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.
Short Term Trip to Haiti 2017
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.
An Overview of ESMI
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.
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.
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.
Luke & Denise Johnson
Denise and Luke (along with their mission organization, SIM) are convinced that no one should live and die without hearing God’s good news. By God’s grace, they want to help make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in communities where He is least known. They live in Chiang Mai, Thailand and serve on the leadership team of SIM Thailand. The SIM Thailand team’s mission is “[To see] the unreached of Thailand authentically respond to the gospel and be discipled into biblically-based, community-transforming churches that engage in mission. Our mission is to make disciples where He is not yet known.” It is likely that up to 99% of Thai people have never heard the Gospel clearly even once. Many communities have no churches.
Luke has been a member of Cross Park Church since it was planted. He has been with SIM since 2009 and lived in Asia since 2015. There, he met Denise, also a missionary, and they were married in 2017. They have a daughter named Leigh and a son named Gerald. In 2019, they made the difficult decision to leave the country in which they were serving because of persecution. In consultation with Cross Park Church, they decided to move to Thailand to continue to minister among unreached people.
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.