Wheaton, IL, Director of Ministry Partner Development for Josiah Venture, Central and Eastern Europe
Michael and Kristine Adzovic
Michael and Kristine met at Kishwaukee Bible Church in 2005 and married in 2010. God used Kishwaukee Bible Church to bring them together as they served in ministries, such as music team, college group, Bible study home group, and youth ministry.
Mike has worked in development and fundraising since 1998. He is working in the role of Director of Ministry Partner Development for Josiah Venture. His vision for his role is to see Christian workers with Josiah Venture fully supported by individuals and churches who sacrificially partner with them for the advancement of the gospel in Central and Eastern Europe. His mission is to help missionaries raise support so they can share the hope of Jesus.
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Ron and Jen Keres
Ron and Jen are from Sycamore, IL and have been married since July 2010. They both graduated from Northern Illinois University where Ron became a physical education teacher and Jen a registered nurse. During their time at NIU, their passion was cultivated for discipleship and evangelism through Campus Crusade for Christ and resulted in a strong desire to bring that passion into the church.Ron and Jen Keres
Ron and Jen are members at Kishwaukee Bible Church where they have trained and served for several years and have been commissioned by the elders to train for planting churches among unreached people groups. Their desire is to continue being trained at The Center for Pioneer Church Planting while building a team to bring the gospel to unreached places with the hope of planting self-sustaining, self-reproducing, national-led churches founded on the gospel of Jesus Christ and the word of God.
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Milan serves through Josiah Venture, a missions organization committed to training young leaders in Eastern Europe to fulfill Christ’s commission through the local church.
Milan was born into a Christian family in 1970 in Ostrava, Czech Republic – the city where he still lives today. His parents were very active believers, which made for quite an interesting childhood considering the then-communist government’s stance on organized religion! Milan first studied to be a plumber and later ran his own printing and advertising company for 10 years. Since 2008, Milan has headed up the Exit316 Tour ministry of Josiah Venture. In 1990, he married his wife, Zdenka, and they now have four children – Markéta, Tomáš, Andrejka and Petra. For the past 10 years, Milan has served as an elder of his church, where he also leads a small group.
Lito & Juliet Manguera
Divine Grace Bible Church (DGBC) was established in 1991 and now has about 230 people who regularly attend. The church leadership re-covenanted the church under a revised constitution with the help of Tim Kelly. We are praying for more men in leadership, and we continue to train men in hermeneutics and the great doctrines of the Bible.
God has expanded the DGBC ministry to include Brother Rey Villanueva who began a church plant in Paniqui in 2006. They now have about 40 people who attend regularly in their rented facility.
In addition, Bobat Alamo has taken the pastor/teacher position at the Mangatarem Bible Church which is about 30 miles east of Tarlac. Both Mario and Bobat were trained under the ministry of Pastor Lito. God has now opened up several opportunities for Bible studies in various towns North of Tarlac. Please pray that these Bible studies would grow into Church plants.
In Tarlac, DGBC conducts regular outreach Bible studies at Tarlac State University, and Pastor Lito also travels north to Dagupan city to conduct regular Bible studies.
In January of 2007, Kishwaukee Bible Church, in partnership with Creekside Community Church and Divine Grace Bible Church had the opportunity to travel to Pokhara, Nepal and see the work that we had been supporting there and consider how we can partner with Lamachur Church in the future.
Currently we are partnering with Lamachur church in the following ways:
We are currently supporting Mukti Dhakal, one of their pastors, who spends most of his time in evangelism and church planting. Currently there are nine different churches or small fellowships in the surrounding area that have been planted through Mukti and the ministry of Lamachur Church.
Individuals in our body have given to support the “Scholarship Fund for Education” that Lamachur church has created. There are many orphans and poor brothers and sisters in Christ in Nepal that cannot afford education, and through the ministry of members of Creekside and others, we are able to see to it that they have access to that education. If you would like to support his ministry, please contact our church office.
Ongoing Training of Leadership (In development)
In addition to being encouraged and challenged during the trip to Nepal, the team was also able to provide some training to leaders at Lamachur church. We are in the process of prayer and dialogue with the leadership there to see if God would have us be involved in that on a continuing basis in the future.
Leadership Resources International equips and encourages pastors around the world to teach God’s Word with God’s heart.
Kishwaukee Bible Church partners with Todd Kelly, who oversees the direction of all of Leadership Resources International’s pastoral training venues around the world as well as LRI’s staff of international directors and teachers.
Todd came to Leadership Resources in 2002, after 15 years of pastoral ministry in churches in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Illinois. Todd brought his appreciation for expository preaching and a conviction of the life-giving power of God’s Word to his task of shaping Leadership Resources’ curriculum early on. Since then, he has encouraged and equipped pastors in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and has played a key role in forming crucial partnerships with other missions organizations in our common effort of training national pastors. Todd enjoys spending time with his family and catching King Salmon in the Kenai River of Alaska.