Valley View Church

Our Missionaries

Here are some of the missionaries that our church supports financially and spiritually. Use the links to the right of each to find out more about the countries in which they serve, send them email, or make a secure donation to their ministry through Paypal.
Gordon and Niki Elliott

Liberia

We have been serving with Evangelical Church Missions in Bolivia, South America. The main focus of our ministry through the years has been leadership training and theological education. Niki works as en educational therapist at the Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center. We are currently in the middle of a transfer of field from Bolivia to the new field of Liberia, West Africa, where we will be working closely with the newly formed Liberia Evangelical Mission. We have four children and one grandson. Our son Mark, age 17, is our only child still living with us.
Daniel & Naomi Elliott

Bolivia

Daniel and Naomi Elliott are new career missionary appointees with Evangelical Church Missions serving in Bolivia. Daniel was raised on the mission field and met Naomi at Arrowhead Bible College in Montana. Naomi was raised in a Christian home and has felt God drawing her towards missions since she was 12 years old. After serving a short-term assignment in Bolivia, they are together answering God’s call to missions.

A major focus of their ministry, apart from language study and cultural adjustment, will be to survey a severe problem of street orphans in the North Potosi region. A cooperative study with ministry partner World Vision will focus on the acute needs of these homeless children and how local churches can respond. Challenges they will face are limited infrastructure, life at high altitude and language barriers.

Currently living in Marion, Indiana the Elliotts are members of the Pioneer Faith Evangelical Church. Daniel graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Elementary Education and Intercultural Studies. Naomi graduated from Faith Baptist Bible College with an AA degree and studied at Arrowhead Bible College. Daniel and Naomi have two children, Sammy and Maerah.

Pam Duhrkoop

South Korea

Pam is an international trainer in South Korea with HOPE61, One Mission Society’s human trafficking prevention ministry. Pam is the daughter of One Mission Society missionaries and grew up on the mission field in Japan. Being surrounded by career missionaries for as long as she can remember, she felt a pull toward overseas missions from a young age. In 2004, she returned to the United States to attend college. The summer after returning to the U.S., she attended an OMS conference, where her call to missions was solidified.

Pam received her B.A. in Sociology from George Fox University and went on to get her M.S. in criminology and criminal justice, with a specialization in nonprofit program design and development, from Portland State University. Throughout her time at school, the Lord developed a deep love and passion for social justice in her heart.

In October of 2013, Pam committed to serving in South Korea with HOPE61 for at least two years. In South Korea, Pam partners with the national church to provide human trafficking prevention and awareness training to pastors, church leadership, and anyone else who is interested in attending. She also collaborates with churches to set up outreaches to at-risk populations and does English ministry at Hanwoori Evangelical Holiness Church.

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Rod and Beth Williamson

Taiwan

Rod and Beth Williamson, missionaries with One Mission Society, serve in Taiwan. Rod’s primary responsibility is field director, and Beth’s is home schooling Matthew. Rod and Beth also teach 17-week parenting courses in churches throughout the island.

Raised in Taiwan by his OMS missionary parents, Rod first returned to Taiwan as a short-term missionary in 1979. Then, in 1989, he returned again to begin full-time ministry as a career missionary.

After graduating from Morrison Academy in Taiwan, Rod earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at George Fox College, a master’s degree in chemistry at the University of Northern Iowa and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Texas A&M University. In those early years in Taiwan, Rod coordinated the Every Community for Christ teams, directed the English evangelism program and began university ministry at Sun-Yat-Sun University. Rod also served in the International Ministries Department at OMS headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana, for seven years before returning to Taiwan to assume the position of field director in January 2003.

Originally from California, Beth first went to Haiti with NOW Corps and then taught English as a short-term missionary with OMS. She earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from California State University, Sacramento, and her M.B.A. in management from Golden State University. Political unrest in Haiti brought about her transfer to Taiwan in 1991. Rod and Beth were married in June 1992 and served together in Taiwan until March 1996. They then served for seven years in the U.S. at the OMS headquarters before returning to Taiwan in January 2003. The Williamsons have two children, Joshua and Matthew.
David and Izabel Warren

Brazil

David was raised in Washington where his parents served in pastoral ministry with the Pacific Conference of The Evangelical Church. After graduating from Whitworth University, he served for six months as a short-term missionary in Brazil. Having sensed God’s call to ministry, David has since graduated from Pacific Evangelical School of Ministry (PESM) and is a credentialed minister with The Evangelical Church.

Izabel was raised in Brazil and is a vibrant fruit of the ministry of Evangelical Church Missions and the Vida em Cristo Church. She is gifted in personal evangelism and discipleship and has been used effectively in those areas. She attended a year of Bible college here in the USA, starting at Vennard College in Iowa and finishing at Wesley College in Mississippi.

After spending one year in Brazil focusing on learning the culture, studying the language, and performing other odds and ends as needed, David has begun teaching English at two different locations. Brazil Evangelical Missions (BEM) has a long-standing relationship with an English school in the slums of Cubatão. In February, David began helping to teach 4 classes (20-30 students) each week in this slum, basing each English lesson from the Bible. David is also teaching three classes at a private English school in the city of Cubatão. We have recently begun Bible studies at each of these schools, we hope they can evolve into solid groups that we can use to plant churches.

During our first year in Brazil, Izabel assisted another missionary in teaching the English classes in the slums. Since David has been teaching the classes Izabel has focused her attention on being home with Samantha. Izabel has also dedicated her time to going through discipleship studies with newer believers from the church.

David and Izabel were married in 2009 and have one child, Samantha.

Aaron and Cris Brakefield

Brazil

The Brakefields have been serving in Brazil since 2006. For the first two years Aaron's ministry focus was in a youth outreach center that he opened and operated as an evangelistic outreach. However, in 2008, Aaron took over as pastor for the Brazilian church Vida em Cristo which was planted and organized by ECM in 2001. Aaron continues to serve as pastor which is his main focus in Brazil. In addition to pastoring the church Aaron is the Brazil field director for ECM being responsible for leadership and administration of the field missionaries, property and possessions. Aaron is also involved as educational coordinator and general "gringo" at the Christian English school Life English Center. Cristiana's current ministry attention is in assisting and translating Dave Warren (fellow missionary) with the mission's involvement in a project that offers free English classes to kids in slum neighborhoods. Aaron and Cris have three wonderful and active boys Nicolas (8), Jonas (4) and Marcos (1).

Prayer requests:

  • Pray for the church Vida em Cristo. They have had a very difficult past 2 years with employment, deaths, sicknesses and members wandering away in sin. Pray for a renewed confidence in God's transformational power. Pray for Nicolas and Jonas' education as the public education in Brazil is very weak and private schools are very expensive.
  • Pray for Life English Center and salvation for the students. We have recently started a Bible study in English that is well attended so far.
  • Pray for the slum communities where Cris and Dave are teaching, also pray for the Bible study Aaron is leading in the same location.
  • Pray for Americans who can come to Brazil for 3-6 months and teach English.
  • James & Jenny Wolheter

    Bolivia

    James is still working with training pastors and leaders and discipling those we work the most closely with. Most recently he has been the director of the branch of the Saint Paul Seminary in Cochabamba. This has been a challenge to get everything going and organized but overall the students seem to be enjoying studying. Jenny has been doing more counseling this term and seminars on marriage and family. We are passionate about supporting healthy families and marriages! The last two years we have been meeting with different organizations and people and praying about the direction God would have us take with the Missionary Training Program. We are so excited to be partnering with an organization that gives people missions training and practicums in their training before we will assign them to a place to serve. Lots to iron out but it is something we are looking forward to and thanking the Lord for His direction.
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