Since 2005, our family has served as missionaries in Cidade Tiradentes, the largest government housing project in Latin America, located in São Paulo, Brazil.


Our story

My parents grew up on a farm in Ohio. Neither one of them were Christians growing up. My dad joined the Navy and served a tour of service during the Vietnam War and shortly thereafter he married my mom. My dad’s cousin shared the Gospel with him, and he and my mom trusted in Jesus Christ for their salvation. They were both baptized in a small church in Paulding, Ohio, and after a short time growing and serving, God moved in them to do more. They moved to Chattanooga, TN where they studied in a Bible College for four years. That’s where I come into the picture. I was born in Chattanooga, TN in 1978. After graduation they joined an international mission organization and moved to Brazil in 1982. They served as church-planting missionaries in São Paulo until 1991 when they both died in a car accident on their way home from church. My brothers and sisters and I survived the accident and moved back to Ohio to live with relatives. Ever since I was young boy I knew in my heart that God wanted me to be a missionary, but because of all that I had gone through I really questioned God and His purpose for my life. Regardless, He relentlessly pursued me with His grace and continued working in my heart during my teenage years. I went off to college and I wrestled, wrestled, and wrestled with God before finally surrendering myself wholly to Him. He gave me Erin, my wonderful wife who serves the Lord by my side and puts up with me, and five wonderful children - Samuel, Jesse, Abigail, Hannah, and Benjamin. Today, I can look back and see how everything that has ever happened in my life has only happened for me - for my good, for my perfection and for my preparation. The best part, I get to be a part of God’s plan to save the world. Doesn’t get much better than that!
— Jonathan
The Mission endeavor of those who obey the Great Commission is providential, the determining factor being God Himself!

12 Years

What God has done

  • 2005 - We moved to Brazil in January when Samuel, our oldest son, was 2 months old.
  • Erin studied Portuguese during the first year while Jonathan helped at a local church and researched where in São Paulo to dig into and work. God led us to the East Zone.
  • We moved to the East Zone of São Paulo at the end of 2005 to start working in a district know as Cidade Tiradentes, the largest government housing project in Latin America.
  • 2006 - We joined God at work and helped plant a church in the neighborhood of Barro Branco.
  • 2007 - God gave us a strategically located property which we later start a church on.
  • 2007 - Jesse is born
  • 2008 - God opened a door for us to help plant a church in Barreiras
  • 2009 - God opened a door for us to help plant a church in São Jose.
  • 2009 - Abigail is born
  • 2010 - We transition Igreja Batista Caminho do Rei over to Brazilian Leadership and return to the U.S. on furlough.
  • 2011 - Hannah is born
  • 2012 - God opened a door for us to plant Igreja Batista Oásis in the Bairro of Cidade Tiradentes on a strategic property we purchased back in 2007.
  • 2013 - The Asia Project was launched in order to mobilize brazilian churches towards mission projects in the 10-40 Window.
  • 2013 - Benjamin is born (that's it - no more!)
  • 2014 - The Oasis of Hope Project was launched to reach at risk youth through a Biblically integrated soccer program. 
  • 2016 - Igreja Batista Oásis is transitioned over to the Brazilian Leadership and return to the U.S. on furlough.
  • 2017 - Moving to Campinas to join a church planting revitalization effort.