This year Timberline Church has been putting an emphasis on scaling several “14ers” with God’s help and one of those key areas is Missions. We want to be reaching out—globally and locally—with words, works, and wonders. So when it came to searching for a new pastor to lead the Love Reaches department, it should come as no surprise that God opened the doors for a dynamic team approach to support this expanded vision.
We are excited to announce that as of July 1 we will have a new missions team in place with the addition of Norm Edwards as our Missions Specialist and Kari Stewart as our Missions Director. Mike Walker will continue to lead Local Missions and Stacy Schultz will continue to be the organizational glue that holds it all together as the Administrative Coordinator.
Norm and Heather Edwards, along with their two daughters Ashley and Savannah, are Rocky Mountain District Ministers who have been Assemblies of God World Missions appointed missionaries since 1996. On the field they have given leadership to Moscow Theological Institute where Norm served as Academic Dean. They also gave leadership to extension schools across Russia. This work was followed by coordinating “Project Reach”. This role consisted of directing and leading a group of missionaries and national brothers and sisters in ministry and church planting among the Least Reached Peoples of the CIS and Baltic Republics. Since December of 2007, the Edwards have served as Eurasia Northwest Area Directors. This includes the countries of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia. The vision of ENW is to “Finish the Task” in each of the seven countries by planting the church where it is not and bringing the message to those who have not heard.
Norm and Heather Edwards are still deeply committed to the on-going work in Eurasia and will continue overseeing the work there along with partnering with our Missions Team during semi-monthly visits here to continue the work that we have been so invested in and expand where God opens doors. Norm is not a stranger to the Timberline family and was our Guest Speaker for Missions Week in 2015. Also, Timberline Church is committed to the church planting effort that is happening in Georgia and Armenia in the coming years which perfectly complements the work that Norm is already overseeing in Eurasia.
Kari Stewart has been part of our Missions Team for 7 years in a volunteer capacity serving in several roles which have included: Director of Welcome Child our orphan ministry, overseeing short term mission trip opportunities, storyteller team and leadership development and support. Kari and her husband Jeff have been married for 36 years and have lived in Northern Colorado for 26 years. They have 9 children and 2 grandchildren. Foster care and adoption are near to their hearts as 6 of their children joined their family through adoption. Kari is also the Director of Northern Colorado Christian Alliance for Orphans, which unites churches, agencies, county and state staff and individuals to advocate for the needs of at risk children and youth in our community. We are excited to see how God uses Kari’s energy, enthusiasm, gifts of faith, strategic vision, and leader development to further God’s Kingdom work through Timberline Missions.
Please continue to pray for the Missions team as these leaders transition into their new roles and cast a vision for the future.