Brother Raul Alvear Jr. was born August 18th, 1974 in São José do Rio Pardo in São Paulo, Brazil. He is the son of missionaries Raul and Janice Alvear. Sister Janice Alvear came to Brazil in 1968 when she was 18 years old. Brother Alvear's father is from Chile. Elder Alvear's parents became missionaries to Brazil after receiving the revelation of the Oneness through the ministry of American missionaries when he was 12 years old.
Brother Raul Alvear Jr. received the Holy Ghost when he was four years old. He was baptized in Jesus name when he was five. At the age of eight, Brother Raul Alvear Jr. felt the call on his life to preach the Word of God. When he was 14, Brother Alvear told his parents that God wanted him to pastor in Campinas. He went back to an old house his parents had previously used for a bible school and started the Work of God. He began with just a small bible school and three faithful members, now there is a beautiful church built beside the old house.
On April 26th, 2003 Brother Alvear Jr. married his wife Michele. Two years later Julia was born March 2nd, 2005. In the midst of all the work that needs to be done in Brazil, the Alvear's have raised a wonderful daughter. It's been over 20 years that Brother Alvear has been the pastor in Campinas. He has 15 daughter-works.
A few years ago Brazil was split into 8 districts, and Brother Alvear was appointed to be overseer of the southern district which contains about 200 churches. In total Brazil has around 300 works, 400 ministers, and 10,000 members. There are established works in 11 of the 26 states and preaching points and contacts in four other states. Brother Alvear continues passionately in the faith because he believes in the cause of Christ. His vision for Brazil is great but God is God of the impossible.
Brother Joseph Conroy was born and raised in an Irish Catholic Family in Chicago,Illinois. As a teenager he moved to California with his family to the city of Fresno. A visit from an elderly Jehovahs Witness woman led him to pick up a Bible and begin to read it for the very first time. The Apostles Doctrine and Experience that he read about stirred him deeply. But "did anyone still HAVE that today?" he wondered. As the next few years went by Brother Conroys hunger for the True Experience of Pentecost grew and intensified until finally in March of 1972 God sent a young man to invite him to a Pentecostal Service at Truth Tabernacle then pastored by Brother Murray Layne and pastored today by Brother Vaughn Morton. From the very first service Brother Conroy knew "THIS IS THAT!" It was only a matter of a few services until Brother Conroy experienced his own Pentecost.
Over the next few years Brother Conroy dug deep into the Word of God with the input of many great Bible Teachers of the times. His ministry began with puppet shows, Teaching the Beginners Sunday School Class, then graduated to Search for Truth Home Bible Studies. Early in the 1980's Brother Conroy received his calling to go to the Middle East as a missionary. In 1987 he went to the land of Syria where he was met with wonderful and immediate success. The work that began in Aleppo, Syria grew as Brother Conroy and others from his first work in Syria evangelized from Istanbul, Turkey to Amman. Jordan. Today over twenty years later the fruit of Brother Conroys ministry is spread around the globe. Souls that have come to New Testament Salvation from this missionary outreach today are in many nations including Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Zimbabwe, The Netherlands, Malta, Denmark, Sweden, Canada , The United States and now Germany where for the last several years Brother Conroy has been labouring to establish a solid Jesus Name Apostolic Outreach for men women and young people of ALL nationalities. At the church in Augsburg he currently has represented in his fledgling congregation men and women from such diverse ethnic backgrounds as Portugal, Germany, Aramiac people, Puerto Rico, America as well as several African tribes represented including Yoruba, Ibo and Edu.
His vision is to establish a network of Apostolic Churches in Europe that can stand free from politics and intrigue and rather proclaim the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ so freely revealed in Act's 2:38. Hopefully some day the Apostolic Message will be preached as widely in Europe as it has been in North America for the last one hundred years! Brother Conroy is doing his best to help make that a reality.
Brother Robert Traylor was born February 3, 1971 in Russllville, AK, to Dwight and Linda Traylor, a family with deep Pentecostal roots. He was raised in the apostolic faith during his early childhood; however, tragic events caused his family to lose faith and backslide. But God had a plan, and he called Bro Traylor out and saved him out of his darkness. Brother Traylor's parents also returned to God, and today attend an apostolic church in Bebee, AK.
About 3 years after coming back to God, the Traylor family spent four months in Russia in the work of God. It was then that Robert met his wife, Yulia. Sister Yulia was in apostolic church, and she helped the Traylor family with their stay in Saint Petersburg. Robert and Yulia were married in Russia December 5, 2004. Brother Robert Traylor ended up staying in Russia for eighteen months, and during this time, God placed profound love and desire for that nation in his heart, and that changed his life. In 2006 he returned to the United States with his wife, and they helped their local ministry in a variety of areas. Over the next five years, the Traylors had three children: Mary, Nickolai and Dianna.
With God's blessing, they built a new home. But on the first night in their new home, God awakened Sister Yulia and told her that they would not be staying there very long. Right then they felt that Jesus had a different direction for their life. Shortly afterward, they accepted the call of God to move back to Russia. Their new work is in the Saint-Petersburg region called Red Village. They have already established several connections in the government, business, law, and religious areas that they believe may be helpful in developing the work of the Lord in that region.
Missionary Tim Joiner was born in 1965, in the state of Louisiana. He was blessed to be raised in an Apostolic home. His parents were home missionaries, who established a number of churches for the Kingdom of God. Bro. Joiner was no stranger to church work and in his early teens he began preaching and helping his father in the local church.
In 1983, Bro. Joiner married a young lady, Brigette Croy, who was a member of his father's church. They were blessed to have two children, Mark and Haley. The Joiner family spent many years evangelizing all over the USA. In the year of 1998, Bro. and Sis. Joiner made a trip to Belize, traveling around just seeing the country. After returning to the states, God began to deal with his heart about Belize. Bro. Joiner tried running from the call to the foreign field until God got his attention and he committed himself to the call.
On January 8th, 2001, the Joiner Family loaded up a 1984 church van and a 12-foot trailer, and headed to Belize, via Mexico. The January night they left, it was raining and sleeting terribly. After many days of traveling, in spite of breakdowns and problems with the Mexican authorities, they made it to Belize.
The Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Belize was established and a church was begun in the living room of a home owned by a woman who had family in the church of Pastor A.L. Lyle, in Jeanerette, La. They quickly outgrew the living room and a church was built out of poles, cut down from the jungle, covered with plastic tarps. They worshipped under this structure on sawdust floors, for almost two years. God blessed them to purchase a piece of property in a wonderful location, in the center of the village of Guinea Grass. Today, a beautiful church, school, home, and dormitories sit on this piece of land.
If you were to visit the Joiner family and the work of God in Belize, you will find a revival church full of Apostolic folks, a tremendous Christian school, with a godly youth group. If you have time, there are five other established churches that you may possibly get to visit while there.
Marc Schreckhise was born in Honduras in 1977 to Dan and Judy Schreckhise and raised there as a missionaries son. It was at an early age that God began to put a love for this country in his heart. As he grew up watching his Father work tirelessly for the Lord in this mission field, something in him began to grow. Looking back, it was easy to see that God was growing a burden in his heart for the country of his birth.
On December 20th 2003, Marc was married to his wonderful wife Lori. Lori was born into a home missionary family that has a love for the work of God. It was at an early age before they met that God began to deal with Lori about the mission field. God spoke to her and told her she would be involved with reaching many countries in Central America . How God works!
It was recently that God began to deal with both Marc and Lori about returning to Honduras as missionaries. One night while going over his childhood pictures of Honduras , God began to stir that calling in their hearts. Late that night as they were praying for direction, God began to direct them to Honduras . An overwhelming peace settled over them as they began to weep in the presence of the Lord. There was no doubt! They were headed Honduras .Marc and Lori are now on location in Siguatepeque, Honduras and is also working in Guatemala. Pray that God will bless the efforts of this Honduran born native who has finally answered the call to "come home."
Brother Ryan Thompson was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana in a Pentecostal home. Bro. Thompson went to Brazil when his father, an Apostolic pastor, was invited to preach a conference there in 1996. He was eighteen years old. It was that year that he was called to preach. He worked under the leadership of Brother Raul Alvear Jr., helping in many areas while in South Brazil with Bro. Alvear. He worked with the youth and helped take care of a church.
Bro. Thompson met and married Sis. Meide, a wonderful young lady who is a native Brazilian. They were married on the 23rd of August 1998. Shortly after their marriage they felt the confirmation of the Lord and with the blessings of Brother Alvear Sr., went to the northern city of Arapiraca. They arrived there in January 1999 and assumed a small work with seven members. That same year they built their first daughter work and began to reach out to other interior cities. Ten years later they have a total of ten works including preaching points. Currently, their headquarters church runs about 120 and altogether they have about 400 people. They have seen hundreds of people baptized in North Brazil and have seen miracles, signs and wonders.
The Lord blessed the Thompsons with a little boy, Logan Lee Thompson on November 18, 2003. Another blessing, a daughter, Nathalee Lorena Thompson was born December 27, 2008. Brother Thompson had long had a dream to build a Bible School and training center, and in May, 2006, they were able to purchase over 12 acres of land for this purpose. They are in the process of working on this project even now. His vision is to reach areas in Northeast Brazil that are untouched with the wonderful gospel message that we know. Pray for the Thompson family and for the work of God in Northeast Brazil.
Robert Nix is a veteran missionary with over thirty years' involvement in foreign missions service. Bro. Nix has been preaching for over 50 years. After marrying Sue Palmer in 1961, they founded a church in Douglas, Arizona. Later, he served as full-time instructor and music director for Pentecostal Bible Institute (Tupelo, MS) before moving on to assume the pastorate of a church in Jackson, TN. It was from Jackson that he and his wife launched out into the mission field in 1967.
They served in Peru for sixteen years -- where Bro. Nix and Bro. Dale Brown founded a Bible School that, after more than 40 years, still serves Oneness congregations in all of Peru – before moving to Costa Rica , where they spent almost two years helping the church regain its footing after a time of terrible struggle. A 13- year hiatus in the United States followed, in which the Nixes planted two churches (Oregon and S. Texas).
In 1998, Robert and Sue Nix were once again appointed to Peru, where they serve today as head of the work and as President of the Bible School. They are involved in aggressive training and sending forth of ministry, as well as pastoring the congregation that meets in the Bible School complex. The Nixes are firm believers and followers of the Truth of God's Word, in holiness, righteousness and integrity. The work is again experiencing tremendous growth as a result of God's blessing. They are the parents of four sons who all pastor Truth-loving churches, and the proud grandparents of fourteen grandchildren.
Bishop Raul and Janice Alvear are lifelong missionaries in Brazil. Bishop Alvear came at a young age to Brazil from Chile with his family to work in missions and Sister Alvear came to Brazil in 1968. Both worked as single missionaries and then at a conference in June 1972 they met in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. After a short courtship they were married in December of the same year.
Mission work has been their whole life. From a humble beginning under a tree in a pagan village the work today boasts of several hundred churches, scores of house meetings, radio programs, prison ministries, children's outreaches, etc. The work includes hundreds of national pastors and several national missionaries with a small extension into the country of Paraguay.
Bishop Alvear just ordained their oldest son as bishop over the entire work while they will travel strengthening the work as long as health and funds permit. The work also includes a Bible school called EBA with many students from different areas studying the precious word of God. The work has extended into 15 of the 23 states of Brazil and contacts in several of the other states. The work also has a large campground in southern Brazil and one in the far north. Although neither is completely finished they will serve future generations.
The Alvear´s oldest adopted son is a native missionary to the Amazon jungle. The work has grown and right now there is great emphasis put on evangelism and church planting. They say, "It has been a privilege, not a sacrifice to live our life on a mission field. There can be no deeper joy than that of saving souls!"
Brother Michael Jones was born April 13, 1966 in Sacramento California. He married his wife, Marie, in November 1988 and joined the U.S. Air Force a couple of weeks later. Brother and Sister Jones have three daughters: Ashley, Courtney, and Rebekah. They have been stationed, in the military, in Delaware, Japan, Hawaii, New Mexico, Korea, and Germany (currently). Brother Jones has completed three tours of duty in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia and Cairo in 1990-1991; Kirkuk, Iraq in 2009-2010; and Al Dhafra, U.A.E. in 2011-2012. Brother and Sister Jones came to the Lord in 1992, in a small mission work, in Japan. Brother Jones felt God's call on his life almost immediately, with a strong burden for missions. Sister Jones shares her husband's burden. Not only is she involved in their work in Wiesbaden, but she has built a church building on her own land in Bicol, Philippines, paid for it out of her own money and helped her people to get a pastor.
In addition to missions, Brother Jones has a burden for education. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Education, a Master's Degree in Education, and a Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification. His primary job in the Air Force is developing and certifying teachers and trainers. Brother Jones has a vision of establishing apostolic education programs in orphanages. In addition, developing leaders and ministers in both continuing education, and as necessary, for local nationals who are called, but do not want to, or cannot, leave their area of burden.
In January 2010, Brother Jones started a church in Germany. Currently, it is the only apostolic church in the German state of Hesse, located in the greater Rhine-Mein / Frankfurt area, in the city of Wiesbaden. Please help us and pray for our labor in Germany: over 5.5 million people, in this area alone, need to be reached with the Gospel.