The mission of our church is to Bring people to Jesus Christ, Build them up in that relationship, and Send them out to change lives. Jesus sends us into the world to make a difference in our families, workplaces, local communities and the world. Ever since Jesus gave the apostles “The Great Commission” (Matthew 28:18-20) followers of Jesus have been seeking to share the good news about Jesus wherever he sends us.

Make disciples of all nations…

In the Free Methodist Church that often means participating in VISA. VISA stands for “Volunteers in Service Abroad.” This can mean anything from a short-term mission trip of a week or two, or commitment to a longer period of service should God call you to that.

This website is designed to help you learn about what Northgate has already done in this area of missions, as well as what we are currently involved in and what we are planning in the future. As you browse through these pages, you will want to be in prayer for the individuals and projects that you read about, but you will also want to be in prayer, asking God how he’d like you to be involved. Going on a short-term, VISA mission trip can be a life-changing experience, opening our eyes to what God is doing around the world, challenging and strengthening our faith, and blessing us as we engage with Jesus’ call to “make disciples of all nations.”

Our Missionaries

The Free Methodist Church was formed in 1860 and in 1881 Ernest Fremont Ward became the first FM foreign missionary, serving Christ with his wife and three daughters in India. Since then FM missions has spread around the world, with missionaries now serving in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. You can learn more about this work at the FM Missions website:

Northgate Church is committed to participating in world missions in a variety of ways.   Currently we are focusing our efforts in two world areas: Northern Europe and Gahanda, Rwanda. You can learn more about our work in these places over to the right of this page.

In addition we support financially and prayerfully those called to long-term mission work in other areas of the world. In order to help you know who we support and the work that they are doing, we are providing these links to their webpages.

Chris and Yuko Wllkins – Japan
Josh and Susy Fajardo – Spain
Gerry and Kati McNamara – Hungary
Larry and Katie Winckles – Hungary
J.R. and Becky Crouse – Ecuador
Mitch and Lynn Sue PiercePastor to Missionaries in Europe

Upcoming Trips

Northgate Missions

Northgate wants to expand our missions field, both locally and internationally. Find out how you can get involved.

Past Trips

Gahanda, Rwanda

Northgate sent a group of teachers to Gahanda in August of 2019. They partnered with the teachers in Gahanda by sharing ideas, teaching techniques and strategies to help implement a syllabus more efficiently.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

In February 2019, a team from Northgate set off to help rebuild areas of San Juan, Puerto Rico still dealing with the devistation of Hurricane Irma in September 2018.

Györ, Hungary

In November 2018, our Missions Coordinator set out to meet our Free Methodist Missionaries and to serve in Budapest and Györ, Hungary.

Gahanda, Rwanda

Pastors Vern and John and their spouses, Deb and Amy,  traveled to Gahanda in support of our partnership with this village through the “Connected Communities” program of International Child Care Ministries.

Gahanda, Rwanda

We’ve begun a new missional relationship with the village of Gahanda in Rwanda through International Child Care Ministries. We began by offering people the opportunity to sponsor children in Gahanda through ICCM and to date we’ve sponsored nearly 70 children!

Györ, Hungary

In July 2016, a group of seven individuals set out from Northgate FMC to serve in Budapest and Györ, Hungary.

Tijuana, Mexico

In the summer of 2003 a group of about 30 Northgate people headed to Tijuana, Mexico for two weeks, serving as short-term missionaries through the Free Methodist VISA program.

More Mission Work Supported Through Northgate’s Giving

We also support world mission work by supporting the following FM ministries…

Great Day of Giving

Every year around Thanksgiving time we take a special offering in addition to our regular offering, one-third of which is used to support FM World Missions, with a second third going to various local organizations serving people’s needs, and the final third used for a capital project here at Northgate that will allow us to do our best to serve our local community.

SEED (Visit)

“SEED partners with holistic livelihood groups connected to Free Methodist churches around the world to do micro-enterprise that makes sense in their local communities.”

The Set Free Movement (Visit)

“The Set Free Movement seeks to create new futures and end modern slavery through community-based action in partnership with others.”

International Child Care Ministries (Visit)

“International Child Care Ministries is a child sponsorship initiative serving 20,000 children in over 30 countries. We work with Free Methodists for high levels of care and accountability. Through education, meals, clothing and basic medical care, children in need have an opportunity for a better life. For just one dollar a day you can sponsor a child and change a life forever.”

Bishops’ Crisis Response Fund (Visit)

This fund was created to enable us to respond when a tragedy strikes somewhere in the world, whether it be a hurricane in the Southern U.S., Haiti or Puerto Rico, a Tsunami in Japan or any kind of disaster.

Our mission Bring people to Jesus Christ, build them up in that relationship and send them out to share His love