Evanswood's Sponsored Missionaries
Daniel & Christy Kihm
Missionaries to the Netherlands
THEIR MINISTRY FOCUS
Dan and Christy are focused on training and supporting emerging leaders and serving in ministry alongside Church of God congregations in the Netherlands, Italy, and throughout Europe and the Middle East, as well as assisting with refugee ministries in the Netherlands and the region. They are also helping create a platform for church planting and church support in the region.
Both Daniel and Christy love serving God’s kingdom by mentoring and encouraging people in their lives and ministry. As members of the Three Worlds Team, the Kihms are based in the Netherlands working with the diverse congregations in the Netherlands and emerging leaders throughout the region.
Daniel grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was actively involved in baseball, the Boy Scouts, and his church. Christy grew up in Albany, Indiana, in a fantastic youth group, playing basketball and soaking up everything she could about different cultures and countries.
They met at Anderson University, where Daniel earned degrees in Bible and religion, including an M.Div. and Christy earned degrees in secondary education (history and Spanish) and an MBA. Daniel was senior pastor at Maple Grove Church of God in Anderson, Indiana, for ten years, and Christy worked as an admissions counselor at their alma mater.
Daniel and Christy’s extensive experiences leading short-term missions trips overseas led them to pursue a calling to full-time cross-cultural ministry after Daniel met Kelley and Rhonda Philips in Berlin during an urban ministry course. As Daniel was realizing that God was refining his call to “mentor and encourage Christians and pastors into a deeper level of commitment,” the Kihms discovered that this new realization was exactly what was being requested by European churches. They are grateful and feel very lucky to be a part of the Three Worlds team and what God is doing in Europe and the Middle East.
Jason & Abby Torgeson
Regional Consultants for Latin America
THEIR MINISTRY FOCUS
As regional consultants for Latin America, Jason and Abby are responsible for directing the work of Global Strategy missionaries and projects in Latin America and for working in partnership with the leadership of CIID (Confraternidad Interamericana de la Iglesia de Dios), the body of leaders from across the Church of God.
A shared love of serving in missions brought Jason and Abby together a few years ago when their persistent matchmaking friend Harry Nachtigall, a North American serving the Church of God in Costa Rica, introduced them from afar.
Jason grew up in a military family and has lived in several different states and countries. After serving in the air force, he settled in Bellingham, Washington, where he earned a degree in human services at Western Washington University and dedicated himself to serving his community through social work, law enforcement, and programs with at-risk youth. Jason also served as the missions and outreach director at Cornwall Church, a position that allowed him to live out his passion for leading mission teams and connecting with churches around the world.
Abby was raised as a Church of God pastor’s kid and attended several churches across the country during her formative years. She earned a degree in psychology and Spanish from the University of Alabama and a master’s in intercultural services from the Anderson University School of Theology before serving as a missionary for three years in Bogotá, Colombia. Abby was ordained in 2013, the year she returned from Colombia and married Jason.
Abby and Jason are excited to have the opportunity to work and raise their son Josiah in the region that has played such a critical role in their individual calls to missions as well as in the formation of their relationship.