2020 Missions Conference

November 1-15, 2020

The 2020 Missions Conference looked a little different than past years, but we were still able to bring you great speakers as well as highlight our missionaries both near and far. You can still watch many of our conference events here! Jim Roberts, Dr. Rodney Orr, and Dr. Scott Horrell brought God’s message on Sunday mornings. We worshipped God together during our global worship night and connected with missionaries through ABF’s, small groups, and prayer meetings. God’s work around the world is not hindered no matter the situation His people find themselves in.

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Featured Ministry Partners

Our Missions Fair has moved online this year! See all the ways you can Pray, Give, and Go.

Online Missions Fair

Guest Speakers

November 1

Video Greeting

Jim Roberts


Jim and Paula Roberts have served with Wycliffe Bible translators for 30 years beginning in Bible translation ministry thru aviation and children’s education, then working as field director in Peru, followed by oversight to translation work in all of the Americas. Jim now serves as part of the Wycliffe executive leadership team giving guidance to Bible translation ministry globally. Jim and Paula currently serve from Dallas, Texas.  They have four adult sons and five grandchildren.

November 8

Video Greeting

J. Scott Horrell


Dr. Horrell has been a missionary and theologian in various world cultures, in addition to evangelism and church-planting. He especially loves to orient students to a global understanding of Christian faith and the implications of the triune God for all of life. After 18 years teaching and church-planting in Brazil, Scott teaches both theology and world missions at Dallas Seminary and is adjunct professor at SETECA (Guatemala), JETS (Amman, Jordan), and CDL (Maputo, Mozambique). He and Ruth have 2 daughters and 8 grandchildren.

November 15

Video Greeting

Rodney H. Orr


Dr. Orr spent his formative years in Ethiopia and Germany. He served with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) for 34 years, 17 of which were overseas. Dr. Orr taught at the Nairobi International School of Theology in Kenya and, serving as executive director, helped build Africa Leadership and Management Academy (ALMA), a graduate school in Zimbabwe. While stateside, his ministry focused on Yale University and United Nations diplomats in New York City. Dr. Orr is married to Enid and they have 10 children and 2 grandchildren.

Featured Missionaries

See the FULL CONFERENCE CALENDAR for dates and locations where each missionary connected with us.

Bill & Debbie Miller


Bill and Debbie Miller met at Illinois State University while participating in Cru. After college, the Millers served in rural Uganda working with Cru’s Community Health Evangelism (CHE) from 1987-1990. Bill completed a Masters of Divinity with a focus on church leadership development at the International School of Theology in California. For 13 years, the Millers worked with university students in Argentina through Cru culminating with three years focused on a training center for all new national staff members. Bill and Debbie now serve with La Iglesia de los Libres in Mendoza, Agrentina with a focus on sending missionaries, especially to hard to reach places in the Muslim world.

Micah & Happiness Ngussa


Micah and Happiness Ngussa were living and teaching at a Bible college in Tanzania when they first began to notice a sizable and visible number of young children living among the streets of the city of Mwanza. It was a fairly new phenomenon in the country but they felt called by the Lord to leave their roles at the college and step out in faith and seek to show the love of Christ to those vulnerable children while raising a young family of their own. Tanzania Children’s Rescue Center (TCRC) is now in its 23rd year of loving, caring, feeding, housing, educating and generally training up hundreds of children in the way they should go.

Jerry McCorkle


Jerry McCorkle is the founder and executive director of Spread Truth Ministries. Most Christians struggle to share their faith. Spread Truth develops training and resources that have helped thousands confidently share Christ. Jerry has been married to his wife, Genie, for over 40 years. They have been involved in vocational ministry for the majority of these years. Together, they have three grown children and six grandchildren.


Jake Prochaska

Jake Prochaska serves as a youth and young adult pastor serving teens and sharing the goodness of Jesus with them. He is also working on a Master’s of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. Jake has traveled to the Philippines three times and Burkina Faso once to share the gospel with those who have never heard it. He is currently exploring a path toward missions to Muslim people. As Paul says, “it has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ is not known” (Rom. 15: 20). He hopes to share this vision with other believers so that we might lay down our lives for others to experience eternal life in Christ.

Dennis & Janet Schlagel


Dennis and Janet Schlagel met while attending Iowa State University. After working as a vocational ag teacher and in ag sales, Dennis became the Executive Director of Fellowship of Christian Farmers International (FCFI) in January 1993. Dennis is also a graduate of Capernwray New Zealand Bible School. Through FCFI Dennis and Janet travelled and exhibited at New Zealand’s National Fieldays Farm Show representing the Fellowship 2011-2019. Janet worked as a Registered Dietician for 32 years and has served as a Sunday School teacher, AWANA leader and on the missions team at East White Oak Bible Church. Dennis and Janet live in Bloomington and have four grown children and seven grandchildren.


Jim & Susan Simmons


Jim and Susan have been part of the East White Oak Bible Church family since 2005. After returning from their two month internship in Tanzania in 2018, they began actively pursuing missions as their second career. In October 2020, they were appointed as missionaries with Africa Inland Mission. Jim is scheduled to graduate from Dallas Theological Seminary this December and plans to teach theology in East Africa.

Laurie Soliday


Laurie has served with Cru’s Student-led Movements for 20 years including 11 years in the United States and nine in Germany. She was involved at East White Oak Bible Church for nine years while serving with Cru in central Illinois. Cru’s mission is to see students come to know Jesus, be built up in their faith and sent out to be involved in evangelism and discipleship wherever they go. Laurie works with the team reaching students in Berlin as well as on the leadership team for student-led movements Germany and Western Europe with a focus on reaching more campuses.


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