2017 World Missions Conference
Born and raised in Minnesota, Dr. Paul D. Kooistra holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, a M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Alabama. He served as assistant pastor of Pinelands Presbyterian Church in Miami, Florida, 1967-1969; and associate pastor of Seminole Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Florida, 1969-1973, where he assumed the role of principal of Seminole Presbyterian Day School during the 1972-73 academic year.
In 1973 Dr. Kooistra assumed the position of Assistant Professor of Christian Education at Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1975 he became Associate Professor of Christian Education and Homiletics at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in Clinton, Mississippi, until 1983 when he was named Professor of Practical Theology. In 1985 he accepted the presidency of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he also taught Practical Theology. He served the seminary until 1994 when he assumed the position of Coordinator of Mission to the World in Atlanta, Georgia, for the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) until 2014. In 2008 Dr. Kooistra was elected as Moderator of the PCA’s 36th General
Assembly. He served as president of Erskine College and Seminary from 2014 through 2016.
Dr. Kooistra has published the following devotionals: 31 Days of Grace, Following God: His Will for Your Life, Supper’s Ready, Pursuit of Joy, and Faith Promise.
After losing his first wife, Jan, to cancer in 2008, the Lord brought Sandi into Dr. Kooistra’s life in 2009. They were married August 29, 2009, and they reside in Suwanee, Georgia. They have five adult children and seven grandchildren.
Alleen McLain de Tomás’ first mission trip was to Trujillo, Peru in December 2007. She immediately felt the call to missions and specifically to that city and church while visiting there. Upon returning back to the USA, Alleen began seeking the Lord’s will in earnest and by October 2008, she had been accepted as a missionary with PeruMission and raised all of her funds within 90 days. The Lord’s call upon her life was clear and strong to go to Peru. Despite being a successful lawyer, Alleen left her practice, home and family and moved to Peru in April 2009 (after a brief stint in Guatemala at language school). She met Hermes Tomás her first month there and three years later they were married in March 2012. Hermes is a businessman by trade and after volunteering in the church for years and getting to know the mission, felt the call to work full-time in ministry. He began working with PeruMission full-time in fall of 2012.
Hermes and Alleen have been serving with PeruMission since 2012 and 2009, respectively. Hermes is Director of Economic Development where he helps spread the Gospel through PeruMission’s micro-finance program, Stewardship Sinergia. He is a leader in their church, Cristo Rey, serving as a deacon and worship leader. Hermes and Alleen seek to build the church through working with the young adult group at church and hosting a small group for all ages in their home. Alleen serves as the Chief Financial Officer for PeruMission, Short-Term Teams Coordinator and English professor at Geneva School. She also enjoys teaching a Bible study for women in their home. Together the Tomáses are committed to proclaiming the Gospel through their every day lives and specific ministries the Lord has called them to.
After twenty years in the pastoral ministry in the PCA, Tim and Andrea Kay joined the African Bible Colleges (ABC) staff team in 2015. ABC has universities and other Christ-centered ministries in three African nations: Liberia, Malawi, and Uganda. Tim serves ABC in a dual capacity: teaching at the Uganda campus (African Bible University—ABU) and working stateside building and maintaining relationships with church partners for ABC.
Tim and Andrea are blessed with three daughters: Hannah, Rachel, and Maggie. When they are stateside, the Kays live in Athens, GA where they are members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and Andrea teaches at Downtown Academy.
Tim grew up in a Christian home, son and grandson of PCA pastors, and came to faith in Christ as a young child. Andrea did not grow up in the church, but became a Christian during her time as a student at Auburn University. After graduating from Belhaven College in 1989, Tim spent two years on the staff of Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He then attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS where he and Andrea met and were married. They returned to Tuscaloosa, and Tim served as Assistant Pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church for five years. Tim then served as Associate Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Atlanta for 14 years.
The Kays first visited Uganda in 2012, through a ministry to at-risk children. They returned to Uganda in 2013, for Tim to teach and train at ABU. Tim and Andrea are thrilled to be on the ABC staff both working in the U.S. and serving in Uganda.
Alex Mark, with the help of his wife Stefany, is the church planter of First Scots Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Beaufort, South Carolina. They have three children: Joshua (10), Charlie (3), and Samuel (almost 1).
Alex was born and raised in Beaufort, and the Marks jumped at the opportunity to move back to Beaufort when I.P.C. began to work with a core group from Beaufort to plant First Scots. The church began with a core group of 30 and was established in 2013, with Alex as an intern of I.P.C., and became a plant of the PCA in 2014. As of the end of 2016, they have 150 members and a growing influence in Beaufort.
Jessica Wiggins went on a short-term trip to Peru, five years ago. She was part of the team from I.P.C. Day Camp going to help conduct a week-long camp in Trujillo. It changed her life. Here is some of what Jessica has written.
“It’s been five years since I took my first trip to Trujillo. It’s also been five years since I boarded that flight knowing 100% that I would be coming home in eight days. The next three trips I was never quite certain that I would get on that plane that was coming home. I loved Trujillo too much and each year it got harder to leave. The thought, “what if I just don’t get on the plane,” crossed my mind multiple times a day the whole time I was there. This time, when my team (my I.P.C. family, some of my closest friends, and my sisters) boards that return flight, I will not. I get to stay in a place that I have come to love so much. But when everyone from home leaves, that’s when I feel like everything will hit me. I get to settle into a new place surrounded by familiar people and I think that is such an awesome thing! I think it will also delay whatever feelings come along with moving to a new country, at least for a week. I am thrilled to say that I am moving to Trujillo, Peru as a two-year missionary with PeruMission! I will primarily be working as a nurse in a clinic down there and be serving in the church however I can. I would greatly appreciate your prayers on this new journey!”
Jessica will be a nurse full time in the Betesda Clinic. She will also help with the PeruMission student ministries —high school and college, as well as be a part of the Christo Rey church. She has to raise all of her support to undertake this project—all expenses for training, travel, and living for two years. The offerings we collect during the Missions Conference this year will go to help Jessica. Our goal is to raise $10,000 towards her support. Please give generously.