Missions

We are Sent to Serve

Our purpose goes beyond our own comfort. We are here to serve knowing that isn’t always easy, but willing to do whatever it takes. We get our hands dirty serving side by side with the church from Naples to the Nations.

Naples to the Nations Conference | October 5-9

The Naples to the Nations Conference is a week long gathering of our mission partners and church body. This is our chance to hear stories of life change, to be equipped for the work of the Kingdom, and to learn how we can support and pray specifically for our missionaries and their work around the world in the name of Jesus. See the conference schedule and more information by clicking below!

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Naples to the Nations

We are called to make disciples that make disciples, reaching the world with the gospel from Naples to the Nations. We are blessed to partner with many missionaries and ministries, locally, nationally, and internationally and our Naples to the Nations missions offering supports these partners. This year, we are taking a step of faith and have expanded this offering to $549,500 and we are so excited to see how the Lord will use these resources! Click below to give toward missions and scroll to find more information about each of our missions partners.

National Partners

Brian Owen | Grace City Church

Brian leads Grace Church, a church plant in Boston, MA. They are located in the Fenway neighborhood and seek to strategically reach lost college students and young urban professionals throughout the city. God has called them to raise up passionate leaders and healthy churches throughout Boston and New England. They have a desire to see the way Jesus lived faithfully in an urban environment. They have two children, Clare and Judson.

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Brian Hook | Aspire Church

Pastor Brian Hook has served as a minister for 34 years including 3 years as Student Pastor here at First Naples. Brian and his wife, Jessica, serve at Aspire  Church in Tucson, AZ, a church plant that began in January of 2019. Aspire has seen over 70 salvations as well as 40 baptisms and training two couples at Aspire to start new churches in Tucson. This is the second church plant where Brian and Jessica have served as church planters and they have for children Phoenix, Dallas, Noah, + Faith.

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Noah Nemni | The Movement Church

The Movement Church is a multi-ethnic church plant in West Homestead Florida, with the vision to be distinctively different , self-sacrificing, disciples of Christ growing in relationship with Jesus and one another. Noah joined The Movement Church staff in November 2021 to implement vision, equip ministry leaders, and create healthy structures for mission and discipleship. God has called them to a low-income, immigrant community who struggles with lack of education and employment opportunities, and high living cost.

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Rob Wilton | Vintage Church

Rob Wilton is a multi-city movement leader for Christ. He is the founding Pastor of Vintage Church, and a Send City Missionary for the Send Network. After Hurricane Katrina, Rob planted Vintage Church which has reached hundreds for Jesus and he became the New Orleans Saints Chaplain. After a decade of ministry, the Lord called Rob to plant another Vintage Church in Pittsburgh. In less than a year, Vintage Church Pittsburgh launched with hundreds of people in two different locations.

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Mark Rodriguez | Love + UNLTD

LOVE + UNLTD is devoted to showing the city of Miami the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ. Started in 2019, Pastor Mark Rodriguez leads this church as they focus on ministering to some of the poorest neighborhoods in Miami. They desire to partner with people who have the same heart for the forgotten.

In 2021, we were able to support them through our own Vacation Bible School! The kids raised enough funds to purchase and outfit an Event Truck (like ours!) that LOVE + UNLTD now uses for ministry in their community.

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Jason Lankford | Radiant Church

Jason is a native of Texas, served with the IMB as a Journeyman in Sudan and he first encountered church planting during seminary. He and his family have lived in Alaska spending time planting churches. He is currently working with the Salt Network as he prepares to plant again in Syracuse, New York. 2022 is a big year for the Lankfords as they move and settle into Syracuse. Their work will be focused around starting the ministry in the campus of Syracuse University and building small groups throughout the city.

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Andrew Stucker | Redemption Church

Andrew and his wife Erin are Orlando natives and were called to plant Redemption Church is 2021. Andrew is passionate about preaching the Bible in a way that is relatable and engaging and he loves encouraging people to take their next step of faith with Jesus. Andrew and Erin are excited to “return home” to a city and people they love. They are eager to reach all people, with all of Christ, for all of life.

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Prison Fellowship

Prison Fellowship brings restoration to those affected by crime and incarceration by facilitating prisoners’ transformation, supporting their families, and advocating for criminal justice system that reflects the God-given dignity and potential of each life.

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Man In The Mirror

Peter Hone serves as the National Development Director for this national men’s discipleship program. Their vision is to see “every church disciple every man,” raising up godly men to become leaders in their homes, places of work, + churches.

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Hearts With Hands

This is a disaster relief ministry offering not only physical assistance, through providing non-perishable food boxes, water, hygiene kits, cleaning supplies, baby supplies, and more, including spiritual care. We partner with Hearts with Hands during Hurricane relief work.

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NAMB Offering (Annie Armstrong)

Joint mission effort of Southern Baptist Churches for the purpose of evangelizing and church planting in North America. Over 5,200 missionaries and planters are supported out of this offering.

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International Partners

Paul Ameen | Middle East

Almost five years after accepting Jesus as his personal savior, from an Islamic background, Paul was concerned with how others, especially Muslims, would hear the truth about Christ, Many have questions and no sound answers. He began using the internet, conferencing tools, groups, and satellite TV to reach the 10/40 window and the Islamic world. Paul’s outreach ministry is now viewed around the globe, teaching apologetics in response to Muslim questions and claims. His goal is to present the truth of Christ with love, revealing the agenda of political Islam for Christian/Western society and Muslims.

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Brant + Kara Bauman | IMB London

Brant and Kara have been with the International Mission Board for almost 7 years serving in Italy and the UK. After and 18 month stint in America due to COVID the Baumans were finally able to move to Redhill, UK and assume their roles at IMB’s Global Training Center (GTC). Brant, as the European Digital Engagement Strategist, has the privilege of helping and training IMB teams across Europe in leveraging digital tools and social media to spread the Gospel. Since arriving to Redhill, Kara has taken on the responsibility of being the Child Care and Volunteer Coordinator for the GTC. While it has been a year of change for the Baumans, they are excited by hoe God continues to open new doors for them to be a part of how He is working to advance the Gospel all across Europe. While a piece of their hearts will always remain in the small northern Italian town of Trento, the entire family, especially Elizabeth (4) and Nelson (1) have adjusted great to their new life and ministry in Redhill.

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Jalil Dawood | World Refugee Care

Jalil Dawood was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and came to the US as a refugee in 1982. After resettling into his new life in the US, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas, and his master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Since then , Jalil has served as pastor of the Arabic church of Dallas, Texas, and founded World Refugee rebuild their lives. Through these outreached , Jalil has made an incredible impact on Muslim and persecuted Christian refugees alike. Tens of thousands of displaced families have been served and many have embraced faith in Jesus Christ.

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Doug Dyer | Asia

Doug currently helps organize a youth basketball league in a large city in East Asia. The league uses basketball as an open door to form relationships which allow for sharing of the gospel. First Naples teams have helped with these camps. Doug also serves as an elder at Baptist Fellowship plant where he and his wife, Kris , are members. During the week, they both teach at a private Bilingual International Academy which seeks to provide a biblical education to students who would not normally have the opportunity to receive such education.

 

David + Carleen Heath | Nigeria

David and Carleen have been serving as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators since 1995 in Northwest Nigeria, Africa. The Heath’s passion is for people to have access to the gospel, having scripture in a language they know best. They began with the ut-Hun language of NW Nigeria and then began promoting Bible translation in many other languages in their area. The ut-Hun New Testament was dedicated in 2018. Currently , David and Carleen oversee 5 translations projects in Nigeria for 7 languages. The heaths and the language teams have been involved in audio and video versions of the scriptures as well.

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Fernando Facioli | Brazil

Pastor Fernado Facioli serves as Director of Leadership Outreach. The overall mission of Leadership Outreach is to train pastors, multiply ministry leaders, revitalize churches, and promote church planting as a means of community transformation. Fernando is driven by his passion for educating and coaching untrained pastors and church leaders in remote areas unserved by local seminaries. His current work is focused on developing church leaders in Portugese and Spanish speaking countries, with a focus on the banks of the Amazon basin in Brazil.

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International Training Center Project

Partnering with the IMB to start a theological training center in Amsterdam.

 

Operation Christmas Child

The amazing journey of a shoe box gift results in evangelism, discipleship, and multiplication. This fund will help with supplies and boxes for our efforts.

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One More Child / Orphan's Heart

An extension of Florida Baptist Children’s Home serving over 44,000 international children in crisis each year. We have mission teams from our church that serve with this ministry around the world.

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IMB Offering (Lottie Moon)

The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is an annual offering collected by Southern Baptist to support international missions. The offering was officially named in 1918 by Woman’s Missionary Union in honor of the missionary to China who urged churches to start it and give sacrificially.

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Meet the Team

Kevin Taylor

Missions Pastor

Edisson Cantor

Love Naples Director

Tina Platter

Missions + Media Ministry Assistant