Missionaries - Brazil
Jonathan & Denielle
Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Secretary for Executive Committee
Joined BGFM: January 2016
First ministry: youth pastor
How He Serves:
Training others to begin seminaries
National church planting conferences
Cross-cultural church planting conferences
Church planting and pastoring
Theology classes at Seminário Bíblico do Sul (Bible Seminary of the South)
Where he serves: churches, seminaries, Bible institutes
How She Serves:
Classes on raising children
The Johnson Family
Jonathan and Denielle work in the Florianopolis area of Santa Catarina in South Brazil. They moved into the city to begin church planting in January of 2016. The Florianopolis metropolitan area has a population of 1 million people. Like most Brazilian cities, there are churches on almost every street but strikingly few that are faithfully preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are working with the Igreja Batista Redenção to plant churches in neighborhoods and regions of the city.
As an island city, Floripa is a destination as well as a governmental, technology and educational hub. It is also a major global surfing destination. Beyond the state capital, Santa Catarina state also faces a deficit of Biblical churches. Criciuma, Chapecó, and Lages are three needy interior cities.
Jonathan and Denielle arrived in Brazil at the end of 2008 with their oldest daughter ElliAnna. After moving to South Brazil in 2009 and finishing language school, they helped in church plants in Campo Bom and Estância Velha until the end of 2015. Carter and Noella were both born in Rio Grande do Sul.