Philip and Rachel Stucky both accepted Christ as their Savior at a young age and were open to the Lord’s leading in their lives, attending Western Baptist College in Salem, Oregon, to better prepare themselves to serve Him. They met and were married in Salem, on April 7, 1979, after which they went to Dallas Theological Seminary, where Philip received his Master of Art’s degree in Biblical Studies. They returned to Salem, Oregon, where Philip was Pastor of Outreach at Heritage Baptist Fellowship for a year. They were accepted as missionaries with the Brazil Gospel Fellowship Mission in 1979, arriving in Fortaleza, Brazil, in 1980. Philip continued his studies at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, where he received a Master of Art's degree in Theology, and more recently a Doctor of Ministry degree in Cross-Cultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. They have 3 grown sons--Andrew, Luke and Mark. Andrew completed his studies at Oregon State University in computer programming and married Erin Gardner on July 8, 2006; they have three children, Nathan, Kara, and Ryan, and live in Salem. Luke is a salesman for Day Heating Company and married Amanda Olsen on December 15, 2007; they have two children, Levi and Caden, as well as a baby on the way, and also reside in Salem. Mark completed his studies at the Masters College and Seminary and married Jessica Crabb on July 31, 2010. They have one son, Samuel Owen, and are serving the Lord with us as missionaries with the BGFM in south Brazil.
After 25 years of ministry in Fortaleza and 3 years of ministry in Maceió training leaders and planting churches, they formed their ministry team and moved to south Brazil in 2009 with the desire of launching a multiplying church movement. They have begun ministry in the Porto Alegre metro area, planting churches in the satellite cities of Campo Bom and Estancia Velha, and expanding ministry into six new cities. They plan to begin ministry in 2016 in Florianopolis, the capital city of the neighboring state of Santa Catarina. Their goal is to eventually train south Brazilians to impact their European motherland for Christ. They would appreciate your prayers on their behalf for wisdom and effectiveness in their new ministry roles and that their sons would grow in their walk with God and follow His will for their lives and families.
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