Bernard and Rhonda Slingerland
Bernie and Rhonda Slingerland and their two daughters, Hannah and Abigail, are Global missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene serving in the Mesoamerica Region (MAR=31 Countries): Mexico, Central America, Panama and the Caribbean. The MAR Regional Office is in Panama City, Panama. They have served in missionary assignments in the MAC Region (7 Countries), MAC South Field (Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama), and Venezuela in South America, and have been missionaries since 1995.
Bernie is the MAR Regional Coordinator of Evangelism.
Rhonda is the MAR Regional Coordinator of Finances.
Both are ordained elders in the Church of the Nazarene.
Bernie facilitates church planting and development for the 31 countries utilizing the integrated ministry model, which includes: forming partnerships, evangelistic campaigns, the Jesus Film project, the EvangeCube, personal evangelism, leadership development, the Holiness Cube, regional evangelism strategies, and the project “Refocus” (which promotes church health).
He has raised up 150 Jesus Film Teams/Missional Zone Planters. He has participated in the organization of 10 new districts; facilitated the planting of 6,000 church missions; and helped the Church of the Nazarene to enter country number 159 (Turks and Caicos). He is helping the Region to enter the countries Bonaire and Curacao.
Currently, the Region is planting 750-1500 missions a year (1,204 missions in 2013). He is the author of To Be Like Him church planting manual, Holiness Cube/Cards, the book “Collision Between The Law and Grace”, book “Real Hope”, book “Missional Zones”, “Evangelism Training Manual”, “The Power of a Glorious Church”, Six Book Series School of Leadership on evangelism, and new book called “Now Serving in His Kingdom Business”.
He holds a Doctorate and Masters Degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City Missouri. Also he completed a Bachelor and Associate degrees from Nazarene Bible College Colorado Springs CO. He was born and raised in California. He pursued education in business, law and commercial photography, and worked in small businesses until he answered the call to full-time ministry.
Rhonda oversees the finances for the region which consists of 5 field offices, 31 countries and 72 districts. She was born in Kansas City and was raised in Ohio and Upstate New York. She is a fourth generation Nazarene (Knox). She graduated from Olivet Nazarene University and Vanderbilt University School of Law. She practiced law for nine years in Colorado before answering her call to ministry. She attended Nazarene Theological Seminary as well. Her testimony is in a book, “Call Waiting”.
Also, she teaches Sunday School at her local church, writes materials for leadership training manuals, and she enjoys a good read, as well.
Hannah was born May 12, 1995, and she graduated from high school in Panama 2013. She now attends Mt. Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio and is studying Elementary Education. She likes to do photography, painting, horseback riding, to read, and do graphic design projects (covers for her Dad’s books). She plays a little guitar on the side, but really enjoys listening to music, and leads children’s worship at our local church. When possible, she likes to do Integrated Ministry Projects in the USA and the Mesoamerica Region.
Abigail (“Abby”) was born December 3, 1997. As of this summer she will have completed her junior year in high school in Panama City, Panama. She is serious about playing the guitar, horseback riding, enjoys sports, a good read, and listening to music. She also plays in the worship band at our local church, and at her school’s youth group.
Home Assignment Dates
May 11, 2018 - Jul 08, 2018
Going Where the Church is Not Yet
Today there are over 4.3 billion people who live in areas where there is little to no gospel witness. 4.3 billion people who have not heard the message of the gospel, who have never heard the name of Jesus. We believe that everyone deserves to hear. God continues to call the Church of the Nazarene to spread the message of the gospel, to preach holiness, and to bring good news to the poor all over the world. The task is enormous; far too big for anyone to do alone, but together we can go where the church is not yet and see people, communities, and nations transformed. Reaching these people begins with one step, a step of obedience and faithfulness that says yes to God’s call. Take your first step and start your journey toward serving in missions today.