Missionaries | gatewaycwm


Missionaries are an essential part of the mission enterprise.  A partnership in the nations of missionaries, short-term mission teams, and local indigenous church workers are essential to finish the task of completing the Great Commission of Jesus.  Here at home, senders, intercessors and care teams provide support to keep missionaries healthy and effective.

Some of our missionaries below chose to not have their information listed because of security reasons. 

Our Team

The Shirkeys

Ken has a passion to see God’s people empowered for mission to unreached peoples. He was ordained into ministry in 1990.  He has been involved for over 27 years in mission mobilization and education, working with key leaders in different nations of the world. The Lord has given him a mandate to spark a movement that will launch one million missionaries into the harvest in the next ten years.  His background is in government administration, having served the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as chief of the administrative section of the Water Bureau’s Municipal Services Division. AAS  Marine Biology and Oceanography, B Div, Christian Outreach School of Ministry,   Ken is currently pursuing a Silver Level certification with the   Koinonia Institute

Martha has an extensive administrative background in education. She was principal of New Haven Elementary in Union, Kentucky, which had a student enrollment of approximately 750 and a staff of 60. She holds these Kentucky certifications: Teacher Grades 1 to 8, Instructional Leadership Principal Certification Grades K to 12, and Superintendent Certification. She served as an advisor for the Coordinator training for the Perspectives study program on educational issues for mission education.  Martha holds a  BA and MEd. University of Evansville.

The Gregory Family

Brent and Connie Gregory, along with their sons Micah and David, served 10 years in northern Brazil with Project AmaZon (PAZ). PAZ is a nationally-lead church planting movement with a focus on the tens of thousands of unreached villages in the Amazon basin. All the Gregorys were involved in winning Brazilians to Christ and raising them up in their faith through the PAZ ministry model of small groups and one-to-one discipleship. Brent and Connie also provided administrative support at PAZ headquarters, serving, among other areas, in personnel management and missionary care. They developed a passion for missionary care and a call to move into that area of ministry.

In November of 2014, Brent, Connie, and David moved back to the United States, followed later by Micah and his wife Lidiane. In 2015 Brent and Connie completed an internship in missionary care at Heartstream Resources. They have settled back in central Illinois and are currently providing missionary care to their church and the missionary community at large as well as for the Gateway Center for World Mission.

If you would like to contact Brent and Connie or receive their newsletter you may contact them at missocare@gmail.com.