16 missionary appointees commissioned at historic Launch

Michael Smith

Converge Content Specialist

  • Missions

In a time when things seem to be moving slowly, the gospel is still advancing rapidly. 

God is still raising up global workers to go to the nations. Converge International Ministries commissioned 16 missionary appointees during the Launch training event September 9-11 at the Converge headquarters in Orlando, Florida. During this event, our global workers were prepared and empowered to build their ministry partnership teams. 

Among those in attendance were four families (seven individuals) who will engage the Deaf through U.S. church engagement and cross-cultural work worldwide. This is a historic moment for Converge! 


Meet our new appointees:

  • Ann McGhee, Bethany Community Church, Converge MidAtlantic, Laurel, MD, Mobilization Team director of training 
  • Christopher Hughes, Deaf Calvary Church, Frederick, MD, Deaf Church Engagement specialist/Engagement Team
  • Eduardo and Claudia Arriagada, Journey Church, Lake Worth, FL, regional business administrators
  • James and Jenna Roberts, Red Oak Church, Andrews, NC, Togo, West Africa
  • Jon and Barb, Bethel Church, Converge North Central, Owatonna, MN, AT3, United Kingdom
  • Jonathan Walterhouse, Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock, AR, interpreter with Deaf Church Engagement Specialist/Engagement Team
  • Joyce Fleck, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Converge Northeast, Norfolk, MA, Thailand, Southeast Asia 
  • Kaitlyn Petteway, Trinity Baptist Church-Hammond, Converge Southeast, Jacksonville, FL, Togo, West Africa 
  • Karina Nelson, Grace Church, Greenville, SC, Member Care specialist: missionary kids
  • Lemueling and Brittany Martinez, Trinity Baptist Church, Converge Southeast, Jacksonville, FL, Poland
  • Missy, Forest Deaf Champion Church, Houston, TX, Deaf Specialist Team
  • Peter Dublin, Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL, interpreter with Deaf Church Engagement

It takes many people to launch a global worker into the mission field: family, churches, partners and Converge. Learn how you can play a part in reaching people across the street and around the world with the gospel.

Michael Smith, Converge Content Specialist

Michael Smith serves as Converge’s content specialist. He has nearly two decades in the newspaper publishing industry. Michael worked as a copy editor and designer for the Tampa Tribune for more than a dozen years. He also was a member of the editorial staff of Florida Baptist Witness and other publications across the Southeast.

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