Meet Jon Williamson
Almost every day, Jon walks the Oregon State University campus. The same campus he stepped on as a freshman years ago, not knowing that a series of God interventions in his life would lead him to pioneer a ministry to students just like him. As a partner, you’re a part of his story and every story of the students he reaches.
The 700 Club recently featured one of your Every Nation Campus missionaries for her powerful testimony. After six years of producing student leaders, and campus missionaries, in Middle Tennessee, Heather Heck has now answered the call to go to Hawaii to strengthen youth and college ministry there.
The gospel will always be worth giving everything else up for. Jesus himself makes up for every sacrifice. This was the heart behind the call that I answered years ago, and it is what propels me forward. I know that there are students who desperately need the hope of Jesus in Honolulu. This is why we are going. Seeing students transformed by the gospel will always be worth it!
Thank you for sacrificing financially to help send us. I believe that you will receive many times over what you have sown in return.
Several years ago, Heather’s life looked drastically different. Addicted to drugs and carrying the pain of rejection by her father, this single mother was suddenly facing jail time for a DUI car crash that took two people’s lives. Heather was crushed by their deaths, believing she didn’t deserve to live. But Heather’s mom brought her to church, where, as Heather says, she “finally heard the gospel for the first time with my heart . . . it was as if finally, I got it. That God loved me with this unending, never failing, all-consuming love.” She repented, got baptized, and was discipled regularly by a woman in church for a year up until her case went to trial. She pled guilty and served a year in a maximum security prison.
Heather’s call to ministry already began to flourish in the prison. She started a Bible study that grew up to thirty women, each of them eventually giving their lives to Christ. That deep calling to see others know Christ’s love led her right back to her campus: this time, not as a drug-addicted student, but as a campus missionary intending to transform Tennessee State University.
Over the course of her six years in ministry there, Heather trained up both student and campus missionary leaders while raising her precious son. One of those new campus missionaries is Sierra Rozar. Heather met Sierra her freshman year at TSU and saw her go off to law school in Memphis. She started several Bible studies and raised up student leaders in law school. Recognizing the same call to ministry pressing on her that pressed on Heather, she went through the Every Nation Campus training process and is on her way to being a full-time campus missionary.
As for Heather, she’s continuing on God’s exciting and unpredictable journey for her life. Heather has already been sending reports of the work going on in Honolulu, Hawaii:
We are beginning to gather some real momentum, and God has been opening some unexpected doors. We have launched two small bible studies at Honolulu Community College and Kapi’olani Community College and will be launching a third bible study next week at Hawaii Pacific University with the girl’s volleyball team. I have an open door with the coach there. Please be praying as I am meeting with him about a character-coaching opportunity that will allow us to continue to build relationships on the team.
The Heather of the past is a testament of God’s great plan for those even in the darkest places—a plan that changes the lives of countless others. We thank God for how he’s intervened in Heather’s life, and for how he continues calling her into greater ways to impact the next generation.
Thank you, for partnering with passionate missionaries like Heather and investing in God’s kingdom in every nation and every campus.
We believe the most healthy campus ministries are sustained through a church base. The North American Initiative (NAI) exists to help Every Nation churches get established near influential campuses in the United States. And one of our measuring factors of an Every Nation church’s success is its ability to send out more leaders to reach new campuses and plant new churches in unreached cities. The director of the Every Nation church-planting program, David Houston, examines one Every Nation church in Virginia, which has started over six new church plants in North America and internationally. Our NAI partners have made these many plants possible!
Director, Every Nation Church Planting
Brett Fuller is the senior pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia—a suburb of Washington, D.C. Grace Covenant is a church of about 2,300 members with Every Nation Campus chapters at George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College.
I’ve known Pastor Brett for over thirty years, and you’ll never meet a more methodical leader. He’s meticulous about everything he does, including making disciples, training leaders, and laying solid foundations in his church. Pastor Brett has brought that approach to the Every Nation mission—to honor God by establishing Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.
In the last five years, multiple Every Nation churches and campus ministries have been planted out of Grace Covenant–Chantilly, with several more on the way. The first was in 1999, Grace Covenant–Washington D.C. led by Pastor Donnell Jones and his wife, Marianne. Today, the membership is over 400. In 2015, the Grace Covenant Church sent Dihan and Julie Lee to Culver City, California, to plant Renew Church in Los Angeles. Two years ago, Pastor Donnell and his team sent Darryl and JoAnn Morrison to establish Valley Gate Church, a third-generation Every Nation church three miles from Arizona State University. Three years ago, David and Megan Hermes were sent to establish a satellite congregation less than an hour away in Sterling, Virginia, that now has a membership of over 300. This is a kind of advanced training for David and Megan. They plan to go through the Every Nation church-planting program (ABC3) next year with the intention of plant a church in Denver, Colorado. Shawn and Danell Perkins were at the last Assessment Center. Later this year, they’ll be moving to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where Danell will become the lead pastor of the church plant.
Pastor Brett is always looking for new and more effective ways to plant churches and empower next-generation leaders. He’s accomplishing both at the same time by establishing multi-ethnic congregation within the Grace Covenant–Chantilly facilities. Victor Godoy leads the Spanish-speaking congregation, and Joon Oh is the pastor of the Korean congregation, attended by over 150 members. Both Victor and Joon are in Pastor Brett’s leadership training circles and in the queue to plant Every Nation churches in the near future.
Pastor Brett never gets in a hurry, but he’s never without a crystal clear vision of where he’s going. He’s never been about numbers or how quickly we can plant or grow churches. Brett is all about building solid foundations and empowering well-prepared leaders. All of these Every Nation leaders from Grace Covenant–Chantilly have (or will) come through the Every Nation Assessment Center and Church-Planting Bootcamp (Every Nation’s training program to help new church-planters launch healthy church plants).
From facility costs, permits, and staff salaries, launching a new church takes the joined faith of both partners and planters. While church planters gain their own financial partners to support their calling, the funding made possible by our North American Initiative partners enables God’s vision for these cities to get off the ground with a strong foundation. Thank you for partnering with us as we believe for every key city in the US and Canada to be reached with the gospel.
Your partnership changes lives.
Thank you for being a world changer and helping Every Nation establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.