At First Friends we directly support career missionaries locally, nationally, stateside support for international organizations, and internationally through our tithes and offerings. We support missionaries through our denomination alongside other churches in the Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region through our giving to the Great Commission Budget.

We pray for the missionaries and organizations we support.

We go on mission trips to serve and spread the gospel in person.

FMFeatured Missionary:

Report on Central Asia Jesus Film trip led by Dave Broadwell (CRU)

Fifteen years ago, ‘Sergei,’ a college student in Central Asia, was bored and looking for something to watch. His roommate, not a believer, handed him a DVD someone had given him – a copy of the Jesus Film in their language. It sat on the shelf for a few weeks, and then Sergei decided to watch it. He heard the story of Jesus, taken from the gospel of Luke, in his own language. Soon afterward he made a decision to become a Christ-follower! Now, Sergei is a pastor, leading and discipling others in how to walk with Christ. Dave had the privilege of meeting him when he was in Central Asia, helping lead a two-week mission trip in October with the Jesus Film.

The team spoke at different universities and invited students to come talk with them further. They were able to share their faith with some students who came to a coffee shop. They also worshiped and spent time with local believers and trained them in how to use the Jesus Film app to start spiritual conversations. The believers in Central Asia were very hospitable and warm. It was amazing to see the doors that were opened to the team, just by being American.

Get Involved:

Interested in go to Texas to help our Friends Churches recover from the hurricane?

Evangelical Friends Disaster Service (EFDS) plans to join the south Texas Friends Disaster Service during October 30 – November 17, 2017. If your church or group is interested in joining their efforts, please contact Laura Sandy. sandybeach0361@gmail.com.

Or click HERE for more ways you can help.

Holy Land 2017

November 28th – December 7th, 2017

“I’m excited to offer this “once in a lifetime” opportunity to come with us to the Holy Land and explore Israel firsthand. As I have read through the Bible this past year, I have longed to see with my own eyes the places about which I have read. It has been said that after you experience the Holy Land, you will never read the Bible the same; it comes alive! I’m looking forward to that reality in my own life!! I invite you to come with us and experience it for yourselves.”
-Stan Hinshaw, Trip Leader

For questions, call the church at 330.966.2800

Click HERE for More Information


Youth Mission Trips

Our Middle School students and High School students have the opportunity to participate in local service and ministry days at Refuge of Hope and to travel nationally and internationally on summer mission trips. For more information on their trips please see:

High School Youth

Middle School Youth

In order for international mission organizations to be able to function effectively, the international missionaries need support staff in the U.S. who will oversee recruiting, administrative needs, logistics, and the pre-field and ongoing training.

M. & S. A. work to recruit, train, and support missionaries in closed countries for People International

Glen Osborne is the director of China Outreach Ministries

Lynda Gravier works for Heaven Sent Ministries coordinating their emergency food packaging projects, and overseeing their volunteers

Dave and Susan living in Orlando and serving on the Global Strategy Team with The Jesus Film Project.

Ming and Mako NagasawaIntervarsity Christian Fellowship

Tom YoungCampus Crusade For Christ


Africa and the Middle East
David and Debby Thomas
GLLT (Great Lakes Leadership Training)
H. & W. B.

Jacob and Jaya Beera – Hope Ministries, International

Asia  – All these missionaries work in hostile, closed countries, and for their safety and the safety of local believers we cannot identify them online. For more information please see the mission books in the Coffee Commons at First Friends.
J. & A. J.
K. & K. K.
M. & V. K.
S. K.
S.A.L.T.  (Systematic Asian Leadership Training) and C.C.

Mexico, Central, and South America
Nishe Rothschild – Guatemala

Caribbean – The Dominican Republic
Grace and Peace Missionary Fellowship 

Russia and Ukraine
Abe and Diane Bible

We participate in the sharing the truth of the Gospel and the completion of the Great Commission through the work of our denominational missionaries:

Evangelical Friends Eastern Region

Evangelical Friends Missions


Gail Wallace

Administrative Assistant for Children's Ministry and Missions


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Scott Calhoun

Pastor of High School Youth and Missions


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