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Kevin Austin

Kevin Austin

Kevin Austin is an FM missionary working domestically and globally through the Set Free Movement to end human trafficking. With roots in the 19th-century abolitionist movement, the Free Methodist Church is again championing the cause of holistic freedom. Now, as then, Free Methodists have a special passion for the poor and those vulnerable to injustice.

Children: Elijah, Matthias

Art and Sylvia Brown

Art and Sylvia Brown

For nearly 10 years, the Browns served as pastors to the missionary team in Africa. In 2022, they passed this role on to Scott and Natasha Edinger. Art and Sylvia have now assumed a support role for our team of missionary care couples – Scott and Natasha Edinger (Africa), Mark and Judi Morrison (Asia), Mitch and Lynn Sue Pierce (Europe), and Guy and Betsy Crawford (Latin America). The Browns will help coach, equip and strengthen FMWM’s missionary care team.

Debra Gilmore

Debra Gilmore

Beginning April 1, 2022, Debra Gilmore began a new role as a missionary trainer and coach for FMWM, using the Support Raising Solutions principles and contextualizing them for FMWM missionaries, international missionaries and national leaders. She will do training in each world area at the request of the area directors and will coach new missionaries in the raising of support. She serves as a part-time U.S.-based partner. Her husband, Phil, though retired, will provide tech support and coaching. Phil and Debra reside in South Carolina.
Children: Elijah, Matthias

Dale & Dawn

Dale & Dawn

Dr. Dale is area director for the Middle East region. In this capacity, he is also executive director of Impact Middle East, through which the FMC serves in this region of the world. Dr. Dale and his wife, Dawn, have served with the FMC for 37 years as members of the East Michigan Conference.

Dale & Dawn

Hany & Joanne

Hany and Joanne work in church planting and leadership development with Impact Middle East. Hany founded a training center, the Noor Center (Noor in Arabic meaning “light”), to work with refugees. The Noor Center’s mission is “Bringing Healing, Light and Hope to Refugees and the Hurting.” In the region where the center is located, there are approximately 2 million refugees, most under 18. All these children and their mothers are at high risk of being exploited into slave labor, sex trafficking, or recruited into regional militias or even ISIS. Joanne works with abused women, bringing the hope of wholeness into broken lives. She also leads the Whole Woman Initiative.

Alan & Ammabellee Bacus

Alan & Ammabellee Bacus

After serving eight years as Bishop of the Philippines, in January 2023, Alan and Ammabellee Bacus joined the FMWM-Asia missionary team as international missionaries. They will assist the Asia team in prayerfully exploring opportunities to launch house churches in targeted gateway cities across Asia while also working toward expanding campus outreach to young adults, a successful strategy launched during Alan’s term as bishop of the Philippines. FMWM-Asia anticipates Alan and Ammabellee’s spiritual influence will enhance the area-wide vision of influencing one million Asians toward Jesus.

Dale & Dawn

Becca

Becca trains leaders for church ministry, church planting and evangelism. She is appointed by the Taiwan Annual Conference to assist the Lukai District, one of two tribal districts in the conference. Becca conducts workshops, mentors disciples, leads Bible studies and small groups, and preaches regularly. Becca is an adjunct professor at Holy Light Theological Seminary, which has a global reach through online classes. She is passionate about seeing Taiwan spread the good news to the ends of the earth.

Dale & Dawn

Bryan & Tammy

As missionaries-in-residence, posted at a Free Methodist Church in Michigan, Bryan and Tammy serve as critical members of the FMWM- Asia leadership development team, working to mobilize 10,000 leaders through the Gethsemane Leadership Training pathway. Through the internet and regular visits to Asia, Bryan and Tammy offer inspiring and encouraging support to national leaders across Asia.

Thom & Sherry Cahill

Thom & Sherry Cahill

Thom and Sherry Cahill work in spiritual formation and leadership development in Asia. They help recruit teachers, coordinate Gethsemane Leadership Training modules, work with the Leadership Lift video training, and mentor/coach leaders. Additionally, the Cahills edit video scripts and videos for the Asia Team and teach in their areas of giftedness. Thom and Sherry have three adult children and one grandson who live in the U.S.

David Clemente

David Clemente

David Clemente is currently a U.S.- based missionary serving Asia. As a member of the Asia Leadership Team, Dr. David Clemente regularly travels to consult with pastors and supervise selected Asian leaders. He is an Asia Area Assistant Director overseeing FMWM interests in the Philippines, Creative Access Asia IA, and Oceania region. David has a vision for mobilizing partnerships and encouraging support for FMWM-Asia’s vision of influencing a million Asians for Jesus. David’s wife, Sarah, also served as an FMWM missionary in Asia for many years until 2024, when she began serving as the Director of Christian Education for a local church in Illinois.

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