As their primary focus is campus ministry, they have loved building relationships with students in the church, through dinner nights, small groups, one-on-one discipleship, and lots of cups of coffee! 🙂 God is at work in Spokane, and it is exciting to see hearts and minds tuned to see the beauties of the gospel of Christ!
SIM and Cornerstone Counseling Foundation
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Haley serves as a clinical counselor at Cornerstone Counseling Foundation, whose mission is to provide healing and hope for Christian workers in Thailand and throughout Asia. Haley’s ministry experience includes seven years of college campus ministry with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), followed by graduate studies in Christian Counseling at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte.
Sports Chaplains Network
Ken is a long-time friend of Cross Park and a member of our Presbytery, where he served as chairman of the Church Planting Committee for many years. Currently, he is the Vice President of the Sports Outreach Group and director of training for the Sports Chaplains Network. SCN’s goal is to raise the level of Sports Chaplaincy around the world. As a part of this ministry, Ken serves as the Team Chaplain for both the women’s basketball team at UNCC and the men’s team at Queens. One of the best decisions of his life was marrying Lynn 33 years ago. They enjoy parenting 5 grown children and spoiling 2 grandchildren.
Chris and Sara Jane Horne
Reformed University Fellowship
Appalachian State University
The Horne family serve with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at Appalachian State University. Chris is from Byron, GA and came to faith through the ministry of RUF at Georgia Southern University. After college, Chris met Sara Jane, a Pennsylvania girl, at the Savannah College of Art & Design, where he was interning for RUF and she was studying textile design. After seminary (and a few detours), the Hornes, now joined by daughters Georgia, Bonnie, and Rosemary, came up the mountain to beautiful Boone, NC. They love doing life and ministry as a family with App State students.
Bob and Karen Ihrig
Bob and Karen are Guest House Managers with SIM USA's Hospitality Ministry. The two served in South Sudan for two and a half years, where Bob provided pastoral care for missionaries and trained local pastors, and Karen (a Certified Medical Assistant) helped train Sudanese medical staff, and enjoyed providing care in the Children's Nutrition Village for severely ill and malnourished children. They are now thankful to arrange lodging and transportation service for new and seasoned SIM missionaries who are visiting the Charlotte headquarters for training or other events. The couple is thankful to provide for the rest and nourishment of these missionaries as they seek to support them through their hospitality ministry.
Bruce and Mary Johnson
Bruce and Mary Johnson serve with SIM, a global mission. Bruce is president of SIM USA, which has its headquarters and global mission center in Charlotte. SIM has over 4,000 workers serving in 65 countries. Bruce and Mary have been involved in ministry for about 40 years – with Campus Crusade, Arrow Leadership Program, Asian Access, and now SIM.
L.J. is part of a team that is introducing the good news of Jesus to an unreached people group, where right now, there are very few Christians (if any). One reason for this is that many of them do not speak the major language in their country. L.’s team is translating the Bible into the language of this people group so that they can listen to and read the Bible in their own language. L. is studying language full-time in a large city and connecting with local friends as he shares the hope he has in Christ. His teammates are starting a business in a rural part of the country where they hope to help the community and build relationships towards gospel conversations.
Heath and Jane McLaughen
Reformed University Fellowship
Heath is originally from Chattanooga, TN, where he graduated from the McCallie school. He attended Furman University, where he met his lovely wife Jane. Heath served at Downtown Presbyterian Church in Greenville South Carolina while completing his M.Div. at RTS Charlotte. Heath and Jane's daughter, Mary Ladson, is full of energy and keeps them constantly on their toes. Their newest addition Henry is as calm and laid back as a child could be.
T. and B.M.
T. and B. have served with Cru for 9 years, stateside and abroad. They currently serve in the Charlotte Metro area, with a focus on UNC-Charlotte and Catawba College. Cru's mission is to Win lost students to Christ, to Build them up in their faith, and to Send them out as Christ-centered laborers. Evangelism and discipleship are the heartbeat of their ministry. The Charlotte team is committed to praying for and sending students to East Asia to further the gospel there as well, and T. and B. enjoy playing an intricate role in serving this country. They currently have one son and one daughter.
Curtis and Marisa S.
Curtis is from Alabama, and Marisa is from Georgia. They came to RTS Charlotte thinking that they would pursue ministry in the local church, but they quickly independently felt called to foreign missions. Marisa listened to missionary biographies and thought, "It will be hilarious if the Lord calls us to missions." Curtis felt the burden of millions dying without even knowing who Jesus is, much less the Gospel, through his classes. They minister to college students on a church planting missions team in Southeast Asia. "What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops." - Matthew 10:27
Tracey and Suzanne West
Tracey is originally from Savannah, Georgia. He did his undergraduate studies at Georgia Southern University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. At Georgia Southern, he met his wife, Suzanne, in Reformed University Fellowship. They got married in 2011. After spending a year and a half in Augusta, GA, they moved to Charlotte, NC in 2012, where Tracey attended Reformed Theological Seminary and Suzanne worked with Novant Health as a nurse.