Vance and Kari Massengill met and married while attending Lee University in 1996. After graduation in 1996, they served in China for 5 years. During this time, they both completed master’s degrees. Vance earned his in intercultural studies (missions) from Wheaton College, while Kari earned hers in TESOL from Azusa Pacific University. In May 2015, Vance finished a doctoral degree in intercultural studies from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri, USA. This made Vance one of only a handful of people in the world with three degrees in intercultural studies.

In 2002, the Massengills were appointed by Church of God World Missions as regional education coordinators in the Mediterranean Region and Middle East. During their service, they have also been blessed by the births of their two daughters, Leandra (2005) and Kendra (2007). From 2009 to 2012 Vance and Kari served as professors of missiology in the European Theological Seminary in Kniebis, Germany.

In 2013, the Massengill’s relocated to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates where Vance continue to serves as the regional education coordinator. In addition, he also serves as principal of the Gilgal Biblical Seminary and the executive pastor of Church United Church of God. The Massengill’s primary focus is bringing the gospel of Christ to the Arab World through direct evangelism, the mobilization and equipping of diaspora churches, and church planting among unreached people’s groups in the region.

“The heart of the Great Commission is not merely about lost people, but about providing the whole world with access to the Gospel. Eighty percent of the unreached people in the world live in the Middle East and North Africa. Only by bringing the message of Christ to the unreached nations of the world can we finally complete the task given by Christ to His church two millennia ago.”

Project #: 065-0069

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