NATIONAL & GLOBAL
At Door Creek Church, we partner with other Christ-centered organizations around our country and around the world. Our partnerships strive to be built on deep respect, mutual need and a shared vision for reaching our respective communities for Christ.
RED CLOUD INDIAN SCHOOL | PINE RIDGE, SOUTH DAKOTA
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is home to some of our nation’s greatest poverty. Second only to Haiti in poverty rates in the western hemisphere, Pine Ridge faces alcoholism, high mortality rates and a terribly high teenage suicide rate. Located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Red Cloud Indian School aims to educate children, provide hope to them and their families and maintain strong cultural values. Not only do they have an incredibly high graduation rate, 100% of their students leave the school with plans to further their careers and gain higher education and training.
If you're interested in learning more about service trip opportunities to Pine Ridge or supporting teams traveling here, please fill out this form.
To stay up to date with Pine Ridge, including posts from current or recent team members, please visit the Pine Ridge blog.
URBAN IMPACT | NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Growing in deep relationships with children and families through tutoring, Bible study, summer camp, basketball and more, Urban Impact is helping to raise up leaders in the Central City of New Orleans. Door Creek Church has a rich history of week-long service trips with Urban Impact. We’ve seen their ministry first hand and know the heart they have to build up the city and see God stirring in the hearts of people who call New Orleans home. Watch this video for more information about the work Urban Impact is doing.
If you're interested in learning more about service trip opportunities to New Orleans or supporting teams traveling here, please fill out this form.
To stay up to date with New Orleans, including posts from current or recent team members, please visit the New Orleans blog.
GREAT COMMISSION CHURCH OF LATIN AMERICA | LA CEIBA, HONDURAS
Great Commission Church of Latin America focuses on discipleship and leadership development, with the belief that the local church, powered by Gospel, is the hope of the world. The church focuses on evangelism through compassion projects, including malnutrition clinics to combat hunger, health clinics to provide physical healing and construction projects to improve living conditions. In 2015, Door Creek Church helped provide new teacher salary funds for Great Commission Church of Latin America so that nearly 50 more children and their families could gain greater access to resources and education.
If you're interested in learning more about service trip opportunities to Honduras or supporting teams traveling here, please fill out this form.
To stay up to date with Honduras, including posts from current or recent team members, please visit the Honduras blog.
MISSION OF HOPE | HAITI
Door Creek Church is one of three Wisconsin churches to partner with Mission of Hope Haiti (MOHH), the largest non-governmental organization (NGO) serving in Haiti. Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere so the needs are great. We seek to assist MOHH Village Champions living in the area of Zoranje area who work alongside community church leaders to identify the needs of the community.
If you're interested in learning more about service trip opportunities to Haiti or supporting teams traveling here, please fill out this form.
To learn more about MOHH and what you could be doing with our partner, click here.
To stay up to date with Haiti, including posts from current or recent team members, please visit the Haiti blog.
WORLD RELIEF | KIGALI, RWANDA
World Relief’s history of working with churches in Rwanda began when responding to the causes and after-effects of the 1994 Genocide. As World Relief’s work has transitioned from emergency relief to economic, social and health development programs, the church has been engaged throughout.
With the partnership of Door Creek and other churches around the world, World Relief envisions establishing new Church Empowerment Zones to continue mobilizing interdenominational groups of local churches in specific geographic areas in Rwanda to sustainably transform their communities through combined ministries of word and deed. For more information about World Relief's in-country work, visit their website.
If you're interested in learning more about service trip opportunities to Rwanda or supporting teams traveling here, please fill out this form.
To stay up to date with Rwanda, including posts from current or recent team members, please visit the Rwanda blog.
GLOBAL INDIVIDUAL PARTNERS
Click on the + next to any of the regions for information about our global individual partners serving there.
- John and Jen Keller | East Asia
- Kory and Laura Eller | Malaga, Spain
Kory and Laura Eller have served overseas for the past 23 years. After 12 years in Guatemala, God moved them to southern Spain. There, they have different platforms that provide opportunities to engage people from many different cultures/backgrounds with the gospel. Their hearts are to see disciple-making movements throughout their region of the world. Last year, the Ellers were part of opening a community center for refugees and immigrants arriving to Malaga. As they practically serve their "new neighbors," they are working with local churches to see them how to work together to show unity in the Body of Christ as we serve together. Kory leads the Málaga team for OC, and Laura serves teams throughout Europe who are doing multiple ministries to reach the continent with the gospel. Give to their ministry.
- Ben Hacker | Madison, WI
- John Gerhardt | New Orleans, LA
John and Wendy Gerhardt have been serving with Urban Impact Ministries (UIM) in Central City New Orleans since 1991. John grew up in Platteville, WI and Wendy in Cedar Rapids, IA. Over the years, some of their duties have included: pioneering UIM’s youth ministry, heading up short term missions, planting and pastoring Castle Rock Community Church, replanting the church and ministry after Hurricane Katrina, and overall leadership and vision for the ministry. The vision of UIM is to create a neighborhood where kids can ride their bikes to: schools of excellence, a safe place to gather, a church that cares, and a transformed household. John currently serves as the Executive Director of Urban Impact Ministries, having also served as the Pastor of Castle Rock Community Church from 1998 until January 2017. Wendy has served in various capacities such as Children’s Church Director, Summer Camp Medical Advisor, and Education Ministries Director. She currently is a midwife at a clinic and volunteers at the ministry. They have 4 children, Josiah (current Education Director at UIM), Anastasia (a missionary with Reach Global), Elijah (a senior in college studying Elementary Education), and Jeremiah (a sophomore in college). Give to their ministry.
- Ron and Dawn Kregness | Madison, WI
The Kregness' ministry is one of service. Ron's position as Executive Director of Lake Waubesa Bible Camp gives him the opportunity to lead out in serving every day. The Bible Camp's vision statement is ”creating opportunities for life change through the love of Jesus Christ” and everything Ron does, from maintenance to administration, is focused on that goal. As for specific tasks, Ron is the camp administrator, LWBC’s liaison to the Board of Directors, he works with the year-round staff team to plan and prepare, does most of the maintenance around the facility, cooks and serves meals to guest groups, and whatever else is necessary! Dawn’s title is Director of Operations. She coordinates a lot of the planning and processes around both the summer ministry and year-round retreats and other events. Dawn also oversees the food service area. The Kregness family has been serving at LWBC since 1988 and hears so often about how God has used the camp to change the lives of individuals and families. LWBC typically sees over 100 Door Creek kids attend summer programs and often have the privilege of serving alongside young adults as part of our high school staff or summer staff teams. LWBC serves well over 600 campers every summer and nearly 5,000 people annually through summer overnight camps, day camps, leadership training, special events, retreats and conferences of all kinds. In 2020, LWBC will be celebrating its 75th year of service in spreading the Gospel in Dane County. Both Dawn and Ron have also been active in the ministry of (formerly) Buckeye Evangelical Free Church and now Door Creek Church. Give to their ministry.
- Heather Braden de Maradiaga | La Ceiba, Honduras
Heather Braden de Maradiaga and her husband, Rigo, have been blessed with two kids, Nathan and Laura. They live in La Ceiba, Honduras and are so thankful for Door Creek's friendship and partnership. In 1999, Heather's family moved to Waterloo, WI. She was involved in the youth group at Door Creek during her high school years. When she was 13 years old, she dedicated her life to serve the Lord. Through short-term mission trips, the Lord placed a passion in her heart for the Latin culture and working with kids at risk. At Moody Bible Institute’s 2007 Mission Conference, the Lord led her to join Latin America Mission. Latin America Mission merged with United World Mission in 2014. As she serves the Lord, Heather is reminded of the passage in 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 that teaches us that we are His ambassadors in the ministry of reconciliation. In August 2011, Heather started serving with Great Commission Church Latin America at Centro de Desarrollo Infantil (CDI) (translated as Children’s Development Center). She has had different roles while serving there at the center including individual tutor, classroom tutor, coordinator, and English teacher. CDI is an outreach to kids at risk in the area. CDI started in 2008 with 25 kids that were locally supported. They currently serve over 100 kids (1st through 12th grade) sponsored by individuals in the United States. CDI functions similarly to a before- and after-school program. CDI strives to meet the needs of children in four specific areas: Spiritual, Physical, Nutritional, and Educational. In November 2018 they rejoiced at God´s faithfulness as six teenagers were the first to graduate high school. Please join them in praying for a strong marriage, His Spirit of grace and wisdom in raising their kids, grace in speech and actions for the staff of CDI, rest in the Lord as there are many heartbreaking situations that happen in lives of the kids in CDI, and wisdom for the staff on a daily basis. Stay in touch with them through email. Give to their ministry.