"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit."
John has a heart for missions and has been our missions coordinator since 2008. He has been attending The Heights since 1989, has two adult daughters, and his wife Rhonda has gone on several mission trips to help missionaries. Some of his favorite things are Angels baseball, Kings hockey, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Caddyshack, The Amazing Race, Blue Bloods, Purpose Driven Life, and the Bible. Fun Fact: He was in the Blues Brothers Movie for about three seconds (he got paid for it!)
Alec and Tammy Harrison
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Shannon and Danielle Hurley
Sufficiency of Scriptures
Tammy grew up in Brazil with her missionary parents Al and Sue Graham. Alec and Tammy Harrison joined Wycliffe in 1985. For many years their primary assignment was Bible translation among the Xavante people of Brazil, where the NT was completed in 2005. Alec's current assignments include coordination of the Xavante OT mother-tongue translation (MTT) project, training of MTTs in Brazil and Africa, and coordinator of an initiative to help foster a greater degree of cooperation for Bible Translation work among Portuguese speaking countries, most of which are in Africa.
Tammy is currently focusing on finishing a multidisciplinary degree program with a goal of using the knowledge to better serve in both her current and future roles in Brazil and possibly Africa. She is also serving in a Member Care capacity here in Brazil.
Lonney and Paula Moore
Hope Partners International
Lonney and Paula Moore met, married and began ministry right here at The Heights. For over 20 years, Lonney has served at a number of churches, dedicating his work to empowering students to discover God’s love and form a relationship with Him, while unleashing a passion in them to change the world around them.
In 2014 they felt led to moved to Costa Rica, first working at a Christian Camp and currently at The Hope Center which aids people living in poverty in an area called Pavas in Costa Rica. Lonney and Paula partner with this ministry by loving and caring for these children and sharing Jesus with them and also through hosting mission teams to serve at Hope Center.
Steve and Trina Graham
Cape Verde Islands
Steve grew up in Brazil, the son of Sue and Al Graham. Steve and Trina have served with Wycliffe since 1976, in the countries of Brazil, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They have served in field leadership, field translation programs, and program starts for mother tongue translation teams. Steve has earned an MA in Sociolinguistics, and together they have also conducted many sociolinguistics surveys, and contributed to many language entries in the Ethnologue. Hence, Wycliffe has asked them to join the Ethnologue staff. The Ethnologue is a regular mission publication that actively investigates, tracks, catalogues, and maps information on all the languages of the world, including their status in relation to Bible Translation–www.ethnologue.com. It has become the primary authoritative source of information on the world’s languages for mission, government, development, and academic organizations.
served in Brazil
Lance and Jessica Kanagy
Missionary Aviation Fellowship
Shannon Hurley founded SOS (Sufficiency of Scriptures)Ministries after seeing the overwhelming physical and spiritual needs of the Ugandan people. Founded in 2002, SOS Ministries is a Christian non-profit organization which seeks to provide humanitarian aid and biblical training to all those in need, focusing on the people of Uganda.
In 2002, Shannon graduated from The Masters Seminary and in early 2006 relocated his family to Uganda to more effectively serve the people. Initially operating a Christ-focused orphanage in the Kampala suburb of Mukono, Shannon became increasingly convinced that God had other plans for his ministry, as He opened a door to strengthen the Church through Biblical Training. In early 2009, As Shannon’s Biblical Training ministry continued to expand to meet the great need for clear teaching and training (Hosea 4:6), Shannon relocated the ministry to Luweero, two hours north of Kampala in a remote jungle. From this base, SOS could be among the people and pastors they desire to impact.
Since arriving in Luweero, SOS Ministries has grown from a staff of 5 to over 20 full-time staff, and its national training ministry continues to grow.
Lance was raised as a missionary kid in Brazil, and at the age of six he accepted Christ. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2018 with a degree in mission aviation technology.
Jessica was also born and raised as a missionary kid in Brazil. Jessica’s mom led her to accept Christ when she was four years old. She has known about missions all her life since her parents are Bible translators with Wycliffe. Jessica also graduated from Moody Bible Institute with an associate degree in biblical studies in December 2013. Jessica's grandma is our very own Sue Graham!
Kevin and Peggy Grip
Serving in Southeast Asia from Orlando, FL
Kevin and Peggy work with CRU. Starting first in Japan, they served for many years before returning to Orlando for the special needs of one of their children.
Kevin now works with educator through the International School Project and travels to train teachers in Southeast Asia.
Teachers have far-reaching influence in their communities, so by helping a teacher one is also helping their students, and the families of those students.
Peggy serves international students through Bridges International at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. From 18,000 to 20,000 university students from 127 countries attended Universities in the Orlando area.
Al and Sue Graham have had a tremendous impact in the lives of many. She is retired now, but we continue to support her. In 1959 they chose to work with Wycliffe Bible translators and Al and Sue went to the Amazon jungles in Maués, Brazil. They worked with the Sateré people, who were named after a gorgeous florescent insect that hovers above the canopy of the jungle but delivers a terrible sting when touched.
Because of the low self esteem of the Sateré, they were killing themselves off by suffocating their newborns. When the Graham's arived in 1959, they only numbered 1,500. By 1982, after the Graham’s work, they had grown to over 5,000 with 9 flourishing churches. It was during their initial translation that the Graham’s had heard the legend of the Wasidii (an original ancestor of the Sateré). The Wasidii had arrived in their land as a prisoner of unknown captors. While hidden in a cave, a "god" gave him ten rules for living and Wasidii carved them on a canoe paddle; five positive and five negative. The paddle still exists today and anthropologists who have examined the paddle cannot identify the writing or the wood. These rules had then been passed down to each generation’s chief. The legend promised that someday someone would come and explain the writing to them. When Sue Graham showed interest in the writing of the Sataré language, they thought that she was Wasidii returned to earth. The legend of the magic paddle helped the Grahams in their translation work and especially when translating the Ten Commandments. The New Testament was finished April 20, 1986 and the whole Bible was finished April 20, 2017.
Al and Sue raised five children, several who continue to work as missionaries around the world. Al has gone ahead to meet Jesus already and Sue is now retired.
Nick and Emily Greenwood
Nick is our part-time Discipleship Pastor. His other job is with NOVO mission agency which has missionaries working in the church around the world and here in the states. They go, serve, equip, mobilize, and collaborate with others until the good news of Jesus is heard by everyone. With 10 years of experience in various pastoral roles, and having launched and led a national missions agency, Nick loves to use his entrepreneurial experience with developing missional ministries in and outside of the church to help leaders discover and respond to what breaks God’s heart. He longs to help see Christ formed in leaders, the “least of these” loved, and new movements of disciples formed. Nick is a Moody Bible Institute grad and resides in Southern California with his wife Emily and their three small men and a little adopted princess.
Pacific Church Network
2520 North Euclid
Upland, CA 91784
We are proud to be a member of this evangelical network of churches. Pacific Church Network is a partnership of many ethnically and culturally diverse churches in Southern California, Hawaii, and Guam. The churches that makeup Pacific Church Network is committed to a joint statement of faith and participation in advancing the gospel. Pacific Church Network churches partner together to EQUIP each other, ENCOURAGE each other, and ESTABLISH new churches every year together.
PCN Equips Pastors and Churches with quarterly ministry workshops, ongoing online training, staffing referral service, church consulting, and legal support. PCN equips church leaders with the Annual Pastors and Wives Retreat, an Online forum for support and networking, Quarterly church staff Gatherings, and Mentor Groups for Pastors. PCN establishes new churches with Church Planting Infrastructure, Church plant Funding, Training, Coaching, and Resourcing: ordination process and certification.