Help us advance the gospel to the least reached by equipping leaders today.

Why We Exist

The gospel has yet to reach the ends of the earth. Currently, more than 3 billion people have little or no access to the gospel. We advance the gospel to the least reached by identifying, connecting and partnering with indigenous leaders in more than 30 countries.

Our History

In the late 1930s, as WWII loomed, Japan invaded China. At this time, many western missionaries in China found themselves forced out due to the war. One of the last missionaries to leave China, Duncan McRoberts, had a deep burden to see the gospel reach the lost. He gathered a group of businessmen to support the existing Chinese church. Together, they formed a partnership model that allowed western Christians to fuel the vision of indigenous leaders in China. The China Native Evangelistic Crusade (CNEC) was formed in 1943 with Calvin Chao as their first leader. Partnerships quickly multiplied and by 1949 there were 150 indigenous leaders in China supported through this model.

In 1960, Allen Finley became the first president of CNEC, and partnership expanded throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Allen focused on coming alongside indigenous leaders to truly fuel their vision for their community—our partnership model that still exists today. In the mid-1980s, CNEC officially became Partners International, and in 1999 God gave a new vision to reach those in the world who do not have access to the gospel. At this time, the least reached became our sole focus. Today, working in over 30 of the least reached countries, we continue to fuel indigenous leaders through resources, training, and prayer, aiming to reach the 3.2 billion people who have not yet had an opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel.

In the past 25 years

30,000

Churches Started

14,500

Small Groups Started

1.6m

New Jesus Followers

5.8m

Asssisted Through Relief & Development

Mission

Building the Church in the least reached places by partnering with indigenous ministries and connecting followers of Christ.

Vision

Our vision is that local ministries in the least-reached, least-resourced nations will be proclaiming the gospel to every person and building a thriving church for every people.

Leadership

Bryson Vogeltanz

President & CEO

Bryson brings more than 20 years of ministry experience at multiple levels. He has served on leadership at Passion City Church and Passion Conferences, helping raise nearly $20 million to resource over 50 ministry projects worldwide. Bryson also co-founded and led the END IT MOVEMENT—which has surpassed 1 billion media impressions and raised more than $8 million to fund anti-trafficking efforts. Before joining Partners, Bryson traveled to many countries promoting gospel outreach. His heart prayer is, “God, I will go anywhere, at any time, and at any cost to ensure that every person has the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel.” Bryson, his wife Emily, and their four children live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Carlos Calderon

Vice President of International Ministries

Carlos grew up in war-torn El Salvador. As a young man, he served as a youth pastor at his church, led by Luis Bush, who later became the president of Partners. After completing his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Carlos returned to El Salvador and coordinated the first international missions conference in Central America, helping spark a missionary movement. After marriage, Carlos and his wife moved to the Middle East, where they lead a church-planting team among Muslims. At Partners, he served as area director for the Middle East and North Africa for 15 years. He now oversees the international ministries team and our relationships with local leaders.

Chris Ramsey

Chief Operating Officer

Chris graduated with a BS in Sports Management and Marketing and worked in that field until he felt a calling to serve in full-time ministry. He served at Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, as their outreach pastor, then for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, until accepting the call to serve in the local church as executive pastor of ministries at New City Church in Charlotte. When Chris first heard about Partners, he was drawn to the mission of serving and sharing the gospel in the least reached places. Chris and Dana have two children and reside in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Emily Draa

Chief Storyteller

Emily graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Journalism and later studied at Dallas Theological Seminary, where she obtained her Master’s in Biblical and Theological Studies. Before joining the team at Partners, Emily worked in nonprofit development and local church ministry as a part of the team at Passion City Church. Her love for the gospel and deep desire to see the name of Jesus made known among the nations led her to the team at Partners. Emily and her husband, Jeremy, have one daughter and live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Randy Hall

Vice President of Development

Randy gained his passion for missions from spending summers at Gull Lake Bible and Mission conference in his youth. He earned a BA in Communication at Moody Bible Institute. He worked in communications before joining the development team at Moody in 2004, where he managed their annual giving program and online daily devotional. Randy’s passion for the gospel and the unreached led him to Partners, where he is excited to engage with individuals and churches making a difference through partnership. He and his wife, Joy, have three children and two foster daughters.

Our Board

Dan Brown

National Christian Foundation, 
Former CIO | Board Chairman (Atlanta, Georgia)

Bryson Vogeltanz

Partners, President & CEO (Atlanta, Georgia)

David Sykora

Chick-fil-A, Operator (Waco, Texas)

Doug Hunter

Charleston Southern University, Director of Marketplace Ministries Institute (Charleston, South Carolina)

Elaine Lo

Cisco, Former Naming and Branding Manager (San Jose, California)

Jennifer Holloran

Wycliffe Bible Translators, COO (Orlando, Florida)

John LaRue

A Door of Hope, Director of Development (Tampa Bay, Florida)

Joseph Vijayam

Olive Technology, Managing Director (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Lennell Perry

Gallagher, Partnership & Business Development (Atlanta, Georgia)

Mary Pudaite Keating

SIL International, Global Generosity Strategist (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Meredith Brock

Proverbs 31 Ministries, Executive Director (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Phillip Bowen

InTouch Ministries, President and CEO (Atlanta, Georgia)

Samuel Chiang

Karam Labs LLC, Founder and Principal (Arlington, Texas)

Audited Financials

As a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Partners is audited annually by a certified public accounting firm. Partners is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible for U.S. income tax purposes.

View FY2020 Financials

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