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BREAKING NEWS!!! Promoted to Vice President

Announcing that

KELLY McCLELLAND has been made

a Vice President with Pioneers.

Kelly Vice President Photo




The announcement was made by Steve Richardson, President of Pioneers at our staff meeting last week. They have also added another ministry team that will now report to Kelly.

Kelly and I are excited to be a part of this fast growing agency. These are our numbers as of 2006 (2007 figures will come out next month):

· 1532 international members serve in

· 72 countries among

· 98 people groups on

· 176 teams and minister in

· 65 languages

Now, for those of you who think that means he gets a raise, I would remind you that we are a faith based ministry. What does that mean you ask?

It means we raise our own support. We often jokingly say, “You want a raise? Great, just go out and raise more support!”

So now, Kelly’s official title is: Vice President of Church Resources. (The good news is, I got a promotion too…I am now the ASSISTANT to the Vice President of Church Resources.)


So, why do Kelly & I fly to Denver each month?

First, some background information:

In March, 2007 Pioneers Int’l (PI) acquired 2 ministries that had merged into one (the merger hadn’t worked) . Kelly is now the Director of these two ministries that are operating separately under PI’s covering:

(1) ACMC, Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment (www.acmc.org) and

(2) the 2nd ministry consist of 2 teams working out of their office in Denver:

  • Caleb Resource Team (creates & distributes missions resources)
  • The Encounters Group Team (provides resources like “Encountering the World of Islam” training courses and “Ethnographic Research Projects”.)

We refer to this 2nd ministry as Pioneers’ Denver Office (www.takeitglobal.org).

Denver Office

Kelly returned this weekend from a productive trip to our Denver Office. During the transition of bringing these 2 ministries under Pioneers, our Orlando office has been doing the Denver accounting. Now, we are in the process of transferring this responsibility back to the Denver office.

In January we hired a part-time bookkeeper/accountant for the Denver office and we praise God for providing us with a very capable person for this position.

Kelly in Denver Office
Kelly in The Denver Office

I didn’t go on this trip because Kelly took our Orlando Controller from our accounting team to help train the new bookkeeper and get the books set up right. They were pleased with how well everything went initially. Pray for this transition to be smooth and effective.

Connie Denver xmas party
Connie at the Denver Office Christmas Party
…a progressive dinner held this last December. We got 3+ inches of snow that night which made traveling from house to house quite interesting. (If you click on the picture you can see a close up.)


What’s Pioneers All About?

Is there anything magic about the number “38”? No, not really. But 38 jumps out at me because that is how many new missionary candidates came to Pioneers’ in January, for a week of orientation. They came from all over the US, from one coast to the other…a total of 19 different states.

There were singles and couples, with ages ranging from 20 something to 50 something, from all walks of life and a variety of experiences. They did have one thing in common; a hearts desire to serve God, in difficult places, where most people don’t want to go. That’s what Pioneers is all about!

Candidates Web

Here is a photo of all 38 candidates in our training center listening to each one give their testimony.


So, what did Kelly and I do during that week? We interviewed and evaluated candidates, and during meal times (breakfast, lunch & dinner) we met individually with them to find out about their church and how our team could serve that church.

This is just the first step for these new candidates. They are in the pipeline now. Over the next 1 to 2 years, some will get more training, they will raise financial support, put all their affairs in order, and one by one…deploy to the field.

We will repeat this process 4 more times this year. This too, is what Pioneers is all about.