Missionaries

Sunset also supports several other missionaries that are not listed due to safety concerns based on the area they are working in. For more information about these missionaries please contact Mike Hildenbrand >

  • Jeff and Deanne Boesel

    OC International

    Jeff and Deanne (pronounced Deon) are in full time ministry at OC International’s Mobilization Center based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As Director of Mobilization, Jeff coordinates a US team of mobilizers that works with people sensing God leading them into cross-cultural ministry. Deanne directs the Family Ministries Department, which provides care for all of One Challenge International’s 400-plus missionaries and their children around the world. Jeff & Deanne are parents to four adult children: Erin, Alec, Kelli, and Kassen.

  • Jim Eney

    International Foundation

    Jim and Janet live in the Portland area. Jim ministers mainly in Oregon through International Foundation, focusing his ministry primarily on reaching political, business and professional leaders throughout the state. Jim walks alongside them, helping them to relate to Jesus in leadership roles as well as in their personal lives. In addition, Jim coaches nonprofits in their development work. He enjoys meeting with various small groups on a regular basis and encouraging men as they integrate faith, work and family in relationship with other men.

  • Eric and Judith Hedeen

    New Tribes Missions

    Eric and Judith Hedeen work with New Tribes Mission in Papua New Guinea. They have recently completed the translation of the NT for the Malaumanda people group and appointed leadership for the church there. They continue to remotely encourage the development of the church in Malaumanda while expanding their focus to include training and encouraging new church planting teams throughout the country. 



  • Jerry and Barbara Manderfield

    Jerry, Barb and their 4 children went to Colombia, South America over 20 years ago in the middle of drug wars, kidnapping and robberies.  Based in the city of Medellin, God has used them in several primary ways; developing healthy, growing youth ministries in Latin America, evangelism events bringing unity to the churches and souls into the kingdom of God, Church planting and help in jump-starting many different ministries & outreaches and they founded the Christ For The Nations Bible School in Medellin that not only focuses on pastoral, missions and worship ministries.

  • Ron Riesinger

    InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

    Ron is the IVCF Area Director for International Student Ministry (ISM) in the Northwest Region. His team of twenty-one Team Leaders, Campus Staff Members and Campus Volunteers are located on eight campuses: Portland State, Washington State and Oregon State Universities, the University of Washington, the University of Idaho and the University of Oregon, Willamette University, and Lewis and Clark College. Ministry is expanding to community colleges in Portland and Puget Sound. Each year about 1125 international students are involved. Locally, he serves on the Leadership Team of FOCUS, a unique, multi-sector, collaborative ministry serving students and scholars at Portland State. He serves on the Regional Leadership Team of IVCF’s Northwest Region. Ron serves on the National Team for InterVarsity’s ISM, advising the National Director. He is a frequent presenter at ACMI, the yearly meeting of international student ministries in North America and at IVCF ISM training events. Both Ron and Karen have traveled widely across the US and overseas, as have their eighteen-year-old, twin daughters, Amelia and Carolyn. The family enjoys serving the church through Engage and in other ways throughout the year. They have been members of Sunset since 1991.

  • Dr Val Shean

    Dr. Valery Shean has faithfully served as a Sunset missionary to Uganda for more than 17 years. She uses her veterinarian skills to help the nomadic Karamjong tribe with their animals, and through that work is able to share the love of Christ. She has been a very powerful influence in the lives of these people and is highly respected. Over the past year she has been instrumental in bringing peace to two tribes who have been killing one another for generations. Sunset hopes to raise funds this year to help drill four wells in the new “peace village.”

  • John and Heather Witherow

    OC International

    The Witherows — John, Heather, Micah, Jake and Caleb — joined OC International in February 2006. They are based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where John sserves pastoral leaders as the primary coordinator for the Pastoring of Pastors (POP) Initiative in Africa. POP encourages pastoral leaders to ‘take care of themselves’ (Acts 20) so they may in turn care for and develop those that have been entrusted to them. Too many African ministry leaders minister and walk alone. Heather works with Africa’s ECD (early childhood development)facilitator. She plans and facilitates workshops for rural and informal settlement principals and teachers in South Africa and Zimbabwe addressing their context and providing guidance in addressing the learning needs of preschool and primary-aged school children

  • Dr. Christopher Zoolkoski

    Christopher & Nancy serve as physician and pharmacist at SIM Galmi Hospital in Niger, West Africa.  Niger is one of the poorest and least Christian countries of the world.  Through the provision of medical and surgical care in a very underserved area, the Zoolkoski’s have a role in sharing the Gospel in word and in deed with the 300+ patients who come for help daily

Organizations

Find out more about Sunset’s own ministries in the Local Outreach section of our site.

  • CLIDE

    www.cvmusa.org

    CLIDE stands for Community Livestock-Integrated Development Consultancy. It is a ministry that resulted from Dr. Val's work in Karamoja and Tes

  • Habitat for Humanity

    www.habitatwest.org

    A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Sunset’s Ed and Ellen Brauner are actively involved in Habitat for Humanity in Beaverton, Aloha and Hillsboro.

  • Quiet Waters Outreach

    www.quietwatersoutreach.org

    Quiet Waters Outreach shares the love of Jesus Christ through the provision of support services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in Oregon. Programs include overnight respite care, social recreational day programs and monthly Christ-centered activities.

  • YoungLife Portland West

    sites.younglife.org/sites/PortlandWest/

    Portland West Young Life has various ministries taking place at different middle schools and high schools throughout the Westside of Portland. We have ministry to high schoolers, we have ministry to teen moms through YoungLives and we have ministry to middle schoolers through WyldLife. Click on the links below to find out more about each one!

Under Construction – tbd 6/2017

Local Partner

We are exploring how we can more meaningfully provide services to people living on the margins of society. As a result our local outreach team has been working on defining our focus and exploring new partnerships.  We will use our Spring Serve Groups to explore some of these opportunities.
 
Glocal Partner

In March a multi-gen team will return to La Colonia near Reynosa, Mexico. (Our students were redirected to this mission Summer 2016). We are returning in order to SERVE AND explore if this could be a good long-term partner. Our desire is to find a place where we partner with the local missionaries to make a lasting impact in their community / ministry and in the lives of our team members.